Sunken Scroll

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Sunken Scrolls are items found in Splatoon's single-player mode, Octo Valley. Each one has information about the world of the game and its history, such as the Great Turf War. There is one Sunken Scroll in each stage, with 27 regular scrolls and 5 from boss missions. Sunken scrolls are usually hidden out of the player's way, except for Boss Scrolls, which are directly in front of the Zapfish after the battle ends. Scrolls are automatically collected in a book, which can be viewed from the overworld of Octo Valley via Button1 Minus.png.

Boss Scrolls award the player with blueprints for new multiplayer weapons, which are unlocked the next time the player goes to Ammo Knights. They must still be bought with cash, and all Level requirements will apply.

List of Scrolls

Scroll 1

The first Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Since time immemorial, a rare type of electric catfish known as the Zapfish has been prized by Inkling society as a source of energy. In fact, the entire city of Inkopolis is powered by a single 100-year-old Great Zapfish! "
  • Text (EU/OC): "Since time immemorial, a rare type of electric catfish known as the Zapfish has been prized by Inkling society as a source of energy. In fact, the entire city of Inkopolis is powered by a single one-hundred-year-old Great Zapfish!"
  • Level: Octotrooper Hideout
  • Location: At the fourth checkpoint, on the tallest pillar (front left). Ink the middle pillar, climb it, then ink the left one and jump to it in squid form. Grab the scroll on top.
  • Description: A picture of the Great Zapfish. It resembles a Namazu-e, an ukiyo-e print of Namazu.

Scroll 2

The second Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "We Octarians dwell in a world deep underground. The individual caves in which we live are connected by a network of transport devices known as kettles. Wow... You learn something new every day! "
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'We Octarians dwell in a world deep underground. The individual caves in which we live are connected by a network of transport devices known as "kettles".' 'Wow...so that's how our home works!' "
  • Level: Lair of the Octoballs
  • Location: At the third checkpoint, under the grated walkway. Climb the wall, go round the corner and then drop through the grated walkway as a squid. The scroll and a launchpad will be waiting for you on a platform.
  • Description: A cartoonish diagram of the Octarian's underground domes.

Scroll 3

The third Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "This seems to be an Octarian assault vehicle, but it doesn't seem to have an engine. The big question, then... how does it move? It's frighteningly clear that the source of Octarian power lies outside the realm of established science."
  • Text (EU/OC): "This appears to be a machine designed for Octarians to ride, but there is nothing inside. The big question is then...how does it move? Perhaps the Octarians are able to power it through hard work and willpower alone...?"
  • Level: Rise of the Octocopters
  • Location: At the sixth checkpoint, on the right pillar after the drop. Ink the pillar on the left, climb it, ink the pillar on the right, and then climb it and reach the top.
  • Description: A schematic of the Octarian vehicles.

Scroll 4

The fourth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA/EU/OC): "This scroll was found in a deep rock layer, its age estimated at approximately 2,000 years. It details the ancient Turf Wars of the time. It seems the ancient four-versus-four battle format had already been established at this stage."
  • Level: Gusher Gauntlet
  • Location: At the final checkpoint, go up the first gusher, then the left one, then the left one again. An enemy will be sitting on the crate containing the scroll.
  • Description: A piece of art similar to that of ancient Egypt, featuring eight Inklings and Judd on a set of scales.

Scroll 5

The fifth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "The Terrifying Biology of the Inkling! Strength: Can leap up to 5 feet. Brain: Simple and predatory. Bones: None! Eyes: Can spot prey from 100 yd. away. Defense: High-pressure, high-capacity ink sack."
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'The Terrifying Biology of the Inkling!' 'Limbs: Can leap up to 1.5m' 'Brain: Simple and hedonistic' 'Bones: None' 'Eyes: Can spot prey from 100m away' 'Defense: High-pressure, high-capacity ink sac' "
  • Level: Floating Sponge Garden
  • Location: At the fourth checkpoint, under the already inflated sponge. Let the two roaming enemies hit it or alternatively let the Octotroopers ahead of the sponge shoot it. After it deflates, drop through the net and get the scroll.
  • Description: A picture featuring an X-ray of an Inkling, revealing that they do not have bones. The tone of this text implies that this is Octarian propaganda.

Scroll 6

The sixth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA/EU/OC): "The Department of Energy has announced that further declines in the availability of electric power are likely to occur in the near future. With the underground domes also deteriorating rapidly, the future does not look bright."
  • Level: Propeller-Lift Playground
  • Location: At the second checkpoint, under the propeller lift. Immediately after reaching the checkpoint, spray the fan but don't ride it. Drop down under it to collect the scroll.
  • Description: Newspaper clippings showing what can be assumed to be a member of the Octarian Department of Energy.

Scroll 7

The seventh Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "The ink sprayed during a Turf War vanishes almost immediately after the battle ends. How environmentally friendly! (And incredibly convenient!) "
  • Text (EU/OC): "The ink sprayed during a Turf War vanishes almost immediately after the battle ends. How environmentally friendly...and incredibly convenient!"
  • Level: Spreader Splatfest
  • Location: At the second checkpoint, under the platform after the drop. After hitting the checkpoint, go past the first obstacle and get rid of the Octocopters after the small drop. Face the walkway constantly being scrubbed over with purple ink. Hop on one of the platforms scrubbing the ink and ride it beneath the walkway, facing the platform you were just on previously. jump off and collect the scroll.
  • Description: A picture of all possible paint clashes that can happen in Turf War in Splatoon.

Scroll 8

The eighth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Paradise Lost by Octolangelo"
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'Paradise Lost' by Octolangelo"
  • Level: Octoling Invasion
  • Location: Hidden under a ramp, along the western side of the level. Go through the level as you normally would and reach the Zapfish. In its corner facing the rest of the level, head to the closest ramp on the path to the right. Go around the back of it to find the scroll.
  • Description: A painting, most likely inspired by "Adam and Eve", a painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1528.

Scroll 9

The ninth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "It seems that some Octarians can assume humanoid form. These specimens have superior physical capabilities and are highly aggressive. High-ranking individuals have kelp on their heads. But what motivates them, if anything at all? "
  • Text (EU/OC): "It seems that some Octarians can assume a humanoid form. These specimens have superior physical capabilities, and are highly aggressive. High-ranking individuals have kelp on their heads. But what motivates them, if anything at all?"
  • Level: Unidentified Flying Object
  • Location: At the third checkpoint, behind the ramp. After hitting the third checkpoint, go to the set of stairs leading to the ramp with grates bridging it and the next platform. Drop through the grates and face the backside of the ramp to collect the scroll.
  • Description: Papers and pictures of Octolings and Elite Octolings.

Scroll 10

The tenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "With creatures of the surface driven to extinction by rising sea levels, the ancestors of Inklings were free to haul their 10-legged bodies up onto the abandoned land. This is how the Mollusc Era began."
  • Text (EU/OC): "With the creatures of the surface driven to extinction by rising sea levels, the ancestors of the Inklings were free to haul their ten-legged bodies up onto the abandoned land. This is how the Mollusc Era began."
  • Level: Inkrail Skyscape
  • Location: At the third checkpoint, behind the second wall. When you hit the third checkpoint, go up the first wall using the Inkrail. Splat the two enemies, then activate the three inkrails leading up the wall. Instead of jump all the way up, get in the second inkrail and follow it around the wall to find a platform with the scroll on it.
  • Description: A parody of the painting known as "March of Progress" by Rudolf Zallinger.

Scroll 11

The eleventh Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Twice a year, the Inkopolis Collection fashion show captures the hearts, minds, and wallets of the city's youth. Is there no room in these creatures' minds for anything but battle and fashion? "
  • Text (EU/OC): "Twice a year, the Inkopolis Collection fashion show captures the hearts and minds of the city's youth. Is there no room in these creatures' minds for anything besides battle and fashion?"
  • Level: Inkvisible Avenues
  • Location: At the second checkpoint, under the invisible ramp. When you hit the second checkpoint, the crate containing the scroll is completely visible, however it is obstructed by a large, invisible ramp. Spray the ramp (and splat the oncoming octoballs). Stand at the top of the ramp and jump off the side. Angle your momentum toward the underside of the ramp. If done correctly, you should land right next to the crate containing the scroll.
  • Description: What can be assumed as fashion magazine covers, featuring jellyfish in various fashionable wear.

Scroll 12

The twelfth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "The first battles of the Great War ended in victory for the Octarian forces. The diligent Octarians easily dominated the Inklings, who were unable to wake up early enough in the morning to defend themselves."
  • Text (EU/OC): "The first battles of the Great War ended in victory for the Octarian forces. The diligent Octarians easily dominated the Inklings, who were unable to wake up early in the morning. The Inklings have long led a hedonistic style of life."
  • Level: Flooder Junkyard
  • Location: At the first checkpoint, under the platform with the Inkrail. When you hit the first checkpoint, proceed like you normally would until you reach the platform with the Inkrail. Turn right, and on the end there will be a platform with the back of an Inkrail. Shoot the front of the Inkrail, which is underneath the first platform, then use the inkrail to get to it. The scroll will be there, and you can take the Inkrail to get back.
  • Description: A gyotaku ink rubbing of a beaten squid.

Scroll 13

The thirteenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA/EU/OC): "Heralded by loud explosions, the 'Great Octoweapons' quickly stormed the Inklings' central stronghold. Victory for the Octarians seemed all but certain, but due to a plug being carelessly pulled from its socket, their hopes were dashed."
  • Level: Shifting Splatforms
  • Location: At the second checkpoint, beside the large wall. When landing on the checkpoint, you will be facing a large wall with shifting platforms and two Octocopters overhead. Rather than engaging them, go on the path to the right. Around the corner of the wall will be three large crates. Splat them and collect the scroll.
  • Description: A parody of the infamous picture of the Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".

Scroll 14

The fourteenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Lady Luck shone down on the Inklings, and historians today agree that the Inklings' victory over the Octarians was mostly due to their superior number of limbs."
  • Text (EU/OC): "Lady Luck had smiled down upon the Inklings, and this turned the tide. Historians today generally agree that the Inklings' victory over the Octarians in their final struggle was largely due to their superior number of limbs."
  • Level: Octoling Assault
  • Location: At the far North of the map, along the wall in the Northeastern corner. Go through the level as you normally would. One you have reached the geyser leading up to the zapfish, turn around to face the South, toward your original spawn. Go along the elevated path to the left until you reach the small crate containing the scroll.
  • Description: A group of Inklings celebrating their victory over the Octarians with Judd, most likely inspired by "Liberty Leading the People", a painting by Eugène Delacroix in 1830.

Scroll 15

The fifteenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "This is the only existing photograph of the legendary Squidbeak Splatoon. The young man folding his arms appears to be the leader. When the picture was taken, the Great Turf War had been raging on for over a year."
  • Text (EU/OC): "This is the only remaining photograph of the Squidbeak Splatoon. The unknown young man folding his arms appears to be the leader. At the time this picture was taken, the Great Turf War had been raging on for over a year."
  • Level: Undeniable Flying Object
  • Location: In the northeastern corner of the map, hidden behind a wall. Go through the level normally, preferably sticking to the right side. When you reach the checkpoint right before the grated ramp and walkway, look towards the right behind the wall. There will be a crate containing the scroll.
  • Description: A platoon of Inklings, as well as Ammoses Shellendorf and Judd, led by a younger Cap'n Cuttlefish.

Scroll 16

The sixteenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Before the Great Turf War, there were amicable relations between the Inklings and the Octarians. They couldn't have dreamed that rising sea levels would force them to battle fiercely over the remaining territory."
  • Text (EU/OC): "Before the Great Turf War, there were friendly relations between the Inklings and Octarians. They could not have dreamed that further rising sea levels would soon force them to battle fiercely over the remaining territory."
  • Level: Propeller-Lift Fortress
  • Location: At the third checkpoint on a floating platform above the pool. After hitting the checkpoint, use the turret to hit the fan, bringing the platform over to you. As you defeat the enemies, keep note of the taller portion of the wall to the left. Ink a trail up that rather than the main wall when you reach the end of the pool. Climb up it, spray the ground and turn around. Using the ink you sprayed, jump over to the platform as a squid and get the scroll within the crate. If you went up the short part of the wall, don't worry. You can still pray the fan to move the platform out so you can try again.
  • Description: A possible parody picture of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt, but with DJ Octavio and Cap'n Cuttlefish

Scroll 17

The seventeenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "These two cousins from Calamari County won Inkopolis's first annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest. Their remarkable voices earned them a standing ovation from all present and catapulted them into the spotlight!"
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'Victory in the Kids' Folk Singing Contest went to these two cousins from the Calamari Region. Their remarkable voices had ink pressures riding high throughout the audience, and earned them a standing ovation from all present!' "
  • Level: Octosniper Ramparts
  • Location: At the second checkpoint under a net. When you get to the second checkpoint, go up the ramp and splat the Octosniper. After that is done, go through the net directly in front of the late Octosniper in squid form. You'll find the crate containing the scroll inside.
  • Description: A picture of a young Callie and Marie, wearing kimonos and holding a trophy and a certificate.

Scroll 18

The eighteenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "It's Black Friday every day at the Booyah Base Ultra-Mega-Hyper Sale! Every deal's a doorbuster! If you want to be the FRESHEST squid in Inkopolis, you CANNOT miss this incredible shopportunity!"
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'It's midsummer every day at the Booyah Base Ultra Mega Hyper Sale! Everything's a must-buy! If YOU want to be the freshest squid in Inkopolis, you CANNOT miss this inkredible shopportunity! Race down to Booyah Base today!' "
  • Level: Spinning Spreaders
  • Location: At the first checkpoint on a floating platform to the right of the spinning scrubbers. After you reach the first checkpoint, proceed as you usually would until you get to the second set of spinning spreaders the longer one. Stand on one of the long scrubbers and ink it. As you ride it you should see the platform with the crate containing the scroll on it. Ink the wall of the platform and jump to it as a squid to collect the scroll.
  • Description: Various pieces of gear from Booyah Base, as well as the Splattershot, Carbon Roller, and Classic Squiffer. Interestingly, it includes the Stealth Goggles despite them not having been released until Version 2.0.0. The patterned shirt similar to the Baby-Jelly Shirt at the top has never been released and is referred to as the "Shirtstravaganza" in Splatoon's files.

Scroll 19

The nineteenth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Is the big fluffy one providing shelter for the little fishy one, or is the little fishy one manipulating the big fluffy one? We may never know..."
  • Text (EU/OC): "Is the big fluffy one providing shelter for the little fishy one, or is the little fishy one manipulating the big fluffy one? We may never know...and perhaps it doesn't matter..."
  • Level: Tumbling Splatforms
  • Location: At the final checkpoint in the wall after the first drop. After getting the final checkpoint, head past the two rotation platforms and climb the wall. After dropping past the wall you just climbed, turn around and ink the wall. Swim up the ink into the crevice to find the scroll.
  • Description: A picture of a sea anemone with a pair of clown fish, most likely a reference to Annie and Moe.

Scroll 20

The twentieth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Squid Squad's new album, Fresh Kids, takes their trademark squidcore sound to a whole new level! Critics call it 'an aural buffet of squidiosyncratic psychedelicacy!' The perfect theme for any Turf War! On sale now!"
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'Squid Squad's new album, "Fresh Kids", takes their trademark squidcore sound to a whole new level! Critics call it "an aural buffet of squidiosyncratic psychedelicacy!" The perfect theme for any Turf War! On sale now!' "
  • Level: Octoling Uprising
  • Location: At the final checkpoint under the grate ramp just ahead of the inkrail. Get to the far Northern part of the map from spawn. Directly in front of the inkrail leading up to the Zapfish is a grate ramp. Go through it in squid form and find the scroll at the bottom.
  • Description: A picture of the four members of the band Squid Squad, as well as a few concert buttons.

Scroll 21

The twenty first Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "What is this? It looks like the proprietor of that shoe shop! Could there have been an ancient creature that consumed prawns as food?! A terrifying thought indeed..."
  • Text (EU/OC): "What is this? It looks just like the proprietor of that shoe shop. Could there have been a creature that consumed prawns as food?! A terryfying thought indeed..."
  • Level: Unwelcome Flying Object
  • Location: At the Northeastern part of the map at the end of a side path. Go through the level normally until you reach the checkpoint just after the central area of the map. Take a right through the wired fence and continue down that path. Defeat the Octarian along it and grab the scroll.
  • Description: An image of fried prawns with a how-to cooking guide. Most likely a reference to Crusty Sean.

Scroll 22

The twenty second Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "From the depths of the sea we emerged long ago, seeking the light of the surface. In search of still greater lights, we now send this message into outer space, sealed in a disk. Perhaps one day, we will encounter other intelligent life..."
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'From the depths of the sea we emerged long ago, seeking the light of the surface. In search of still greater lights, we now send this message into outer space, sealed in a disk. Perhaps one day, we will meet others like ourselves...' "
  • Level: Splat-Switch Revolution
  • Location: At the second checkpoint, behind the splat switch contraption. After hitting the second checkpoint, go through it normally until the launchpad on the wall later is available after activating the splat switch. Rather than climbing the wall and jumping into the launchpad, go around it on one of the side platforms and jump to the platform behind the wall where the scroll is located.
  • Description: A parody of the Voyager Golden Record.

Scroll 23

The twenty third Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "The customary chorus of Calamari County. Nowadays, this song and dance may as well be carved into the very DNA of all Inklings. It began as a way to celebrate and show respect for the bounty of the sea."
  • Text (EU/OC): "The traditional Calamari Shanty of the Calamari Region. Nowadays, this song and dance may as well be carved into the very DNA of all Inklings. It originated as a way to celebrate the sea and give thanks for its bounty."
  • Level: Spongy Observatory
  • Location: At the second checkpoint underneath the platform you start on. When you land on this checkpoint, proceed to the sponge, but do not inflate it. Look down past it to find two lower sponges. Inflate one of them and jump on it. From squid form, jump off of it onto the platform under the one that holds the checkpoint to receive the scroll.
  • Description: A note sheet is written into this scroll. The song in question is the same song the Squid Sisters sing during the final phase of the battle against DJ Octavio in Enter the Octobot King!

Scroll 24

The twenty fourth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA/EU/OC): "Why are we here? For what purpose do we exist? We must not dwell on these questions. We can merely trust in the will of the universe and spend our days and nights in harmony with the world, celebrating this festival called Life."
  • Level: Pinwheel Power Plant
  • Location: At the second checkpoint on the floating platform to the left of the second pinwheel. When you arrive at the second checkpoint go down the drop and up the wall to get to the second pinwheel. Splat the Octotrooper and ride one of the spinning platforms to jump across to the floating platform and get the scroll. It should be noted that the jump can only be made in squid form.
  • Description: A picture of a fax machine with ofuda talismans, surrounded by candles. This fax machine shows up whenever a Splatfest theme is announced.

Scroll 25

The twenty fifth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Though academic circles warn of rising sea levels, the policy makers pay them no heed. At this rate, human civilization may be lost beneath the tide. Will even this furry fellow be consumed by the raging ocean?"
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'Though academic circles warn of rising sea levels, the policy makers pay them no heed. At this rate, human civilisation may end up buried beneath the waves. Will even this furry fellow be consumed by the raging ocean?' "
  • Level: Far-Flung Flooders
  • Location: At the first checkpoint, on a lone island found using a hidden launchpad. Traverse along the tops of the walls after getting the first checkpoint as usual, but instead of going into the launchpad, drop behind it. You should land on a platform connected to another launchpad. Use it to launch to a floating island where the scroll awaits in the center.
  • Description: A picture of a human with Judd the Cat.

Scroll 26

The twenty sixth Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA/EU/OC): "A 12,000-year-old fossil of a creature with an odd internal skeleton. Its small skull indicates the creature was likely primitive with little intelligence. This specimen appears to have been fossilized in the middle of some kind of ritual."
  • Level: Octoling Onslaught
  • Location: At the Southwestern corner of the map. As soon as the mission starts, if you look to the left to the level platform across the map, you should be able to see the crate containing the scroll. If you are familiar with the Saltspray Rig map in multiplayer, the scroll is located where the enemy spawn point would be. Work through the level as normal until you get to the slopes leading to the central area of the map. Rather than following that path, go to the left of it and you should see an inkrail. Ride up the inkrail and follow the path to the scroll. An enemy Octoling will super jump in, so watch out.
  • Description: A fossilized human skeleton with a Wii U GamePad, a box with the Wii U logo, a disc, and a Wii Remote strapped to a Wii U Pro Controller, referencing the hidden alternative two-player controller option for the Battle Dojo mode.

Scroll 27

The twenty seventh Sunken Scroll.
  • Text (NA): "Oh, my beloved Judd... It seems the day has finally come. This capsule is designed to remain cryogenically sealed for 10,000 years. Good-bye, my purrfect little kitty cat. May your meows echo through the ages."
  • Text (EU/OC): " 'Oh, my beloved Judd... It seems the day has finally come. This capsule is designed to remain cryogenically sealed for 10,000 years. Good-bye, my purrfect little kitty cat. May the future be kind to you...' "
  • Level: Unavoidable Flying Object
  • Location: Along the western wall of the map on top of a wall. This scroll will be easily seen if you go to the central pillar of the map and take a left. However, the scroll cannot be reached this way. Go to the northern end of the map and take a U-turn around the left wall. There should be an Octosniper waiting for you. Splat the Octosniper, climb the various slopes, and shoot the crate sitting atop the wall to find the scroll.
  • Description: A picture of Judd the Cat being sealed inside of a cryogenic capsule.

Boss Scrolls

Blueprints collected from bosses.

amiibo Scrolls

Blueprints collected from bosses with amiibo.

Trivia

  • If a player gets the Sunken Scroll but gets splatted before they reach the next Checkpoint, they will lose it and will have to pick it up again.
  • In amiibo challenges, the crate that would contain the Sunken Scroll in Octo Valley mode will have 10 Power Eggs in it instead.

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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ミステリーファイル
Misuterī Fairu
Mystery Files
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Pergaminos Scrolls
FlagItaly.svg Italian Documenti Documents