How To Defeat DJ Octavio In Splatoon 3

Players might remember DJ Octavio as the last boss of Splatoon 2 but in Splatoon 3, you encounter this guy much earlier. DJ Octavio is the first boss players will encounter in Splatoon 3 after completing Camp Cuttle. If you are struggling to defeat Octobot King L3.Gs in Splatoon 3, allow our guide to help you out.

How to defeat DJ Octavio in Splatoon 3

DJ Octavio or Octobot King L3.Gs will be available for players to tackle after completing all the levels of Camp Cuttle. This boss is split into multiple phases, each with a unique move set that you must learn and overcome.

Below we have outlined the best strategy to defeat DJ Octavio during each phase of his boss encounter as soon as he comes crashing in with his mecha-suit.

First phase

The first stage in the fight against DJ Octavio will consist of a series of attacks including steel fists and drill punches. Octavio’s first attack will be the steel punch which will head right your way.

You can dodge this attack by shooting ink at him. Do note that you have to keep throwing ink until the punch turns away in another direction.

This attack will be followed by a drill punch which can easily be dodged by moving to either side. Dodging this attack will cause his punch to be stuck in the ground, which you can shoot again with ink until it’s released and flies back.


DJ Octavio will then shoot his steel fists a few more times, and you can again shoot his fists with ink just as before. Eventually, he will fall out of the mech suit after you do enough damage, and the next phase of the fight will start.

Note that while Octobot King L3.Gs is out of the suit you can deal maximum damage to him to end the fight quicker.

Second phase

This stage mainly consists of DJ Octavio sucking ink like a vacuum to draw all your ink. This will be accompanied by his standard move set that included both his steel fists and drill. Just keep hitting him with ink during those stages of the fight to ensure maximum damage.

Use the Small fry companion and throw it in the air by pressing the button ‘R’ which DJ Octavio might suck in. It will deal some good damage to DJ Octavio and might lead to your vindication.

Keep dodging and hitting until eventually, your Small fry companion returns to you which will start phase 3 of the fight.

Third and final phase

By Phase 3, DJ Octavio is gonna get enraged and the fight will be much tougher.

The last phase of the fight against DJ Octavio will start with his circular purple ink attacks which you have to jump over to avoid. Try not to get hit as they deal a lot of damage.

Along with dodging this attack, you need to shoot at the hands every time he shoots his hand to deal plenty of damage. This will lead to him falling from the mech for the third and last time. Shoot him enough times to finally, end the battle and claim victory.

How many times do you have to hit DJ Octavio?

The fight with DJ Octavio occurs in three stages. However, if you combine all hits in all these stages, we can determine that it takes four hits per stage on the mechanical punches to pull out DJ Octavio, then it takes 13-14 direct splash hits on the vulnerable DJ Octavio. Hence, combining the hits on the punches accounts for a total of 12 hits.

How to beat DJ Octavio in Splatoon 3 hero mode

The key to beating DJ Octavio in Hero Mode is that players should make use of the area when facing him. This can be done by inking the arena during the battle. It helps us in dodging the attacks and it also assists us in countering DJ Octavio’s Ink vac.

The other keynote is to throw small fry as soon as you see the ink vac. This is integral in beating the opponent since it results in heavy damage to DJ Octavio.

The rest of the match revolves around us splashing ink on the steel fists in midair which also deals instant damage to the boss. This way we can easily beat DJ Octavio in Splatoon 3 hero mode.

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