The Quaggled Mireclops (ヌマアラシ?, lit.: "Swamp Griefer") is a boss in Pikmin 3, and is the fifth major boss encountered in story mode. It is first seen by Louie, who tries to escape the Koppaites after they capture him. He is then swallowed by the creature along with a Wayward Moon he found, and both get spit out when the explorers defeat it.
The enemy resembles a massive chunk of land (complete with plant life growing on it) that is supported by three enormous hooved legs, making it a tripedal creature. It walks around much like creatures from the arachnorb family. When first found, the boss' only vulnerable part – its plant-like bulb near its teapot-like mouth – is encased in a crystal (called a "Mireclops crystal"), which must be broken by Rock Pikmin. When the boss stomps on the muddy terrain that makes up its entire arena, it leaves a depression that is filled with water, presenting the threat of drowning to any non-Blue Pikmin.
This is the first ever Pikmin enemy whose remains become a permanent part of the environment after death. If the player returns to its arena the following day after the creature has been killed, a garden of assorted Pellet Posies will be found growing on its body. This will also become the only area in story mode where the player can encounter Red Spectralids. Some of the pellets may appear in abnormal colors.
“Structural flaw: fruit-like protrusion
“Its giant head perplexes me. I know now that it's not a Sunseed Berry, but what is it? A plant? An animal? I thought I'd figure it out once I tasted it, but the captain snapped at me not to lick everything we fight. How else am I supposed to do science?!”
“I don't like doing it, but I had to put my foot down when Brittany tried to taste its brightly colored core. (Talk about forbidden fruit!) I must put the safety of my crew before their research, and I don't know where that thing's been.”
“I don't like doing it, but I had to put my foot down when Brittany tried to taste its brightly coloured core. (Talk about forbidden fruit!) I must put the safety of my crew before their research, and I don't know where that thing's been.”
“A fruit so sweet, it could be a dessert unto itself. Remove and discard peel and core. Slice fruit into small pieces and enjoy!”
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“The Quaggled Mireclops is located in the Garden of Hope. When you encounter this creature, throw Rock Pikmin at it Mireclops Crystal until the creature wakes up.
Once active, the Quaggled Mireclops creature stomps around its enclosure, creating pools of water in the soft mud. Use your Blue Pikmin to attack one of the creature's feet until the Quaggled Mireclops collapses. When it does, use your Rock Pikmin to destroy the Mireclops Crystal and expose the enemy's spike-covered bulb. Although the Mireclops is vulnerable from this position, it's not helpless. When the creature sweeps its giant tongue around the area, make sure all of your Pikmin are safely out of its path.
When the Quaggled Mireclops recovers, use your Blue Pikmin to attack one of its feet. Once the creature collapses, use your Blue Pikmin (and/or Winged Pikmin) to attack the Quaggled Mireclops' spiked bulb. Repeat the process until you defeat the creature.The Quaggled Mireclops grows more aggressive as the battle progresses take care to keep your Pikmin safe as the creature charges around the enclosure.”
The Quaggled Mireclops can be refought in Defeat Bosses!, where the player is given 15 minutes to defeat it. The arena's only exit is blocked by a "keep out" sign. The player starts off with 30 Blue Pikmin and 20 Rock Pikmin, and can find additional Pikmin buried around the Quaggled Mireclops: 10 Red Pikmin, 20 Blue Pikmin and 10 Rock Pikmin. They also have control of Alph (player 1's starting leader), Brittany (player 2's starting leader), and Charlie. Their order in Pikmin 3 is Alph, Brittany, Charlie, and in Pikmin 3 Deluxe the order is Brittany, Charlie, Alph.
The following table lists what medal the player gets according to the time they take:
In Pikmin 3, these are the world records for the challenge, as obtained from the in-game global rankings feature. The following scores were retrieved on December 9th, 2015.
In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, these are the world records for the challenge, as obtained from the in-game global rankings feature. The following scores were retrieved on May 29th, 2021.
The Quaggled Mireclops has very few attacks, but has many different ways of executing them:
After destroying the Mireclops crystal, it will have a few new, more devastating attacks:
At first, this creature will be submerged underground with only the top of its body exposed, encased in crystal. It will not move until the crystal is damaged enough to release one of its eyes; at that point, it will rise out of the ground and begin stomping around. At this point, its large, fleshy "hooves" are its main weak point. Throw Pikmin at the hooves and they will attack them, causing them to turn red. When one becomes bright red, the colossal creature will collapse onto the ground and become stunned. During this time, the top of the creature will be accessible, so use your Rock Pikmin to finish breaking the crystal on top. It is recommended to swarm it with as many Rock Pikmin as possible before it has a chance to extend its tongue.
After it breaks, the beast's vulnerable bulb will be exposed. Continue the process of attacking the creature's hooves and then its bulb to defeat it. Note that standing on top of the creature will cause it to retaliate by spinning its massive tongue in a circle to eat many Pikmin at once. It is recommended to use most of your Blue Pikmin combined with the ultra-spicy spray at this stage in the battle, since they cannot be drowned in the water, or Winged Pikmin to attack the bulb when it rises up off the muddy terrain it is fought in. As it loses health, it will begin to charge faster and more aggressively and will also slam its body into the ground, crushing and/or drowning any Pikmin underneath it. In addition, it will perform its tongue spin twice in a row, with the second spin rotating at a higher speed.
An effective strategy is to, after waking up the Mireclops, head near the entrance of the arena and split up the leaders. Have one hold 10 Rock Pikmin and a large number of Red Pikmin, and give another a large number of Blue Pikmin. Have the leader with the Blue Pikmin work on stunning the creature, and once it's stunned, send in the leader with the Rock and Red Pikmin. Break the crystal with the Rock Pikmin and when it's stunned for the rest of the battle, use Red Pikmin on the bulb. When you see the base of the Mireclops start to rotate, throw a few extra Pikmin on the bulb and retreat, as they will get in extra damage while it attempts to lick up your Pikmin. Once it gets back up, have the Red and Rock Pikmin leader retreat, and repeat until it dies.
Follow the one stated above, but when it gets back up after being stunned, throw a single Pikmin on top of it before it gets up all the way. Then, it will lift up for a while, shaking the Pikmin off. When it does this, charge at one of the feet. If done correctly, it will be stunned again before the first step. Do this until it dies.
Winged Pikmin are especially useful for this boss. It is advised to bring in 50 Winged Pikmin and 30 Rock Pikmin. Once it has been awakened, use an ultra-spicy spray (if you only have one, you're better off saving it for later) and order the Pikmin to attack a foot as soon as it touches down. Proceed to the crystal and quickly mob it with Rock Pikmin. It should break, and then the next phase of the fight will begin.
Now have one leader go outside of the arena with the Rock Pikmin, as they are no longer needed for the fight. Again, use an ultra-spicy spray and attack a foot as soon as it touches down. Beware of the Mireclops's new attack, where it rapidly moves across the arena. Once it calms down, throw a few Winged Pikmin onto the bulb. This will cause the boss to shake them off and trigger its tongue attack. During this time, run around the boss' body, throwing a few more Winged Pikmin onto it. After the tongue has made it about half way around its body, swarm all of your spiced-up Winged Pikmin at the bulb. Since the tongue will be preparing to go into its "retraction" animation, the boss will be unable to shake off Pikmin. If done right, the boss' health will immediately drain completely and it will be dead in a single attack. This tactic can be used to defeat the boss in under one minute. An easier way that is just as fast is to charge when its tongue is 50% through, call back when at half health, then charge again when it hiccups. This is possible with all types except Rock Pikmin, but Winged Pikmin make this way easier.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The Quaggled Mireclops makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a trophy.
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