- This article relates to the canonical games. See Pikipedia's "Antenna Beetle" article for more canonical information.
|Scientific name||Mesmeri raiocontra|
|Caves||Snagret Hole, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den|
|Attacks||Attracts and pacifies Pikmin, interferes with electronic devices|
Antenna Beetles are creatures that can pose danger to Pikmin, but not directly. They use their wings to produce sounds of a high pitch, which interferes with electronic devices and attracts Pikmin, much as the leaders' whistles do. That effect overrides any similar commands issued by leaders, so they are able to take command of any Pikmin that are nearby; the only way to regain control of them is to kill it, or force it into leaping away again. Having Pikmin captured is where the danger comes in, because this creature may lead them into a hazard. The beast periodically jumps away and returns, stumbling as it lands, and can be led into disembarking in such a manner by attacking it. Approaching the beast often has a similar effect. In an attack, it can be swarmed as it lands or Pikmin can be thrown on top of it; Purple Pikmin work the best, as they may stun it, preventing it from getting up and jumping away. If Pikmin lands on it, it will roll over, not much different from an Anode Beetle. The Antenna Beetle is relatively rare, found in only a few locations. Electronic devices being dysfunctional is an absolute indication that one is on the same area as the leaders.
"This creature is able to control the Pikmin by way of the peculiar frequency of its roar, but its only objective seems to be defensive in nature, as it stops Pikmin from attacking and forces them to run away. This beast prefers humid, dimly-lit environments, and has been known to inhabit empty and discarded containers. For this reason, it's wise to thoroughly ventilate any specimens that are recovered. Lifting off with one of these creatures in the hold can lead to a rupturing of the specimen during compression, resulting in an explosive mess."
"Extract meat from the exoskeleton and sear on all sides in a hot wok to seal in the flavor. Top the dish with a splash of spicy peanut sauce."
This article or image relates to the fanon game Pikmin: Redemption, created by Sir Pikmin.
These creatures can also appear above ground.
Pikmin: Ultimate Doom
This article contains information that relates to the non-canon game Pikmin: Ultimate Doom by Wraith.
The Antenna Beetle is more aggressive as it chases down the player's Pikmin.