Flukeweeds are plants in Pikmin 3 that function as obstacles. They appear as curly pink sprouts. Most Pikmin types cannot interact with them, but Winged Pikmin will try to pull them out of the ground, often revealing an object attached to their roots, like a pellet, some Sheargrubs, a 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, at which point the plant pops out of the ground, drops its content, and then disappears. 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. Generally, Flukeweeds containing valuable items like fruit need more Winged Pikmin to uproot as opposed to Flukeweeds containing eggs or bomb rocks. For lighter Flukeweeds, adding more Winged Pikmin will increase the speed in which they uproot it. However, Flukeweeds that require five Winged Pikmin to uproot cannot have more added after five are assigned.
On top of a waterfall in the Twilight River area, there is a dam blocking lily pads from flowing down one of the river's branches. It is a small branch that has three Flukeweeds attached to it. When ten Winged Pikmin grab on, they pull the branch out of the way, allowing the lily pads to flow. 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, though a cutscene will play when the dam is lifted.
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