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Unmarked Spectralids

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Unmarked Spectralids In-game icon.
Artwork of the Unmarked Spectralids.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Fenestari prismatus
Family Flitterbie
Areas Awakening Wood
Caves Frontier Cavern, Shower Room, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode stages Hidden Garden
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks None

Unmarked Spectralids (or Unmarked Spectralid, see below; サンショクシジミ?, lit.: "Tricolored Lycaenids") are insects in Pikmin 2. They resemble small butterflies and can be red, purple, or yellow. They are one of the harmless enemies in the Pikmin series, having no means of attack and doing nothing but fluttering around. They are located in specific patches of plants and appear upon being disturbed, though in some caves they are readily visible. They will leave the area's boundaries some time after Pikmin and leaders come within range of a swarm of them. Their color indicates what they drop when killed - a drop of ultra-spicy spray (red), ultra-bitter spray (purple) or nectar (yellow). Underground, they only have a 20% chance of dropping these rewards. These creatures instantly collapse and die if touched by a single Pikmin. Upon being petrified, they will fall down to the ground and crumble; in the Piklopedia, however, they will remain intact.

The only area aboveground they appear in is the Awakening Wood, with one group hidden in a Margaret near the Sunseed Berry, and another in a nearby Figwort (next to the bridge there). Red and purple Spectralids do not appear above ground, and can only be found with yellow Spectralids in rest sublevels of certain caves, usually found in clusters of 20 or more. In the Awakening Wood, only four of them appear together in each spot.

Unmarked Spectralids do not appear in Pikmin 3 or Pikmin 4, and have been replaced with Red Spectralids, Yellow Spectralids, and White Spectralids. However, they are referenced in Olimar's notes for the White Spectralids in both games.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
1 1 1 Poko icon.png × 1 N/A[note 1] No
  1. ^ The game files specify this value to be 200.


Olimar's notes

When strolling through the forests of this planet, clouds of these creatures are seen dancing overhead. Like flower petals drifting in the breeze, the sight of flitterbies dancing in the lush green undergrowth is unforgettable. Flitterbie collectors drool over specimen sample boxes lined up in order, highlighting the slight color gradation changes from blue to red to yellow. Such items fetch particularly high prices at auction.

Louie's notes

Spectralids don't provide a lot of meat, but the exquisitely elegant wings are surprisingly tasty, particularly when expertly prepared with a sweet candied glaze.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide

The butterflies offer more atmosphere than gameplay challenge. If you have the time, you may toss some Pikmin into a flock of the colorful creatures and collect their bodies for Pikmin sprouts, color-matched nectar or Pokos.


Unmarked Spectralids seem to not fear creatures that are idling. If there is a Mamuta in the same level as a swarm of Unmarked Spectralids, it is possible to spot some of the Spectralids land on the creature as it idles. In addition, after both the Unmarked Spectralids and the Red, Orange, and Hairy Bulborbs have been added to the in-game Piklopedia, the Spectralids can be seen flying around the former two bulborbs in their respective Piklopedia files.

Spectralids merely flutter about without waking up the bulborb and may occasionally land on it, but due to the way collisions work in the game they are unreasonably strong. As a result, they can push the bulborb around, sometimes even shoving it out of the regular map boundaries.[1]


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

If you have many Pikmin with you, throw them rapidly into the air in all directions in an attempt to knock them down. Otherwise, you can spray a large group with an ultra-bitter spray, since spraying them makes them fall to the ground, burst, and instantly die.

They cannot be damaged with punches in any way, not even while petrified or resting atop a Mamuta.

Technical information

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name shijimichou
Global properties (List)
ID Japanese comment Property Value
s000 friction(not used) Friction 0.5
s001 wallReflection Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?) 0.5
s002 faceDirAdjust Unknown 0.25
s003 accel Acceleration 0.1
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 200
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 10
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.2
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.25
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.5
fp06 速度 Move speed 150
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.2
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 250
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 0
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 700
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 0
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 0
fp16 振り払い率 Successful shake rate 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 150
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 0
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 0
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 30
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 15
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 30
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 15
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 10
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 50
fp26 探索高 Unknown (exploration height?) 0
fp27 ライフの高さ HP wheel height 40
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 15
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 0
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 0
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 30
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 20
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 7
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage N/A
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance N/A
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time N/A
ip01 振り払い打撃A Shake mode 1 – hit count 1
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 1
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 2
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 2
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 5
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 3
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 10
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 飛行期間 Unknown (flight period?) 250
fp08 プランツからの飛行期間 Unknown (flight period if released from plants?) 250
fp02 蜜レート Chance of dropping their content, underground 0.2
fp03 飛行高さ Flying height 70
fp04 飛行レート Unknown (flight rate?) 0.02
fp05 飛行高低 Unknown (flight height variation?) 2
fp06 赤蝶率 Distribution of reds in a swarm 0.1
fp07 黒蝶率 Distribution of purples in a swarm 0.1

Other information

  • Size: Wing span: 26mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #54


  • Common name: Unmarked Spectralids. The word "Unmarked" is used because these creatures do not have any markings on them. "Spectralids" relates to the word "spectral", referring to their vibrant colors. Given that the name of entries in the Piklopedia is always in singular, and there is no instance in the game of the term "Spectralid", it is likely that "Spectralids" both refers to one creature, singular, as well as multiple, plural. This trend continues in Pikmin 3. That said, there is no specific mention of the creature in singular, outside of the Piklopedia entry name, so it is possible its singular name is something else, albeit unknown.
  • Japanese nickname: サンショクシジミ?, lit.: "Tricolored Lycaenids".
  • Japanese name: モンナシモリシジミ?, lit.: "Patternless Forest Lycaenid".
  • Scientific name: Fenestari prismatus. Fenestari is close to fenestra, which roughly means "bending". This word might reference how their wings bend back and forth. Prismatus is similar to "prism", possibly a nod to how triangular prisms can disperse light in a colorful rainbow; color variety being a strong theme in the naming and nature of the Spectralids.
  • Internal names: The internal name for the Unmarked Spectralids is shijimichou, or "シジミチョウ?", which is a butterfly belonging to the Lycaenidae family.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese サンショクシジミ?
Sanshoku Shijimi
Tricolored Lycaenids
Flag of France French Spectrillons Vierges Pure Spectralids "Spectrillons" is a portmanteau of "spectral" (spectral) and "papillon" (butterfly)
Flag of Germany German Unmarkierter Spektralit Unmarked Spectralid
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Espectrálidas discretas Discrete spectralids "Espectrálidas" comes from "espectral" (spectral)



  • Although their health is specified to be 200 in the game files, they are programmed to die instantly when a Pikmin is thrown at them, making this health value unused.
    • In addition, even if they are hit by a bomb rock's explosion, their health will drop to 0, but they will continue to be alive.[2]
  • Unmarked Spectralids are the only creatures to appear in another creature's Piklopedia file.
  • If the Spectralids is resting on a Mamuta, and the player sprays the Mamuta, the Spectralids will fly off and flutter about for a bit. Killing the petrified Mamuta and leaving the scene can cause the Spectralids to return to its original position, which means it will stand in mid-air.[3]
  • The Beady Long Legs is fully programmed to drop 25 Unmarked Spectralids upon death if it has no treasure. However, due to a mistake from the programmers, this does not occur, and it simply drops nothing.[4]
  • While Unmarked Spectralids fall to the floor and shatter when petrified, this is not the case in the Piklopedia.

See also


  1. ^ YouTube video of Unmarked Spectralids pushing a Red Bulborb around, published on June 19th, 2019, retrieved on June 20th, 2019
  2. ^ YouTube video showing how different enemies react to bomb rock explosions (at 03:09), published on May 1st, 2021, retrieved on October 31st, 2022
  3. ^ YouTube video of a Spectralids returning to the spot where a Mamuta was
  4. ^ YouTube video explaining why Beady Long Legs fails to drop 25 Unmarked Spectralids upon death