Baldy Long Legs
Baldy Long Legs (ハゲダマグモ?, lit.: "Bald Orb Spider") is a hairless variant of the Shaggy Long Legs. Like other arachnorbs, it is quite large, its only method of attack is crushing Pikmin with its large feet, and its circular core is its weak-point.
It is the only enemy in Pikmin 3 that cannot be found naturally in Story Mode, and is exclusive to Mission Mode, Bingo Battle, and Side Stories. However, it can still be added to the Piklopedia by defeating a Shaggy Long Legs.
Relation to other arachnorbs
In the original release of Pikmin 3, the relation between the Baldy Long Legs and the Shaggy Long Legs was not known, and since they were both identified with different names when locked-on, they were considered different creatures. However, in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Olimar's comment in the Piklopedia explains how it is simply the same creature, but without hair. Nevertheless, he notes how, because the hair never grows back, it is considered a different species.
“Structural flaw: central orb
“I prefer its sleek look to the hairy one, which made me sweat just to look at. They could both stand to be cuter, though. Ooh! What if it was covered in wool?!”
“They say the best defense is a good offense, but getting rid of all its hair to focus entirely on stomping around might have been taking it too far. Still, I can always respect a warrior willing to commit all the way!”
“They say the best defence is a good offence, but getting rid of all its hair to focus entirely on stomping around might have been taking it too far. Still, I can always respect a warrior willing to commit all the way!”
“Not as tasty as it looks. Completely inedible.”
“Baldy Long Legs
Like all Arachnorbs, the weak point of the Baldy Long Legs is its abdomen, which is suspended high up in the air by its spindly legs. As it marches around the field, it will crush anything in its path, so be sure to steer clear of its large, trampling feet. Instead, throw Pikmin at its legs to make them climb up. Be sure to throw them at the leg that has just stopped moving, so they can quickly reach the top before the Baldy Long Legs knocks them down. When they reach its head, they will attack it until the creature shakes them off. When it's about to shake, whistle your Pikmin off and wait for it to resume its stomping before you throw more at it.
Another strategy is to throw Pikmin directly at its core. Yellow and Winged Pikmin will reach it most of the time, but other Pikmin can do so too if they're thrown from a tall ledge. This tactic can be used to quickly get rid of it with little to no Pikmin losses, as it will be too busy shaking off Pikmin to attack.
To save time in the Mission Mode stage Tropical Wilds Remix, the player can simply leave 10 Winged Pikmin to kill the creature over time while the player focuses on other tasks. At the Clockwork Chasm in Battle enemies!, the Baldy Long Legs that appears here is easiest to defeat, as the elevated ledge it spawns on allows it to be dispatched with eight bomb rocks, which are plentiful on this stage.
If encountered in a Bingo Battle stage, it is recommended that the players do not fight it together, as the player's Pikmin will be more prone to attacking the other player's Pikmin, rather than the Baldy Long Legs, which will probably result in many casualties and possibly even a Pikmin extinction.
In The Ship Restored, the final stage of Olimar's Comeback, a golden Baldy Long Legs can be found, alongside a golden Shaggy Long Legs, within the large arena at the bottom of the Formidable Oak. It behaves identically to the normal variety, with the only difference being its golden coloration. It contains the Analog Computer, so defeating it is needed to complete the mission.
This version also has unique battle music, which the other bosses in Side Stories do not have, including the Baldy Long Legs in Tundra. This indicates a sort of final boss nature, as the two golden arachnorbs are the last enemies one can encounter within the mode.
The Baldy Long Legs's name is based off of the Beady Long Legs, but with "Baldy" pointing out its lack of hair, compared to its original form - the Shaggy Long Legs. Its Japanese common name comes from はげ? (lit.: "bald"), 玉? (lit.: "ball") and くも? (lit.: "spider") making it the bald ball spider.
Its scientific name is Pseudoarachnia calvitium, with calvitium being derived from "calvus", which is Latin for "bald". This is, once again, in reference to its lack of hair.
Internally, it is called
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