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Horned Cannon Beetle

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This article is about the lithopod that first appears in Pikmin 4. For the version unique to Pikmin, see Armored Cannon Beetle. For an explanation of the difference or lack thereof, see Lithopod family#Naming.
Horned Cannon Beetle In-game icon.
Render of the Horned Cannon Beetle from the Pikmin Garden website.
Appears in Pikmin 4
Scientific name Granitus ferrous
Family Lithopod
Areas Sun-Speckled Terrace (Olimar's Shipwreck Tale), Hero's Hideaway
Caves Subterranean Swarm, Cavern for a King
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
Attacks Launch boulders

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The Horned Cannon Beetle (フタクチカブト?, lit.: "Two-Mouthed Beetle") is a boss in Pikmin 4. It appears very similar to the Armored Cannon Beetle, but with a less metallic and more segmented shell, along with longer mandibles. The blowhole is also larger and higher up on the shell, pointing at an angle instead of being front facing. It's overall more detailed, but as these details are shared with the Arctic Cannon Beetle, these differences are likely due to graphical improvements.

Relation to other lithopods[edit]

It is unclear whether the Horned Cannon Beetle is a new lithopod, or supposed to be the lithopod encountered in Pikmin, having been misidentified in said game. Evidence supporting it being renamed includes the exact same behavior, being featured in promotional material alongside returning enemies, Olimar mentioning that it was once mistaken for an Armored Cannon Beetle (possibly referring to Pikmin where it was referred to as an Armored Cannon Beetle) and being a migrant lithopod just like the Armored Cannon Beetle is stated to be in the first game. It also shares its Japanese name with the Armored Cannon Beetle, and Olimar's notes in the Japanese version of Pikmin 4 appear to incorporate the Armored Cannon Beetle's notes from Pikmin's enemy reel. The only evidence for it being a new creature includes differences in design beyond graphical improvements, and the unclear nature of Olimar's statement.

Judging by the Japanese version, it seems that the Armored Cannon Beetle in Pikmin is indeed the same as the Horned Cannon Beetle in Pikmin 4. The new name seems to be an attempt to better distinguish it from the Armored Cannon Larva, as the larva was never meant to belong to the same species as the Pikmin enemy, with the Armored Cannon Beetle's name being repurposed as referring to the Armored Cannon Larva's species outside of its larval stage. It is unknown why the species introduced first was renamed, especially considering the lithopod is said to have a stronger carapace than its relatives.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
30 60 50 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 20 5000


It behaves almost identically to the Armored Cannon Beetle, the only differences being longer charge time, larger boulders, and the fact that it doesn't idly shake. Before engaging it will wander within a set area, scanning its surroundings. Upon noticing a threat, it will lock onto it, and after a moment, start inhaling. After it inhales, it will spit out a massive boulder, which will crush Pikmin, including Rock Pikmin when fighting it in Hero's Hideaway, due to the hard surface. If a Pikmin is thrown into the horn while it's inhaling, the Beetle will choke, opening it's shell to vent heat through the holes in its fleshy back. This provides an opportunity to attack. Once defeated, the beetle will fall over forwards, its shell slightly exposed.


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A Horned Cannon Beetle can be found on the coffee table in the Hero's Hideaway area, the same table where Olimar fights a Porquillion in the prologue and his Shipwreck Tale. It holds a Divine Balloon. Another one is present on the third sublevel of the Subterranean Swarm cave in the Primordial Thicket. This one drops the Creativity Conduit.

In Olimar's Shipwreck Tale, a Horned Cannon Beetle guards the Meandering Slope landing site in the Sun-Speckled Terrace.


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The Horned Cannon Beetle is a deceptively simple and easy fight. Once the player begins to engage it, wait for the Beetle to inhale through its top blow hole. Once it does, you have a rather generous amount of time to throw a single Pikmin into it to clog it. Once stops, the beetle's rear shell opens up, exposing its abdomen for attack. Rush the back of the creature with Oatchi and a large squad of Pikmin, or if he is not available simply throw them on. Once it shuts its shell, whistle your Pikmin back and repeat the process until the boss is defeated. Using a squad that has Rock Pikmin and/or Purple Pikmin is recommended.

An extremely quick, if expensive, way of dealing with this boss is to simply freeze it using three Ice Blasts. Enemies with protective armour can be hit across the whole body when frozen, making the Beetle extremely vulnerable. 100 Spicy-Sprayed Pikmin of any type should have the time to defeat this beast, however, the player can instead consider bringing Rock Pikmin and using Oatchi's rush on the boss when frozen, where Rock Pikmin will deal double the typical damage to the frozen enemy when not under the effects of Ultra-Spicy Spray. 95-100 Rock Pikmin can take out the Beetle immediately in this fashion.

A far less expensive and much more convenient method, working on the same base principals, is instead to bring Ice Pikmin to the fight. Their freezing powers allow the boss's shaking off of Pikmin to be delayed momentarily, allowing more damaging types to work further. The player can simply also rely on the stun from Oatchi's powered-up rush, which increases the window in which the Beetle is vulnerable. 100 Spicy-Sprayed pikmin can easily take out the boss in one cycle using these methods.

As a small note, Winged Pikmin are immune to the boss's boulders while airborne, and can Charge or home-in on both the elevated abdomen and blowhole, so they are also an option, especially for Subterranean Swarm.


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Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Its giant shiny-black carapace is one of the precious stones of the natural world! When it lifts its ebony wings, the briefly visible flesh beneath creates a striking color contrast. This is a living work of art that transcends the imagination.

Olimar's Notes[edit]

Males of this species are known for their hornlike blowholes. When females reach maturity, their blowhole closes and they lose the ability to launch rocks.

At the start of breeding season, the females lay eggs on rocks launched by a male. The rocks then become food for the growing larvae.

Though once mistaken for adult Armored Cannon Beetles, this species is actually a naturalized non-native species that migrated here from another continent.

The Horned Cannon Beetle can breed with adult Armored Cannon Beetles, but only about half of the eggs will actually hatch. This hybrid species has the potential to seriously pollute the gene pool. Furthermore, it exhibits aggressive territorial behavior, sometimes launching boulders at young Armored Cannon Beetles, which has driven the latter species to the verge of extinction.

Louie's Notes[edit]

Drop into boiling water, and let it cook until the shell turns red. Remove from the pot and peel. Sprinkle the drained meat with rock salt.

Pikmin Garden[edit]



特徴 その1 岩を吐き出す

(Image text:
  • 圧縮した空気で、岩を勢いよく吐き出す
  • 攻撃に用いるほか、卵を産みつけて幼生の餌にする)

特徴 その2 気門と排熱

(Image text: 殻を開いて、気門から熱を排出する)

特徴 その3 外来種

(Image text:
  • クロガネオオイシツツミ(外来種)
  • ヤマトイシツツミ(在来種))


A beetle that sucks in air through the horn-shaped blowhole on the top of its head, and spits out rocks it has stored in its body as food in a single mass. It is highly territorial and attacks Armored Cannon Beetle larvae, which share its feeding habit.

Feature #1: Spitting out rocks

The male spits out rocks, while the female's upper mouth closes as an adult and she no longer spits out rocks.
(Image text:
  • "It uses compressed air to spit out rocks with great force"
  • "In addition to using them to attack, it lays its eggs on them to feed its larvae")

Feature #2: Spiracles and waste heat

If something gets stuck in the blowhole, it becomes unable to spit out rocks, and heat builds up inside the body.
(Image text: "It opens its shell and expels heat through its spiracles")

Feature #3: Non-native species

In recent years, it has been expanding its habitat, which is affecting the ecosystem.
(Image text:
  • "Granitus ferrous (non-native species)"
  • "Granitus chukkulinae (native species)")


See more: Lithopod family#Naming.
  • Common name: Horned Cannon Beetle. "Horned" refers to its hornlike blowhole.
  • Japanese nickname: フタクチカブト?, lit.: "Two-Mouthed Beetle". "Two-Mouthed" refers to how its blowhole resembles a second mouth.
  • Japanese name: クロガネオオイシツツミ 成虫?, lit.: "Black Iron Giant Stone Wrapper (adult)". クロガネオオイシツツミ is the Japanese name for the Armored Cannon Beetle in Pikmin.
  • Scientific name: Granitus ferrous. Ferrous means "of or containing iron", referring to its iron shell.
  • Internal names: FUTAKUCHIADULT. FUTAKUCHI is the internal name for the Armored Cannon Larva, so "adult" is used to distinguish age.
  • Prerelease: Unknown

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese フタクチカブト?
Futa Kuchi Kabuto
Two-Mouth Rhino Beetle
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Shuāng-Kǒu Jiǎchóng
Two-Mouth Beetle
Flag of China Chinese
Shuāng-Kǒu Jiǎchóng
Two-Mouth Beetle
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Gehoornde kanonkever Horned cannon beetle
Flag of France French Scaracanon cornu Horned cannon beetle "Scaracanon" is a portmanteau of "scarabée" (beetle) and "canon" (cannon)
Flag of Germany German Horn-Crustabitze Horn Crustowitzer "Crustabitze" is a portmanteau of "Crustacea" and "Haubitze" (howitzer)
Flag of Italy Italian Scarabeo grancorno Great-horn beetle
Flag of South Korea Korean 두입투구호롱
Two-Mouth Helmet Oil Lamp
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Escaracanhão-de-chifre Horned scarannon "Escaracanhão" is a portmanteau of "escaravelho" (scarab) and "canhão" (cannon)
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo tirador cornúpeta Horned cannon beetle


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