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Cloaking Burrow-nit

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Cloaking Burrow-nit In-game icon.
Cloaking Burrow-nit.png
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 stages Rumbling Grotto
2-Player Battle stages Brawl Yard
Attacks Stab and eat Pikmin

The Cloaking Burrow-nit (ハオリムシ?, lit.: "Haori Insect") is an insect-like creature found in Pikmin 2. Cloaking Burrow-nits have dark blue shells with large, red eye-like markings. When they hunt, they choose a place where they rest face-down in the ground, patiently waiting for prey to draw near. If one 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. They have sharp proboscises which can be thrust into prey, piercing victims and causing damage, right before sucking them up and swallowing them.

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 and Pikmin 4 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.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

The vulnerable area of a Cloaking Burrow-nit is very close to its most dangerous parts: its mouth and tentaclelike tongue. A Burrow-nit spends most of its time partially buried in the ground. When your troops get close, it will attack. Toss Pikmin at its head and try to defeat it before it can eat a sprout.


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.


The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies shown are just suggestions.

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]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name armor
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 0.05
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 300
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 30
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 0.25
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.1
fp06 速度 Move speed 50
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 400
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 0
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 200
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 0
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 0
fp16 振り払い率 Successful shake rate 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 120
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 30
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 75
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 15
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 75
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?) 0
fp27 ライフの高さ HP wheel height 50
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 10
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 0
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 0
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0.0001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 60
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 45
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 15
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 1
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 1
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 1
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 2
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 2
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 3
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 2
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp 白ピクミン White Pikmin poison damage 300
fp 攻撃ループ時間 Time spent shaking before attacking 1

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 75mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #26


See more: Burrow-nit family#Naming.
  • Common name: Cloaking Burrow-nit. It 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.
  • Japanese nickname: ハオリムシ?, lit.: "Haori Insect". A Haori is a traditional Japanese sort of hip- or thigh-length kimono-like jacket.
  • Japanese name: アカメモンツキバオリ?, lit.: "Red Eye Crested Haori".
  • Scientific name: Trilobitins reclusiva. The reclusiva in its name is similar to "reclusive", given its solitary nature and tendency to burrow underground.
  • Internal names: Internally, it is called armor, given its strong hide.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ハオリムシ?
Haori Mushi
Haori Insect
Flag of France French Cachecreuse Hide-Dig
Flag of Germany German Getarnter Grabwicht Camouflaged Burrow-runt
Flag of Italy Italian Dorifora Celata Hidden Potato Beetle
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Soldadinho mascarado Masked small soldier
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Liendre zamacuca pinchosa Prickly rough nit

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A Cloaking Burrow-nit can be seen in the background of the Distant Planet stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, but other than that, it has no trophy or other mention in either game. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's rendition of the stage, four additional Cloaking Burrow-nits appear alongside it.



  • Under the floor in the title screen's spring and autumn variant, there is a Cloaking Burrow-nit.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video showing the normally hidden Cloaking Burrow-nit (at 02:55)