The Distant Spring
The Distant Spring (大水源?, lit.: "Big Spring") is the fourth area Olimar discovers on his first visit to the Pikmin Planet. It is part of a huge wetland at the edge of the forest (and thusly named "The Distant Spring"). The terrain is mostly aquatic with unique creatures spread throughout. This land also is home to a plurality of Captain Olimar's missing ship parts, of which there are ten. The Perplexing Pool bears resemblance to The Distant Spring. They feature similar maps and similar looking ledges, and the same tree trunks.
The Distant Spring is the largest area in the first Pikmin game. Water covers a great portion of the area. In the center lies the landing site, along with several hollow tree stumps. To the north is a small pond where the #2 Ionium Jet and the Chronos Reactor can be found. To the east, there is a wall maze with the UV Lamp, blocked by a small path filled with Spotty Bulbears, Puffy Blowhogs, and Dwarf Bulbears. To the west are the areas with the Gluon Drive, Zirconium Rotor, and Pilot's Seat, which are located in large tree stumps. Finally, to the south lies a small river with some islands where the Smoky Progg (before day 15) and the Interstellar Radio (inside a Puffy Blowhog) can be found. There are several Water Dumples in this area.
In this area, bomb-rocks in groups of 5 (though sometimes 4 appear instead) are found in giant skulls; the creatures they once belonged to being as of yet unknown. One of them is inside a hollow tree stump guarded by a Spotty Bulbear near the landing site, and another one in the beach where the Massage Machine is found. There is another skull near the pool with Wogpoles to the West.
In the main story mode, the area is laid out with Spotty Bulbears, Dwarf Bulbears, Yellow Wollywogs, and Water Dumples. After day 4, two Swooping Snitchbugs survey the area, looking for Pikmin to capture and throw into the ground.
In Challenge Mode, Red Bulborbs are found all over the land area, instead of Spotty Bulbears. Pearly Clamclamps are also found in different locations, and two Puffstools walk around in different areas.
This section is normally clear of any creatures in the area unless the Smokey Progg is out and about or the nearby Puffy Blowhog involves itself in the undertakings of Captain Olimar and his Pikmin. Shearwigs close to the landing site also prove to be a nuisance but they are easily disposed of.
Smoky Progg's islands
Directly south of the landing site is a cluster of small islands that surround the egg of the Smokey Progg, a secret boss that can only be fought on or before day fifteen.
Practically the entire northeastern portion of The Distant Spring's central landmass is heavily congested by the area's native wildlife, primarily Spotty Bulbears and Dwarf Bulbears. Extreme caution should be exercised whilst exploring this hostile territory, for one wrong move can result in heavy Pikmin casualties.
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