Cloaking Burrow-nit
Cloaking beetle

Cloaking Burrow-nit's artwork from Pikmin 2.
Series Pikmin series
First game Pikmin 2
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Cloaking Burrow-nits are enemies in Pikmin 2. They are found partially buried, and wriggle up to the surface when encountered to eat Pikmin, which they achieve by reaching out with a long proboscis. They eat Pikmin only one at a time, and rather slowly, meaning that it is not difficult to avoid losing many in battle with these creatures. Cloaking Burrow-nits are located in all above ground areas except the Perplexing Pool, and are best defeated by swarming or by throwing Purple Pikmin in order to stun them. They are invulnerable to anything from the back, where their exoskeleton provides protection, even from the boulders of Lithopods (Cannon Beetles). The Cloaking Burrow-nit is in the Distant Planet stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Cloaking Burrow-nit Habitats

  • One is found amongst several enemies patrolling the Valley of Repose.
  • A trio of burrow-nits are located at one of the crossroads in the Awakening Wood.
  • Two burrow-nits are found on the second sublevel of the Snagret Hole.
  • One burrow nit is found on the second sublevel of the Glutton's Kitchen.
  • A bridge-devouring burrow-nit lives by the water in the Wistful Wild.
  • A trio of burrow-nits are found on the seventh sublevel of the Cavern of Chaos.
  • Two burrow-nits live on the first sublevel of the Hole of Heroes.
  • Four burrow-nits inhabit the eleventh sublevel of the Dream Den.
  • Burrow-nits are fought in 2-Player battle's Brawl Yard.
  • Burrow-nits are fought in Challenge Mode's Rumbling Grotto.


Olimar's notes

"The snake-eye pattern on this beast's shell is one of the most distinctive features of the burrow-nit family. The red pattern of the cloaking burrow-nit and the spikes around its mantle make it easily identifiable while still making it a representative specimen of the burrow-nit family. The shell on the cloaking burrow-nit's back also provides a frame that fixes its muscular structure in place, and appears to give the creature its powerful needle-launching attack."

Louie's notes

"Boil in the shell with a pinch of salt until bright red, and serve piping hot with tartar sauce."