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Explorer's Cave
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Sublevels 2 Ultra-bitter sprays 2
Red Pikmin 50 Ultra-spicy sprays 2
Yellow Pikmin 0
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Blue Pikmin 0
White Pikmin 0
Purple Pikmin 0
Bulbmin 0

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The Explorer's Cave (こてしらべの洞窟?, lit.: "Explorer's Cave") is the first level in Pikmin 2's Challenge Mode and is automatically unlocked with the mode. It is an easy area and introduces Challenge Mode to beginners. Only Red Pikmin are available for its two sublevels, the second one being the only with any enemies for the player to fight.

Sublevel 1[edit]

Get the Pikmin and make haste to collect the treasures. Good time is 80-85 on the clock.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_ABEM_tutorial
"Main" object maximum (?) 0
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 4
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 1
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_units_cent3_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_cent3_4_tsuchi
Circular room with 4 exits
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Clover icon.png Clover 4 None Plant spots
2 Horsetail icon.png Horsetail 1 None Plant spots
3 Figwort icon.png Figwort (small red) 2 None Plant spots
4 Figwort icon.png Figwort (small brown) 3 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
5 The Key icon.png The Key 1 None Treasure spots
6 Lustrous Element icon.png Lustrous Element 1 None Treasure spots
7 Mirrored Element icon.png Mirrored Element 1 None Treasure spots
8 Unknown Merit icon.png Unknown Merit 1 None Treasure spots
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 2[edit]

Defeat the Red Bulborb first, then hit some eggs. After flowering, defeat any Dwarf Red Bulborbs. Acquire treasure. Time should be around 150-130.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name ch_ABEM_tutorial
"Main" object maximum (?) 7
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 3
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 100
Number of rooms (?) 1
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) Yes
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 2_MAT_mid1_nor2_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_mid1_6_tsuchi
room_north2_1_tsuchi
Room with 6 exits Room with long dead end
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Red Bulborb Red Bulborb 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- The Key icon.png The Key Carried inside entry with ID 1
2 Dwarf Red Bulborb Dwarf Red Bulborb 5 None "Hard" enemy spots
- Omniscient Sphere icon.png Omniscient Sphere Carried inside entry with ID 2
3 Egg icon.png Egg 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
4 Clover icon.png Clover 2 None Plant spots
5 Horsetail icon.png Horsetail 2 None Plant spots
6 Figwort icon.png Figwort (small red) 2 None Plant spots
7 Figwort icon.png Figwort (large red) 2 None Plant spots
8 Figwort icon.png Figwort (small brown) 2 None Plant spots
9 Figwort icon.png Figwort (large brown) 2 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
10 Lustrous Element icon.png Lustrous Element 1 None Treasure spots
11 Mirrored Element icon.png Mirrored Element 1 None Treasure spots
12 Unknown Merit icon.png Unknown Merit 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
13 Egg icon.png Egg 2 None Dead ends
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 こてしらべの洞窟?
Kote shirabe no dōkutsu
Explorer's Cave
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Grotte de l'explorateur Explorer's cave
Flag of France French (NoE) Grotte de l'explorateur Explorer's cave
Flag of Italy Italian Grotta dell' Esploratore Explorer's Cave
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Cueva del Explorador Explorer's Cave
Flag of Spain Spanish (NoE) Cueva del Explorador Explorer's Cave