Hocotate ship

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Hocotate ship
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Pikmin 2 concept art.

The Hocotate ship, usually called simply the ship, is an aging spaceship that was part of Hocotate Freight since it first opened. It sports two cockpits used by Olimar and Louie and a speaker it uses to talk. It has a pompous and quirky personality, is highly greedy, lies about treasures in its sales pitches to entice potential buyers into spending money, and has an extreme hatred for bugs. It laments that it is a machine and lacks organic bodily functions and has no friends, and regularly criticizes Olimar for failing to perform his duties properly. As stated by Olimar, the ship used to be a top-of-the-line vessel.

In Pikmin 2, the ship is integral in collecting treasures and corpses and therefore accruing Pokos. The Hocotate ship can store Pikmin and treasures, and will house both White Pikmin and Purple Pikmin once they are found. The ship is capable of deep-space communication, sending a report each night to Hocotate and receiving mail, but must be in orbit around PNF-404 to do so. When the leaders go into a cave, the ship dispatches its nose cone, known as the Research Pod, and sends it down to support them. Anything that the Pikmin carry will be delivered to the Pod and stored in its hull. After the debt is repaid, the ship is upgraded with gold plating.

In Pikmin 3, the ship is wrecked, presumably from the nearby Quaggled Mireclops, and is shown without its golden hull, indicating it was sold off. After returning to Hocotate from Olimar's Assignment, Olimar and Louie are sent back to PNF-404 by the President to retrieve the ship. With the Pikmin's help, its parts are recovered, allowing it to be repaired and brought back to Hocotate.

In Pikmin Adventure, reaching the ship is the goal of every level.

In fanon games

Below this point is where users place their version of the Hocotate ship.

In Pikmin 2... Again?

What if it was another story...?
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Hocotate ship
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Gender Genderless
Age Unspecified (very old)
Eye color None
Hair color None
Home planet Hocotate
Related characters Hocotate Freight staff
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Scientific name Yoshitatus navis
Family Unknown
Weight N/A
Attacks Burns and rams into Pikmin, causes panic
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Miscellaneous information
Internal name Hocoyoshi

The Hocotate Ship is a returning character appearing in Pikmin 2... Again?. It is Hocotate Freight's oldest space vessel, having existed since the company's very beginning. While being piloted by Olimar, the Hocotate Ship hits a Chompdactyl. The Hocotate Ship ejects Olimar and Louie and crashlands in a different place from its now-damaged rocket engine. However, Olimar later finds the Repair Key, which he uses to repair the Hocotate Ship's engine.

It is notable for having been the ship that Olimar and Louie used on their mission to collect treasures to repay the company's debt. It is magenta and white, has a golden propeller on its nosecone, silver exhaust ports, a golden megaphone it uses to talk, three fins to stabilize flight and rest on the ground with, and, on its bottom, a rocket engine with three pistons. Due to the upgrades it received before the game's events, it has a newer, cleaner appearance, is larger to accommodate a spacious interior in place of two cockpits, and there is a screen on the outside that displays the Pikmin selection menu. While entering a cave, the Hocotate Ship's nosecone, the Research Pod, will detach from its main body and accompany the leaders.

At a landing site, in the company of the Onion, Pikmin carrying a treasure or other object of interest such as Burgeoning Spiderwort berries will deliver their items to the Hocotate Ship, which will beam the objects up, giving Pokos for treasure and making nectar out of berries to concoct sprays with. With the Mastery Command, however, Pikmin can be commanded to deliver any item to the Hocotate Ship specifically, and which items and how many they will carry Hocotate Ship can be changed at any time with the Ship's Pikmin selection menu. The Pikmin selection menu can also be used to select how many of what kinds of Pikmin are to be brought into caves with the items stored in the Hocotate Ship. The Hocotate Ship has a variety of reactions to what is happening around it, most commonly in caves, such as when leaders are at critical health levels or a miniboss or boss appears. The Hocotate Ship also displays many of the explorer's files, but some it got itself.

The Research Pod works as it does on the surface, but Pikmin will deliver all items to it as the Onions do not also go into caves. The first time a corpse is delivered to the Research Pod, a cutscene will occur. The Research Pod usually never moves from the sublevel's landing site, but this is not the case in the Unknown Cavern, as it will move toward the hole to the next sublevel to evade the Plasm Wraith. This is due to the Plasm Wraith being in constant movement and backtracking through every sublevel's corridors safely being impossible because of it.

The Hocotate Ship is shown to be quirky and greedy, like in Pikmin 2, and is also shown to despise creatures it finds disgusting and ugly, even making a list of them and freaking out in its Piklopedia notes for the Mitite. Anything it doesn't find revolting, it will calmly express its thoughts about. The Hocotate Ship also dislikes having to store dirty objects, such as the 20-Sided Dice, which it says how it is glad that Olimar cleaned it up, fearing it had the saliva of what spit it out.

In The Amazing New Update!!, the Yoshitate Ship resembles the normal Hocotate Ship, but green rather than magenta and with a red megaphone. The Yoshitate Ship is the ship Orimario and Looigi use to reach the Frontrooms during the intro to Mission 1, but was abandoned after they were teleported by the telescope, referencing how in Super Mario World, the player can sacrifice Yoshi by jumping off to avoid death. In the post-credits, the Yoshitate Ship is shown, revealing it is still in Mission 1, at the landing site, so in Mission 2, they collect treasures by sending them to the portal that is in the place of the Yoshitate Ship. In the ending, the Yoshitate Ship says it will find a way out, presumably wanting revenge on Orimario and Looigi for abandoning it. The Yoshitate Ship appears as a boss in Mission Infinite of The Amazing New Update!!, after its release.

The Yoshitate Ship will float up, causing an explosion of fire, before flying toward Pikmin and leaders, ramming into them, knocking back or even killing Pikmin and damaging leaders. It can also emit a loud airhorn sound effect, causing all Pikmin but Purple Pikmin to panic. Upon defeat, it flies up as it explodes and releases smoke.

In Pikmin Forever

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Pikmin Forever
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The Hocotate ship, specifically the research pod, provides an important role in Pikmin Forever. After Captain Olimar's rescue ship is compromised, he finds the research pod on the first day, at Daybreak Glade. With Olimar's rescue ship's damaged battery installed, it serves as a makeshift spaceship, carrying him to a low altitude each night as long as its battery is charged using two hundred fifty metal units of fuel. Eventually, Loucap shows Olimar that the remainder of the ship still exists in sixteen parts that must be collected if the Hocotate ship is to reach the Forbidding Precipice. In this area, the previously crashed KHA Lander is found, after which it becomes the primary ship. The KHA Lander's scanners need two thousand five hundred metal units of repairs to find Edward, however. With one hundred Purple Pikmin, as it weighs one thousand units, the explorers can salvage the entire Hocotate ship as a metal object called the Saluted Sourpuss for all the required metal units. It is the heaviest and most valuable metal object that can be carried. Of all metal objects, it is second in value only to the SOGNO.

In Pikmin Galaxy Adventure

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In Pikmin Galaxy Adventure'', the Ship is redesigned and renamed the Hocophin. It is a combination of the Hocotate ship and the S.S. Dolphin, thus giving it its name.

In Pikmin Kart

Pikmin Kart
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The Ship is an item in Pikmin Kart. Upon use, the user's kart transforms into a replica of the ship and automatically navigates through the course for a limited time, though it can be slightly steered left or right, before returning to normal. Any karts hit by the ship will be flipped over. The Ship is more common for karts that are behind.

In Pikmin: Infection in Progress

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Pikmin: Infection in Progress
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The Ship appears in Pikmin: Infection in Progress as the the President's gold-plated rocket. It speaks very little, doing so only when providing hints, suggestions, or lessons. It also warns what an environmental hazard does whenever one is encountered and interacted with for the first time.

In Pikmin: The Rising Darkness

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The Rising Darkness
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In Pikmin: The Rising Darkness, the Ship has an upgrade called the Sub, which allows it to accompany Olimar underwater.