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Grand Pearl Pooh-Bah

Surround one piece with six black pearls.

Grand Pearl Pooh-Bah+0.2
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How to unlock the Grand Pearl Pooh-Bah achievement

  • GibGirlGibGirl295,492
    12 Jan 2006 15 Dec 2008
    207 11 40
    Definitely one of the hardest achievements around, but if you decide to keep playing Hexic to become good, this should come around in time.

    Remember, the game is NOT about matching groups of hexes together. It's about creating starflowers, then pearls. That should be your mindset. Every move should work toward creating a starflower, maneuvering stars together to create a pearl, grouping pearls, or defusing a bomb. Everything else is a bad move.

    Things to keep in mind:

    1) Defusing bombs is always the top priority. Always.

    2) You should always have lots of stars on the board. They allow a lot better maneuvering and piece movement. In fact, until it's hard to move without comboing stars, keep making them. Make the pearl when you pretty much have to do it to clear out some of the stars.

    3) The best place to make a starflower is centered on a star. It's easier to move pieces into place, you get more points, and the new star is dropped from up above, where it's less likely to result in comboing stars.

    4) Think through your moves before making them. It's not a timed game - make sure you're not going to accidentally make a combo before moving. Accidental combos are the quickest ways to wipe out clusters of stars.

    5) Be extremely careful when going for the pearl flower. Use a star as the center, and double and triple check each move once the pearls are nearby. Nothing worse than accidentally comboing three of them when you're close. Don't even move the pearls close together until you have all six to prevent a runaway cascade from comboing them on you.

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    herbal1sthey dan5ki, if decide to go for it again here's a little guide for bomb defense if you play with the mastergrid;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEdLtbNR4Cg
    also the bombs drop in periodically pattern, all 12 combos you do or something around that. if you do the combos at the same place all the time you can pretty good predict when and where the next bomb will drop.. wink
    Posted by herbal1st on 08 Mar 15 at 04:35
    Plasma TeardropI just did this today in 55 minutes and 56 seconds! Fucking finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Posted by Plasma Teardrop on 07 Feb 16 at 02:47
    VoragaJust got it a while ago today and I have 2 things to say:

    1 The hardest part of this achievement is making the master grid because you can get undefusable bombs before its done. Once the master grid is made then a Pooh Bah is easy. What I did was set up the bomb defense of 3 star pieces in the top left corner and make all my stars on the second flower from the left making it pretty much bomb proof. I followed Hokiebird428's how to video on some techniques on making the grid and then the pearls.

    Even after you start making pearls always make them on the same flower, the second from the right. A tip I can give is if after you make a black pearl and you don't remember how long ago a bomb was, keep making flowers at the mentioned spot until a bomb appears. Then count how many combos it takes for another appear for the level you are on. Bombs get smaller fuses as the levels get higher but I was on level 7 when I got my Pooh Bah and the fuses were 6 or 5.

    2. This achievement is a product of the devil. Think about it. You need 6 black pearls around a piece. A pearl needs 6 flower pieces around a piece. A flower piece needs 6 same colored pieces around a different color piece. That makes 666. If you get this achievement (which congrats less than 2% of 238k TA members have it) then you will have beaten the devil and he will most likely set his sights on you for revenge. He doesn't like losing.
    Posted by Voraga on 11 Apr 16 at 08:07
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  • SpeleoFoolSpeleoFool1,288,040
    06 May 2009 06 May 2009 14 Oct 2016
    147 7 10
    UPDATE: 10/14/2016 - The bomb-defense video I linked was missing; replaced it with a video showing the same technique

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    The key to this achievement for me was creating a Master Grid. There's a great picture of it on hexic.info. IMO, don't bother with the 4x4 grid. It's vulnerable to accidental combos, whereas the Master Grid protects you from them. I failed quite a few attempts at this achievement because I'd lose starflowers while trying to repair a collapsed 4x4 grid.

    Before even thinking of starting the grid, you'll need to develop a few skills:

    1. Making Starflowers
    To make a Starflower you must surround one tile with a ring of 6 tiles of any same color (except the color of the center tile). This takes some practice, but it gets easier. Look for places where you think you can make a starflower, then look nearby on the board for places you can make simple combos (3 tiles) that will rotate pieces near or into position for your Staflower.

    2. Learn how rotating Starflowers triggers combos
    Really what you want to do is learn how to avoid making combos. First, look at the ring of 6 pieces immediately surrounding your star. Next, look at the ring of tiles immediately outside of the ones you can rotate with your star (it's a bigger ring, with 12 tiles). Anywhere you see two of the same color touching on the same ring is a place where a combo could be triggered. For example, if you have two blue tiles touching on the outer ring, watch out if you have any blue tiles on the inner ring.

    If you have two of the same color on the inner ring, pay close attention to any tiles of that color on the outer ring. If the tile has a corner pointed toward the center of your star then you'll make a combo if you rotate. If tile on the outer ring has a flat egde pacing toward your star then it's safe to rotate.

    3. Star-walking
    When you get two Starflowers touching you can use them to rotate each other and move around the board. This can help you to create more Starflowers, which is the key to starting your grid. Star-walking is decribed on hexic.info and is shown in the videos I've linked, so look on of those places to see how it works. Practice Star-walking while avoiding combos and you'll be able to make the Grid and get this achievement.

    There are several tutorials on YouTube on how to set up the master grid. The one I found most helpful is the linked below (first link). Pay particular attention to the two key moves: the Parallel Turn and the C-Turn. These are absolutely key to moving stars into position with minimal risk. You're most at risk of an accidental combo / grid collapse when doing these moves, so look carefully before you move.

    If you manage to get a grid built, you've got most of the hard work out of the way. Your biggest threats at this point will be rebuilding your grid after you make pearls and bombs. Repairing your grid is exactly the same as building it, so just keep at it. And for bombs, check out the second video for a way to instantly kill any bomb by setting up "Multipliers" in the top-left corner (the video explains this well). Just make all of your new Starflowers on the second-from-left Starflower. The video just shows making simple combos there, but if you make Starflowers then the bombs will still always drop in the right spot.

    If you make it this far, you should have "no trouble" making enough Pearls for your Pooh-Bah. Just be careful rebuilding that grid! Good luck!
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    SpeleoFoolJust noticed the bomb defense video I had linked went MIA. Replaced it with a video that shows the same technique.
    Posted by SpeleoFool on 14 Oct 16 at 21:01
    madmankevinHa! My link is gone too... Glad you're keeping up on this guide because Hexic resources seem to vanish haha!
    Posted by madmankevin on 16 Oct 16 at 16:30
    eohjayThat bomb defense video saved me a few times in the pursuit of this achievement. Thanks for posting it - I surely would have lost without it!
    Posted by eohjay on 04 Jun 18 at 13:10
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    the grid method works but for less experience players may be harder than the 6 black pearls to set up. my advice to anyone trying to get this achievement is to follow these guidelines.

    1. work a star flower to the bottom left hand corner so it is above one hexic piece and has one to the left so it is in the corner as far as it can. this is where you will bring your black pearls and put them around this star flower starting by puting your first pearl under the star. this way if a color gets erased from the board your star flower with the pearls will be unaffected.

    2. "starwalking" is a method that benefits you the most by giving u control of all peices on the screen. this is done by having two or more starflowers and using them together to manipulate the pieces and travel across the board.

    3. using the starwalk with two or more starflowers, move pieces of a same color on a single starflower. you can easily make more starflowers this way. but do not get cocky and start making moves fast because u can easilyu loss 3 to 5 stars by collapsing them together so check your moves thourghly before making them.

    4. have atleast 9 starflowers before making a black pearl so that you can continue to make them without losing momentum.

    5.you can stack starflowers in a strait vertical line to avoid the risk of collapsing them.

    6. keep a few starflowers at the top of the board to have a easier time with the bombs.

    7. most of all be patient because it takes a little time to learn how to control all the pieces in a efficent manner and thats what practicing helps with. making efficent moves and not "randumly" mashing the x button will benefit you.

    good luck and i hope this helps, if you have questions about this guide then send me PM and i will get back to you with an answer or send a party inv on xbox live.
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    CormacSome good advice from somebody who has the achievement.
    Posted by Cormac on 08 Aug 10 at 06:34
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