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Grub-dogs (family Oculidae) contains true Bulborbs as well as several other species in the Pikmin games. The most well-known member of this family is the Red Bulborb.

The Grub-dogs' name comes from Bulbie, Captain Olimar's dog that resembles a Bulborb. Moreover, Bulborb is derived from Bulbie. However, a Hocotatian dog looks very different than an earth dog.

Subfamilies and GeneraEdit


Red BulborbEdit

Main article: Red Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii russus

The Red Bulborb is probably the most famous enemy in Pikmin and Pikmin 2, and is often just as much a staple for the games as the Pikmin themselves. The Red Bulborb was originally known as the Spotty Bulborb, but as other Bulborb variations were discovered, all with spots, it was renamed.

Red Bulborbs, like most Bulborbs, are largely nocturnal creatures and prefer to spend the daytime sleeping. They have a slow reaction time and can be overwhelmed by a large enough force, but caution should always be observed, as these gluttonous predators can swallow as many as five Pikmin at once. Attacking from behind will usually yield the best results, though the safest method is often just to toss heavy Purple Pikmin onto its back. Bulborbs are also surprisingly apathetic creatures, and won't wake from their sleep if one of their own is under attack.

Hairy BulborbEdit

Main article: Hairy Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii folliculus

Hairy Bulborbs are enemies exclusive to Pikmin 2. A Bulborb variant which shares many traits with the Red Bulborb, Hairy Bulborbs are mostly white, with a brown nose and blue spots with red eyes. The most notable characteristic of this particular subspecies is a plume of fluffy white hair on the creature's back, which insulates its body as an adaption to a colder habitat, and it falls off in battle.

Hairy Bulborbs behave similarly to Red Bulborbs, but are slightly more aggressive and more resilient to attack. They can still be overpowered with a large army of Pikmin, but the safest way to take down one of these furry beasts would be to use one of these tactics.

Orange BulborbEdit

Main article: Orange Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii orangium

The Orange Bulborb is another enemy in Pikmin 2. Its appearance closely resembles that of other Bulborbs, but this particular variant sports an orange rump with black spots and a black face. Its yellow, bloodshot eyes are an indicator of this dangerous creature's vicious temperament.

As with other Bulborbs, you will usually find this animal snoozing. It does not have any particular resistances or special attacks, and can't stuff any more Pikmin into its mouth than its relatives, but approach with caution: as you will see from experience, Orange Bulborbs are especially easy to wake from a nap, and can often be extremely difficult to defeat without losing any Pikmin, even when using traditional Bulborb-fighting tactics.

Spotty BulbearEdit

Main article: Spotty Bulbear

Oculus terribilis dotticum

Spotty Bulbears are creatures in both Pikmin games which resemble Bulborbs in appearance, but are not identical. They are a bit shorter, with rounded snouts, large chapped lips, and a wide mouth which allows them to gobble up many more Pikmin. From a distance, they are easily distinguishable by their tan faces and black bodies with red spots. You will often see a Spotty Bulbear being followed by a group of Dwarf Bulbears.

These beasts slept most of the time in Pikmin 1, but still posed a realistic threat, as they were a good deal tougher than Spotty (Red) Bulborbs. In Pikmin 2, they are wide-awake during daytime hours, making them all the more dangerous. Instead of passively waiting for food to wander by, Bulbears will traverse set patrol routes while hunting, which can sometimes lead them in the direction of your camp. You should never leave Pikmin unattended in Bulbear territory unless you're familiar with its patrol path. Attacking a Bulbear can be especially difficult if it is being followed by Dwarf Bulbears, as they will quickly devour any Pikmin that fall to the ground. Mature Bulbears are also one of two enemies in Pikmin 2 that can revive itself after shortly after being felled, so make haste in disposing of the body.

Dwarf BulbearEdit

Main article: Dwarf Bulbear

Oculus terribilis

Like the Spotty Bulbear, the Dwarf Bulbear appears in both Pikmin games. They resemble miniature Spotty Bulbears, but unlike Dwarf Bulborbs, are actually juvenile Bulbears. Bulbears in particular are known for hunting along set patrol routes in search for prey, but these immature grub-dogs do not yet have established routes, and thus rely on their parent to guide them towards food.

When by themselves, Dwarf Bulbears will behave just like Dwarf Bulborbs, hungrily sniffing at the ground while waiting for Pikmin to pass by, but they have a much higher reaction time than Dwarf Bulborbs and will not return to their original position after being disturbed. If an adult Bulbear happens to stroll by, these eager young creatures will bark and immediately fall into line behind the beast. Large numbers of Dwarf Bulbears can gather quickly in this way, so it's best to pick them off individually before they get the chance to clump. Sometimes the Bulbear is hidden, but you can tell it's there if the Dwarf Bulbear(s) are sniffing back and forth at a rapid pace and occasionally barking and walking forward a bit.

Fiery BulblaxEdit

Main article: Fiery Bulblax

Oculus vulcanus

The Fiery Bulblax is found only in Pikmin 2, and is a rather odd-looking creature. Its entire body has a melted appearance, and one of its eyes is smaller than the other, possibly an eye tic (this, along with its strange shape may be a reference to another Nintendo character: "King K. Rool" from the Donkey Kong series). This mean-looking creature's skin secretes chemicals which combust upon exposure to oxygen, setting its body aflame.

Only Red Pikmin can withstand the blaze this creature's body produces. However, if lured into water, the flames can be extinguished, making it a prime target for Blue Pikmin. Purple Pikmin can deal damage and potentially stun the Bulblax simply by being thrown, so they work well in any situation provided they're called back before they burn to death. Whichever strategy is used, use of a spray is advisable to avoid losing any Pikmin to this walking inferno. It's also possible to slay this beast with your captains if you have the Scorch Guard, especially useful on the second sublevel of the Cavern of Chaos, where there are three of these creatures.

Emperor BulblaxEdit

Main article: Emperor Bulblax

Oculus supremus

The Emperor Bulblax is the final boss in the first Pikmin game. It lies dormant in its arena at The Final Trial stage until you approach, where it will wake up and hobble after your Pikmin. This beast resembles a flabby yellow Bulborb with small red eyes and a large, moss-covered backside.

Its attacks include licking the ground with its tongue (with the intent to eat any Pikmin that happen to be there), licking its face (to get rid of offending Pikmin), and jumping high into the air to crush and shake off Pikmin. The safest strategy by far is to have yellow Pikmin grab nearby bomb-rocks and have the Bulblax ingest them (without your Pikmin still holding onto them, of course). The more rocks in one gulp, the better. The explosion is enough to stun the titanic grub-dog, presenting the perfect opportunity to attack its fleshy face. Repeat this and a win is assured.

The Emperor Bulblax appears again in Pikmin 2, though this time is much smaller, much weaker, and much more common, appearing in multiple caves, sometimes twice in the same sublevel. Although it still possesses its signature rock-hard hide, it is significantly less mossy.

Empress BulblaxEdit

Main article: Empress Bulblax

The titanic Empress Bulblax

Oculus matriarcha

The Empress Bulblax is a boss-class enemy in the Pikmin 2 game. It resembles a cross between a Red Bulborb and a gargantuan termite queen. Its girth has its head and legs dangling in the air, and it appears to be unable to eat on its own as it never once takes a bite at your Pikmin.

The Empress Bulblax seems to be vulnerable on all parts of its body, but attacking the head is easily the safest way to go about it. After a while, it will shake off any hostile Pikmin and roll left and right, crushing anything underneath and sometimes causing boulders to fall from the ceiling. It is one of the few bosses that can vary depending on where you encounter it, since later dungeons have the Empress continuously giving birth to ravenous Bulborb Larvae before and during the battle. The Bulblax can only be petrified if you release the spray on the middle of the monster's elongated torso.

Bulborb LarvaEdit

Main article: Bulborb Larva

The small but ravenous Bulborb Larva.

Oculus bambinii

Bulborb Larvae are only seen in Pikmin 2. These newly-born Bulborbs are without legs and do not yet have the unique color patterns that the adults display, but have white bodies with yellowish faces and what appear to be small pink tails.

These tiny creatures have exceptionally low vitality, being able to be killed with a single hit, but it is not advised that you make an attempt at them with your Pikmin, as the larvae eat them with incredible speed. Captains are usually used to deal with swarms of them. The little monsters are continuously born from Empress Bulblaxes located on Sublevel 8 of the Frontier Cavern, Sublevel 11 of the Hole of Heroes, and Sublevel 4 of the Emperor's Realm in Challenge Mode. Only a certain amount can be born, though it is a great sum to comprehend, and if you destroy enough of them, the Empress Bulblax may wake up and start giving birth again. They burst upon being defeated, meaning you cannot carry them back to the Research Pod, but they will sometimes release nectar for your Pikmin.

Water DumpleEdit

Main article: Water Dumple

Ichthyosa felinis

Water Dumples are enemies in both Pikmin games. They are part of the Grub-dog family, and while they may look different, in fact they act very similar to Bulborbs. They are most commonly found in the water, but can survive on the land as well. They resemble blue shellfish with relatively large mouths.

Water Dumples are defeated somewhat easily as long as you take caution and swarm them. Just like Bulborbs, Purple Pikmin will work well if you can find this creature on land. This creature can also be easily defeated by captains, as it has low health, and the Rocket Fist will do impressive damage on its last punch.

Blue BulborbEdit

Main article: Blue Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii puteulanus

The blue bulborb is either invcicible, an alternate colored Red Bulborb or an aquatic bulborb depending on the game. The Blue bulborb just can't seem to make up its mind about how strong it is.

Green BulborbEdit

Main article: Green Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii greenus

A Green Bulborb is small type of bulborb that patrols areas rather than sleep.

Dino BulborbEdit

Main article: Dino Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii prehistoricus

Another recolor of the Red Bulborb

Purple BulborbEdit

Main article: Purple Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii violeta

A bulborb that is a heavy sleeper. It will sleep for a while after being attacked.

Yellow BulborbEdit

Main article: Yellow Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii flavus

This Bulborb was found in the "Pikmin 2 Beta Test" version. It was removed, as was the Blue Bulborb.

Sandy BulborbEdit

Main article: Sandy Bulborb
Sandy Bulborb

A Sandy Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii granitous

This creature is both hard to defeat and gives no reward for defeating. Avoid battling this.

Brown BulborbEdit

Main article: Brown Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii fronsa

Identical to the red bulborb, except for its color.

Bloated BulborbEdit

Main article: Bloated Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii fattuss

Slow fat bulborb.

Jungle BulborbEdit

Main article: Jungle Bulborb

A Brown Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii feralis

A bulborb that drools acid

Ghostly BulborbEdit

Main article: Ghostly Bulborb
Ghostly Bulborb

A Ghostly Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii decesae

A dead bulborb

Jade BulborbEdit

Main article: Jade Bulborb

A bulborb that shoots jade bits at enemies

Freshwater BulborbEdit

Main article: Freshwater Bulborb

Occulus kageyamii waterium

A bulborb that can survive underwater.

Peach BulborbEdit

Main article: Peach Bulborb

A Brown Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii obesa

Another fat bulborb.

Zombie BulborbEdit

Main article: Zombie Bulborb

a zombie bulborb.

Mutated BulborbEdit

Main article: Mutated Bulborb

A mutated bulborb

Ivey BulborbEdit

Main article: Ivey Bulborb

An Ivey Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii posimas

A Bulborb with ivy on its back

Glitter BulborbEdit

Main article: Glitter Bulborb

A Glitter Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii glitterius

Red Bulborb + Iridescent Glint Beetle = this

Aquatic Hairy BulborbEdit

Main article: Aquatic Hairy Bulborb
Aquatic Hairy Bulborb

Oculus kageyamii maritimus

A Hairy bulborb that lives in the water and has "creatures" living in its hair.

Icey BulblaxEdit

Main article: Icey Bulblax
Icey Bulblax

A Icey Bulblax

Bludrem arktikos

Fiery Bulblax - fire + ice = this

Watery BulblaxEdit

Main article: Watery Bulblax
Watery Bulblax

A Watery Bulblax

Oculus loogiens

Fiery Bulblax - fire + water = this

Sticky BulblaxEdit

Main article: Sticky Bulblax

Oculus loogiens

Fiery Bulblax - fire + sticky = this

Supersonic BulblaxEdit

Main article: Supersonic Bulblax
Supersonic bulblax2

A Supersonic Bulblax

Oculus staticous

Fiery Bulblax - fire + electricity = this

Acidic BulblaxEdit

Main article: Acidic Bulblax
Acidic Bulblax

A Acidic Bulblax

Oculus radioactis

Fiery Bulblax - fire + acid = this

Flying BulblaxEdit

Main article: Flying Bulblax
Flying Bulblax

A Flying Bulblax

Oculus aerios

Fiery Bulblax - fire + red bull = this

Darkfreeze BulblaxEdit

Main article: Darkfreeze Bulblax

Oculus atronos

Fiery Bulblax - fire + freezing = this

Horned BulblaxEdit

Main article: Horned Bulblax

Fiery Bulblax - fire - legs = this

Doomy BulbaxEdit

Main article: Doomy Bulbax
Doomy Bulblax 0001

A Doomy Bulblax

Oculus doominus

Fiery Bulblax - fire + DOOM! - 'l' = this

Aura BulbaxEdit

Main article: Aura Bulblax

A Aura Bulblax

Oculus aurius

Fiery Bulblax - fire + Aura = this

Toxic BulblaxEdit

Main article: Toxic Bulblax

Oculus supremus poisonus

Emperor Bulblax + poison = this

Ghastly Emperor BulblaxEdit

Main article: Ghastly Emperor Bulblax

Oculus supremus deceasae

A dead Emperor bulblax


Main article: Rockborb

Oculus kageyamii stonus

A Bulborb that is completely invincible except should Cyan Pikmin attack it, for some reason.

Green BulbearEdit

Main article: Green Bulbear

A Rockborb

Oculus terribilis viridis

What a Spotty Bulbear is to Dwarf Bulbears, this is to Spotty Bulbear.

Emperor BulbearEdit

Main article: Emperor Bulbear

Oculus imperatore

A slower, weaker Emperor Bulblax

Empress BulbearEdit

Main article: Empress Bulbear

Oculus terribilis matriarcha

A recolor of the Empress bulblax? I don't know.

Giga BulbearEdit

Main article: Giga Bulbear
Giga Bulbear

A Giga Bulbear

Oculus terribilis supremus

A really, really, really big bulbear.

Orange Empress BulblaxEdit

Main article: Orange Empress Bulblax
Orange Empress Bulblax

A Orange Empress Bulblax

Oculus matriarcha orangium

An empress bulblax, but it eats pikmin.


Main article: Sausageborb

Oculus poultus

A fat bulborb that burrows.

Ghastly Empress BulblaxEdit

Main article: Ghastly Empress Bulblax
Ghostly Empress

Ghastly Empress Bulblax

Oculus matriarcha deceasae

A dead empress Bulblax

Icey DumpleEdit

Main article: Icey Dumple
Icey Dumple

A Icey Dumple

Ichthyosa arktikos

Water Dumple + ice trail = this

Toxic DumpleEdit

Main article: Toxic Dumple
Toxic Dumple

A Toxic Dumple

Ichthyosa toxicus

Water Dumple + poison trail = this

Magma DumpleEdit

Main article: Magma Dumple
Magma Dumple

A Magma Dumple

Ichthyosa vulcanus

The Magma Dumple is a relative of the Water Dumple that developed tougher skin to suit normally intolerable conditions. It has a bright red shade, and usually hangs out around or within pools of boiling lava. Despite the fact that they can survive in lava, this is only because of their outer layer of skin. After they take a single hit, any surrounding magma will instantly burn through the beast.

Dino DumpleEdit

Main article: Dino Dumple
Dino Dumple

A Dino Dumple

Ichthyosa prehistoricus

A slower version of the Water Dumple that eats Pikmin at a faster rate.

Sky DumpleEdit

Main article: Sky Dumple
Sky Dumple

A Sky Dumple

Ichthyosa divum

Sticky, harmless, flying dumples.

Darkfreeze DumpleEdit

Main article: Darkfreeze Dumple

Ichthyosa atronos

Dumples able to freeze pikmin.

Penance Grub-dogEdit

Main article: Penance Grub-dog

Oculus penitentia

The ultimate grub-dog.

Galactic BulblaxEdit

Main article: Galactic Bulblax

Oculus giganticus

The ultimate grub-dog.

Titan BulblaxEdit

Main article: Titan bulblax

Oculus titanicus

The ultimate grub-dog.This can be considered the toughest so far as the battle with this beast extends into 2 games,and caused olimar great injurys

Darkfreeze DumpleEdit

Main article: Darkfreeze Dumple

Ichthyosa atronos

Dumples able to freeze pikmin.

Jungle DumpleEdit

Main article: Jungle Dumple

A Jungle Dumple

Ichthyosa feralis

Acid shooting dumple with legs.

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