Ink Cannon

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An Ink Cannon in Octo Canyon.
The other style of cannon, in Salmon Run Next Wave.
To fire the Ink Cannon, hold ZL to aim and then press ZR!

The Ink Cannon (sometimes known simply as a cannon) is a mechanic in the Splatoon series. It is a huge turret that appears in certain stages, primarily in the single-player modes, Octo Valley, Octo Canyon, and the Octo Expansion. A slightly different Ink Cannon also appears in Salmon Run and Salmon Run Next Wave, as well as in the Shifty Station stage Cannon Fire Pearl.


Ink Cannons fire missiles which can travel great distances and deal a large amount of damage. The damage does not seem to taper off with distance from the impact point, dealing the full amount over the entire splash range. The missiles are affected by gravity and have a limited range. Firing the cannon works the same as the main weapon, as it fires with ZR and has an aiming reticle. Ink Cannons typically do not use any of the ink from the player's ink tank. The view zooms in significantly when using an Ink Cannon, similar to using a scoped charger. There is also a short cooldown after shooting a missile before being able to launch another missile.

The Ink Cannons in Octo Valley, Octo Canyon, and the Deepsea Metro shield the user from damage while they are operating the cannon, while the cannons in Salmon Run and Salmon Run: Next Wave do not.



Octo Valley

  • The first Ink Cannon can be found in Lair of the Octoballs. There is a hidden Launchpad in Checkpoint 6 that can be found hidden under some small crates that take Agent 3 to the last checkpoint. When there, an Ink Cannon can be found. This can be used to ink a large wall guarded by a Squee-G and two Twintacile Octotroopers waiting at the top of the wall.
  • The mission Floating Sponge Garden holds an Ink Cannon at the Final Checkpoint. Using this Ink Cannon makes the sponge section easier so that Octotroopers and Octocopters will not be in the way.
  • In Checkpoint 3 at Propeller-Lift Fortress, there is an Ink Cannon that has to be used in order to fetch a propeller platform. When successful, Agent 3 will meet with six Octocopters and an Octobomber near the original location of the platform.

Splatoon 2

Octo Canyon

The Ink Cannon's appearance was slightly modified in Splatoon 2, with it looking like a checkpoint with a cannon and artillery shield. It functions identically to the first game.

Salmon Run

  • During the Cohock Charge Known Occurrence, a slightly different kind of Ink Cannon appears near the shoreline. These cannons are shaped like a sphere with a muzzle protruding out and do consume the user's ink when fired, forcing the player to periodically exit the cannon to refill. When inside one of these cannons, the player's ink meter is shown along the right side of the screen. Other than this, these cannons function the same as the ones in single-player modes.
  • The cannons are powerful enough to defeat any Lesser Salmonid with one shot and most Boss Salmonids with one or two shots, depending on where they were hit.
  • The player must be aware when using the cannons because they can still be hit by any Salmonids and eaten by Maws.

Shifty Station

  • Cannon Fire Pearl has three Ink Cannons that look and function like the ones in Salmon Run but consume 16% of the player's ink tank with each shot rather than the usual 10%.

Octo Expansion

The cannons in the Octo Expansion use the Octo Canyon design and function, having unlimited ink, but with the Kamabo Corporation logo branded on them.


Splatoon 3

Cannons return in Salmon Run Next Wave during Cohock Charge.


See also

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キャノン
Netherlands Dutch Kanon Cannon
CanadaFrance French Canon Cannon
Germany German Kanone Cannon
Italy Italian Cannone Cannon
Russia Russian Пушка
SpainMexico Spanish Cañón Cannon