Pikmin Needed: Blue, Yellow, White, Purple (recommended)
Sublevel 1: Eliminate sheargrubs and then the sleeping bulborb. If you bulborb is facing you then lure it awake with a captain and run away. Itll turn around and return to its slumber. With its back turned now toss your purple pikmin onto the bulborb. Recover the marble (Crystallized Telekinesis) from the creatures body. Find and recover the feather (Leviathan Feather) before proceed into the next sublevel.
Sublevel 2: Move carefully when attacking sheargrubs and the burrowed creature so you minimize losses. Also beware of moving over flowers as they could be a creeping chrysanthemum. The most difficult part of this sublevel is crossing the wooden bridges. Its tough to get your pikmin group across without dropping them in the water. Instead, toss your pikmin over the rock barrier to the side of the wooden bridges. Take your captain and wade through the water and whistle to your pikmin group. Use the "C-stick" to guide your pikmin around the edge of the rock barrier and toward the other side of the bridges. Theyll be able to get over the rock barrier here via a wooden ramp. On the other side youll find the strawberry (Combustion Berry) and sushi (Taste Sensation). Enter the next level.
Sublevel 3: This sublevel includes two snagrets, the same bird-like creature you fought as a boss enemy in a previous cave. Eliminate both in the same fashion. Wait until the snagret emerges slowly and toss your purple pikmin onto its beak. It wont eat them during the attack; the snagret will just shake them off. Whistle your pikmin back and retreat. Trigger the snagret again and wait for it to emerge slowly before attacking again. One of the snagret ingested the sausage (Meat Satchel). Make some white and purple pikmin using the candypop buds.
Sublevel 4: Attach the blowhogs and cannons with your captains, though you may suffer some damage. Attack the bulborbs in small groups. Use yellow pikmin to eliminate the electricity traps. Recover the magnet (Heavy-Duty Magnetizer), cherry (Cupids Grenade), and marble (Crystallized Telepathy). Descend to the next level.
Sublevel 5: A creature disrupts your treasure gauge. Eliminate it and your gauge returns to normal. You can spot him by watching for the purple aura around the creature. Its easy to eliminate; just toss your pikmin onto the pest. Grab the whistle (Emperor Whistle) recovered from its corpse. Tread carefully around the bulborbs and eliminate them in small groups. Explore everywhere so additional bulborb drop where youll recover the marble (Crystallized Clairvoyance). Utilize the nectar eggs before descending to the next level.
Sublevel 6: Use white pikmin to disable the poison traps. Use the candypop buds for additional pikmin or to exchange for blue pikmin. There are more snagrets on this level. Eliminate both in the same fashion as before. Wait until the snagret emerges slowly and toss your purple pikmin onto its beak. It wont eat them during the attack; the snagret will just shake them off. Whistle your pikmin back and retreat. Trigger the snagret again and wait for it to emerge slowly before attacking again. Theres also another bug messing with your treasure gauge. The presence of water here requires some blue pikmin. Use the blue candypop buds to exchange yellow for blue if necessary. Eliminate bulborbs and recover the lens (Stupendous Lens), candy from a snagret (Triple Sugar Threat), four-leaf clover from the alcoves (Science Project), and lid (Salivatrix). Continue down to the final floor.
Sublevel 7: Use the nectar to mature your pikmin. Use the candypop bud to create more red, yellow, or blue pikmin. Enter the chamber and face the pileated snagret. This one actually moves but the tactics remain the same. Trigger its emergence. When it emerges slowly, toss your purple pikmin onto its beak. If it emerges quickly, retreat and wait for it to sink again. Repeat until the snagret is defeated. Recover the robot (Justice Alloy) before exiting the cave.
Youve completed the Awakening Wood area. Time to take your blue pikmin back to the Perplexing Pool and use them where needed.