Shaggy Long Legs
The Shaggy Long Legs (ケダマグモ?, lit.: "Hairball Spider") is a miniboss in Pikmin 3 and a member of the arachnorb family. This enemy has masses of long, shaggy hair covering several parts of its body. Its color scheme depends on the habitat that it dwells in. This species of Arachnorb does not stop to rest as do the rest of the members of its family. However, it does stop to shake off Pikmin, which are able to climb the Shaggy Long Legs' legs. It is not seen in Bingo Battle or Mission Mode, instead replaced by the Baldy Long Legs, a hairless version.
There are three variants of this creature found in the game: a black and purple variant found in the Tropical Wilds, a black and white variant found in the Distant Tundra, and a golden variant found in the Formidable Oak.
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“The noise when this thing moves makes my ears hurt. It's only slightly louder than the captain tromping all over the ship. But I like the tufts of hair all over the legs. It looks soft and comfy, and I'm into the shaggy style.”
“Talk about a tough nut to crack. It's too big to go down quick, it stomps on Pikmin like bugs underfoot, and its only weak spot is guarded by a thick nest of hair. We can get at it by ripping the hairs out one by one, but just the idea of doing that to something makes my own hair hurt a little bit.”
“Caution: DO NOT EAT!”
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Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“The Shaggy Long Legs is a very large creature that crushes any Pikmin unfortunate enough to get caught under its large feet. To defeat this creature, your Pikmin must first pluck all of the Shaggy Long Legs' hair.
When you encounter a Shaggy Long Legs, throw several Pikmin onto each of the creature's limbs. As your Pikmin climb the creature, they'll rip out any hair they find. Once your Pikmin pluck the hair from each of the Shaggy Long Legs' joints, they'll move onto the longer hair covering the creature's body.
The Shaggy Long Legs frequently shakes its attackers loose, so it's important to gather your Pikmin as they fall to the ground. When all of the creature's hair is gone, use your Pikmin to attack its exposed body.Red Pikmin, Yellow Pikmin, and Blue Pikmin are well-suited to battle these enemies. When you prepare to face a Shaggy Long Legs, use the hazards near the battleground to determine which Pikmin types to bring.”
The Shaggy Long Legs will receive minimal damage on the areas of its body covered in hair. To remove the hair, the player must direct Pikmin to climb the towering beast's legs when they are on the ground. It is recommended that the player uses many Pikmin, as each step the creature takes will shake off some of the Pikmin on that leg. Once they reach the first joint, they will begin to pluck the hair. Once it is stripped of all its hair, it becomes a Baldy Long Legs. The creature will then violently roar and shake off its attackers. Quickly call the Pikmin back and have them climb up the leg again so they can attack the second joint and remove its hair. Once a leg has had both joints removed of their hair, the Pikmin will climb directly to the body and begin stripping off small strands of the longer hairs.
As the Shaggy Long Legs loses hair, it will take damage. In total, it has eight joints covered in hair, and it will lose about half of its health once all hair is removed. Once all of the joints have had their hair removed, direct your Pikmin to climb up the creature's bare legs and attack its main body. It will begin to lose hair and once all of its hair has fallen off, the creature will begin to visible shake in pain and will speed up its stomping. Using Winged Pikmin after all its hair is gone is also a viable strategy since they'll automatically charge at its main body without the need to climb the legs.
It is also important to note that the Shaggy Long Legs will periodically move between two different neighboring areas of the map. To prevent wasting time, it is recommended to have two different leaders waiting in both locations it shows up in, so you will be able to always attack it, regardless of where it retreats to. Another tactic is to do something else while waiting for it to return back to the area. The idle leader will eventually announce their panic when confronted with the returning enemy, which should alert you to resume the fight.
The best Pikmin suited for the battle are Rock and Winged Pikmin. Rock Pikmin are immune to crushing, and can still climb up the Arachnorb's legs, making them good choices to take out the hair with. A medium-sized group is best so that all Pikmin do not get shaken off. Once all hair is removed, Winged Pikmin can simply fly up to the abdomen of the creature, allowing for a quick fight. Ultra-spicy spray makes ending the battle even quicker with this strategy. To note however is that Rock Pikmin that climb up the legs will only hit the exposed core once before falling off by themselves. If you can it's best to bombard it by throwing the Rock Pikmin directly onto the exposed core from underneath dealing massive damage, quicker and more effectively. However you will need to throw them fast as not all of them will go high enough to hit it.
In The Ship Restored, the final stage of Olimar's Comeback, a golden Shaggy Long Legs can be found, alongside a golden Baldy Long Legs, within the large arena at the bottom of the Formidable Oak. Aside from its gold color, it behaves identically to the normal variety. Unlike them, however, is its larger feet (similar to the Raging Long Legs from Pikmin 2) that cover a much wider range when stomping. It contains the Nova Blaster, so defeating it is needed to complete the mission.
This version also has unique battle music, which the other bosses in Side Stories do not have. This indicates a sort of final boss nature, as the two golden arachnorbs are the last enemies one can encounter within the mode.
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