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Iridescent Glint Beetle

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Pikmin 2
Iridescent Glint Beetle The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Scientific name Pilli auricus
Family Flint beetle (unofficial)
Areas Awakening Wood
Caves Frontier Cavern, Bulblax Kingdom, Submerged Castle, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels Novice Training, Secret Testing Range, Rumbling Grotto
Attacks None

The Iridescent Glint Beetle is an enemy that resembles a golden, sparkling Iridescent Flint Beetle, but is much rarer. The majority of these creatures are found underground, with few appearances aboveground. This bug, when aboveground, may drop rewards such as randomly-colored pellets, and then a few doses of ultra-spicy spray when hit additional times with a Pikmin. Underground, the aboveground rewards can be swapped something else, like three doses of nectar. Some Glint Beetles drop treasures or other valuable objects instead. Just like the Iridescent Flint Beetle, if it's killed whilst petrified, it will shatter instantly, leaving nothing behind. In comparison to the Flint Beetle, it stays above ground for less time, but, on average, stands still for slightly longer every time it stops moving. Glint Beetles move fast, making them difficult targets to pin, but at the same time, they have no offensive attributes, so an encounter with one can only end up as a chase. They hide underground, emerging only when approached. Much like the Iridescent Flint Beetle and the Doodlebug, the Glint Beetle can only be damaged by a direct throw to its back, which will cause it to flip over and drop a reward. Once a Glint Beetle has dropped all it was carrying, it will quickly scurry back underground; it will also do this if it is left undisturbed for too long.


Olimar's notes

"This variety of beetle consumes subterranean materials. Due to the fact that it rarely emerges above ground, sightings of this particular species are extremely rare. While minerals are this beast's primary source of food, the beetle itself does not have the ability to digest these minerals. Instead, metabacteria living inside the beetle's stomach chemically break down the minerals. The resulting purified metal is discharged, but rare metals such as gold and platinum crystallize onto the iridescent glint beetle's shell, resulting in the beautiful laminated shimmer."

Louie's notes

"This precious treat is exceptionally rare. I could sell it back as home for a fortune! Then, I could use the cash to upgrade my kitchen, buy galactic-class ingredients, and even star in my own cooking show... The Insect Gourmet!

In fanon-games

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Pikmin Kart

Betta.jpg Pikmin Kart
This article and/or image relates to the Non-Canon Game, Pikmin Kart, created by Blueflower999.

The Iridescent Glint Beetle is an item in Pikmin Kart that appears in item boxes commonly. When used, an Iridescent Glint Beetle appears right behind the user's kart. All opponents that drive by it are drawn closer to it, and sometimes swerver out of control and crash. The Glint Beetle will last for a while before burrowing underground again. If a player throws any type of Pikmin onto it, it'll flip over and give the player an item box, which has a higher chance than normal of finding a rare item.

Pikmin: Connection of the Worlds

Only the notes have changed.

Olimar's notes

"It was once agreed that iridescent glint beetles and a similar-looking creature, the iridescent flint beetle, were part of their own families. However, fossil records show that millions of years ago, they were part of the same family. The new theory is that they are part of a newly discovered superfamily, comprising of flint beetles and other similar-looking creatures. However, an even newer hypothesis emerged, saying that it is not a superfamily, rather, an ordinary family. The taxonomy in this instance is confusing, complex and perplexing, but paleontologists and taxonomists are working together to find a solution to this debate."