Canned special

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A Mystery Canned Special from Splatoon.

Cans are collectibles in the Splatoon series that may grant the player a main weapon, sub weapon, special weapon, Power Eggs, effects, or CQ Points.


Regular cans in the Splatoon series have the appearance of real-world tin cans used for storing food. They are short and cylindrical, with a label wrapped around the side depending on the contents, and a pull-off tab on the top. The appearance of Power Egg cans is based on caviar tins, with a label including the company's logo on the top, foil seals, and a translucent body. They appear in Octo Valley, the Battle Dojo, Octo Canyon, the Octo Expansion, and Return of the Mammalians.


Mystery (Battle Dojo)

The Mystery Can only appears in Battle Dojo and does not give a set weapon. Its label is decorated with a large question mark with two eyes (similar in design to the Splatoon logo) over a background of colorful ink splats. Unlike the ones seen in Octo Valley, these ones do not exclusively give a special weapon, as they also may give the player the effects of a sub weapon. Using it will randomly select an ability from below.

  • Bubbler: Equips the player with a Bubbler.
  • Disruptor: Causes the opponent to suffer as if under the effects of a Disruptor.
  • Full Power-Up: Causes the player to receive a temporary boost to their run speed, swim speed and ink recovery. Inverse to the Disruptor.
  • Inkstrike: Automatically sends an Inkstrike to the opponent's current location.
  • Inkzooka: Equips the player with an Inkzooka.
  • Point Sensor: Causes the player to see the opponent as if they were under the effects of a Point Sensor.
  • Sprinkler: Automatically places a Sprinkler in front of the player.
  • Super Jump: Automatically causes both players to swap places through a Super Jump.


The Special Cans will fill the special meter with the type of can it is contained in. Upon collecting, the player will be able to immediately activate the special.


  • Bomb Rush: The Bomb Rush Canned Special has a mostly yellow label with green accents. It features an image of a Splat Bomb, and its background is an image of multiple falling Splat Bombs, arranged in a pattern. Upon acquiring this can, Agent 3 can rapidly deploy their current sub weapon.
  • Bubbler: The Bubbler Canned Special has a mainly dark pink label with blue accents. It features an image of a male Inkling encased in a white, sparkling Bubbler. The label also includes yellow Inkling text layered over the image. Upon activating this Can, Agent 3 is able to use the Bubbler, an impenetrable shield.
  • Inkzooka: The Inkzooka Canned Special has a primarily green label with three large, red, vertical stripes, which appear to include a string of Inkling text. It features an image of an Inkzooka. Upon acquiring this Can, Agent 3 can utilize the Inkzooka.

Splatoon 2

Unlike Splatoon, Splatoon 2's cans in Octo Canyon containing specials all have the same label, as do the cans in the Octo Expansion.

  • Octo Canyon: The cans found in Octo Canyon have a mainly green label with darker green stains giving it a camouflage pattern. It features Ammo Knights' logo and name in Inkling with yellow and black-outlined letters.
A Canned Special in Octo Canyon.
  • Octo Expansion: These cans have a mostly blue label with a thick white border on the bottom and a black square covering up both colors. From right to left, the blue part of the label features white icons with the Hero Shot and a black bar underneath it, a Splat Bomb, the Hero Shot with a Splat Bomb underneath it, and a fourth icon, using the same black and yellow, which does not represent anything. Underneath the icons is black text in Inkling that looks like a list of nutritional values. Underneath that, in the white border, are black icons of a triangle pointing down, two arrows, which likely represent that the can is recyclable, and what looks like a bar code. The black square has the Kamabo Corporation's logo in white and a small yellow swallowtail flag in the right corner.

Splatoon 3

Template:Image Canned Specials return in Splatoon 3: Return of the Mammalians, functioning identically to the previous two games. If the player is equipped with the Hero Gear when picking up a Canned Special, the special weapon replaces their Splashdown until it is used. Every special weapon in the game appears as a Canned Special in at least one mission, with the exceptions of Booyah Bomb, Tacticooler and Big Bubbler.

Canned Specials in Alterna have a mostly yellow label with a thick white border on the bottom and a black square with the Cuttlegear logo. From right to left, the yellow part of the label features black and white icons depicting the Crab Tank, Big Bubbler, Ultra Stamp, and Trizooka (despite the Big Bubbler not appearing in cans). The white border has the same icons as the version from the Octo Expansion.

A canned special in Splatoon 3.
Missions that heavily feature Canned Specials


A Splattershot canned weapon.

In the Octo Expansion, some levels require the player to enter the stage unarmed, but later have them gain weapons via weapon cans. Weapon cans will add the associated weapon to the player's arsenal and for the rest of the stage. The weapon may be a main weapon or a sub weapon.

Egg Capsules

Egg Capsules are a special type of can that give the player a variable amount of Power Eggs or CQ Points. They are scattered throughout levels in Octo Canyon, missions in the Deepsea Metro, and both levels and the overworld in Alterna, often in spots that give the player a small extra challenge or in crates. The Egg Capsule is an orange tin with a graphic top and a transparent body showing the Power Eggs inside.


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