There is a small area that is enclosed by three electrical nodes near one of the players' bases. If you are lucky, this area will generate cherries every ten seconds, giving you a seemingly unlimited supply of cherries.
Sometimes three Careening Dirigibugs may appear in the same small circular area. This is a great opportunity to stock up on yellow marbles as every Dirigibug on the field contains a yellow marble. This would be an amazing way to win, especially if they were located near your own onion.
Be sure not to get bombarded in to walls by roulette enemies such as the Volatile Dweevil, otherwise you may have a Pikmin extinction, and masses of damaged will be removed from the players space damage meter. However, if you manage to escape, meaning a few Pikmin sacrifices may have to be chosen, lure it to a gang of enemies grouped together, preferably not Anode Beetles as they will not be damaged by the explosion due to their hard shells. Try using it on Blowhogs next to each other to remove at least half or completely all their health, which means you can pass by without any worries or discomforts.
This is also the one area where bomb-rocks appear, meaning you can pick them up, unlike story mode. Just walk into them to pick them up. Throw by pressing a, and put it down by pressing B. No matter which method is used, the bomb will become active, so make sure your Pikmin are out of the explosions vicinity. A questionable and dangerous strategy involves activating bomb rocks, picking them up again, and chasing your enemy while they have a large amount of Pikmin following them, and letting the bomb rock explode in your hands. This will do a good deal of damage to you, but if you are lucky, it takes out many of your enemy's Pikmin.
There is a rare glitch involving the Careening Dirigibugs. As soon as they notice you, they normally excrete a Bomb Rock from their tiny mouths. As soon as they release it from its mouth, punch the air, and the bomb may become active, but mostly it depends on where the player is standing. Then, the Dirigibug will have an active bomb in its hands. Oftentimes it will still throw it to the ground, but rarer times mean the Dirigibug will keep hold of the bomb rock, even when it explodes. This means the Dirigibug still does the carrying animation, and when it comes to the throwing animation, nothing will be dropped. This is a very weird glitch, and it can also distract players, also taking their mind off gameplay whilst the opponent is taking their marble.
Bomb Rock Strategies
Unlike the single player game, you can pick up large Bomb Rocks by simply by walking into them. Press A to throw one, or B to set one down. In both cases, the bomb will be activated. This makes it possible to use them as weapons.
- When your opponent is occupied and cannot react, you can get rid of a number of his/her Pikmin by throwing a bomb-rock at a group of idle Pikmin. Note that bomb-rocks are thrown further than the pointer's reach.
- You can also lure enemy Pikmin into attacking you and then detonate a Bomb Rock near yourself, killing all the offending Pikmin and leaving you damaged but still alive, that is assuming you haven't taken too much damage already.
- If your opponent is being accompanied by a large number of Pikmin, you can strike a bomb-rock to start the countdown, then pick it up and chase him or her, allowing the bomb-rock to explode in your hands and eliminating a chunk of the opponent's army.
- Note that you can use an Ultra-bitter Spray on a live Bomb Rock to stop its countdown for eight seconds.
- If you're occupied helping your Pikmin fight, you can throw a bomb rock at enemy Pikmin trying to carry your marble away.
- It is possible to pick up the Bomb Rocks dropped by the Careening Dirigibugs. It is risky, since the bombs are already active, but it essentially gives you unlimited Bomb Rock ammo if you use them right.