|Appears in||Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Shiropedes anacondii|
|Areas||The Forest of Hope, Valley of Repose, Awakening Wood, Twilight River, Blossoming Arcadia|
|Caves||White Flower Garden, Snagret Hole, Hole of Heroes, Cavern for a King|
|Challenge Mode stages||The Final Trial, Cryptic Cavern|
|Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages||Shaded Garden Remix|
|Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages||Silver Lake, Tropical Wilds Remix, Garden of Hope Remix, Twilight River Remix|
|Side Story days||Looking for Louie|
|Dandori Challenge stages||Trial of the Sage Leaf,|
|Dandori Battle stages||None|
|2-Player Battle stages||None|
|Bingo Battle stages||Arid Metropolis, Parched Brook|
|Attacks||Eat Pikmin by pecking|
The Burrowing Snagret (ヘビガラス?, lit.: "Snake Crow") is a boss in the Pikmin games, it has low health for a boss but it often appears in groups. It appears to be a combination of a bird and a snake, and is a member of the Snavian family. It remains underground for the majority of the time, surfacing only when approached by Pikmin or a leader. In the first two games, it has a chance of struggling to fully emerge for a few seconds before attacking. When above ground, it attempts to eat Pikmin one by one until it is sufficiently damaged, at which point it burrows back underground. In Pikmin 3 it can also stab its beak into the ground to eat a leader and then regurgitate them – if the attack misses, its beak will get stuck in the ground and its head will be vulnerable to attack. In Pikmin 4, fledgling versions called Downy Snagrets can be found.
When killed in Pikmin, Burrowing Snagrets explode into 7 random 1 pellets and a 5 pellet; in Pikmin 2, a dead Burrowing Snagret leaves behind its head to be returned to an Onion or the Research Pod. In Pikmin 3, the Snagret's entire body comes out of the ground to be salvaged, revealing a foot much like the one on a Pileated Snagret.
|5||10||15||× 10||1500[note 1]||No|
|(?)||10||20 (normally)||20|| × 90
In Pikmin 2, a Burrowing Snagret is the main boss of the White Flower Garden, found on sublevel 5 (this one contains the Five-man Napsack), and many are encountered throughout the Snagret Hole; one is even guarding the entrance in the Awakening Wood, where the three in Pikmin are located. Another is on sublevel 4 of the Hole of Heroes, and yet another guards the Pink Menace in the Valley of Repose. Burrowing Snagrets are the most common boss-class enemies in Pikmin 2, having eight different in-game occurrences outside of Challenge Mode.
In Pikmin 3, there is a Burrowing Snagret in the Twilight River, holding the Insect Condo. There are also Burrowing Snagrets in Mission Mode levels, including Silver Lake, Tropical Wilds Remix, Garden of Hope Remix (which contains 4 of them), Twilight River Remix, and Shaded Garden Remix. In the Side Stories, 1 can be found in Looking for Louie. In Bingo Battle, 1 can be found in layout C of Arid Metropolis, and 2 can be found in layout B of Parched Brook.
In Pikmin 4, a Burrowing Snagret is present in the Blossoming Arcadia, where it holds the Brush of Wisdom. Another one is present in the same area in Olimar's Shipwreck Tale, but in a different section and instead holding an Extraordinary Bolt.
Olimar's voyage log
“Structural flaw: beak
Pikmin Nintendo Player's Guide
Pikmin Nintendo Power Booklet description
“Snagrets usually hang out in groups of three, and their agile beaks are capable of plucking up devastating numbers of Pikmin. When attacked, they temporarily retreat underground.”
Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“As its name implies, the Burrowing Snagret spends most of its time underground. When it senses potential prey, however, this creature emerges and uses its powerful beak to snatch up any victims in range. The Burrowing Snagret's body it protected by scales, making the creature's head its only weak point.
Each time a Burrowing Snagret emerges from the ground, there's a brief pause just after the creature's beak appears -- this brief window is the only opportunity you'll have to execute a successful charge. If your Pikmin can latch onto the creature's head before it's fully exposed, they'll be able to do a significant amount of damage in a very short time. Winged Pikmin can charge the Burrowing Snagret's head whenever it's above ground, but you'll need a large squad to compensate for the Winged Pikmin's low attack power.If you can't seem to land a successful charge attack, flank the Burrowing Snagret's side and toss your Pikmin directly onto the creature's head. This method makes it fairly difficult to keep your squad out of harm's way, but it does allow you to deal reliable damage for the duration of the battle.”
The following article or section contains guides.
In Pikmin, they are extremely hard to beat without losing Pikmin if thrown at the head, as they have very high health and are quite large. Its striking speed will also allow it to eat some Pikmin and burrow back into the ground before any significant damage is done. When trying to defeat it in the first game, the best strategy is to throw Red Pikmin at its head while it's emerging from the ground as fast as you can, then whistling in your Pikmin right before it shakes them off to prevent them being eaten. Another effective, but risky way is to swarm the head in hopes of making the Burrowing Snagret retreat underground. Try to run directly to the Snagret closest to the ledge on the side of the ship to avoid the other two Snagrets and collect the Geiger Counter more easily.
In Pikmin 2, defeating one is an easier task because of its lower health; even so, it remains a good idea to use Purple Pikmin. It is easy to take advantage of the fact that sometimes, the beast will not fully emerge from the ground, getting stuck for some time. It is best to attack the Snagret then, as it is possible to defeat it without losing any Pikmin. With quick and accurate throwing, however, this is not necessary to secure the battle. Throw many Pikmin at its head as soon as possible and the Snagret should die before managing to swallow any of the Pikmin that it may have snatched up from the ground. In Pikmin 2, attacks to the body will only cause 10% normal damage. Statistically, both in Pikmin and Pikmin 2, every time the creature emerges it has a 40% chance of getting stuck. That said, a Burrowing Snagret will never get stuck the first time of the day that it unburrows, in Pikmin.
In the first two games, if it burrows back underground without swallowing Pikmin it has caught, these Pikmin will die. In the first game, it was the root of many glitches involving the counter.
In Pikmin 3, the health is even lower, and Winged Pikmin can be charged directly onto its head to defeat it quickly, especially under the effects of an ultra-spicy spray. The boss can only eat Pikmin on the ground. It is helpful to stay away from its beak, as if it eats a leader, it can take a while to get all your Pikmin back into your squad.
It is not possible to defeat the Burrowing Snagret with leaders alone.
In Pikmin 4, it has the same health as 3, but comes out of the ground much slower. The Snagrets head will take a moment to shake its head a bit and then it will come out of the ground. An easy way to beat it is to simply use Oatchi to rush and attach all of your pikmin on its head to deal massive damage (if you don't want to use Oatchi or can't, then you can charge instead). This will either kill it immediately or cause it to immediately retreat underground. Without Oatchi, the Snagret can be beaten the same way as it would be in 3.
- Main article: Burrowing Snarrow.
The Burrowing Snarrow is a creature that is referred to only twice in the Pikmin series, but never seen. The first of these mentions is in the enemy reel at the end of Pikmin, while the second is in Olimar's notes on the Burrowing Snagret in Pikmin 2's Piklopedia.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Smash 4 trophy
| US description:
“A foot-long bird doesn't sound all that large, but when you're the size of a Pikmin, a foot is massive! This member of the avian[sic] family will emerge from underground, hunting for Pikmin, its favorite snack. Act fast—or this bird of prey will prey on your poor Pikmin!
| EU description:
“A strange creature that looks like it's part bird and part snake. At 35cm in length, it's fairly small by our standards, but for the Pikmin, it's a towering monster! Another thing that makes it monstrous is that it sees Pikmin as a nutritious meal. If you're not careful, it'll pop out of the ground and gobble them up before you know it!
|How to obtain: Random appearance.||Type: Series Related||Trophy Box: 61. Distant Planet & Indigenous Creatures|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Assist Trophy
The Burrowing Snagret appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Assist Trophy, in its Pikmin 3 design. When summoned, it will emerge from the floor (even go-through platforms) near an opponent, and will idle for a second before unleashing three quick stabs towards the opponent. It can peck at the ground or the air. It will then bury back down and reemerge elsewhere, repeating the process. Like other Assist Trophies, it can be KO'd if it takes enough damage. It makes the Burrowing Snagret death sound from Pikmin when it emerges, and also when it is KO'd.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit
The Burrowing Snagret also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Primary Spirit. It can be obtained by fighting a Charizard in the Spirit Board, buying it from the Shop or by being Summoned. It lowers the fighter's speed.
|Spirit info||Augmented Fighter info|
|Burrowing Snagret||Attack||★★★||2||Giant Charizard||Garden of Hope||World Map - Pikmin 2 (Remix)||• Assist Trophy Enemies
• Item: Pitfall
|• Hostile assist trophies will appear
• The enemy is giant
|Pikmin technical information (?)|
|Pikmin 2 technical information (?)|
|Global properties (List)|
|s001||wallReflection||Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?)||0.5|
|s004||bounceFactor||Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?)||0.3|
|fp01||マップとの当り||Unknown (related to slopes)||15|
|fp02||ダメージスケールXZ||Horizontal damage scale||0.025|
|fp03||ダメージスケールY||Vertical damage scale||0.025|
|fp04||ダメージフレーム||Damage scale duration||0.4|
|fp14||探索距離||Unknown (exploration radius?)||0|
|fp15||探索角度||Unknown (exploration angle?)||0|
|fp16||振り払い率||Successful shake rate||1|
|fp20||攻撃可能範囲||Unknown (shock attack max range?)||0|
|fp21||攻撃可能角度||Unknown (shock attack max angle?)||0|
|fp22||攻撃ヒット範囲||Unknown (attack hit range?)||0|
|fp23||攻撃ヒット角度||Unknown (attack hit angle?)||0|
|fp25||視界高||Unknown (height visibility?)||100|
|fp26||探索高||Unknown (exploration height?)||0|
|fp27||ライフの高さ||HP wheel height||50|
|fp29||警戒時間||Unknown (warning time?)||0|
|fp33||マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定||Collision processing radius||111|
|fp34||ピクミンとのあたり||Pikmin damage radius||5|
|fp36||ヒップドロップダメージ||Purple Pikmin drop damage||50|
|fp37||地震気絶確立||Purple Pikmin stun chance||0.1 (10%)|
|fp38||地震気絶時間||Purple Pikmin stun time||5|
|ip01||振り払い打撃Ａ||Shake mode 1 – hit count||15|
|ip02||振り払い張付１||Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement||4|
|ip03||振り払い打撃Ｂ||Shake mode 2 – hit count||25|
|ip04||振り払い張付２||Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement||8|
|ip05||振り払い打撃Ｃ||Shake mode 3 – hit count||30|
|ip06||振り払い張付３||Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement||12|
|ip07||振り払い打撃Ｄ||Shake mode 4 – hit count||35|
|fp01||通常出現率||Regular unburrow chance (not stuck)||0.6 (60%)|
|fp11||潜る迄の時間||Time it spends above ground before burrowing||2.5|
|fp12||地中での時間||Time it spends underground before reappearing||2.5|
|fp21||白ピクミン||White Pikmin poison damage||200|
|fp31||Forest 2 Life||HP on the White Flower Garden||2500|
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill||30|
|White Pikmin ingestions to kill||10|
|Bomb rock explosions to kill||5|
|Bomb rock ingestions to kill||3|
|Number of direct hits on top to kill||0|
|Damage to leaders||20|
|Mission Mode value||90|
- Size: Body length: approx. 350mm, as per the e-card
- Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #71
- Musical theme:
- See more: Snavian family#Naming.
- Common name: Burrowing Snagret. "Burrowing" refers to its habit of burrowing and remaining underground until prey approach. Although the Pileated Snagret also burrows, it is a less important characteristic.
- Japanese nickname: ヘビガラス?, lit.: "Snake Crow".
- Japanese name: オジロへビガラス?, lit.: "White-tailed Snake Crow".
- Scientific name: Shiropedes anacondii. Anacondii is similar to "anaconda", a dangerous type of constricting snake.
- Internal names: The internal name in Pikmin is quite straightforward –
snake– and in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, it is the same as its translated Japanese name,
- Prerelease: None.
Names in other languages
Shé Lín Yā
Shé Lín Yā
|Dutch||Wroetende sleiger (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Wroetsleiger (Pikmin 4)
|"Sleiger" is a portmanteau of "slang" (snake) and "reiger" (heron)|
|French||Snabrek Fouisseur||Burrowing Snavian|
|German||Gemeiner Schnapper||Common Snatcher|
|Italian||Vermentilla squamata||Scaly vermentilla||"Vermentilla" comes from "verme" (worm) and possibly "serpente" (snake)|
|Spanish||Tagarote escurridizo||Elusive barbary|
|Portuguese||Corvuri-buraqueiro (Pikmin 4)||Holemaker Anacrowda (Pikmin 4)||"Corvuri" is a portmanteau of "corvo" (crow) and "sucuri" (anaconda)|
|Portuguese (NoE)||Snagret Buraqueiro||Burrowing Snagret||Name taken from the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy.|
|Burrowing heron||Name taken from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trophy. цапель comes from цапля (heron)|
A Burrowing Snagret in the Piklopedia.
The Burrowing Snagret's e-card, #50 (6th blue card).
The Burrowing Snagret Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- The Burrowing Snagret can be seen in a pre-release video of Pikmin, where it appears to have a light or white body. This most likely originates from its Japanese name which means "White-tailed snake crow".
- The Burrowing Snagret aboveground in the Awakening Wood has been reported to sometimes spawn with only 750 health. The cause of this is unknown. 
- In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Burrowing Snagret trophies contain a few mistakes.
- The Brawl trophy states that no one has ever seen a Burrowing Snagret's tail before. However, Olimar states in the Piklopedia that the Burrowing Snagret and Snarrow can both be distinguished by the markings on their tails, implying that Olimar has seen its full body, or at least its tail. Pikmin 3 further confuses the matter by showing that the Snarget has no tail, as seen by defeating it.
- The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy erroneously omits Pikmin 2 from the list of games. The Pikmin trophies in Smash 4 always list the first two games, except for this one. In addition, the Snagret is more common in Pikmin 2 compared to Pikmin 3, especially considering it appears the most in the second game's story mode, and only once in the third game's. This makes the Pikmin 2 omission a mystery.
- In the US version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the description claims that the creature belongs to the "avian" family, instead of the snavian family.
- The Burrowing Snagret is the most commonly fought boss in the first 3 games, as it can be fought 4 times in the first game, 9 times in the second game, and 10 times in the third game. In Pikmin 4, it is fought 5 times, beat out by the Emperor Bulblax at 6.
- The enemy reel mistakenly states that its body is lined with feathers.
- In Pikmin 2, this enemy and the Pileated Snagret shake the least when damaged, meaning their model stretches the least amount of all enemies.
- It is the only boss that appears in every mainline Pikmin game.
- In Pikmin 2, when the creature dies, its body shrinks while the head remains the same size. With the closest zoom settings, it is possible to see its small body in-game. The same happens with the Pileated Snagret, Toady Bloyster, and Ranging Bloyster.
- The Burrowing Snagret lays eggs, as seen in Pikmin 4 where Downy Snagrets can be found inside nectar eggs, and to a lesser extent, the nest on sublevel 5 of the White Flower Garden, and the eggs found there.
The Burrowing Snagret's tiny body. It's below the slash in the Pikmin counter. Click the image for a larger size.
- Local Parameter
/dataDir/bosses/snake/parms.bin, in Pikmin
- YouTube video of Olimar's introduction to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, demonstrating the Snagret Assist Trophy (at 0:10)
This article was a featured article from May 23rd, 2012 to March 18th, 2013.