Agent 8 lands and has to go through a stage to find a weapon. The first room has them lure a SanitizedOctoseeker to smash crates and get a key to unlock a vault containing a pressure switch. The switch opens a doorway to a room with Inkrails and Sanitized Octomissiles. After dodging them, Agent 8 has to trick a lone Sanitized Octotrooper to break a box and give them access to Splat Bomb and return to the Octoseeker room. They have to ink a switch with the Splat Bombs that grants them access to a room with Sanitized Octohurlers and platforms with propellers. After Super Jumping to another section with three Octohurlers, Agent 8 receives the Octo Shot and will be able to climb up the wall past the Octoseeker and finally get to the Belly Phase.
If the player gets splatted, they are given a 20% skip charge, meaning five splats will end up with 100% skip charge. This allows the option to skip the phase, where the following dialogue will be displayed:
"Having acquired a weapon, Agent 8 headed for the upper levels..."
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Bleh! A dead end... Isn't there anything you can do?
Ah! A can!
That enemy is pretty fresh. What's it called?
Eight! Watch out for the Baloney-yum!
Woo! Get inking, Eight!
I see a big ol' gate! Is that the exit?
Whoop whoop! Launchpad!
The developers revealed that if Agent 8 gets splatted during this phase, they will actually die, because they are not connected to a respawn platform. This means the game goes back in time every time you get splatted during the escapes.
Names in other languages
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ジュウモウ管理区 Jūmō kanri-ku
Villi control zone
Door merg en been Vind een wapen en ga door tot het eind!
Through marrow and bone[note 1] Find a weapon and go through until the end!
Zottenzone Finde eine Waffe und arbeite dich vor!
Villi zone Find a weapon and work your way up!
Frying pan Pavilion
Кишечный корпус Kishechnyy korpus
↑"Door merg en been gaan" is a Dutch expression meaning "it is chilling/harrowing".