|Appears in||Pikmin 3|
|Collect treasure! levels||None|
|Battle enemies! levels||None|
|Bingo Battle levels||None|
|Attacks||Eats Pikmin, releases dust|
The Vehemoth Phosbat (オオバケカガミ?, lit.: "Giant Transforming Mirror") is a boss in Pikmin 3, and is the second boss encountered in story mode. It is a large, bioluminescent moth-like creature with massive orange wings, yellow eyes, small stumpy limbs, and a large gaping whale-like mouth.
This creature resides in dark caves, where it renders itself completely invisible, which also allows it to safely roam the cave undetected. When a leader approaches the Vehemoth Phosbat, it lights up its entire body with bioluminescent hairs which glow pink, and an orange torso. Upon lighting up, it will open its mouth and inhale ferociously, creating a powerful vortex that will trap Pikmin and the leader. After a few seconds, up to five will be inhaled into its mouth and become the Phosbat's meal. When distressed, it will also frantically flap its wings, releasing a cloud of toxic dust that chokes nearby Pikmin and causes them to scatter around the room. This dust, however, is merely a temporary distraction, and cannot kill.
|15||30 (normally)||50||N/A[note 1]||8000|
- The game files specify this value to be 1.
At the beginning of the game, Captain Charlie takes shelter in a cave, where he finds larval Phosbats crawling on the cave floor. He uses his Yellow Pikmin to kill them, which leads to the Vehemoth Phosbat abducting him. He is not playable until Alph and Brittany rescue him later in the game.
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The Vehemoth Phosbat will remain unseen as it flies around the area. When a light is activated near it, it will fall to the ground, blinded and helpless for a short time. When it rises off the ground again, it will not instantly go into its invisible state, so it is vulnerable for a few seconds more. When its entire arena is lit up, it will occasionally retreat to a wall to rest and gradually regenerate its life.
The Vehemoth Phosbat has more threatening attacks than the previous boss, the Armored Mawdad.
- It can become visible and create a vortex in which the Pikmin will be trapped inside. From there, it will suck a few of the Pikmin into its mouth and they will be eaten. Pikmin trapped in the vortex can be whistled and saved.
- After being attacked, it will rise back into the air and spew out poison-like dust nearby. This will choke the Pikmin for a brief period of time, but will not kill them.
Like most other enemies, the Vehemoth Phosbat also can shake off Pikmin as well.
When the large light turns on, the Vehemoth Phosbat becomes grounded for a bit, and then heads off to a nearby wall to rest. Interestingly, when it does this, it regenerates a small bit of health, but only in this scenario. If it lands on any wall again, it will not regenerate.
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The Vehemoth Phosbat can be fought in Defeat Bosses! The time limit for this stage is 15 minutes. The stage only takes place inside the cave room that serves as an arena in single player, with the exits locked out by a "keep out" sign. Alph starts at the intended entrance with 10 Red and 15 Yellow Pikmin, and Brittany starts at the exit to the main area with 10 Rock and 15 Yellow Pikmin. Idling under Common Glowcaps are 10 Rocks near the center and 10 Reds near the large electrode, but every other Pikmin found in the stage is buried. There are 10 Reds behind the large crystal leading to some fragments, 10 Yellows on a ledge near a Golden Candypop Bud and more fragments, and 5 Reds and 5 Rocks buried near the bridge's building location, for a total of 35 Reds, 25 Rocks, and 40 Yellows.
The following table lists what times result in what medals:
|8:00 - 6:00||6:00 - 4:00||4:00 - 2:30||2:30 - 0:00|
These are the world records for the challenge, as obtained from the in-game global rankings feature. The following scores were retrieved on June 20th, 2016.
- Solo: 0:55
- Co-op: 1:23
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Unlike the Armored Mawdad, the Vehemoth Phosbat's arena is much more expansive, giving the player more room to move about. As the player enters the area, the only light present will be from the variously-placed Common Glowcaps. In this darkness, the Phosbat is invisible, and it will quietly move throughout the area, only revealing itself when it tries to inhale Pikmin. To stun the Phosbat, one must activate a light in the room by throwing Yellow Pikmin at the electrode, which will cause the creature to reveal itself and fall to the ground, stunned. However, once the player has done this, the Phosbat will retaliate by summoning its babies to attack the player. Its young can eat one Pikmin at a time. However, they're slow and easy to kill, making them pose little threat, but can be somewhat of a nuisance when trying to do other tasks.
The Phosbats are spawned from large eggsack-like objects that are placed throughout the area called Phosbat Pods, which can be destroyed to prevent further spawning of Phosbats. Continue the previously mentioned stun method to buy some time, as the Phosbat will constantly follow you after you've begun to attack its children. You can hide under Glowcaps, which will prevent it from coming towards you, at least until the next phase of the fight.
Scattered around the cave are two piles of fragments, which can be used to build a bridge to a large red battery. Having 20 Yellow Pikmin stand atop this box will light up a large light bulb attached to the cave ceiling, which illuminates the entire area. This light results in the stunning of the Phosbat and renders it incapable of becoming invisible for the remainder of the battle. After this happens, you can simply throw Yellow Pikmin onto its back to weigh it down whenever the beast stops to suck in Pikmin. After it gets back up, it will begin to release a toxic powder that chokes all nearby Pikmin. During this time, it will retreat onto a wall in the cave to rest and regenerate health. It is recommended to throw several Rock Pikmin at its back while it rests, as normal Pikmin will just be thrown off after the Phosbat prepares to start flying.
Continue this process until the Phosbat is defeated. Upon defeat, the boss will erratically fly around the area until it electrocutes itself on the light bulb dangling from the ceiling, after which it will fall to the ground and writhe in pain, just before its life finally ends.
A much quicker way to defeat the Phosbats involves using both leaders and distracting the boss while the Pikmin work.
First, have the Pikmin destroy a few Phosbat Pods to give them nectar. Then, go to the right of the cave entrance and there will be a climbing stick that lead up to a fragment pile. Instruct all of your Pikmin to climb the stick and construct the bridge while the leaders distract the Phosbat. Once the Pikmin have brought all of their bridge shards to the bridge, it should be long enough for one leader to throw the other across. Do so, and follow it by throwing 20 Yellow Pikmin up to them, and then have them use the Yellow Pikmin to activate the car battery. This will instantly commence the second phase of the battle.
Once the Phosbat falls to the ground, swarm it with all of your Pikmin, and then quickly call them back before it gets up. Once it begins to fly away, stay ahead of it and throw a few Yellow Pikmin at it while running in the same direction that it is flying. This will make the boss stop to shake them off and change direction. During this short period of time, quickly throw all of your Yellow Pikmin at it to weigh it down, causing it to fall into the ground and struggle to get back up, which opens it up to further attack. Using this strategy, the boss can be defeated in under two minutes.
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill||200|
|White Pikmin ingestions to kill||0|
|Bomb rock explosions to kill||0|
|Bomb rock ingestions to kill||0|
|Number of direct hits on top to kill||0|
|Damage to leaders||30|
|Mission Mode value||1|
The word "Vehemoth" is likely a portmanteau of "vehement", which means to exaggerate, referencing the boss' wide variety of colors and bizarre facial expression, and "behemoth", which means enormous, referencing the boss' size. "Vehemoth" also contains the word "moth", referring to how the boss looks like one. In Japan, it is known as オオバケカガミ?, or "Giant Transforming Mirror". Its internal name,
ohbakekagami matches its Japanese name.
- The Vehemoth Phosbat is the first airborne boss in the Pikmin series.
- The Vehemoth Phosbat is the third boss in the Pikmin series to have an actual younger form.
- If baby Phosbats are caught in the vortex attack of the Vehemoth Phosbat, they will duck in cover to avoid getting eaten themselves.
- Although it is recommended that the large light is activated, it is possible (and time-consuming) to defeat the Vehomoth Phosbat without activating a single light, by throwing Rock Pikmin at it when it reveals itself during attack.
- If the boss loses all of its health while in mid-air, it will drop to the ground, even if no Pikmin are latched on to it. Only when it is on the ground can its death sequence start.
- It is actually possible to see the boss's silhouette while it is invisible if the player looks at it with the KopPad's camera while under the light of a Common Glowcap.
Names in other languages
|Spanish (NoA)||Espectropolilla espejo||Mirror spectremoth|
|Spanish (NoE)||Espectropolilla espejo||Mirror spectremoth|
|French||Broidunoir||From Broie du noir (literally "crush black", but means "brood")|
|Pikmin||Armored Cannon Beetle • Beady Long Legs • Burrowing Snagret • Emperor Bulblax • Goolix • Mamuta • Puffstool • Smoky Progg|
|Pikmin 2||Beady Long Legs • Burrowing Snagret • Emperor Bulblax • Empress Bulblax • Giant Breadbug • Man-at-Legs • Pileated Snagret • Raging Long Legs • Ranging Bloyster • Segmented Crawbster • Titan Dweevil • Waterwraith|
|Pikmin 3|| Armored Mawdad • Vehemoth Phosbat • Sandbelching Meerslug • Scornet Maestro • Quaggled Mireclops • Plasm Wraith |
Baldy Long Legs • Bug-Eyed Crawmad • Burrowing Snagret • Shaggy Long Legs
|Pikmin||Armored Cannon Beetle • Beady Long Legs • Breadbug • Burrowing Snagret • Dwarf Bulbear • Dwarf Red Bulborb • Emperor Bulblax • Female Sheargrub • Fiery Blowhog • Goolix • Honeywisp • Iridescent Flint Beetle • Male Sheargrub • Mamuta • Pearly Clamclamp • Pellet Posy • Puffstool • Puffy Blowhog • Shearwig • Smoky Progg • Spotty Bulbear • Red Bulborb • Swooping Snitchbug • Water Dumple • Wogpole • Wollywog • Yellow Wollywog|
|Pikmin 2||Anode Beetle • Anode Dweevil • Antenna Beetle • Armored Cannon Beetle Larva • Beady Long Legs • Breadbug • Bulbmin • Bulborb Larva • Bumbling Snitchbug • Burrowing Snagret • Careening Dirigibug • Caustic Dweevil • Cloaking Burrow-nit • Creeping Chrysanthemum • Decorated Cannon Beetle • Doodlebug • Dwarf Bulbear • Dwarf Orange Bulborb • Dwarf Red Bulborb • Emperor Bulblax • Empress Bulblax • Female Sheargrub • Fiery Blowhog • Fiery Bulblax • Fiery Dweevil • Gatling Groink • Giant Breadbug • Greater Spotted Jellyfloat • Hairy Bulborb • Hermit Crawmad • Honeywisp • Iridescent Flint Beetle • Iridescent Glint Beetle • Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat • Male Sheargrub • Mamuta • Man-at-Legs • Mitite • Munge Dweevil • Orange Bulborb • Pellet Posy • Pileated Snagret • Puffy Blowhog • Raging Long Legs • Ranging Bloyster • Ravenous Whiskerpillar • Red Bulborb • Segmented Crawbster • Shearwig • Skitter Leaf • Snow Bulborb • Spotty Bulbear • Swooping Snitchbug • Titan Dweevil • Toady Bloyster • Ujadani • Unmarked Spectralid • Volatile Dweevil • Water Dumple • Waterwraith • Watery Blowhog • Withering Blowhog • Wogpole • Wollywog • Yellow Wollywog|
|Pikmin 3||Arachnode • Arctic Cannon Larva • Armored Cannon Larva • Armored Mawdad • Baldy Long Legs • Bearded Amprat • Bug-Eyed Crawmad • Bulborb • Burrowing Snagret • Calcified Crushblat • Desiccated Skitter Leaf • Dwarf Bulbear • Dwarf Red Bulborb • Dwarf Orange Bulborb • Female Sheargrub • Fiery Blowhog • Flighty Joustmite • Hermit Crawmad • Iridescent Flint Beetle • Joustmite • Male Sheargrub • Medusal Slurker • Mysterious Life Form • Nectarous Dandelfly • Orange Bulborb • Peckish Aristocrab • Pellet Posy • Phosbat • Plasm Wraith • Puckering Blinnow • Puffy Blowhog • Pyroclasmic Slooch • Quaggled Mireclops • Red Spectralid • Sandbelching Meerslug • Scornet • Scornet Maestro • Shaggy Long Legs • Shearwig • Skeeterskate • Skitter Leaf • Skutterchuck • Spotty Bulbear • Sputtlefish • Swarming Sheargrub • Swooping Snitchbug • Toady Bloyster • Vehemoth Phosbat • Waddlepus • Water Dumple • Watery Blowhog • Whiptongue Bulborb • White Spectralid • Wogpole • Yellow Spectralid • Yellow Wollywog|