The Ink-Conservation Project

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02-06: Getting Lost in Three Easy Steps
Return of the Mammalians missions
02-08: Switching Things Up

The Ink-Conservation Project
Reach the goal without running out of ink.
Site Cozy & Safe Factory
Fee Power Egg Alternas 30
Lives 3
Clear Rewards
Power Egg Alternas 1400
Clear Rewards
Power Egg Alternas 500
Music Marine Machines
This mission will test your resourcefulness. You must use a limited amount of ink to reach the goal. Use your ink wisely. No refills.
O.R.C.A. describing the stage

The Ink-Conservation Project is the 22nd mission in Splatoon 3's story mode Return of the Mammalians.


The kettle of this mission can be found near the pipe leading to Site 3.


There are no checkpoints in this mission. If the player runs out of ink, they will restart from the beginning with the mission restored to its state at the beginning.

Right after entering the stage and see the two trees, simply walk to the side of the wall to reveal the path. After this, shoot the ink wheel with a Power Egg in front of it and quickly reach the Gusher and go up with it. Doing this too slowly will cause the Gusher to be closed, requiring another blast of ink.

After this, the player will reach a section with many splat switches and ink wheels. Inking the one in the upper-right corner (from the view of the entrance of this section) from its right is the most effective option.

In the next section with a lot of Octotroopers, simply aim at the balloon fish. Finally, aim at the ink wheel in front of the moving platforms carefully and follow it to the end of the mission.

There is enough ink to make 7 shots, more than the mininum number of required shots being 3, so even if the player finds themselves to have wasted some shots (for example finding them using more than one shot in the switch puzzle section), they are still able to finish the stage.

Enemies and mechanics

Previously introduced



Agent 1's Quotes

Huh! Guess you can't refill your ink here...
Gusher ahoy! Sighted just ahead!
Now, THAT'S a lot of splat switches!
After that ink wheel!
Careful! You're almost dry!
Aaand there goes your ink.

Agent 2's Quotes

Hear that? Don't waste ANY ink.
So...whaddya think'll happen if you shoot the middle ink wheel?
Gonna be tough to ink 'em all.
Hey, watch those ink levels!

O.R.C.A.'s Quotes

Mission...failed. You ran out of ink.

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 豊かな心でミニマムに生きる。
Yutaka na kokoro de minimamu ni ikiru.
Live minimally with a rich mind.
Netherlands Dutch Sparen zonder inkterest
Bereik het doel voor je inkt op is!
Saving up without ink-terest
Reach the goal before your ink runs out!
Canada French (NOA) Le gaspillage au tapis!
Atteins l'arrivée avant de tomber à court d'encre.
Bring the waste down!
Reach the end before running out of ink.
France French (NOE) Le gaspi au tapis !
Atteins l'arrivée avant de tomber à court d'encre.
Bring the waste down!
Reach the end before running out of ink.
Germany German Sparen an allen Ecken und Enden
Erreiche das Ziel, doch Achtung! Dein Tintenvorrat ist begrenzt!
Saving on all corners and ends
Reach the goal, but beware! Your ink is limited!
Italy Italian Tutela dell'inchiostro
Raggiungi il traguardo prima di esaurire l'inchiostro.
Ink conservation
Reach the goal before running out of ink.
Russia Russian Экономия краски
Доберитесь до цели до того, как у вас закончится краска.

Ekonomiya kraski
Doberites' do tseli do togo, kak u vas zakonchitsya kraska.
Paint saving
Reach the goal before you run out of ink.
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Sustentabilidad tintera
Alcanza la meta antes de quedarte sin tinta.
Spain Spanish (NOE) Sostentibilidad tintera
Alcanza la meta usando una cantidad de tinta limitada.
China Chinese 丰富心灵,简约生活。
Fēngfù xīnlíng, jiǎnyuē shēnghuó.
Rich Mind, Simple Life.
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 用豐富的心靈過簡約的生活
Yòng fēngfù de xīnlíngguò jiǎnyuē de shēnghuó
Living a simple life with a rich mind
South Korea Korean 맥시멈의 마음으로 미니멈하게 살다.
maegsimeom-ui ma-eum-eulo minimeomhage salda.
Living the simpliest life with a rich mind.
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