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Skeeterskate

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Skeeterskate Icon used to represent the enemy on the wiki.
A render of a Skeeterskate from Pikmin 4.
Appears in Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Gerridus clavomacula
Family Spitterspatter
Areas Distant Tundra, Twilight River, Serene Shores
Caves Doppelgänger's Den
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages Silver Lake, Forgotten Cove
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages Garden of Hope Remix, Fortress of Festivity, The Rustyard, Clockwork Chasm
Side Story days Pikmin Reunion
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
Bingo Battle stages Stagnant Sea, Parched Brook
Attacks Spit water at Pikmin

The Skeeterskate (ミズンボウ?, lit.: "Watery Pond Skater") is an enemy that appears in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. It skims around the surface of the water, and attacks by shooting small jets of water at the Pikmin and leaders. It can be killed in one hit by throwing a Pikmin on top of it, much like a Dwarf Bulborb.

Stats

Game Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health
Pikmin 3 (?) 2 4 (normally) 3 Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 5
Icon for the soul in Battle Enemies!, taken from the game's textures. × 5
45
Pikmin 4 2 4 3 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 2 45

Notes

Alph's comments

Structural flaw: weak hide
Weight: 2

The genius of this design is that it uses its habitat of water to fuel its spout attacks. It can spray three times on one tank! Top marks for efficiency. The most glaring downside is that it can't move while it's refueling. You'd think someone would have realized what a golden opportunity that presents to attack.

Brittany's comments

Mostly what this thing does is suck up water and spit it out to attack. I completely hate it. It keeps getting in the way of collecting fruit! I need that fruit NOW! It's not like I asked anyone to wash it for me first!

Charlie's comments

I've been watching this one, and I have a little theory about how it skates on water without sinking. Ready for this? It's so busy getting from place to place that it doesn't have time to sink.

Louie's comments

The extremities cannot be used for food, but you can drink the liquid inside for a stimulating apéritif!

Olimar's comments

US version icon.png US version

Skeeterskate
Gerridus clavomacula
Spitterspatter family

It skates on water at high speed thanks to tiny hairs on the tips of its feet. These hairs are coated in an ultra-hydrophobic substance to minimize friction against the water's surface. Its long proboscis functions as a straw to take in water, which is stored in a reservoir in its head, as well as to spout it as a weapon against small insects. While taking in water, it also takes in microscopic plankton, meaning that its prime means of defense is also a feeding mechanism.
European version icon.png European version

Skeeterskate
Gerridus clavomacula
Spitterspatter family

It skates on water at high speed thanks to tiny hairs on the tips of its feet. These hairs are coated in an ultra-hydrophobic substance to minimise friction against the water's surface. Its long proboscis functions as a straw to take in water, which is stored in a reservoir in its head, as well as to spout it as a weapon against small insects. While taking in water, it also takes in microscopic plankton, meaning that its prime means of defence is also a feeding mechanism.

Dalmo's Notes

Clean water is a necessity for this water-walking sweetheart, and a lot of it at that. In water soiled with oils, detergents, or other pollutations, it could lose the surface tension that supports its specially evolved feet and drown! This is an extraordinary creature that could only exist on such a water-rich planet.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide

The Skeeterskate is a spindly aquatic creature that skims along the surface of the water. This creature utilizes long-range water attacks to drown its targets from an impressive distance.
To defeat a Skeeterskate, toss a Blue Pikmin onto its head, or use a squad of Blue Pikmin to charge the creature. When that's not an option, use Winged Pikmin to attack a Skeeterskate above the water – just be prepared to rescue any Winged Pikmin that get caught in the enemy's attack.

Strategy

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

The Skeeterskate will skim across the water aimlessly until Pikmin are nearby. Once it spots Pikmin, it will inflate the sac atop its head and fire jets of water at them. A single shot of water will splash on the ground and affect all Pikmin within a small radius.

Skeeterskates are easiest to hit when the water sac is empty, as they will stop to refill it, so it is a good idea to run behind it with Blue Pikmin and throw them at such a time.

In certain areas of the game, the player is forced to fight them without any Blue Pikmin. In this case, it is possible to walk into the water underneath, then swarm them with Winged Pikmin. If a Skeeterskate is close enough to land, it is also possible to kill it with any other kind of Pikmin with a single toss, but the player must be ready to rescue any Pikmin that risk drowning.

Technical information

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
These values are the same in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 3 Deluxe.
Internal name amembo
HP 45
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 0
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 1
Damage to leaders 0
Territory radius 500
Mission Mode value 5

Naming

See more: Spitterspatter family#Naming.
  • Common name: Skeeterskate. From "Skeeter", slang for "mosquito", and "skate", a reference to the pond skater.
  • Japanese nickname: ミズンボウ?, lit.: "Watery Pond Skater".
  • Japanese name: タテジマミズンボウ?, lit.: "Vertical Stripes Watery Pond Skater".
  • Scientific name: Gerridus clavomacula. Clavomacula could be derived from the macula part of the retina creatures use to see with 20/20 precision, possibly in reference to the Skeeterskate's accurate shots when hitting targets.
  • Internal names: Its internal name is amembo, which refers to the word アメンボウ? (lit.: "pond skater").
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ミズンボウ?
Mizunbō
Water Pond Skater From ? (water) and アメンボウ? (pond skater)
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
瓶子水黽
Píngzi Shuǐmǐn
Bottle Pond Skater
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
瓶子水黾
Píngzi Shuǐmǐn
Bottle Pond Skater
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Waterschieter Water shooter
Flag of France French Ragnée d'eau Water pider The name comes from "araignée d'eau" (pond skater, lit.: "water spider")
Flag of Germany German Wasserflitzer Water Dasher
Flag of Italy Italian Idrospruzzatore Hydrosprayer From "idro-" (hydro-) and "spruzzatore" (sprayer)
Flag of South Korea Korean 물쟁이
Mul-Jaengi
Water Pond Skater From (water) and 소금쟁이 (pond skater)
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Hidrosquito Hydrosquito Portmanteau of "hidro-" (hydro-) and "mosquito" (mosquito)
Flag of Spain Spanish Acuatirador Aquashooter From "acua" (water) and "tirador" (shooter)

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Skeeterskate is the first tripedal creature in the series alongside the Quaggled Mireclops.

See also