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Subterranean Complex
Subterranean Complex sublevel 6.jpg
Location Valley of Repose
Sublevels 9
Treasures 16
Hazards Fire icon.png Electricity icon.png Poison icon.png Explosion icon.png
Obstacles Buried treasure Boulder icon.png

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

The Subterranean Complex (地下の秘密基地?, lit.: "Subterranean Secret Base") is a cave in the Valley of Repose, and is typically the second cave accessed in the area. It starts out as a snow-covered cave like the Emergence Cave; however, as one goes deeper into the complex it becomes a rusty, mechanical area with bottomless pits. Many of the enemies here have projectile and explosive attacks – be very careful when handling Pikmin, as explosions will kill them instantly. The boss of the cave is the Man-at-Legs, an Arachnorb species armed with a laser-guided machine gun. The total value of all the treasure here is Poko icon.png × 1480 in the US version and Poko icon.png × 1310 in the European version, mainly consisting of treasures from the Industrial Set and Hyper-technology Series.

How to reach[edit]

VoR texture.png
Cave icon.png
Location of the cave.

Like the Frontier Cavern, it is impossible to reach this cave before getting Blue Pikmin. Use Blue Pikmin to remove the clog in the first pond and build a bridge over the second. Once this is done, Pikmin of all types can be brought across. Beside the Watery Blowhog that is beyond the clump of enemies is a gate covered by gas pipes, requiring White Pikmin to destroy. The cave is located beyond this gate, up a slope that is challenging for Pikmin to climb. Defeating the Decorated Cannon Beetles, the various Blowhogs and the Cloaking Burrow-Nit is recommended, but not strictly necessary.

No water is found in this cave, so your Pikmin squad should not include Blue Pikmin. The hazards of this dungeon are limited, with more focus being placed on bomb rock explosions, so minimal care needs to be placed on the proportions of the other Pikmin types. There is little reason to include less than 100 Pikmin in your party to take advantage of the Queen Candypop Buds until after all treasures have been collected, unless you elected to bring a small squad of Purple Pikmin. This is because the Queen Candypop Buds are located on sublevel 8, and the only danger following is the Man-At-Legs.

Notes

Ship's dialogs

Interesting... My metal detectors are reacting violently!

I can only conclude that there may be some sort of machine below, but that seems illogical...

Sublevel 1[edit]

Sublevel 1.

The cave starts off with the first sublevel having a snowy cave appearance, much like the other caves in the Valley of Repose. However, this is the only sublevel in this cave to have a snowy theme.

Start by destroying the poison gas pipes and defeating some Bumbling Snitchbugs if they happen to be an annoyance. The Snow Bulborbs and Hairy Bulborbs can then be dealt with, preferably using Purple Pikmin. There are two treasures in this level: the Nouveau Table, which should be buried, and the Exhausted Superstick.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 19
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 2
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 3
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 3_MAT_mid1_mid2_uzu1_snow.txt
Lighting file (?) tutorial_1_light.ini
Background (?) None
Cave units (?)
cap_snow
item_cap_snow
way3_snow
way4_snow
wayl_snow
way2_snow
Dead end Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor
way2x2_snow
room_mid1_6_snow
room_mid2_3_snow
room_uzu1_1_snow
Long corridor Room with 6 exits Y-shaped room Room with spiraling trunk
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Hairy Bulborb icon.png Hairy Bulborb 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
2 Hairy Bulborb icon.png Hairy Bulborb 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
3 Bumbling Snitchbug icon.png Bumbling Snitchbug 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
4 Snow Bulborb icon.png Snow Bulborb 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
5 Snow Bulborb icon.png Snow Bulborb 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
6 Snow Bulborb icon.png Snow Bulborb 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
7 Snow Bulborb icon.png Snow Bulborb 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
8 Bumbling Snitchbug icon.png Bumbling Snitchbug 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
9 Gas pipe icon.png Gas pipe 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
10 Gas pipe icon.png Gas pipe 5 None Cave unit seams
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
11 Exhausted Superstick icon.png Exhausted Superstick 1 None Treasure spots
12 Nouveau Table icon.png Nouveau Table 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
13 Egg icon.png Egg 1 Falls from the sky Dead ends
14 Bumbling Snitchbug icon.png Bumbling Snitchbug 1 Falls from the sky Dead ends
15 Egg icon.png Egg 1 Falls from the sky Dead ends
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 2[edit]

From this sublevel onwards, the snow is gone and each sublevel is a metal maze where throwing a Pikmin over the edge will make it fall into the pit.

The main focus on this sublevel is on the various bomb-rocks. You should dismiss the Pikmin, and set off all bomb-rocks you can find. The Careening Dirigibugs will be armed by now, but they will not be as troublesome as the bomb-rocks that were on the ground.

The enemies should now be attacked one by one. The Swooping Snitchbug here has a high tendency to throw Pikmin in the gaps that are between the larger expanses. This still doesn't make it as big of a threat as the Dirigibugs, but it still shouldn't be completely ignored. The treasures here are the Spirit Flogger and the Network Mainbrain.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 10
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 2
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 3
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 2_MAT_h335_h447_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) metal_light_lv1.ini
Background (?) ice (P2 VRBOX ice.png icy cavern)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_hitode3x3_5_metal
room_hitode4x4_7_metal
Room with blue ledge Room with large blue circle
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Careening Dirigibug icon.png Careening Dirigibug 3 None "Hard" enemy spots
2 Swooping Snitchbug icon.png Swooping Snitchbug 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
3 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Hard" enemy spots
4 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
5 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
6 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
7 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (red) 6 None Plant spots
8 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 6 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
9 Network Mainbrain icon.png Network Mainbrain 1 None Treasure spots
10 Spirit Flogger icon.png Spirit Flogger 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
11 Egg icon.png Egg 2 None Dead ends
12 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3[Sublevel 2 note 1] Falls from the sky Dead ends
  1. ^ a b In the GameCube version, there are 9 bomb rocks total. In the Wii version, the sublevel data does not contain the 3 bomb rocks that spawn in dead ends.
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 3[edit]

This level has three Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae, along with multiple fire geysers. When fighting the beetles, make sure they aren't facing the void, or else your Pikmin will be tossed into it. Once the threats are cleared, the Ivory Candypop Bud can be used to make White Pikmin if desired. Note that because of the way sublevels are generated, the Ivory Candypop Bud might not appear. Treasures here are the Superstrong Stabilizer, the Omega Flywheel and the Coiled Launcher.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 10
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 2
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 40
Number of rooms (?) 6
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 2_MAT_h224_h443_tekiF_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) metal_light_lv2.ini
Background (?) ice (P2 VRBOX ice.png icy cavern)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_hitode4x4_tekiF_3_metal
room_hitode2x2_4_metal
Circular room with blue ledge Pathway with tubes
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Armored Cannon Beetle Larva Armored Cannon Beetle Larva (buried) 1 None "Special" enemy spots
- Superstrong Stabilizer icon.png Superstrong Stabilizer Carried inside entry with ID 1
2 Armored Cannon Beetle Larva Armored Cannon Beetle Larva (surface) 1 None "Special" enemy spots
3 Ivory Candypop Bud icon.png Ivory Candypop Bud 1 None "Special" enemy spots
4 Armored Cannon Beetle Larva Armored Cannon Beetle Larva (surface) 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
5 Fire geyser icon.png Fire geyser 5 None "Hard" enemy spots
6 Fire geyser icon.png Fire geyser 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
7 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (red) 8 None Plant spots
8 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 8 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
9 Omega Flywheel icon.png Omega Flywheel 1 None Treasure spots
10 Coiled Launcher icon.png Coiled Launcher 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
11 Egg icon.png Egg 3 Falls from the sky Dead ends
12 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1[Sublevel 3 note 1] Falls from the sky Dead ends
  1. ^ a b In the GameCube version, there is a bomb rock. In the Wii version, the sublevel data does not contain that entry.
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 4[edit]

This is a typical rest sublevel. The only objects worth mentioning are eggs, Candypop Buds, and a geyser which can be used to return to the Valley of Repose. There are three Ivory Candypop Buds that can produce White Pikmin.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 6
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 0
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 50
Number of rooms (?) 4
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0.05
Escape geyser (?) Yes
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_units_hit224_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) metal_light_lv0.ini
Background (?) test (P2 VRBOX test.png cavern)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_hitode2x2_4_metal
Pathway with tubes
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Ivory Candypop Bud icon.png Ivory Candypop Bud 3 None "Hard" enemy spots
2 Egg icon.png Egg 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
3 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 10 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
4 Egg icon.png Egg 3 None Dead ends
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 5[edit]

Sublevel 5.

In this sublevel, it is recommended to first dismiss the Pikmin into the corner behind the Research Pod, and to take a leader around the whole floor and disarm all the bomb rocks and Volatile Dweevils. This is because it's much safer to have them explode while nothing is around, rather than when the Pikmin are busy. Once everything is cleared, Whites should be used to collect the Mystical Disc and the Adamantine Girdle. More Dweevils and bomb-rocks will fall when the Pikmin carry the treasures, so follow them carefully. Note that, although rare, it is possible for a bomb rock to fall near the starting location.[1]

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 30
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 2
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 1
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_units_nobo2_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) metal_light_lv1.ini
Background (?) test (P2 VRBOX test.png cavern)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_nobo2_4_metal
Zigzagging corridors
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Volatile Dweevil icon.png Volatile Dweevil 3 None "Hard" enemy spots
2 Volatile Dweevil icon.png Volatile Dweevil 3 Falls from the sky "Hard" enemy spots
3 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
4 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
5 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
6 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
7 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 Falls from the sky "Hard" enemy spots
8 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 Falls from the sky "Easy" enemy spots
9 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 Falls from the sky "Easy" enemy spots
10 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 Falls from the sky "Easy" enemy spots
11 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 Falls from the sky "Easy" enemy spots
12 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 Falls from the sky "Easy" enemy spots
13 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 1 Falls from the sky "Easy" enemy spots
14 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
15 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
16 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
17 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (red) 6 None Plant spots
18 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 6 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
19 Mystical Disc icon.png Mystical Disc 1 None Treasure spots
20 Adamantine Girdle icon.png Adamantine Girdle 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
21 Volatile Dweevil icon.png Volatile Dweevil 2 Falls from the sky Dead ends
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 6[edit]

Many enemies spawn close to each other in this level, including Careening Dirigibugs, Dweevils and some Anode Beetles. The enemies spawn in different positions each time, and as such, not much advice can be given, but killing the creatures that are a little off from the groups first is usually a safe tactic. Since electricity is the most dangerous hazard, using Yellow Pikmin is also a good idea. The Dweevils can also be chased near an edge, and chances are they will walk off the side – their treasures will reappear elsewhere. You can also dispose of the Anode Beetles by carrying a couple of Pikmin with you to flip them over, and using cleverly lured Dirigibugs to drop bombs on them and kill them. The treasures available are the Repair Juggernaut, the Vacuum Processor and the Space Wave Receiver.

There is an exit geyser on this sublevel if you need to leave the cave, but there is also a rest stop two sublevels down which can be used to replenish your Pikmin army.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 15
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 3
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 3
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) Yes
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 5_units_mid2_cent_hit4_hit5_nor2_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) chikahimi_metal_light_lv4.ini
Background (?) test (P2 VRBOX test.png cavern)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_cent_4_metal
room_mid2_3_metal
room_hitode3x4_4_metal
room_north2x2_1_metal
room_hitode2x3_5_metal
4-way purple-floored room Y-shaped room Roughly plus-shaped room T-shaped room X-shaped room
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Careening Dirigibug icon.png Careening Dirigibug 2 None "Hard" enemy spots
2 Gas pipe icon.png Gas pipe 2 None "Hard" enemy spots
3 Anode Beetle icon.png Anode Beetle 6 None "Easy" enemy spots
4 Fiery Dweevil icon.png Fiery Dweevil 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
5 Fiery Dweevil icon.png Fiery Dweevil 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
6 Munge Dweevil icon.png Munge Dweevil 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
7 Munge Dweevil icon.png Munge Dweevil 1 None "Easy" enemy spots
8 Gas pipe icon.png Gas pipe 1 None Cave unit seams
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
9 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (red) 6 None Plant spots
10 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 6 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
11 Vacuum Processor icon.png Vacuum Processor 1 None Treasure spots
12 Space Wave Receiver icon.png Space Wave Receiver 1 None Treasure spots
13 Repair Juggernaut icon.png Repair Juggernaut 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
14 Egg icon.png Egg 1 None Dead ends
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 7[edit]

See also: Gatling Groink strategy.

This large sublevel contains Gatling Groinks, one walking about, and the other on a pillar. After you clear the enemies, the Indomitable CPU, the Furious Adhesive and the Thirst Activator need to be collected. One of the treasures may be in a corner, and when this one is picked up, bomb-rocks are likely to fall from the sky. Make sure to be especially cautious collecting treasures here.

A good way to get rid of the walking Gatling Groink is to lure it over a gap which causes it to fall and instantly die. To note is that, due to the way cave sublevels are generated, the stationary Gatling Groink may not appear, and as such, you can miss out on the Indomitable CPU, as detailed here and here.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 28
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 2
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 50
Number of rooms (?) 4
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) No
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 3_MAT_ari_h446_h443_tower_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) houdai_light.ini
Background (?) build (P2 VRBOX build.png steel)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_ari1_3_metal
room_hitode4x4_6_metal
room_hitode4x4_tower_3_metal
Circular room with gaps Room with hatch Circular room with tower
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Gatling Groink icon.png Gatling Groink (pedestal) 1 None "Special" enemy spots
- Indomitable CPU icon.png Indomitable CPU Carried inside entry with ID 1
2 Gatling Groink icon.png Gatling Groink (free) 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
3 Careening Dirigibug icon.png Careening Dirigibug 1 None Cave unit seams
4 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 4 None "Hard" enemy spots
5 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
6 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
7 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
8 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
9 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
10 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
11 Bomb-rock icon.png Bomb-rock 3 None "Easy" enemy spots
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
12 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (red) 7 None Plant spots
13 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 7 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "treasure" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
14 Thirst Activator icon.png Thirst Activator (US)
Endless Repository US icon.png Perfect Container (EU)
Alternative Reactor icon.png Alternative Reactor (JP)
1 None Treasure spots
15 Furious Adhesive icon.png Furious Adhesive 1 None Treasure spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
16 Egg icon.png Egg 2 None Dead ends
17 Volatile Dweevil icon.png Volatile Dweevil 1 Falls from the sky Dead ends
Then it spawns "dead end" objects in as many dead ends as it can. Chances:
ID Object Chance Fall method Spawn location
17 Volatile Dweevil icon.png Volatile Dweevil 100% Falls from the sky Dead ends
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 8[edit]

Another rest level, and in this one, there are two Queen Candypop Buds which can help make up for lost Pikmin. There are also three Violet Candypop Buds for Purple Pikmin, and a geyser to return to the surface.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 11
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 0
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0 or 80[Sublevel 8 note 2]
Number of rooms (?) 6
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) Yes
Clogged hole (?) No
Cave units file (?) 1_units_hit224_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) houdai_light.ini
Background (?) build (P2 VRBOX build.png steel)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_hitode2x2_4_metal
Pathway with tubes
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Queen Candypop Bud icon.png Queen Candypop Bud 2 None "Hard" enemy spots
2 Violet Candypop Bud icon.png Violet Candypop Bud 3 None "Hard" enemy spots
3 Egg icon.png Egg 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
4 Egg icon.png Egg 2 None "Easy" enemy spots
5 Egg icon.png Egg 2 None Cave unit seams
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
6 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 12 None Plant spots
Then it spawns these "dead end" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
7 Egg icon.png Egg 1 None or falls from the sky[Sublevel 8 note 1] Dead ends
Then it spawns "dead end" objects in as many dead ends as it can. Chances:
ID Object Chance Fall method Spawn location
7 Egg icon.png Egg N/A or 100%[Sublevel 8 note 1] Falls from the sky Dead ends
  1. ^ a b c The egg "dead end" category entry differs between versions. In the GameCube Japanese and GameCube US versions, it falls from the sky and is also used for filler (for an indefinite egg amount in total). In the Wii Japanese version, it is on the floor and is not used for filler (for a total egg amount of 7). In all other versions, it falls from the sky and is not used for filler (for a total egg amount of 7).
  2. ^ The dead end probability is 0 in the Japanese GameCube and US GameCube versions, and is 80 everywhere else.
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Sublevel 9[edit]

The Man-at-Legs, in the center of its arena.
See also: Man-at-Legs strategy.

The final floor of the cave contains the boss, the Man-at-Legs. Initially it appears as an orb in the middle of the arena. Rapidly throwing Pikmin at it before it gets up, preferably Purple Pikmin, will deal a lot of damage to the boss, though not as much in New Play Control! Pikmin 2, as the creature is invincible while it is getting up. Defeat the boss as per the strategy, recover the Stellar Orb, and return to the surface.

Technical sublevel information
Internal cave name tutorial_2
"Main" object maximum (?) 1
"Treasure" object maximum (?) 0
"Gate" object maximum (?) 0
Dead end unit probability (?) 0
Number of rooms (?) 1
Corridor-to-room ratio (?) 0
Escape geyser (?) Yes
Clogged hole (?) Yes (despite being non-existent)
Cave units file (?) 1_units_houdai_metal.txt
Lighting file (?) houdai_light.ini
Background (?) build (P2 VRBOX build.png steel)
Cave units (?)
item_cap_metal
way3_metal
way4_metal
wayl_metal
way2_metal
way2x2_metal
Dead end with item Three-way crossing Four-way crossing Turning corridor Corridor Long corridor
room_houdai_1_metal
Man-at-Legs dry arena
Detailed object list
The game spawns these "main" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
1 Man-at-Legs icon.png Man-at-Legs 1 None "Hard" enemy spots
- Stellar Orb icon.png Stellar Orb Carried inside entry with ID 1
Then it spawns these "decoration" objects:
ID Object Amount Fall method Spawn location
2 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (red) 5 None Plant spots
3 Glowstem icon.png Glowstem (green) 5 None Plant spots
For details on how objects are spawned, and how some may fail to spawn, see here.

Purple Pikmin and White Pikmin farming[edit]

The Subterranean Complex is an excellent cave to increase the populations of Purple Pikmin and White Pikmin. On the third sublevel there will be a lone Ivory Candypop Bud. (Should it not be there, resetting the game and reloading the level should make it appear eventually.) The next sublevel contains three Ivory Candypops. On the eighth sublevel there will be three Violet Candypop Buds and two Queen Candypop Buds.

To get large numbers of both types, at least 22 of any Pikmin type other than White or Purple should be brought along into the cave, and used for every Candypop Bud available. If just Purple Pikmin are desired, only 1 Pikmin needs to be brought into the cave, and the player can run to the hole in the first 7 sublevels to reach the eighth, where the Queen Candypop Buds can be used to generate Pikmin for the Violet Candypop Buds. The eggs scattered about this sublevel will provide nectar for the leaf and bud Pikmin. The cave can then be exited via the geyser. This process can be repeated infinitely, as the Candypop Buds are not limited to a certain number of White or Purple Pikmin total.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese 地下の秘密基地?
Chika no Himitsu Kichi
Subterranean Secret Base
Flag of France French Complexe Souterrain Subterranean Complex
Flag of Germany German Mysteriöses Gebiet Mysterious Area
Flag of Italy Italian Roccaforte Segreta Secret Stronghold
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Complejo Subterráneo Subterranean Complex

Trivia[edit]

The sublevel hole appearing near the edge in sublevel 3.
  • Because the way the layout generation works, some sublevels, particularly sublevel 3 and sublevel 8, can place the sublevel hole right next to the edge. The player can use the ramped surface of the hole to climb on top of the railing and jump off into the pit.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitch clip on Twitch, published on August 14th, 2018, retrieved on August 17th, 2018