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42 Pikmin challenge

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A 42 Pikmin challenge is a full playthrough challenge run of Pikmin 3 with only 42 Pikmin, the minimum possible number. The game can either be minimally finished or completed to 100% with this amount. Although the heaviest object, the Wayward Moon, requires 20 Pikmin to carry and no obstacle requires more than 20 Pikmin to pass, more than 20 are necessary to finish the game. This is because the player is limited to how many of a type are initially obtained or are needed to get out of a situation in which no other types can be reached (usually in places where that type is first found). Use of Candypop Buds makes growing more Pikmin unnecessary in many cases though they are not readily available in others. A 7 day run of this challenge can be done, but collecting all the fruit requires 11 days. A 10 day run is possible with 46 Pikmin, as extra Blue Pikmin must be grown to obtain all submerged fruit in Garden of Hope. Otherwise, the player will need an extra day in Garden of Hope after using a Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud in Tropical Wilds.


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  1. ^ YouTube video demonstrating the Yellow Onion skip, published on January 13th, 2021