|Resistance||Brute force (i.e. crushing or impaling)|
|Attack|| Strong (varying damage|
when thrown, 20 on lunge)
Rock Pikmin (岩ピクミン?) are a species of Pikmin featured in Pikmin 3. They resemble small polished rocks with Pikmin eyes, limbs, and, just like the Winged Pikmin, have lavender flowers. The main part of their body seems to be a gray texture of graphite that reflects light, while the "skin" on their arms and legs appears to be smooth and gray. When Rock Pikmin are dismissed, their sprouts glow gray. Their ghosts are also shaped like small gray rocks with eyes. Just like all other types of Pikmin in Pikmin 3, Rock Pikmin share an Onion and are reproduced through collecting nutrients from pellets and corpses. Rock Pikmin are the second type of Pikmin Alph discovers in Pikmin 3, the first being Red Pikmin.
Traits and abilities
Rock Pikmin, like most Pikmin types, are immune to a specific hazard. These Pikmin, in particular, are immune to blunt force; when crushed by a large object, they are simply driven into the ground and become temporarily and partially buried. When a creature with a sharp proboscis tries to impale them, they are simply knocked back without taking damage.
Rock Pikmin have very hard exteriors, which allows them to smash through glass, crystals, and even the armor of larger animals (like the Armored Mawdad and the Peckish Aristocrab's claw). However, they do not sink in water, and are thrown just as far as most Pikmin types, revealing that they do not weigh much.
Despite their increased strength, they do have a setback: Rock Pikmin cannot latch onto their targets like other Pikmin and will instead bounce off and roll back. If left unoccupied, they will repeatedly attack enemies and obstacles by charging head-on into them, doing significantly less damage per time than other Pikmin types: after hitting something, they roll back and stay lying down for a bit before rushing again, making their rate of attack atrocious. They can, however, be thrown by a leader to cause more damage than a regular strike, and can be whistled to get up from lying down faster. That said, if they are thrown at the root of a Burgeoning Spiderwort and not directly on its berries, are told to attack the Shaggy Long Legs's hair, or are attacking another Pikmin in Bingo Battle, they will use their stem like the other types, and they won't charge (they will charge when attacking a leader in Bingo Battle, though).
The Rock Pikmin are discovered in the Garden of Hope, the second area in Pikmin 3. They are found in a cave located north of the landing site. Residing in this cave is a Medusal Slurker that contains 6 Rock Pikmin. After defeating it, the player can use the newly-discovered Pikmin species to free the gray Onion from a large crystal. After propagating enough Rock Pikmin, they can be used to break down the crystal wall outside of the cave and free Brittany. At the end of the day, the gray Onion will merge with the red Onion. Interestingly, a few of the Rock Pikmin will have a bud on top of their stem while others will have the usual leaf.
In order to progress futher into the game, at least one Rock Pikmin is mandatory to have in the player's party, so the following tasks can be completed:
- Rock Pikmin Onion: As stated above, their Onion is encased in a crystal that needs to be destroyed in order to release it.
Rock Pikmin are recommended for the following tasks, but are not mandatory.
- Calcified Crushblat: Although the creature is covered in crystal, a bomb rock can destroy it. On top of that, Winged Pikmin can charge at its feet, removing the need to take out the crystal.
- Peckish Aristocrab: The claw can be destroyed to make it unable to eat Pikmin.
- Plasm Wraith: The crystal Elemental Plasms it releases can be destroyed by Rock Pikmin.
- Skutterchuck: The crystal nodules it uses to attack can be destroyed.
- Shaggy Long Legs: Rock Pikmin are extremely helpful in this fight as they are immune to being crushed and they can climb up the Shaggy Long Legs.
Mission Mode tip“
In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U
- Wii U
Alph throwing Rock Pikmin at a glass wall to break it.
Rock Pikmin breaking a large crystal.
A Rock Pikmin constellation on the day selection screen.
The data file explaining Rock Pikmin's crystal-shattering hardness.
To do: Describe the "crunching" sound better, and note which enemies make the noise, and which do not.
- In the happy ending of the first Pikmin game, there are four black or gray Pikmin Onions flying above the planet's atmosphere. These could quite possibly be Rock Pikmin Onions, even though the Onions' appearance in Pikmin 3 has changed.
- In Pikmin Adventure, the Knuckle Seed resembles the ability of Rock Pikmin: a straight and strong impact shot.
- Rock Pikmin release "cracking" particle effects for when they hit breakable objects.
- The stem on a Rock Pikmin's head droops lower than on other Pikmin types.
- Rock Pikmin are the only main Pikmin type not to be utilized by Olimar in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U in any way.
- As seen in this trailer, Rock Pikmin originally had four looks. In the final game, all Rock Pikmin look the exact same.
- Rock Pikmin make a different sound when eaten: there is a much more noticeable crunching sound.
Names in other languages
|Spanish||Pikmin Pétreo||Rocky Pikmin|
|French||Pikmin Roc||Rock Pikmin|
|Types||Red Pikmin • Yellow Pikmin • Blue Pikmin • Purple Pikmin • White Pikmin • Rock Pikmin • Winged Pikmin • Bulbmin|
|Biology||Candypop Bud • Maturity • Onion • Pikmin extinction • Spirit|
|Abilities||Carrying • Digging • Dodge • Hiding|
|Controlling||Dismiss • Group move • Pluck • Throw • Whistle|
|Other||Mushroom Pikmin • Olimar as Pikmin|