Purple Pikmin are a type of Pikmin in Pikmin 2 as a new species of Pikmin along with White Pikmin appearing in-game. They are the heaviest and strongest type of Pikmin, being ten times heavier and ten times stronger than all other Pikmin. Purple Pikmin are also the slowest. Due to being heavier they cannot be blown away. They also have a purple flower and bud. When trying to lift an item or an enemy, these Pikmin count as ten Pikmin. They came back in Pikmin 3 as a type of Pikmin exclusive to the side modes.
Purple Pikmin first appeared in the GameCube video game Pikmin 2 as a new Pikmin along with the White Pikmin prior to the game. Purple Pikmin could be created by tossing any colored Pikmin species into a Violet Candypop Bud. Each Purple Candypop Bud can generate five Purple Pikmin, though in order to get these Pikmin the player will have to sacrifice five Pikmin. The Purple Pikmin reappeared in New Play Control! Pikmin 2, a remake of Pikmin 2 released for the Wii.
It should be noted that while the Purple Pikmin's first appearance was Pikmin 2, the red, blue and yellow Pikmin in the original Pikmin would turn purple if they were poisoned. Interestingly, in Pikmin 2, the "poison Pikmin" is white instead of purple.
Super Smash Bros. series
Purple Pikmin were among the five types of Pikmin that Olimar could pluck from the ground in the Wii video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Naturally, they were the heaviest of the five Pikmin and would deliver the most damage. However, because of their weight the Purple Pikmin cannot be thrown as far as the other types. In the Subspace Emissary, they are seen trying to defeat a R.O.B. along with many other Pikmin in all of the different colors until Captain Falcon defeated most of them with his Falcon Kick attack. They came back in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where they serves the same purpose they did in Brawl
The following is the Purple Pikmin's trophy description:
- "A type of Pikmin, much heavier and slower than other Pikmin. When thrown, they impact with such force that they may kill or stun enemies. They're also incredibly strong--one of them can carry an item that normally would require ten Pikmin. While they're more powerful fighters than their red cousins, their slow speed hampers their effectiveness."