The Swarming Sheargrub (ブリコ?) is a green Sheargrub with red eyes found in Pikmin 3. It, in every way excluding size and color, resembles a Female Sheargrub. Swarming Sheargrubs are known to follow Pikmin from a distance and can distract an entire squad as a result.
They move around in swarms at high speed (fastest of any known mandiblard). They have no form of offense but can move quickly, taking any attacking Pikmin with them. Once they come across any nectar, they will consume it and grow in size. They can also hide under plants, like Pikmin. Most swarms come in groups of seven.
When they spot a salvageable object – such as a fruit, pellet, Victory Macaroon, or carcass – they will jump and sit on top of it, weighing it down and thus, making it require more Pikmin to carry. The larger they are, the more they will weigh.
While they are an annoying hindrance to the player, they are easily defeated like any other type of mandiblard. However, once a single member of a swarm is harmed, the rest will disperse and run away at very high speeds. It's advised to call all Pikmin back at this point, as they will attempt to chase the fleeing Sheargrubs, only to end up getting themselves lost.
Swarming Sheargrubs will always spawn above the ground where the Lesser Mock Bottom is located.
The best strategy is to throw some non Winged Pikmin and you should get at least 3 of them. Wait for them to come back and get them again. In Tropical Wilds Remix, let the Baldy Long legs kill some for you.
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“I can forgive a lot of things in the animals on this planet. Damaging my suit, sure. Capturing the captain, OK. But stealing fruit and nectar from the Pikmin?! That's low!”
“One way to defeat an enemy is to cut off their supply lines. That's the mode of attack these flying things use. They suck up nectar, weigh down pellets, and do whatever they can to keep our numbers low and our troops starved.”
“Boil and swallow whole. The real gastronomic joy of this creature is how smooth it goes down.”
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“As the name implies, these fast-moving enemies travel in relatively large groups. Swarming Sheargrubs patrol established paths, jostling any Pikmin they encounter along the way. These pests often latch onto fruit while it's being transported. This essentially increases the weight of the fruit, making it more difficult for your Pikmin to carry.”
These Sheargrubs are distinguished by the rest with the word "Swarming", because they move in a swarm. In Japan, they're known as ブリコ?, which is the name given to the roe of the Japanese sandfish, since fish roe is typically a large group of eggs, not entirely unlike the Swarming Sheargrubs. Internally, it shares its data with the Female Sheargrub, so its internal name is
Names in other languages