Sink into the Ink and SWIM!

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01: Octarians in the Crater? YIKES!
Return of the Mammalians missions
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Sink into the Ink and SWIM!
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Site The Crater
Fee Power Eggs No Fee
S3 Weapon Main Hero Shot Level 1 2D Current.pngS3 Weapon Sub Smallfry.png
Clear Rewards
Power Eggs 400
Clear Rewards
Power Eggs 100
Music Crater Eighters Routine
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Sink into the Ink and SWIM!

Sink into the Ink and SWIM! is the 2nd level in Splatoon 3's story mode, Return of the Mammalians.


The location of the second Kettle in The Crater.

Accessing the second level is yet again a straightforward process, as the player has to simply continue walking down the corridors until their path is blocked once more by more Fuzzy Ooze. Then they simply have to go to the right and will find the kettle.


Checkpoint 1

A good view of the second level.

The level starts off with the player going to a Launchpad. After landing, they will see a path of their own ink alongside a trail of Power Eggs and enemy ink on the sides. The player can swim through the ink and easily collect the Power Eggs and jump through some additional Squid Rings. The path will split at certain points; however, both lead to the same destination. The player will soon stumble upon Dash tracks which can be used to quickly jump over large gaps. If the player does fall down, they can be attacked by a patrolling Blobby Octotrooper, but can easily get back up.

Final Checkpoint

The wall leading to the goal.

The final section begins with another dash track which leads to a tower. The player has to climb their way up the tower with the help of multiple dash tracks; however, at one point, they will be forced to manually jump over two slight gaps. At these gaps, the player will notice that there is an ink trail on the wall. If the player ignores the wall and jumps towards the next dash tracks, they will be brought back to an earlier part of the tower. If the player decides to climb up the wall, they will be confronted with another Blobby Octotrooper and the Zapfish. Then they simply have to pop the barrier and finish the level.

Enemies and Mechanics

First Introduced

Previously Introduced


S3 Icon Cuttlefish.png Cuttlefish's Quotes

Now's the time to squid after it! Press to bloop into the ink and start swimmin'! can jump with !
Hey, those're dash tracks up ahead! Dive onto one, and you'll go flyin'!
Not sure what you're lookin' for, but I don't think it's here, kiddo.
Booyah! Now just grab that Zapfish and skedaddle!
After the mission:
Nicely done, Agent 3. But did those Octarians look different? They used to be a little more...smooth...if memory serves. Hey, I ain't one to judge a deadly tentacle creature by its cover. More power to 'em. Uh...but not really. Anyhow, as long as you're sportin' that Hero Suit, you can stand up to any Octarian, bearded or not!

Didja even read the label? Here, I'll do it for ya... "You're wearing the latest in apocalyptic survival fashion! Avoid enemies and navigate the Splatlands in style with your own high-end sensor! Dry clean only." You gotta learn everything about your gear! That's another battle-tested rule of the battlefield!

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 疑惑!インク沼の中央にアヤシイ光を見た?!
Giwaku! Inku numa no chūō ni ayashii hikari wo mita?!
Suspicion! Did you see the bright light in the center of the ink swamp?!
Netherlands Dutch Dompel je onder en zwem! Immerse yourself and swim!
Canada French (NOA) Plonge dans l'encre et NAGE! Dive into the ink and SWIM!
France French (NOE) Plonge dans l'encre et NAGE ! Dive into the ink and SWIM!
Germany German Folge der Tinte! Follow the Ink!
Italy Italian Immergiti ne nuota!
Russia Russian Ныряйте в краску и ПЛЫВИТЕ!
Nyryayte v krasky i PLYVITE!
Dive into the paint and SWIM!
Mexico Spanish (NOA) ¡Sumérgete en tinta y a nadar! Dive into ink and swim!
Spain Spanish (NOE) ¡Zambúllete en tinta y a nadar! Dive into ink and swim!
China Chinese (Simplified) 疑惑!墨汁沼泽中央发出可疑的光芒?!
Yíhuò! Mòzhī zhǎozé zhōngyāng fāchū kěyí de guāngmáng?
Confusing! Suspicious light emerges from the ink swamp center?!