Yellow Spectralids (黄シジミ?, lit.: "Yellow Clam") are small butterfly-like creatures in Pikmin 3 and Hey! Pikmin. They have yellow wings, very fuzzy, white bodies, purple eyes and two small feet they use to stand on things. They are very aesthetic, as in Pikmin 3 they will fly around any level and land on almost any surface, from flowers to Bulborbs. In this game they also function very much like yellow Unmarked Spectralids from Pikmin 2, in that they leave a drop of nectar when killed. Compared to the other flutterbies in Pikmin 3, Yellow Spectralids have yellow wings with a black "outline", and a black dot exclusive to the bottom wings.
In Hey! Pikmin only one appears, but it only shows up in a cutscene, and is not interactable, as it's gone as soon as the cutscene is over. It looks very similar to the ones in Pikmin 3, but it is paler and has spots on the top of its wings. Similarly to the White Spectralids, it doesn't have a log entry for it, so it's technically unconfirmed that it is the same species. However, its behavior and appearance is nearly identical, so it's safe to assume that it's the same.
“Structural flaw: weak hide
“Structural flaw: weak hide
“If the color yellow could fly, it would be this animal. It's so thin and papery that there's hardly anything to it apart from color. I think I'd like to fly, but maybe not if I had to give up all my substance.”
“If the colour yellow could fly, it would be this animal. It's so thin and papery that there's hardly anything to it apart from colour. I think I'd like to fly, but maybe not if I had to give up all my substance.”
“This one's OK, as the wildlife on this planet goes. It's a nice shade of yellow, but not as perfect as the color of my rubber ducky.”
“This one's OK, as the wildlife on this planet goes. It's a nice shade of yellow, but not as perfect as the colour of my rubber ducky.”
“For a tasty appetizer, dip wings into a batter and fry. Can also be used to season stews and soups. Remember to first remove its bitter innards.”
“For a tasty appetiser, dip wings into a batter and fry. Can also be used to season stews and soups. Remember to first remove its bitter innards.”
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“Like the White Spectralids, the Yellow Spectralids is a harmless flying creature. However, when you defeat a Yellow Spectralids, it drops a bit of Nectar. If you choose to attack a Yellow Spectralids, use your Winged Pikmin to ensure a short battle.”
Yellow Spectralids may be seen on the ground, nearby flowers, or the back of a sleeping Bulborb, but in all cases, when a leader or Pikmin approaches them, they will fly away. They will flutter around aimlessly in the air, and while doing so they are difficult to reach. After the leader moves a considerable distance away from the Spectralids, it will return within 10 seconds. In Hey! Pikmin, only one appears, in a cutscene from Back and Forth Road, where it simply flies forward as Pikmin chase it.
A direct hit from any type of Pikmin will instantly defeat a Yellow Spectralids. Winged Pikmin are, however, the best option, as they will give chase if the creature tries to fly off.
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