The Astringent Clump is a fruit found in Pikmin 3. It is actually a grapefruit, and gives the Koppaite explorers two rations of juice. There are two of them in the game, one in the Garden of Hope and the other in one of the caves in the Distant Tundra. This is one of few fruits that does not appear in either Mission Mode or Bingo Battle. It looks similar to the Crunchy Deluge, despite being a different fruit altogether.
Collecting the fruit
Garden of Hope
To find the first Astringent Clump, you must go to the area within the Garden of Hope where you first found a Zest Bomb. Tear down the electric gate blocking the way. There is a puzzle which includes the elevator platforms to get to the Zest Bomb. There is also a Secret Memo atop one of the elevators past the gate. The Astringent Clump takes 10 Pikmin to carry but a minimum of 32 are needed to complete the puzzle. First throw 22 Pikmin onto the high stack of bricks between the two elevator pairs (this is made easy with Yellow Pikmin, otherwise they can be thrown from the left elevator). Raise 2 leaders up on the left elevator so that one can be thrown to the high stack of bricks. Have the lower 2 leaders go all the way to the right to throw 10 other Pikmin and a leader onto the elevator on the ground. Switch to the leader on the high stack of bricks and throw them onto the elevator with the Secret Memo. The leader with the other 10 Pikmin can now throw them to the fruit. Though you're meant to use the platforms, they can be skipped entirely by locking onto the fruit and charging Winged Pikmin at it.
The other Astringent Clump is found in the Distant Tundra, inside of the cave that leads to the outside portion where Charlie first crash landed. To get to it, you need to open up a bamboo gate using Winged Pikmin. Red, Winged, and Rock Pikmin are recommended for this area, as there are multiple fire hazards, including Fiery Blowhogs and fire geysers. There is also a Spotty Bulbear patrolling the room past the bamboo gate, with some Dwarf Bulbears following close behind it. At the end of the room is a crystal wall, which can be smashed using Rock Pikmin. Next to it, on a ledge, is the Astringent Clump, which is slightly buried. Behind the crystal wall there are ten bomb rocks, which can be used to take out the enemies in the room. A bomb rock can also be used to quickly dig out the fruit. Whichever way you choose, kill the Spotty Bulbear and take the fruit back to the S.S. Drake.
“A little sweet, a little sour, but mostly BITTER. Alph can't cope with the bitterness and wants me to sweeten it somehow, but I have to say it's growing on me. Maybe he'll mature into it?”
“A little sweet, a little sour, but mostly just bitter. Alph can't cope with the bitterness and asked me to sweeten it somehow, but I have to say it's growing on me. Maybe it's one of those refined tastes he'll learn to like when he gets a bit older?”
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