Flint beetle family
The flint beetle family (コガネモチ科?, lit.: "Small riches holder family") is a recurring family of enemies in the Pikmin series. It includes 2 flint beetles that behave drastically different from each other. Note however that in the Japanese version of the games, the Doodlebug belongs in this family, making it a family of 3, with 2 members acting similarly. The Iridescent Flint Beetle, the Iridescent Glint Beetle and the Doodlebug also all belong to the genus Pilli.
Iridescent Flint Beetle
The Iridescent Flint Beetle is an enemy in Pikmin, Pikmin 2, and Pikmin 3. It is harmless and has a tough carapace to defend itself with, making it invulnerable to attacks. It dwells underground in fixed spots, but when approached, it emerges and scuttles around in a panic. Occasionally, it stops and provides an opportunity for the player to throw a Pikmin onto its back, making it flip and release a reward.
Stony Flint Beetle
The Stony Flint Beetle is an enemy in Hey! Pikmin. It uses its back legs to push rocks and prevent passage through corridors. It is the only flint beetle to possess wings, which it uses to fly away after the Pikmin push the rock into a hole.
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