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This article contains information that is updated for the latest Experimental Version of Subnautica: Below Zero. Players using stable mode may find this information inaccurate.


The Pinnacarid is a friendly fauna species in Subnautica: Below Zero. A small, intelligent and social predator species that effectively fills the role filled by seals on Earth. They are a predator of small fish and are friendly towards the Player.

Their appearance suggests a distant relation to the Pengwing.

Appearance

The Pinnacarid has a long, streamlined body with seven pairs of fins that decrease in size towards the tail fin. An additional pair of fins adorn each side of the face, these appear decorative rather than functional.

The head has two pairs of small green eyes arranged that one pair is above the facial fin and the other pair is below. Atop the head are two purple-tipped antennae that can be retracted into the head when the Pinnacarid is hunting. The front and underside of the head and neck are orange and the head ends with a small black beak.

The dorsal side of the body is black and the ventral side white, a common method of camouflage. About one third of the way down the dorsal side there are two, thick orange bands that continue all the way to the tip of the tail.

Behavior

Pinnacarids spend a majority of their activity underwater, hunting smaller fish. They can be seen attacking nearby herbivores, but remain friendly toward the player. Additionally, Pinnacarids have the ability to traverse between land and water, a behavior observable within either Arctic region.

Pinnacarids are capable of being ridden, and unlike Glow Whales, they can even be controlled with WASD.

Any small herbivores that can be found near Pinnacarids can also be fed by hand to them. Holding one of these fish in the player's hand will prompt the Pinnacarid to swim toward the player.

Data Bank Entry

Pinnacarid
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Pinnacarid Ency

An intelligent and curious creature which hunts and forages below the waterline, but returns to the surface to breathe.

  • Eats small fish, may be hand-fed, shows taming potential

Assessment: Friendly

Source: Scan Pinnacarids

Design

The body shape and general behaviour of the Pinnacarid takes inspiration from seals whilst the many fins are a trait inspired by the Cambrian era predators, anomalocarids.

Sounds

File Type
Sfx creature pinnacarid bite 01
Bite
Sfx creature pinnacarid death land 01
Land death
Sfx creature pinnacarid death swim 01
Water death
Sfx creature pinnacarid callout 01
Callout 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid callout 02
Callout 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid callout 03
Callout 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid callout 04
Callout 4
Sfx creature pinnacarid callout 05
Callout 5
Sfx creature pinnacarid dive 01
Dive
Sfx creature pinnacarid emerge 01
Emerge
Sfx creature pinnacarid flinch land 01
Land flinch 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid flinch land 02
Land flinch 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid flinch land 03
Land flinch 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid flinch swim 01
Water flinch 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid flinch swim 02
Water flinch 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid flinch swim 03
Water flinch 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop fast 01
Fast hop 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop fast 02
Fast hop 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop fast 03
Fast hop 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop fast 04
Fast hop 4
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop slow 01
Slow hop 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop slow 02
Slow hop 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop slow 03
Slow hop 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid hop slow 04
Slow hop 4
Sfx creature pinnacarid push 01
Push 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid push 02
Push 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid push 03
Push 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid push 04
Push 4
Sfx creature pinnacarid push 05
Push 5
Sfx creature pinnacarid push 06
Push 6
Sfx creature pinnacarid ridehurt 01
Ride Hurt 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid ridehurt 02
Ride Hurt 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid ridehurt 03
Ride Hurt 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid rideoff 01
Ride Off
Sfx creature pinnacarid rideon 01
Ride On
Sfx creature pinnacarid situp 01
Situp
Sfx creature pinnacarid slide on land 01
Slide on land
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 01
Fast swim 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 02
Fast swim 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 03
Fast swim 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 04
Fast swim 4
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 05
Fast swim 5
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 06
Fast swim 6
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim fast 07
Fast swim 7
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim slow 01
Slow swim 1
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim slow 02
Slow swim 2
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim slow 03
Slow swim 3
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim slow 04
Slow swim 4
Sfx creature pinnacarid swim slow 05
Slow swim 5

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Pinnacarid's name is a portmanteau of two taxonomic names; The clade Pinnipedia which contains seals, sea lions and walruses, and the suborder of Cambrian era predators Anomalocarida that the Pinnicarid takes its appearance from.
  • The name given in the concept art for the Pinnacarid is Pinnicarid, which matches Pinniped, from which the name was derived. It is likely that the current name was a misspelling made when adding the creature to the game.
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