Armored Cannon Larva

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Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 3
Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae
Family Lithopod
Areas Valley of Repose, Wistful Wild, Tropical Wilds
Caves Subterranean Complex, Snagret Hole, Glutton's Kitchen, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels Brawny Abyss, Sniper Room
Collect treasure! levels Twilight Hollow Remix, Beastly Caverns, Clockwork Chasm
Battle enemies! levels Tropical Wilds Remix, Beastly Caverns
2-Player Battle levels Colosseum
Bingo Battle levels Sandbox Kingdom, Arid Metropolis
Attacks Launches boulders

Armored Cannon Larvae (フタクチドックリ?, lit.: "Tokkuri Top-Mouth"; Armored Cannon Beetle Larva in Pikmin 2; Armoured Cannon Larva in the European version of Pikmin 3) are enemies in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3. They resemble large larvae with some of the similar Armored Cannon Beetle eyes and mouth. They act the same as the Armored Cannon Beetle, but turn and spit at a faster rate and have much less health. Their boulders roll in a straight line in Pikmin 2, but follow the terrain's curvature in Pikmin 3. They come in two types: one that walks around and one that burrows out of the ground; only the burrowing form is found in Pikmin 3. A related species called Decorated Cannon Beetles exists in larval form, in Pikmin 2, but the adults are not seen in any game so far.

Like the adult Cannon Beetles, they have a blowhole on the top of their head, but it is either non-functional or not as powerful, so Pikmin cannot become stuck in it like with the fully grown beetles. Because Cannon Beetle Larvae lack the thick exoskeletal armor characteristic of the adult beetles, these enemies are vulnerable all over their body, but can buck the Pikmin off when attacked. They can be manipulated into destroying other creatures by making them spit boulders at a leader when they are beside an enemy. Moving out of the way before the rock hits them, the rock will hit the enemy that was behind.

In Pikmin 2, the rocks that are shot out cannot be petrified, but they can, however, be destroyed if a Purple Pikmin is thrown on them. In addition, leaders can withstand a rock collision without suffering damage or knockback by lying down.


At times, Armored Cannon Larvae might appear buried in the ground, instead of free-roaming. They will never unearth more than half of their body, and will not move from their spot.

In Pikmin 2, a buried larva is internally recognized as a different enemy from the "normal" one. It has a lot more health than the walking counterpart. Due to what appears to be oversights, this buried version cannot be stunned by Purple Pikmin, and defeating it will not work for unlocking the Armored Cannon Larva entry on the Piklopedia. The game files indicate that the buried version has the same stun time and stun chance as the roaming one, so it is unknown why they cannot be stunned.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 7 15 8 Poko icon.png × 4 850[note 1] 2.55[note 2]
Pikmin 3 (?) 7 15 (normally) 8 Poko icon.png × 50
Points × 50
900 No
  1. The buried variant has 2000 HP instead.
  2. The buried variant recovers 6 HP per second instead.


A boulder shot by an Armored Cannon Beetle Larva in Pikmin 2.

Pikmin 2[edit]

The Armored Cannon Larva is a relatively stocky and slow creature. It wanders around aimlessly until confronted by a leader or a Pikmin, at which point it will take aim and fire a large boulder from its mouth. Though fast-moving, this boulder moves in a straight line, unlike those spat by the Decorated Cannon Beetle. The rocks crush any Pikmin caught underneath them and deal great damage to other enemies. When attacked, the creature will buck all Pikmin off with a very similar motion to the Fiery and Watery Blowhogs.

Occasionally the Armored Cannon Larva is found buried in the ground, in which case it will halfway emerge when approached. Though this variation will not move, its attacks are identical to its walking counterpart. Additionally, it is sturdier, being unable to be stunned by Purple Pikmin and having significantly more health.

Pikmin 3[edit]

The Armored Cannon Larva is very similar to its appearance in Pikmin 2. Notably, it now only appears in the ground, and its boulders are unable to crush Rock Pikmin, and strangely, Winged Pikmin.


The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

Pikmin 2[edit]

If enough Pikmin are available, swarm it and it should die before it can harm any Pikmin. If there aren't enough to do this or there are other factors that make this strategy ineffective, throw Pikmin onto it, preferably from behind. If the beetle bucks, call the Pikmin back as quickly as possible, repeat this process until the creature is defeated. If the larva is able to spit a rock, once it begins the animation, round up all the Pikmin you can and guide them out of the boulder's path using the swarm maneuver Another strategy is to throw Purple Pikmin on it, stunning it. It is a more effective strategy, but if no Purple Pikmin are available and/or if they shouldn't be risked, the first strategy is recommended.

Alternatively, if you are placing a high priority on Pikmin life, then you can just use the leaders to deal with the creature. Punch it until it begins its bucking animation, then back away for a second, and return to attack. This may take a while but you will eventually defeat the creature by repeating this process. If two larvae are present in the same area, you can defeat them in a much more timely fashion by drawing one's aim over to the other, and having the rocks they spit do the killing.

Pikmin 3[edit]

Approaching the creature with Rock Pikmin will work best, as they are immune to its crushing boulders. When it emerges, throw the Rocks quickly onto it. 20 direct hits will kill the creature. If no Rock Pikmin are available, then use a large army of preferably Red Pikmin to defeat the Cannon Beetle in a very short time by charging at it just after it emerges from the ground. If executed properly, the creature won't be able to attack even once. Note that Winged Pikmin are also immune to its boulders, in that they get knocked back instead of killed, making them effective at killing the creature.

Technical information[edit]




Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 100mm, as per the e-card
  • Piklopedia number: #15


Olimar's notes

This specimen is a lithopod larva. This expedition was unable to confirm the existence of any mature lithopods, leading to concerns that the species was extinct on this planet, but the discovery of the creature in larval form eased such concerns. Lithopods, like flint beetles, use internal metabacteria to aid chemical digestion. These metabacteria can only survive in certain environments, such as within the body of certain insects, so lithopod larvae do not contain any metabacteria immediately after hatching. Larvae feed on partially digested ore regurgitated by mature lithopods, ensuring the larvae obtain metabacteria they would not normally have acquired.

Louie's notes

Carefully remove every grain of sand, peel back the exoskeleton, and slurp heartily!

Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Slow but mighty, Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae can make a good day into a bad one with one roll of a boulder. When one of the creatures sends a rock attack your way, use the C stick to have your Pikmin move out of the boulder's path as a tight unit, then throw soldiers onto the creature's back.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

The Armored Cannon Larva is another large, burrowing creature. Like the Arctic Cannon Larva, this creature attacks by firing projectiles at its enemies. Unlike the Snowballs utilized by its counterpart, however, the Armored Cannon Larva's projectiles are capable of crushing most Pikmin. The Armored Cannon Larva's projectiles cannot damage Rock Pikmin, but they will incapacitate them for a short time. When you attack one of these enemies, do so with a fairly large squad of Rock Pikmin. Flank the creature, then attack by throwing each of your Rock Pikmin for maximum damage.


The creature's initial name, Armored Cannon Beetle Larva, is because of the fact that it is a larva of the Armored Cannon Beetle. That is the name the enemy has in the US and European regions of both Pikmin 2 and New Play Control! Pikmin 2. For Pikmin 3, the "Beetle" part was removed, and in addition, because of spelling, the word "Armored" became "Armoured" in the European version of the game. In Japan, they are called フタクチドックリ?, which is the same as the Armored Cannon Beetle's Japanese name.

Their scientific name, Granitus chukkulinae bambinii, is the same as the Armored Cannon Beetle's scientific name, but with bambinii as the subspecies name, which is Latin for "child". Internally, the free-roaming Armored Cannon Larva is identified as kabuto in Pikmin 2, which is the word used for an armor's helmet, while the buried variant is known as fkabuto – the letter f before an enemy's name is often used in Pikmin 2 to identify an alternate version of a normal enemy. In Pikmin 3, its internal name is futakuchi, which is the first part of its Japanese name.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フタクチドックリ?
Futa Kuchi Dokkuri
"Tokkuri Top-Mouth". "ふた?" means "top", and "?" means "mouth".
Spanish (NoA) Larva de escarabajo tirador Shooter beetle larva
Spanish (NoE) Larva de escarabajo tirador (Pikmin 2)
Larva de tirador (Pikmin 3)
Shooter beetle larva
Shooter larva
French Larve de Scaracanon blindé (Pikmin 2), Scaracanon blindé (Pikmin 3) Armored Cannon Beetle Larva (from "scarabée" (beetle) and "canon" (cannon))
German Crustabitzenlarve
Italian Scarabeino Corazzato (Pikmin 2)
Bruco Corazzato (Pikmin 3)
Little Armored Beetle
Armored Caterpillar



  • Its movements are somewhat similar to grounded Blowhogs, as well as their bucking noise.
  • The actions of the boulders spat out of the Armored Cannon Larva and Decorated Cannon Beetle resemble the actions of the green and red shells from the Mario Kart series. Green shells, when used, move straight forward, much like the green creature's Armored Cannon Larva's boulders. Red shells, when used, home in on the player in front, much like how the red Decorated Cannon Beetle's boulders home in on leaders.
  • Given unknown circumstances, it's possible for a walking Armored Cannon Larva to turn into the buried version. [1] This glitched buried version can also get stunned, unlike the regular buried version. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. YouTube video showing how a free Armored Cannon Larva transformed into a buried one.
  2. YouTube video demonstrating how the glitched buried Larva can still get stunned.