10 day run
A 10 day run is a challenge run in Pikmin 3 which involves collecting all 66 fruits and defeating the Plasm Wraith in the minimum number of days possible, which is 10. This challenge is very difficult, and requires careful routing, extensive multitasking, precise management of Pikmin, and using several exploits to save time. Fortunately, Pikmin 3's forgiveness in restarting days makes the challenge not as hard as low-day runs in the other games. The 10 day run does not require collecting the 4 spacesuit upgrades, but collecting the Dodge Whistle is recommended. It is possible to combine this run with other challenge runs, such as the zero death challenge.
As Pikmin 3 is more linear than the previous Pikmin games, there is not much deviation the player can afford to make in this run. Some alterations are possible, but below is a rough outline of what the player needs to get done on each day. This guide works ideally with the Wii Remote, and is possible on any game version.
Note: At this point, the game does not allow growing Pikmin to become bud or flowers; do not waste your time trying to grow flower Pikmin on day 1, because it is impossible.
Warning: This day is often regarded as the hardest day of the run, as it requires defeating a boss, acquiring 12 fruits, and finding Louie all in a single day, most of which will consist of multitasking with all three leaders. You will also need at least 3 ultra-spicy sprays for this day. Everything must be followed as stated, and no time can be wasted.
Day 7, 8 and 9