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Hiding is a mechanic in Pikmin 3. Leaders and their Pikmin can hide from predatory life by crouching under specific plants. When a leader walks under a suitable plant, all Pikmin and fellow crew members in their group will gather close and crouch – Winged Pikmin will also lower their altitude to fit under the plant's covers. In this state, they are invisible to all enemies. If an enemy was chasing the player, and their army hides, the enemy will look around in confusion and head back, allowing the Pikmin a chance to counterattack. This will also work even if the enemy saw the Pikmin go in, can clearly see the Pikmin if they're hiding poorly, is attacked from within the hiding spot, or even if it is under the plant right next to them.
While hiding, leaders and Pikmin are also invulnerable to attacks, except for an Arctic Cannon Larva's snowball. In story mode, the music also quiets down while hiding. All enemies seem to be tricked by this simple mechanic, but with hacks, it is possible to see that bosses are not.
Swarming Sheargrubs can also hide under plants, as Pikmin do. Although not quite a form of hiding, leaders and Pikmin may stand under a Common Glowcap's shower of light to evade Phosbat and Vehemoth Phosbat attacks.
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The following plants can be used as hiding places.
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|Types||Red Pikmin • Yellow Pikmin • Blue Pikmin • Purple Pikmin • White Pikmin • Rock Pikmin • Winged Pikmin • Bulbmin|
|Biology||Candypop Bud • Maturity • Onion • Pikmin extinction • Spirit|
|Abilities||Carrying • Digging • Dodge • Hiding|
|Controlling||Dismiss • Group move • Pluck • Throw • Whistle|
|Other||Mushroom Pikmin • Olimar as Pikmin|