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

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Armored Mawdad Video Walkthrough

This video shows one method of defeating the Armored Mawdad with 0 Pikmin deaths!

How to Beat the Armored Mawdad

Battle Overview

These steps are the premise of battling with the Armored Mawdad, the boss of the Garden of Hope. Defeating it will earn you the Data Glutton (which is required to progress through the story), as well as a Fire-Breathing Feast.

Defeat the Armored Mawdad! Walkthrough

Split into two teams

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Before setting off to battle with this creature, split your leaders up, and with one taking only rock pikmin, and the other taking only red pikmin. You need to break the Armored Mawdad's tough exoskeleton with rock pikmin before the red pikmin can do anything, so have the leader with red pikmin wait in front of the cave.

While having at least 30 pikmin of each type should be enough, you can go all out and bring 50 of both, if you wish to be extra prepared. However, if you have 100 pikmin with you, just be careful not to lose track of any of their positions, as it might lead to their demise.

Break the Mawdad's Armor with Rock Pikmin

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Since its body is encased in crystal, you have to destroy it with Rock Pikmin before it can take any damage. Locking on to the Mawdad's mandibles and destroying them will lower the risk of Pikmin getting caught by it.

Attack with Red Pikmin after breaking its armor

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Lock on to the areas where the armor has been broken off, and attack by throwing Red Pikmin. Rock Pikmin can also be used to attack, but Red Pikmin have higher attack so mainly focus on attacking with Red Pikmin.

Attack while avoiding the Armored Mawdad's Attacks

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The Mawdad attacks by charging in, but it is possible to dodge if you remain calm and make some distance between it. When your Pikmin are spread out, make sure to gather them up and move them to where they won't be caught in the Mawdad's charge.

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Mission Information

How to Unlock Defeat the Armored Mawdad in the Story Mode
Time Limit 8 Minutes
Pikmin Types Red Pikmin / Rock Pikmin

Break its armor with Rock Pikmin → Continuously charge with Red Pikmin

Just like in Story Mode, you can clear this mission by first throwing Rock Pikmin at the boss to break its armor, then having your Red Pikmn charge at it afterward. Simply stay behind it as much as possible, and watch out for its attacks.

Dodge its charging attack and whistle for all Red Pikmin

You won't start off with all Red Pikmin in your squad.Since you start off with little firepower for the section after breaking the armor, take the time to collect all Red Pikmin on the sides of the map while you dodge the boss's attacks.

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Armored Mawdad Basic Information

General Information
Armored Mawdad ImageArmored Mawdad
Locations Garden of Hope
Weight (Pikmin Amt.) Min: 20
Max: 30
Seeds (Pikmin Created) 50
Feeding Bomb Rocks Ineffective White Pikmin Ineffective
Basic Strategy This huge creature is a boss in the Garden of Hope. To deal actual damage, you must first destroy its crystal armor with Rock Pikmin. Its rush attack is quite difficult to avoid. When you have the chance, lock on and focus your attacks on its fangs to lessen the risk of your Pikmin getting caught when it rushes toward your squad.

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