The Black Bulls are gathered in their hideout and considering how they will spend the next six months preparing for the upcoming battle with the devil-possessed mage whom they saw conquer the Diamond Kingdom. Before they can make any plans, they hear a loud banging at the front door. Before Magna Swing could even reach the door, Mereoleona Vermillion barges in and questions where Yami Sukehiro is. The Black Bulls say that he is away at the moment. Mereoleona is slightly disappointed, but is ultimately uncaring. She uses her Fire Magic to grab hold of them all and takes them with her for a training session at the Ultime-Volcano Mountain Trail. There they meet Fuegoleon, Leopold Vermillion, and the rest of the Crimson Lion squad.
Magna notes the extreme heat and Asta realizes that it can be very harsh for someone their first time at the Grand Magic Zone. Since they were brought to the volcano against their will, Fuegoleon uses a magic tool to help them use Mana Skin. Asta, on the other hand, having gained better control of his Anti Magic since the last time he was there, coats his body in Anti Magic to protect himself from the mana-made heat.
Asta starts racing for the top but is immediately stopped by Mereoleona. She explains that they are not climbing to the top, but instead descending through the much more dangerous underground cave in a race to the center. The volcano's heat comes from underground mana, so the deeper they go, the more intense the heat. In addition, the cave is full of monsters that are perfectly adapted to the extreme conditions. However, at the center of the caves, there is a hot spring even better than the one at the summit.
While everyone is charging in, Charmy Pappitson tries to convince Gordon Agrippa to escape with her, believing that they have no place in the nightmarish training ground. Mereoleona, having overheard them, allows them to leave, reiterating the dangers of the cave and stating that the weak have no place there. Gordon and Charmy accept the unspoken challenge, Gordon because he wants to become stronger for his friends sake, and Charmy because she wants to make a meal out of the cave monsters.
Asta and Leopold are racing each other through the cave, pushing themselves to the point of exhaustion. On the other hand, Secre Swallowtail is riding on Asta's head in her bird form, only accompanying them for the hot spring. Noelle Silva is pushing herself as her Mana Skin begins to weaken, the heat causing her to hallucinate, specifically Asta in a swimsuit and a beach in the background. When Noelle returns to her senses, she sees Asta right next to her, and as usual, sprays him with a blast of water.
Luck Voltia and Magna are climbing up the side of a cliff above a pool of magma. Magna questions if this route is actually a shortcut, to which Luck responds that he is actually heading in the direction of a strong potential opponent he was sensing. Magna complains that they should instead be looking for the goal. As they climb, Magna is hit in the face several times by rocks, which he accuses Luck of doing on purpose.
Gordon waits for Charmy who is casting a fishing net into a lake of boiling water but having no luck catching anything. Gordon proposes that there might simply be nothing in the lake to catch. Charmy immediately dismisses that idea, believing that her meal instincts are never wrong. Luck and Magna run into Gordon and Charmy.
A giant spider attacks the Magic Knights and Noelle gets caught in webs. Leopold attempts to fight the spider back with his Fire Magic. The spider is pushed back but seemingly unharmed. Mereoleona and Fuegoleon fly in on Salamander and reveal that drawing out the spider was the real goal. It has a natural instinct to hide from fights it cannot win, so it would not reveal itself to Mereoleona whenever she tried searching for it. Salamander destroys a wall, uncovering an underground dungeon.
Magic and Spells used
I'll Surpass You 「追い越す Oikosu」: Asta and Leopold compete in various scenarios, but Leopold keeps cheating.
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