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Peckish Aristocrab

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A render of a Peckish Aristocrab from Pikmin 4.

Appears in Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Brachyurices esurio
Family Onionshell
Areas Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Serene Shores
Caves Seafloor Resort
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages None
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages Shaded Garden, Tropical Wilds Remix, The Rustyard, Forgotten Cove
Side Story days Creature Hunting, Team Monster Hunt
Dandori Challenge stages Planning Pools
Dandori Battle stages None
Bingo Battle stages Sandbox Kingdom
Attacks Eat Pikmin, shoot bubbles

The Peckish Aristocrab (カニタマ?, lit.: "Onion Crab") is a crab-like enemy in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. Its overall appearance resembles a green onion with four legs coming from underneath, and two claws on each of its sides, one of them being extremely small, while the other is much larger with transparent pincers. It has two round yellow spots on its cheeks, which look like eyes, while its real eyes rest on stalks that protrude out from the top of its head. It has a large mouth with a serrated lower jaw and long purple tongue. The creature mainly rests in a motionless position, clacking its large pincers, but can detect Pikmin's presence from afar, and it will quickly scuttle sideways onto the player's path when they enter the area, circling them in order to get in their way. 

This creature can react to the Pikmin in many ways, because there are two different ways it can defend itself, and two different ways it can kill Pikmin. When Pikmin are thrown at it, the creature is capable of maneuvering its massive claw to shield itself from the thrown Pikmin. It can also defend itself by blowing bubbles at the Pikmin, which can trap them inside, making them float around for a long period of time until the bubble pops. This can trap leaders as well. It attacks by grasping multiple Pikmin with its claw and dropping them into its gaping mouth. It can also stab the ground with its claw to attack.

Stats[edit]

Game Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health
Pikmin 3 (?) 8 16 (normally) 15 Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 100
Icon for the soul in Battle Enemies!, taken from the game's textures. × 100
1500
Pikmin 4 7 14 12 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 12 1500

Notes

Alph's comments

Structural flaw: weak hide
Weight: 8

It had the right idea, coating its enormous claw in a crystal shell, but we have Rock Pikmin for that. Once you break the claw, it's not so bad. You have to be careful not to drown, though, since you'll usually meet one near water. It's got extensible legs to thwart a Pikmin charge, so I find that throwing Pikmin is more effective. That also works for freeing anyone trapped in one of its bubbles.

Brittany's comments

There's something so familiar about this thing...oh! It was the Hocotatian onion I studied in my research days. Now THAT was a dangerous plant. One little incision and I couldn't stop crying for hours!

Charlie's comments

Everybody knows that rock is supposed to defeat scissors. So how come my steely fists don't do anything against this thing's claws? Sure, it barfed up a few bubbles when I hit it, but all that accomplished was trapping me inside!

Louie's comments

Great for hot pot! Remove the shell and cook legs in the hot broth. When they turn nice and red, pull them out and slather in liver paste before eating!

Olimar's comments

US version icon.png US version

Peckish Aristocrab
Brachyurices esurio
Onionshell family

Its unnaturally large claw is used for catching prey, for self-defense, and most surprisingly, for its mating call. Most aspects of the crab's life revolve around it, which may explain why the crab becomes fearful and docile when the claw is damaged. It would also account for the claw's remarkable regenerative capabilities, which can restore it completely in a single night. It is also known to blow bubbles when under attack, but this is a result of it venting from the wrong discharge valve when under extreme stress.
European version icon.png European version

Peckish Aristocrab
Brachyurices esurio
Onionshell family

Its unnaturally large claw is used for catching prey, for self-defence, and most surprisingly, for its mating call. Most aspects of the crab's life revolve around it, which may explain why the crab becomes fearful and docile when the claw is damaged. It would also account for the claw's remarkable regenerative capabilities, which can restore it completely in a single night. It is also known to blow bubbles when under attack, but this is a result of it venting from the wrong discharge valve when under extreme stress.

Pikmin 3 website[edit]

Found near water, this creature will grab Pikmin with pincers. It can also blow bubbles that temporarily trap small prey.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

The Peckish Aristocrab is a fairly large amphibious creature. Like the Waddlepus, this enemy uses bubbles to capture nearby attackers. In addition to this defensive ability, the Peckish Aristocrab uses its large claw to snatch up multiple enemies during a single attack.

Peckish Aristocrabs are able to dodge most charge attacks, so its best to throw your Pikmin directly onto this enemy. To keep your squad safe from this enemy's attacks, you can either use Rock Pikmin to break a Peckish Aristocrab's claw, or you can flank the creature and attack from behind. Peckish Aristocrabs have difficulty turning, but they can move from side to side very quickly.

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Click-click-click goes the crab's pincer as it tries to impress other crabs. The crab with the biggest claw will be the most popular. Being popular means not having to work as hard to claw their way to the top of the crustacean hierarchy. The natural world is a lot like our world in that way!

Pikmin Garden[edit]

Text

左右非対称のハサミを持つ、水陸両棲のカニ。右手の大きなハサミは、失っても脱皮の際に再生する。見た目と同様に、ほのかにタマネギのような匂いがする。

特徴 その1 巨大なハサミ

大きな右のハサミは、獲物を捕らえたり外敵から身を守るだけでなく、ハサミを鳴らして求愛にも用いられる。
(Image text:
  • 器用に獲物をつかみ、口まで運ぶ
  • 外敵からの攻撃にも素早く反応する)

特徴 その2 泡を吐く

陸上では、口の奥にある出水孔から泡を吐いて、ほっぺたのようなエラで酸素を取り込んでいる。
(Image text: 泡に入った獲物を捕らえることもある)

Translation

An amphibious crab with asymmetrical claws. The large right claw is regenerated during molting, even if lost. Similar to its appearance, it has a faint onion-like odor.

Feature #1: Huge claw

The large right claw is used not only to catch prey and protect itself from enemies, but also for its mating call.
(Image text:
  • "It dexterously grabs prey and carries it to its mouth"
  • "It reacts quickly to attacks from enemies")

Feature #2: Blowing bubbles

On land, it blows bubbles from the discharge valve at the back of its mouth and takes in oxygen through its cheek-like gills.
(Image text: "It can also catch its prey in bubbles")

Locations[edit]

Story mode[edit]

Mission Mode[edit]

Strategy[edit]

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

Rock Pikmin are capable of breaking the Peckish Aristocrab's larger claw, since it is very crystal-like in appearance; it is more durable than a nodule, but hitting the claw with Rock Pikmin causes small pieces to fly off. Eventually, the claw will break, rendering the Aristocrab unable to snatch Pikmin, its only means of defense being blowing bubbles and shaking off attacking Pikmin from there on out. Should the Aristrocrab grab onto any Pikmin, throwing Rock Pikmin at its claw should be enough to release its grip on them.

An effective strategy is to have the Aristocrab eat a bomb rock. To pull this off, simply have the creature snatch a Pikmin carrying the bomb rock. The Pikmin will break free, and the Aristocrab will eat the explosive instead. When it does, it will be killed instantly, causing its eyes and legs to shrivel away and its claw to explode into crystalline shards, leaving only the body for salvaging.

Throwing bomb rocks at the creature is also a possibility, but it is much less effective than having it eat one, as though the claw will break, the creature will only lose about half of its health. Additionally, it can be challenging to actually hit with an explosion, as the Aristocrab sidesteps very quickly and can escape from a bomb rock's blast radius.

There's also a trick to break its claw and deplete some of its health. If there is a Yellow Wollyhop in the area, lure it into jumping on the Aristocrab. It will immediately break its claw and make it lose a third its health. The same will happen with with an Armored Cannon Larva's rocks, as can be seen on the Sandbox Kingdom.

Another strategy is to quickly get behind it and bombard it with Rock Pikmin, which can kill it in only a few seconds. Due to the Aristocrab's high awareness and quick movements, however, this strategy can be difficult to execute effectively.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name kanitama
HP 1500
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 30
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 5
Bomb rock explosions to kill 3
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 1
Number of direct hits on top to kill 0
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 500
Mission Mode value 100

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Peckish Aristocrab appears as a stage hazard on the Garden of Hope stage. Here, it quickly runs across the arena, and destroys any pots and climbing sticks in its path. Any fighter that touches it will be launched away. If the bridge in the middle is destroyed, the Aristocrab will fall in the chasm the bridge was built over. It can come from either end of the stage, and a few bubbles come out from where it will appear.

In Wii U, this enemy appears as a collectible trophy. In Ultimate, it appears as a primary spirit.

Smash 4 Trophy[edit]

The trophy for a Peckish Aristocrab in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. US version icon.png US description:

This crab-like life form from Pikmin 3 traps Pikmin in its bubbles. When it appears in the Garden of Hope stage, it creates a path of destruction from one end of the stage to the other, but if the central bridge isn't there, it'll just fall right down. You can tell where it'll appear from by the telltale appearance of bubbles, so watch out!
Appears in:

The icon for the Wii U. Pikmin 3 (08/2013)
European version icon.png EU description:

This crab-like life form from Pikmin 3 traps Pikmin in its bubbles. When it appears in the Garden of Hope stage, it creates a path of destruction from one end of the stage to the other, but if the central bridge isn't there, it'll just fall right down. You can tell where it'll appear from by the telltale appearance of bubbles, so watch out!
Related Games

The icon for the Wii U. Pikmin 3 (07/2013)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Stage Trophy Box: 61. Distant Planet & Indigenous Creatures

Smash Ultimate Spirit[edit]

Spirit info Augmented Fighter info
Name Type Class Slots Fighter(s) Stage Music Rules/Hazards Conditions Image
Peckish Aristocrab Shield ★★ 2 Giant Ridley Garden of Hope Garden of Hope (Remix) None • Stamina battle
• The enemy favors side specials
• The enemy is giant
The Peckish Aristocrab spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, from the Collection.

Naming[edit]

  • Common name: Peckish Aristocrab. "Peckish" is a posh term for "hungry", and "Aristocrab" is a portmanteau of "aristocrat", meaning "an elegant, noble person", and "crab".
  • Japanese nickname: カニタマ?. Its Japanese nickname カニタマ? is derived from "カニ?" (crab) and "タマネギ?" (onion). There is also a Chinese dish with fried egg and crab called "kanitama".
  • Japanese name: ネギボウズガニ?, lit.: "Onion Flower Head Crab".
  • Scientific name: Brachyurices esurio. "Esurio" is Latin for "hungry person", similarly to the "Peckish" in its common name.
  • Internal names: Its internal name, kanitama, matches the Japanese nickname.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese カニタマ?
Kani Tama
Onion Crab
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
洋蔥蟹
Yángcōng Xiè
Onion Crab
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
洋葱蟹
Yángcōng Xiè
Onion Crab
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Ajuinkrab Onion crab
Flag of France French Crabognon From "crabe" (crab) and "oignon" (onion)
Flag of Germany German Zwiebelkrabbe Onion crab
Flag of Italy Italian Granchio cipolla Onion crab
Flag of South Korea Korean 게양
Geyang
From (crab) and 양파 (onion)
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Alhoguejo from alho (garlic) and caranguejo (crab)
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Aristocrustáceo Esfomeado Peckish Aristocrustacean Name taken from the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy.
Flag of Spain Spanish Cepucranco From Latin "cēpulla" (onion) and Latin "cancer" (crab)

Gallery[edit]

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Other[edit]

Trivia[edit]

A Peckish Aristocrab look-alike in the episode The Fury of The Amazing World of Gumball.
A character resembling a Peckish Aristocrab in The Amazing World of Gumball.
  • The Peckish Aristocrab is based on the male fiddler crab, which has one enormous claw and one tiny claw. Females only have two small claws. The fiddler crab also foams, which inspired the Aristocrab's bubble attack.
  • A character very similar to a Peckish Aristocrab appears in “The Fury”, an episode of The Amazing World of Gumball.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video of the tournament retelling scene in The Fury