Olimar's Expedition Log: Garden Survey
“[The scene shows Captain Olimar facing the camera, on the section that serves as the landing site during the main story mode.]
This is Olimar, Captain of the S.S. Dolphin.
I've been to this planet twice before already.
Hocotate Freight is drowning in debt again. I'm not saying it's our company president's fault...because this is an official log.
We're here in search of treasure to pay off that debt.
[Olimar looks to his left to see Louie running around a Red Bulborb and two Dwarf Red Bulborbs. One of the two Red Pikmin following him gets eaten by the Bulborb. This happens on the section with a dirt wall and the first Red Bulborb in the game. The scene then returns to Olimar.]But I know from experience that the local wildlife won't make this job easy.”
Some unknown time after the events of Pikmin 2, Hocotate Freight falls into debt once again. The President again sends Olimar and Louie back to PNF-404. This level takes place on their first day, establishing their situation.
In relation to the Story Mode, this takes place before the Koppaites have crashed onto PNF-404, indicated by Brittany's absence from the bucket she was trapped in. In addition, Olimar makes no mention of the cosmic-drive key.
The day is set in the Garden of Hope, but only part of the area can be explored; like many Side Story missions, brick walls and cinder blocks restrict access to parts of the area. All of the other area segments, the section behind the crystal wall next to the base, and the second half of the area unlocked in the later part of Story Mode are not accessible. This limits the explorable area to the loop-shaped region Alph explores on day 2.
The player is initially restricted to the area around the base, but a dirt wall can be destroyed to access the rest of the loop, and a brown bridge can be built to access the same area from the opposite direction. (Note that the brown bridge is built in the opposite direction to how it is built in Story Mode.) This further area contains most of the treasures: 2 Face Wrinklers, a Golden Sunseed, 2 Sunseed Berries, and a Citrus Lump.
“Just because a treasure is buried or hard to spot doesn't mean I won't expect you to grab those too!”
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In some situations during gameplay, Olimar or Louie will leave a comment.
“It's been a while since my last treasure-hunting expedition, but I found a few choice artifacts. Good to know I haven't lost my touch. The radar's detected something juicy, so we'll investigate that tomorrow. I hope it's something valuable enough that we can finish the mission early.”
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