The group resumes their course towards the Rose Morning Star. En route, however, they are drawn into a bizarre, seemingly living structure, leaving Bokomon and Neemon alone. The DigiDestined find themselves in a strange tunnel and as they explore, J.P. finds that the tunnel ends in an eye. A hand grows out of the wall and pushes J.P. through the eye and into the volcanic wasteland of the Earth Area. There, he encounters Volcamon, who taunts him and says that he has no friends. Although J.P. initially refuses to believe him, he becomes less and less confident that the other DigiDestined are his friends. J.P. spirit evolves into Beetlemon and defeats Volcamon, purifying him. After his victory, however, he begins to fear that Volcamon's implication that one of his friends pushed him through the eye is true. A voice begins to mock him and reminds him of the way his classmates would ignore him and were never truly his friends. The voice reveals that he is J.P.'s shadow and it begins to attack him via the earth and rock around him. Suddenly, a stadium is formed and his shadow self takes on a tangible form as Beetlemon. He continues to taunt him, saying that J.P. has never had any real friends. He creates multiple illusions of Koji, Takuya, Zoe, and Tommy, who taunt him mercilessly. Beetlemon and his shadow begin to fight, but J.P. is severely outmatched and reverts to his human form. Just then, Zoe, Takuya, Koji, and Tommy stumble through the eyeball portal and begin to support J.P. in his battle. When Beetlemon says he will destroy them, J.P. becomes angry and beast spirit evolves into MetalKabuterimon. Unimpressed, his shadow also slide evolves into MetalKabuterimon. MetalKabuterimon fires his Electron Cannon at a close range, taking out his shadow and injuring himself, returning to human form. The rest of the group run over and make sure he's okay. Just as they are reunited, however, several hands appear and push everyone through new eyeball portals.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)