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Decorated Cannon Beetle

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Decorated Cannon Beetle In-game icon.
The Piklopedia icon for the Decorated Cannon Beetle in the Nintendo Switch version of Pikmin 2.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Granitus decorum
Family Lithopod
Areas Valley of Repose, Wistful Wild
Caves Frontier Cavern, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode stages Brawny Abyss, Sniper Room
2-Player Battle stages Brawl Yard
Attacks Launches magnetic boulders

The Decorated Cannon Beetle (ミヤビフタクチ?, lit.: "Elegant Two-Mouth") is an enemy in Pikmin 2. Decorated Cannon Beetles have an appearance similar to Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae, but are red instead of green, and have orange eyes. Also, this particular species is never found buried in the ground like Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae. They, too, spit out stones, but their rocks home in on the currently active leader due to the magnetic field which envelops the boulders. The rocks are surprisingly frail, in that one can be destroyed by throwing a Purple Pikmin.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
7 15 8 Poko icon.png × 4 850 2.55 HP/s


Olimar's notes

This creature is the larval form of a cannon beetle variant known for a diet consisting entirely of eating stones. The decorated cannon beetle favors stones with high iron content, which contributes to its brilliant red torso. The stones these creatures launch are wrapped in a powerful magnetic field which causes the stones to stray from their launch trajectory when other objects with high metal content, such as space suits, are nearby. Extreme caution is recommended for explorers wearing steel-plated armor in close proximity to this fearsome creature.

Louie's notes

Slice the meat into tender cutlets and vigorously apply a lime and pepper rub. Panfry until lightly crusted. Accompany with watercress and drizzle with freshly prepared tamarind sauce.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Decorated Cannon Beetles spit rocks that follow their targets, making them more difficult to avoid than the attacks of the Larvae. Run from the boulders and attack the beasts immediately after they discharge their rocks. If you're fast, you can lure the boulders into other enemies or reflect them back at it.


Much like the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva, Decorated Cannon Beetles will wander aimlessly in a small area while left alone. Unlike their green counterparts, they will never be found buried in the ground. When approached, the larva will spit a large rock that crushes Pikmin, killing them instantly. These boulders move slowly compared to those shot by the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva, but they home in on nearby leaders. The rocks can be destroyed if they are lead into a wall, another enemy, and the impact of a purple Pikmin is even enough to break one. If the rock collides with another creature, it will deal a large amount of damage to them, enough to kill most small enemies. Certain creatures, however, are protected from the damage, such as Anode Beetles.

When attacked, the Decorated Cannon Beetle has only one defense: a bucking motion that will send all attacking Pikmin flying out in front of it, briefly incapacitating them and possibly deflowering them, and knock any nearby leader to the ground. This is very similar to defensive attack of the Fiery and Watery Blowhogs.


Pikmin 2[edit]

Challenge Mode[edit]
2-Player Battle[edit]


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

The best way to defeat a Beetle is to use its own boulders against itself: since the rocks follow the leader, they can be manipulated into hitting the same Beetle that shot them. However, it is impossible to get a rock out of most lower water-filled areas. As a note, the rocks it shoots cannot be petrified, but they will not hurt the leader if he lies down. The boulders also act quite well against other enemies as well, killing small ones instantly and larger ones in one or two hits. Damage is determined by the speed of the stone and where the enemy is hit: hitting an enemy in the head will do more damage. If there is not enough room to do this, you should resort to using purple Pikmin to stun and quickly defeat the creature. Take a small group with you to avoid large amounts of death from the boulders. If the creature does get a chance to spit a rock, guide your Pikmin such that they are always on the opposite side of the leader that the boulder is approaching from, and lure it towards a nearby wall.

Technical information[edit]

For information on the rocks it spits, see Armored Cannon Larva technical information.
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name rkabuto
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 0.2
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 850
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 45
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.35
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?) 0.0001
fp06 速度 Move speed 60
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.05
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 150
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 75
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 350
fp13 視界角度 FOV 90
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 400
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 45
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 180
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 0
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 25
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 0
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 10
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 100
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 5
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 0.0001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 45
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 40
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 3
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 2
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 3
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 3
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 3
Specific properties

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 100mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #16


See more: Lithopod family#Naming.
  • Common name: Decorated Cannon Beetle. This creature's name differs from the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva's with the word "Decorated", which refers to its shiny red body. For reasons unknown, the word "Larva" is absent from its name when compared to the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva, despite it being a larva as well .
  • Japanese nickname: ミヤビフタクチ?. It translates to "Elegant Two-Mouth", similar to the Armored Cannon Beetle's Japanese name.
  • Japanese name: ミヤビイシツツミ?, lit.: "Elegant Stone Wrapper".
  • Scientific name: Granitus decorum. Decorum is Latin for "decorated".
  • Internal names: Internally, this enemy is called rkabuto, which is the same as the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva's name, but starting with "r", for "red".
  • Prerelease: In the GameCube Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 18, this beast's scientific name gains chukkulinae as the species name, and the usual decorum name is moved to subspecies, making its early scientific name Granitus chukkulinae decorum.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ミヤビフタクチ?
Miyabi Futa Kuchi
Elegant Two-Mouth
Flag of France French Scaracanon Paré Decorated Cannon Beetle
Flag of Italy Italian Scarabeino corazzato ornato Armored Adorned Cannon Beetle
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Escarabajo tirador decorado Decorated shooter beetle



  • On the Piklopedia, this enemy cannot be destroyed with its own projectile. If pikpik carrots are thrown such that the Beetle's rock chases after them, curves, and hits its launcher, it will break without damaging the beast.
  • In the end of day sequence at the Valley of Repose, a Decorated Cannon Beetle often appears. Sometimes it will shoot rocks (which occasionally strike and injure/kill other enemies), inhale, and walk much faster than normal.
  • If the game is paused just as the creature makes its first dying sound, some strange noises will be heard, that get lower and lower, lasting for more than 10 seconds. This sound is the same death sound as the Ravenous Whiskerpillar's, but slowed down and normally cut off early. The same will happen with an Armored Cannon Beetle Larva.
  • The Decorated Cannon Beetle's boulders act much like the red shells from the Mario Kart series, in that both home in on targets. In addition, both the creature and shells share the same red coloration. This same similarity applies to the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva and green shells.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Proto:Pikmin 2/Piklopedia Entries on The Cutting Room Floor