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Shootin' the Sneeze ...The Dreaded Octonozzle!

The Dreaded Octonozzle (タコツボドラム Takotsubo Doramu?, lit. Octopus-Pot Drum) is one of the Great Octoweapons and the second boss of Splatoon's Hero Mode.

Apperence

The Dreaded Octonozzle has the appearance of a cylinder with legs, eyes, and a cannon; it has holes in it where suction cups of the tentacles appear.

Attacks

Pre-Battle

When you start off and Super Jump into the arena, it is a mostly grassy arena with some small walls for cover. However, it's advised to use Seekers, Splat Bombs, and Burst Bombs to spread ink for an easier time swimming around when the battle begins. Upon starting off the battle, a tentacle emerges from a hole on top of the Octonozzle. The tentacle grabs the Zapfish once it floats down. Upon grabbing the Zapfish, the fight begins.

Phase 1

The Octonozzle will attempt to kick purple ink balls at you. You should dodge them and get to cover. Using Seekers to spread ink from your current cover is a good strategy. When the Octonozzle is not looking, you can assault it. It will have a tentacle poking out of a hole. Destroying the tentacle will cause its head to spin around. When the head stops spinning, you should quickly, but carefully, climb the side of the head, as the large pool of ink below the head will instantly kill you. Once you are on top of the head, you should see a tentacle. Splat the tentacle on the top of its head. You will then super jump away when purple ink gushes out of the hole like a fountain.

Phase 2

The Octonozzle expands its tentacle section on the middle to two layers. More tentacles will appear out of these sections, and you must destroy them all quickly, as they will regenerate after a time. The Octonozzle now can do a 5 ball spreadshot, which is dangerous and can be difficult to dodge. After again destroying all of the tentacles, you should once again climb up the head. The Octonozzle will recover quicker this time, so speed is necessary to get up in time. Splatting the tentacle on top again will allow you to super jump away and begin phase 3.

Phase 3

In the final phase, there are still two layers in the boss' midsection. However, this time, there are even more tentacles to destroy. In addition, the Octonozzle can now fire a small stream of inkballs; however, they can be easily jumped over. You must once again quickly destroy all of the tentacles and climb to the top of the Octonozzle's head. Splatting the tentacle on top will cause the boss to explode, exposing the Zapfish. All that's left to do is to collect the weapon scroll and rescue the Zapfish. Mission complete.

Strategy

When the battle begins, a single tentacle's sucker will poke out from the front of the Dreaded Octonozzle. To defeat the Dreaded Octonozzle, you will evade its attacks by hiding behind the platforms, swimming over to the sucker, and shooting it until the Octonozzle is stunned. After that, you will shoot ink on its sides, swim up on top of it, and take out the tentacle. The same strategy is used for the next two stages, the only difference being that 3 suckers appears on the second stage, and 4 on the third. You must take out all of the suckers to climb the Dreaded Octonozzle. After you take out the tentacle 3 times, the Dreaded Octonozzle is defeated and the battle is over. You will be rewarded with the Zapfish and a Sunken Scroll.

Another way to defeat the Octonozzle is to distract it with seekers and shoot the tentacle sucker.

Trivia

  • The subtitle for this mission, "Shootin' the Sneeze...", is a play on the phrase "shooting the breeze", a saying used to describe a relaxed or purposeless conversation.
  • All the other boss fights require the Great Octoweapons to first attack you before you can attack it. The Dreaded Octonozzle does not.
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