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Mawdad family

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The mawdad family is a family of centipede-like creatures introduced in Pikmin 3, although the family went unclassified until Pikmin 3 Deluxe. It contains only one member, the Armored Mawdad, which the family is named after. Members belong to the tuberclipeum genus.


Armored Mawdad[edit]

Artwork of the Armored Mawdad.

Armored Mawdad is the first boss in Pikmin 3, and the boss of the Garden of Hope. It is a massive beast with a multitude of small gecko-like legs, a large head, yellow eyes, a bluish-green underbelly, a gaping mouth, and large curved mandibles. The boss crawls about and is able to climb up the sides of walls as a means of fleeing. Its shell is crystal and can be broken by Rock Pikmin to expose the soft skin underneath.


The family name mawdad contains maw, a word used to describe the thick jaws of a predator, which members posses. The dad part may be an indication of authority.

The family genus, tuberclipeum, includes the word "tuber". This is because potatoes are a type of tuber, in reference to the Japanese name of the Armored Mawdad, which contains the word "potato".

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese イモグソク科?
Imo Gusoku Ka
Potato armor family
Flag of France French armuridés From armure (armor)

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