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Arctic Cannon Larva

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Icon for the Arctic Cannon Larva, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.

Appears in Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Granitus frostitum (larva)
Family Lithopod
Areas Distant Tundra
Caves Subzero Sauna, Frozen Inferno
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages Silver Lake Remix
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages Silver Lake, Distant Tundra Remix
Side Story days None
Dandori Challenge stages Trial of the Sage Leaf
Dandori Battle stages None
Bingo Battle stages None
Attacks Launch snowballs

The Arctic Cannon Larva (ユキフタクチ?, lit.: "Snow Two-Mouth") is an enemy in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. Arctic Cannon Larvae are bright green, with lavender underbellies, and are a variant of the Armored Cannon Larva accustomed to cold conditions. They are the larval form of the Arctic Cannon Beetle.

Unlike their rock-spitting relatives, Arctic Cannon Larvae launch giant snowballs. While mostly equivalent to boulders in functionality, snowballs are incapable of killing Pikmin, instead simply picking them up and carrying them along until they crash into something (even other snowballs); Winged Pikmin won't even be picked up by the projectiles, only knocked back. Leaders will be picked up as well, which also traps them until the snowball is destroyed. As a result, the creature is annoying at best, and is only a threat if the Pikmin it rolls away end up next to some other enemy or hazard without the player noticing, but can be killed with relative ease by any Pikmin type.

Stats[edit]

Game Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health
Pikmin 3 (?) 7 14 (normally) 8 Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 50
Icon for the soul in Battle Enemies!, taken from the game's textures. × 50
1275
Pikmin 4 7 14 8[note 1] Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 7 900

Behavior[edit]

The Arctic Cannon Larva will either emerge from the ground when a leader or Pikmin is extremely close to it, or it will emerge from a distance and consistently shoot snowballs to hinder the group. In most cases, it will behave the former way, and only a few, notably used in puzzles at the Distant Tundra, will perform the latter. In all cases, the Arctic Cannon Larva behaves the same up-close; it will try to roll its attackers away with snowballs and buck any Pikmin off if they latch onto it. During a battle, it will likely burrow underground, or attempt to, as many times as it can, and when it re-emerges, any leaders or Pikmin standing above will be launched into the air and temporarily immobilized.

Locations[edit]

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Strategy[edit]

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Although harmless, the Arctic Cannon Larva can be quite the nuisance. Any Pikmin type can be used to take it down. Simply charge at the lithopod with your squad and, with time, it will be defeated. Although all Pikmin can get shaken off by its bucking attack, Winged Pikmin are immune to its snowballs, making them slightly more effective for long battles.

To maximize the offensive output, send only a few Pikmin to attack it, and when you realize that it's getting ready to buck them away, send the remainder of your Pikmin to charge at it. This will cause them to attack while the creature is busy blowing a snowball, giving more time for the Pikmin to attack without getting shaken off.

  1. ^ This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the Piklopedia.

Notes

Alph's comments

Structural flaw: weak hide
Weight: 7

Snowballs are an ingeniously nonlethal weapon! I'm in love with a design that effectively keeps predators away without overdoing it. Full marks.

Brittany's comments

When I saw this one spitting snowballs and sending Pikmin rolling, I thought it looked like a good time. So I walked right into its line of fire, waved my arms to catch its attention, and waited for the fun to start. But all I got was dizzy.

Charlie's comments

US version icon.png US version
They're more annoying than dangerous, but if you want to avoid the pushback from their rolling snowballs, it's just a matter of fancy footwork. Remember to do your warm-up exercises first! You wouldn't want to get a Charlie horse! Ha!
European version icon.png European version
They're more annoying than dangerous, but if you want to avoid the pushback from their rolling snowballs, it's just a matter of fancy footwork. Float like a skitter leaf, sting like a scornet!

Louie's comments

Peel back the shell and sprinkle the tender meat with a dash of salt before slurping it up raw. For a refreshing dessert, pour fruit juice over its snowballs!

Olimar's comments

US version icon.png US version

Arctic Cannon Larva
Granitus frostitum
Lithopod family

Like other members of the lithopod family, its internal bacteria are specialized to form ice compounds from ambient moisture, which it then expels as projectiles. It technically doesn't rely on cold temperatures to create this ice, which is formed by pressurized internal fluids that act as a coolant. When the projectiles rapidly expand, they absorb ambient heat, lowering the air temperature enough for the moisture in the air to freeze.
European version icon.png European version

Arctic Cannon Larva
Granitus frostitum
Lithopod family

Like other members of the lithopod family, its internal bacteria are specialised to form ice compounds from ambient moisture, which it then expels as projectiles. It technically doesn't rely on cold temperatures to create this ice, which is formed by pressurised internal fluids which act as a coolant. When the projectiles rapidly expand, they absorb ambient heat, lowering the air temperature enough for the moisture in the air to freeze.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

The Arctic Cannon Larva is a large, burrowing creature that attacks by launching large Snowballs at its enemies. These Snowballs won't damage your Pikmin directly, but they are capable of incapacitating your Pikmin or carrying them into hazards. When you encounter an Arctic Cannon Larva, dodge its attacks and flank the creature. Throw a steady stream of Rock Pikmin into the creature's back, or send your entire squad charging in to attack.

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Whether or not there's snow on the ground, when this surprising sweetie comes around, you can have a snowball fight anytime. But don't expect it to go easy on you. You're in for a one-sided defensive battle, and you might end up looking like a snowman by the end!

Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)[edit]

Like other members of the Lithopod family, its internal bacteria are specialized to form ice compounds from ambient moisture, which it then expels as projectiles.

It technically doesn’t rely on cold temperatures to create this ice, which is formed by pressurized internal fluids that act as a coolant.

When the projectiles rapidly expand, they absorb ambient heat, lowering the air temperature enough for the moisture in the air to freeze.

Louie's Notes (Pikmin 4)[edit]

Peel back the shell, and sprinkle the tender meat with a dash of salt before slurping it up raw. For a refreshing dessert, pour fruit juice over the snowballs!

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name futakuchi (yuki)
HP 1275
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 20
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 0
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 0
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 200
Mission Mode value 50

Other information[edit]

  • Pikmin 4 Piklopedia number: #25

Naming[edit]

See also: Lithopod family#Naming.
  • Common name: Arctic Cannon Larva. With a name similar to the Armored Cannon Larva, this enemy is called arctic because it lives in cold environments, and is themed around snow.
  • Japanese nickname: ユキフタクチ?. It comes from the Japanese nickname of the Armored Cannon Larva, and the word ユキ? (lit.: "Snow").
  • Japanese name: ユキツツミ?, lit.: "Snow Wrapper". In Pikmin 4, the name is given as ユキツツミ 幼虫?, lit.: "Snow Wrapper (larva)".
  • Scientific name: Granitus frostitum. It contains the word "frost", a layer of ice.
  • Internal names: Internally, it is considered the same enemy as the Armored Cannon Larva, so it shares the same internal name, but when it needs to be disambiguated, its name is yuki, which means ユキ? (lit.: "snow").
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ユキフタクチ?
Yuki Futa Kuchi
Snow Two-Mouth
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
雪地雙口
Xuědì Shuāng-Kǒu
Snowfield Two-Mouth
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
雪地双口
Xuědì Shuāng-Kǒu
Snowfield Two-Mouth
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Arctische kanonlarve Arctic cannon larva
Flag of France French Scaracanon arctique (Pikmin 3)
Scaracanon des neiges (Pikmin 3 Deluxe)
Larve de scaracanon des neiges (Pikmin 4)
Arctic cannon beetle (Pikmin 3)
Snow cannon beetle (Pikmin 3 Deluxe)
Snow cannon beetle larva (Pikmin 4)
"Scaracanon" is a portmanteau of "scarabée" (beetle) and "canon" (cannon)
Flag of Germany German Eis-Crustabitzenlarve Ice Crustowitzer Larva "Crustabitze" is a portmanteau of "Crustacea" and "Haubitze" (howitzer)
Flag of Italy Italian Bruco sputaneve Snowspitting worm
Flag of South Korea Korean 눈두입호롱
Nun-Du-Ip-Horong
Snow Two-Mouth Oil Lamp
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Larva de escaracanhão ártico Arctic scarannon larva "Escaracanhão" is a portmanteau of "escaravelho" (scarab) and "canhão" (cannon)
Flag of Spain Spanish Larva de tirador ártico Arctic shooter larva

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