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Splatoon 2 guide: Octostomp and Neo Octostomp

Sector 3 boss — I’m BAAAAAAAAACK! … And I brought this sweet new coat!

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In each of Splatoon 2’s five sectors, you’ll have to defeat a boss like the Octostomp and its jacketed variant the Neo Octostomp to move on to the next area. All but the last of these fights consist of three phases, with each getting just a little harder and faster than the last. For the most part, you only have a couple things to do: Get out of the way and wait for an opening.

Each of these fights is unique, though, so we’ve got videos and tips for all five. Watch the video and remember our tips and you won’t get splatted (as much).

How to beat Octostomp and Neo Octostomp

Your fight against the Octostomp is all about getting out of its way. And that’s really all there is to it. There are a couple of twists that get added in the second and third phases, but your approach is always the same: Just get out of the way.

  • Shoot ink off to the sides. The Octostomp is going to charge at you and you need an escape route.
  • When it charges — and falls on its face — your job is to spray ink up its side. You’re not going to get ink all the way up on your first try, so try to dodge in the same direction if you can.
  • Once you can swim up, do so and blast the tentacle sticking out of its back.
  • The second phase adds a big twist — the Octostomp is wearing a coat. You can’t ink its jacket, so you have to get it off.
  • Also, it’s got a gun sticking out of its head.
  • Keep up with your side-to-side dodges, but watch for openings that let you get directly in the Octostomp’s face. Shoot the clasp holding the jacket on until it pops off.
  • Once the jacket falls off, you’re back to the rules of the first phase: Dodge and ink up the side.
  • The third phase includes another jacket, but adds two more faces — making the Octostomp three times as wide. You’re just repeating the previous two phases, but with some extra dodging.

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