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This is a guide to defeating the Vehemoth Phosbat, a boss in Pikmin 3 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn tips and strategy for beating the Vehemoth Phosbat boss found in the Distant Tundra without losing any of your Pikmin! A no Pikmin deaths video walkthrough is also included.

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This video shows one method of defeating the Vehemoth Phosbat with 0 Pikmin deaths!

How to Beat the Vehemoth Phosbat

Battle Overview

These steps are the premise of battling the Vehemoth Phosbat, the boss of the Distant Tundra. Defeating it will allow Captain Charlie to join your team (who is required to progress through the story). It will also net you a Heroine's Tear.

While having a mix of all three kinds of pikmin is useful, you must bring at least 20 yellow pikmin and rock pikmin, as lightbulb circuits and large crystals will present themselves as obstacles here.

Use the Glowcaps to light up the cave

Use the Glowcaps to light up the cave

If your team leaders and pikmin are in a dark area, the Vehemoth Phosbat will swoop in and attempt to attack by sucking them in. It will avoid lit areas, so make sure to step on (or throw pikmin at) the small lights on the ground, which will cause Glowcaps to emerge, allowing you to keep the Vehemoth Phosbat away.

Use the Yellow Pikmin to turn on the lightbulbs

Use the Yellow Pikmin to turn on the lightbulbs

In order to bring the Vehemoth Phosbat down to the ground so you can attack it, you first need to have your yellow pikmin turn on the lightbulbs. Knowing this in advance, make sure to bring no less than 20 yellow pikmin (even more is better), and split up your pikmin teams between leaders to increase efficiency.

Collect the fragments from two areas and build the bridge

Northern FragmentsEnlarge Northern Fragments Western FragmentsEnlarge Western Fragments

In order to turn on the large lightbulb, you first need to have your pikmin build a bridge to get you there. While there is an elevated area to the north with fragments that can be accessed by breaking the large crystal, these fragments can also be reached by simply throwing yellow pikmin to the pile.

To get the pikmin to the fragments in the west area, they'll need to use the climbing stick. There are several enemies in the vicinity, so taking them out beforehand will allow you to move the fragments uninterrupted. For most enemies here, throwing rock pikmin directly at them will deal enough damage to take them out with the initial impact.

Attack from behind after turning on the large lightbulb

Attack from behind after turning on the big lightbulb

After building the bridge, cross over it to find a large lightbulb. Throw your yellow pikmin at it to light up the room and bring down the Vehemoth Phosbat. When it gets back up it will spread venom to all of your pikmin, but if you whistle for them all quickly, they will heal and can avoid a poisonous death.

The Phosbat clings to the walls after turning on the large lighbulb

The Phosbat clings to the walls after turning on the large lighbulb

After turning on the lightbulb, the Vehemoth Phosbat will have a harder time moving around, and it will try to run away and cling to the wall. Even if the Phosbat isn't on the ground, you can throw your pikmin at its backside to attack while it is turned away. We recommend red and yellow pikmin for this.

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Mission Information

How to Unlock Defeat the Vehemoth Phosbat in the Story Mode
Time Limit 15 Minutes
Pikmin Types Red Pikmin / Rock Pikmin / Yellow Pikmin

Can be taken out without turning on the large lightbulb

It's possible to take out the Vehemoth Phosbat before even turning on the large lightbulb. You don't need to worry about moving the fragments to build the bridge, so this battle can be done very quickly. If you're aiming for quicker times, use the small lightbulbs to take it down.

Strategy is the same as in the story mode

The strategy for battling with the Vehemoth Phosbat doesn't change significantly from the story battle. The basic process is to turn on lightbulbs and attack while transporting bridge fragments, complete the bridge, turn on the large lightbulb, then attack the boss. Make sure to attack it when it clings to the wall.

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Vehemoth Phosbat Basic Information

General Information
Vehemoth Phosbat ImageVehemoth Phosbat
Locations Distant Tundra
Weight (Pikmin Amt.) Min: 15
Max: 30
Seeds (Pikmin Created) 50
Feeding Bomb Rocks Ineffective White Pikmin Ineffective
Basic Strategy This huge creature is a boss in the Distant Tundra. Since it is weak to light, touch the Glowcaps around the area to cripple it and bring it down where you can attack it with your Pikmin. After turning on the giant lightbulb, it will start crawling along the walls. Chase it and throw your Pikmin until it is defeated.

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