Balloons are destroyable items that appear in Splatoon's tutorial, various Octo Valley missions, Octo Canyon missions, Octo Expansion stations, Alterna, and the Battle Dojo. They also appeared in the tutorial of the E3 2014 Splatoon demo.
Balloons come in a variety of colors, tied to a weighted string that keeps them suspended in mid-air. In the Battle Dojo, balloons are decorated with the Battle Dojo logo. Balloons in the tutorial and the E3 2014 Splatoon demo's tutorial have the Turf War logo, and balloons in Octo Valley have the Octo Valley logo. In Octo Expansion, the balloons' appearances have been changed to resemble foil balloons instead of rubber ones, and have a target on them. In Return of the Mammalians, there are green balloons that will reward the player either a Sunken Scroll or power eggs when popped.
Balloons act as targets for testing weapons and the game's controls, as they can be popped by shooting at them with ink. In the Battle Dojo, popping a balloon awards one point normally, and two points during the last minute of the battle. In Octo Valley, balloons often contain Power Eggs, which are automatically collected when they are popped.
In Octo Canyon, balloons are found in sectors, both that will grant players Power Eggs, or even Sunken Scrolls. When the first colored balloon is popped, an arrow will tell the player where the next set of balloons are. The player then has to follow the balloons and pop them in the amount of time, otherwise, the balloons will float away, and the player will have to start again back from the beginning. Once the player has popped the last set of balloons, a Scroll will appear from inside the balloon, and the player can collect it.
In the Octo Expansion, a new type of balloon known as a "fail balloon" is introduced, and it is exclusive to Bustalicious Station. If Agent 8 pops it, the liquid bag on their ink tank will explode, losing them a life. They're tougher than most balloons.
In the Alternian overworld on each island is a green balloon that will reward the player with a sunken scroll after a short time trial to pop balloons across the island. Doing so subsequent times will reward the player with some Power Eggs.
Names in other languages
|French (NOA)||Ballon d'échec|
|Korean||불량 풍선||Error Balloon|