|Appears in||Pikmin 2|
|Scientific name||Pilli flatularum|
|Underground areas||Pikmin 2|
Hole of Heroes
|Challenge Mode levels||None|
|2-Player and Bingo Battle levels||None|
|Attacks||Emits poisonous gas|
The Doodlebug (オナラムシ) is an enemy in Pikmin 2. It is the same in general appearance to the Iridescent Flint Beetle, except with a darker, muddier color and a swarm of tiny flies around it, suggesting it has a pungent stench. However, it is actually in the Flint Bug family, not the Flint Beetle family. The Doodlebug will run around, trying to escape from the Pikmin just like the Iridescent Flint Beetle, but each time it pauses and runs off, it leaves behind a small cloud of purple gas accompanied by the sound of flatulence. These clouds are poisonous and will kill any non-White Pikmin.
"While life-forms that excrete foul musks to warn of danger are not rare, the doodlebug is the only species known to release flatulence when active above ground. Interestingly enough, since it is merely releasing the gas created by decay of the contents of the creature's intestines, it does not have a special musk-producing organ. This means the creature is in fact merely flatulating. Spectral analysis of the rank gas indicates it contains not only methane, but hydrogen sulfide as well, making the flatulence a Grade XIII biohazard."
"Looking for a flavor that will surprise and delight your guests? This beast's aroma may surprise your guests, but it won't be delightful!"
Nintendo Player's Guide
"They look as harmless as Female Sheargrubs, but Doodlebugs can cause a lot of trouble by emitting poisonous gas. If you manage to hit one of the scurrying critters with a Pikmin lob, it'll flip over and leave a pool of nectar. You can capsize a Doodlebug three times before it disappears."
- Sublevel 1 x3
- Sublevel 9 x2
Like its cousins, the Doodlebug cannot normally be harmed by captains. However, it is different from its cousins in that it remains aboveground for a much longer period of time. After being prompted into surfacing, it is capable of killing your Pikmin if you are careless. It is advisable to bring either a large group of White Pikmin or a small group of Purple Pikmin, as the Doodlebug will disappear after getting flipped. Be cautious when fighting it within close proximity of other enemies, as its scuttling may awaken them.
Alternatively, you could use an Ultra-Bitter Spray on it and either swarm it with your Pikmin or punch it. Note that though this method is usually safer, it also gives you less reward, as the Ultra-Bitter drops that the Doodlebug drops when flipped are quite useful against future enemies.
- The Doodlebug's japanese name translates to "Fart Insect."
- The Doodlebug is the only creature in the Pilli genus that can harm Pikmin.
- In real life, there is an insect called the Doodlebug, being the larval stage of the Antlion. The Doodlebug gets its name by the erratic patterns it runs in when looking for a place to burrow.