Armored Cannon Larva

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Armored Cannon Larva
Armored cannon larva
Appears in Pikmin 2

Pikmin 3

Scientific name Granitus chukkulinae bambinii
Family Lithopod
Areas Valley of Repose, Wistful Wild

Tropical Wilds

Underground areas Subterranean Complex, Snagret Hole, Glutton's Kitchen, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels None
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels Sandpit Kingdom
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 15
Size 100mm
Seed worth 8
Treasure value PokoIconx4
Attacks Crushes Pikmin with stone
Hit points 850 (2000 when in ground)
Armored Cannon Larvae (フタクチドックリ) (referred as Armored Cannon Beetle Larva in Pikmin 2) are enemies found Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3. They resemble large larvae with some of the similar Armored Cannon Beetle eyes and mouth. It acts the same as the Armored Cannon Beetle, but turns and spits at a faster rate and has much less health. They come in two types: one that walks around and one that burrows out of the ground and cannot be stunned with Purple Pikmin; Armored Cannon Larvae will only appear in the Piklopedia if the version that does not burrow out of the ground has been killed. A related species called Decorated Cannon Beetles exists in larval form, but the adults are never seen in either game.

Like the adults, they attack by shooting boulders from their snouts, and have a blowhole on the top of their head, but it is either non-functional or not as powerful, so Pikmin cannot become stuck in it like with the fully grown beetles. Because Cannon Larvae lack the thick exoskeletal armor of the adult beetles, these enemies are vulnerable all over their body, but can buck Pikmin off when attacked. They can be manipulated into destroying other creatures by making them spit boulders at Olimar when he is beside or behind an enemy. Moving out of the way before the rock hits him, the rock will hit the enemy that was behind him. The boulders that are shot out cannot be petrified. You can destroy their boulders by throwing purple pikmin on them.

In Pikmin 3, the boulders shot from them realistically roll down hills and slopes, and can even change direction if the ground allows for it.


Olimar's Notes

"This specimen is a lithopod larva. This expedition was unable to confirm the existence of any mature lithopods, leading to concerns that the species was extinct on this planet, but the discovery of the creature in larval form eased such concerns. Lithopods, like flint beetles, use internal metabacteria to aid chemical digestion. These metabacteria can only survive in certain environments, such as within the body of certain insects, so lithopod larvae do not contain any metabacteria immediately after hatching. Larvae feed on partially digested ore regurgitated by mature lithopods, ensuring the larvae obtain metabacteria they would not normally have acquired."

Louie's Notes

"Carefully remove every grain of sand, peel back the exoskeleton, and slurp heartily!"

Nintendo Player's Guide

"Slow but mighty, Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae can make a good day into a bad one with one roll of a boulder. When one of the creatures sends a rock attack your way, use the C stick to have your Pikmin move out of the boulder's path as a tight unit, then throw soldiers onto the creature's back."

Battle Strategy


If enough Pikmin are available, it should be swarmed, and it should die before it can harm any Pikmin. If there aren't enough to do this or there are other factors that make this strategy ineffective, Pikmin should be thrown onto it, preferably from behind. If the beetle bucks, the Pikmin should be called back as quickly as possible, and the steps repeated. Another strategy is to throw Purple Pikmin on it, stunning it if its above ground. It is a more effective strategy, but if no purple Pikmin are available and/or if you don't want to risk them, use the first strategy. Alternatively, since Rock Pikmin have proven to be immune to being crushed, they would be a very effective way to fight these beetles. 20 direct hits from a Rock Pikmin is enough to subdue the creature.


It should be punched until it is about to buck, then the player should run away, and then return to finish the assault. If there are idle Pikmin nearby, the cannon beetle's focus should be kept away from them. If there are two or more larvae, it is possible to make them kill each other with their boulders.



  • Its movements are somewhat similar to grounded Blowhogs, as well as their bucking noise.
  • The actions of the boulders spat out of the Armored Cannon Larva and Decorated Cannon Beetle resemble the actions of the green and red shells from the Mario Kart series. Green shells, when used, move straight forward, much like the Armored Cannon Larva, who shares a green coloration. Red shells, when used, home in on the player in front of you, much like how the Decorated Cannon Beetle, who shares a red coloration, spits out boulders that follow the player.
  • Their scientific name, Granitus chukkulinae bambinii, means 'Granite-chucking Child'.
  • Dispite having the blow-hole like it's adult counterpart it cannot be clogged while it is inhaling

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