Channel Gone Dry
Channel Gone Dry is the sixth day of Olimar's Comeback. It takes place in the Twilight River, and has the objective to collect fruits and nuggets, similar to the Collect Treasure! stages in Mission Mode. The mission's name comes from the fact that the river through the area is completely dry.
Olimar and Louie land in Twilight River to collect more fruit and nuggets for profit. The river, much like in Tropical Wilds on a previous day, is now dried up. Possibly because of this, many new enemies (most native to the Tropical Wilds) have populated the area.
At the end of the day, Olimar notices half of the collected fruit is missing. He confronts Louie about the issue, who promptly drops everything and runs, like he had done prior to the Koppaites. Olimar complains, but admits it's his duty to bring back his partner, which he does on the following day. Although, like in similar circumstances, Louie seems capable of surviving on the planet at night.
The mission mostly takes place in the second main area of the Twilight River, on the downstream side of the river. However, as the title suggests, the river is completely dry, and water is nowhere to be found. Several land enemies have moved into the river as a result. The SPERO and Onion are found in the east of the area, in a space normally occupied by 3 Orange Bulborbs in Story Mode. While most fruits are nearby and can be reached fairly quickly, there is 1 fruit and a pile of nuggets that are in a different loading zone, which in Story Mode is the path leading up to the Scornet Maestro. Since accessing this part of the area requires building a bridge, the mission largely involves building this bridge while defeating enemies and collecting other fruits. All of this level's fruits are contained within enemies.
Fruits and Nuggets
All the fruits in this mission are inside enemies, and you only start with a few Pikmin, so growing more at the start is essential; start the mission by growing Pikmin by defeating the nearby Dwarf Orange Bulborbs and the Medusal Slurker. Use the nearby bomb rocks to destroy the reinforced wall, then go past it with a larger squad to defeat the Flighty Joustmites and the Armored Cannon Larva, which drops a fruit. Go up the ramp and defeat the enemies there to gain access to 10 more Red Pikmin, as well as another fruit. Walk out of the other side of the area, defeat the Fiery Blowhogs, and turn right to find a pile of fragments. Begin to carry them with whatever Pikmin you have left, making sure that the path to the bridge is clear. To get the other pile of fragments, return to the base and head south to a round area with a Whiptongue Bulborb. Defeat it and start carrying the fragments behind it. Once the bridge is done, cross it and go through the loading zone to an area with a Armored Cannon Larva. Defeat the enemy and carry it, its fruit, and the nuggets behind it to the base. After that, go around the rest of the area, defeating any remaining enemies, collecting the fruit they drop, and collecting the other pile of nuggets.
“Reassembling that bridge is priority one! Taking the fruits from those creatures is priority two! Everything else is priority irrelevant!”
“Mission Log, Day 6: I remember this place, but something feels off about it. Oh! It's because the water is gone! New creatures seem to have wandered in, exploring the boundaries of their territory. But I can't let them deter me from the bounty of fruits and nuggets here. The reward of so much treasure is more than worth the risk.”
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“Don't limit yourself to fruits. There's plenty of treasure to collect as well.”
In some situations during gameplay, Olimar or Louie will leave a comment.
“Seeing those fruits we retrieved reminded me of those Koppaite explorers and all the trouble they went through to save their homeworld. Realizing half were gone reminded me I hadn't heard from Louie in a while. I asked if he knew anything about it, and his response was to drop everything and run away. He's a handful, but he's my partner, and it's my duty to bring him back.”
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