2-Player Battle is a game mode in Pikmin 2. It involves, as the name implies, two players, who control Captain Olimar and Louie, with a party of up to 50 Red or Blue Pikmin, respectively. Each player can start the match with a multiple of 5 Pikmin between 5 and 50, and cannot exceed 50 total Pikmin on the battlefield at any time. 2-Player Battle mode takes place in underground areas, their layouts randomly picked from a list. Each player has a related Onion, near which a similarly-colored marble lies at the start of the game. There are four ways to win and ten differently-themed areas to play on, ranging in difficulty.
Returning a cherry to an Onion will allow a spin of the roulette wheel. To make things even, Red Pikmin have lost their extra strength, and bodies of water are absent. However, both types are still immune to their respective elements. If a Pikmin dies from an attack caused by the other team's Pikmin, it will be transformed into a seed, which is expelled from the Onion right away. Regardless, if said Pikmin is the last one alive, a Pikmin extinction will still occur. Ultra-bitter sprays, when used against the opponent's Pikmin, will burrow them, and revert them to leaf state. However, they'll pop out of the ground automatically after 10 seconds. Leaders cannot punch each other or opposing Pikmin, nor can they interact with the enemy's Pikmin, besides being attacked by them. These Pikmin pummels merely deny the victim player the use of / and / , as they cause no damage to the leader, although they also make the leader invulnerable to other enemy attacks.
Ways to win
There are four ways to score a victory over the opponent:
- Taking 4 yellow marbles to the Onion. There are 7 in total, in order to make sure only one player can collect 4 marbles.
- Taking the opponent's marble to the Onion. Pikmin cannot carry their own marble.
- The opponent suffers a Pikmin extinction. This can happen from Pikmin in-fighting or otherwise.
- The opponent's leader is down.
The players can choose one of ten maps. Every level uses the same music. Unlike the caves in story mode, these are not generated randomly, with the exception of the Dim Labyrinth. Instead, one of three (two for the Carpet Plain) fixed layouts is chosen.
The roulette wheel can be accessed when a player finds a cherry and a Pikmin successfully returns it to the Onion. Cherries in this mode spawn randomly, and only one Pikmin is needed to carry one. When the roulette finishes spinning (automatically), it'll randomly land on a power, which the player can use at any moment by pressing / .
If more cherries are collected before the player uses the current power, they'll be added to a queue, represented on the top-right corner with red dots, for a maximum of 5 powers waiting to be used. Pressing / will use the power and instantly make the roulette spin for the next one. The spinning takes around three seconds, which stops the player from using an item right after another.
The player will have access to 12 different powers that benefit them, disadvantage the opponent or both, listed below, and sorted by the order in which they're placed on the roulette:
|+5 Sprouts||Grants the player five Pikmin sprouts, if they have less than 50.|
|+10 Sprouts||Just like the previous, but ten sprouts.|
|Flower||Makes all of the player's Pikmin that are not planted in the ground bloom into flowers.|
|Ghost||Makes the player's leader and Pikmin become invisible to the opponent for a limited amount of time. The opponent can still see the dust from the player's footsteps, the leader's whistle, and, if their Pikmin are affected by the ultra-spicy spray, the glowing circles on their heads. Additionally, the opponent's Pikmin can still see everything, and the leader and Pikmin are fully visible on the collecting player's portion of the screen.|
|Ultra-bitter spray||Grants one dose of ultra-bitter spray.|
|Ultra-spicy spray||Grants one dose of ultra-spicy spray.|
|Marble return||Makes the player's marble, if above ground, bounce all the way back to the Onion, regardless of distance. Any opposing Pikmin carrying the marble will be knocked down.|
|Withering Blowhog||Makes a Withering Blowhog appear near the opponent's Onion.|
|Swooping Snitchbug||Makes a Swooping Snitchbug appear near the opponent's Onion.|
|Boulders||Makes several boulders drop near the opponent.|
|Volatile Dweevil||Drops a Volatile Dweevil near the opponent.|
|Fiery/Watery Blowhog||Makes a Blowhog appear near the opponent's Onion. If the opponent is Louie, a Fiery Blowhog will appear. If the opponent is Olimar, a Watery Blowhog appears instead.|
Enemies created upon a spin of the Roulette Wheel disappear completely on defeat, meaning their bodies cannot be returned to either Onion. They automatically die after 50 seconds have passed.
Some enemies that are only found underground in single player can also be found in 2-Player Battle. Below is a list of how many sprouts each creature is worth:
- Snow Bulborb: 4 sprouts
- Dwarf Orange Bulborb: 4 sprouts
- Breadbug: 4 sprouts
- Anode Beetle: 5 sprouts
- Careening Dirigibug: 8 sprouts
- Wollywog: 8 sprouts
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These are basic strategies. The strategies' nature allows them to be combined and expanded upon freely, to maximize their efficiency.
Wasting the opponent's sprays
Sprays are an essential part of battle mode, as they can turn the tides in a Pikmin vs. Pikmin situation easily. Using a small squad, attacking the enemy might get the other player to use sprays prematurely. This can be repeated with the rest of the Pikmin.
With a small squad, the player can run to the opponent's base and steal the marble, assuming the other player is not there with a larger squad. Should the other player come to defend the marble, running up to them with the rest of the Pikmin can distract the enemy Pikmin from getting to the marble that is being carried away. Creatures can also be led to the enemy base as means of distraction or to kill idle Pikmin.
For yellow marbles, if the other player is likely to stop marbles from being brought back, it is advisable to collect ones that are on opposite side of each other, as it will force the other player to decide between them.
Leave about 3-5 Pikmin at your marble to act as an alert system. When your numbers start to change, get back to base. They can also be left in crucial bottleneck passages.
This one often requires a bit of luck as it relies almost entirely on random generation. The cherries that allow you to use a roulette spin will oftentimes drop steadily in the same area of the arena over time (usually in one of the alcoves.) Take note of where cherries seem to drop more during the match, then keep Pikmin in that area to quickly transport them back to the Onion. You can actually hold up to five spins at a time. Use the spins strategically or all at once in hopes that you'll drop lots of enemies and obstacles to keep your opponent busy. Large-scale distractions like this can help you steal marbles without them noticing or even a Pikmin Extinction if your opponent is careless enough.
Focus on increasing your army above everything else. If you're faster than your opponent, you can gather quite a number advantage. Then, go for the enemy with almost all your Pikmin. You can even let one or two Pikmin carry the opponent's marble while they're busy with the battle.
Attack the leader
Have your Pikmin army attack the opponent's leader. Pikmin attacks will never damage the leader, but they will distract the player. Meanwhile, you can focus on getting the marble. If you get attacked by the opposing team's Pikmin, shake them off by quickly rotating / .
An attacked leader can use Pikmin from his team to help shake the aggressive Pikmin off. Keep this in mind when you plan an attack like this, and prepare your Pikmin numbers accordingly.
Handling idle Pikmin
Idle Pikmin on the opposing team can be dispatched in a number of ways. You can try luring the Pikmin towards a hazard or enemy, or even spawn your own with the roulette wheel. Additionally, you can throw bomb-rocks at them to quickly wipe them out. As a last resort, you can use an ultra-bitter spray to get rid of Pikmin guarding a choke point. Do not use Pikmin of your own to clear these idlers out, as they'll just be reborn at the Onion.
The leaders' faces on the main 2-player Battle screen change depending on the current score leader. If one player is one point ahead, that player's leader will smile, and the other leader will frown. If a player is three points ahead, their leader will grin, and the other will be quite angry. If the scores are the same for both players, both leaders will have a neutral expression.
Whenever a player has 3 marbles, their Pikmin will chant the corresponding leader's name, "O-ri-ma!" or "Ru-i!", over the latter's Japanese names, Orimā (オリマー) and Rūi (ルーイ). If both players have 3 marbles and only one remains, both Pikmin groups will still chant, over one another. Amusingly, the Pikmin will still chant if they're all burrowed underground.
Each leader has his own victory tune. Though they follow the same melody, the Pikmin will call out the name of whoever won once the tune finishes. If one of the players loses through excess damage to the suit or Pikmin extinction, the themes will have a slight variation in rhythm similar to the difference in the story-mode levels. In the unlikely case of a tie, a different tune plays and both the leader's names will be called out by the Pikmin. The tune changes with each type of tie.
Excluding the variations of the Pikmin chorus, there are eight different themes that can play: one player wins, Olimar loses due to extinction, Olimar loses due to damage, Louie loses due to extinction, Louie loses due to damage, draw by simultaneous marble-collection, draw by simultaneous extinction, and draw by simultaneous damage.
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An undocumented feature in the game is the ability to choose the layout for the arena. To activate it, player 1 should be holding a direction on on the GameCube, or on the Wii, while the loading screen with the advisories is showing up. The time at which the player starts holding does not matter, as long as it's before the loading screen appears, and the player can let go at the loading screen. The game will load the variant determined by the direction pressed.
- / Up: Layout #1.
- / Right: Layout #2.
- / Down: Layout #3.
- / Left: Combination.
To know which layout number corresponds to what, please read the corresponding level's article, and check the technical information section. For the Carpet Plain, both right and down result in layout #2. Because Dim Labyrinth is already randomly generated, holding a direction has no effect there.
Interestingly, by holding left, the level is generated at random, like the caves in story mode. The list of cave units to use appears to be the full list of cave units on all three variants combined – if not, it is actually the list described in the otherwise unused text file in the level's normal configuration file. This generation does not take into account balance, meaning that it is unlikely that a stage will be symmetrical, and more often than not, the Onions are placed in bizarre and inappropriate locations. The number of rooms to use is the number declared in the level's configuration file; this number is otherwise unused.
Because of the secrecy of this feature, as well as the potential for gameplay balance problems that arise with the "left" variant, it is likely that this is actually a debugging tool in the game during development, but never removed for the final release.
Players fighting on Colosseum.
A battle in Hostile Territory, showcasing the numerous dangers in the cave.
- The Angle Maze features a Raging Long Legs in one of its variations. It is the only battle map to include a boss enemy.
- Within the game's files, one can find textures for 3 unused Roulette Wheel slots: an Antenna Beetle, a Spotty Bulbear, and a combination of a Fiery and Caustic Dweevil, the later having a duplicate file with the same name, but with "_old" appended. The backgrounds' colors and lines indicate that these slots were removed before the final icon textures were cleaned up.
- In this mode, the leaders are immune to the Watery Blowhog's water-like liquid and the Fiery Blowhog's fire. In the story mode, while it is still possible to gain immunity to fire by collecting the Scorch Guard, there is no upgrade allowing the leaders to be immune to the Watery Blowhog's liquid.
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