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Buds Artwork

Artwork of Candypop Buds from the first Pikmin game.

Candypop Buds are large flowers with fleshy petals and are found in all three Pikmin games. When Pikmin are tossed into these gigantic blossoms, they spit out new Pikmin seeds which match the color of their petals. In Pikmin, Candypop Buds will wither after 50 Pikmin are thrown in, but this number was reduced to 5 in the second game, likely due to the 2 new species. Using Pikmin of the same color as the flower will not count against this limit, although they will be reverted to leaf Pikmin and planted in the ground.

In Pikmin 3 they have a different appearence, consisting of a large bucket-like cup in the middle of the flower, most likely as a "target" for captains to aim pikmin. They also behave differently, as they stay closed until they are approached.

Olimar notes in a journal entry state that Candypop Buds could be the next step in Pikmin evolution, and in another that Candypop Buds could be the same species.

Crimson Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
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Appears in Pikmin
Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora rufusia
Family Candypop
Areas Pikmin
The Forest Navel
The Distant Spring
The Final Trial
Pikmin 3
Distant Tundra (x2)
Formidable Oak
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Bulblax Kingdom
Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Battle Enemies
Formidable Oak Remix (x4)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

Crimson Candypop Buds are red Candypop Buds found in all three Pikmin games. When non-red Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Red Pikmin. If Red Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and don't count against the 5 Pikmin limit per Candypop Bud (which only applies to Pikmin 2). In Pikmin, this bud could be used up to 50 times to get massive amounts of Red Pikmin, but Red Pikmin themselves do count against the limit.

Notes

Olimar's Notes

"No matter what color Pikmin is tossed into the bosom of this flower, it spits out the same number of red Pikmin seeds. The Pikmin, the candy pop flowers, and the Pikmin Onions are not easily explained by current theories of the xenobotanical sciences, and thus have not yet been appropriately studied and classified."

Louie's Notes

"This spicy flower combusts upon contact with the tongue. Keep fire-retardant condiments within arm's reach!"

Nintendo Player's Guide

"Toss 5 Pikmin of any color into this flower, and it will produce five Red Pikmin sprouts."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Crimson Candypop Bud appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It add 12 attack power to any Pikmin attack. 


Golden Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
Goldencandypop
Appears in Pikmin
Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora aurumia
Family Candypop
Areas Pikmin
The Forest Navel
The Distant Spring
The Final Trial
Pikmin 3
Distant Tundra (x5)
Formidable Oak (x4)
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Glutton's Kitchen
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Defeat Bosses
Vehemoth Phosbat (x3)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

Golden Candypop Buds are yellow Candypop Buds found in the first three Pikmin games. When non-Yellow Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Yellow Pikmin. If Yellow Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and don't count against the 5 Pikmin limit per Candypop Bud (which only applies to Pikmin 2). In Pikmin, this bud could be used up to 50 times to get massive amounts of Yellow Pikmin, but Yellow Pikmin themselves do count against the limit.

This particular Candypop Buds is the rarest kind in Pikmin 2, as only one is found, inside the Glutton's Kitchen on Sublevel 3.

Notes

Olimar's Notes

"No matter what color Pikmin is tossed into the bosom of this flower, it spits out the same number of yellow Pikmin seeds. Current research has yet to produce any theories as to precisely what kind of interaction causes the Pikmin to change color to match the color of this flower's petals."

Louie's Notes

"This tart flower's acidic juices can burn a hole through a frying pan. Eating it would be unwise."

Nintendo Player's Guide

"The rare Golden Candypop Bud transforms any Pikmin type into Yellow Pikmin sprouts."


Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
Lapislazulicandypop
Appears in Pikmin
Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora cobaltium
Family Candypop
Areas Pikmin
The Distant Spring
The Final Trial
Pikmin 3
Tropical Wilds (x4)
Formidable Oak
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Frontier Cavern
Snagret Hole
Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Battle Enemies
Twilight River Remix (x2)
Beastly Cavern (x2)
Collect Treasure
Beastly Cavern (x2)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

Lapis Lazuli Candypop Buds are blue Candypop Buds found in every Pikmin game. When non-Blue Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Blue Pikmin. If Blue Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and don't count against the 5 Pikmin limit per Candypop Bud (which only applies to Pikmin 2). In Pikmin, this bud could be used up to 50 times to get massive amounts of Blue Pikmin, but Blue Pikmin themselves do count against the limit. It is named after a semi-precious dark blue mineral called Lapis Lazuli. Finding them can generally be taken as an indication that one or more bodies of water is found nearby or ahead.

Notes

Olimar's Notes

"No matter what color Pikmin is tossed into the bosom of this flower, it spits out the same number of blue Pikmin. This family of plant boasts soft, fleshy leaves, the sinewy tendrils of which allow the flower to open and close repeatedly over the course of a day."

Louie's Notes

"This flower's tough texture makes it unsuitable for salads, but its bright blue hue makes for a grandiose garnish!"

Nintendo Player's Guide

"This Candypop bud is a sign that water is near. It creates Blue Pikmin." 


Violet Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
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Appears in Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora puniceus
Family Candypop
Areas None
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Emergence Cave
Subterranean Complex
Frontier Cavern
Hole of Beasts
Bulblax Kingdom
Snagret Hole
Citadel of Spiders
Glutton's Kitchen
Shower Room
Submerged Castle
Cavern of Chaos
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Collect Treasure
Thirsty Desert
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels Bingo Battle

Blooming Terrace Layout B

Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

Violet Candypop Buds are purple Candypop Buds found in Pikmin 2 and Mission Mode in Pikmin 3. When non-purple Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Purple Pikmin. Candypops are the only method to obtaining White and Purple Pikmin. If Purple Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and don't count against the five Pikmin limit per Candypop Bud.

Three Violet Candypop Buds are found on Sublevel 8 of the Subterranean Complex (Valley of Repose) if the player is in need of more. There are also three in the Hole of Beasts and two in the Emergence Cave, but two of the ones in the Hole of Beasts disappear after a certain amount of Purples is reached, as will the two in Emergence Cave. The two in the Submerged Castle will always be present, as they are required to defeat the Waterwraith.

In Pikmin 3 they are simply called "Candypop Buds".

Notes

Olimar's Notes

"Research from our most recent expedition has confirmed the presence of candypop buds in subterranean regions. Considering the micro-ecologies this plant has been found in, one could surmise that it could be found in any cavern, regardless of geographic region. Tossing Pikmin into this flower results in the release of purple Pikmin seeds, regardless of the color of the Pikmin tossed in. This variety of candypop contains robustly odoriferous oils. If candypop flowers could be cultivated, there is no doubt that the plants would offer multifaceted benefits to the cosmetic, medical, and tourist industries."

Louie's Notes

"This convenient purple flower secretes a dark, flavorful oil that eliminates the need for salad dressing!"

Nintendo Player's Guide

"The most used Candypop Bud turns Pikmin weaklings into powerful Purples. Don't pass up an opportunity to add to your Purple population."


Ivory Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
Ivorycandypop
Appears in Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora niveus
Family Candypop
Areas None
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Subterranean Complex
Frontier Cavern
White Flower Garden
Bulblax Kingdom
Snagret Hole
Citadel of Spiders
Submerged Castle
Cavern of Chaos
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Collect Treasure
Thirsty Desert (x3)
Tropical Forest Remix (x10)
Thirsty Desert Remix (x3)
Beastly Cavern (x3)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

Ivory Candypop Buds are rare white Candypop Buds found in Pikmin 2 and Mission Mode in Pikmin 3. They will produce a White Pikmin for every non-white one that is thrown in, up to a maximum of five. Candypop Buds are the only method to obtaining White and Purple Pikmin. If White Pikmin are thrown in buds, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and don't count against the five Pikmin limit per Candypop Bud. The production of new Pikmin occurs in much the same way as with the Pikmin Onions, with the seed floating down to plant itself in the ground nearby. Many Ivory Candypop Buds are found in the White Flower Garden on Sub level 3 as long as the player has less than 20 White Pikmin, and on Sub level 4 of the Subterranean Complex, as well as three more spread throughout the Frontier Cavern.

In Pikmin 3 they are simply called "Candypop Buds".

Notes

Olimar's Notes

"Research from our most recent expedition has confirmed the presence of candypop buds in subterranean regions. Considering the micro-ecologies this plant has been found in, one could surmise that it could be found in any cavern, regardless of geographic regions. Tossing Pikmin into this flower always produces white Pikmin seeds, regardless of the color of Pikmin tossed in. In many cases, plants with small leaves typically have limited photosynthetic capabilities, and thus must find alternate means of obtaining nutrients, with parasitic and predatory behavior being most common. The candypop could be considered one such example."

Louie's Notes

"This elusive flower spoils within seconds of picking, making it unsuitable for cooking."

Nintendo Player's Guide

"The only way to get White Pikmin on your squad is to use an Ivory Candypop Bud. One bud produces up to 5 pale sprouts."


Queen Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
Queencandypop
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Flora regina
Family Candypop
Areas None
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Subterranean Complex
Snagret Hole
Shower Room
Cavern of Chaos
Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels None
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

Queen Candypop Buds are Candypop Buds found in Pikmin 2, quite different from the others in the game. They appear in caves and allow the player to gain up to nine Pikmin if a single one of any color is thrown in. The flower's spots alternate between red, blue and yellow, presenting the player with an opportunity, with correct timing, to choose between receiving blue, red, or yellow Pikmin. The plant withers after it has been used, but will reappear after rentering the cave.

These flowers are found only in certain sub levels of difficult caves, usually immediately before or after a particularly challenging boss battle. These areas are usually void of enemies, so they are sometimes referred to as "Rest Sublevels"; they contain other such useful things as eggs and other types of Candypop Bud.

Queen Candypop Buds are far more common in Pikmin 2'Challenge Mode than in the main game, mostly appearing where the player starts off with very few Pikmin, such as Breeding GroundHot House, and Hidden Garden.

Notes

Olimar's Notes

"This specimen constantly changes colors. When Pikmin are thrown into it, it shoots out seeds that match the flower's coloration the moment the Pikmin landed inside of it. The number of seeds shot out is always greater than the number of Pikmin thrown in. It can be said that this is a completely baffling plant, and many mysteries remain over precisely what sort of relationship it has with the Pikmin. It would appear that the Pikmin gain all of the benefit from the relationship... Perhaps it is simply a different variety of Pikmin to begin with?"

Louie's Notes

"Eating this flower leads to spectacular, breathtaking indigestion."

Nintendo Player's Guide

"Throwing one Pikmin into a Queen Candypop Bud will let you raise the Pikmin population by as many as 8 little troopers. Its petals cycle through Pikmin-corresponding colors."


"Winged" Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
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Appears in
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora ???
Family Candypop
Areas Pikmin 3
Formidable Oak (x2)
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Battle Enemies
Clockwork Chasm
Collect Treasure
Thirsty Desert Remix (x3)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Size 65
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

"Winged" Candypop Buds are Candypop Buds found only in Pikmin 3. When non-Winged Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Winged Pikmin. 5 Pikmin can be thrown in before the Candypop Bud withers away. If Winged Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and the number Pikmin that can be thrown in will not decrease.

Notes

Ship Log's

"When I throw Pikmin into this flower, they are popped right back out. I have named this very peculiar bloom the Candypop Bud. It's strange... No matter what color Pikmin I throw in, the ones that pop out match the flower's color."

Mission Mode Tip

"Throw Pikmin into a Candypop Bud to turn them into sprouts that are the same color as the flower!"


"Rock" Candypop Bud

Candypop Bud
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Appears in
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Flora ???
Family Candypop
Areas Pikmin 3
Tropical Wilds (x4)
Formidable Oak (x2)
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Battle Enemies
Formidable Oak Remix (x4)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight N/A
Max. carriers N/A
Seed worth N/A
Attacks N/A

"Rock" Candypop Buds are Candypop Buds found only in Pikmin 3. When a Pikmin type other than Rock Pikmin are thrown in, Rock Pikmin sprouts will be expelled. Five Pikmin can be thrown in before the Candypop Bud withers away. If Rock Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and the number of Pikmin that can be thrown in will not decrease.


Notes

Ship Log's

"When I throw Pikmin into this flower, they are popped right back out. I have named this very peculiar bloom the Candypop Bud. It's strange... No matter what color Pikmin I throw in, the ones that pop out match the flower's color."

Mission Mode Tip

"Throw Pikmin into a Candypop Bud to turn them into sprouts that are the same color as the flower!"

Trivia

  • While Candypop Buds in German are called "Königinblume" (Queen flower), the Queen Candypop Bud is called "Kaiserinblume" (Empress flower).
  • In Sub level 5 of Glutton's Kitchen, a Queen Candypop Bud may fall from the ceiling. If you look closely, you can see that it has a green root. There are also several Candypop Buds in Sub level 6 of Bulblax Kingdom. Here, if you go into close-up view, and if the Candypop Buds is distant enough, you may see a root.
  • Yellow Pikmin holding bomb-rocks cannot be thrown into Candypop Buds. If a Pikmin holding a bomb-rock in Pikmin 3 is thrown in, the flower with take it in and die, killing the Pikmin, too.
  • Like the Creature Montage notes state, the Candypop Buds could be the next step in pikmin evolution.
  • In Pikmin 3, if a captain enters the vicinity of a Candypop Bud, it will open, and when they leave it will close once again.
  • Thrown captains will simply slide off of the Candypop Buds.
  • The roots of vanished Candypop Budss remain in Pikmin 3, while they never have in previous games.
  • In Pikmin 3's japanese guide book, the colors used to descirbe the pink and rock Candypop Buds translate roughly to "Slate" and "Amaranth", respectively. Slate is a dark grey, polished substance, while amaranth is a plant that has pinkish flowers. Despite this distinction of color, the Japanese game makes no distiniction of names, and the new Candypop Buds were not given any offical name in any dialect, to date. 

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