|Scientific name||Spourgitis advenus|
|Challenge Mode levels||Pikmin 3|
|2-Player and Bingo Battle levels||None|
|Attacks||Orders its swarm at your Pikmin|
The Scornet Maestro (タテゴトハチスズメ, Tategoto Hachisuzume, lit. "Harp Bee-Sparrow") is a boss in Pikmin 3 found in the Twilight River, and is the fourth major boss encountered in Story Mode. It quickly abducts Louie before the player can reach him. Both avian and insectoid in appearance, it seems to act like a queen bee of sorts, since it commands a swarm of 100 Scornets using its harp-like beak. The Scornet retinue is used to attack the Captains and their Pikmin. It relies heavily on the Scornets as the Scornet Maestro itself has no way of attacking.
It cannot be attacked while its swarm is surrounding it, requiring the captains to aim their Pikmin (preferably Winged Pikmin) at the boss after it exposes itself after one of its coordinated attacks. Once defeated, the Scornet Maestro will drop a Seed Hive and Louie, and all 100 of the Scornets it commanded will be able to be carried as well.
Soon after their arrival in the Twilight River, Alph, Brittany and Charlie receive a transmission. The transmission turns out to be from Louie, who they mistake for Captain Olimar. They decide to go and rescue him, as they need the cosmic drive key. However, Louie doesn’t have it, but he does know where Olimar is (he tells you after you defeat the Quaggled Mireclops).
"Structural flaw: weak hide
It takes real charisma to command such a large team. It's a lot like our captain that way! For instance, he... Well, there's... Hmm. Maybe not."
"I'd like to listen to that pretty sound while I eat some fruit. It looks to be well taken care of by the surrounding little bees. I envy that. I suppose I've only got Alph and Captain. I could only do half of what I want..."
"The maestro leads a whole swarm of scornets flying in perfect military formation. My leadership over the Pikmin might not be that tight, but we do OK. I'd put my whistle up against this gal's harp any day of the week!"
"Slice thin, fry until golden brown, and serve when cool. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of a creamy clam chowder to give it a little kick!"
Known for its striking lyriform mouth, it does not settle at a particular nest but migrates across the waters in search of food. In the spring, the maestro awakens from its hibernation. Before the advent of summer, she travels with a male partner to the cooler climate of the mainland, where food is plentiful. (The male is smaller than the maestro, with a white body and blue feet, back, and tendrils. It has no wings and thus cannot fly.) The maestro secretes a pheromone to control workers to carry out its commands, which it issues via complex musical cues. When the maestro is no more, the listless and directionless workers perish along with the rest of the colony."
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
"The Scornet Maestro is located in the Twilight River. As its name implies, this creature attacks by controlling a swarm of Scornets.
The Scornet Maestro is well defended by its minions. Avoid attacking while the Scornets are in the area. Each time the Scornets move into a tight formation, avoid their attack and allow them to fly out of the area. When it's safe, use your Winged Pikmin to wrestle the vulnerable Scornet Maestro to the ground, then have the rest of your squad charge in to attack. When the Scornets return to the area, gather your Pikmin and repeat the process.
Each time a Scornet manages to impale one of your Pikmin, defeat the enemy before your Pikmin succumbs to its injuries."
Note: The following part(s) of the article is a strategy (or strategies); therefore, it is highly subjective, meaning it may not work for everyone.
The strategy is mainly to defend your Pikmin from the Scornets and then attack the Scornet Maestro. As the battle progresses, it will create different formations with its retinue in an attempt to destroy your swarm. One should note that this boss completely relies on its own swarm to attack, their eyes turning red and buzzing, possessing no offensive moves of its own besides shaking off Pikmin.
The first formation is a gigantic cone-like formation, the easiest to avoid. The attack is simple to dodge, just wait for the formation to attack and strafe around the swarm. If any Pikmin are captured by the swarm, the swarm will move the around the boss in a circle formation, holding the captured Pikmin. The swarm must be attacked swiftly to free the Pikmin. If Pikmin aren't released from the swarm, they will be killed.
The second formation is an array. It will release one line after another to attack your Pikmin. This formation can be tricky to avoid, as the lines of Scornets adjust their flight if you try to run around them. However, as the Scornets are gathering in the array, they are extremely vulnerable to Pikmin attacks. Rock Pikmin seem to do well at picking off Scornets in this formation.
The third formation has the swarm forming a circle surrounding you, slowly closing in. If any Pikmin are left behind inside the circle, they will be captured. You need to use your Pikmin to create gaps in the circle to allow your group to escape. To avoid leaving Pikmin behind, one can use an Ultra-Spicy Spray to create a hole quickly and get out faster. Once any of the formations are complete, the swarm will temporarily leave the boss, giving you a chance to attack the boss, which you can use Winged Pikmin to reach. Winged Pikmin can escape this formation easily, as the Scornets will fly low to the ground.
If all the Maestro's Scornets are killed, it will use a period during which it would normally create an attack formation to summon more onto the field from the trees in the background.
Once enough Pikmin are latched onto it, it will fall to the ground, allowing any ground-based Pikmin to swarm it as well. Once it dies, it will drop a large fruit, alongside Louie. Its body, alongside the corpses of its swarm, can be taken back to the Onion. As with all bosses in the game, the Scornet Maestro's corpse produces 50 Pikmin.
It is possible, though rather difficult, to collect all 100 Scornets before the day's end. Doing so brings the Pikmin yield up to 150 new sprouts together with the Maestro itself. To collect them all, you must defeat the Maestro quickly (see the Expert Strategy below) and early in the day and have a captain waiting at the Onion to collect returning Pikmin and bring them back up to the arena to gather the remaining Scornets. Pikmin carry objects down the arena path in single file and will form a slow-moving crowd as they wait for an opening to return to the Onion, further drawing out the time needed to complete this task. Note that the fallen Scornets will not remain after the day's end, unlike the Maestro, as they are not individually classed as a boss.
Warning: it is advised that this strategy is only attempted by experienced players.
The Scornet Maestro will only attempt to attack the captain who is currently active. This can be used to an advantage by having an unoccupied captain stand away from another captain who has all the Pikmin. When the Maestro attacks, it will attack the captain with no Pikmin, allowing the captain that does have the Pikmin to freely attack it by swarming it with Winged Pikmin. Once it falls to the ground, pelt the creature with Rock Pikmin to rapidly diminish its health.
Due to the scripting of this boss battle, this process must be done at least 4 times to take down the boss. However, this strategy will allow for a quick defeat in under 3 minutes.
- An easy way to dodge the attacks is to run directly under the Scornet Maestro
- Ultra Spicy Spray is helpful in this boss battle
- To free the trapped Pikmin, throw yellow Pikmin as they can be thrown higher, or rock Pikmin as they hit harder
How to access the Scornet Maestro
The Scornet Maestro arena is accessed by a bridge made from three sets of red tiles. Winged Pikmin are needed to collect all of them.
One set of tiles is located on a small island past an arachnode, requiring the captain to throw Pikmin over the water and grab the tiles.
The second set of tiles is located under a clipboard. The clipboard is only liftable by winged Pikmin and 8 are needed to lift it. There are 2 clipboards. Ignore the first one, as there are a bunch of baby bulborbs underneath. The tiles are under the second clipboard. Both clipboards are located behind a sand wall near a place where you can get off the lily pads.
The third set of tiles are in the same area, but instead of turning right and going through the sand wall, you take a bunch of winged Pikmin through a small lagoon. A pile of tiles will be on a bit of ground past the lagoon.
There are a bunch of Scornets where you get off the lily pad to get the second and third groups of tiles. Kill them with winged Pikmin.
Once the bridge is completed, you cross it and prepare to face the Scornet Maestro. For this boss battle, it is best to have a large amount of winged Pikmin, and then smaller, equal amounts of rock, red and yellow Pikmin.
- The Scornet Maestro is the second airborne boss to appear in the series, the first being the Vehemoth Phosbat, both appearing in the same game.
- The Scornet Maestro is the smallest boss in the Pikmin series.
- The Scornet Maestro is similar to a boss in another Nintendo game, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Helios. Both Helios and the Scornet Maestro are smaller bosses (in comparison to other bosses) that use smaller minions to both protect themselves and attack the player.
- The Scornet Maestro might be considered the third boss in the Pikmin series to use other small enemies as helpers, the others being the Empress Bulblax, the Vehemoth Phosbat and the Queen Shearwig. It should be noted that while the Scornet's Maestro are for strictly attacking purposes, the others are mostly for distraction.
- The Scornet Maestro is the only boss in the Pikmin series that cannot directly kill your Pikmin, although its Scornets can.
- The Scornets will all disappear (but not Scornet Maestro) after a day passes.
- Even if the player scans the Scornets, it will say Scornet Maestro instead.
- Intestingly, when the Scornet Maestro is defeated, not only will the Maestro's corpse fall, but all the Scornets as well, which can be brought back to the Onion. Normally, Scornets are not retrievable when defeated.
- The Scornet Maestro can command up to 100 Scornets at the same time, much like the player and the Pikmin.