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Desiccated Skitter Leaf

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Appears in Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Rus mortifeuillea
Family Skitterling
Areas Distant Tundra, Twilight River, Blossoming Arcadia (night and Olimar's Shipwreck Tale), Giant's Hearth (night)
Caves Secluded Courtyard, Trial of the Sage Leaf
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages Shaded Garden
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages Thirsty Desert, Shaded Garden, Twilight River Remix, Beastly Caverns
Side Story days Tundra
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
Bingo Battle stages Twisted Cavern, Stagnant Sea, Parched Brook, Buried Pond
Attacks Grab and eat Pikmin

The Desiccated Skitter Leaf (カレハンボ?, lit.: "Desiccated Leaf Pond Skater") is an enemy introduced in Pikmin 3. It is a hostile Skitterling, contrary to the harmless Skitter Leaf. It disguises itself as a withered leaf. It scuttles around with great speed, and can snatch a Pikmin with what appear to be claws and devour it within a split second. These creatures are usually found in the Twilight River, as they are camouflaged almost flawlessly by the dirt and fallen leaves. They are especially irritating when having Pikmin carry back spoils or fruit. One must be careful and be sure to check the area to rid of any Desiccated Skitter Leaves before starting the day. In Mission Mode, they are found in larger groups, typically around 6-8 per group, posing more of a threat. It produces noises similar to those of a Skitter Leaf, but its sounds much more aggressive. Also like the other Skitterling, upon death, it slowly floats to the ground, and produces a soft noise. It is easy to carry, requiring one Pikmin, and unlike the Skitter Leaf, it is useful for Pikmin cultivation, producing three sprouts. Although they are hard to spot when camouflaged amongst the dead leaves, they can be highlighted if the cursor passes over them.

Stats

Game Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health
Pikmin 3 (?) 1 1 3 Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 5
Icon for the soul in Battle Enemies!, taken from the game's textures. × 5
74
Pikmin 4 1 1 3 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 1 74

Notes

Alph's comments

Structural flaw: back
Weight: 1

This is good camouflage. When you see a lone green leaf on the ground, that's suspicious. But a lone dead leaf? Nobody looks twice at those. Very well thought out.

Brittany's comments

Dead leaves are good. You can turn them into mulch and plant fruit trees, making something great out of something gross. The Pikmin know what I'm talking about, because they love dragging these guys back to the Onion to do the same thing.

Charlie's comments

US version icon.png US version
These cowards act like dead leaves, then jump out and attack the Pikmin while we aren't watching. The only defense is to treat every dead leaf you see as a mortal threat! Sure, it's tiring to see danger everywhere I look, but that's a small price to pay for saving lives!
European version icon.png European version
These sneaks act like dead leaves, then jump out and attack the Pikmin while we aren't watching. The only defence is to treat every dead leaf you see as a mortal threat! Yes, it's tiring to see danger everywhere I look, but it's a small price to pay to save lives!

Louie's comments

US version icon.png US version
No preparation needed to enjoy this flavorful beast! Its natural crunch gives way to an intriguing mouthfeel.
European version icon.png European version
No preparation needed to enjoy this flavourful beast! Its natural crunch gives way to an intriguing mouthfeel.

Olimar's comments

Desiccated Skitter Leaf
Rus mortifeuillea
Skitterling family

The skitterling variant that resembles dead leaves. Its legs have developed in specific ways: the front claws capture prey, while the flat hind legs are suited for running and swimming. Its highly tuned senses keep it still for any creature but Pikmin. Once it gets its claws on its prey, it doesn't easily let go. Recent research has revealed that its camouflage has a second purpose beyond hunting. Scavengers are fooled by its disguise into carrying its eggs, thereby expanding the population.

Dalmo's Notes

This one is a master of disguise, provided the season is right. As a fun little game, try collecting a bunch of dried leaves, then shuffle Mr. Desiccated Skitter Leaf in with them. If you pick out a normal lead, you lose, but if you pick this clever critter, you win big. Feeling lucky?

Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)

The Skitterling variant that resembles dead leaves. Its legs have developed in specific ways: the front claws capture prey, while the flat hind legs are suited for running and swimming.

Its highly tuned senses keep it still for any creature but Pikmin. Once it gets its claws on its prey, it doesn't easily let go.

Recent research has revealed that its camouflage has a second purpose beyond hunting. Scavengers are fooled by its disguise into carrying its eggs, thereby expanding the population.

Pikmin 3 Website

It may look like a leaf, but this critter is just using camouflage to trick its prey.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide

Like the standard Skitter Leaf, the Desiccated Skitter Leaf uses its leaf-shaped body to blend into the environment. However, this enemy not only utilizes much better camouflage, it uses its spiked forelegs to slice through any Pikmin it manages to capture.

When you spot a Desiccated Skitter Leaf, toss a single Pikmin on its back to defeat the creature before it manages to attack. Each time you reach a patch of brown leaves, take a moment to search for any enemies that may be hiding within it.

Behavior

When there is nothing happening, Desiccated Skitter Leafs idle around on the ground, disguised as leafs. If lonesome Pikmin get near them, they pop out of their disguise and quickly attack. However, they are afraid of leaders, so if one gets close, whether accompanied by Pikmin or not, it will stand still to avoid being found out. If a leader bumps into one that is hiding, it will stop disguising and run around in a panic, in hopes of evading the leader. While in this panicked state, they can still stop to snatch a Pikmin or two, but are much less likely to do so.

Strategy

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies shown are just suggestions.

Although they are agile, Desiccated Skitter Leaves are extremely frail, and will die instantly if a Pikmin is thrown on top of one. Winged Pikmin are the only exception because they can crush a resting Desiccated Skitter Leaf, but not an active one. These creatures can snatch and eat Pikmin quickly, so if one is on the attack, caution must be taken. Interestingly, these creatures cannot eat Pikmin if the latter are holding bomb rocks: nothing will happen to them and they will continue carrying their bombs.

In most cases Desiccated Skitter Leaves are not hard to spot lying on the ground, and it is best for you to defeat them while they are still in a resting state; one Pikmin of any type will defeat it if landed directly on it. If these creatures are found in a group, you should either play hit-and-run and take them out one at a time, calling the Pikmin back as soon as it is thrown, or approach with a large group of Pikmin and throw quickly in hopes of defeating all of them before any casualties can occur. If any bomb rocks are in the area, you could consider using one to minimize chance of loss, but this is not recommended in most cases, as Desiccated Skitter Leaves are never too much of a problem to deal with on your own.

Technical information

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name karehambo
HP 74
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 1
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 1
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 300
Mission Mode value 5

Naming

See more: Skitterling family#Naming.
  • Common name: Desiccated Skitter Leaf. Something that is desiccated is dry or dehydrated. Desiccated Skitter Leafs, compared to the common Skitter Leaf, imitate a dried tree leaf in autumn.
  • Japanese nickname: カレハンボ?. It comes from カレハ?, which translates to "dry leaf", and ハンボ?, the Skitter Leaf's Japanese nickname.
  • Japanese name: トゲカレハムシ?, lit.: "Spiky Dry Leaf Insect".
  • Scientific name: Rus mortifeuillea. Mortifeuillea is French for "deadly leaf".
  • Internal names: Its internal name is simply its Japanese nickname – karehambo.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese カレハンボ?
Kare Hanbo
Dessicated Leaf Pond Skater The name comes from "?" (lit. leaf) and "アメンボ?" (lit. pond skater)
"Hanbo" is the Japanese name for Skitter Leaf
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
枯葉水黽
Kūyè Shuǐmǐn
Dried Leaf Pond Skater
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
枯叶水黾
Kūyè Shuǐmǐn
Dried Leaf Pond Skater
Flag of France French Feuille animale séchée Dried animal leaf "Feuille animale" is the French name for Skitter Leaf
Flag of Germany German Raubblatt Predatory Leaf
Flag of Italy Italian Foglia finta secca Dry fake leaf "Foglia finta" is the Italian name for Skitter Leaf
Flag of South Korea Korean 마른잎사귀쟁이
Mareun-Ipsagwi-Jaengi
Dried-Up Leaf Pond Skater From 잎사 (leaf) and 소금쟁이 (pond skater)
Flag of Spain Spanish Pisaátomos hoja otoñal Autumnal atomstomper leaf "Pisaátomos hoja" is the Spanish name for Skitter Leaf
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Saltifolha seca Dry Jumpeaf "Saltifolha " is a portmanteau of "saltitar" (jump) and "folha" (leaf)
"Saltifolha " is the Brazilian Portuguese name for Skitter Leaf

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Trivia

  • Unlike its close relative, the Desiccated Skitter Leaf is great at swimming.

See also