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This article or section relates to Pikmin: Wide World, a non-canon game created by Cheepy-Cheepy.
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Pikmin: Wide World
Rating E 10+
Genre Real-time strategy
Platform(s) Wii U
Media Disc
Publisher Nintendo
Predecessor Pikmin 3
Creator Cheepy-Cheepy

Pikmin: Wide World is a non-canonical fan-made Pikmin game concept currently being developed by Cheepy-Cheepy, and is the sequel to Pikmin 3. Pikmin: Wide World includes and incorporates many mechanics, elements, and features of all three main Pikmin games and Hey! Pikmin, but also introduces plenty of entirely new ones. Essentially, Pikmin: Wide World is a very expansive game that is closely modeled after a traditional official Pikmin game.

Plot

As the S.S. Drake approaches Hocotate, Captain Olimar and the Koppaite trio exchange goodbyes. The ship lands on the bare lot of Hocotate Freight, which Olimar chose as the ship's landing site due to its familiarity to him. Olimar waves goodbye to his saviors as he steps out of the spacecraft and onto the hard cemented ground. Olimar turns to watch the S.S. Drake take off into the sky, but as he turns around again, he is suddenly met by Shacho, the president of Hocotate Freight. Panicked, Shacho informs Olimar that the company is still in its steep debt of Poko × 25,000, which he had sent Olimar and Louie to pay off. He asks where the Pokos and treasures are, and stops himself before he could continue. He takes a few moments to realize a few crucial details: no emails were being exchanged to and from the Hocotate ship in days, Olimar didn't return to the planet in the Hocotate ship, and Louie was once again not present. Olimar begins to explain all that happened with himself and Louie and the Hocotate ship. After understanding that the Hocotate ship was left behind and that the company has no other usable ships or funds, he asks Olimar what to do. Olimar had no other choice but to reveal his secret project: the Dolphin Lander. Shacho and Captain Olimar suit up and gather rations, and take off towards the Pikmin Planet in the Dolphin Lander to save the company yet again.

Shortly before landing in Balmy Highlands, the Dolphin Lander malfunctions and deposits Shacho into a small, circular area. With him are a dormant yellow Onion, Pellet Posies, and a Superstick Textile. Their food supply is also thrown offboard due to the Dolphin Lander's malfunction, which lands in a seemingly inaccessible but nearby location. Olimar lands the Dolphin Lander in a nearby location and rushes out of it to reunite with his boss, nearly colliding with a crystal gate separating them. Olimar and Shacho discuss how to solve the issue until Olimar notices the yellow Onion and suggests Shacho approach it. Shacho activates the yellow Onion, and, recalling what he had learned on his previous visit to PNF-404, uses the Pellet Posies to grow some Pikmin. He returns to the crystal gate to see Olimar has his own Yellow Pikmin. Shacho, realizing that his Pikmin are of little use in escaping his predicament, throws them over the crystal gate to Olimar. Olimar leads his group of Yellow Pikmin into a dank, cavelike subarea, which is populated by a few harmless enemies as well as Medusal Slurker that had ingested a Juicy Gaggle. Olimar takes notice of an electrode, and from the sparks produced by the severed wire ends, concludes that the device is still functional and could be of use. The nearby charred remains of a Female Sheargrub only serves as proof of his conclusion. After completing the electrode's circuit, the cave lights up and reveals a few bomb-rocks setting on a high ledge. Olimar throws his Yellow Pikmin to the bomb-rocks, the Pikmin drop down to him and follow him outside to destroy the crystal gate with their newfound weaponry. Once Olimar and Shacho are reunited, they have the Yellow Pikmin pick up the Superstick Textile as well as the fruits they found; however, they instinctively follow the leaders and form a convoy because they do not yet know where the Dolphin Lander is. After rounding a corner, the two leaders show the Pikmin where the ship is so that they can learn its location and appearance. Before leaving and going into orbit, however, Olimar and Shacho use teamwork to retrieve their crate of lost rations.

After the Frosted Arcticlops of Frigid Tundra is defeated, it spits out Louie, much to the surprise of Olimar and Shacho. Classically, Louie does not speak, but he does nod his head when Olimar asks if he would like to join Shacho and him. The night after Louie is unlocked, he records notes on how to prepare, cook, and eat every edible creature, plant, and fungus that has been documented so far.

On the night of the defeat of the Greater Studded Beeb in Ancient Metalworks, Olimar is unusually the last leader to board the Dolphin Lander. Unfortunately, Olimar never can board the ship. The very same Plasm Wraith who had so obsessively held him captive had found him again and abducted him. As it turns out, it had been hiding behind the Dolphin Lander every night it landed in that area, waiting for the chance to strike. Olimar could not call out for help because the creature had enveloped him and muffled his whistle. The Dolphin Lander and Master Onion could not wait for Olimar any longer and took off without him to avoid the hostile nocturnal wildlife on the planet's surface. Shacho, full of panic, worries about the fate of his only reliable and sane employee. Louie, in classic fashion, only acknowledges the incident but does not appear impacted by it. The following day, Shacho and Louie rush out of the Lander and notice a trail of plasm blobs: some of these blobs autonomously merge to create Plasm Illusions. Shacho and Louie gather their Pikmin forces and follow the trail of plasm to rescue Olimar. When they finally defeat the Plasm Wraith and ensure it is dead, it leaves behind both Olimar, who holds the Rusted Data Fragment, and a golden cube that can be carried back to the Master Onion.

Ending

Once Olimar, Louie, and their boss finally clear Hocotate Freight's newest debt and explore as much as they can to collect additional funds, they bid farewell to the Pikmin and safely return home to Hocotate. Olimar is amazed by how quickly PNF-404 changes every time he visits the planet and marvels at his discoveries and what differences there will be during his next visit there. Shacho is overjoyed that he was able to join Olimar to save his company, and that Louie was saved once again. Louie finds that even though he is most comfortable and happy on PNF-404, being stranded there makes him want to stay on Hocotate for a while. The Dolphin Lander feels prideful of its role in the voyage to PNF-404 and is excited to go on another adventure in the future. Hocotate Freight once again has a considerable supply of funds to its name, at least until another large debt builds up.

Gameplay

Players can control and switch between leaders, who control any Pikmin following them. Pikmin can be thrown, dismissed, and ordered to perform a variety of other tasks. Pikmin can carry a large variety of objects, many being enemy corpses, fruits, treasures. Pikmin are also utilized as the primary method of attacking enemies and destroying obstacles. New game modes are permanently unlocked when their respective upgrade is collected in any Story Mode save file. Alternate game modes are listed in the order they are normally unlocked.

Challenge Mode

Returns to Pikmin: Wide World as a mix of Challenge Mode from Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 and Mission Mode from Pikmin 3, and is unlocked when the Telecommunications Device upgrade is collected. Explorable space in area levels in Challenge Mode is limited as indestructible obstacles restrict access to places outside the playable area. All other aboveground levels have static layouts, but underground levels have dynamic layouts.

Two-Player Battle Mode

Two-Player Battle Mode returns from Pikmin 2 and includes elements from Pikmin 3, and is unlocked by collecting the Aggression Meter upgrade. Players can choose to play as the leader of their choice, the choices being Olimar, Louie, and Shacho, but both players cannot play as the same leader. Two-Player Battle Mode itself has two match styles, which are Classic Battle and Bingo Battle; Classic Battle carries the legacy of Two-Player Battle mode, while Bingo Battle carries the legacy of Bingo Battle mode.

Bottomless Abyss

A new game mode introduced in Pikmin: Wide World and is unlocked when the Anomaly Log upgrade is collected. Bottomless Abyss, as the name suggests, is a cave that has an indefinite amount of sublevels. The purpose of the game mode is to collect as many Pokos as possible by collecting objects such as treasures, enemy corpses, and golden fruits, and bringing them to the Lander Pod. Sublevels do not have time limits. Every sublevel's theme is random, and its contents, such as enemies, bosses, treasures, golden fruits, vegetation, and obstacles, are always dependant on the theme. A sublevel's theme and contents are determined by if they were encountered in Story Mode; if a Dwarf Red Bulborb hasn't been defeated and collected by the Lander Pod or an Onion in story mode, Dwarf Red Bulborbs will not appear in Bottomless Abyss. The same general concept applies to vegetation, bosses, treasures, fruits, etcetera. A boss is guaranteed to be encountered every few sublevels. Every tenth sublevel is a rest sublevel that contains harmless or low-risk enemies, a few treasures, and most importantly an escape geyser. Sprays that have been unlocked in Story Mode can also be obtained in Bottomless Abyss.

The player normally begins sublevel one with fifteen Red Pikmin, Blue Pikmin, and Yellow Pikmin, and five White Pikmin. Other Pikmin types, such as Rock Pikmin, Winged Pikmin, Green Pikmin, and Purple Pikmin, can also be found and utilized by throwing them into the appropriately-colored Candypop Bud. Additional Pikmin can be created by using a Monarch Candypop Bud. If a sublevel contains a certain type of hazard or obstacle only a certain color of Pikmin can overcome, their respective Candypop Bud will be present on the sublevel. Hosts of parasitic Pikmin can also be found on some sublevels and utilized. Defeating all enemies in a sublevel will reward the player with bonus points, as will clearing a sublevel of all non-corpse collectibles.

When all leaders are down or a Pikmin extinction occurs, gameplay ends and half of all Pokos gathered up to that point are forfeited. When the cave is exited through an escape geyser, gameplay ends and the total amount of Pokos collected up to that point is recorded. If that score happens to be one of the highest scores ever achieved on that copy of the game, it is recorded on the top three highest scores list.

Content

Main Pikmin

Although many Pikmin types return in Pikmin: Wide World, only a single new type is discovered: Green Pikmin, which are resistant to acid. All aboveground Pikmin have Onions of their own, but all subterranean Pikmin lack them; as such, they are housed in the Dolphin Lander's PikHold. Individual Pikmin can learn from their experiences with locations, items, enemies, vegetation, hazards, obstacles, and even each other, and that knowledge is exchanged between Pikmin at the end of the day. Exchanged information is synchronized among all Pikmin and is never forgotten. Pikmin are listed in the order of discovery.

Yellow Pikmin

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Yellow Pikmin are the first main Pikmin type found in Pikmin: Wide World. They are discovered in Balmy Highlands. They are resistant to electricity and can conduct it as well. Yellow Pikmin have an average attack power, average mobility, high digging speed, and high throw distance. A Yellow Pikmin's defining features are its large pointed ears and white flower. Golden Candypop Buds can be used to transform other Pikmin types into Yellow Pikmin.

Yellow Pikmin can be thrown higher than any other Pikmin type, which makes them useful for collecting objects that are on a high ledge. They also dig up buried objects and clear out tunnels faster than any other Pikmin type. Unlike in Pikmin 3, Yellow Pikmin do not become flowered after they complete an electrode's circuit.

Blue Pikmin

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Blue Pikmin are an aquatic species of Pikmin discovered in Arid Oasis. They are resistant to water. They have an average attack power, average mobility, average digging speed, and average throw distance. A Blue Pikmin's defining features are its mouth-like gills, webbed hands and feet, and white flower. Lapis Lazuli Candypop Buds can be used to transform other Pikmin types into Blue Pikmin.

When a Blue Pikmin detects a Pikmin drowning in a nearby body of water, it will immediately rush over to save it, even breaking away from the group if necessary. When a Blue Pikmin reaches a drowning Pikmin, they throw them to shore. Blue Pikmin can also swim underwater, but they usually only do so when in pursuit of an underwater enemy or if the leader they are following is swimming.

Red Pikmin

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Red Pikmin are discovered in Frigid Tundra. They are fireproof and can dish out more damage than most Pikmin types. Red Pikmin have an above-average attack power, average mobility, average digging speed, and average throw distance. A Red Pikmin's defining features are its pointy nose and white flower. Other Pikmin types can be transformed into Red Pikmin by throwing them into Crimson Candypop Buds.

Red Pikmin can successfully extinguish ignited Pikmin and can smother out flames by stamping them out. It is reasoned that Red Pikmin have a higher-than-average attack power because of their noses, which jab into the enemies they are hitting.

Purple Pikmin

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Purple Pikmin are a subterranean species of Pikmin that are discovered in Ancient Metalworks. They have no particular resistance to anything besides panicking, and they can lift the weight of ten Pikmin. Purple Pikmin have an above-average attack power, low mobility, average digging speed, and low throw distance. The defining features of a Purple Pikmin are its larger size, six hairs, and pink flower. They are the slowest Pikmin variety. Because Purple Pikmin are a subterranean species of Pikmin and thus have no respective Onion, they are stored in the Dolphin Lander when not in use. Purple Pikmin can only be created by throwing other Pikmin types into a Violet Candypop Bud.

Purple Pikmin, when landing after being thrown, have the unique ability to briefly stun most enemies. They do this by using all of their weight to fall straight down onto the ground near a target or onto the target itself. When allowed to pound an enemy, Purple Pikmin can cause extreme damage to it even if they do not stun it. Purple Pikmin are one of the most damaging Pikmin types, the other being Rock Pikmin. The weight and strength of a Purple Pikmin can also be used to clear out some obstacles.

Green Pikmin

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Green Pikmin are a new species of Pikmin discovered in Ancient Metalworks. They are immune to corrosive acid and can swim in it, but they cannot breathe in it as they lack gills. Some enemies utilize acid to attack or defend themselves, and pools of acidic water can be found in Ancient Metalworks and Endless Sea. Green Pikmin have an average attack power, average mobility, average digging speed, and average throw distance. A Green Pikmin's defining features are its mouth-like facial structure, tail, and white flower. Green Pikmin are hypothesized to be a mutated relative of Blue Pikmin that can survive exposure to acidic substances rather than basic substances, at the cost of their gills. Although Green Pikmin have their respective Onion, they can also be created by throwing Pikmin into a Demantoid Candypop Bud.

Much like how Blue Pikmin will attempt to save other-colored Pikmin that are drowning in bodies of water, Green Pikmin will attempt to save Pikmin that find themselves in a pool of acid.

Rock Pikmin

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Rock Pikmin are discovered in Ancient Metalworks. They cannot be crushed or impaled, and they will become partially buried or be knocked back, respectively. Rock Pikmin have a high attack power, average mobility, average digging speed, and below-average throw distance. A Rock Pikmin's defining features are its rock-like main body, gray skin, and indigo flower. Unlike the other Pikmin types, Rock Pikmin are incapable of clinging onto or climbing enemies and objects because of their physiology. This includes enemies like the Red Bulborb or Shaggy Long Legs, and vegetation like the Burgeoning Spiderwort. Rock Pikmin that are thrown at an object or enemy will bounce off of it after the initial hit and will continue lunging at the target if left unoccupied, which does significantly less damage than if it were thrown. Pikmin can be thrown into an Ebony Candypop Bud to transform them into Rock Pikmin.

Rock Pikmin are one of the two most damaging Pikmin types, the other being Purple Pikmin. Rock Pikmin can also be used to destroy objects made of crystal, ice, and solids made of similar materials that are worn as armor by some enemies. Rock Pikmin, as they are immune to being impaled, can also be used to harm spiked enemies.

White Pikmin

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White Pikmin are a subterranean species of Pikmin that is discovered in Mycelial Sepulcher. They are resistant to poison. White Pikmin have a below-average attack power, high mobility, below-average digging speed, and average throw distance. A White Pikmin's defining features are its small stature, large red eyes, lavender hands and feet, and pink flower. They are one of the two fastest Pikmin types, the other being Winged Pikmin, although they carry objects slower than they usually move. White Pikmin are unique for being able to detect and dig up completely buried objects such as fruits and treasures. As White Pikmin are a subterranean Pikmin species and thus have no respective Onion, they can only be made by throwing Pikmin into an Ivory Candypop Bud. They, like Purple Pikmin, are kept in the Dolphin Lander's PikHold.

White Pikmin poison most enemies that eat them. Whether this poison kills the enemy outright, inflicts a bit of damage, or even does any damage at all depends on the enemy's size and characteristics. Smaller enemies that eat a White Pikmin will more than likely die instantly after consuming it, while larger enemies need to be fed several White Pikmin before the poison kills them. Some enemies, usually those that themselves utilize poison, suffer no negative consequences from eating a White Pikmin.

Winged Pikmin

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Winged Pikmin are the last main Pikmin type found in Pikmin: Wide World, and are discovered in Endless Sea. They have no resistance to any hazard, but they can simply fly over most of them. Winged Pikmin have a below-average attack power, high mobility, below-average digging speed, and average throw distance. A Winged Pikmin's defining features are its small striped body, relatively large round head, large blue eyes, transparent wings, and indigo flower. They are one of the two fastest Pikmin types, tied with White Pikmin, although they carry objects more slowly than they usually move. Although Winged Pikmin have their respective Onion, they can also be created by throwing Pikmin into a Carnation Candypop Bud.

Winged Pikmin prefer to be airborne and will always be so unless they are knocked to the ground by an enemy, carrying an object that is being carried mostly by grounded Pikmin, or working on clearing most obstacles. While on the ground, Winged Pikmin are as vulnerable as any other Pikmin type. When more Winged Pikmin are carrying an object than grounded Pikmin are, the Winged Pikmin will take to the air and carry the object that way, leaving the grounded Pikmin below without a task to fulfill. Winged Pikmin can fly over most dangers, such as water or smaller enemies, but cannot dodge anything coming down on top of them, such as a Beady Long Legs' foot or a boulder falling from a cave's ceiling.

Other Pikmin

Some Pikmin types encountered in Pikmin: Wide World are not classified as regular Pikmin due to the conditions in which they are discovered or created. Most of them also stand out from other Pikmin types in that they are hostile towards leaders, friendly Pikmin, and other lifeforms. Most hostile Pikmin will ignore any attempts of being whistled at and will continue attacking until they are subdued, but some, like Parasitic Pikmin and their hosts, can be made to join a leader's side.

Mushroom Pikmin

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Mushroom Pikmin return from Pikmin 1. They are only encountered in Mycelial Sepulcher and its caves, usually accompanying a Puffstool or other fungus-based enemy. Mushroom Pikmin can also be found alone or in groups. Mushroom Pikmin found in the wild never count towards total Pikmin deaths or the limit of on-field Pikmin, but Pikmin that are converted do count towards Pikmin deaths, even before they are disposed of. Pikmin that are converted into Mushroom Pikmin never revert to normal and must be put out of their misery. Mushroom Pikmin retain the characteristics of the Pikmin they once were, including their strength, speed, physical characteristics, and resistances. Any type of Pikmin except Captmin can be transformed into a Mushroom Pikmin.

Parasitic Pikmin

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Although they are never truly seen, Parasitic Pikmin are known for infecting larger hosts and controlling them to survive. Unlike in Pikmin 2, hosts can be brought to the surface and most have no special resistances. They have no dedicated Onion to be stored in, and due to their unique physical nature, cannot be stored in the Dolphin Lander's PikHold. They are best used as fodder in combat, where they are most useful. Each type of Parasitic Pikmin host has a different method to attack enemies. When tasked with demolishing an obstacle, most Parasitic Pikmin will use their host to attack it with their stems like an ordinary Pikmin. Some Parasitic Pikmin, such as Gatling Groinkmin or Cannon Beetlemin, use their projectiles instead of their stems to destroy obstacles. Parasitic Pikmin hosts can be found on the surface, but appear more commonly underground. Hosts can also be found sleeping instead of wandering. Their stems glow green while idle. Adults are aggressive and nearly always found leading a group of passive juveniles; the former must be defeated before the latter may join a leader's squad. Adults and juveniles each have a random maturity which affects their movement speeds. Parasitic Pikmin have gray flowers. Several hosts for Parasitic Pikmin exist, each being listed below:

  • Red Bulbmin: Returns from Pikmin 2, and is the most basic type of Bulbmin. Juvenile Red Bulbmin, like other juvenile grub-dog hosts, bite enemies they are thrown onto, latching onto them and causing severe damage until they are shaken off.
  • Yellow Bulbmin: Wanders in a small radius when standing still or idle.
  • Blue Bulbmin: When in a body of water, they suck a small amount of water into their mouths and squirt enemies with it to distract them.
  • Orange Bulbmin: Continuously looks in the direction of nearby enemies they detect.
  • Hairy Bulbmin: Hairless juveniles cower behind the leader they are following when an enemy draws near. Often found in cold areas.
  • Spotty Bulbearmin: Detects enemies from far away, and breaks free from the group to attack an enemy that gets too close.
  • Burrowing Snagmin: Pecks at grounded enemies to cause damage and keep them distracted. Can be thrown like javelins to inflict the most damage.
  • Breadmin: Can drag smaller enemies away from the one currently being fought to minimize distractions and space them out. The more Breadmin there are, the bigger the enemies that can be dragged or immobilized, but only up to medium-sized ones. Bosses and large enemies cannot be dragged or immobilized. Does not inflict damage on its own, when thrown at enemies it bounces off like a Rock Pikmin and does below-average damage.
  • Gatling Groinkmin: Keeps its distance from enemies and pelts them with a shower of small pebbles to distract them. Bounces off enemies when thrown at them and does below-average damage.
  • Wollymin: Repeatedly attempts to land on enemies. Throwing them increases the chances of them doing damage to taller enemies, but if they hit the enemy directly after being thrown they will bounce off of it and do below-average damage.
  • Spinermin: Latches onto enemies and repeatedly bites them. Leaves small patches of webs on enemies that help other Pikmin stay latched on when the enemy tries to shake them off.
  • Dweevilmin: Strictly uses hazards to inflict damage and is immune to the hazard it utilizes. Latches onto enemies when thrown and begins to use its power. Enemies that utilize the same hazard are unaffected by it.
  • Cannon Beetlemin: Keeps its distance from an enemy and launches small boulders in its direction. These boulders can crush grounded non-Rock Pikmin in their path. Burrows into the ground to target airborne enemies.

Alien Pikmin

Alien Pikmin are extraterrestrial Pikmin that found their way onto PNF-404. They are extremely hostile and will attack any creature that draws near. Alien Pikmin have seemingly no special resistance to any hazards, or are at least not resistant to anything seen on PNF-404 during the events of Pikmin: Wide World. They are skinny and have pale skin, black flowers with six curved petals and a cyan center, two claws on each hand and each foot, and black oblong eyes.

Captmin

Captmin are a new hybrid of leader and Pikmin introduced in Pikmin: Wide World. Captmin are leaders who have failed to survive on PNF-404 and have been transformed by the Pikmin they once led. They wander in various areas and caves and are kept for the entire day once found. Like leaders, Captmin have health meters, can be switched between, and can whistle; like Pikmin, they can latch onto enemies and obstacles to attack them. Captmin are affected both by sprays that affect Pikmin and sprays that affect leaders. Captmin have no resistance to any hazard, much like many of the hosts of Parasitic Pikmin. Captmin cannot be stored in any Onions nor the Dolphin Lander's PikHold because they are not wholly Pikmin; the same case applies to Parasitic Pikmin and their hosts. Leadermin that are left behind at the end of the day are not counted as dead and will have no impact on total Pikmin deaths.

Characters

Pikmin: Wide World does not introduce any new characters, but some characters do make a reappearance. All leaders require five Pikmin to carry.

Captain Olimar

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Captain Olimar, the heroic Hocotation who first led the Pikmin to success, returns to PNF-404 alongside Shacho. Olimar records notes detailing the biology of the lifeforms of the alien planet he is all too familiar with. He is the captain and builder of the Dolphin Lander, which he takes for a test-drive and uses to travel to PNF-404 alongside his boss to repay yet another debt.

The President

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The President of Hocotate Freight, who is referred to as Shacho for the sake of convenience, joins Captain Olimar to revisit PNF-404 in search of riches. Shacho records notes about PNF-404's lifeforms that put his love of money on a pedestal, writing about how to squeeze the most Pokos from anything and everything on the planet. He also writes sales pitches for treasures.

Louie

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Although Louie was stranded once more on the Pikmin Planet at the end of Pikmin 3, he can eventually be found and becomes a third leader after he is rescued. He still possesses his voracious appetite and superior culinary skills, and he will create recipes detailing how to prepare and cook various creatures and vegetation found on PNF-404 once he is unlocked.

Ships

One new ship is introduced in Pikmin: Wide World.

Dolphin Lander

The Dolphin Lander, also referred to simply as the Lander or even the ship, is a one-of-a-kind spacecraft engineered and built by Captain Olimar. It was inspired by the likenesses of the S.S. Dolphin, the Hocotate ship, and an Onion. As such, it is a sort of hybrid of the three crafts in terms of appearance and functionalities. The Dolphin Lander is a sizeable spacecraft and has a large round cockpit that is mounted on three legs that fold in upon takeoff, making it look similar to an Onion. It is cream colored with red details, much like the S.S. Dolphin. The Hocotate Lander also has a quirky personality and is quite informative if not a bit impressionable. Much like the Hocotate ship, the Dolphin Lander is capable of dispatching its version of the Research Pod, the Lander Pod, which is the nosecone of the spacecraft. It is normally only dispatched when leaders delve into caves. The propeller on the nosecone is modeled after a flower, much like the flower on the top of an Onion. The Dolphin Lander is also capable of housing Purple Pikmin and White Pikmin in its custom-built Pikmin hold, which is named the PikHold, similar to how the Hocotate ship could store Pikmin in Pikmin 2.

Onion

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An Onion is a vehicle used by most types of Pikmin for shelter and protection from the various creatures inhabiting PNF-404. They share the same color as the Pikmin it produces and the Pikmin that can inhabit it. Much like in Pikmin 3, two Onions can merge at the end of the day to create a Master Onion, which can create and store several Pikmin types. Onions may also be dormant when initially discovered, but approaching them will activate them and cause them to dispense a single Pikmin seed that matches its color. The more Onions that assimilate into the Master Onion, the more efficient of a Pikmin storage device it is. Some Pikmin types, such as subterranean Pikmin like White Pikmin or Purple Pikmin, do not have Onions and can only be made by throwing other Pikmin into their respectively-colored Candypop buds. As those two Pikmin types lack their respective Onions, they are instead stored in the Dolphin Lander's PikHold, which acts as an artificial Onion.

Areas

Balmy Highlands

Balmy Highlands is the first area discovered in Pikmin: Wide World. Day 1 takes place here, which, much like in the previous Pikmin games, acts as the game's initial tutorial by teaching the player about basic controls and gameplay mechanics. Yellow Pikmin are discovered here. Balmy Plains is a grassy area with temperate weather and occasional rainfall. Many bodies of water are found in the environment. The major boss of Balmy Highlands is the Grimacing Cremblub, but a secret boss is also present in the area.

Arid Oasis

Arid Oasis is the second area discovered in Pikmin: Wide World. Blue Pikmin are discovered here. It is a beach dotted with bodies of water and contains a visible boardwalk. The area's sweltering heat takes its toll on leaders, but Pikmin and enemies are unaffected by it. The effects can be counteracted by obtaining the Pocket Cooler. Shade present in the area presents minor protection against the heat. The only time Arid Oasis is temperate is when rain is falling there. The major boss of Arid Oasis is the Titan Cottonade.

Frigid Tundra

Frigid Tundra is the third area discovered in Pikmin: Wide World. Red Pikmin are discovered here. Frigid Tundra is an arctic environment that contains snow, ice, and cold water. Snowfall periodically occurs here. The area has a cold climate, which significantly slows down leaders, Pikmin, and most enemies, but its effects can be negated by obtaining the Pocket Heater. However, although the upgrade will not stop the effects of wading through cold water, it can increase the recovery rate of warmth. The major boss of this area is the Frosted Arcticlops.

Ancient Metalworks

Ancient Metalworks is the fourth area discovered in Pikmin: Wide World. Purple Pikmin, Green Pikmin, and Rock Pikmin are all discovered here. This area contains grass and exposed dirt, but metal and concrete ruins decorate the map. Much like with Balmy Highlands, Ancient Metalworks has a temperate climate and occasional rainfall. Mechanical enemies are a frequent sight in this area and its caves. Although bodies of ordinary water are present, an entirely new hazard is introduced: acidic water. Acidic water is found only in this location, and the air above any pool of it is hazy. Any non-Green Pikmin that touch acidic water will dissolve shortly after making contact if not saved quickly enough. The Plasm Wraith serves as the major boss of this area.

Mycelial Sepulcher

Mycelial Sepulcher is the fifth area discovered in Pikmin: Wide World. White Pikmin are discovered here. Mycelial Sepulcher is unique from other areas in that it is a cave-like environment, but is not itself considered a cave. Most of the area is dark, but sunlight shines in through holes in the ceiling and onto creatures and vegetation below; because of this, most of the area is cool except for where sunlight shines in, where it is instead mild. Rain falls through the holes on the ceiling on rainy days. Mycelial Sepulcher's lower temperature moderately impacts the speed of leaders in much the same way as Frigid Tundra's climate does but to a lesser degree. The Pocket Heater can be used to negate this. The major boss of this area is the Titan Webber Dweevil.

Endless Sea

Endless Sea is the sixth and final area discovered in Pikmin: Wide World. Winged Pikmin are discovered here. Endless Sea is a swamp, containing mostly water and mud, with little dry ground to spare. Acidic water is also present. Vegetation and insects are common in the area's humid environment. As the area is warm, the Pocket Cooler can be used to counteract the negative effects of excessive heat. Rainfall lowers the area's temperature to be mild. This area has two major bosses, which are the Hydroe Host and the Winged Snagret.

Caves

Caves make a return from Pikmin 2 and appear in Pikmin: Wide World. Caves are underground locations that can be accessed from various holes in the ground of certain regions of aboveground areas, and generally contain as many treasures and fruits as there are enemies and hazards. Vegetation is also often found in caves, matching the theme of the sublevel they are on. Various objects and enemies may also fall from the ceilings of caves. A cave variant known as dens can be found and consist of one to two tranquil sublevels. To create a more realistic atmosphere, all sublevel themes feature occasional patches of dirt, sand, or snow, depending on the cave's location. The primary sources of light in caves is usually a leader's beacon, although some enemies and plants may also produce light. The hole to the next sublevel cannot be entered until the area around it and the path to it from the Lander Pod are cleared of danger: enemies close to the hole or near the path to it must be defeated and most nearby hazards must be neutralized. All caves can be exited using an escape geyser that is present on the bottommost sublevel, although escape geysers may also be found on tranquil sublevels. Some escape geysers must be activated by having Pikmin attack them before they may be used. The contents of a cave do not reappear for fourteen in-game days after they are collected.

Treasures

Treasures make a reappearance in Pikmin: Wide World from Pikmin 2 and are once again used to acquire vast quantities of Pokos. Additionally, treasures contain larger quantities of Sparklium than most other objects do, which is needed to fuel the Dolphin Lander. Unlike in the Story Mode of Pikmin 2, where every treasure appears only once and is never encountered again, treasures discovered in Pikmin: Wide World can be repeatedly found and collected. Every treasure in Pikmin: Wide World also has several unique appearances, but they are purely aesthetic and have no impact on its Poko value. No artificial or processed food-based treasures exist in Pikmin: Wide World, as the beings who made them have long-since become extinct by the time the game takes place. Fruits are not considered treasures in Pikmin: Wide World, as they have a more prominent purpose. Along with the common treasures, some treasures only appear in special situations, such as a boss fight.

Nuggets

Although not exactly treasures, nuggets are valuables that return in Pikmin: Wide World from Pikmin 3 and come in three different types: copper, silver, and gold. Nuggets, each of which requiring a single Pikmin to carry them. They are found in piles and each type of nugget has different Poko values and Sparklium worths. They can be found both aboveground and in caves, either in the open, within large crystals, or from dirt mounds. Essentially, nuggets can be found almost anywhere. The higher the tier of the nugget, the rarer they are and the smaller piles of them are. Pikmin that do not know where the Dolphin Lander is will instead follow behind the leader that assigned them to the pile if there are no nearby caravans to lead the way. If a Pikmin who is carrying a nugget is whistled, it will drop the nugget on the ground. The following is a detailed list of the existing nugget types:

  • Copper nuggets, each worth Poko × 5 and containing Sparklium × 5 (Sparklium × 10 with the Sparklium Extractor).
  • Silver nuggets, each worth Poko × 10 and containing Sparklium × 7 (Sparklium × 14 with the Sparklium Extractor).
  • Gold nuggets, each worth Poko × 15 and containing Sparklium × 10 (Sparklium × 20 with the Sparklium Extractor).

Fruits

Fruits make a return from Pikmin 3 to appear in Pikmin: Wide World as a pivotal gameplay element. Fruits must be collected for the continued survival of the leaders, who feed on the juice they contain. For this reason, they are not considered treasures. Fruits have no Poko value, but they do contain traces of Sparklium, another important gameplay element. Much like common treasures, the amount of fruits currently in existence is infinite.

Sparklium

Sparklium returns from Hey! Pikmin to serve as a pivotal gameplay mechanic in Pikmin: Wide World. The Dolphin Lander requires Sparklium to perform certain tasks such as blasting off at the end of the day or restoring a leader's health. The Lander requires Sparklium × 250 each night to blast off, but the Sparklium Saver reduces that cost to a mere Sparklium × 125. The Sparklium Extractor doubles the usual amount of Sparklium harvested from an object brought to the Dolphin Lander. Sparklium can be obtained from a variety of sources other than Sparklium seeds and stones such as fruits and treasures. Generally, fruits contain very little Sparklium while treasures and Sparklium stones contain the most. The larger and stronger an enemy is, the higher its Sparklium value and the chance of it having swallowed a higher-tier Sparklium seed.

Upgrades

A number of Upgrades appear in Pikmin: Wide World. Some of them return from Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, but most are entirely new. Upgrades are separated into three categories: area unlocks, Exploration Kit, and ship parts. While area unlocks are self-explanatory, Exploration Kit upgrades aid leaders and ship parts can be brought to the Dolphin Lander to unlock additional features. Features unlocked through ship parts can benefit the Lander itself, leaders, or both parties. Ship parts do not have the same function as they did in Pikmin 1, where they were used to repair Captain Olimar's prized spaceship, the S.S. Dolphin.

Enemies

In Pikmin: Wide World, almost every enemy from the canonical Pikmin games returns. Some of these enemies also have different behaviors between instances. Some canonical enemies also have different names or belong to different families than before. Mixed in with these canon enemies are fan-made enemies to not only provide nostalgia but also to provide a fresh new experience to the game. Most enemies too give Sparklium upon death, although in minuscule amounts. Enemies that explode upon death obviously cannot be retrieved, but they do drop a fair amount of Sparklium to make up for it. However, this does not apply to an enemy, such as a Volatile Dweevil, that uses bomb-rocks to destroy itself and its enemy. Some enemies also have an alternate form that is distinguished from their original form.

Plants and fungi

Although Pikmin: Wide World features a wide variety of real-world vegetation, most of it is only useful for hiding under. Vegetation that is unique to the world of Pikmin or has a function are listed in the above link. Most Candypop Buds, when they reach their Pikmin conversion limit, do not wilt and disappear as they do in past Pikmin games; instead, they simply close their petals and cannot be used or interacted with until sometime later.

Date files

Data files return from Pikmin 3 and serve a variety of purposes. They can either be created or found by Olimar, Shacho, or Louie, and can be viewed with the HocoPad. Data files created by the leaders contain information regarding Pikmin, other native wildlife, and recovered objects such as fruits and treasures. Data files found in the environment can contain hints pertaining to the area it was found in, such as tips on how to solve a puzzle or defeat an enemy more quickly or effectively. Some data files which were left behind by other explorers on PNF-404 can also be found and read.

Nectar and sprays

Pikmin: Wide World features eggs, nectar, sprays, and related objects and items. A wide array of enemies can also drop nectar or random sprays upon death, but only the few that regularly drop certain ones are listed in this section. Sprays of a certain type will only appear as drops once they are unlocked by earning a dose of it from their respective Burgeoning Spiderwort and Sunset Spiderwort berries. Blobs of spray and nectar can also be chilled, which temporarily slows leaders and Pikmin that walk through them or drink them. Some sprays can only be sprayed either in front of or behind leaders, but others can be sprayed in either direction. Sprays that affect Pikmin, such as Ultra-spicy spray, also affect non-friendly Pikmin such as Mushroom Pikmin. Sprays that affect leaders also affect Captmin, which are also affected by Pikmin-affecting sprays.

  • Rubble: Similar to Nectar Grass, but Pikmin hit each piece of debris to break it. Each piece broken has a chance to cause nectar to appear.
  • Burgeoning Spiderwort: A special type of plant that grows the berries needed to initially unlock a type of spray.
  • Ultra-spicy spray: Returns from Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, and is slightly different. It can be sprayed in front of or behind leaders, and temporarily increases the attack power and speed of all Pikmin it hits. However, the affected Pikmin become extremely feverish and may break away from the group in a frenzy to attack a nearby enemy. The only time they do this is when they are not occupied with another task such as carrying objects or working to clear an obstacle. Every Pikmin in a leader's squad is affected when sprayed regardless of distance, and any Pikmin around them can be as well. A dose of ultra-spicy spray can be obtained by collecting ten pink Burgeoning Spiderwort berries.
  • Ultra-bitter spray: Returns from Pikmin 2, and works quite a bit differently. It is sprayed in front of leaders and causes a temporary stone covering to form on a portion of a living creature it hits. How long the spray's effect lasts and how much of the target is covered depends entirely on the target's size, but all of them will break out eventually. Another change from Pikmin 2 is that instead of the ultra-bitter spray coating an entire target, it causes a layer of stone to form on the portion of an enemy that the spray touched; an example is that if a dose of ultra-bitter spray is used on the face of a Red Bulborb, only the creature's face would be covered and not its backside. Larger targets will only be partially petrified, but smaller targets will more than likely be almost entirely petrified if not completely. The petrified portion of the target will be temporarily invulnerable to most attacks except for explosives and blunt force, but petrifying different parts of a target can have different effects. Pikmin can also be affected by this spray and will be completely petrified until they can break out. While petrified, Pikmin will be completely ignored by enemies and cannot be eaten nor skewered. They are still subject to being crushed, however. Petrified Pikmin, if they are somehow targetted to be eaten, will be spat out along with any other Pikmin in the enemy's mouth, and have their stone exterior broken after hitting the ground; likewise, any Pikmin that are in the way of an enemy's skewering attack will be thrown back like a Rock Pikmin and have their stone exterior destroyed. Petrified Pikmin can be picked up and thrown at enemies to deal massive damage to them, although the stone exterior breaks upon impact with any surface after being thrown. In this sense, they can be used as immobile, inedible, one-time-use Rock Pikmin. Whistling at a petrified Pikmin will cause it to free itself faster. A dose of ultra-bitter spray can be obtained by collecting ten purple Burgeoning Spiderwort berries.
  • Ultra-minty spray: Used by leaders for self-benefit, and can be sprayed in front of or behind them. Each dose of ultra-refreshing spray heals affected leaders by a small amount, and temporarily slightly increases their walking and throwing speeds, attack damage, and carry strength. A dose of ultra-refreshing spray can be obtained by collecting fifteen turquoise Burgeoning Spiderwort berries.
  • Ultra-sweet spray: Affects enemies instead of leaders and Pikmin, and is sprayed in front of a leader. When used, it produces a temporary cloud of turquoise mist. This mist distracts nearby enemies, causing them to sniff at the air in the general direction of it. Some enemies are more intoxicated by it than others and will tread towards the source of the scent and stand in the mist until it fades. After the mist fades, nearby enemies will resume their normal behavior. A dose of ultra-sweet spray can be obtained by collecting ten yellow Burgeoning Spiderwort berries.
  • Ultra-hot spray: A unique spray that has several uses but poses just as many risks. It is sprayed in front of leaders and causes them to belch a jet of flame that lasts for three seconds, and visibly scorches places touched by it. Ultra-hot spray can be used to inflict severe damage to most enemies, but enemies that use fire in some form generally are immune to it. Few other enemies are immune to it as well, such as most airborne enemies because leaders cannot physically look upward while using the spray. Ultra-hot spray can also be used to burn most obstacles and destructible vegetation, and anything it cannot burn simply chars at the point of contact. Ultra-hot spray is also dangerous in that the jet of flame it is used to create can harm leaders not wearing the scorch guard and can ignite non-Red Pikmin. The jet of flame can also reignite extinguished enemies it touches and frequently leaves behind flames in its wake. These flames are an obstacle and risk the safety of anything around it until it dies down on its own or is smothered out by Red Pikmin. A dose of ultra-hot spray can be obtained by collecting fifteen green Burgeoning Spiderwort berries.

Hazards

Hazards are anything that can harm or kill Pikmin. Hazards are generally elemental, but some objects pose as crushing hazard; most of them can be destroyed with bomb-rocks and with the third punch provided by the Mega Punch upgrade. Hazards that suffocate the top of a Pikmin's stem will cause the affected Pikmin to run around in panic. If they are not rescued after a few seconds, they succumb to the hazard and die. They can be saved by being whistled. If a Pikmin is under the effects of an ultra-spicy spray, stem-related hazards take half the normal amount of time to kill it.

  • Fire: Usually found in the form of fire geysers, but it can be blown by some enemies, although there are some enemies whose bodies are cloaked in fire. Fire in itself may serve as an obstacle in the form of flames. Only Red Pikmin are immune to it, and any other Pikmin type that touches it burns up. Leaders that do not have the Scorch Guard will take heavy damage from fire.
  • Water: Encountered as bodies of water aboveground and underground, and is used by some enemies. Some enemies also swim in water but don't use it to attack. Pikmin that enter bodies of water begin to drown but can find their way to shore. Only Blue Pikmin can safely travel in it and resist it. Leaders are not affected by water, but they can swim in it if they have the Artificial Flippers.
  • Electricity: A hazard that is generally non-fatal, but can be lethal in some cases. It knocks back and stuns Pikmin that touch it, except when they directly contact high-voltage sources of electricity such as an electric wire gate; in which case, they instantly die by electrocution. Stunned Pikmin will only return to normal once whistled. Only Yellow Pikmin are immune to this hazard. Leaders that do not have the Anti-Electrifier will take light damage from low-voltage sources and heavy damage from high-voltage sources. They will still be thrown back and stunned until they get up regardless of whether or not they have the suit upgrade or not.
  • Poison: Gas that suffocates all Pikmin but White Pikmin. Leaders are unaffected by poison because of their spacesuits, which filter out air.
  • Acid: A new hazard in Pikmin: Wide World that, much like water, can appear in pools and is used by some enemies. Pikmin that enter pools of acid or are hit by acid as part of an enemy's attack succumb very quickly but can still be whistled at and saved. Although acid is a liquid, it is extremely corrosive, and only Green Pikmin are immune to it. Leaders take heavy damage from acid until they acquire the Antacid Polish.
  • Temperature: A hazard that affects entire locations. Areas and even cave sublevels can be cold or hot, and each side of the spectrum affects enemies, Pikmin, leaders, and even certain gameplay elements differently. Pikmin and leaders that walk through a cold area or substance will become chilled and will have their movement speed dramatically decreased relative to how chilled they are. Their movement speed steadily returns to normal over time. Some enemies also use attacks that can chill leaders and Pikmin. Leaders and Pikmin can build up a resistance to the cold if they are near a source of fire or if a leader has the Pocket Heater. Conversely, heat severely slows down Leaders, but Pikmin and most enemies are unaffected. Leaders can build up a resistance to heat if they have the Pocket Cooler upgrade.
  • Ice: Only appears in cold areas, and can be used by some enemies as a form of attack. Pikmin become progressively more chilled they longer they maintain contact with it.
  • Mud: Slows leaders and Pikmin that walk through it or are covered by it. The mud covering them eventually clears, but it can be removed faster by shaking it off. Any leader or Pikmin can walk through mud without fear of being harmed.
  • Blunt force: An all-encompassing term describing crushing and impalement, of which some enemies and obstacles are capable of. Rock Pikmin are immune to being crushed and impaled.
  • Adhesive: Another new hazard in Pikmin: Wide World. Adhesive is a general term that describes substances Pikmin stick to and are immobilized by until whistled, such as webbing.
  • Bomb-rock: Explosives that can be utilized by leaders, Pikmin, and some enemies. They are bigger than they were in Pikmin 1 but smaller than they were in Pikmin 3 in terms of size. An explosion will cause any bomb-rocks in the blast radius to almost instantly detonate, resulting in a massive chain reaction if there are plenty of bomb-rocks involved. Bomb-rocks explode the instant they contact water.
  • Mine-rock: The aquatic equivalent of bomb-rocks. They can be brought onto land, but are much less effective than if they were used underwater. Unlike bomb-rocks, mine-rocks explode the moment they hit a hard surface after being thrown.
  • Pit: Bottomless chasms underground and aboveground. Pikmin that fall into them die, but objects and leaders that fall into them are harmlessly beamed up onto the ground. Enemies will intentionally avoid pits and cannot be lured into falling into one. An enemy that is forced to fall into a pit will be lost along with any Pikmin that are latched onto it. If the enemy that fell into a pit had ingested an object, they will both be beamed back up onto the ground.
  • Sunset: After the Dolphin Lander and Master Onion take off at the end of the day, any Pikmin that are not at the landing site, in a leader's squad, or planted in the ground will be left behind and killed by the nocturnal creatures in the area.
  • Panic: Causes Pikmin to break away from a leader's group and scatter in random directions. A small number of scenarios and situations can cause Pikmin to panic, be they an enemy's attacks or the presence of an enemy itself. Purple Pikmin do not panic.
  • Bubble: A special type of hazard created by some enemies. Bubbles trap Pikmin and leaders that touch them, but they can be popped easily. Leaders can escape a bubble by struggling but Pikmin must be saved manually and cannot be whistled free.

Obstacles

An expansive collection of obstacles is present in Pikmin: Wide World, with most returning from previous Pikmin games and others being completely new. Most destructible obstacles can be cleared fairly easily through the use of bomb-rocks, but others require special solutions to overcome.

HocoPad

An immersive gameplay feature from Pikmin 3, the KopPad, returns in Pikmin: Wide World as the HocoPad, a Hocotation counterpart. Much like the KopPad, the HocoPad resembles the Wii U GamePad and has several applications that can be used during gameplay.

Encyclopedias

Piklopedia

Treasure Hoard

Fruit File

New features

  • Multiple landing sites: Every area is expansive, bigger than most other areas in other Pikmin game. As such, they each have three total landing sites that players can choose at the start of the day, but only one can be used and is automatically selected until another is unlocked. Unlocking a landing site consists of clearing it of enemies, obstacles, and other objects. When leaders approach a location the Dolphin Lander considers suitable for making a landing site, it will inform them that the location can be made into one. The Dolphin Lander will also alert leaders when the location is cleared. Once a landing site is cleared, it can start being used beginning the following day.
  • Carrying assistance: Leaders can assist Pikmin with carrying certain objects. Each leader carries the weight of three Pikmin. The Muscle Pumper upgrade, however, allows leaders to carry the weight of five Pikmin. Having leaders assist Pikmin in carrying objects has more uses than needing less Pikmin to carry an object; if the Pikmin carrying an object that is to be delivered to the Dolphin Lander do not yet know where the spacecraft located, a leader helping to carry the object will guide the way.
  • Staying past sundown: Although leaving an area at sundown is highly recommended, leaders and Pikmin can stay on PNF-404's surface until quarterway through the night. At night, most enemies that were active during the day will return to their nests or territories to hide or sleep; likewise, most enemies that spent the day sleeping or hiding will become active and begin wandering the entire area. The only lights present are provided by enemies and vegetation that produce it, as well as the leaders' beacons, the Onions, and the Dolphin Lander. Nocturnal enemies are attracted to sources of light, so extreme caution must be taken come nighttime. To leave an area at sundown, all three leaders must be present within the day's landing site. The Dolphin Lander will not allow leaders to stay on the surface past sundown for the first few days, but will eventually come to trust that they can take care of themselves.
  • Beacon lights: At night and in caves, the light provided by the leaders' beacons is often the only way to see in the darkness. Unfortunately, a variety of enemies are attracted to the light given off by beacons and tend to gravitate towards them. By default, the color of a beacon's light matches the beacon's color, but the light's color can be toggled to colorless through the options menu on the title screen. The radius of a beacon's field of light can be multiplied by three with the Radiant Illuminator.
  • Suit selection: On the area select screen, after the player has collected their first suit upgrade, is an option that allows players to choose which suit upgrade which leader wears. The three suit upgrades are the Scorch Guard, Anti-Electrifier, and Metal Suit Z. Leaders will automatically equip the suits the player chose to have them wear at the start of every day if the player chose a suit upgrade. If no suit upgrade was chosen for a leader, they will instead wear the default suit. Leaders can return to the Dolphin Lander to switch suits, which will cause them to be beamed up into the spacecraft and become unusable for a fairly short time while they change.
  • Playing dead: Lying down has a special use during combat: playing dead. Leaders can lay down while being attacked by an enemy, which may cause them to back off and resume idle behavior. While playing dead fools most enemies, others can see through the ruse and will continue their assault.
  • Pikmin learning and independence: Pikmin are capable of learning and can become somewhat autonomous the more familiar they are with an area, an obstacle type, or even enemies. The more time Pikmin spend exploring an area with leaders, the more familiar they will become with its layout and landmarks. Pikmin that are told to grab fragments but do not yet know where the fragment bridge they belong to is, they will instead follow the leader that assigned them to the task; when the fragment bridge is found, Pikmin will learn its location and will return there automatically until the bridge is finished or the pile is used up, where they will return to where the pile was and stay there until whistled. The same concept applies to Pikmin carrying objects that are to be brought to the Dolphin Lander, such as fruits or treasures, yet do not know its location; they will follow leaders instead of walking to the landing site. This mainly applies to newly-discovered Pikmin that know only where their Onion is. Leaders or Pikmin that are familiar with the area can be assigned to assist in carrying an object to guide new Pikmin carrying an object to the landing site's location so that they may learn it, and sometimes this may even result in the formation of a convoy; new Pikmin carrying a different object than familiarized Pikmin will follow them to the landing site. Pikmin can also learn which obstacles require what solutions to take down, and which parts of an enemy are more vulnerable than others. Pikmin can also learn which enemies do what and can also remember the noises an enemy makes so that they may anticipate dodging an attack. Pikmin will also flee from hostile enemies when they are not numerous enough to battle it or physically cannot harm it. Pikmin that are not immune to a hazard will learn which ones are, and Pikmin that are immune to a hazard can learn which aren't; as such, a Pikmin who is immune to a hazard witnessing a Pikmin about to be harmed by a hazard they aren't immune to will stop them and lead them away to keep them safe. Pikmin that are both familiar with an area and know the landing site's location will slowly navigate there if they are idle for the majority of the day. At the end of the day, when the Dolphin Lander and Master Onion take off into the sky, all learned information between Pikmin will be synchronized.
  • Squad Desertion: Some Pikmin will willingly leave the squad which they are part of for various reasons. Examples of Pikmin that desert their squad are Blue Pikmin saving a nearby drowning Pikmin and Spotty Bulbearmin when an enemy gets too close.
  • Arming leaders: Leaders can pick up and carry bomb-rocks and Sparklium stones, throwing or dropping them if they need to. Throwing a bomb-rock will cause its timer to start, and throwing a Sparklium stone will damage it as well as the enemies it lands on. Setting either of them down with WiiU B.png will not result in any changes in the objects other than them being relocated.
  • Leader abduction: Leaders that have been absorbed by a creature such as a Jellyfloat or Slurker cannot be switched to until they are freed. Leaders can be switched to and struggle to free themselves from the grasp of a creature like the Swooping Snitchbug, however.
  • Abduction ignorance: Leaders, Pikmin, and objects that have been absorbed by an enemy like the Medusal Slurker than cannot digest them will still have them trapped within itself the following day if they are not saved. Leaders that are captured, but not rescued on the same day, will have critical health levels when rescued the day after. Pikmin that are not rescued on the same day they are captured will revert to the leaf stage. Leaders that are left within the creature for longer than a day will be knocked out and be unusable for the rest of the day if the area is visited again. If the area is not revisited, the captured leader will remain in this state and still have to be saved. Pikmin that are trapped for longer than a day will remain.
  • Enemy intelligence: Enemies will intentionally avoid hazards that may damage them. An example of this would be a Red Bulborb walking around an active electrical wire while in pursuit of Pikmin. The only two exceptions to this rule are if the hazard is shallow-enough liquid and if the enemy traveling through the hazard utilizes it. Enemies also cannot be fooled into walking into a pit.
  • Getting attention: Whistling produces noise and can attract the attention of nearby enemies. This can be detrimental or beneficial, depending on the situation and how it is used. Some enemies can hear better than others, which affects how close a leader or enemy needs to be to an enemy for them to hear them blow their whistle. The noise whistling produces can be muffled to avoid attracting unwanted attention by obtaining the Whistle Silencer upgrade.
  • Nectar spray: Nectar can be stored in a Spray Bottle by a leader that walks into a blob of it, regardless of the blob's size. If there is enough stored for a single dose, leaders can then spray the blob of nectar onto nearby Pikmin to increase their maturity by one stage.
  • Ground types: The hardness of softness of a surface type can impact gameplay. Hard surfaces, such as concrete, stone, metal, and tile, cannot be burrowed into by enemies such as mandiblards. Pikmin thrown into a hard surface by an enemy such as a Swooping Snitchbug will only be momentarily dazed and lie on the ground before rising to its feet, much like a leader would when thrown by a Bumbling Snitchbug. The only exception to this is wooded surfaces, which act as hard ground but can be burrowed into only by enemies. Conversely, soft surfaces, such as dirt, sand, and snow, can be burrowed into by enemies, and Pikmin thrown directly down onto it will be buried. Leaders can also be buried into soft surfaces by enemies such as Bumbling Snitchbugs and Mamutas but may free themselves by struggling out of the ground. The hardness of softness of the ground may also impact the likelihood of a non-Rock Pikmin being crushed; the likelihood of a Pikmin being crushed on a hard surface is guaranteed, but the chance of a Pikmin being buried instead of being crushed on a soft surface is likely.
  • Dynamic values: Almost every numeric aspect of Pikmin: Wide World varies in some way, shape, or form to keep the game fresh. It affects only a non-unique object's carry weight, maximum carriers, Poko values, and Sparklium worth. These values may be decreased or increased a set number of integers and entirely depends on the non-unique object's statistics. For example, if a non-unique object's carry weight, maximum carriers, Poko value, or Sparklium worth values are at or below ten, they will seldom be changed, and if they are they increment one value up; however, any carry weight or maximum carriers values that equal one will never change. If those values are in the range of numbers between eleven and twenty, they have a very slight but still increased chance to change, although those values will still only decrease or increase by one. This pattern continues with higher numbers, and the higher the numbers go, the higher the chance of a variance occurring, and the higher the severity of the variance. Fruits and the juice they provide are also affected by this system. All values listed for non-unique objects on this page are the average values obtained for each of the objects they affect.

Returning features

  • Day limit: Pikmin: Wide World has a day limit, but it can be extended by collecting fruits and sources of Sparklium. Fruits are used to produce the juice on which the leaders feed, and Sparklium is used as fuel by the Dolphin Lander. There is no set number of fruits or treasures, so the day limit can be extended so far as to make them seem almost indefinite.
  • Enemy weaknesses: Many enemies have specific parts of their bodies that can be latched on to and attacked by Pikmin, which can result in different reactions from the enemy as well as different amounts of damage. For example, throwing a Pikmin directly at a Bulborb's eyes will cause it to recoil and spit out any snatched Pikmin.
  • Realistic graphics: Pikmin: Wide World features detailed and natural-looking graphics that drastically improve the realism of the game.
  • Movement tracking: Pikmin follow leaders much like they do in Pikmin 3, by moving individually and following the paths leaders take.
  • Swarming: Pikmin: Wide World retains Pikmin swarming and renames it "group moving". The concept of charging enemies and dodging using the Dodge Whistle returns from Pikmin 3.
  • Enemy health: Enemies that are injured, but not killed, will partially regain their health overnight. The carcasses of bosses will remain in an aboveground area for up to a day after their defeat, provided they leave remains.
  • Safety zone: The Master Onion returns in Pikmin: Wide World, and all Onions can produce a ring of light to display a safe zone in which Pikmin will enter their Onion automatically.
  • Refining electricity: Most forms of electricity no longer instantly kill Pikmin but will stun them instead. There are some exceptions, however, such as the electric wire gate.
  • Stumbling and falling: Pikmin can once again stumble and fall over, and leaders can too.
  • Refining deflowering: Pikmin can only go down in maturity (be deflowered) if their stems are cut off or if they are hit by a Withering Blowhog's gust of air. This also applies to buried Pikmin, which will not wither if left in the ground for long enough unlike in previous Pikmin games.
  • Dropping seeds: Returns from Pikmin 1. Flowered Pikmin that are killed in any way have a small chance to leave behind a Pikmin seed that develops into a sprout and can be plucked.
  • Spray flowering: While Pikmin become flowered when hit by a dose of ultra-spicy spray in Pikmin 3, they retain their maturity in Pikmin: Wide World.
  • Hiding: Leaders and Pikmin can hide under or behind vegetation to avoid being detected by most enemies. Much like with playing dead, some enemies are not fooled. Enemies that saw leaders and Pikmin hide under vegetation or can see them currently hiding under vegetation will also give chase.
  • Area weather: Areas will have weather that is appropriate for the climate it is in. Rain falls in temperate areas, while snow falls in cold areas.

Controls

Pikmin: Wide World has an intuitive and easy-to-learn set of controls, but is not compatible with the Wii remote due to its lack of buttons.

Trivia