Return of the Mammalians (mission)

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Boss: Rocket Battle
Return of the Mammalians missions

Return of the Mammalians
It's About to Get Hairy!
S3 Inkantation R3MIX.png
Site Alterna Space Center
Fee Power Eggs No Fee
Lives 1
Weapons and Rewards

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First-time Bonus Power Eggs N/A
Music Calamari Inkantation 3MIX
You ooze, you lose. Go back to Ursa WHINER!
Frye to Mr. Grizz right before the battle begins.

Return of the Mammalians is the sixth and final phase of Alterna Space Center in Splatoon 3: Return of the Mammalians.

Boss Appearance

After having three of his Fuzzballs splatted, Mr. Grizz absorbs all the Fuzzy Ooze on the rocket and grows into a ginormous size, knocking Agent 3 and Smallfry away in the process. They are saved by DJ Octavio in his modified Octobot King L3.Gs. Smallfry then transforms into Hugefry, and will battle Mr. Grizz while Agent 3 and DJ Octavio vacuum up four Fuzzballs on Mr. Grizz's body.


Note: Due to the level having no fee, you may retry as many times as you want. However, this "stage" has no checkpoints.

Agent 3 will need to pilot the Octobot L3.Gs and use the Ink Vac to suck in four Fuzzballs on Mr. Grizz's body, before firing the ooze back at him under 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

  • After the player destroys one Fuzzball, fake Fuzzballs will appear on the way to the real Fuzzball. These resemble gigantic Burst Bombs coated in Fuzzy Ooze, and will float around in set paths to block the player from reaching Mr. Grizz. Making contact with them or trying to suck them in will break the player's armor and cause the Octobot to be knocked back a small distance.
  • Being hit by Mr. Grizz or Hugefry will also cause the Octobot to be knocked back.

It's possible to get hit by the fake Fuzzballs or Mr. Grizz or Hugefry while fighting Octarian enemies, as the player cannot pilot the Octobot while fighting. Repeatedly getting hit will not cause Agent 3 to get splatted or impact their health, but will severely hinder the progress of sucking in the real Fuzzballs.

Once all Fuzzballs are sucked up, DJ Octavio will reverse the effect of the Ink Vac, allowing Agent 3 to send back the Fuzzballs at Mr. Grizz, defeating him.

If the player fails during this phase by either getting splatted by the enemies or running out of time, a cutscene of the Earth being covered in Fuzzy Ooze, and the Inklings and Octolings turning into fuzzy creatures as O.R.C.A. reports that the Earth has turned into a giant Fuzzball, will be shown before the usual "Continue?" screen shows up. Mr. Grizz can also be heard laughing while the cutscene plays as the screen turns white. A hollow siren-reminiscent cover of some song plays over this.

Enemies and Mechanics


For a list of quotes during the mission, see Return of the Mammalians (mission)/Quotes.



  • Similar to the final boss mission in Octo Expansion, the final phase involves the player defeating the boss under a time limit, and failing this phase will cause a cutscene of the aftermath to play while a siren-reminiscent cover of a track plays (Color Pulse in the Octo Expansion's case).
    • Another similarity is that when DJ Octavio fires the fuzzy ooze back at Mr. Grizz, the UI will begin to glitch out, and in Octo Expansion, when Pearl fires her Princess Cannon at the NILS Statue, the UI also displays unusual things as the result bar breaks and the percentage goes up to 888.8%.
  • The 3 minutes and 33 seconds time limit, as well as Calamari Inkantation 3MIX, are references to the number 3, as it is a common theme throughout Splatoon 3.
  • During the final phase, as the time passes, the surroundings will get progressively redder and hotter. This is a reference to how near-Earth objects gain heat as they make contact with the Earth's atmosphere, as Mr. Grizz is heading to Earth himself like one.
  • In the Japanese, Korean and Chinese versions, instead of showing the title in the language directly, the English title 'Return of the Mammalians' is shown, with the respective translation below it and with a smaller font.
  • Before the final phase begins, DJ Octavio refers to Calamari Inkantation as "the heavenly melody" himself, suggesting that he is likely also affected by the song, or if not, at least is more willing to accept it than before.
  • After the first time the player gets the bad ending during an attempt, O.R.C.A will not comment on it.
  • Frye’s quote (see the top of this article) is a reference to the constellation Ursa Minor, also known as ‘Little Bear’.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 哺乳類の帰還
Honyūrui no kikan
Return of the Mammals
Netherlands Dutch De terugkeer van de Mammalianen The Return of the Mammalians
Canada and France French Le retour des mammifériens
L'heure est velue !
The Return of the Mammalians
Time's up fur you!
Germany German Rückkehr der Mammalianer Return of the Mammalians
Russia Russian Возвращение молокоедов
Vozvrashcheniye molokoyedov
The return of the milk eaters
China Chinese (Simplified) 哺乳类的回归
Bǔrǔlèi de huíguī
Return of the Mammalians
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 哺乳類的回歸
Bǔrǔlèi de huíguī
Return of the Mammalians
South Korea Korean 포유류의 귀환
Poyulyuui Gwihwan
Return of the Mammalians