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Starnacle

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Starnacle In-game icon.
A Starnacle in the Creature Log. Enhanced with Citra.
Appears in Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Tripodidae asterias
Family Shellusk
Areas Pollution Pool
Attacks Extend harmful arms

The Starnacle (タコヒトデ?, lit.: "Octopus Starfish") is a rare octopus-like enemy in Hey! Pikmin. It has three equally-spaced pink tentacle-like arms and a large green eye on its main body. Its eye closes and its arms retract when the eye is hit with a Pikmin. It is found frequently in the waters of Pollution Pool, where its arms act as an obstacle to the player and their Blue Pikmin.

Behavior[edit]

The Starnacle's only purpose is to block underwater passages. Aside from that, it doesn't do anything and is harmless. When a Pikmin is thrown at its eye, it will retract its tentacles, leaving enough room for Olimar and his Pikmin to avoid the creature and keep going in the passage.

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Strategy[edit]

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There is no way to defeat this enemy; however, it can be stunned for a certain amount of time by simply throwing a Blue Pikmin right into its eye. Once done, it will retract its arms and allow passage until it extends them again.

Notes

Hey! Pikmin logs

This mollusk-like creature's arms are long like an octopus's but tough like a starfish's. They withdraw when struck. The S.S. Dolphin II says he gets anxious at the sight of it, but I know better: those thin, gossamer arms are a real delicacy when properly prepared.

Naming[edit]

The name Starnacle is derived from "star" and "tentacle", although it can also be a combination of "star" and "barnacle". Its Japanese name, タコヒトデ?, simply translates to "Octopus starfish", referring to two aquatic creatures with long arms.

Tripodidae asterias is its scientific name. Asterias is a real-world genus for the Asteriidae family of sea stars. Although, here it is used as the species name rather than the genus. This could be a mistake, as similar cases in Hey! Pikmin's logs indicate.

Its internal name is takohitode, the Japanese word for "Octopus", タコ人で?. The generator name is enemy_tri_arms, once again referencing its three appendages.

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Octopok
Flag of France French Étentacule This name is a portmanteau of étendre (stretch), and tentacule (tentacle)
Flag of Germany German Gemeiner Schlingstern Common Wrapping-Star
Flag of Italy Italian Polpofiore Octoflower
Flag of Spain Spanish Estelárido From "estelar" (stellar)

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