The Stellar Extrusion (ダンメンホシニタリ?, lit.: "Stellar Cross Section") is a starfruit found many times throughout Pikmin 3's story mode. It is cut in 2 halves and each half gives one cup of juice, totaling at 2 cups (this is limited to a half and one respectively in Ultra-Spicy mode). There are 3 Stellar Extrusions in story mode: in the Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, and Distant Tundra.
Collecting the fruit
The Stellar Extrusion in the Tropical Wilds is found hanging from a high branch above the seesaw blocks. To get to it, have one leader stay on the seesaw block by the beach, then throw 10 Yellow Pikmin up onto the Bouncy Mushroom on the other block. Switch to the leader that got raised and proceed to go to the Yellow Pikmin. Carefully guide them up the nearby root until they reach the top of the tree stump. From there, scan the fruit and throw the 10 Yellow Pikmin on it. It should fall down and break in half upon impact. It is best to bring more than 10 Pikmin along, in the event that a few don't grab onto the fruit.
By manipulating the camera angle and using Winged Pikmin, it is possible to avoid all this. Simply find a place where the Stellar Extrusion is in the view of the camera. Without turning around, move the pointer to the fruit, scan it and quickly order the Winged Pikmin to charge. It must be done quickly, as the game will cancel the scan shortly after it begins, given that the distance from the fruit is too large for the scan to normally work.
Garden of Hope
The Stellar Extrusion in the Garden of Hope is dropped by a Bug-Eyed Crawmad. This Bug-Eyed Crawmad is found in a cave past the area with the Fiery Blowhogs and an electric gate. Another entrance is past another electric gate and some Skutterchucks. Simply defeat the creature to retrieve the fruit.
The Stellar Extrusion in the Distant Tundra is dropped by a Shaggy Long Legs. This boss can be accessed once Alph and Brittany reunite, as the entrance to its arena is past a ledge in the cave where the Yellow Onion was discovered. Another entrance to its arena is found past the small pond with Skeeterskates, Water Dumples and a bamboo gate. Using a glitch, it can be accessed even earlier, and without any time limit. If Blue Pikmin have not yet been found, it is recommended to time the battle so that the boss is defeated above dry land as the fruit pieces may sometimes land in the water at an angle such that Winged Pikmin cannot retrieve them.
“I must admit, when I saw this fruit's starlike shape, it seemed like destiny: three explorers going to the stars to find fruit and coming back with fruit that looks like stars! What could be more fitting? Then I tasted it and it was only OK. Kinda sour. Bummer.”
“It was as if the stars had aligned: three explorers embark on a voyage to the stars in search of edible matter, and what do they find? Edible matter in the form of a star! I was so excited - and sure it would be delicious. Then I tasted it and found it was just sort of...sour.”
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