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Hostile Territory

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Hostile Territory is a Pikmin 2 arena for 2-Player Battle. It is arguably the hardest area, with a large number of enemies and bomb-rocks. Bomb-rocks in this area can be picked up and thrown by leaders.

Level information[edit]

Note: The previous object numbers were gathered from a very basic reading of the game's files. Research is currently underway to get more accurate numbers.
Technical information
Internal cave name vs_4_karakuchi
(?) Enemy maximum 50
(?) Item maximum 0
(?) Gate maximum 0
(?) Dead end unit maximum 70
(?) Number of rooms 4
(?) Corridor-to-room ratio 0
(?) Escape geyser No
(?) Clogged hole No
(?) Unit file vs_4_metal.txt
(?) Light file metal_light_cha.ini
(?) Background build (P2 VRBOX build.png steel)
Cave units (?)
Pattern 1
room_vs_hitode4x4_6_metal
room_hitode4x4_3_metal
room_cent_4_metal
item_cap_metal
way2x2_metal
wayl_metal
Room with rusty hatch (×2) Circular room with raised corner (×2) Circular room with 4 exits (×1) Dead end with item (×2) Long corridor (×4) Turning corridor (×2)
way3_metal
way2_metal
Three-way crossing (×2) Corridor (×2)
Pattern 2
room_mid2_3_metal
room_vs_hitode4x4_6_metal
item_cap_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
Y-shaped room (×2) Room with rusty hatch (×2) Dead end with item (×10) Turning corridor (×4) Corridor (×2)
Pattern 3
room_hitode4x4_7_metal
room_mid2_3_metal
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way2_metal
wayl_metal
Room with blue circles (×2) Y-shaped room (×2) Dead end with item (×5) Three-way crossing (×1) Corridor (×5) Turning corridor (×1)

Tips[edit]

Explosions and electricity are some of the hazards.

These are the majority of the enemies which appear in this arena. Only very rarely, some boulders may fall from the sky while you are in a remote area, so be careful when you are trekking in an area filled with Anode Beetles, bomb-rocks and Watery Blowhogs. Usually, if this is to happen, it will happen next to one of the three yellow marbles, to hinder you in your path. Take caution as if your leader gets damaged by the boulders, some nearby enemies may squeeze in an attack while your character is stunned, so make sure you can make a hasty retreat.

There is a small area that is enclosed by three electrical wires near one of the players' bases. If you are lucky, this area will generate cherries every 10 seconds, giving you a seemingly unlimited supply of cherries.

Sometimes three Careening Dirigibugs may appear in the same small circular area. This is a great opportunity to stock up on yellow marbles as every Dirigibug on the field contains a yellow marble. This would be an amazing way to win, especially if they were located near your own Onion.

Be sure not to get bombarded into walls by Roulette enemies such as the Volatile Dweevil, otherwise you may get a Pikmin Extinction, and your space suit may be severely damaged. However, if you manage to escape, meaning a few Pikmin sacrifices may have to be chosen, lure it to a gang of enemies grouped together, preferably not Anode Beetles as they will not be damaged by the explosion. Try using it on Blowhogs next to each other to remove at least half or completely all their health, which means you can pass by without any worries or discomforts.

Bomb-rocks[edit]

This is also the only arena where bomb-rocks appear, and you can pick them up, unlike story mode. Just walk into them for half a second to pick them up. Throw by pressing GCN A.png / Wiimote A.png, and put it down by pressing GCN B.png / Wiimote B.png. No matter which method is used, the bomb will become active, and will damage nearby leaders and kill nearby Pikmin when it explodes.

Strategies[edit]

  • When your opponent is occupied and cannot react, you can get rid of a number of their Pikmin by throwing a bomb-rock at a group of idle Pikmin. Note that bomb-rocks are thrown further than the cursor's reach, in the case of the GameCube release.
  • You can also lure enemy Pikmin into attacking you and then detonate a bomb-rock near yourself, killing all the offending Pikmin and leaving you damaged but still alive, assuming you haven't taken too much damage already.
  • If your opponent is being accompanied by a large number of Pikmin, you can strike a bomb-rock to start the countdown, then pick it up and chase him or her, allowing the bomb-rock to explode in your hands and eliminating a chunk of the opponent's army.
  • Note that you can use an ultra-bitter spray on a live bomb-rock to stop its countdown for eight seconds.
  • If you're occupied helping your Pikmin fight and can't stop your opponent's Pikmin from gathering your marble, you can throw a bomb-rock at the carrier Pikmin.
  • A questionable and dangerous strategy involves activating bomb-rocks, picking them up again, and chasing your enemy while they have a large amount of Pikmin following them, and letting the bomb-rock explode in your hands. This will do a good deal of damage to you, but if you are lucky, it will take out many of your enemy's Pikmin.

Glitch[edit]

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Particularly: Confirm and add to the glitches article.

There is a rare glitch involving the Careening Dirigibugs. As soon as they notice you, they normally excrete a bomb-rock from their tiny mouths. As soon as they release it from its mouth, punch the air, and the bomb may become active, but mostly it depends on where the player is standing. Then, the Dirigibug will have an active bomb in its hands. Often times it will still throw it to the ground, but on rarer occasions the Dirigibug will keep hold of the bomb-rock, even when it explodes. This means the dirigibug will still do the carrying animation, and when it comes to the throwing animation, nothing will be dropped. This is a very weird glitch, and it can also distract players, also taking their mind off gameplay whilst the opponent is taking their marble.