|Appears in||Pikmin 3, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Trilobitins reversa|
|Areas||Distant Tundra, Blossoming Arcadia|
|Caves||Drafty Gallery, Engulfed Castle, Subterranean Swarm|
|Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages||Thirsty Desert|
|Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages||Distant Tundra Remix|
|Side Story days||Tundra, First Part Found|
|Dandori Challenge stages||Rockaway Cellars, Toggle Training|
|Dandori Battle stages||Leafy Showdown|
|Bingo Battle stages||None|
|Attacks||Stab and eat Pikmin|
Joustmites (カブリムシ?, lit.: "Headgear-Wearing Insect") are enemies in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. 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 and Pikmin 4.
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“Structural flaw: hindquarters
Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)
“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.”
Louie's Notes (Pikmin 4)
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“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.”
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.
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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.
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|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|
|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.: "Headgear-Wearing 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,
- Prerelease: None.
Names in other languages
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|French||Cachepique||The name is a portmanteau of "cache" (hide) and "pique" (pike)|
|German||Gepanzerter Grabwicht||Armored Burrow Dwarf|
|Italian||Dorifora d'assalto||Assault burrow-nit|
|Spanish||Liendre astada||Horned nit|
|Portuguese||Soldadinho||Small soldier||The name is a portmanteau of "soldado" (soldier) and "-inho", which is a diminutive suffix|
Rock Pikmin fight a Joustmite.
- 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.