Iridescent Flint Beetle
|Appears in||Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3|
|Scientific name||Pilli envelopens|
|Areas||The Impact Site, The Forest of Hope, The Forest Navel, Awakening Wood, Garden of Hope, Twilight River|
|Caves||Citadel of Spiders, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den|
|Challenge Mode levels||The Impact Site, The Distant Spring, Novice Training|
|Collect treasure! levels||Tropical Forest, Thirsty Desert, The Rustyard|
|Battle enemies! levels||None|
|2-Player Battle levels||None|
|Bingo Battle levels||Blooming Terrace|
The Iridescent Flint Beetle (コガネモチ?, lit.: "Small Riches Holder") is an enemy in all three Pikmin games. Attack one by throwing a Pikmin on top of it, at which it glows red while overturning and drops a useful object; Pikmin attacking from on the ground cannot harm it. This creature disappears after a certain amount of time has passed or it has been overturned enough times.
- 1 Stats
- 2 Pikmin
- 3 Pikmin 2
- 4 Pikmin 3
- 5 Notes
- 6 Behavior
- 7 Strategy
- 8 In the Super Smash Bros. series
- 9 Technical information
- 10 Other information
- 11 Naming
- 12 Gallery
- 13 Trivia
- 14 See also
- The game files specify that this enemy has 1 HP.
In Pikmin, these bugs look rather larger than in the second game and have a different coloration. They are more common, and are somewhat helpful. They are mostly found in foliage or in corners. When hit, they drop, in order:
- A 1-pellet,
- Two doses of nectar,
- Two more doses of nectar,
- A 5-pellet,
- A 1-pellet,
- Two doses of nectar,
- Two more doses of nectar,
- A 5-pellet.
After that, more hits will not generate anything. This is difficult to achieve before it returns underground, however, due to its unpredictable and swift movement. It also poses an indirect threat to Pikmin, as it will often run through Olimar's army. This results in the Pikmin automatically attacking and chasing it unless called back, which can lead them into danger.
In Pikmin 2, its appearance was slightly changed. Pikmin no longer attack Iridescent Flint Beetles automatically as they do in the original game. In all Pikmin 2 Challenge Mode levels they're in, these creatures drop treasures. They are found in similar locations, but only drop three things: a 1-pellet (a dose of nectar if it's underground), 2 doses of nectar, and then a dose of ultra-spicy spray (3 doses of nectar if the ultra-spicy spray hasn't been discovered yet). Using Purple Pikmin, it is easier to fight them due to the shockwaves that the heavy Purple Pikmin produce when thrown.
On the main menu, if the player presses / , an Iridescent Flint Beetle may appear that can be controlled with / . The beetle will be swarmed if it gets close to the Pikmin. This is just one of the main menu easter eggs.
In Pikmin 3, this creature's appearance is greatly altered. Its eyes are still on stalks, but it sports two horizontally-facing antennae that look almost like a mustache, its shiny exoskeleton seems to have layers and appears less vibrant, and its underside appears to have four glowing, blue spots. The only way to harm one of these creatures, as with previous games, is by throwing Pikmin on its back, upon which it drops nectar or pellets.
Olimar's voyage log
Nintendo Player's Guide
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
The Flint Beetle is harmless and will remain underground until a leader or Pikmin approaches its resting spot. Once active, the Flint Beetle will scurry about in no particular direction; only away from the player after being hit. It moves quickly and can be difficult to hit at times, but repeatedly flipping it over for up to three times will provide increasingly valuable rewards. After being hit three times, or being active for a certain amount of time, the creature will scurry back underground. Though it does not die, it will not return for the rest of the day/challenge.
The following article or section contains guides.
While the Flint Beetle cannot be killed, it can have certain items knocked out of it. The creature can only be attacked with Pikmin, as leaders have no way of damaging this creature aside from ultra-bitter spray. Pikmin must be thrown at the Beetle's shell to flip it, knocking out useful items. The Iridescent Glint Beetle and the Doodlebug are damaged in the same way.
Purple Pikmin in Pikmin 2 can home in, making them easier to hit with. With proper timing, or by repeatedly throwing Pikmin, one can hit the beetle before it begins running again, resulting in the creature staying in the same place.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Smash 4 trophy
|Pikmin technical information (?)|
|Pikmin 2 technical information (?)|
|Global properties (List)|
|s001||wallReflection||Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?)||0.5|
|s004||bounceFactor||Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?)||0.3|
|fp01||マップとの当り||Unknown (related to slopes)||15|
|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|
|fp14||探索距離||Unknown (exploration radius?)||0|
|fp15||探索角度||Unknown (exploration angle?)||0|
|fp16||振り払い率||Unknown (shake rate?)||0|
|fp20||攻撃可能範囲||Unknown (shock attack max range?)||0|
|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?)||0|
|fp23||攻撃ヒット角度||Unknown (attack hit angle?)||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|
|fp29||警戒時間||Unknown (warning time?)||0|
|fp34||ピクミンとのあたり||Pikmin damage radius||15|
|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|
|fp01||出現時間(Min)||Min time spent out of the ground||20|
|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||0.5|
|fp21||停止時間(Max)||Max time spent stopped||2|
|fp30||向き変え角度||Max angle change between walks||90|
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill||0|
|White Pikmin ingestions to kill||0|
|Bomb rock explosions to kill||0|
|Bomb rock ingestions to kill||0|
|Number of direct hits on top to kill||0|
|Damage to leaders||0|
|Mission Mode value||0|
- Prima guide technical name: Steeliprax
- Size: Body length: 30mm, as per the e-card
- Piklopedia number: #20
The word "iridescent" in the Iridescent Flint Beetle's name means "shiny", referring to its shiny carapace. Flint is a type of rock, and this beetle was named after it. Its Japanese name is コガネモチ?. コガネ? means "Small amount of money", likely referring to how it gives out worse prizes than its golden counterpart, and モチ? means "holder". "Koganemushi" 黄金虫? also means scarab beetle, which its color is similar to.
In its scientific name, Pilli envelopens, Pilli is close to the Latin word pili, which means "pikes". This word was possibly chosen because primitive pikes were made using flint stones. Envelopens is based on the English word "envelop", which means "to cover", possibly chosen due to the creature being mostly covered in a flint-hard shell. Its internal name in all of the games is
kogane, the first word of its Japanese name.
Names in other languages
|Small Riches Holder|
|French||Scarabée Iridescent||Iridescent Beetle|
Hwang geum bulle
|Spanish (NoA)||Escarabajo de sílex iridescente||Iridescent flint beetle|
|Portuguese (NoE)||Besouro Iridescente||Iridescent Beetle||Name taken from the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy.|
- There are two enemies in the Pikmin games similar to the Iridescent Flint Beetle. All are in different families while their genera are the same. In real life, however, it is impossible for members of different families to share a genus.
- The European version of the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy advises players to flip the creature over with a Purple Pikmin and then having them attack it. This strategy doesn't make much sense, and was likely mistaken for the Anode Beetle instead, which lacks a trophy.
- In Pikmin 3, the Iridescent Flint Beetle has 6 legs, making it the first anatomically-correct insectoid in the Pikmin franchise.
- In the Japanese version of Pikmin 2, the Iridescent Flint Beetle and the Doodlebug share the same family. However, in the English version, they differ between "Flint beetle" and "Flint bug" respectively.
- In the Spanish version, the Flint Beetle, Glint Beetle, and Doodlebug are from the same family.
- In Pikmin 3, when an Iridescent Flint Beetle is hit with a Pikmin and lands on the ground, it makes a clink like a coin hitting the ground.
- The Iridescent Flint Beetle may be based off jewel beetles.
- YouTube video of Iridescent Flint Beetles stuck in place with hacks, showing what they can drop