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Antenna Beetle

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Antenna Beetle In-game icon.
Artwork of the Antenna Beetle.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Mesmeri raiocontra
Family Kettlebug
Areas None
Caves Snagret Hole, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels None
2-Player Battle levels None
Attacks Distract Pikmin, interfere with Treasure Gauge

The Antenna Beetle (カマドフマ?, lit.: "Cave Cricket") is a type of enemy in Pikmin 2 which distracts Pikmin. Antenna Beetles use their wings to produce sounds of a high pitch, which interferes with the Treasure Gauge and attracts nearby Pikmin, similar to the whistle. This noise overrides any commands issued by a leader, so the Antenna Beetle can take command of any Pikmin that are nearby, which can indirectly harm Pikmin by leading them into a hazard. The only way to regain control of the Pikmin is to kill the enemy or force it to leap away again.

The enemy periodically jumps high in the air and returns to the ground, stumbling as it lands. It can be prompted to jump again by attacking it or approaching it often. It can be attacked by swarming it as it lands or throwing Pikmin on top of it. If a Pikmin lands on it, it will roll over, not much different from an Anode Beetle. Purple Pikmin may also stun it if thrown on top, preventing it from getting up and jumping away.

The Antenna Beetle is relatively rare, found in only a few caves. The Treasure Gauge fluttering about and flashing a pinkish color is an indication that an Antenna Beetle is on the current sublevel.

Stats[edit]

Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health Regen.
3 6 5[note 1] Poko icon.png × 5 700 No
  1. ^ This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the game files.

Notes

Olimar's notes

This creature is able to control the Pikmin by way of the peculiar frequency of its roar, but its only objective seems to be defensive in nature, as it stops Pikmin from attacking and forces them to run away. This beast prefers humid, dimly lit environments, and has been known to inhabit empty and discarded containers. For this reason, it's wise to thoroughly ventilate any specimens that are recovered. Lifting off with one of these creatures in the hold can lead to a rupturing of the specimen during decompression, resulting in an explosive mess.

Louie's notes

Extract meat from the exoskeleton and sear on all sides in a hot wok to seal in the flavor. Top the dish off with a splash of spicy peanut sauce.

Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Although it can't defeat Pikmin, the Antenna Beetle can seriously confuse the sprouts and take them under its wing with a whistle of its own. Call the Pikmin immediately after the beetle brainwashes them. The bug also sends your Treasure Gauge out whack. Defeat it before you hunt for prizes.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name fuefuki
Global properties (List)
ID Japanese comment Property Value
s000 friction(not used) Friction 0.5
s001 wallReflection Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?) 0.5
s002 faceDirAdjust Unknown 0.25
s003 accel Acceleration 0.1
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 700
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 25
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.2
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.25
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.001
fp06 速度 Move speed 250
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 300
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 100
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 60
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 300
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 0
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 0
fp16 振り払い率 Unknown (shake rate?) 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 120
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 30
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 30
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 15
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 130
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 0.1
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 10
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 50
fp26 探索高 Unknown (exploration height?) 0
fp27 ライフの高さ HP wheel height 50
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 10
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 0
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 0
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 60
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 25
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 10
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage 50
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance 0.3 (30%)
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time 5
ip01 振り払い打撃A Unknown 1
ip02 振り払い張付1 Unknown 1
ip03 振り払い打撃B Unknown 2
ip04 振り払い張付2 Unknown 2
ip05 振り払い打撃C Unknown 5
ip06 振り払い張付3 Unknown 3
ip07 振り払い打撃D Unknown 10
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 出現時間(Max) Max time it spends grounded 20
fp02 出現時間(Min) Min time it spends grounded 10
fp03 出現間隔 Airborne time 3
fp11 フエ間隔(1) Unknown (whistle color related?) 0
fp12 フエ間隔(2~:隊列ナシ) Unknown (whistle color related?) 3
fp13 フエ間隔(2~:隊列アリ) Unknown (whistle color related?) 10
fp21 もがき時間 Time spent struggling on the ground 2.5
fp22 逃げジャンプ時間 Unknown (time it takes to jump?) 0
fp31 通常出現率 Unknown 0.5

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 40mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #34

Naming[edit]

The creature is called an Antenna Beetle due to it "whistling" an area around it, perhaps using its antennae, or perhaps because it mimics the way a spacesuit's antenna shakes when a leader is whistling. In Japan, its name is カマドフマ?, which is similar to カマドウマ?, or a cave cricket. Its scientific name is Mesmeri raiocontra, and in it, mesmeri is similar to the English word "mesmerize", and raiocontra could be considered a combination of raio and contra. Raio, in this context, is Portuguese for "beam", and contra is Latin for "counter", maybe referring to how the whistle's "beam" is used to counter the Pikmin's aggressiveness. Internally, the creature is called fuefuki, which in Japanese is ふえふき? (lit.: "Flute Player").

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese カマドフマ?
Kamadofuma
Cave Cricket
Flag of France French Scarabée à Antennes Antenna Beetle
Flag of Italy Italian Antennottero From "antenna" and the suffix "-ttero" (pterum) commonly found in winged bugs

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Trivia[edit]

The unused icon.
  • There is an unused image of the Antenna Beetle in the style of 2-Player Battle's roulette icons, implying that at some point in development there may have been a powerup to spawn an Antenna Beetle near the opponent.
  • If the Antenna Beetle is killed while Pikmin are in its control, the Pikmin will panic and scream, like Bulbmin when their leading adult is killed.

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