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Burgeoning Spiderwort

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Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Pikflora baccae conditus
Family Pellet weed
Areas Awakening Wood, Perplexing Pool, Wistful Wild, Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Twilight River, Sun-Speckled Terrace, Blossoming Arcadia, Serene Shores, Hero's Hideaway, Giant's Hearth, Primordial Thicket
Caves None
Challenge Mode levels None
Collect treasure! levels Thirsty Desert Remix, Fortress of Festivity, Forgotten Cove
Battle enemies! levels Tropical Wilds Remix, Garden of Hope Remix, Fortress of Festivity, Forgotten Cove, Clockwork Chasm
Side Story levels None
Dandori Challenge levels None
2-Player Battle levels None
Bingo Battle levels None
Dandori Battle levels None

The Burgeoning Spiderwort (ピキノツユクサ?, lit.: "Piki Asiatic Dayflower") is a plant in Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, and Pikmin 4 that produces berries with the nectar that is needed to make ultra-spicy- and ultra-bitter sprays. They are found in the Awakening Wood, Perplexing Pool, and Wistful Wild in Pikmin 2, the Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, and Twilight River areas in Pikmin 3, and all areas in Pikmin 4.

In Pikmin 2, Ravenous Whiskerpillars can appear in their vicinity, as well as some type of mold that shows up and keeps the plants from growing. This can be destroyed sufficiently quickly with a medium-large group of Pikmin.

Each plant can have up to five berries at once. In Pikmin 2, some only contain red berries, some only purple berries, and some a mix of the two. In later games, since the ultra-bitter spray does not return, only the red-berry Burgeoning Spiderworts exist.


NotesEdit

Dalmo's NotesEdit

This fruit, unlike a pellet, is juicy and pulpy. What's more, that's not just any juice inside it. There's a super-spicy spice in there! Eating spicy things can be a fun way to jump-start our taste buds. Perhaps the Pikmin in this world like to spice things up as well!

Olimar's NotesEdit

Like the Pellet Posy, while nectar is its primary source of nutrients, this Burgeoning Spiderwort produces fruit with high amounts of a super-spicy compound. Both this plant and the Pellet Posy are part of the Pellet weed family, but the Spiderwort does not crystallize nectar because of the different fungi that parasitize its roots. Instead, it produces alkaloids that contain those extra-piquant compounds. The alkaloids are then extracted and collected by way of the plant's fruit.

Louie's NotesEdit

Dry out the fruit, and grind into a fine consistency. Perfect for adding a touch of spice.

BerryEdit

The berries are small, tiny fruits that come in red or purple based on the nectar. They grow on top of the Burgeoning Spiderwort, and can be knocked down after the plant has been attacked enough. Once on the ground, a Pikmin can pick it up, and deliver it to the ship. 10 berries of a given type are necessary in order to concoct one additional spray.

New berries will show up after some time, which depends on the game. After a berry has been dropped, it can vanish, but the rules for this also depend on the game. Both of these points are elaborated below.

If there are Ravenous Whiskerpillars nearby, they will climb up the plant and begin eating the berries, one by one.

Gameplay mechanicsEdit

In all games, Pikmin that are ordered to harvest a Burgeoning Spiderwort will go up to the base of the stem, climb up, and once they reach the berries, they will begin pummeling. Periodically, as damage is caused, a berry drops down.

Each game also has more specific rules about how the Pikmin, the plants, and the berries behave.

Pikmin 2Edit

Pikmin that fall off from the top of the plant will fall in a random direction, and if they land near the base of the stem, they will climb back up and repeat the process. Otherwise, they will become idle or follow the leader, if he is nearby. This means that leaving Pikmin behind to work on the next batch of berries is not very effective, since the Pikmin will not climb up the plant automatically, and the ones that do will likely end up falling out of the stem's reach eventually. In addition, because Pikmin will not drop down of the plant until all the berries are gone, the player runs the risk of a berry falling down, no Pikmin coming down to get it for a while, and the berry disappearing.

In this game, berries can only remain on the ground for 40 seconds, after which they burst and disappear. Having a Pikmin carry them freezes this timer, but does not reset it. It is worth noting that the timer that ticks down how long until the next berry shows up will keep ticking if the player is in a treasure collection cutscene.[1]

When the plant is born, i.e. when it is free to start growing because the nearby mold has been destroyed, it blooms straight into a tall stalk, with the end facing straight up. It stays in this first stage for around 30 seconds, after which it blooms into the next stage, where it is a bit taller, and the end faces an angle. Finally, after 20 seconds, it blooms into its final stage, with the end of the stalk pointing forward. When it does this, it also becomes populated with all five berries, and if there are Ravenous Whiskerpillars around, this is when they show up and go for the plant. If at the start of the day, the plant can grow uninhibited (because there is no mold around), it starts in the first stage right away.

The moment the Spiderwort grows its berries after entering the final stage, a countdown of 120 seconds starts. When this time reaches 0, the countdown restarts, and if it's not already full, the plant regrows all of its berries at once. This cycle repeats until the end of the day. When Pikmin attack the Burgeoning Spiderwort, they seem to slow down the time by a bit, so the longer the Pikmin take to harvest the plant, the longer it will take until the next recharge.[2]

When a leader is near a Burgeoning Spiderwort plant, an additional instrument is added to the area's music, it being slow strings or a pad synthesizer. This music will persist as long as a leader is near a Burgeoning Spiderwort or one of its berries.

Pikmin 3Edit

An idle Spiderwort has all of its berries, and does nothing special. The second any berry detaches from the plant, a countdown of 60 seconds starts, and once it reaches 0, the plant will regenerate all of its berries at once.

In this game, when the Pikmin are pummeling away at cluster, one Pikmin will drop whenever a berry does, in order to pick it up right away. This makes the berry harvesting faster than in Pikmin 2, where the player has to wait for all the Pikmin to drop off at the end of the attack, or issue some Pikmin to the berry manually. When the Pikmin fall off of an empty Spiderwort, they will idle next to the plant, but will not climb back up unless there are new berries to be harvested. This allows the player to keep a few Pikmin busy with the plant throughout the day and be assured that they will continuously harvest it. On top of that, unlike Pikmin 2, a Pikmin that delivers a berry will return to the Burgeoning Spiderwort on its own.

If a bomb rock explodes near a Spiderwort, or a Rock Pikmin is thrown directly at the center of the berries, then all of the plant's berries will drop at once.

Any berry that is left on the floor for 30 seconds will disappear. If a Pikmin carrying a berry is whistled, it will drop the berry, which will also cause it to disappear.

Pikmin 4Edit

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There can only be fifty berries in an area at a given time. If a Burgeoning Spiderwort grows some more, older berries will disappear.[3]

If Oatchi rushes a Spiderwort, all its berries are knocked loose at once. Oatchi is otherwise unable to harvest berries, though he can carry them.

LocationsEdit

Pikmin 2Edit

Awakening WoodEdit

 
Two Burgeoning Spiderworts with ultra-spicy berries, near the landing site.
 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort that appears starting on day 11.
 
The Spiderwort near the Bulblax Kingdom.

The Awakening Wood has more Spiderworts in the region than any other area in the game. There are two Spiderworts a short walk away from the landing site, which both produce red berries. In this area, two Ravenous Whiskerpillars appear. Mold may also appear here. Due to the fact that there are two of them, and that they are so close to the landing site, this is possibly the best berry-harvesting place in Pikmin 2. A player can gain about three or four sprays a day if they dedicate the day to berry harvesting.

There is one next to the area where the Iridescent Flint Beetle is, near the Pilgrim Bulb but it does not appear until day 11. It is on a ledge and only produces red berries.

There is a final one near the entrance to the Bulblax Kingdom. To make reaching it easier, Blue Pikmin can be used to destroy the water gate behind the landing area. Then, by having them attack the clog there, the water will disappear. This Burgeoning Spiderwort only produces purple berries.

Perplexing PoolEdit

 
The Burgeoning Spiderworts near the Gherkin Gate.
 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort on the water.

On the Perplexing Pool, there are two near the Gherkin Gate, both of which produce purple berries. A Fiery Blowhog and Swooping Snitchbug hang around here, as well as three Ravenous Whiskerpillars and the occasional mold.

Beyond the entrance of the Citadel of Spiders, there is a plant stemming from the water, so only Blue Pikmin can attack it. Only red berries are produced from it.

Wistful WildEdit

 
The three Burgeoning Spiderworts.

Near the path to the entrance of the Hole of Heroes in the Wistful Wild, there is a large field with the most number of Spiderworts known in one spot: three. All of them produce both kinds of berries, with each berry being decided at random. There are three Whiskerpillars here and a mold will cover each individual plant. A Fiery Blowhog and a Watery Blowhog keep watch over the area.

Pikmin 3Edit

Tropical WildsEdit

 
The only Burgeoning Spiderwort of this area.

There is a single Burgeoning Spiderwort plant located in the very center of the Tropical Wilds. It is behind the landing site and just beyond the small body of water that holds a Cupid's Grenade. Once the nearby reinforced wall is blown down and the nearby bridge built, Pikmin will be able to more easily take these berries to the ship.

Garden of HopeEdit

 
The first Burgeoning Spiderwort, next to the Waddlepus.
 
The second Burgeoning Spiderwort, near the Toady Bloyster.

There are two Burgeoning Spiderworts in the Garden of Hope. The first is fairly close to the S.S. Drake and Onion. Unfortunately, it is in a part of the Garden of Hope that can only be accessed after the player rescues Louie. It is across a brown bridge, which must be built by the Pikmin, being guarded by a Waddlepus. It is one of the best places to get Spiderwort berries from, because there are no enemies between it and the Drake, aside from the Waddlepus.

The second one is located even closer to the base, but only appears when the Data Glutton has been retrieved, and will disappear the day after the player has obtained Blue Pikmin. It is located behind the landing site, near a pond with a Toady Bloyster, Skitter Leaves, and a pair of Yellow Wollywogs. Once these threats have been cleared, Pikmin can quickly gather berries en masse.

Distant TundraEdit

 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort near the Dodge Whistle.
 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort on top of the pot.

There are two Burgeoning Spiderworts in the Distant Tundra. The first one is located near the exit to the Vehemoth Phosbat's cave and where the Dodge Whistle upgrade can be found. After clearing the area of the nearby Joustmite and Swooping Snitchbugs, Pikmin can harvest these safely. This plant will not appear until the day after Alph and Brittany have been reunited in this area.

The other Spiderwort is located on top of the pot where a pile of bridge fragments are initially located. As such, this plant will not appear until the day after Alph and Brittany are reunited. If the player uses Winged Pikmin to harvest it, they can fly over the river, safely bypassing the Joustmites sleeping below.

Twilight RiverEdit

 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort after the electric gate.
 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort on the second outdoors segment of the area.

There are two Burgeoning Spiderworts in the Twilight River. The first one is located just across the river behind the Drake and behind an electric gate. Once the nearby Yellow Wollywogs have been dealt with, Pikmin can harvest these safely. Oddly, Winged Pikmin take the lily pads back to the Drake, even though they can clearly fly over the river.

The second one is located right at the entrance of the area's second outdoors segment. There is a nearby Arachnode, although it should not be much trouble if the player uses any type other than Winged Pikmin to harvest the berries. It is also highly recommended the player has Pikmin move the nearby box so they can have a much easier route back and forth between the berries and the Onion.

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Sun-Speckled TerraceEdit

There are two Burgeoning Spiderworts in the area, which are located across the body of water near the Rugged Scaffold base. One is located on the lower ledge near the Geyser and the other one is located just above the Climbing wall. The best way to gather the berries here would be to either freeze the water with Ice Pikmin or Ice Blasts, or use Blue Pikmin.

Blossoming ArcadiaEdit

The two Burgeoning Spiderworts can be found on a hill next to the Sunwashed Plateau base, protected by a Waddlequaff. Other than the lone enemy, these plants are minimally protected, providing clean access to more sprays.

Serene ShoresEdit

Two Burgeoning Spiderworts are located right next to the Water's Edge base, with no real complications for collection.

Hero's HideawayEdit

 
The Burgeoning Spiderworts on the staircase.

The two Burgeoning Spiderworts are located directly next to Foot of the Stairs, located on the staircase. A tunnel can be found by nearby vases that leads up the first step, although a Gildemandwee hides inside a vase. The other Spiderwort, sitting on the second step, requires riding a rail from the kitchen counter to access. A rope can be pushed down to create a direct shortcut between the it and the base.




Giant's HearthEdit

The two Burgeoning Spiderworts are found next to the stage's central crystal wall. Its close proximity to Abandoned Throne and The Central Flame bases provide quick and easy access to the berries at any time, provided the nearby Mama Sheargrubs and Bulbears are defeated.

Primordial ThicketEdit

 
The Burgeoning Spiderwort near the Golden Vaulting Table.
 
The Burgeoning Spiderworts by the Cavern for a King.

A single Burgeoning Spiderwort can be found on top of the Climbing Wall, right next to the Golden Vaulting Table, surrounded by Honeywisps. With its close proximity to The Maple Bridge base, this plant is relatively safe and easy to collect as long as the bridge is built. If the bridge isn't built, Pikmin will be far more likely to carry the berries into danger.

Two more Spiderworts are located directly outside of Cavern for a King, across a pool of Mud, covered in Sticky mold, and guarded by two Bogswallows. After defeating the enemies, these are best collected either by freezing the mud or by using Winged Pikmin, helped by a nearby geyser that lands all Pikmin right next to The Maple Bridge base.

MoldEdit

 
The center of a patch of Burgeoning Spiderwort mold.

Some Burgeoning Spiderworts are occasionally found in patches of mold, which prevents their growth until the mold has been destroyed. This mold appears as a bulbous structure lurking where Burgeoning Spiderworts had once grown. This fungus is destructible, so if spotted, one should take a medium-large group of Pikmin to the area and have them attack it. Soon enough, the mold and its thread-like hyphae will slowly disappear, allowing the Burgeoning Spiderwort and any Pellet Posies that were there to grow once again. This is not harmful to the Pikmin, only to the plant. Mold will form on its own if a Spiderwort plant is not tended to, excessive Ravenous Whiskerpillar activity will cause the mold to grow back and cover the plants.

In Pikmin 4, a different substance named sticky mold is also used to suffocate Burgeoning Spiderworts, along with treasures and Candypop Buds.

LocationsEdit

In the Awakening Wood, starting on day 7, there is a large piece of mold near the landing site, where two Spiderworts grow. It seals away both of the plants, but when eliminated, they will grow back.

In the Perplexing Pool, there are two of them across from the landing site (near the location of the Gherkin Gate). There is a Swooping Snitchbug there as well as a Fiery Blowhog, so it is advised to defeat them first.

In the Wistful Wild, there are three patches of mold in a large clearing near the drainable lake which coincides with The Final Trial's landing area in Pikmin. Each one covers its own berry plant, so it may take a while to get rid of them all.

Technical informationEdit

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name tsuyukusa
HP 1
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 0
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 0
Territory radius 100
Mission Mode value 0

NamingEdit

  • Common name: Burgeoning Spiderwort. "Spiderwort" is the name used in the real world for flowers of the tradescantia genus, and "to burgeon" means "to grow quickly", referring to how their berries grow very fast.
  • Japanese nickname: ピキノツユクサ?, lit.: "Piki Asiatic Dayflower". "Piki" was an early name for Pikmin during the development of Pikmin.
  • Japanese name: ピキノツユクサ 辛味種?, lit.: "Piki Asiatic Dayflower (spicy taste species)".
  • Scientific name: Pikflora baccae conditus. Pikflora is simply a combination of "Pikmin" and "flora", and baccae is Latin for "berry". Conditus is Latin for "spicy".
  • Internal names: The plant's internal name in Pikmin 3 is tsuyukusa, part of its Japanese name.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languagesEdit

Burgeoning Spiderwort

Language Name Meaning Notes
  Japanese ピキノツユクサ?
Piki no Tsuyukusa
Piki Asiatic Dayflower
  Chinese
(traditional)
皮克露草
Píkè Lùcǎo
Piki Asiatic Dayflower
  Chinese
(simplified)
皮克露草
Píkè Lùcǎo
Piki Asiatic Dayflower
  Dutch Bessenbloem Berry flower
  French Tradescantia Tradescantia
  German Dreimasterblume Three-master flower German name of the Tradescantia genus
  Italian Fiore bacca
Fiore da bacca (Pikmin 4)
Berry flower First name taken from the New Play Control! Pikmin 2 instruction manual.
  Korean 피크이슬초
Pikeu-Iseul-Cho
Piki Dew Grass
  Spanish Picaplanta Spicy-plant
  Portuguese Plantardente From "planta" (plant) and "ardente" (fiery)

Ultra-spicy berry

Language Name Meaning
  Japanese ピキノツユクサの実?
Piki no Tsuyukusa no Mi
Piki Asiatic Dayflower Berry
  French (NoE) Baie super piquante Super spicy berry
  German Ultra-Motivier-Beere Ultra motivating berry
  Italian Bacca ultra-piccante Ultra spicy berry
  Spanish Baya superpicante Super-spicy berry

GalleryEdit

Pikmin 2Edit

Pikmin 3Edit

Pikmin 4Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Despite there being no Burgeoning Spiderworts in the Valley of Repose, the musical data for the area does have a specified Spiderwort mix.[4]
  • Burgeoning Spiderworts were planned to also be found in caves, as there are unused cave themes with Spiderwort mixes in the game files.[5]
  • Olimar's notes on the Cupid's Grenade seem to be describing the Burgeoning Spiderwort, possibly implying that at some point it was planned to get its own Piklopedia entry.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ YouTube video showing how the berry timer keeps going in a treasure salvage cutscene.
  2. ^ Information gathered from a fan-driven experiment.
  3. ^ YouTube video showing how many berries can exist at once (at 10:06), published on August 7th, 2023, retrieved on October 6th, 2023
  4. ^ YouTube video of a hacked game that has the Spiderwort mix in the Valley of Repose
  5. ^ Unused Spiderwort Mixes on The Cutting Room Floor


 

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