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Venom Dweevil

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Venom Dweevil In-game icon.
Icon for the Venom Dweevil, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in Pikmin 4
Scientific name Mandarachnia venenum
Family Dweevil
Caves Engulfed Castle, Ultimate Testing Range
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
Attacks Emit poison gas

The Venom Dweevil (ミドリショイグモ?, lit.: "Green Carrying Spider") is an enemy in Pikmin 4. Like other members of the dweevil family, it will carry nearby treasure and enemy corpses. When attacked, it emits a cloud of poison gas, making the poison-immune White Pikmin and Glow Pikmin a safe option for a battle against it.

The Venom Dweevil greatly resembles the Munge Dweevil in both appearance and behavior, except that it is turquoise instead of purple.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
2 4 3 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 2 300


As with most Dweevils, Venom Dweevils will attempt to pick up and carry nearby treasures, corpses, and Castaways; it is often necessary to defeat them in order to obtain certain treasures, or to prevent them from interrupting transit. If left alone after it picks up something, it will hide under it, only moving when Pikmin or a Leader approach. On top of being able to carry these items, Venom Dweevils (and all other Dweevils) can actually carry any object that is directly carryable by Pikmin, notably useable items from the Pack, can be carried by the Dweevil. This even includes Firestarters, although this can only be seen with Fiery Dweevils in Giant's Hearth ingame. Items that can explode, like Bomb Rocks or Ice Blasts can be used by the Dweevil when it has a target in its sights, replicating the ability of the Volatile Dweevil from Pikmin 2. It should be noted that Dweevils are not immune to the effects of these bombs, and will immediately die or become frozen as a result of the blast. This can be directly observed ingame in the Engulfed Castle, where Venom Dweevils spawn holding Bomb Rocks.

They are largely passive to Pikmin, and will attempt to run away from them, only attacking in self-defense. If provoked by attacks, they will defend themselves by emitting a cloud of toxic gas. This gas will poison any non-White Pikmin and will additionally poison Oatchi if he does not have his Pup Sniff Saver upgrade, requiring the player to whistle to save them.



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White Pikmin are resistant to the Venom Dweevil's attacks, so they are able to attack the Dweevil to remove their carried object without succumbing to poison. However, due to the scarcity of White Pikmin, it is also ideal to freeze the Venom Dweevil using Ice Pikmin, and then overwhelm them with a large squad of Pikmin.


Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Is this just another different color of Dweevil? Not at all. You see here a fashion leader of the critter world. There was once a purple one as well, but this year's trendy color is green. Be sure to bring protective gear to see it though! This skittering sweetie can produce a toxic gas if threatened.

Olimar's Notes[edit]

The Venom Dweevil is one member of the Dweevil family, which is known for mimicking objects by carrying them on their backs.

These insects often carry the carcasses of other life-forms on their backs. Apparently this is not for the purpose of transporting them as food but instead is another example of their mimic behavior.

The Venom Dweevil produces two different chemical compounds within its body, which form poisonous gas when mixed and expelled. This gas is only used for self-defense.

Louie's Notes[edit]

Exposure to even extreme heat doesn't seem to rid this creature of deposits of potent gas. It's probably best for everyone if you avoid eating this hazardous fare.


See more: Dweevil family#Naming.
  • Common name: Venom Dweevil, referring to the Dweevil's ability to create poison gas, although venom refers to poison that is injected.
  • Japanese nickname: ミドリショイグモ?. It translates to "Green Carrying Spider", referring to how it carries things on its back, and how it is green.
  • Japanese name: セオイカナエグモ?, lit.: "Carrying Ding Spider". It is shared with the Fiery, Anode, Hydro, Munge, Volatile, and Iceblown Dweevils.
  • Scientific name: Mandarachnia venenum. Venenum is Latin for "potion" or "juice", and a play off of "venom".
  • Internal names: GASOTAKARA. "Gas" refers to the toxic gas it can produce, and "otakara" means "treasure" in Japanese. It has the same internal name as the Munge Dweevil.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ミドリショイグモ?
Midori Shoi Gumo
Green Carrying Spider
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Cuìlǜ Bèizhū
Jade Green Carrying Spider
Flag of China Chinese
Cuìlǜ Bèizhū
Jade Green Carrying Spider
Flag of France French Araknéak venimeux Venomous dweevil
Flag of Germany German Toxarak Toxarach From "Toxin" and "-arak" (dweevil), derived from "arachno-"
Flag of Italy Italian Opiliode tossico Toxic Dweevil
Flag of South Korea Korean 초록업어거미
Green Carrying Spider
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Toxicaranha Toxicpider The name is a portmanteau of "tóxica" (toxic) and "aranha" (spider)
Flag of Spain Spanish Ponzoaraña Venider The name is a portmanteau of "ponzoña" (venom) and "araña" (spider)


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  • The Venom Dweevil is practically identical to the Munge Dweevil from Pikmin 2, only differing in color. This is humorously referenced in Dalmo's notes for the creature, where he notes that there "once was a purple one as well, but this year's trendy color is green."
    • Additionally, Olimar's notes on the Venom Dweevil are largely identical to his notes on the Munge Dweevil, only changing the name and minor wording. Louie's notes are completely identical.

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