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Skutterchuck

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Appears in Pikmin 3Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Hierodeciderit crystallosum (US)
Crystallosum securilis (EU)
Family Heavil
Areas Garden of Hope, Tropical Wilds, Springpetal Cave
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! levels Tropical Forest, Shaded Garden, The Rustyard, Clockwork Chasm
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! levels Twilight Hollow, Twilight River Remix, Fortress of Festivity, The Rustyard, Clockwork Chasm
Side Story levels Channel Gone Dry, Another Part Found
Bingo Battle levels Stagnant Sea, Twisted Cavern
Attacks Throw crystal nodules

The Skutterchuck (エボシトバシ?, lit.: "Eboshi Launcher") is an insect-like enemy first encountered in Pikmin 3, and found again in Hey! Pikmin. The creature has a black wafer-like body with an orange underside. It has a habit of picking up certain objects (like crystal nodules and Pikmin), similar to Dweevils. It uses its odd shape to scoop them up and carry them around, and also for throwing its load at an approaching enemy.

In Hey! Pikmin, it is slightly smaller and is brown. It simply walks forward, and when it passes through certain crystals, it will pick up a crystal nodule if its not holding one already. It can also now crawl under and on the sides of platforms, as well as above. Because they can crawl on the ceiling, they drop their crystals rather than throwing them when the player or their Pikmin are nearby.

Stats[edit]

Game Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 3 (?) 3 6 (normally) 3 Poko icon.png × 5
Points × 5
300 No
Hey! Pikmin N/A N/A Sparklium Seed icon.png × 0 N/A No

To do: find out its health in Hey! Pikmin by looking into the game files.
Care to do so?

Notes

Alph's comments

US version US version
Structural flaw: back

Weight: 3

It carries a heavy crystal on its back to throw at enemies, and I knew going in that we would probably need Rock Pikmin to break it. I worried that doing so would cause dangerous shards to explode outward, but fortunately, my imagination proved to be deadlier than reality. A missed design opportunity, if you ask me.
European version European version
Structural flaw: back

Weight: 3

It carries a heavy crystal on its back to throw at enemies, and I knew going in that we would probably need Rock Pikmin to break it. I worried that doing so would cause dangerous shards to explode outwards, but fortunately, my imagination proved to be deadlier than reality. A missed design opportunity, if you ask me.

Brittany's comments

All that strength, and the best it can do with it is carry around some big crystals. A better idea would be carrying my stuff. If I could tame— Wait. It would throw my stuff all over, wouldn't it? Never mind.

Charlie's comments

They're like walking catapults, the way they hoist those crystals and launch them as if they were mere pebbles. A crafty adversary might lure them into launching the stones at each other, or themselves. An adversary like me!

Louie's comments

An acquired taste, but really quite addictive once you get used to it. No special preparation necessary.

Olimar's comments

US version US version
Skutterchuck

Hierodeciderit crystallosum
Heavil family

Its main offensive strategy is to launch the crystal it carries on its back. Otherwise, it's completely defenseless. In most circumstances, it's a peaceful herbivore whose diet consists primarily of moss. When in danger, however, it wastes no time defending its territory by breaking small rocks and hurling them at the threat. In order to ensure it has a steady supply of rocks with which to defend itself, it shares its habitat with calcified crushblat larvae, so it can make use of the shells they cast off each night.
European version European version
Skutterchuck

Hierodeciderit crystallosum
Heavil family

Its main offensive strategy is to launch the crystal it carries on its back. Otherwise, it's completely defenceless. In most circumstances, it's a peaceful herbivore whose diet consists primarily of moss. When in danger, however, it wastes no time defending its territory by breaking small rocks and hurling them at the threat. In order to ensure it has a steady supply of rocks with which to defend itself, it shares its habitat with calcified crushblat larvae, so it can make use of the shells they cast off each night.

Hey! Pikmin logs

Its main offensive maneuver is to throw the crystal on its back. Without that crystal, it is defenseless. I've hypothesized that the males carry rocks and the females carry crystals... but I don't have any evidence to back that theory up.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

Skutterchucks attack by launching crystal projectiles from their backs. When you encounter a Skutterchuck, use one Rock Pikmin to shatter the Crystal Nodules, then toss another Rock Pikmin onto the creature's exposed back.

Behavior[edit]

The Skutterchuck is mainly passive, but when a leader or group of Pikmin gets close, it will try to attack. It attacks by picking up and throwing crystal nodules at its targets. It will also use its crystals as cover when being attacked, with the only Pikmin type that can break through being Rock Pikmin. When not attacking, Skutterchucks wander around in a small area, searching for nearby crystal nodules and picking them up if they have none, or fold in their thin legs and lie dormant on the ground with their crystal as protection and camouflage.

If a Skutterchuck has no crystals to pick up, it will pick up and throw Pikmin into the air instead. If a Rock Pikmin is thrown at it and breaks its crystal, the Skutterchuck will quickly scurry away.

Strategy[edit]

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

A single Rock Pikmin is enough to destroy the crystal if it is thrown onto it. The Skutterchuck will flinch, and another thrown directly afterward onto the now bare Skutterchuck will kill it in one hit. The second throw should come quickly after the first one, as if there's too much of a delay, the creature will flee before the second Rock Pikmin hits it.

Other Pikmin types can also be used to attack the underside of the creature. The Skutterchuck may shake them off and attempt to throw rocks onto them, but it rarely hits on time. This method takes a bit longer, and destroying all crystals with Rock Pikmin before killing the enemies leaves the Skutterchuck helpless.

It is possible to take advantage of the Skutterchuck's attack, as if the player positions a leader near another enemy, the Skutterchuck will throw its crystal at the leader, killing or damaging the other enemy in the process. Unlike other enemies that use weapons like the Careening Dirigibug in Pikmin 2, the Skutterchuck is not immune to the crystal nodules it throws, so this can be used to kill other Skutterchucks if they are in the area, or even the Skutterchuck that launched the nodule.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name iwakko
HP 300
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 0
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 0
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 200
Mission Mode value 5

Other information[edit]

  • European scientific name: Crystallosum securilis

Naming[edit]

The following article or section needs help from someone who can translate Japanese text.
Some notes: Translate its Pikmin 3 internal name.

"Skutterchuck" is a combination of "skutter", which is similar to "skitter", which in turn means "to run around quickly", and "chuck", referring to how it tosses rocks. Its Japanese name is エボシトバシ?, エボシ? is a black-lacquered headgear (made of silk, cloth or paper) originally worn by court nobles in ancient Japan and トバシ? is the sterm of the verb 飛ばす? which can mean "to fire", "to hurl" or "to launch". In Pikmin 3, it is internally known as iwakko. In Hey! Pikmin, its internal name is eboshi. Similar to all enemy internal names in Hey! Pikmin, it is a Romanization of the Japanese name, although it doesn't have the second word. Its generator name is enemy_hat_throw. This could be from how Skutterchucks hold Crystal Nodules on their heads like hats, and they will throw them to attack.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese エボシトバシ?
Eboshi Tobashi
Eboshi Launcher
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch Smijtmijt Fling(ing) mite
Flag of France.svg French Lancetok From lance (throw) and étoc (reef)
Flag of Germany.svg German Schleuderkrabbler Catapult Crawler
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Lanciaquarzo Crystal Tosser
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Insecto noducristal Crystal nodule insect

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