The Calcified Crushblat (ホシオトシ?, lit.: "Star Dropper") is an enemy that makes its debut in Pikmin 3. It is a strange creature, apparently just a head with long, chicken-like legs. Its head is usually protected by a thick layer of silica which can only be broken off by Rock Pikmin and bomb rocks. It is a rare creature, appearing only once in one area in story mode, but appears quite more often in Mission Mode and Bingo Battle. It has the qualifications of a mini-boss, but is not considered as one, as the mini-boss music does not play when fighting it.
“Structural flaw: breakable armor
“Structural flaw: breakable armour
“I thought the stalks around their eyes were some kind of symbiotic plant, but nope. Just ordinary whiskers. What a letdown... I hate whiskers. Alph better never grow a mustache like the captain, or I'll be surrounded by them.”
“I bet you it feels pretty safe in there behind that thick crystal shell. But break that crystal and then watch as it goes berserk out of sheer desperation. It knows that when your time comes, you gotta go out fighting.”
“This beast's bouncy texture is addictive, but it can be a choking hazard if overcooked. Sauté and drizzle with brown butter to draw out the nutty undertones.”
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“The Calcified Crushblat is a large amphibious creature. This well-armored enemy attacks by leading into the air and crushing its victims.
When you encounter a Calcified Crushblat, toss Rock Pikmin at the creature's armor to expose the soft flesh beneath it. Once its armor is destroyed, this enemy inflates its body to knock back any attackers. Since the Calcified Crushblat tends to stick close to water, your Blue Pikmin are well suited to survive these knock-back attacks. Unlike the Rock Pikmin, however, your Blue Pikmin are vulnerable to the creature's crushing attacks.Throw your Blue Pikmin onto the creature's exposed flesh, and recall any Pikmin that are knocked to the ground. As you continue to battle, keep your squad clear of the Calcified Crushblat's attacks.”
This creature is passive, only waking from slumber if approached. The Calcified Crushblat starts out sitting on the ground with its legs folded underneath it. From a distance, it looks like a crystalline rock. Once a Pikmin or leader approaches it, it will stand up and walk around the area, attempting to sit on and crush the creatures. If its armor is on, it will crush all Pikmin except for Rock Pikmin and Winged Pikmin. If the armor is gone, it will only knock back Pikmin underneath it, but if Pikmin are directly underneath the Crushblat, they can be buried. The Crushblat moves rather fast despite its appearance.
As mentioned, this creature is covered with a crystal armor, making either Rock Pikmin or bomb rocks necessary to fight it conventionally. As Rock Pikmin will generally take a longer time, it is recommended to use bomb rocks. By using bomb rocks, a portion of its armor will be blown off (or all of it, if it is in the center of the blast), and damage equal to about 2/3 of its health will also be dealt to the creature, as opposed to using Rock Pikmin, which will break its armor more slowly. After its armor is removed, simply bombard it with Pikmin.
Should bomb rocks not be available, Rock Pikmin still prove useful. It is recommended to have a decent size group when fighting this creature, as the Pikmin may constantly end up planted in the ground. With its armor, the Crushblat deals more damage to leaders and can kill Pikmin, so it is advised to get rid of it. On the other hand, the Crushblat moves slower when without armor, so it is recommend to blow about half to two-thirds of its armor off.
Another possible strategy is to simply swarm its feet until it dies; however this is dangerous as it can easily crush the Pikmin. A very effective way of using this strategy is by using Winged Pikmin as they can easily swarm its under-section and are shaken away the moment it tries to squash them. This is a very useful time-saving strategy on Twilight Hollow, as you can get the Winged Pikmin to defeat the Calcified Crushblat without having to keep watch over them.
Upon its death, the crystal shell will always break, no matter how much you managed to destroy during the fight, and you may then collect its carcass.
Something that is calcified has a collection of calcium salts in its body tissue, which is similar to what the Calcified Crushblat has with its protective layer of crystal. The name "Crushblat" is a combination of "crush", because of its main method of attack, and "blat", which is not a word, but can be an onomatopoeia similar to “splat”, used to show the sound of something being squished. Its Japanese name is ホシオトシ?, where ホシ? translates to "star", referring to its star-like body, and オトシ? means "dropping", or "to drop", referring to how this enemy falls on top of Pikmin. ホシ? can also be related to dryness, which is fitting, given the Crushblat's calcified shell.
Its scientific name, Durotesta longuscrus, combines the two Latin words "duro" and "testa" meaning "hard head", refering to its protective helmet. Longuscrus is named after "longus" skeletal muscle located in the thigh, in reference to the high jumps it can make.
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