Rock Pikmin (岩ピクミン?) are a species of Pikmin featured in Pikmin 3. They resemble small polished rocks with Pikmin eyes, limbs, and, just like the Winged Pikmin, have lavender flowers. The main part of their body seems to be a gray texture of graphite that reflects light, whereas their stem, 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. Rock Pikmin are the second type of Pikmin Alph discovers in Pikmin 3, the first being Red Pikmin, and can be found in all of the game's modes.
Traits and abilities
Rock Pikmin, like most Pikmin types, are immune to a specific hazard. These Pikmin, in particular, are immune to blunt force; when crushed by a large object, they are simply driven into the ground and become temporarily and partially buried. 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, for unknown reasons, as proven by the Crystalline Crushblat.
Rock Pikmin have very hard exteriors, which allows them to smash through glass, 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. The damage caused by a thrown Rock Pikmin depends on the creature, but in general, stronger enemies take more hits to bring down, and some smaller creatures, like Dwarf Red Bulborbs or Skutterchucks can be dispatched with a single Rock Pikmin throw.
Despite their increased strength, they do have a setback: Rock Pikmin cannot latch onto their targets like other Pikmin and will instead bounce off and roll back. If left unoccupied, they will repeatedly attack enemies and obstacles by charging head-on into them, doing significantly less damage per time than other Pikmin types: after hitting something, they roll back and stay lying down for a bit before rushing again, making their rate of attack atrocious. On top of that, they only cause 20 points of damage, which is quite weak for how often they attack. For some reason, when Rock Pikmin are told to charge, they cause even less damage when they lunge, serving only 10 points of damage. Although, after they get up from a charge, and are left to lunge by themselves again, they will cause 20 damage, like a normal lunge.
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).
The Rock Pikmin are discovered in the Garden of Hope, the second area in Pikmin 3. 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.
In order to progress further into the game, at least one Rock Pikmin is mandatory to have in the player's party, so the following tasks can be completed:
Rock Pikmin are recommended for the following tasks, but are not mandatory.
Rock Pikmin will deal a different amount of damage to objects, depending on what kind of attack they performed:
Interestingly enough, when charging towards a gate, a Rock Pikmin will deal the same amount of damage as when thrown.
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