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Iridescent Glint Beetle

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Iridescent Glint Beetle In-game icon.
Icon for the Iridescent Glint Beetle, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 4
Scientific name Pilli auricus
Family Glint beetle
Areas Awakening Wood, Giant's Hearth, Primordial Thicket
Caves Frontier Cavern, Bulblax Kingdom, Submerged Castle, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den, Cavern for a King
Challenge Mode stages Novice Training, Secret Testing Range, Rumbling Grotto
Dandori Challenge stages Trial of the Sage Leaf
Dandori Battle stages None
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks None

The Iridescent Glint Beetle (オオガネモチ?, lit.: "Large Riches Holder") is an enemy in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 4. Iridescent Glint Beetles resemble golden, sparkling Iridescent Flint Beetles, but are much rarer. In comparison to the Flint Beetle, it stays above ground for less time but, on average, stands still for slightly longer every time it stops moving. In Pikmin 4, however, it is a much more jittery creature, running away almost constantly.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1200 0.36 HP/s
Pikmin 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 600 No


Olimar's notes

This variety of beetle consumes subterranean minerals. Due to the fact that it rarely emerges above ground, sightings of this particular species are extremely rare. While minerals are this beast's primary source of food, the beetle itself does not have the ability to digest these minerals. Instead, metabacteria living inside the beetle's stomach chemically break down the minerals. The resulting purified metal is discharged, but rare metals such as gold and platinum crystallize onto the iridescent glint beetle's shell, resulting in the beautiful laminated shimmer.

Louie's notes

This precious treat is exceptionally rare. I could sell it back at home for a fortune! Then, I could use the cash to upgrade my kitchen, buy galactic-class ingredients, and even star in my own cooking show... The Insect Gourmet!

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

The golden shine on its gleaming carapace really is gold! It's in this little darling's nature to collect gold from the soil. As you might expect, it's extremely rare to see one in person. I'd never hurt it, so I hope to have one appear before me someday!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Like Flint Beetles, Glint Beetles surface for only a few seconds at a time. When one appears near your troops, you'll have a couple of chances to aim and throw before it goes below the surface again. In a few rare circumstances, Iridescent Glint Beetles hold treasure.


Glint Beetles move fast, making them difficult targets to pin, but at the same time, they have no offensive attributes, so an encounter with one can only end up as a chase. They hide underground, emerging only when approached. Much like the Iridescent Flint Beetle and the Doodlebug, the Glint Beetle can only be damaged by a direct throw to its back, which will cause it to flip over and drop nectar, or in some cases, a treasure. Purple Pikmin can hit the creature with much more ease, as the shock wave caused by the impact of one is enough to flip a Beetle over. Once a Glint Beetle has dropped all it was carrying, it will quickly scurry back underground. It will do the same thing if left undisturbed for too long.


The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 4.
Particularly: Will the Glint Beetles with treasure disappear if left unattended?

The Iridescent Glint Beetle will move slightly more erratically than its relatives, but not too much so. Once activated, it springs out from the ground, and will move quickly, usually away from the captain. If a Pikmin is landed directly onto one's back, it will flip over briefly and drop something (depending on which game). Once a Glint Beetle has been flipped over three 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]

When spawned above ground, the Glint Beetle drops three random-colored 5-pellets when first hit, and then a dose of ultra-spicy spray on the second and third hits. Underground, the pellets are swapped for three doses of nectar. If the ultra-spicy spray has not been unlocked yet, it just drops more nectar (three doses) in place of the sprays. Some of the Glint Beetles that are underground drop treasure instead, and the Beetles in Challenge Mode always drop a Lustrous Element. A Glint Beetle that drops a treasure will disappear after being hit the first time, dropping no nectar or sprays. If a Glint Beetle that would drop treasure is allowed to disappear before dropping its treasure, it will reappear elsewhere in the sublevel. Just like the Iridescent Flint Beetle, if it's killed whilst petrified, it will shatter instantly, leaving nothing behind except any potential treasure.

Pikmin 4[edit]

Glint Beetles will never drop Pellets above ground in this game. By default, they will drop six doses of Ultra-spicy spray- one dose on the first hit, two on the second, and three on the third. However, the Glint Beetle found in Giant's Hearth will drop a Disk of Amusing Wisdom instead on the third hit, replacing the triple dose of spray. The Glint Beetle in Trial of the Sage Leaf's third story Dig Deep will drop a Difficult-Choice Totem, Chance Totem, and Go-with-the-Flow Totem when hit three times, dropping no sprays.


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

Simply throw Pikmin at the creature's back while it is standing still for a few seconds and repeat until you have reaped all its items. Try to predict the creature's movements, and throw your Pikmin one step ahead of it. Be accurate but quick, as the Glint Beetle will only remain active for so long. Purple Pikmin work especially well, and if you have a good number of them, you can throw quickly without worrying about accuracy at all.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name wealthy
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 1200
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
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?) 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
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 50
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 30
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 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 10
fp02 出現時間(Max) Max time spent out of the ground 20
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 2
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: 30mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #21

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

An Iridescent Glint Beetle in Smash Run mode.
The Glint Beetle in Smash Run.

This article or section is a short summary on the enemy in the Super Smash Bros. series.
SmashWiki features more in-depth content.

The Iridescent Glint Beetle appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as an enemy in each version's exclusive mode, as well as a trophy.

On Smash Run on the 3DS, the Iridescent Glint Beetle, like in the actual game, is a harmless enemy, and will drop gold if the player hits it. The quantities increase the more the player hits it, just like in Pikmin 2. Similarly to the actual games, they move rather fast, and are hard to hit. Most enemies that fall off edges drop their spoils; the Glint Beetle will not do so.

On Smash Tour on the Wii U version, it is an enemy that moves around the board, and bumping against it will make it drop some fighters for the player to use.

The Iridescent Glint Beetle also appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

3DS trophy
The trophy for an Iridescent Glint Beetle in the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. US version icon.png US description:
Hope you're not scared of bugs... In Pikmin, these guys drop nectar, but in Smash Run they drop coins instead. They hide, waiting for fighters to get too close...then strike! They're tough to catch, but your reward for success is coins, coins, coins. They'll slink away to sulk after being properly robbed.
European version icon.png EU description:
Hope you're not scared of insects... These guys can drop nectar in Pikmin, but in this game, they carry coins instead. They'll leap out of the ground when a fighter gets close, and scurry around madly. They're hard to hit, but you'll just have to keep at it if you want these coins! Once they've dropped all their spoils, they'll go underground and sulk. Aw.
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Enemy
Wii U trophy
The trophy for an Iridescent Glint Beetle in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. US version icon.png US description:

A golden creature from Pikmin 2. They don't pop up very often at all, but when they do, they scuttle around speedily. When you flip them over, they drop nectar and rare treasures. In Smash Bros., they appear in Smash Tour, where you can bump into them to make them drop extra fighters!
Appears in:

GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2 (08/2004)
European version icon.png EU description:

A golden creature from Pikmin 2. They don't pop up very often at all, but when they do, they scuttle around speedily. When you flip them, they drop nectar and rare treasures. In this game, they appear in Smash Tour – bump into them to make them drop extra fighters you can take for your own.
Related Games

GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2 (10/2004)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Enemy Trophy Box: None


See more: Iridescent Flint Beetle#Naming.
  • Common name: Iridescent Glint Beetle. The creature's name is a pun on the Iridescent Flint Beetle's name. A glint is a shimmer of light, found on very shiny things.
  • Japanese nickname: オオガネモチ?. It translated to "Large Riches Holder", as opposed to the Iridescent Flint Beetle's "Small Riches Holder". It also means "millionaire", referring to how gold is often associated with richness.
  • Japanese name: ショウヤコガネ?, lit.: "Village Head Scarab".
  • Scientific name: Pilli auricus. The word Pilli means the same as in the Iridescent Flint Beetle's name, while auricus is related to aurum, the Latin word for gold.
  • Internal names: Internally, its name is wealthy, which is a translation of its Japanese nickname. In Pikmin 4, it is changed to OOKOGANE. The internal name of the Iridescent Flint Beetle is KOGANE.
  • Prerelease: In an earlier version of the game's script, inside the Japanese Disc, it is revealed that the enemy used to be called "Giant Flint Beetle".[1] This is likely due to its Japanese nickname translating to "Large Riches Holder" as opposed to the Iridescent Flint Beetle's "Small Riches Holder".

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese オオガネモチ?
Oogane Mochi
Large Riches Holder
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Dà Fù Chóng
Large Riches Bug
Flag of China Chinese
Dà Fù Chóng
Large Riches Bug
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Gouden praalkever Golden splendor beetle
Flag of France French Scarabée Cristallisé
Scarabée cristallisé (Pikmin 4)
Crystallized Beetle
Crystallized beetle (Pikmin 4)
Flag of Germany German Psychiflux Psylight Psychilex is the German name for the Iridescent Flint Beetle, also having the Latin word “lux”, meaning “light”, which relates to it’s golden shimmer
Flag of Italy Italian Scintillococco Sparkling beetle
Flag of South Korea Korean 순금벌레
Pure Gold Bug
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Cintisouro iridescente Iridescent twinkleetle "Cintisouro" is a portmanteau of "cintilar" (twinkle) and "besouro" (beetle)
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Escaravelho Iridescente Iridescent Scarab Name taken from a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo de oro iridiscente Iridescent gold beetle


Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 4[edit]



  • Though they bury underground after a while, this does not happen in the Piklopedia; this is the same with the Iridescent Flint Beetle and the Doodlebug.
  • The Iridescent Glint Beetle is the only enemy in the Pikmin series that doesn't appear in Pikmin 3 but appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • As of Pikmin 4, the Iridescent Glint Beetle is said to be a "variety of Beetle", with the word "Beetle" being strangely capitalized. In the Japanese version, it is stated to be a type of 鋼虫? (lit.: "Steel Bug").


  1. ^ Pikmin 2/Early English Script on The Cutting Room Floor