Anode Beetle

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Anode Beetle
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Scarabum electrodea
Family Scarab Beetle
Areas None
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Subterranean Complex
Frontier Cavern
Bulblax Kingdom
Citadel of Spiders
Glutton's Kitchen
Submerged Castle
Cavern of Chaos
Hole of Heroes
Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels None
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight 5
Max. carriers 10
Size 33mm
Seed worth 5
Treasure value PokoIconx3
Attacks Electric shock
Hit points 500

Anode Beetles (エレキムシ) are small black beetles with four yellow spots found in Pikmin 2. They are named 'anode' due to the fact that they produce electrical currents if another one is nearby. This creature is blissfully unaware of Pikmin, and if found alone, they are harmless; but if there is a partner nearby, they can produce an electrical barrier between them, making any nearby pikmin subject to electrocution. As such, they are always found in groups of 2 or more. Simple swarming will not harm it, as it has a protective shell, similar to the Flint Beetles. To harm it, one must throw a pikmin on top of it to flip it over, then proceed to swarm it. Purple Pikmin can cause them to flip over even if not directly hit. 


Olimar's Notes

"This specimen is representative of an insect hybrid that uses electricity in addition to glycogen for its energy. Although difficult to confirm due to their microscopic size, tiny hairs on the creature's legs cause the friction that generates the electrical charge. The electrical charge is processed by the creature's internal machina battery structure, and then stored as a deus electrifical field. As this field reaches critical levels, surplus electricity is emitted, resulting in a low voltage current that is transmitted between specimens. It can shock other creatures in the immediate vicinity. Considering this process, it can be surmised that the largest impetus to pack behavior is not so much for synergic effect of producing as a pack as it is to take advantage of this most effective means of group preservation."

Louie's Notes

"Drain the electrical charge before boiling. Although it is possible to eat an anode beetle while it is charged, doing so may result in an unpleasant tingling sensation."

Nintendo Player's Guide

"Zapping baddies communicate with each other by sending electric charges over the air. The safest way to attack an Anode Beetle is to use electricity-resistant yellow Pikmin. A direct hit from the air will flip one of the bugs, leaving its vulnerable underbelly exposed."

Battle Strategy

Since this enemy can kill any type of pikmin except for Yellow Pikmin, it is advised to use Yellows. Simply throw a Yellow Pikmin onto it, and proceed to swarm it. A group of 20 or more Yellows can kill it in one cycle. Alternatively, one could use other pikmin types, but must be careful, as electrocution is highly possible. As a upside, Purple Pikmin can flip the beetles even if not directly thrown on top of the beetle. Bulbmin are also useful in caves such as the Submerged Castle. 

Note that, just like Flint Beetles, the Anode Beetle is not harmed by the rocks of Armored Cannon Larvae and Decorated Cannon Beetles. It is not harmed by Bomb Rocks, Gatling Groinks, or the Waterwraith, either. 


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