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Render of the Horned Cannon Beetle from the Pikmin Garden website.
Appears in PikminPikmin 4
Scientific name Granitus ferrous; Granitus chukkulinae (Pikmin)
Family Lithopod
Areas The Forest of Hope, The Distant Spring, Sun-Speckled Terrace (Olimar's Shipwreck Tale), Hero's Hideaway
Caves Subterranean Swarm, Cavern for a King
Challenge Mode stages None
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
Attacks Crush Pikmin

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The Horned Cannon Beetle (フタクチカブト?, lit.: "Two-Mouthed Beetle"), known as the Armored Cannon Beetle (フタクチドックリ?, lit.: "Two-Mouth Tokkuri") in Pikmin is a boss found in Pikmin and Pikmin 4. In Pikmin, it is a large, black, almost shiny beetle with a thick, rounded shell of armor and a blowhole above its head. In Pikmin 4, it's shell is less metallic and has more segmented shell, along with longer mandibles. The blowhole is also larger and higher up on the shell, pointing at an angle instead of being front facing. It's overall more detailed, but as these details are shared with the Arctic Cannon Beetle, these differences are likely due to graphical improvements. It attacks by inhaling through this opening and subsequently firing a rolling rock from its mouth that travels in a straight path, which crushes any Pikmin in its path, and only stops when it hits a wall or another enemy. To defeat the creature, one must attack its abdomen: attacking other parts of the creature (like its legs) won't damage it.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 30 50 50 N/A 2000 Yes
Pikmin 4 30 60 50 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 20 5000 No


Before engaging it will wander within a set area, scanning its surroundings. Upon noticing a threat, it will lock onto it, and after a moment, start inhaling. After it inhales, it will spit out a massive boulder, which will crush Pikmin, including Rock Pikmin when fighting it in Hero's Hideaway, due to the hard surface. If a Pikmin is thrown into the horn while it's inhaling, the Beetle will choke, opening it's shell to vent heat through the holes in its fleshy back, providing an opportunity to attack. Once defeated, the beetle will fall over forwards, its shell slightly exposed. In Pikmin 4, it's behavior is the same, the only differences being longer charge time, larger boulders, and the fact that it doesn't idly shake.


Pikmin 4


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The Horned Cannon Beetle is a deceptively simple and easy fight. Once the player begins to engage it, wait for the Beetle to inhale through its top blow hole. Once it does, you have a rather generous amount of time to throw a single Pikmin into it to clog it. Once stops, the beetle's rear shell opens up, exposing its abdomen for attack. Then throw the Pikmin onto its back. Once it shuts its shell, whistle your Pikmin back and repeat the process until the boss is defeated. In Pikmin 4, the strategy is the same, with the added ability of rushing the back with Oatchi and a squad of Pikmin. Rock Pikmin and/or Purple Pikmin is recommended.


Olimar's voyage log

This creature spits out massive rocks and boasts an impenetrable shell that repels all Pikmin attacks. Just before spitting out a boulder, it sucks in large breaths of air... Perhaps its air hole will provide a clue to it's weakness.

Reel Notes

This migrant lithopod has developed a stronger carapace than its relatives.

Pikmin Official Player's Guide description

This member of the lithopod family migrated to the area during a global climate shift in the atmosphere within the last century. The continental breed of this beast, known as the strong-armed cannon beetle, had the ability to compress inhaled air in a bladder and use the pressure to expel partially digested fragments of stone. This migrant Lithopod has developed a stronger carapace than its relatives
Continuously fire Pikmin into the armored cannon beetle's upper snout until it inhales a Pikmin. The Pikmin will plug up the bug and cause it to open its protective shell and reveal its vulnerable body. Circle to the bug's rear and toss Pikmin onto its exposed red body to inflict damage.

Pikmin Nintendo Power Booklet description

Pikmin look absolutely tiny compared to this fierce rock-hurling foe. Even when they're vastly outsized, Pikmin can overpower the largest beasts if they work together.

Pikmin 1 (Nintendo Switch) Reel notes

This migratory lithopod has developed a stronger carapace than its relatives.

Dalmo's Notes

Its giant shiny-black carapace is one of the precious stones of the natural world! When it lifts its ebony wings, the briefly visible flesh beneath creates a striking color contrast. This is a living work of art that transcends the imagination.

Olimar's Notes

Males of this species are known for their hornlike blowholes. When females reach maturity, their blowhole closes and they lose the ability to launch rocks.

At the start of breeding season, the females lay eggs on rocks launched by a male. The rocks then become food for the growing larvae.

Though once mistaken for adult Armored Cannon Beetles, this species is actually a naturalized non-native species that migrated here from another continent.

The Horned Cannon Beetle can breed with adult Armored Cannon Beetles, but only about half of the eggs will actually hatch. This hybrid species has the potential to seriously pollute the gene pool. Furthermore, it exhibits aggressive territorial behavior, sometimes launching boulders at young Armored Cannon Beetles, which has driven the latter species to the verge of extinction.

Louie's Notes

Drop into boiling water, and let it cook until the shell turns red. Remove from the pot and peel. Sprinkle the drained meat with rock salt.

Pikmin Garden



特徴 その1 岩を吐き出す

(Image text:
  • 圧縮した空気で、岩を勢いよく吐き出す
  • 攻撃に用いるほか、卵を産みつけて幼生の餌にする)

特徴 その2 気門と排熱

(Image text: 殻を開いて、気門から熱を排出する)

特徴 その3 外来種

(Image text:
  • クロガネオオイシツツミ(外来種)
  • ヤマトイシツツミ(在来種))


A beetle that sucks in air through the horn-shaped blowhole on the top of its head, and spits out rocks it has stored in its body as food in a single mass. It is highly territorial and attacks Armored Cannon Beetle larvae, which share its feeding habit.

Feature #1: Spitting out rocks

The male spits out rocks, while the female's upper mouth closes as an adult and she no longer spits out rocks.
(Image text:
  • "It uses compressed air to spit out rocks with great force"
  • "In addition to using them to attack, it lays its eggs on them to feed its larvae")

Feature #2: Spiracles and waste heat

If something gets stuck in the blowhole, it becomes unable to spit out rocks, and heat builds up inside the body.
(Image text: "It opens its shell and expels heat through its spiracles")

Feature #3: Non-native species

In recent years, it has been expanding its habitat, which is affecting the ecosystem.
(Image text:
  • "Granitus ferrous (non-native species)"
  • "Granitus chukkulinae (native species)")


See more: Lithopod family#Naming.

  • Common name: Armored Cannon Beetle.
  • Japanese nickname: フタクチドックリ?, lit.: "Two-Mouth Tokkuri"
  • Japanese name: クロガネオオイシツツミ?, lit.: "Black Iron Giant Stone Wrapper"
  • Scientific name: Granitus chukkulinae. Chukkulinae is a made-up word, but similar to "chuck". It may also refer to "up-chuck", a term for vomiting.
  • Internal names: The internal name for the enemy is simply beatle, which is a misspelling of "beetle".
  • Prerelease: None.
  • Common name: Horned Cannon Beetle. "Horned" refers to its hornlike blowhole.
  • Japanese nickname: フタクチカブト?, lit.: "Two-Mouthed Beetle". "Two-Mouthed" refers to how its blowhole resembles a second mouth.
  • Japanese name: クロガネオオイシツツミ 成虫?, lit.: "Black Iron Giant Stone Wrapper (adult)". クロガネオオイシツツミ is the Japanese name for the Armored Cannon Beetle in Pikmin.
  • Scientific name: Granitus ferrous. Ferrous means "of or containing iron", referring to its iron shell.
  • Internal names: FUTAKUCHIADULT. FUTAKUCHI is the internal name for the Armored Cannon Larva, so "adult" is used to distinguish age.
  • Prerelease: Unknown

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese フタクチドックリ?
Futa Kuchi Dokkuri
Two-Mouth Tokkuri
Flag of France French (NoE) Scaracanon Blindé Armored Cannon Beetle (from "scarabée" (beetle) and "canon" (cannon))
Flag of Germany German Crustabitze Contraction of Crustacea and Haubitze (howitzer)
Flag of Italy Italian Scarabeo Corazzato Armored Beetle
Flag of South Korea Korean 두입호롱
Du ip ho long
'두입' means two mouths, '호롱' means oil lamp
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo Tirador Shooter Beetle
Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese フタクチカブト?
Futa Kuchi Kabuto
Two-Mouth Rhino Beetle
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Shuāng-Kǒu Jiǎchóng
Two-Mouth Beetle
Flag of China Chinese
Shuāng-Kǒu Jiǎchóng
Two-Mouth Beetle
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Gehoornde kanonkever Horned cannon beetle
Flag of France French Scaracanon cornu Horned cannon beetle "Scaracanon" is a portmanteau of "scarabée" (beetle) and "canon" (cannon)
Flag of Germany German Horn-Crustabitze Horn Crustowitzer "Crustabitze" is a portmanteau of "Crustacea" and "Haubitze" (howitzer)
Flag of Italy Italian Scarabeo grancorno Great-horn beetle
Flag of South Korea Korean 두입투구호롱
Two-Mouth Helmet Oil Lamp
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Escaracanhão-de-chifre Horned scarannon "Escaracanhão" is a portmanteau of "escaravelho" (scarab) and "canhão" (cannon)
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo tirador cornúpeta Horned cannon beetle


See also