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Cryptic Cavern
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Sublevels 5 Ultra-bitter sprays 2
Red Pikmin 5 Ultra-spicy sprays 3
Yellow Pikmin 0
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Blue Pikmin 0
White Pikmin 5
Purple Pikmin 0
Bulbmin 0

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

Cryptic Cavern is the eleventh level in Pikmin 2's Challenge Mode. There are 5 sublevels, each with one enemy in the same basic layout.

Sublevel 1[edit]

The Doodlebug is hidden in the middle of the second room; it may be poisonous, but is very easy to beat. As soon as it takes a hit from the top, it'll disappear. Grab The Key and hurry to the next level. If it re-hides before you get The Key, search around the middle of the level, particularly closer to the research pod; you should find it again.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_MAT_t_hunter_enemy
"Main" object maximum (?) 1
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 1
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 2
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_MAT_north_boss_tsuchi.txt
Lighting file (?) normal_light_cha.ini
Background (?) None
Cave units (?)
item_cap_tsuchi
way3_tsuchi
way4_tsuchi
wayl_tsuchi
way2_tsuchi
way2x2_tsuchi
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_north_1_mat_tsuchi
Circular room with 1 exit
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Doodlebug icon.png Doodlebug 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- The Key icon.png The Key Carried inside entry with ID 1
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
2 Regal Diamond icon.png Regal Diamond 1 None Treasure spots
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 2[edit]

  • Theme: Soil
  • Music: Soil 1
  • Time: +75 (+150 seconds)
  • Treasures:
  • Enemies:
  • Obstacles:
    • None
  • Vegetation:
    • None
  • Others:
    • None

A Watery Blowhog. Kill it quickly, grab The Key, and off to the hole.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_MAT_t_hunter_enemy
"Main" object maximum (?) 1
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 1
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 2
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_MAT_north_tsuchi.txt
Lighting file (?) normal_light_lv0.ini
Background (?) None
Cave units (?)
cap_tsuchi
item_cap_tsuchi
way3_tsuchi
way4_tsuchi
wayl_tsuchi
way2_tsuchi
Dead end Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor
way2x2_tsuchi
room_north_1_tsuchi
Long corridor Circular room with 1 exit
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Watery Blowhog icon.png Watery Blowhog 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- The Key icon.png The Key Carried inside entry with ID 1
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
2 Pink Menace icon.png Pink Menace 1 None Treasure spots
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 3[edit]

An Anode Dweevil. This can be defeated relatively easily with leaders, is hard to hit with Pikmin, and kills them instantly if it attacks, so attacking with leaders is often the safer option.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_MAT_t_hunter_enemy
"Main" object maximum (?) 1
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 1
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 2
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_MAT_north_tsuchi.txt
Lighting file (?) normal_light_lv1.ini
Background (?) None
Cave units (?)
cap_tsuchi
item_cap_tsuchi
way3_tsuchi
way4_tsuchi
wayl_tsuchi
way2_tsuchi
Dead end Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor
way2x2_tsuchi
room_north_1_tsuchi
Long corridor Circular room with 1 exit
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Anode Dweevil icon.png Anode Dweevil 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- The Key icon.png The Key Carried inside entry with ID 1
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
2 Memorial Shell icon.png Memorial Shell 1 None Treasure spots
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 4[edit]

The Fiery Bulblax on the fourth sublevel.
  • Theme: Soil
  • Music: Soil 2
  • Time: +40 (+80 seconds)
  • Treasures:
    • The Key icon.png The Key × 1 (inside Fiery Bulblax)
  • Enemies:
  • Obstacles:
    • None
  • Vegetation:
    • None
  • Others:
    • None
See also: Fiery Bulblax strategy.

A Fiery Bulblax. Take the 5 Red Pikmin and use both kind of sprays, or else you are almost guaranteed to lose Pikmin. You will make it just before the Bulblax turns normal. After its defeat, advance to the last sublevel. There are no buried treasures to look for.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_MAT_t_hunter_enemy
"Main" object maximum (?) 1
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 0
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 2
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_MAT_north_tsuchi.txt
Lighting file (?) normal_light_lv2.ini
Background (?) None
Cave units (?)
cap_tsuchi
item_cap_tsuchi
way3_tsuchi
way4_tsuchi
wayl_tsuchi
way2_tsuchi
Dead end Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor
way2x2_tsuchi
room_north_1_tsuchi
Long corridor Circular room with 1 exit
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Fiery Bulblax icon.png Fiery Bulblax 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- The Key icon.png The Key Carried inside entry with ID 1
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 5[edit]

  • Theme: Soil
  • Music: Concrete 2
  • Time: +70 (+140 seconds)
  • Treasures:
    • The Key icon.png The Key × 1 (inside Burrowing Snagret)
  • Enemies:
  • Obstacles:
    • None
  • Vegetation:
    • None
  • Others:
    • None
See also: Burrowing Snagret strategy.

A Burrowing Snagret resides here in the last sublevel. Use all the sprays you have left. Always aim for the head, its weak point. When it buries itself in the ground, wait for it to get stuck on emerging, so you have time to aim at the head. When its head is being attacked by a number of Pikmin, the creature will stop attacking to retreat.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_MAT_t_hunter_enemy
"Main" object maximum (?) 1
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 0
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 2
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) Yes
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_MAT_north_boss_tsuchi.txt
Lighting file (?) normal_light_lv0.ini
Background (?) None
Cave units (?)
item_cap_tsuchi
way3_tsuchi
way4_tsuchi
wayl_tsuchi
way2_tsuchi
way2x2_tsuchi
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_north_1_mat_tsuchi
Circular room with 1 exit
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Burrowing Snagret icon.png Burrowing Snagret 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- The Key icon.png The Key Carried inside entry with ID 1
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese かくしもちの洞窟? Treasure Keeper's Cave
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Terres des mystères Mystery lands
Flag of France French (NoE) Terres des Mystères Mystery Lands
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Caverna Críptica Cryptic Cavern