Rock Pikmin (岩ピクミン?) are a species of Pikmin featured in Pikmin 3 and Hey! Pikmin, with the special abilities of blunt force immunity and a different method of attacking. They resemble small polished rocks with Pikmin eyes and limbs, and have lavender buds and flowers like the Winged Pikmin. The main part of their bodies seem to be a gray texture of graphite that reflects light, whereas their stems, arms, and legs appear to be smooth and gray. When Rock Pikmin are dismissed, their sprouts glow gray. Their ghosts are also shaped like small gray rocks with eyes. Just like all other types of Pikmin in Pikmin 3, Rock Pikmin have an Onion, which later in the story merges with the Master Onion, and are reproduced through collecting nutrients from pellets and corpses. In Hey! Pikmin, like all other types they are found in certain levels and go to the Pikmin Park after a level is done.
Traits and abilities
Rock Pikmin, like most Pikmin types, are immune to a specific hazard, in this case blunt force. When crushed by a large object, they are simply driven into the ground and become partially buried temporarily. When a creature with a sharp proboscis tries to impale them, they are simply knocked back without taking damage. This immunity has been removed in Hey! Pikmin, as proven by the Crystalline Crushblat.
Rock Pikmin have very hard exteriors, which allows them to smash through crystal walls, standalone crystals, and even the armor of larger animals (like the Armored Mawdad and the Peckish Aristocrab's claw). However, they do not sink in water, and are thrown just as far as most Pikmin types, revealing that they do not weigh much.
This hardness causes Rock Pikmin to behave very differently in combat to other types. When thrown towards an enemy or obstacle, they will bounce off and roll backwards. This deals a large amount of damage that depends on the creature, but it can be enough to defeat some smaller enemies, like Dwarf Red Bulborbs or Skutterchucks, in a single hit. Since they cannot latch onto enemies, they will repeatedly attack enemies and obstacles by charging head-on into them, rolling backwards, and getting up again, doing less damage over time than other Pikmin types due to the lower attack rate, despite the fact that each hit done in this way causes 20 points of damage, more than any type per attack. In the original Pikmin 3, when Rock Pikmin are told to charge, they cause even less damage when they lunge, serving only 10 points of damage, but only on the first hit, as subsequent hits cause 20 damage again.
As such, the best way to attack with Rock Pikmin is to have leaders throw them, which causes more damage than a regular lunge, and to whistle them to get up from lying down faster. That said, if they are thrown at the root of a Burgeoning Spiderwort and not directly on its berries, are told to attack the Shaggy Long Legs's hair, or are attacking another Pikmin in Bingo Battle, they will cling on like the other Pikmin types, and they won't lunge (they will lunge when attacking a leader in Bingo Battle, though).
In Pikmin 3
In Pikmin 3, the Rock Pikmin are discovered in the Garden of Hope, and are the second type discovered. They are found in a cave located north of the landing site. Residing in this cave is a Medusal Slurker that contains 6 Rock Pikmin. After defeating it, the player can use the newly-discovered Pikmin species to free the Rock Onion from a large crystal. After propagating some more Rock Pikmin, they can be used to break down the crystal wall outside of the cave and free Brittany. At the end of the day, the Rock Onion will merge with the Red Onion. Interestingly, a few of the Rock Pikmin inside the Slurker will have a bud on top of their stem while others will have the usual leaf.
Rock Pikmin are required to be used to complete the following tasks, and there are no glitches or exploits that allow other Pikmin types to do so.
The following tasks are intended to be completed with Rock Pikmin, but it is technically possible to complete them without Rock Pikmin, by using alternate strategies, exploits, or bomb rocks.
Rock Pikmin are not required to complete the following tasks, but they are recommended as they make the task easier.
Interestingly enough, when charging towards a gate, a Rock Pikmin will deal the same amount of damage as when thrown.
In Hey! Pikmin
Mission Mode tip
“Rock Pikmin are tough and can cause some serious damage if they land on a target!”
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rock Pikmin appear as a spirit and can be seen being freed in the True Ending cutscene.
Names in other languages