The Key

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Pikmin 2 icon.png
The Key Treasure Hoard icon.
The Key.jpg
Number 196
Series Explorer's Friend Series
Value Poko icon.png × 100
Weight 1
Maximum carriers 3 Pikmin
Location Citadel of Spiders
Challenge Mode levels All

The Key is a treasure in Pikmin 2, whose name is the only one among the treasures that describes itself exactly. It is quite obviously a large, golden key. The Key is found inside the body of a Beady Long Legs on the last sublevel (5) of the Citadel of Spiders. Besides increasing the Poko total, The Key also unlocks Challenge Mode, which can be found in the main menu after the treasure has been collected. It is the only part of the Explorer's Friend Series that is not found in the Exploration Kit.

In Pikmin 2's Challenge Mode, this treasure is found on every sublevel of every one of the 30 levels. It is required to make the entrance to the next sublevel – or a geyser – appear, and is worth 100 Pokos.

Notes

Olimar's journal

This item came from the personal treasure hoard of a massive Pikmin-devouring spider. The whole cave was crawling with all kinds of fearsome creatures. I decided to name that eerie cave the Citadel of Spiders. The ship can't stand bugs... Whenever I ask it to store a specimen for salvage, it threatens to stage a mutiny.

Sales pitch

This shape... I have encountered it somewhere before... No, I must be mistaken... Yes, I am mistaken. Thoughts like these strike all who see this cabalistic form. You can feel its immense power!

Ship's dialogs

Sweet victory! That giant insect's body has crumbled to dust!

I am quite relieved to know I won't have to store such an enormous bug.

...Analyzing soil samples.
... ... ... ...Anomaly detected.
What's that glittering widget?


This object seems familiar. I will combine it with the president's parallel-dimension controller.

ALERT!!! Sensors indicates a massive dimensional shift at a distant location.

I'm receiving a message from a far-flung dimension. Displaying the message now ...

"Challenge mode can now be accessed from the title screen."

It appears to be a total gibberish. Hopefully the message has reached its intended recipient.

I will name this apparently worthless device the Key.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish La Llave The Key
Spanish (NoA) La Llave The Key
French La Clé The Key
German Der Schlüssel
Italian Chiave