|Decorated Cannon Beetle|
|Appears in||Pikmin 2|
|Prima "Technical Name"||Unknown|
|Scientific name||Granitus decorum|
|Areas||Valley of Repose, Wistful Wild|
|Underground areas||Frontier Cavern, Hole of Heroes|
|Challenge Mode levels||None|
|Max. carriers||15 Pikmin|
|Seed worth||8 seeds|
|Treasure value||4 pokos|
|Attacks||Launches magnetic boulders|
Decorated Cannon Beetles are enemies in Pikmin 2. They have an appearance similar to Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae, but are red instead of green, and have orange eyes. Also, this particular species is never found buried in the ground like Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae. They, too, spit out rocks, but their rocks home in on the currently active captain due to the magnetic field which envelops the boulders(which can be used to your advantage however). However, the stones have odd characteristics. First of all, when they are found in caves which are made of metal (which is rusty, indicating it contains iron), the spacesuits are the only thing the boulders home in on. The rocks are also surprisingly frail. If slowed by water, a rock can be destroyed by a punch or a Purple Pikmin. Even though it is called a Beetle, it is actually a larva.
Similar to the red and green koopa shells from the Mario Kart series,the decorated cannon beetles (which are red) are homing,while the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva (which are green) are not.
Ways to defeat: Get a rock to follow your current captain and lead it back to the decorated cannon beetle ( or any other enemy) and it will die (not always straight away).
Activate the Piklopedia. Select the archive for this creature. Throw Pikpik Carrots at the Beetle, making sure that they land in front and to the side of it. The Beetle will then spit out a rock, which will roll around to hit the Beetle if done correctly. When the rock crashes on the Beetle, the Beetle does not die, no matter how many times this is performed.
In the end of day sequence at the Valley of Repose, a Decorated Cannon Beetle often appears. Sometimes it shoots rocks (which occasionally strike and defeat other enemies), inhale, and walk much faster than normal.
Go to any area that has a Decorated Cannon Beetle. Defeat it, and pause as it makes it first dying sound. When the player pauses, the Beetle makes strange noises that get lower and lower. The same happens with an Armored Cannon Beetle Larva.
- Their scientific name, Granitus decorum, means 'Beautiful Granite'.