The Careening Dirigibug (サクレウラメ?, lit.: "Backfiring Explosion") is an unusual insectoid enemy in Pikmin 2. It's a legless creature that slowly drifts through the air by utilizing colorful, balloon-like air sacs attached to what can be considered its head. When leaders or Pikmin approach, it will produce a bomb rock from its mouth and attempt to throw it down near them. The bomb rocks thrown by the Careening Dirigibug are not player-exclusive and can damage nearby enemies and hazards. It is found solely underground, in caves, Challenge Mode areas, and the Hostile Territory in 2-Player Battle.
“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.”
“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!”
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 in the air. However, the bomb rock can still damage the creature if the latter 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.
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
The Careening Dirigibug appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
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". In Japan, it is known as サクレウラメ?, which could be translated as "Backfiring Explosion": さくれ? means "explosion" and うらめ? means "backfire". The reason for this name is unknown, since the explosions never backfire on the enemy.
Its scientific name is 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, but it could also be a possible reference to the ancient Circus Maximus in Rome. Its internal name is
Names in other languages