Flukeweeds are plants found in Pikmin 3. They appear as curly pink sprouts. Most Pikmin don't know what to do with them, but Winged Pikmin will pull them out of the ground, often revealing an object attached to their roots, like a pellet, some Sheargrubs, fruit or other things. When holding on, the Pikmin tug together at regular intervals, but if they are not enough, this action will do nothing to the plant. If there are enough Pikmin on it however, each tug will decrease its health, until it reaches 0, where the plant pops out of the ground. If the Winged Pikmin are under the influence of ultra-spicy spray, they will uproot the Flukeweed faster.
The objects that are underground attached to the roots can be made visible with the use of the invisible geometry glitch.
Strength to uproot
Depending on what the Flukeweed holds, a different amount of Winged Pikmin is required to uproot it and reveal the items. As a rule of thumb, Flukeweed containing valuable items like fruit need more Winged Pikmin to uproot as opposed to Flukeweed containing eggs or bombs. For smaller Flukeweed instances, adding more Winged Pikmin will increase the speed in which they uproot it. However, Flukeweed that require five Winged Pikmin to uproot cannot have more added after five are assigned.
One Winged Pikmin, two max
Three Winged Pikmin, five max
Five Winged Pikmin
On top of a waterfall on the Twilight River, there is a dam blocking part of the river. It is a large stick that has three Flukeweeds attached to it. When ten Pikmin grab on, they pull the branch out of the way, allowing lily pads access to that river. This obstacle is unique in that the flukeweeds do not have individual requirements and instead the Winged Pikmin automatically split into groups. Four will always go to the furthest flukeweed and three will go to the other two. The appearance and animation of these flukeweeds is the same as others.
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