The Mamuta (ミウリン?) is an enemy found in the first two Pikmin games. It is fairly large, seemingly rocky and has two small eyes with dark markings around each one. Its body is notably asymmetrical with large, muscular arms that have strange markings around the wrists, and is covered in tiny white and gray hairs. The single Mamuta in the first game is neutral, and just stands and watches when Pikmin walk by; if any harm comes to it, however, it becomes enraged and attacks. In Pikmin 2, however, Mamutas are more aggressive, attacking Pikmin and leaders when they approach.
These creatures attack by pounding Pikmin into the ground. This doesn't kill them, but replants them and turns them into flowered Pikmin by some unknown process. This can be used to one's advantage, though it can get very annoying when it comes to plucking the Pikmin if one is in a hurry. With the Pluckaphone, however, a Mamuta can do more good than bad, as the planted Pikmin can simply be called out of the ground.
Leaders, as opposed to Pikmin, do take damage from Mamuta attacks. In the first Pikmin game, Olimar, like his Pikmin, can be pounded into the ground. This causes the creature to stop attacking and appear to relax, after emitting some odd donkey-like noises; it will only attack again if Pikmin are plucked or if it is attacked.
In Pikmin, the Mamuta is found at The Impact Site on even-numbered days, starting on day 8 (on odd-numbered days, the Goolix is encountered instead), but in Pikmin 2, Mamutas are only found underground, and their health and weight is less than in Pikmin. A Mamuta inside the Frontier Cavern holds the Brute Knuckles, making it the only non-boss enemy which carries a piece of the Explorer's Friend Series, which constitutes the Exploration Kit.
“This creature seems fond of flowers, but only for their decorative properties.”
“The imbalanced, asymmetrical arms of the mamuta are among its most notable features. Feeding on seeds and fruit, the mamuta is known to actually sow and grow plant species. While other species have exhibited seed-burying behavior for the purpose of storage, the mamuta is the only species so far known to actually cultivate fields of plants.”
“Inedible. Tastes like chicken.”
Olimar's voyage log
“This seems to be a gentle, flower-loving creature, but if angered, it is fierce. Its mighty open-handed smack... It reminds me of the time back home when a mosquito landed on my head, and my wife tried to get it...”
Nintendo Player's Guide
“A mamuta cannot defeat a Pikmin, but it can pound the trooper into the ground with its heavy arms. In fact, one rock beast can bury several Pikmin with a single blow. After you defeat the Mamuta with flying attacks, be sure to pluck your buddies from the soil-their tops will be in full bloom.”
There is no threat to your Pikmin, only the problem of having to pluck planted Pikmin, which can take a while without the Pluckaphone (Pikmin 2 only), although it can be troublesome if the Mamuta hits the leaders, incapacitating him for a second or more. Throwing Pikmin onto it from a distance is often more effective to avoid this than swarming, unless Olimar is accompanied by a large group of Pikmin. Attacking from behind is also advantageous. Purple Pikmin allow for an especially easy defeat. One must try to be careful; some Pikmin being planted is inevitable, but if all of your army is planted, then it is likely that you will have to either resort to throwing and calling back two or three salvaged Pikmin, as the Mamuta will attempt to attack you if you pluck any more than that; or, you could be forced to use the below strategy, which is marginally simpler and much harder.
Although very difficult, Olimar can defeat the Mamuta by attacking it from behind. However, it is recommended that Olimar uses Pikmin, as attacking the Mamuta by himself is time-consuming. In Pikmin 2, this is less of a problem due to Mamutas only appearing in caves with no time limit. Also, the Mamutas in both games cause major damage to Olimar and, at least in the first game, can land multiple hits on him while he is incapacitated. This can damage him even to the point of death. Inexperienced players, beware.
Both the English and Japanese names seem to have no real meaning. Its scientific name is also unknown, and the internal name in both games is simply the Japanese name (ミウリン?), although written as
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