The Burrowing Snagret (ヘビガラス?, lit.: "Snake Crow") is an enemy in the Pikmin games and the boss of White Flower Garden in Pikmin 2. It appears to be a combination of a bird and a snake, and a member of the Snavian family (Snavian being a combination of the words snake and avian, avian meaning "bird-related"). 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 head into the ground to eat a leader and then regurgitate them – if the attack misses, its head will get stuck in the ground and be vulnerable to attack.
When killed in Pikmin, Burrowing Snagrets explode into many pellets; 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.
Their only locations in the first game are The Forest of Hope where 3 appear in the same area, and The Final Trial on Challenge Mode. In Pikmin 2, a Burrowing Snagret is the boss of White Flower Garden, found on sublevel 5 (this one contains the Five-man Napsack), and many are encountered throughout Snagret Hole; one is even guarding the entrance in Awakening Wood, where the three in Pikmin are located. Another is on sublevel 4 of 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, Burrowing Snagrets are known to live in the Twilight River. There are also Burrowing Snagrets in Mission Mode levels including Silver Lake, Tropical Wilds Remix, Garden of Hope Remix, Twilight River Remix, and Shaded Garden Remix. There are four of them located in Garden of Hope Remix.
“The bluish hue of its feathers distinguishes it from the burrowing snarrow.”
“The majority of snagret species lie in wait to ambush and capture prey, with a body type perfectly adapted to such sudden strikes. It violently attacks small, surface-dwelling insects. Distributed across a relatively wide range, subspecies of snagret suited to the varying soil conditions have emerged, making the snagret the most geographically represented species besides the bulborb. Visually resembling the burrowing snagret is the burrowing snarrow, the range of which partially overlaps with the snagret's range. While the two may appear similar, when pulled from the ground they can be distinguished by the presence or absence of tail and wing markings.”
“Slice the serpentine torso into thin medallions, skewer on a metal rod with Hocotate onions, and barbecue over an open flame.”
Olimar's voyage log
“This large, subterranean life-form suddenly erupts from underground to feast on nearby Pikmin. Its body is covered in slick scales, which render Pikmin attacks ineffective. Surely, it has a weak point somewhere...”
Nintendo Player's Guide
"The Burrowing Snagret's weak spot is its head. Toss Pikmin at the bird-snake's skull as it's emerging from the ground, and let them go to work on the beast. Call them before they're shaken off and prepare for another assault."
Pikmin Player's Guide
"The white-headed snagret is a subterranean dweller characterized by a birdlike head and a snakelike body. Its avian head features white plumage and a long, pointed beak, which it uses for digging, while its reptilian body is covered with blue scales. White-headed snagrets burrow in flocks and they will rear their heads when surface vibrations alert them to possible prey above ground. The blueish hue of its feathers distinguishes it from the burrowing snarrow."
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."
In Pikmin, they are extremely hard to beat without losing Pikmin if thrown at the head, as they have very high health and are larger than in the second game. Its striking speed will also allow it to eat some Pikmin and burrow back into the ground before any real 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. 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, getting stuck for some time. It is best to attack the Snagret then, and Olimar should kill it without losing any Pikmin. With quick, 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 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 Burrowing Snagret can be defeated in a matter of seconds by charging at it with 100 Winged Pikmin under the effects of an ultra-spicy spray. This works because the Snagret will only catch grounded Pikmin, and since the Winged Pikmin can fly, they can both dodge its beak, and aim straight for the head – its weak point.
It is not possible to defeat the Burrowing Snagret with leaders alone.
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.
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
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.
This boss is named "burrowing" due to its habit of burrowing and remaining underground until prey approach. Although the Pileated Snagret also burrows, it is a less important characteristic. In Japanese, the creature is called ヘビガラス?, which translates to "Snake Crow". Its scientific name is Shiropedes anacondii, where anacondii is similar to "anaconda", a dangerous type of constricting snake. The internal name in Pikmin is quite straightforward –
Names in other languages