The Peckish Aristocrab (カニタマ, Ball Crab) is an enemy from the Pikmin series.
The Peckish Aristocrab first appeared in Pikmin 3. It is a crab-like enemy that can be found in both the Garden of Hope and the Tropical Wilds. It is able to block Pikmin that are thrown at it by using its huge claw as a shield. The claw can also be used to either stab the ground or grab multiple Pikmin and drop them into the Aristocrab's mouth. The Aristocrab can also defend itself by blowing bubbles at both Pikmin and Leaders, trapping them inside and making them float in the air until the bubbles pop. Strategies to defeating it include using Rock Pikmin to bombard it from behind or break its larger claw, and throwing Bomb Rocks into its mouth.
The Peckish Aristocrab's appearance is based on a male fiddler crab, which has one large claw and one small claw. Its bubble attack was inspired by how the fiddler crab is able to foam.
As a stage hazard
The Peckish Aristocrab will appear randomly on either side of the background, indicated by a stream of bubbles. It will then scuttle into the foreground and across the stage, damaging any players in its way and destroying the pot and stick that appear on the stage. It is possible to remove the Peckish Aristocrab from the stage early by destroying the central bridge, causing the Peckish Aristocrab to scuttle down the side of the platform and into the pit.
This crab-like life form from Pikmin 3 traps Pikmin in its bubbles. When it appears in the Garden of Hope stage, it creates a path of destruction from one end of the stage to the other, but if the central bridge isn't there, it'll just fall right down. You can tell where it'll appear from by the telltale appearance of bubbles, so watch out!
As a stage hazard
The Peckish Aristocrab reappears as a stage hazard on the returning Garden of Hope stage.
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