Arctic Cannon Larva
|Appears in||Pikmin 3, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Granitus frostitum (larva)|
|Caves||Subzero Sauna, Frozen Inferno, Trial of the Sage Leaf|
|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||None|
|Dandori Battle stages||None|
|Bingo Battle stages||None|
Arctic Cannon Larvae (ユキフタクチ?, lit.: "Snow Two-Mouth") are enemies in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. They are bright green, with a lavender underbelly, and a variant of Armored Cannon Larvae 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.
|(?)||7||14 (normally)||8|| × 50
“Structural flaw: weak hide
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Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)
“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.”
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.
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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.
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|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|
|Mission Mode value||50|
- 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".
- 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
Yuki Futa Kuchi
|Dutch||Arctische kanonlarve||Arctic cannon larva|
|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)|
|German||Eis-Crustabitzenlarve||Ice Crustowitzer Larva||"Crustabitze" is a portmanteau of "Crustacea" and "Haubitze" (howitzer)|
|Italian||Bruco sputaneve||Snowspitting worm|
|Snow Two-Mouth Oil Lamp|
|Spanish||Larva de tirador ártico||Arctic shooter larva|
|Portuguese||Larva de escaracanhão ártico||Arctic scarannon larva||"Escaracanhão" is a portmanteau of "escaravelho" (scarab) and "canhão" (cannon)|
A close-up of an Arctic Cannon Larva in the Distant Tundra.
An Arctic Cannon Larva spitting a snowball in Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
This article was a featured article from June 1st, 2015 to August 1st, 2015.