This article is about Captain Olimar's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. For other uses, see Captain Olimar and Pikmin (species). For the article on the character who is one of Olimar's alternate costumes, see Alph.

Pikmin & Olimar (ピクミン&オリマー Pikumin ando Orimā?), also known as Olimar, is a playable character from the Pikmin series in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.


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Differences from Brawl

Olimar received a few buffs, most notably in recovery, and a few nerfs that reduces a bit his damage potential.


  • Slightly lighter and smaller than in Brawl.
  • Pikmin are slightly larger than in Brawl.
  • Olimar can only have 3 Pikmin at time rather than 6 as it was in Brawl.
  • The active Pikmin on the line now have a visual indicator pointer with the player color over its head, to indicate which Pikmin will be used next.
  • All Smash Attacks using White Pikmin are more powerful in both damage and knockback.
  • Red Pikmin deals less damage with all attacks.
  • In the 3DS version, Pikmin will sometimes desynch with Olimar due their erratic AI, moving away from his reach when he moves too fast.

Ground Attacks

  • Neutral Attack has a different animation, which is a two-hit punch attack, that causes much less damage than his old headbutt.
  • Forward Tilt has a different animation, now being a punch similar to Wario's Forward Tilt. It is slightly slower than his old Forward Tilt, has less reach, but causes more knockback.
  • Down Tilt causes more damage and knockback. Also, its sourspot (the antennae) now causes knockback, unlike in Brawl.
  • Forward Smash has more range with all Pikmin, but causes slightly less damage and knockback. Additionally, Pikmin no longer fall off the stage when the attack is used at the edge of the stage.
  • Up and Down Smashes are faster and with less ending lag.
  • Up Smash has slightly less vertical range with all Pikmin.

Aerial Attacks

  • Forward, Back and Down Aerials are faster and with less ending and landing lag.
  • Up Aerial is now a single hit and causes higher knockback. However, it causes much less damage.
  • Down Aerial's sweetspot is harder to land a Meteor Smash, and also causes less damage.

Grabs and Throws

  • Up Throw is causes less knockback, most notably with Purple Pikmin.

Special Attacks

  • Pikmin Pluck has slightly higher ending lag. Olimar can only pluck 3 at time, and they are also now plucked in a specific order (Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Purple) rather than being random. Because of that, the type of terrain no longer affects which Pikmin will be plucked.
  • Pikmin Throw sends Pikmins much farther and faster. Additionally, when throw at items, Pikmin will carry them back to Olimar (only in the WiiU version).
  • New Up Special, Winged Pikmin, now replaces his old one, Pikmin Chain. While this makes Olimar lose his ability to use Tether Recovery, it gives him more vertical recovery and control.
    • However, Winged Pikmin speed, duration and flying height is directly affected by the number of Pikmin Olimar has with him, meaning that the more Pikmin, the less Winged Pikmin will fly.
  • Pikmin Order gives Olimar fewer super armor frames.
  • End of Day now causes a massive explosion with a much larger hitbox when the ship lands. However, the Bulborbs and other creatures cause much less damage when the ship is ascending.


Ground Attacks


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Smash Attacks

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Other attacks

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Aerial Attacks

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Grabs and Throws

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Special Moves


Up: Jumps joyfully, similar to his animation in his games when he gains a new part for the Dolphin.

Side: Lays down on the ground as if he were asleep, then rolls over and gets up; likely based on the "nap" ability in Pikmin to return to the ship quickly.

Down: Plants feet and spins his hips twice.

In competitive play

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Other features

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Trophy Description



A veteran spaceship pilot for Hocotate Freight, Captain Olimar partners with Pikmin in Smash Bros. to help him in battle. Olimar is much stronger when he's got Pikmin with him, so keep them plucked and good to go. Pikmin abilities are based on their color--learn what each is best at!

  • NGC - Pikmin (12/2001)
  • NGC - Pikmin 2 (08/2004)

Olimar (Alt)

Pikmin aren't just good for attacking, you know. For example, when you throw them, they can pick up items on their way back. Only items that aren't very heavy, though! Also, if there's someone charging or shooting at you, a well-timed Pikmin throw can stop them in their tracks!


Alph is a young explorer who crashed on the planet PNF-404. As the engineer of the S.S. Drake, he feels responsible for finding the missing crew and the ship after the crash. Walking up in a pond, Alph quickly encounters a tiny creature--it's a Pikmin!

Costume Gallery



  • Olimar can only have three Pikmin follow him now, unlike in Brawl, in which he could have six Pikmin out at once. In compensation, Olimar picks out his Pikmin in a preset order: Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Purple, then back to Red.
  • The only new Pikmin revealed are the Winged Pikmin, however, they are only used for Olimar's Up Special Move.
    • The Rock Pikmin are now the only type of Pikmin that are not used in Olimar's moveset.
  • Olimar can now change his outfit to become Alph.
  • Olimar was the first character revealed on the Smash Bros. website after E3 2013, the second being Luigi.

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