Ink Vac

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The Ink Vac is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It is a vacuum that sucks up enemy ink attacks and then fires out an exploding projectile, with the size of the explosion depending on the amount of ink sucked in.

Appearance

The Ink Vac is based on a diesel-powered backpack vacuum cleaner or leaf blower. The backpack consists of a white ink canister and a cyan vacuum engine below it. As the Ink Vac absorbs more enemy ink, the canister gets filled by glowing ink of the Ink Vac user's color and seems to shake more intensely. The engine has some control panels and a hose connecting it to a massive nozzle. The nozzle is cyan-and-black with two handles. The "Dolphin" weapon brand logo can be seen on the canister and the nozzle.

Splatoon 3

Ink Vac

Ink Vac

Category Special
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Level
Cost
Requirement
Introduced Specifications
Weight
Base damage 220 (Explosion)
220 (Projectile)
Base duration Vacuum: 6 sec
Charge hold: 2.5 sec
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

When deployed, the player can hold down to create a vortex that sucks up enemy ink projectiles (including ink droplets), bombs, and even some special weapons, though it cannot suck up enemy ink that has touched the ground. This vortex also protects the user and their teammates from taking damage from explosions, even though it does not entirely destroy them (the user can also still take damage from explosions from behind). Sucking in opponents' ink fills up the Ink Vac, and slows down the user's movement speed. A maximum of 800 damage can be absorbed before the Ink Vac fills up fully. Opponents caught within the Ink Vac's vortex will lose ink and be slowed down, similar to Toxic Mist, and also fill the Ink Vac up at a rate of 1.5 damage per frame (90 damage per second), although they do not actually take damage. However, the vortex does damage most objects, such as Sprinklers, Wave Breakers, and Brella shields, at a rate of 2 damage per frame (120 damage per second). Although the vortex is stopped by solid walls, it can pass through barriers such as Splash Walls and the Rainmaker shield.

6 seconds after activation, or when the tank is filled, the Ink Vac readies a projectile of ink that can be aimed, launching manually upon releasing or automatically after approximately 2.5 seconds. This projectile damages anything it comes into contact with, and once it lands, a damage radius is displayed before exploding shortly afterwards, dealing damage to any opponents within radius and line of sight of the blast. The size of the explosion depends on how full the Ink Vac's tank was upon firing.[1][2]

It appears in only 2 Return of the Mammalians missions:

Special Power Up

Main article: Special Power Up

Equpping Special Power Up with Ink Vac increases the radius of its vortex.

Version history

Version Adjustments
2.0.0
  • Damage of the return shot has been increased from 120.0 to 220.0.
3.1.0
  • Increased the radius of the outer perimeter when vacuuming up ink by roughly 10% to cover a larger area than before.
4.1.0
  • Increased the radius of the ink-shot explosion by approximately 50% when the amount of the opponent's ink that was sucked up is at the minimum.
  • Increased the radius of the ink-shot explosion by approximately 25% when the amount of the opponent's ink that was sucked up is at the maximum.

Quotes

Make your ink shots more powerful by sucking up enemy attacks! Hold to generate a vortex that sucks up enemy ink attacks. Once the tank is full, or after the timer runs out, let go of , and you'll launch a souped-up super ink shot!
— In-game description
Squid Research Lab here with breaking news! We've identified another new weapon - the formidable Ink Vac! This special device is equipped with a massive nozzle capable of inhaling the ink from an enemy's attack and sending it back via a powerful counterattack.

The more attacks it inhales, the more powerful the Ink Vac becomes. This is the sort of weapon that could provide security for an entire squad! Rest assured that our excitement is tempered by academic rigor.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[3][4]
The Ink Vac is equipped with a massive nozzle capable of inhaling the ink from an enemy's attack and sending it back via a powerful counterattack. The more attacks it inhales, the more powerful the Ink Vac becomes!
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[5]

Sets

Weapons with Ink Vac in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​
S3 Weapon Main .96 Gal 2D Current.png .96 Gal 80 S3 Weapon Sub Sprinkler Flat.png Sprinkler S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 190p 17 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Ballpoint Splatling Nouveau 2D Current.png Ballpoint Splatling Nouveau 4031 S3 Weapon Sub Ink Mine Flat.png Ink Mine S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 200p 30 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Splatling.png Splatling Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)​
S3 Weapon Main Big Swig Roller 2D Current.png Big Swig Roller 1040 S3 Weapon Sub Splash Wall Flat.png Splash Wall S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 190p 16 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Roller.png Roller Version 2.0.0 (Chill Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Jet Squelcher 2D Current.png Jet Squelcher 90 S3 Weapon Sub Angle Shooter Flat.png Angle Shooter S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 180p 15 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Order Charger Replica 2D Current.png Order Charger Replica 2015 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 200p 1 S3 Icon Charger.png Charger Version 7.0.0 (Side Order)​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster Pro 2D Current.png Rapid Blaster Pro 250 S3 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist Flat.png Toxic Mist S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 180p 26 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Blaster.png Blaster Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Splat Charger 2D Current.png Splat Charger 2010 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 200p 2 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Charger.png Charger Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Splatterscope 2D Current.png Splatterscope 2020 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 200p 10 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Charger.png Charger Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Tenta Brella 2D Current.png Tenta Brella 6010 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 190p 16 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brella.png Brella Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​

Badges

Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Winning a certain number of battles with the Ink Vac will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Ink Vac Badges
S3 Badge Ink Vac 30.png 30 wins with Ink Vac
S3 Badge Ink Vac 180.png 180 wins with Ink Vac
S3 Badge Ink Vac 1200.png 1,200 wins with Ink Vac

Gallery

Strategy

For competitive tips about the Ink Vac

Click to view the strategy for Ink Vac. View the strategy page.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キューインキ
Kyū inki
Possibly from 吸引 kyūin ("absorbtion") and 機 ki ("machine"), with a pun on the word "ink"
Netherlands Dutch Inktdief Ink thief; from kruimeldief ("minivac", literally "crumb thief").
CanadaFrance French Aspirencre From aspirer ("inhale" or "suck") or aspirateur ("vacuum cleaner") + encre ("ink").
Germany German Tintegrator From Tinte ("Ink") and Integrator
Italy Italian Vampinchiostro From vampiro ("vampire"), in reference to its ability to drain, and inchiostro ("ink")
Russia Russian Краскосос
Kraskosos
From краска kraska (paint) and пылесос pylesos (vacuum cleaner).
Paintsucker
Spain Spanish (NOE) Aspiratinta From "aspiradora" (vacuum cleaner) and "tinta" (ink)
China Chinese (Simplified) 吸墨机
Xīmòjī (Mandarin)
Ink Sucking Machine
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 吸墨機
Xīmòjī (Mandarin)
Ink Sucking Machine
South Korea Korean 흡입기
Heubipgi
Sucking Machine
Translate logo.svg Internal SpBlower[6] Sp for special weapon. Blower is in reference to the Ink Vac being a blower vacuum.

References