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Careening Dirigibug

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Careening Dirigibug In-game icon.
Careening Dirigibug.png
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Flotillium circusmaximus
Family Dirigibug
Areas None
Caves Subterranean Complex, Submerged Castle, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode stages Abduction Den, Sniper Room
2-Player Battle stages Hostile Territory
Attacks Drops bomb-rocks

The Careening Dirigibug (サクレウラメ?, lit.: "Resentful Explosion") is an unusual insectoid enemy in Pikmin 2. Careening Dirigibugs are legless creatures that slowly drift through the air by utilizing colorful, balloon-like air sacs attached to what can be considered to be their heads. When leaders or Pikmin approach, they will produce bomb rocks from their mouths and attempt to throw them down. The bomb rocks thrown by the Careening Dirigibugs are not player-exclusive and can damage nearby enemies and hazards. They are found solely underground, in caves, Challenge Mode areas, and the Hostile Territory in 2-Player Battle.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
3 6 8 Poko icon.png × 4 1500 No


Olimar's notes

This creature floats effortlessly through the air using gas-filled balloons. Both its appearance and its nature are antagonistic. And it is the only variant of its species in this ecosystem. It may be best to consider the possibility that it somehow wandered into this ecosystem from an entirely alien one. Positive proof does not exist at this point, but that is how the creature is currently classified.

Louie's notes

Pull off the balloonlike air sacs, mince the meaty abdomen, and shape it into small cakes. Pan-sear the cakes until crusted, but be careful not to overcook the delicate meat. When ready to serve, garnish the plate with the vibrant air sacs. Even the most discerning dinner guest will be dazzled by the colorful presentation!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

It's a wonder that a creature with such festive-looking balloons can be so dangerous, but the Careening Dirigibug is bad. It produces bomb-rocks and drops them into crowds. Keep your Pikmin clear of the fallen rocks, and hit the Dirigibugs by flinging troops at them between bombing runs.


Careening Dirigibugs are always found in caves. They start off slowly drifting around in wide arcs at a similar height to Swooping Snitchbugs. However, when approached by a Pikmin or leader, a Dirigibug will produce a bomb rock from its mouth in about two seconds. It will then try to approach the Pikmin or leader, and once close enough it will stop to throw the bomb rock on the ground, activating the bomb rock's timer. The bomb can kill Pikmin, damage leaders and enemies, and defeat hazards, but it does not seem to hurt the Dirigibug if it is high enough in the air. However, the bomb rock can still damage the creature while it is grounded. If the Pikmin or leader exits the Dirigibug's territory while it has a bomb, it will continue to hold it for roughly twenty five seconds, until just dropping it anywhere.


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The strategies shown are just suggestions.

Careening Dirigibugs can be defeated in the same manner as Scarpanids and other flying enemies: rapidly throw Pikmin onto it while in the air, then swarm it when it falls. Like members of the Scarpanid family, the Careening Dirigibug can shake off Pikmin up to four times before dropping, but a Purple Pikmin will ground them immediately. Approach the creature from behind if possible, and use ultra-bitter spray if it is carrying a bomb-rock.

Unless it's petrified, the creature will throw its bomb a random distance in front of it when attacked. Should the bomb land too close to the Dirigibug, it is safest to back off and attack after the bomb has exploded. With speed you can accomplish this before the Dirigibug can produce a new bomb.

Careening Dirigibugs are useful in that they can take out other enemies. You can lure it into throwing a bomb-rock in front of you and the enemies, and then run off.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Careening Dirigibug appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The Careening Dirigibug trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Description:

A dangerous, offensive-minded creature. It uses balloons to keep it afloat as it flies through the air and drops bomb-rocks on ground-bound prey. These bomb-rocks sometimes turn out to be duds, but since the slightest stimulus can set these things off, the ultimate care should be taken with them.

GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter Related


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Notes: Move to the glitches article when they're good, but first, confirm them.

  • There is a rare glitch where one can be seen floating without balloons.
  • In some dungeons like the Hole of Heroes, a Careening Dirigibug can throw a bomb rock over a barrier when trying to kill Pikmin on the other side. On the first floor of the Cavern of Chaos, some can get caught in the pipes.
  • One glitch that can occur with the Careening Dirigibug involves invisible bombs. A leader may activate a bomb while the Dirigibug is still holding it, which will cause it to explode while the creature is still holding the bomb. The Careening Dirigibug continues the "holding" animation, even when there is no bomb there. It will eventually perform the throwing animation without the bomb.[1]
  • In this creature's Piklopedia entry, petrifying it just as it breaks free from another spray makes it possible to freeze it and its bomb-rock separately.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name bombsarai
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 1500
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 20
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 0.2
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.01
fp06 速度 Move speed 60
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 200
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 100
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 50
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 200
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 200
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 120
fp16 振り払い率 Successful shake rate 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 80
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 120
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 100
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 45
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 50
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 15
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 10
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 50
fp26 探索高 Unknown (exploration height?) 50
fp27 ライフの高さ HP wheel height 50
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 2
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 15
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 100
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 80
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 30
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 20
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 Shake mode 1 – hit count 3
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 3
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 8
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 5
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 15
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 10
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 30
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 飛行高さ Unknown (hover height?) 70
fp03 状態遷移高さ Unknown 50
fp10 上下の揺れ速度 Unknown 2.5
fp11 上下の揺れ幅 Alters maximum and minimum altitude. 20
fp21 上昇係数(0) Unknown 1.5
fp22 上昇係数(5) Unknown 1
fp31 振払確率(1) Unknown 0.2
fp32 振払確率(5) Unknown 0.8
fp40 もがき時間 Unknown (time it spends struggling on the ground?) 0.8

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 47mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #33


  • Common name: Careening Dirigibug. Careening in a chiefly North American sense means moving "in an uncontrolled way in a specified direction", which the Dirigibug performs to some degree. "Dirigibug" is a combination of "dirigible", referring to how the creature stays afloat using large balloon-like sacs, and the word "bug".
  • Japanese nickname: サクレウラメ?, lit.: "Resentful Explosion". さくれ? means "explosion" and うらめ? is short for 恨めしい?, or "resentful".
  • Japanese name: カギタマサクレウラメ?.
  • Scientific name: Flotillium circusmaximus. Flotillium is similar to the English word "float" and circusmaximus is a combination of "circus" and "maximus". This might be referring to how the creature's colorful balloons make it look like something out of a circus, as well as being a possible reference to the ancient Circus Maximus in Rome.
  • Internal names: Its internal name is bombsarai, which is a combination of "bomb" and "sarai", with the latter being the internal name for the Swooping Snitchbug.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese サクレウラメ?
Sakure Urame
Resentful Explosion
Flag of France French Flotteur Explosif Explosive Floater
Flag of Germany German torkelnder Bomber Staggering Bomber
Flag of Italy Italian Dirigibaco Dirigibug
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Dirigibolio escorado Portmanteau of "dirigible" and "tribolio" (tribolium), and "escorado" (heeled)



  • The Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description details that Careening Dirigibugs occasionally throw dud bomb-rocks, which is not true in Pikmin 2. This could be referring to the inactive bomb-rocks usually found near the creatures, an earlier version of Pikmin 2 that had this behavior, or it could just be a mistake. A glitch does exist where bomb-rocks stay stuck and never explode, but it is unlikely that this is what the trophy was referring to.
  • Every sublevel has a limit on how many bomb-rocks it can have. If a Careening Dirigibug's bomb rocks are petrified such that they stay active as the creature creates more, it will fail to spit out a new one once the limit has been reached.[2]
  • The Careening Dirigibugs bear a strange resemblance to the Eosapiens from the documentary "Alien Planet", and also from Wayne Barlowe's book, Expedition. Both these creatures float using gas-filled sacks on their heads, effectively hunt down their targets, and also have generally similar body shapes.
  • The Careening Dirigibug's balloons aren't spherical and are actually dome shaped. Pikmin 2 changes the orientation of the balloons to face the camera so that they look spherical during runtime.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video showing the invisible bomb-rock glitch
  2. ^ YouTube video showing how Careening Dirigibugs can fail to spit new bomb rocks, published on July 16th, 2019, retrieved on July 16th, 2019