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|Appears in|| |
|Areas|| Twilight River (x5)|
|Challenge Mode levels|| Pikmin 3|
Twilight River Remix (x2)
Beastly Cavern (x2)
Twilight Hollow Remix
|2-Player and Bingo Battle levels||None|
The Arachnode is a spider-like creature in Pikmin 3. When undisturbed, they'll take on a cocoon-like appearance, but once a Pikmin or leader is caught in its web, it will reveal its true form and try to attack them.
Their webs act as the primary hazard for Winged Pikmin. When Winged Pikmin are carrying anything back to the Onion, and an Arachnode and its web are in the way, the Winged Pikmin will get stuck, putting them at risk of being devoured.
Pikmin 3 Website
"An eight-legged creature that traps its prey in a sticky web."
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
"The Arachnode is only able to attack Pikmin that become tangled in its web. When you first encounter a web, look for the attached Arachnode. To defeat the enemy quickly, throw a few Rock Pikmin directly at an Arachnode. You can also use a squad of Winged Pikmin to overwhelm an Arachnode with a single charge attack.
Because the Arachnode's web is fairly tall, the creature often moves out of your standard throwing range. Use Yellow Pikmin or Winged Pikmin to attack an Arachnode when it retreats to the top of its web. If any of your Pikmin become ensnared in the web, use the whistle to rescue them. When you defeat an Arachnode, its web unravels."
To defeat an Arachnode, a Pikmin or leader must be thrown at its web. After being caught in the web, the creature will try to eat the immobilized Pikmin or leader. At this time, throw another Pikmin (preferably Rock Pikmin, as they can make short work of the Arachnode) directly at it to cause damage. To ensure that no Pikmin die, Yellow Pikmin may be thrown at it, as they can reach it without it even moving. Winged Pikmin can also do this, but it will take longer to kill the creature because they are weaker. Once defeated, its web will break apart and the creature will be ready to be taken to back to the Onion. If you're quick enough, you can quickly land three consecutive hits from Rock Pikmin on it, instantly killing it. One thing to note is that the Arachnode can eat your Pikmin from the other side of the web, only Rock Pikmin can attack it from the other side of the web.
- This is the first true arachnid in the Pikmin series, having a full set of eight legs, unlike members of the Arachnorb or Dweevil family.