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Bulborb in SSB4 3DS.jpg
A Bulborb in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Franchise Pikmin
First appearance Pikmin (2001)
Latest appearance Pikmin 3 Deluxe (2020)
Console of origin Nintendo GameCube
Super Smash Bros. appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bulborbs, also named Red Bulborbs, are common enemies in the the Pikmin franchise who inhabit the Distant Planet. Their appearance consists of the body: red ball with white dots, and yellow face with two eye stalks, and small weak legs. In Pikmin, they try to devour Olimar and his Pikmin if they get close, but can be defeated and killed, where their dead bodies can be used to produce new Pikmin in the Onion.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Bulborbs first appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as the main hazard of the stage Distant Planet. One appears to the right of the stage, and it sometimes opens its mouth. During that time, all players that enter its mouth may be eaten and then dragged quickly offstage for a KO or self-destruct. Landing on its back is generally safe, but the Red Bulborb can leave the stage. Also on the background of the stage, another Red Bulborb appears alongside a Cloaking Burrow-nit and a flower. In the Final Destination form of Distant Planet of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, they are absent. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, a Bulborb can be seen walking around in the background of the Garden of Hope stage, and it does not interact with the fighters.

During Captain Olimar's Final Smash, Olimar enters his spaceship to escape any stage he is currently on while Red Bulborbs constantly attack all players remaining on the stage racking up damage, before he returns again later.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Bulborb appears as an enemy in Smash Run. It is much smaller than its previous iteration, now being about the correct size compared to Olimar. It is considered a boss enemy, meaning it has more health than normal enemies, its attacks are stronger, and it rewards players with bigger stat upgrades. It may also be the requested enemy to be defeated during events. One of its attacks is stampeding. It can also chomping, attacking multiple times in the front. If the player is behind it, it can slam the player with its rear, although there is some setup time.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there is an enhancable spirit of Bulborb, depicting its Pikmin 3 artwork. At level 99, it can be upgraded to Empress Bulblax, a boss in Pikmin 2.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

Name Image Game Description
Red Bulborb SSBB Trophy Red Bulborb.png GCN SSBB graphic.png Pikmin A creature whose Japanese name translates as "spotted crimson bug-eye." These bulky nocturnal animals have white-and-red-flecked rumps that resemble strawberries. Red bulborbs sleep in the day and wake in the evening to feed on small animals. Several colors of bulborb subspecies have been discovered--their classification is a hot subject for scholars.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Bulborb SSBB Sticker Bulborb.png Pikmin 2 [Pikmin]+32 Captain Olimar

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy

Name 3DS image Wii U image Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Bulborb SSB3DS Trophy Bulborb.png SSBWU Trophy Bulborb.png Stage GCN SSBWU graphic.png Pikmin (12/2001)

GCN SSBWU graphic.png Pikmin 2 (08/2004)

61: Distant Planet & Indigenous Creatures These creatures from the Pikmin series have snail-like protruding eyes, huge mouths, and really bad tempers. They're known for snapping at fighters and trying to trample them underfoot. If you see one in a group of enemies, you should try to take it out fast–it'll shoot off and bounce around, hitting other enemies as it goes!
  • Light blue table cells indicate exclusivity to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
810 Bulborb SSBU Spirit Bulborb.png Pikmin Series Primary (2) Advanced Shield
Can be enhanced to Empress Bulblax at Lv. 99
World of Light (Sacred Land); Spirit Board Giant Yoshi Rule: Attack Power ↑
  • Timed Stamina battle
  • The enemy has increased attack power
  • The enemy favors neutral specials
Distant Planet Main Theme - Pikmin (original)
811 Empress Bulblax SSBU Spirit Empress Bulblax.png Pikmin Series Primary (2) Legend Shield
Stats ↑↑ after Eating
Enhanced from Bulborb N/A N/A N/A N/A