Octarians in the Crater? YIKES!

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Return of the Mammalians missions
02: Sink into the Ink and SWIM!

Octarians in the Crater? YIKES!
S3 crater m1.jpg
Site The Crater
Fee Power Eggs No Fee
S3 Weapon Main Hero Shot Level 1.pngS3 Weapon Sub Smallfry.png
Clear Rewards
Clear Rewards
Music Crater Eighters Routine

Octarians in the Crater? YIKES! is the 1st level in Splatoon 3's story mode, Return of the Mammalians.


Accessing the first level is a rather straightforward process, as the player has to simply walk down the corridors until their path is blocked by Fuzzy Ooze. Then they simply have to look to the right and will find the kettle.

The location of the first Kettle in The Crater.


Checkpoint 1

The first section of the level.

The level starts with the player going through a field filled with Crates and Balloons. It is followed by a Launchpad which directly leads to the next checkpoint.

Final Checkpoint

The second section begins with a Balloon Fish in front of multiple crates stacked on top of each other, acting as a wall. After popping the Balloon Fish, the player is given the choice to go on one of three paths.

The path ahead leads to the goal, while the ones on the left and right lead to more Power Eggs. Yet again, to gain access to these paths, the player can pop more Balloon Fish to break the crates blocking the paths.

The player using the Balloon Fish to destroy the crates.

On all three paths, the player has to make use of Splat-Switches to go onward.

The player activating a switch to get to Balloons.

Additionally, the paths leading to Power Eggs contain crates which can only be broken by throwing Smallfry at them.

If the player ventures forth they will eventually cross paths with a Blobby Octotrooper. The player is given the choice to either sneak up behind walls or fight head-on.

Cuttlefish warning the player about the Octotrooper.

After defeating the enemy and activating another Splat-Switch, a bridge will allow the player to rescue the Zapfish and finish the stage.

Enemies and Mechanics

First Introduced


S3 Icon Cuttlefish.png Cuttlefish's Quotes

Here we go! It's the real deal, Agent 3!
Take a good look around. You see somethin' you wanna ink, you press to fire away!
Remember-you can use to look around. Think before you ink! Then let loose. Hah!
If you get discombobulated, you can reset the camera with . It's a real neat trick.
Hey, that's a launchpad! Hop on and buckle up.
Blammo! That was somethin', wasn't it? Those're called balloon fish, and they go kablooey when you pop 'em.
Ah, looks like you found a splat switch. Go ahead-splat it and see what happens.
Lookin' at a faraway crate and dreaming? Maybe your Smallfry buddy can help. Try pressing !
Wow! That crate never stood a chance!
Tryin' to splat juuust so? Aim carefully with the ⊙ in the middle of your screen.
Ah, you found some armor. Slap that on, and it'll give you a little protection against enemy ink.
Ah! Another job for your Smallfry buddy. Press to give it a toss!
Hey, look at you go!
Gah! Octotrooper ahead! It's a real live enemy!
Get ready to splat it with , Agent 3!
REAL quick before you engage... When the goin' gets tough, the tough hide behind walls. No shame in it!
Giddyup! That was splat-tastic.
That's a Zapfish! Ink up that force field until it bursts, and then bring it on home.
After the mission:
Well done, Agent 3! You remind me of a young Cuttlefish...heroically saving the day... Anyway, the good news is you got a Zapfish! They're a source of energy on their own. But the better news is that the Great Zapfish may be up ahead...

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