Arctic Cannon Beetle Larva

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Arctic Cannon Beetle Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Scientific name Granitus Frostitum
Family Lithopod
Areas Distant Tundra
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 14
Seed worth 8
Attacks Launches snowballs

Arctic Cannon Beetle Larvae are a variant of Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae accustomed to cold conditions that are bright green with a lavender underbelly.

Unlike their rock-spitting relatives, Arctic Cannon Beetle Larvae launch giant snowballs. While mostly equivalent to boulders in functionality, snowballs are incapable of killing Pikmin and flattening leaders, instead simply picking them up and carrying them along until they crash into something, even other snowballs. Winged Pikmin and similar Pikmin won't even be picked up by the projectiles, only knocked back. Leaders will be picked up as well, which also traps them until the snowball it is destroyed. As a result, the creature is annoying at best, and is only a threat if the Pikmin it rolls away end up next to some other enemy or hazard without the player noticing, but can be killed with relative ease by any Pikmin type.

The Arctic Cannon Beetle Larva will either emerge from the ground when a leader or Pikmin is extremely close to it. It can also emerge from a distance and consistently shoot snowballs to hinder the group. In most cases, it will behave the former way, and only a few will perform the latter. In all cases, the Arctic Cannon Beetle Larva behaves the same up-close; it will try to roll its attackers away with snowballs and buck any Pikmin off if they latch onto it. During a battle, it will likely burrow underground, or attempt to, as many times as it can, and when it re-emerges, any leaders or Pikmin standing above will be launched into the air and temporarily immobilized.