Cloaking Burrow-nit

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Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Trilobitins reclusiva
Family Burrow-nit
Areas Valley of Repose, Awakening Wood, Wistful Wild
Caves Snagret Hole, Glutton's Kitchen, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels Rumbling Grotto
2-Player Battle levels Brawl Yard
Attacks Harpoons and eats Pikmin

The Cloaking Burrow-nit (ハオリムシ?, lit.: "Cape Insect") is an insect-like creature found in Pikmin 2. It has a dark blue shell with large, red eye-like markings on it. When it hunts, it chooses a place where it rests face-down in the ground, patiently waiting for its prey to draw near. If it is approached, it emerges and attempts to follow and attack the Pikmin until they escape out of its pursuit range, when it then promptly returns to the spot where it was resting and re-burrows its head to wait for its next opportunity to chase prey. It has a sharp proboscis which can be thrust into prey, piercing the victim and causing damage, right before sucking it up and swallowing it.

Burrow-nits, primarily the one in Wistful Wild, will deconstruct nearby bridges, similar to Sheargrubs. This creature isn't seen too often, and is not very dangerous, as it only can kill one Pikmin at a time when it attacks. This creature's replacements, the Joustmite and the Flighty Joustmite, appear in Pikmin 3 with a different look, but nevertheless with the familiar proboscis and eye-markings.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
8 16 8 Poko icon.png × 3 300 0.9 HP/s


Olimar's notes

The snake-eye pattern on this beast's shell is one of the most distinctive features of the burrow-nit family. The red pattern of the cloaking burrow-nit and the spikes around its mantle make it easily identifiable while still making it a representative specimen of the burrow-nit family. The shell on the cloaking burrow-nit's back also provides a frame that fixes its muscular structure in place, and appears to give the creature its powerful needle-launching attack.

Louie's notes

Boil in the shell with a pinch of salt until bright red, and serve piping hot with tartar sauce.


The Cloaking Burrow-nit hides underground with its large shell protruding to the surface. The eye-like markings appear on the back of the shell, so what appears to be its front-side from a distance is actually its rear. When approached, a Burrow-nit will hastily raise its full body to the surface and begin its attack. Its shell protects its rear end entirely, and any Pikmin that lands there will simply slide off. Its face, however, is not protected and can be damaged easily, as it needs to be facing its prey to attack. Though the Burrow-nit is a creature of decent size, it will be defeated within seconds if attacked by a considerable number of Pikmin.

The creature has one basic attack: it will shoot its proboscis out to quite a range, snagging the first Pikmin it comes in contact with. Once in the creature's grip, a Pikmin will be eaten after a few seconds. If it eats a white Pikmin, the creature will die instantly. When being attacked the Burrow-nit may also shake all Pikmin from it.

Interestingly, when a Pikmin is speared, a red liquid bursts out. It is currently unknown what this liquid is.


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The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

Swarming it is a suitable method, and 25 Pikmin are enough. Aim for the face mostly, but even if Pikmin are told to attack the hard shell, they usually revert to the face eventually. Purple Pikmin can also be thrown at its back or face, with a chance to stun it. Even if it does stab a Pikmin, it is slow in ingesting it, so if you can kill it before it's done with its meal, the Pikmin will survive.

Alternatively, if you are concerned about losing any Pikmin, use both leaders, and repeatedly punch the creature's face while making sure not to be hit with the proboscis. It may attempt to shake off the leaders, but this action can be foreseen and avoided easily.

Technical information[edit]

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 75mm, as per the e-card
  • Piklopedia number: #26


The Cloaking Burrow-nit is called such because its hide resembles a cloak, and because it burrows under the ground; "nit" is a name given to head louse, a real-life insect. Its Japanese name is ハオリムシ? which translates to "Cape Insect", once again alluring the cape-like hide on its back.

Its scientific name is Trilobitin reclusiva. Trilobitin may have to do with its resemblance to the real world horseshoe crab, a relative of the prehistoric arthropods known as "trilobites". The Cloaking Burrow-nit looks like a "backwards" horseshoe crab, with its proboscis in the spot of a horseshoe crab's tail, and fake eyes in the spot where the real eyes and face would be on a horseshoe crab. The "reclusiva" in its name could translate to "reclusive", given its solitary nature and tendency to burrow underground.

Internally, it is called armor, given its strong hide.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハオリムシ?
Haori Mushi
Cape Insect
French Cachecreuse Hide-Dig
German Getarnter Grabwicht Disguised Burrow midget
Italian Dorifora Celata Hidden Potato Beetle

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A Cloaking Burrow-nit can be seen in the background of the Distant Planet stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but other then that, it has no trophy or other mention in the game.