Asta, Gauche Adlai, and Sister Theresa finally make it to the cave only to find a dazed Marco Scarlet outside. Asta uses his sword to dispel it, which surprises Theresa. They decide to enter the cave and leave Marco outside, much to his anxiety, but Asta lends him his robe, encouraging him.
Meanwhile, Baro is extracting the children's mana and orders Neige to bring Marie Adlai to him. Gauche appears and is enraged when he sees Marie's injured cheek. Neige tries to fight back but is no match for the Magic Knight.
Asta and Theresa arrive and she inspects the unconscious children's bodies only to find out their mana has been sucked out of their bodies, which might prevent them from using magic. Asta is moved by this revelation and gets into a fighting stance. Baro belittles Asta for not having any mana only to get slashed by Asta.