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Pearly Clamclamp

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This article relates to the canonical games. See Pikipedia's "Pearly Clamclamp" article for more canonical information.
Pikmin 1
Pearly Clamclamp The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Scientific name Lapis regrettabilis
Family Oysnap (unofficial)
Areas Impact Site
Challenge Mode Forest of Hope, Forest Navel, Distant Spring
Carry Weight 3
Max. Carriers 6
Seed Worth 50
Attacks Eats Pikmin

The Pearly Clamclamp is a large bivalve that has a pinkish shell and a small pearl surrounded by a clear blue membrane inside. When Pikmin are thrown on it, they will attack the membrane to try to take out the pearl. The enemy's only defense is acting like a Venus flytrap: the Clamclamp will stretch its mouth wide open, creaking like a poorly-oiled hinge, and chomp. Before it does this, one needs to call the Pikmin so they won't be eaten. This is obviously a very simple predatory tactic for the creature. After being delivered, the pearl gives fifty Pikmin. If the Clamclamp is on land, two bomb-rocks can also be used for a quick and easy kill. The creature cannot truly die and will continue to attack even after the object on top of it has been removed.

Games

This creature appears in the following fanon games:

Locations

The locations of the Pearly Clamclamp in most of the games that it appears in. Sublevels are listed for the caves.

Appearance

Most Games
An oyster-like creature with a round pink tongue, upon which rests a pearl encased a translucent barrier.

Notes

Pikmin: The Huge Debt

These are more common and produce only twenty-five Pikmin instead of fifty.

Pikmin Forever

Olimar's Notes
Pearly Clamclamp Lapis regrettabilis Mollusking family Brackish water flowing in from estuaries or other naturally occurring filters will most likely contain one or a group of these elusive bivalves. The Clamclamp's mantle only ever forms the top half of its shell; the bottom half shelters a tongue that, when the shell is shut, dissolves nutrients and absorbs them into an inner digestive system. Thus, the lustrous pearl can only ever form when an irritant is covered in the nacreous layers of the top shell, making this Clamclamp half as likely to produce a pearl as its deep-sea counterpart. Once a pearl is a sufficient burden on the top shell's hinging action, the Pearly Clamclamp will dislodge the pearl with acids from its stomach. The pearl rests safely on the creature's tongue, acting as both an prey motion detector and an aid to breaking down food. No other member of the Mollusking family appears to make use of its natural by-products so efficiently.

Behavior

Most Games
This creature idles with its shell open, revealing its encased pearl. When Pikmin attack its pearl it will open even wider, in preparation to close its shell. Any Pikmin caught in its shell will be chewed and eaten. Upon breaking the pearl's barrier, the pearl will break out of the Pearly Clamclamp's mouth, but the creature will still be alive.
Pikmin Forever
While always appearing around or in water bodies, their exact positions are not constant from day to day. After dislodging a pearl, the Clamclamp will not produce another until 5-6 days later; it will remain pearl-less until that time. It cannot be defeated by bomb-rock, when it senses an active bomb-rock near it will close its shell and, if the bomb-rock is inside it, the bomb-rock will deactivate and rest on the Clamclamp's tongue when it opens its mouth again.

Strategy to defeat

Most Games
Throw Pikmin at its pearl so they can break the barrier around it. But be sure to call the Pikmin back before the Clamclamp shuts its shell.

Pikmin: Redemption

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This article or image relates to the fanon game Pikmin: Redemption, created by Sir Pikmin.
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These are more common and produce only twenty-five Pikmin instead of fifty.