Nectar (大地のエキスを?, lit.: "Earth extract") is used to turn Pikmin from leaf or bud stages directly into the flower stage. A single drop of this yellow liquid can be shared by several Pikmin. Swarming Sheargrubs can also drink nectar, and will grow bigger if they do.
When on the ground, any leaf or bud Pikmin that pass by it will crouch down and begin to slurp it for roughly two seconds, regardless of being idled or directed to it.
In the first two Pikmin games, any number of Pikmin may drink a blob at once, but a single Pikmin can drink the entire content by itself too. In other words, as long as a drop is being slurped, other Pikmin may join in, up to a certain time limit. This time limit is quite strict in Pikmin, but lasts longer in Pikmin 2.
In Pikmin 3, a single Pikmin will not exhaust the entire supply at once, instead drinking only one tenth of the total and leaving the rest. This means that a drop of nectar can be used multiple times, but is only enough for ten usages in total.
There are numerous places where nectar can be found. In most of these cases, more than a single drop of nectar may be obtained at once.
"This golden liquid causes immature Pikmin to instantly blossom. Pikmin move much faster once they've matured, so try to make use of any nectar you find."
Nectar makes an appearance in Nintendo Land's attraction Pikmin Adventure. Nectar is a common item that can be found inside "?" blocks, and appears as leftovers from destroyed enemies. Every three blobs, a player will level up. It takes level 5 to get a bud, and level 10 to get a flower. Players will also drop a few drops of nectar when hurt.
If the player isn't doing very well on a specific stage, the game will eventually spawn a rainbow "!" block near the starting point. Once this block is broken, a large drop of nectar appears that, when collected, instantly evolves all players to level 50.
"Nectar is a condensed, highly nutritional food source that has been scientifically proven to encourage a Pikmin's growth. Also, it looks delicious."
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