A red variant Whirlm.

Every species has three color variants which must be discovered through various means. Feeding a piñata certain items will change their color, sometimes they have to eat more than one item to change colors. For example, if you feed a Turnip to a Whirlm, it changes color to a purple Whirlm, but you have to feed a Daisy and a Bluebell to a Mousemallow for it to change to a white Mousemallow.

If you change the color of a piñata once you can't change it again. So to get all 3 of the variants you have to have 3 separate pinatas to change each to a different variant.

Every time you discover a new variant you will gain four petals of experience.

Note however that some variants can reduce the base value of the piñata by a whole lot. For instance, all 3 of the Eaglair and Galagoogoo variations reduce its base value of 4500 chocolate coins down to a mere 100.

The variants of a piñata does not change romance so you can romance an orange Whirlm with a purple Whirlm, for example. To make a Twingersnap turn pink feed it a bottle of medicine.

In Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise there is only one color variant for each piñata, however the Journal lists the requirements to obtain the color variant for this Piñata.

Flutterscotch

Unlike normal piñatas which have three variants, the Flutterscotch has various colors of Flutterscotch species it can evolve into. Feed a Flutterscotch:

Questions

I bred 2 variant Whirlms and got a regular whirlm. Shouldn't it have been variant, too? No, only Piñatas that were either hatched with or colored to have variants will have them.

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