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Rock Pikmin

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Rock Pikmin
Artwork of a Rock Pikmin.
Resistance Blunt force
Attack Strong (damage values depend, see here)
Mobility Average
Throw Average
Digging speed Fast (≈2× the norm)
Carrying capacity 1

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[edit]

The Rock Pikmin showing their resistance to crushing.

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[edit]

Discovery[edit]

The Rock Onion encased in crystal.

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.

Required uses[edit]

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.

  • Fruits
  • Enemies
    • Custom-made icon for the Quaggled Mireclops, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Quaggled Mireclops: The crystal on the head must be destroyed to finish the first phase of the battle.
  • Other
    • Brittany: To rescue Brittany, a crystal wall must be destroyed with Rock Pikmin.
    • Northern section of the Garden of Hope: A crystal wall blocks this section of the area with 4 fruits and a boss, but since the wall is so close to the landing site, this wall will not be counted for the items it blocks.

Near-required uses[edit]

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.

  • Fruits
  • Enemies
    • Custom-made icon for the Armored Mawdad, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Armored Mawdad: Rock Pikmin are needed to destroy the crystal armor, but the creature can be defeated if leaders punch it. Doing this is very slow.
    • Custom-made icon for the Calcified Crushblat, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Calcified Crushblat: Although the creature is covered in crystal, a bomb rock can destroy the crystal. Alternatively, Winged Pikmin can charge at its feet, removing the need to take out the crystal.
  • Obstacles
    • A crystal wall icon, used to represent the obstacle found in the games. Crystal wall: Crystal walls can be destroyed with bomb rocks, but it is much easier and more efficient to use Rock Pikmin.
    • Crystal Crystal: Like crystal walls, it is much easier and more efficient to use Rock Pikmin instead of bomb rocks.

Recommended uses[edit]

Rock Pikmin are not required to complete the following tasks, but they are recommended as they make the task easier.

  • Fruits
  • Enemies
    • Custom-made icon for the Joustmite, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Joustmite: This enemy's only attack is stabbing Pikmin, which Rock Pikmin are immune to.
    • Custom-made icon for the Peckish Aristocrab, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Peckish Aristocrab: The claw can be destroyed to make it unable to eat Pikmin, but this is not necessary.
    • Custom-made icon for the Plasm Wraith, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Plasm Wraith: The crystal Elemental Plasms it releases can be destroyed by Rock Pikmin, but destroying them is not needed to win the fight. Its main attack, where it stabs and eats Pikmin, will not affect Rock Pikmin.
    • Custom-made icon for the Skutterchuck, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Skutterchuck: With Rock Pikmin, this enemy can be defeated with 2 quick throws, and the type is also immune from being crushed by the crystal nodules.
    • Custom-made icon for the Yellow Wollywog, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Yellow Wollywog: This enemy's only attack is crushing Pikmin, which Rock Pikmin are immune to.
    • Custom-made icon for the Shaggy Long Legs, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Shaggy Long Legs: Rock Pikmin are extremely helpful in this fight as they are immune to being crushed and they can climb up the Shaggy Long Legs.
  • Obstacles
    • A dirt wall icon, used to represent the obstacle found in the games. Dirt wall: Rock Pikmin are faster at destroying these walls than any other Pikmin type.[1]

Technical information[edit]

Rock Pikmin will deal a different amount of damage to objects, depending on what kind of attack they performed:

  • They deal 20 damage when lunging by themselves.
  • They cause 10 damage on a charge's first attack.
  • There is no set amount of damage when they are thrown, as the game only counts the total amount of direct Rock Pikmin impacts needed to kill a creature (refer to each enemy article's "Technical information" section for more information). When calculating their damage output throughout the different creatures in the game, they cause an average of about 57 damage.

Interestingly enough, when charging towards a gate, a Rock Pikmin will deal the same amount of damage as when thrown.

In Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Discovery[edit]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Hey! Pikmin.
Particularly: Describe the first discovery of Rock Pikmin.

Uses[edit]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Hey! Pikmin.
Particularly: Write a list of the levels requiring Rock Pikmin.

Notes[edit]

Mission Mode tip[edit]

Rock Pikmin are tough and can cause some serious damage if they land on a target!

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[edit]

Rock Pikmin are not a part of Olimar's moveset in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, but they do appear as a trophy.

3DS trophy
RockPik3DSTrophy.png US version US description:
These Pikmin are made of solid rock, so they can stand up to a lot of attacks and won't get hurt when they get stepped on. They specialize in body blows, dealing a lot of damage when thrown, and they can also break right through glass and crystal. They can't latch on to other creatures, though. But that's OK—nobody's perfect!
European version EU description:
These Pikmin are made of solid rock, so they can stand up to a lot of attacks and don't get hurt when they get stepped on. They specialise in body blows, dealing a lot of damage when thrown, and they can also break right through glass and crystal. They can't latch on to other creatures, though. But that's OK – nobody's perfect!
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter
Wii U trophy
RockPikminSSBUTrophy.png US version US description:

These Pikmin are made of solid rock, so they can stand up to a lot of attacks and won't get hurt when they get stepped on. They specialize in body blows, dealing a lot of damage when thrown, and they can also break right through glass and crystal. They can't latch on to other creatures, though. But that's OK—nobody's perfect!
Appears in:

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

These Pikmin are made of solid rock, so they can stand up to a lot of attacks and don't get hurt when they get stepped on. They specialise in body blows, dealing a lot of damage when thrown, and they can also break right through glass and crystal. They can't latch on to other creatures, though. But that's OK – nobody's perfect!
Related Games

The icon for the Wii U. Pikmin 3 (07/2013)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Series Related Trophy Box: 60. Pikmin

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rock Pikmin appear as a spirit and can be seen being freed in the True Ending cutscene.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

To do: Describe the "crunching" sound better, and note which enemies make the noise and which do not.
Care to do so?

  • In the happy ending of the first Pikmin game, there are four black or gray Pikmin Onions flying above the planet's atmosphere. These could quite possibly be Rock Pikmin Onions, even though the Onions' appearance in Pikmin 3 has changed.
  • In Pikmin Adventure, the Knuckle Seed resembles the ability of Rock Pikmin: a straight and strong impact shot.
  • Rock Pikmin release "cracking" particle effects for when they hit breakable objects.
  • The stem on a Rock Pikmin's head droops lower than on other Pikmin types.
  • Rock Pikmin are the only main Pikmin type not to be utilized by Olimar in the Super Smash Bros. series in any way.
  • As seen in this trailer, Rock Pikmin originally had four looks. In the final game, all Rock Pikmin look exactly the same.
  • Rock Pikmin make a different sound when eaten: there is a much more noticeable crunching sound. This is easy to hear in the Garden of Hope because a Bulborb is near the landing site.
  • Even though they supposedly have a solid body, they still stretch and twist when plucked or when they shake off water.
  • After being thrown, Rock Pikmin bounce a little when landing, but this is not the case when they are thrown on a lily pad, an elevator platform, or a cardboard box. This is likely to stop them from falling off.
  • Rock Pikmin have bigger leafs, buds, and flowers than other Pikmin types. Purple Pikmin also have this quality.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese 岩ピクミン?
Iwa Pikumin
Rock Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(traditional)
岩石皮克敏 Rock Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
岩石皮克敏 Rock Pikmin
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Rots-Pikmin Rock Pikmin
Flag of France French Pikmin roc Rock Pikmin
Flag of Germany German Fels-Pikmin Rock Pikmin
Flag of Italy Italian Pikmin roccioso Rock Pikmin
Flag of South Korea Korean 바위피크민
Bawi Pikeumin
Rock Pikmin
Flag of Spain Spanish Pikmin pétreo Rocky Pikmin
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Pikmin Rocha Rock Pikmin
Flag of Russia Russian Каменный пикмин
Kamennyy pikmin
Rock Pikmin
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Kamenný Pikmin Rock Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Finland Finnish Kivi Pikmin Rock Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Israel Hebrew פיקמין אבן
pikmin even
Stone Pikmin Used in official media[2]
Flag of Hungary Hungarian Kő Pikmin Rock Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video showing the time it takes for different Pikmin types to destroy a dirt wall
  2. ^ פיקמין 3 דלוקס - טריילר בעברית on Nintendo Israel's official YouTube account