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Appears in Pikmin 3
Scientific name Trilobitins reversa
Family Burrow-nit
Areas Distant Tundra
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! levels Thirsty Desert
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! levels Distant Tundra Remix
Side Story levels Tundra, First Part Found
Bingo Battle levels None
Attacks Stab and eat Pikmin

Joustmites (カブリムシ?, lit.: "Head-Protector Insect") are enemies that were first introduced in Pikmin 3. They behave similarly to the Cloaking Burrow-nit, and are closely related to them. They can be seen as an opposite of the Burrow-nit however, as Joustmites shields the front of their body, requiring the Pikmin to attack from behind. Flying variants, known as Flighty Joustmites, also appear in Pikmin 3.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
7 14 (normally) 6 Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 30
Points × 30


Alph's comments

Structural flaw: hindquarters
Weight: 7

That shell is as hard as they come, so a frontal charge is no good. (You're liable to get skewered on its needle, anyway.) Try throwing Pikmin so they land on its soft, unprotected hind parts instead. Talk about a design oversight!

Brittany's comments

Ever seen a huge face buried in the ground? I have now. At first, I wondered where the rest of it might be. Would we find a buried fist? A buried knee? A buried belly button? Is it good or bad that we never will?

Charlie's comments

US version US version
This greenish-blue soldier came prepared with a solid offense and defense. There's not so much plating in the rear, but that doesn't matter if you never plan to show the enemy your back. I salute its courage.
European version European version
This greenish-blue beastie came prepared with a solid offence and defence. There's not so much plating at the back, but that doesn't matter if you never plan to show the enemy your back. I salute its courage.

Louie's comments

US version US version
To create an elegant canapé with explosive flavor, remove shell and sear meat on both sides. Top with a dab of pesto.
European version European version
To create an elegant canapé with explosive flavour, remove shell and sear meat on both sides. Top with a dab of pesto.

Olimar's comments

Trilobitins reversa
Burrow-nit family

Others within this family wear their shells on their bellies, but this one's shell functions more like a helmet. Its wings have atrophied into uselessness, so instead it burrows beneath the ground and pops out only to pierce prey with its needlelike proboscis and drain their bodily fluids. Larval joustmites remain underground for years, or even decades in some cases.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

The Joustmite spends most of its time partially buried with its colorful shell protruding from the ground. When it senses nearby prey, this well-armored creature emerges and uses its retractable beak to skewer nearby victims.

Rock Pikmin cannot be damaged by the Joustmite's attacks, making them a very good option when facing this enemy. When you're leading a large squad, however, any combination of Pikmin can make short work of this enemy. Approach the Joustmite from the rear and attack the creature's fleshy body until you defeat it.


A Joustmite stabbing two unfortunate Pikmin.

Just like the Cloaking Burrow-nit, the Joustmite hides partially buried in the ground, waiting for unsuspecting prey. Once a group of Pikmin enters the attack range of the enemy, it pops out from under the ground and proceeds to attack the player's Pikmin by attempting to use its long, needle-like proboscis to spear them. If any Pikmin are caught in this attack, they will be held in the air for a brief moment before being eaten. Unlike the Burrow-nit, the Joustmite can capture up to 3 Pikmin with this attack.

It should be noted that Rock Pikmin are immune to its stabbing attacks. The Joustmite can also shake off Pikmin, which also shakes its loose carapace. The enemy is rather slow-moving, making it easy to walk around and attack from behind.


An almost defeated Joustmite being scanned.

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As mentioned before, the Joustmite protects the front of its body, making it completely immune to frontal assaults. The most effective strategy is to approach it from behind without waking it up, and proceeding to swarm the creature. If the Joustmite is awake, you can still try to run behind it and proceed to throw Pikmin, or you can run away, and the Joustmite will go back underground. Rock Pikmin are immune to its attacks, making throwing them at the Joustmite's rear another effective strategy. The enemy eats Pikmin at a rather fast rate, so be aware.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name kaburi
HP 450
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 10
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 3
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 0
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 200
Mission Mode value 30


See more: Burrow-nit family#Naming.
  • Common name: Joustmite. It is a combination of two words. "Joust" (or "jousting") is a medieval sport where two opponents riding on horses try to knock the other one off with a sharp lance, and refers to the Joustmite's sharp proboscis. The shell also greatly resembles a medieval knight's helmet. A "mite" is an insect.
  • Japanese nickname: カブリムシ?, lit.: "Head-Protector Insect". カブリ? refers to the act of covering one's head, especially with protective equipment, referring to its helmet-like carapace.
  • Japanese name: サカサアカメバオリ?, lit.: "Inverted Red Eye Haori".
  • Scientific name: Trilobitins reversa. Reversa is similar to "reverse". This could be in reference to how players attack the creature (from the back, rather than the front) or even its reversed weak-point positioning compared to the Cloaking Burrow-nit.
  • Internal names: Its internal name consists of only the first word of its Japanese nickname, kaburi (head).
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese カブリムシ?
Kaburi Mushi
Head-Protector Insect
Flag of China Chinese
Flag of France French Cachepique From cache (hide) and pique (pike)
Flag of Germany German Gepanzerter Grabwicht Armored Burrow midget
Flag of Italy Italian Dorifora d'assalto Assault Burrow-nit
Flag of South Korea Korean 덮구벌레
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Liendre astada Horned nit



  • Unlike the Cloaking Burrow-nit, the Joustmite's death and shaking animations show that its shell is unattached to its body, making it more of a helmet than an actual shell.

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