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Doodlebug In-game icon.
Icon for the Doodlebug, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 4
Scientific name Pilli flatularum
Family Flint beetle
Areas Primordial Thicket
Caves Frontier Cavern, Shower Room, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den, Subterranean Swarm
Challenge Mode stages Novice Training, Cryptic Cavern
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks Emit poison

The Doodlebug (オナラシ?, lit.: "Farter") is an enemy in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 4. Doodlebugs have the same morphology of Iridescent Flint Beetles, except they are coated with dirt and have small flies hovering around them, giving them a more repugnant appearance. When Doodlebugs move, they release flatulence and leave noxious clouds of poisonous gas wherever they were, thus subjecting nearby Pikmin to choking. Therefore, White Pikmin are ideal for killing these creatures. If they are killed while petrified, they do not release any nectar or sprays, but do drop any treasures they were holding.

Sublevel 1 of the Frontier Cavern holds the largest number of Doodlebugs together: three. The Doodlebug at the Cryptic Cavern will just respawn elsewhere if it burrows before its Key is removed.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1500 0.45 HP/s
Pikmin 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 400 No


Olimar's notes

While life-forms that excrete foul musks to warn of danger are not rare, the doodlebug is the only species known to release flatulence when active above ground. Interestingly enough, since it is merely releasing the gas created by decay of the contents of the creature's intestines, it does not have a special musk-producing organ. This means the creature is in fact merely flatulating. Spectral analysis of the rank gas indicates it contains not only methane, but hydrogen sulfide as well, making the flatulence a Grade XIII biohazard.

Louie's notes

Looking for a flavor that will surprise and delight your guests? This beast's aroma may surprise your guests, but it won't be delightful!

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Whoa, that REEKS! It reeks SO BAD! These uncouth little stinkers are always passing gas whenever and wherever, but that also means they're easy to track down. Of course, nobody can stand to get close if they find one. It's a brilliant defense mechanism!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

They look as harmless as Female Sheargrubs, but Doodlebugs can cause a lot of trouble by emitting poisonous gas. If you manage to hit one of the scurrying critters with a Pikmin lob, it'll flip over and leave a pool of nectar. You can capsize a Doodlebug three times before it disappears.


Behaviorally, Doodlebugs are very similar to Iridescent Flint Beetles. Like the Flint Beetles, the Doodlebug cannot normally be harmed by leaders. However, it is different from the others in that it remains above ground for a much longer period of time. Once activated, the Doodlebug springs out from the ground, immediately releasing poisonous gas as it does so. Like all other poison, this gas will kill all non-White Pikmin if they are exposed to it and are not whistled back to a leader. Once active, Doodlebugs move quickly and release more gas at regular intervals. If a Pikmin is landed directly onto one's back, it will flip over briefly and drop something (depending on which game). Once a Doodlebug has been flipped over a few times, it will quickly retreat underground. The same thing will happen if the bug is simply left undisturbed above ground for too long.

Pikmin 2[edit]

In Pikmin 2, Doodlebugs appear only in caves. If ultra-bitter spray has been discovered, they will exclusively drop additional doses. Otherwise, they will only drop nectar. Pikmin will attempt to chase the Doodlebug, creating the risk of them being poisoned if they are not immune.

Pikmin 4[edit]

In Pikmin 4, Doodlebugs are much rarer overall than they were in Pikmin 2. Unlike the prior game, a single Doodlebug appears above ground in Primordial Thicket. They usually spawn near or under sticky mold, and instead of sprays, they drop Bomb rocks and Ice Blasts. While they no longer have the first burst of poison, the clouds they release on future movements are much larger than before.


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

After being prompted into surfacing, a Doodlebug is capable of killing your Pikmin if you are careless. It is advisable to bring either a large group of White Pikmin or a small group of Purple Pikmin, as the Doodlebug will disappear after getting flipped. Be cautious when fighting it within close proximity of other enemies, as its scuttling may awaken them. To defeat the creature normally, just throw Pikmin at its backside.

Alternatively, you could use an ultra-bitter spray on it and either swarm it with your Pikmin or punch it. Note that though this method is usually safer, it also gives you less reward, as the ultra-bitter drops that the Doodlebug drops when flipped are quite useful against future enemies.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name fart
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 0.15
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) 10
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.01
fp06 速度 Move speed 200
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.4
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 1
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 1
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 0
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 50
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 0
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 0
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 0
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 0
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 50
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?) 20
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 0
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 0
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 360
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 0.00001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 40
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 20
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 10
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 0
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 0
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 0
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 0
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 0
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 0
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 0
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 出現時間(Min) Min time spent out of the ground 15
fp02 出現時間(Max) Max time spent out of the ground 30
fp10 移動時間(Min) Min time spent walking 0.3
fp11 移動時間(Max) Max time spent walking 0.7
fp20 停止時間(Min) Min time spent stopped 1
fp21 停止時間(Max) Max time spent stopped 3
fp30 向き変え角度 Max angle change between walks 90
fp40 スケール Scale 0.7

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 26mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #22


See more: Iridescent Flint Beetle#Naming.
  • Common name: Doodlebug. The word "doodle" means "to draw aimlessly". Its name could refer to the real life insect called the doodlebug, which is the larval stage of the antlion. This doodlebug gets its name by the erratic patterns it runs in when looking for a place to burrow, drawing "doodles" on the sand as it goes; the Pikmin creature likewise runs in erratic patterns until it finally burrows. In a similar vein to its Japanese common name, "Doodlebug" may be seen as a corruption of "Doo-doo-bug", "doo-doo" being an euphemism for feces.
  • Japanese nickname: オナラシ?. It may be a combination of おなら? (lit.: "fart") and either ? (lit.: "death"), or する?, which means "do".
  • Japanese name: ミドリヒメオナラシ?, lit.: "Green Lesser Farter".
  • Scientific name: Pilli flatularum. Flatularum comes from the Latin flatus and is related to the English "flatulence".
  • Internal names: In Pikmin 2, its internal name is simply fart. In Pikmin 4, its internal name is GASKOGANE. KOGANE is the internal name of the Iridescent Flint Beetle.
  • Prerelease: In the GameCube Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 18, this enemy's family is not shown, and its genus name is Scarabeidae as opposed to Pilli.[1] Scarabeidae is similar to the real world scarabaeidae family, where scarab beetles are from, and alludes to the Anode Beetle's scientific name.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese オナラシ?
Onara Shi
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Fart Bug
Flag of China Chinese
Fart Bug
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Vuilkever Foul beetle
Flag of France French Flatuoz From "flatuosité" (flatulence)
Flag of Germany German Kritzelkäfer Doodlebug
Flag of Italy Italian Aerottero Portmanteau of "aerophagia" and "coleottero" (coleoptera)
Flag of South Korea Korean 방귀벌레
Fart Bug
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Fedosouro Stineetle The name is a portmanteau of "fedor" (stink) and "besouro" (beetle)
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo hediondo Smelly beetle


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See also[edit]


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