Decorated Cannon Beetle

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Decorated Cannon Beetle Piklopedia icon.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Granitus decorum
Family Lithopod
Areas Valley of Repose, Wistful Wild
Caves Frontier Cavern, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels Brawny Abyss, Sniper Room
2-Player Battle levels Brawl Yard
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 15
Height 100mm
Seed worth 8 seeds
Poko value Poko × 4
Attacks Launches magnetic boulders
Hit points 850 HP
Number #16

Decorated Cannon Beetles are enemies in Pikmin 2. They have an appearance similar to Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae, but are red instead of green, and have orange eyes. Also, this particular species is never found buried in the ground like Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae. They, too, spit out stones, but their rocks home in on the currently active captain due to the magnetic field which envelops the boulders. However, the stones have odd characteristics. First of all, when they are found in caves which are made of metal (which is rusty, indicating it contains iron), the spacesuits are the only thing the boulders home in on. The rocks are also surprisingly frail, in that one can be destroyed by throwing a Purple Pikmin.


Olimar's Notes

This creature is the larval form of a cannon beetle variant known for a diet consisting entirely of eating stones. The decorated cannon beetle favors stones with high iron content, which contributes to its brilliant red torso. The stones these creatures launch are wrapped in a powerful magnetic field which causes the stones to stray from their launch trajectory when other objects with high metal content, such as space suits, are nearby. Extreme caution is recommended for explorers wearing steel-plated armor in close proximity to this fearsome creature.

Louie's Notes

Slice the meat into tender cutlets and vigorously apply a lime and pepper rub. Panfry until lightly crusted. Accompany with watercress and drizzle with freshly prepared tamarind sauce.



It is advised not to use Pikmin to attack this creature, because a large number can easily be killed by its boulders; instead, it is highly recommended to use the captain strategy. However, if there is not enough room to kill it with its own attack, the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva strategy should be used.


The best way to defeat a Beetle is to use its own boulders against itself: since the rocks follow the captain, they can be manipulated into hitting the same Beetle that shot them. However, it is impossible to get a rock out of most lower water-filled areas. As a note, the rocks it shoots cannot be petrified, but they will not hurt the leader if he lies down. The boulders also act quite well against other enemies as well, killing small ones instantly and larger ones in one or two hits. Damage is determined by the speed of the stone and where the enemy is hit: hitting an enemy in the head will do more damage. If there is not enough room to do this, use Pikmin to defeat this creature.

Technical information[edit]

For information on the rocks it spits, see Armored Cannon Larva#Technical information.


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  • On the Piklopedia, this enemy cannot be destroyed with its own projectile. If pikpik carrots are thrown such that the Beetle's rock chases after them, curves, and hits its launcher, it will break without damaging the beast.
  • In the end of day sequence at the Valley of Repose, a Decorated Cannon Beetle often appears. Sometimes it will shoot rocks (which occasionally strike and injure/kill other enemies), inhale, and walk much faster than normal.
  • If the game is paused just as the creature makes its first dying sound, some strange noises will be heard, that get lower and lower, lasting for more than 10 seconds. The same will happen with an Armored Cannon Beetle Larva.
  • Their scientific name, Granitus decorum, means "Beautiful Granite".
  • The Decorated Cannon Beetle's boulders act much like the red shells from the Mario Kart series, in that both home in on targets. In addition, both the creature and shells share the same red coloration. This same similarity applies to the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva and green shells.