Armored Cannon Larva

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Armored Cannon Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Appearance in Pikmin 4.
Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae
Family Lithopod

Armored Cannon Larvae are lithopods that resemble large larvae with an Armored Cannon Beetle's eyes and mouth. They act the same as the Armored Cannon Beetle but spit boulders and turn at a faster rate, have much less health, and are always vulnerable to attack. Like the adult cannon beetles, they have a blowhole on the top of their head, but it is either nonfunctional or not as powerful, so Pikmin can not become stuck in it like with the fully grown beetles. Some walk around while others burrow out of the ground; those buried will never unearth more than half of their body or move from their spot.

In fanon games

Below this point is where users place their version of the Armored Cannon Larva.

In Pikmin 251

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Armored Cannon Beetle Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
Scientific name Unknown
Family Lithopod
Areas Flooded Fields, Foreboding Forest
Caves Aquatic Depths, Gambler's Den, Cryptic Kitchen, Pit of Misfortune, Endless Abyss, Doom Den, Perilous Pipeline
Challenge Mode stages Purple Trials, Bulbmin Gardens, Perplexing Pool, Candypop Plains, Brick Workshop, Perilous Pipeline, The Gauntlet
Battle Mode stages None
Carry weight 14
Max. carriers 20
Seed worth 9
Poko value P2 Poko icon.png × 8
Attacks Launches boulders

Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae appear in Pikmin 251 and function as they did in Pikmin 2, but now have more health.


Olimar's observations

Once again, I come to this planet only to see the larval form of this creature. What happened to the fully grown kind? Maybe other creatures have led to this one becoming an endangered species. I hope not. Sometimes, I feel bad when I think about how fighting these creatures to the death is upsetting the balance of this ecosystem. But I don't have a choice. If I'm going to save our company once again, some sacrifices will have to be made.

Cookin' with Louie

Removing all the rocks from this beast's meat is a real pain, but more than worth the effort! Or you can just leave the rocks in if you want those extra minerals in your diet.

In Pikmin Eco

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Armored Cannon Beetle Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae
Family Lithopod
Areas None
Caves Rocky Route, Bone Cove, Cautious Cavern
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 15
Poko value P2 Poko icon.png × 10
Attacks Launches boulders

The Armored Cannon Beetle Larva is a lithopod appearing in Pikmin Eco, although with no signs of any adult version. It isn't found outside of caves, making it strictly a subterranean species. It behaves as it does in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 and can be defeated, and in some cases manipulated, in the same ways.

In Pikmin V

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Armored Cannon Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae (larva)
Family Lithopod
Areas Silent Woods, Glimmer Ridge
Caves Knothole Sanctum
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 14
Seed worth 8
Health 360
Attacks Shoots boulders

In Pikmin V, the Armored Cannon Larva appears alongside its mature form as well as yet another new larval relative, the Arenose Cannon Larva. It can be found both entrenched and free-roaming; both versions are equally susceptible to the Purple Pikmin's stun.


Brittany's notes

Though it is classified as a larva, it is perfectly capable of surviving and reproducing on its own. Very few of them demonstrate the need to metamorphose, and no known pupae have even been found, perhaps due to the rocklike material of its signature weapon camouflaging it very well. This is true of most Cannon Beetles, though there has been a rise in specifically Armored Cannon Beetle maturation due to an invasive species, the Horned Cannon Beetle, that is threatening its territory.

Olimar's notes

It is best fought with Rock Pikmin, whom it poses no threat to as opposed to the instant and often numerous deaths other Pikmin types face. Rock Pikmin also don't care about its ability to buck Pikmin off of it. Do be wary that those hit will still be incapacitated for some time as they pull themselves out of the ground, reducing the size of your attacking force.

Louie's notes

Carefully sift the meat before grinding to remove any excess particulate matter. Since it has to keep a specific internal biome for the bacteria in its guts, it is actually safe to eat raw.

In Pikmin: Antarctic Survival

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Karst The icon used to represent this creature.
Species Armored Cannon Larva
Gender Male
Initial location Trampled Tundra
Elements None
Housing size 1
Blood type Cold-blooded
Carrying capacity 4
Hit points 9
Clothing types Standard Coat, 2× Dwarf Leg Covering
Starting skills Search 0, Build 0, Quarry 3
Potential skills None

Karst is the Armored Cannon Larva that appears in Pikmin: Antarctic Survival.

Though not much older than the other lithopod larvae, Karst always tries to put on a persona of being formal and grown-up, thinking that to do otherwise would be unbecoming of him. Karst can come off as a bit proud and haughty, as he places pride in his heritage as an Armored Cannon Beetle and often talks of the power and nobility of Armored Cannon Beetles. He speaks formally and properly, avoiding contractions and common slang.

Karst looks up to Iron, the Armored Cannon Beetle of the Trampled Tundra. He sees Iron as the ideal Armored Cannon Beetle, commanding and powerful. Karst wants to be just like Iron when he is fully grown up, and often tries to imitate Iron's behaviors, mainly in trying to hide his emotions since Iron is not very emotional, which Karst sees as "properly mature." Although Karst tries to be like Iron, Karst is a lot more social than Iron is, as Iron has always lived alone, while Karst lived with a group of Armored Cannon Beetles before coming to the Antarctic. Karst becomes lonely when no one else is around, and will often follow other creatures to avoid this, as shown by his habit of especially following Iron around, which Iron is confused by.

Karst's formal and regal airs with which he presents himself are exhausting to him, as despite his attempts to appear otherwise, he is still a child. He is often disgusted with himself for not being as much of a "proper Cannon Beetle" as he tries to be, as Karst is often overwhelmed by the level of pressure he puts on his appearance and conduct. Karst is often angry at himself, feeling like any other Cannon Beetle wouldn't struggle with this as much as he does, and feeling like he is a disappointment to his lineage. This internal stress and anger can sometimes lead Karst to harshly snap at other creatures, which he usually feels quite bad about afterward. Karst doesn't want to be rude or harsh; he only wants to act "grown-up and Cannon Beetle-ish".

Karst grew up in a cavern crawling with young and mature Cannon Beetles, and he was always taught and expected to act formal and proper, which he often struggled with even then. After constantly feeling like he wasn't good enough, Karst decided to go out on a personal journey, hoping that going out into the world would help him to mature and act more like he ought to. However, Karst never found his way back, instead ending up in the Antarctic. Even after leaving the lithopod caverns behind, Karst continued to try to act as he was taught to, as this idea had become core to his identity. Karst eventually found Iron and would begin to follow him around, seeing Iron as the ideal Cannon Beetle role model for him to follow. Iron, meanwhile, did not understand or care about this larva who began to follow him around, and would typically just ignore Karst and go about his business.

Karst is named after karst, a topographical landscape formed from carbonate rocks. This topography looks strikingly unique both above ground and underground.

In Pikmin: Decayed Leaf

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"You… your evil subordinate, your greedy boss, and this invasive Pikmin infestation will all die here TODAY!!"
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Armored Cannon Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae
Family Lithopod
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 14
Seed worth 12
Poko value P2 Poko icon.png × 4
Attacks Fires boulders

The Armored Cannon Larva is a returning enemy appearing in Pikmin: Decayed Leaf. The creature retains its design throughout the Pikmin series. The creature can be found wandering around, or occasionally, from the ground. Whether it’s buried or not, the creature will always attempt to attack by inhaling air and then firing out a large boulder that can crush any Pikmin in its path. However, Rock Pikmin and Weighted Pikmin are immune to the boulders' crushing properties, making them the best counter to the larva. Armored Cannon Larvae can also be found buried underground, usually on an elevated piece of land. They cannot be stunned or uprooted in this form until they are killed, and are much more dangerous to engage. Some larvae can even be found burrowed in small holes on the side of walls, although very rarely.

In Pikmin: Shipwrecked Stargazers

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Armored Cannon Larva The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae
Family Lithopod
Areas Thicket of Nourishment, Nomadic Butte
Caves Connoisseur's Cache
Carry weight 7
Attacks Crushes Pikmin

In Pikmin: Shipwrecked Stargazers, the Armored Cannon Larva acts like how it does in Pikmin 3. Some are able to move freely, while others remain stationary turrets.


Olimar's notes

One of the most confounded mysteries of this planet is the case of the armored cannon beetle. In most expeditions, fully mature lithopods are so uncommon that reports of creatures like glint beetles and cinnamon breadbugs have begun getting more common in recent years. However, larval armored cannon beetles have been seen in almost every expedition. Due to not being born with the metabacteria needed to digest and refine rocks seen in adults, it consumes regurgitated minerals from its parents to suffice until then. The prominence of a certain invasive continental species is making these creatures even less common, even though they can crossbreed.

Louie's notes

After you clear the sediment, peel off this creature's back carapace, where the blowhole is located. Once the superheated, yolky meat underneath is exposed, you can just drink it all up just like that! If you wish for added flair, scoop out the meat with an ice cream scooper, and deep-fry it. Serve with drizzled barbeque sauce and some jojos on the side.

Ship's comments

I. HATE. VOMITING. I might feel like I have to now and again when I'm particularly appalled, but my data banks tell me it is far from pleasant. So tell me, what does this tot have that most of us don't for it to find this a necessary function of its day-to-day existence?