Ink Fast, Hotshot

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Return of the Mammalians missions
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Ink Fast, Hotshot
Destroy the targets to reach the goal.
Site Landfill Dreamland
Fee Power Egg Alternas 40
Lives 3

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Ink Fast, Hotshot

Ink Fast, Hotshot is the 40th level in Splatoon 3's story mode, Return of the Mammalians.


This mission consists of a series of challenges in which the player must pop all target balloons before they escape while avoiding fail balloons. If they pop a fail balloon or let a target balloon escape, they will fail the mission. Each challenge will begin when and only when the player steps on the corresponding switch.

Enemies and Mechanics

First Introduced

Previously Introduced



Agent 1's Quotes

You passed? You passed!
They might try to fake you out, so watch your aim.
Mmm! Nice!
Whoa... Kinda dizzy here...
Yes! Woo-hoo!

Agent 2's Quotes

Oh, I get it! You wanna avoid breaking the fail balloons. That makes sense.
Whoa! You didn't even break a sweat.
Way to go!
We're getting there...
That was pretty fun.

O.R.C.A.'s Quotes

You may begin the test at any time by standing on the switch.
Mission...failed. You let a target escape.
Mission...failed. You popped a fail balloon.


The phrase "Ink Fast' is a reference to the phrase "think fast' generally said by children throwing things at each other while inattentive. It is also a reference to Splatoon 3's blurb in the back cover of this game.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 機を見るに、美。
Beauty at every opportunity. [note 1]
Destroy targets and reach the goal.
Netherlands Dutch Snelle revleksen
Vernietig alle doelwitten!
Fast reflexes[note 2]
Destroy all targets!
Germany German Klecks im Schnellreflex
Zerstöre alle Zielballons und erreiche das Ziel!
Ink with quick reflexes
Destroy all the targets and reach the goal!
Russia Russian Поспешишь, больше закрасишь
Поразите мишени и доберитесь до цели.

Pospeshish', bol'she zakrasish'
Porazite misheni i doberites' do tseli.
Haste makes more painting
Hit the targets and reach the goal.
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Entintando sin pensarlo
Alcanza la meta eliminando blancos.
Spain Spanish (NOE) Test de tiro selectivo
Alcanza la meta eliminando blancos.
China Chinese (Simplified) 美不可失,时不再来。

Měi bù kě shī, shí bú zài lái.
Pòhuài biāobǎ bìng dǐdá zhōngdiǎn.
Beauty or never. [note 3]
Destroy targets and reach the goal.

Translation notes

  1. From the phrase "機を見るに敏" ("be quick to act" or "opportunistic").
  2. From vlek ("stain") and reflexen ("reflexes")
  3. From the phrase "机不可失,时不再来" ("now or never").