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Scootaloo is a young pegasus pony and member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. She is trapped in a cocoon in the far right corner of the Giant Tarantula's lair, the boss room of the Appaloosan Mines. She is a part of Apple Bloom's quest. In order to free her, the player has to attack the cocoon in which she is trapped until it breaks.
The player does not need to free Scootaloo before slaying the Giant Tarantula; therefore, the player is free to focus entirely on fighting the Giant Tarantula and his minions, so long as Scootaloo's cocoon is destroyed before the hero reclaims the slain Giant Tarantula's Element of Harmony.