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Ravenous Whiskerpillar

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Ravenous Whiskerpillar In-game icon.
Artwork of two Ravenous Whiskerpillars.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Lepidoptera pluckieus
Family Whiskerpillar
Areas Awakening Wood, Perplexing Pool, Wistful Wild
Caves None
Challenge Mode stages None
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks None

The Ravenous Whiskerpillar (ハナゲイモ?, lit.: "Nose Hair Caterpillar") is an enemy in Pikmin 2. Ravenous Whiskerpillars are not harmful to the Pikmin, but are dangerous to the Burgeoning Spiderwort plants. They will eat the berries on the plants, which are necessary to make sprays. They can be found in the Awakening Wood, the Perplexing Pool and the Wistful Wild; each time, they are near two or more Burgeoning Spiderwort plants. When confronted on a Burgeoning Spiderwort, they will drop off the plant and burrow into the ground, giving the player a chance to attack it. Strangely enough, when killed, they don't seem to be dead; carrying them will make them squirm and emit more of their hissing, and a soul does not appear. Just before they are pulled into the Onion, they struggle and hiss even more rapidly. The in-game Piklopedia states that they are a larval form of another creature, but it says that mature specimens have not been found yet. Interestingly, even though it does not appear in any underground areas, it still has a defined treasure value of Poko icon.png × 1, which can be seen in the Piklopedia.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
1 1 2 Poko icon.png × 1 200 N/A


Olimar's notes

As this species of insect has only recently been discovered, fully mature specimens have yet to be collected. No molting or metamorphosis has been observed during the observation period, making it unlikely that mature whiskerpillars will be encountered anytime soon. Based on active predation by Pikmin, it is believed that the whiskerpillar's place in the food chain has not changed over time.

Louie's notes

Delicious skillet-seared or sauteed with scallions and a red Genovese sauce.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Much like the Female Sheargrub, the Ravenous Whiskerpiller[sic] is a harmless critter that burrows up from the ground and flops along the surface. If you're really hurting for Pikmin, you can swarm the little critters and turn in their bodies for two sprouts each.


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


If it's on a Burgeoning Spiderwort, send a couple of Pikmin up there to bring it down, then swarm it with the rest when it falls. Otherwise, just swarm it.


If it's on a Burgeoning Spiderwort, then wait for it to eat all the berries and kill it when it hops off of the plant. If on the ground, just punch it until it's dead. If the Rocket Fist upgrade has been unlocked, the third punch can hit the Whiskerpillar only when it's on the very bottom part of the berries.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name imomushi
Global properties (List)
ID Japanese comment Property Value
s000 friction(not used) Friction 0.5
s001 wallReflection Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?) 0.2
s002 faceDirAdjust Unknown 0.25
s003 accel Acceleration 0.1
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.1
fp00 ライフ HP 200
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 12.5
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.2
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.25
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.1
fp06 速度 Move speed 40
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 500
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 250
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 500
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 1000
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 0
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 10
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
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 40
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 25
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 10
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration N/A
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 草登り速度 Spiderwort climbing speed 2
fp02 種周回速度 Unknown (movement speed on top of the plant?) 0.3
fp11 実食い時間 Time spent eating a berry 10
fp90 Translate補正 Unknown (translation correction?) 0.75
fp91 Rotate補正 Unknown (rotation correction?) 0.075

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 36.5mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #27


See more: Whiskerpillar family#Naming.
  • Common name: "Ravenous" means "starving", and "Whiskerpillar" is a combination of "whisker" and "caterpillar". Indeed, the creature is always hungry for berries, and looks like a regular real world caterpillar, but with whiskers.
  • Japanese nickname: ハナゲイモ?. ハナゲ? is Japanese for "nose hair", referring to its whisker-like hairs, and イモ? is likely part of the word イモムシ?, which means "hornworm" (the caterpillar of a hawk moth).
  • Japanese name: ハナゲムシ?, lit.: "Nose Hair Bug".
  • Scientific name: Lepidoptera pluckieus. Lepidoptera (being used here as a genus), is the real world order of insects that include moths and butterflies, and pluckieus being similar to the English word "pluck", perhaps related to how the berries removed from the flower could be considered "plucked".
  • Internal names: Internally, it is called imomushi, or いもむし?, which means "caterpillar".
  • Prerelease: In an unused early version of the game's script, this enemy is called "Fuzzy Whiskerpillar".[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ハナゲイモ?
Hanage Imo
Nose Hair Caterpillar
Flag of France French Verbrisse Vorace Ravenous Whiskerpillar
Flag of Germany German Gefräßige Bartraupe Voracious Beard Caterpillar
Flag of Italy Italian Anellide Vorace Voracious Anellid
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Voraz oruga mostachona Voracious whiskered caterpillar



The Ravenous Whiskerpillar-like creature, called moguraimo in the game's files.
  • An enemy similar to the Ravenous Whiskerpillar was meant to appear in Pikmin 3, according to some unused files.
  • Louie's recipe implies that he killed the specimen itself, as the Whiskerpillar does not die when defeated by the Pikmin.

See also[edit]


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