Scorched Earth (Charred Plains in the European version, やけつく のはら?) is the first main area in the Sweltering Parchlands. It introduces the fact that Red Pikmin are resistant to fire, and features several pits of fire that must be stamped out by the Pikmin before Olimar can go through. It also introduces a few fire-related enemies, such as the Fireflap Bulborb and the Fiery Dwarf Bulblax. Near the end, the player can brave against a Fiery Dwarf Bulblax and access a secret exit, which opens the way to the Sizzling Precipice, or they can proceed forward and take the normal exit to the Lights in the Darkness.
In this level, the terrain is filled with flames, and the player has to use Red Pikmin in order to extinguish the fire, and be allowed to progress in the area. The level is also filled with fiery enemies, making the Red Pikmin even more useful in this area. At some point in the level, before a doorway, Olimar must use his jetpack in order to retrieve the first treasure of the area, the Vacated Baby Buggy. He must, however, be careful of the Fireflap Bulborb that is flying over the treasure. The second treasure, the Tiny Jumbo Jet, can be found after a Fiery Blowlet, in a small nook. To retrieve the last treasure, the player must lure a Fiery Dwarf Bulblax, which will burn some dead leaves that prevents the player from reaching the Deluxe Something-or-Other. After that, Olimar can either go to the normal exit or get to a secret one. In order to access the secret exit, the player must extinguish a huge patch of fire and destroy a dirt block. However, the player must be quick, because a Fiery Dwarf Bulblax stands above the patch of fire, and will eventually fall on the player. If this happens, then Olimar must kill the enemy. When the player reaches the secret exit, they will be taken to the secret area, the Sizzling Precipice.
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