The Path to Perfect Penmanship

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04-11: Stamp 'Em Out
Return of the Mammalians missions
04-Boss: The Pursuit of the Precious

The Path to Perfect Penmanship
Use the splat switches to reach the goal within the time limit.
Site Landfill Dreamland
Fee Power Egg Alternas 30
Lives 3

 Try this! 

Clear Rewards
Power Egg Alternas 1400 Power Egg Alternas 1400
Clear Rewards
Power Egg Alternas 400 Power Egg Alternas 400
Music Ride or Fry
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The Path to Perfect Penmanship

The Path to Perfect Penmanship is 42nd level in Splatoon 3's story mode, Return of the Mammalians.


To reach the goal, the player must use an Octobrush or Inkbrush to activate all the splat-switches within the time limit. The player can pick up two ink refillers along the path. If time runs out and any splat switches have not been activated, O.R.C.A. will splat the player. The player then respawns at the checkpoint before the timer starts.

Enemies and mechanics

Previously introduced



Agent 1's Quotes

You can ink a lot of ground by holding while you're on the move.
I see one, two... Whew! That's a LOT of splat switches. Just ink 'em in order, I guess!
Nice! Keep it up!
You can't miss ANY splat switches!
— If the player missed a splat switch after grabbing the first ink refiller
Don't stop now!
Yeah, that was pretty good! By the way, have you seen this?

Agent 2's Quotes

Nice! Hope you're feeling all warmed up, 'cause it's about to get serious.
Those refill your ink, so grab 'em when you see 'em.
I think you missed something...
— If the player missed a splat switch after grabbing the second ink refiller
Did you miss a splat switch? 'Cause I feel like you missed a splat switch...
— If the player missed a splat switch after reaching the end
That was tense! Even Smallfry was bouncin'!
Wow... I would NOT wanna be the one to have to clean this place up. What a mess.
I'm not gonna lie. You KINDA made an inky mess of the place. But at least you made it to the end!
I'd say we've earned a few Power Eggs.

O.R.C.A.'s Quotes

Mission...failed. Your time has run out.


  • After inking all the switches, the path creates an image of a Smallfry. If the player creates it correctly, they will be rewarded with 25 Power Eggs.

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 線を引く、道ができる、やがて街になる。
Draw lines, roads will form, eventually, it become a town.
Turn on the switches and reach the goal.
Netherlands Dutch Kalligrafisch geweld
Raak alle schakelaar voor de tijd om is!
Calligraphic violence
Hit all switches before the time runs out!
Germany German Pinselstrich, verlass mich nicht
Aktiviere die Schalter innerhalb des Zeitlimits!
Brushstroke, don't leave me
Activate all switches within the time limit!
Russia Russian Путь каллиграфа
Доберитесь до цели, закрасив переключатели за отведённое время.

Put' kalligrafa
Doberites' do tseli, zakrasiv pereklyuchateli za otvedyonnoe vremya.
Calligrapher's way
Reach the goal by painting the switches in the alloted time.
SpainMexico Spanish Excursión caligráfica
Alcanza la meta activando interruptores dentro del límite de tiempo.
China Chinese (Simplified) 线成路,路成镇。

Xiàn chéng lù, lù chéng zhèn.
Kāiqǐ kāiguān bìng dǐdá zhōngdiǎn.
Lines form roads, roads form towns.
Turn on the splat switches and reach the goal.