Correction: Previously, this blog stated that you can raise your friendship levels with your Pikmin by going on walks with them, but this was a mistake. At the moment, your friendship levels with your Pikmin do not raise by going on walks. (Updated December 15th)
As we welcome the cold wintry months ahead, few things are better than a hot bowl of stew. Mushrooms are a great addition to this warming dish, and they’re now in season within Pikmin Bloom. Starting tomorrow, December 14th at 1:00 am UTC, some wide changes will be made to the mushroom gameplay to make co-up play even more enjoyable!
Strength is the key to boosting your score
The mushrooms that you have been facing throughout the year are getting a boost to their health, so work alongside other users to help reduce the time it takes to destroy these upgraded mushrooms.
The key to boosting your score when taking down the upgraded mushrooms is the overall strength of your team, rather than the amount of time it takes to destroy them. Overall strength is the sum of the Strength values of all the Pikmin taking on the mushroom, including those sent by other users. Therefore, it is wise to send your strongest Pikmin and also work together with others in order to achieve the highest score possible.
New mushrooms arrive
In addition to the regular mushrooms, three rare and never-before-seen mushroom types will also be making an appearance, including blazing Fire Mushrooms and Crystal Mushrooms covered in brilliant crystals. Taking on these new mushrooms will require selecting a Pikmin that is adept at dealing with the mushroom type. For example, Red Pikmin are good with fire, so they’ll have no problem facing Fire Mushrooms.
Enjoy interacting with other users
You can now see the Pikmin of other users that are working alongside you to destroy the mushroom, and you can also send some simple reactions to them as well. After the mushroom is destroyed, you’ll be given a title that is based on the reactions you received. So be sure to interact with your fellow users in order to further enhance your mushroom experience!
Become even closer to your Pikmin
Previously, the upper limit for your friendship level with a Pikmin was set at 4 hearts, but it has now been increased to 8 hearts. Although it will take more time to raise your level beyond 4, doing so will also boost your Pikmin’s strength, so it’s sure to come in handy when taking on mushrooms.
You can increase a Pikmin’s friendship level by giving it nectar, or by sending it on Expeditions. If you want to quickly boost its friendship level, try giving it some special nectar as well.
Other improved mushroom gameplay features
Additional information regarding tomorrow’s changes to mushrooms can be found below.
• You can now check the available rewards before you send your Pikmin to the mushroom.
• Pikmin that are ideally suited to a mushroom will receive a boost in strength.
• You can now give nectar to Pikmin being sent to a mushroom. Giving nectar to the Pikmin and causing a flower to bloom on its head will boost its strength.
• New “Mushroom Recharge Tickets” that let you exceed the maximum number of mushrooms you can face in one day have been added to the shop. These tickets can be exchanged for coins in the shop and come in handy when you’re itching to take on more mushrooms.
In celebration of this mushroom update, a special Mushroom Task event will take place from 12:00 a.m. on December 21st to 11:59 p.m. on December 31st. You will receive one “Mushroom Recharge Ticket” if you can destroy ten mushrooms during the event period. This is a great chance to test yourself against the new mushrooms.
Additionally, a new “Gift Bundle” item that can be given to your friends will be available in the Shop. Use it to say thanks to the friends that are there for you during the Weekly Challenges, those that send you postcards every time they go somewhere, or those friends and family both near and far with whom you stay in touch through Pikmin Bloom.
*Your username and level will be visible to other users when you participate in a mushroom.
*The app must be updated to version v59 or later in order to properly display the renewed mushrooms and paid Gift feature.
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