Burrowing Snagret

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Burrowing Snagret Piklopedia icon.

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Appears in PikminPikmin 2Pikmin 3
Scientific name Shiropedes anacondii
Family Snavian
Areas The Forest of Hope, Valley of Repose, Awakening Wood, Twilight River
Caves White Flower Garden, Snagret Hole, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels The Final Trial, Cryptic Cavern
Collect treasure! levels Shaded Garden Remix
Battle enemies! levels Silver Lake, Tropical Wilds Remix, Garden of Hope Remix, Twilight River Remix
2-Player Battle levels None
Bingo Battle levels Arid Metropolis
Attacks Eats Pikmin

The Burrowing Snagret (ヘビガラス?, lit.: "Crow Snake") is an enemy in the Pikmin games and the boss of White Flower Garden in Pikmin 2. It appears to be a combination of a bird and a snake, and a member of the Snavian family (Snavian being a combination of the words snake and avian, avian meaning "bird-related"). It remains underground for the majority of the time, surfacing only when approached by Pikmin or a leader. In the first two games, it has a chance of struggling to fully emerge for a few seconds before attacking. When above ground, it attempts to eat Pikmin one by one until it is sufficiently damaged, at which point it burrows back underground. In Pikmin 3, it can also stab its head into the ground to eat a leader and then regurgitate them – if the attack misses, its head will get stuck in the ground and be vulnerable to attack.

When killed in Pikmin, Burrowing Snagrets explode into many pellets; in Pikmin 2, a dead Burrowing Snagret leaves behind its head to be returned to an Onion or the Research Pod. In Pikmin 3, the Snagret's entire body comes out of the ground to be salvaged, revealing a foot much like the one on a Pileated Snagret.

Stats[edit]

Game Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin N/A N/A N/A N/A 2800 Unknown
Pikmin 2 5 10 15 Poko icon.png × 10 1500[note 1] No
Pikmin 3 (?) 10 20 (normally) 15 Poko icon.png × 90
Points × 90
2500[note 2] No
  1. On the White Flower Garden, its HP is 2500.
  2. On the Garden of Hope Remix, its HP is 1250.

Locations[edit]

Their only locations in the first game are The Forest of Hope where 3 appear in the same area, and The Final Trial on Challenge Mode. In Pikmin 2, a Burrowing Snagret is the boss of White Flower Garden, found on sublevel 5 (this one contains the Five-man Napsack), and many are encountered throughout Snagret Hole; one is even guarding the entrance in Awakening Wood, where the three in Pikmin are located. Another is on sublevel 4 of Hole of Heroes, and yet another guards the Pink Menace in the Valley of Repose. Burrowing Snagrets are the most common boss-class enemies in Pikmin 2, having eight different in-game occurrences outside of Challenge Mode. In Pikmin 3, Burrowing Snagrets are known to live in the Twilight River. There are also Burrowing Snagrets in Mission Mode levels including Silver Lake, Tropical Wilds Remix, Garden of Hope Remix, Twilight River Remix, and Shaded Garden Remix. There are four of them located in Garden of Hope Remix.

Notes

Reel notes

The bluish hue of its feathers distinguishes it from the burrowing snarrow.

Olimar's notes

The majority of snagret species lie in wait to ambush and capture prey, with a body type perfectly adapted to such sudden strikes. It violently attacks small, surface-dwelling insects. Distributed across a relatively wide range, subspecies of snagret suited to the varying soil conditions have emerged, making the snagret the most geographically represented species besides the bulborb. Visually resembling the burrowing snagret is the burrowing snarrow, the range of which partially overlaps with the snagret's range. While the two may appear similar, when pulled from the ground they can be distinguished by the presence or absence of tail and wing markings.

Louie's notes

Slice the serpentine torso into thin medallions, skewer on a metal rod with Hocotate onions, and barbecue over an open flame.

Olimar's voyage log

This large, subterranean life-form suddenly erupts from underground to feast on nearby Pikmin. Its body is covered in slick scales, which render Pikmin attacks ineffective. Surely, it has a weak point somewhere...

Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

"The Burrowing Snagret's weak spot is its head. Toss Pikmin at the bird-snake's skull as it's emerging from the ground, and let them go to work on the beast. Call them before they're shaken off and prepare for another assault."

Pikmin Player's Guide[edit]

"The white-headed snagret is a subterranean dweller characterized by a birdlike head and a snakelike body. Its avian head features white plumage and a long, pointed beak, which it uses for digging, while its reptilian body is covered with blue scales. White-headed snagrets burrow in flocks and they will rear their heads when surface vibrations alert them to possible prey above ground. The blueish hue of its feathers distinguishes it from the burrowing snarrow."

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

"As its name implies, the Burrowing Snagret spends most of its time underground. When it senses potential prey, however, this creature emerges and uses its powerful beak to snatch up any victims in range. The Burrowing Snagret's body it protected by scales, making the creature's head its only weak point.

Each time a Burrowing Snagret emerges from the ground, there's a brief pause just after the creature's beak appears -- this brief window is the only opportunity you'll have to execute a successful charge. If your Pikmin can latch onto the creature's head before it's fully exposed, they'll be able to do a significant amount of damage in a very short time. Winged Pikmin can charge the Burrowing Snagret's head whenever it's above ground, but you'll need a large squad to compensate for the Winged Pikmin's low attack power.

If you can't seem to land a successful charge attack, flank the Burrowing Snagret's side and toss your Pikmin directly onto the creature's head. This method makes it fairly difficult to keep your squad out of harm's way, but it does allow you to deal reliable damage for the duration of the battle."

Strategy[edit]

Olimar, leading an attack on a Burrowing Snagret.

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

In Pikmin, they are extremely hard to beat without losing Pikmin if thrown at the head, as they have very high health and are larger than in the second game. Its striking speed will also allow it to eat some Pikmin and burrow back into the ground before any real damage is done. When trying to defeat it in the first game, the best strategy is to throw Red Pikmin at its head while it's emerging from the ground as fast as you can, then whistling in your Pikmin right before it shakes them off to prevent them being eaten. Another effective, but risky way is to swarm the head in hopes of making the Burrowing Snagret retreat underground. In Pikmin 2, defeating one is an easier task because of its lower health; even so, it remains a good idea to use Purple Pikmin.

It is easy to take advantage of the fact that sometimes, the beast will not fully emerge, getting stuck for some time. It is best to attack the Snagret then, and Olimar should kill it without losing any Pikmin. With quick, accurate throwing, however, this is not necessary to secure the battle. Throw many Pikmin at its head as soon as possible and the Snagret should die before managing to swallow any of the Pikmin that it may have snatched up from the ground.

In the first two games, if it burrows back underground without swallowing Pikmin it has caught, these Pikmin will die. In the first game, it was the root of many glitches involving the counter.

In Pikmin 3, the Burrowing Snagret can be defeated in a matter of seconds by charging at it with 100 Winged Pikmin under the effects of an ultra-spicy spray. This works because the Snagret will only catch grounded Pikmin, and since the Winged Pikmin can fly, they can both dodge its beak, and aim straight for the head – its weak point.

It is not possible to defeat the Burrowing Snagret with leaders alone.

Burrowing Snarrow[edit]

The Burrowing Snarrow is a creature that is referred to only twice in the Pikmin series, but never seen. The first of these mentions is in the enemy reel at the end of Pikmin, while the second is in Olimar's notes on the Burrowing Snagret in Pikmin 2's Piklopedia.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The Burrowing Snagret appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Brawl trophy[edit]

BSnagretTrophy.jpg Description:
A member of the snavian family with a birdlike head and a snakelike neck and body. An underground dweller, the snagret makes sudden strikes aboveground to capture surface-dwelling prey. It uses its beak to scoop up daily nutrition and can snatch up three Pikmin at once—a relatively small amount made deadly by its strike speed. No one has ever seen its tail.
GameCube icon.png Pikmin
GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter Related

Smash 4 trophy[edit]

BurrowingSnagretTrophySSBU.png US version US description:
A foot-long bird doesn't sound all that large, but when you're the size of a Pikmin, a foot is massive! This member of the avian[sic] family will emerge from underground, hunting for Pikmin, its favorite snack. Act fast—or this bird of prey will prey on your poor Pikmin!
Appears in:
GameCube icon.png Pikmin (12/2001)
Wii U icon.png Pikmin 3 (08/2013)
European version EU description:
A strange creature that looks like it's part bird and part snake. At 35cm in length, it's fairly small by our standards, but for the Pikmin, it's a towering monster! Another thing that makes it monstrous is that it sees Pikmin as a nutritious meal. If you're not careful, it'll pop out of the ground and gobble them up before you know it!
Related Games
GameCube icon.png Pikmin (06/2002)
Wii U icon.png Pikmin 3 (07/2013)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Series Related Trophy Box: 61. Distant Planet & Indigenous Creatures

Technical information[edit]

Other information[edit]

Naming[edit]

This boss is named "burrowing" due to its habit of burrowing and remaining underground until prey approach. Although the Pileated Snagret also burrows, it is a less important characteristic. In Japanese, the creature is called ヘビガラス?, which translates to "Snake Crow". Its scientific name is Shiropedes anacondii, where anacondii is similar to "anaconda", a dangerous type of constricting snake. The internal name in Pikmin is quite straightforward – snake – and in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, it is the same as its translated Japanese name, snakecrow.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Japanese ヘビガラス?
Hebi Garasu
Snake Crow
Spanish (NoA) Tagarote escurridizo Elusive barbary
French Snabrek Fouisseur Burrowing Snavian
German Gemeiner Schnapper Nasty Snatcher
Italian Vermentilla Squamata Scaly Vermentilla "Vermentilla" comes from "verme" (worm) and possibly "serpente" (snake)
Portuguese (Portugal) Snagret Buraqueiro Burrowing Snagret Name taken from the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The Burrowing Snagret can be seen in a pre-release video of Pikmin, where it appears to have a light or white body.
The prototype Snagret.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Burrowing Snagret trophies contain a few mistakes.
    • The Brawl trophy states that no one has ever seen a Burrowing Snagret's tail before. However, Olimar states in the Piklopedia that the Burrowing Snagret and Snarrow can both be distinguished by the markings on their tails, implying that Olimar has seen it full body, or at least its tail. Pikmin 3 further confuses the matter by showing that the Snarget has no tail, as seen by defeating it.
    • The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy erroneously omits Pikmin 2 from the list of games. The Pikmin trophies in Smash 4 always list the first two games, except for this one. In addition, the Snagret is more common in Pikmin 2 compared to Pikmin 3, especially considering it appears the most in the second game's story mode, and only once in the third game's. This makes the Pikmin 2 omission a mystery.
    • In the US version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the description claims that the creature belongs to the "avian" family, instead of the snavian family.
  • The Burrowing Snagret is the most commonly fought boss in all 3 games, as it can be fought 4 times in the first game, 9 times in the second game, and 9 times in the third game.
    • If one only counts story mode, then this title is lost in Pikmin 3, as it is only encountered once.
  • The enemy reel mistakenly states that its body is lined with feathers.
  • In Pikmin 2, this enemy and the Pileated Snagret shake the least when damaged, meaning their model stretches the least amount of all enemies.
  • It is the only boss that appears in every Pikmin game.

See also[edit]


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