Anode Beetles (エレキムシ?, lit.: "Electric Bug") are small black beetles with four yellow spots on their wing casings. They are named 'anode' due to the fact that they produce electrical currents if another one is nearby. This creature is blissfully unaware of Pikmin, and if found alone, they are harmless; but if there is a partner nearby, they can produce an electrical barrier between them, making any nearby Pikmin subject to electrocution. As such, they are commonly found in groups of 2 or more. Swarming will not harm it, as it has a protective shell, similar to the Flint Beetles. To harm it, one must throw a Pikmin on top of it to flip it over, then proceed to swarm it. Purple Pikmin can cause them to flip over even if not directly hit.
“This specimen is representative of an insect hybrid that uses electricity in addition to glycogen for its energy. Although difficult to confirm due to their microscopic size, tiny hairs on the creature's legs cause the friction that generates the electrical charge. The electrical charge is processed by the creature's internal machina battery structure, and then stored as a deus electrifical field. As this field reaches critical levels, surplus electricity is emitted, resulting in a low voltage current that is transmitted between specimens. It can shock other creatures in the immediate vicinity. Considering this process, it can be surmised that the largest impetus to pack behavior is not so much for synergic effect of producing as a pack as it is to take advantage of this most effective means of group preservation.”
“Drain the electrical charge before boiling. Although it is possible to eat an anode beetle while it is charged, doing so may result in an unpleasant tingling sensation.”
Nintendo Player's Guide
“Zapping baddies communicate with each other by sending electric charges over the air. The safest way to attack an Anode Beetle is to use electricity-resistant Yellow Pikmin. A direct hit from the air will flip one of the bugs, leaving its vulnerable underbelly exposed.”
Anode Beetles are almost always found in groups. This is because in order to pose any threat as enemies, they must generate electricity between each other. This process takes a few seconds because the two creatures must first align themselves such that their rear ends are facing each other, and then the discharge procedure itself takes a few seconds. Once it appears, the electric arc between two beetles will kill any non-Yellow Pikmin it touches. If an Anode Beetle is all alone, or is unable to link with a partner, it will still occasionally produce small jolts of electricity from beneath its wings, but these are harmless. If two beetles are connected with an arc of electricity, and one of them gets flipped over or becomes petrified, the connection will disappear and the other beetle will resume idling.
Anode Beetles are defensive creatures; they cannot be damaged while standing upright. They can, however, be flipped over is a Pikmin is thrown directly onto one's back, or if a Purple Pikmin is thrown such that the shock wave forces one to flip over. Once flipped, an Anode Beetle can be damaged with ease and can be defeated relatively quickly.
Since this enemy can kill any type of Pikmin that is not immune to electricity, it is advised to use Yellows. Simply throw a Yellow Pikmin onto it, and proceed to swarm it with any Pikmin you have. A group of 20 or more Yellows can kill it in one cycle. Alternatively, you can use other Pikmin types, but with care, as electrocution is highly possible. As an upside, Purple Pikmin can flip the beetles even if not directly thrown on top of them. Bulbmin are also useful in caves such as the Submerged Castle.
If the player hits an Anode Beetle on the same frame it would start rotating to face a partner, the Beetle will get up instantly. Distracted players could end up losing Pikmin to an enemy that would otherwise be disabled.
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