From Inkipedia, the Splatoon wiki
Revision as of 22:28, 17 April 2024 by Lid (talk | contribs) (italics for Splatoon 3 + tidied links)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
For the deep-sea jellyfish in Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion, see denizens of the deep.
A Jellyfish in Inkopolis Plaza.

Jellyfish are creatures that appear in the Splatoon series. They reside in Inkopolis Plaza, Inkopolis Square, and Splatsville, as well as in the background in stages, wearing various articles of clothing. Most jellyfish do not speak Inkling and cannot be interacted with beyond colliding with them,[1] though Jelonzo, Jelfonzo, and Jel La Fleur are notable exceptions.


Jellyfish bear a closer resemblance to their aquatic counterparts than Inklings and Octarians, with the most significant change being that their bodies take on a more humanoid shape. They have large, round heads, with their only facial features being a pair of very close-set eyes with diamond-shaped pupils and no visible irises. They have a pair of upper tentacles that serve as their arms, and a ring of eight lower tentacles that serve as legs. They are capable of stretching their "arm" tentacles to several times their body length at will.

A jellyfish wearing a Team Naughty Splatfest Tee.

Being quite gelatinous, jellyfish noticeably jiggle when they move or when they are collided with. Through their translucent skin, squishy innards can be seen. Greenish-blue skin seems to be uniform across the species, with the exceptions of Jelonzo and Jelfonzo; the former has sky blue skin with a slight purple tinge in some areas, and the latter's skin is a slightly paler blue with a more prominent purple tinge. Starting with Splatoon 2, jellyfish in Inkopolis Square change color to match the ink color of their team during a Splatfest.

A jellyfish with orange skin to match their Splatfest team in Splatoon 2.

Though jellyfish have been shown to wear a variety of clothing, most only wear a t-shirt. Many of their shirts are smaller versions of clothing items used by Inklings and Octolings, such as the Pirate-Stripe Tee and the Black Squideye. During a Splatfest, all jellyfish in Inkopolis Plaza or Inkopolis Square wear a Splatfest Tee in support of their chosen team, albeit without the wristband; in Splatoon 2, some jellyfish wear sleeveless Splatfest Tees, which are otherwise unseen.

Jellyfish are capable of giving off light, possibly from bioluminescence, an ability some real-life jellyfish such as the crystal jelly possess. This is most visible in Splatfests, during which all jellyfish emit a faint glow. Callie mentions that she often mistakes Jelonzo for a "glowing ghost" in one of her comments on Bluefin Depot.

While most jellyfish have never been heard speaking, Jelonzo's voice is heard when he speaks to the player. It is somewhat high, being close in pitch to Annie's, but louder and clearer. Jelfonzo has a similar voice.

Jellyfish reproduce asexually by splitting off of one another; Squid Research Lab and The Art of Splatoon 2 have both stated Jelfonzo split off from Jelonzo. This resembles the reproduction of real-life jellyfish, which spawn daily given enough food and sunlight.

Hisashi Nogami, producer of the Splatoon series, suggested in an interview that jellyfish individuals are part of a hive mind. To give an example, he states that jellyfish couples are not actually in love but want to imitate the behavior of those in a relationship.[2][3] Seita Inoue has also stated that jellyfish don't do things such as working at a store because they achieve a goal, the very act, in this case work, is the goal, although they still get paid. For jellyfish, this is a kind of performance art.[4] The Art of Splatoon 2 further explains that jellyfish form colonies of which all members share a collective consciousness, though individuals still have their own personalities and interests.

Jellyfish are unable to speak in the Inkling language, other than Jelonzo, Jelfonzo, and Jel La Fleur. Jelonzo was revealed in The Art of Splatoon to have used a slang dictionary when learning the Inkling language, hence his broken grammar. Similarly, Live from Squid Research Lab has stated that Jelfonzo learned the language by studying ancient texts, resulting in his unusual speaking mannerisms.

Notable individuals


Jelonzo is a jellyfish in Splatoon and Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass who owns Jelly Fresh, a clothing shop in Booyah Base. In Splatoon, he speaks with broken grammar due to his lack of fluency in the Inkling language, but in Splatoon 3, his grammar has significantly improved.


Jelfonzo is a jellyfish in Splatoon 2 who owns Ye Olde Cloth Shoppe, a clothing shop in the Galleria. He learned the Inkling language from ancient texts, and consequently uses outdated words and grammar. He split off of Jelonzo, which, as stated by Squid Research Lab, makes him Jelonzo's son.

Jel La Fleur

Jel La Fleur is a jellyfish in Splatoon 3 who owns Man-o'-Wardrobe, a clothing shop in Splatsville. He speaks the Inkling language considerably more fluently in comparison to Jelonzo and Jelfonzo, albeit with somewhat outdated terminology. Although he is a jellyfish, he resembles a Flower hat jelly more closely. In a Famitsu interview half a year after the launch of Splatoon 3, art director Seita Inoue stated that Jel La Fleur is a different species of jellyfish than Jelonzo and Jelfonzo. Inoue also confirmed that Jel La Fleur's tentacles "despite appearances, are poisonous". The statement confirms that there are more than one species of jellyfish in the Splatoon world.


Jellyfish do not appear in Ranked Battles in Splatoon.

Jellyfish working in Inkopolis Tower.

Inkopolis Plaza

  • Two jellyfish operate the air traffic control center above Inkopolis Tower.
  • Jellyfish stroll around the plaza, wearing various pieces of clothing.
  • Some jellyfish can be found sitting on benches, both inside and outside the Plaza.
  • Below the Inkopolis News Studio, a jellyfish can sometimes be seen dancing beside a pillar.
  • A jellyfish often stands at the train station behind the plaza.
  • Four jellyfish can be found standing near a tree outside the plaza.
  • A jellyfish can sometimes be seen riding a skateboard.
  • A jellyfish can be seen touching a puddle.

Inkopolis Square

Two jellyfish standing on two Inklings in the Super Mushroom vs. Super Star Splatfest
  • Jellyfish stroll around the square, wearing various pieces of clothing.
    • During Splatfests, the jellyfish in the square match the color of the team they support, wear Splatfest Tees, and dance to the music. Some dance atop the heads of Inklings and Octolings.
  • A jellyfish can be seen looking at Off the Hook chatting inside the Inkopolis News Studio.
  • Some jellyfish stand idly with their arms stretched over the ground. According to The Art of Splatoon 2, these jellyfish are sopping up puddles.
  • Some jellyfish are often seen sitting at tables near the Crust Bucket.
  • A jellyfish is often seen skateboarding at the back of the square.
  • Inside the Shoal, multiple jellyfish wearing headphones can be seen working as staff, including two behind the counter and more visible in the background.


  • Jellyfish stroll around the square, wearing various pieces of clothing. Some of them have elongated heads, closely resembling the deep-sea jellyfish from the Octo Expansion, while others are much smaller than usual.
    • During Splatfests, the jellyfish in the square wear Splatfest Tees and dance to the music.
  • Some jellyfish can be seen working as staff for Anarchy Splatcast in Deep Cut's studio.
  • During a Splatfest or Splatfest Sneak Peek, a jellyfish can be seen operating a booth for Splatfest Tees next to the voting terminal. This jellyfish dances to the music during the Splatfest proper.
  • On the top floor inside the lobby, a jellyfish with an elongated head can be seen working as a barista, and two more can be seen wearing headphones and dancing inside a sound booth.
  • Two jellyfish wearing headphones can be seen behind the counter inside the Shoal. Interacting with them causes the Shoal's menu to appear.

Urchin Underpass

  • Some Jellyfish can be seen cheering from behind the secret alley windows.

Walleye Warehouse

  • Outside the stage's boundaries, jellyfish can be seen walking around and spectating the current battle from the warehouse's large windows.

Saltspray Rig

  • Jellyfish often stand on the towers surrounding the map, either alone or in pairs. Some of them dance.

Arowana Mall

  • Many Jellyfish can be seen behind the window of the mall variant of Inkopolis Café waving at the players as they walk by.

Blackbelly Skatepark

  • Some Jellyfish can be seen outside the skatepark.
A pair of differently-sized jellyfish talking at Port Mackerel.

Port Mackerel

  • Behind the glass forming the boundary of the Stage, a jellyfish can sometimes be seen directing a forklift.
  • Also behind the glass, a pair of jellyfish can sometimes be seen talking to each other. One is smaller than the other; it may be a younger jellyfish or simply a short one.

Kelp Dome

  • Outside the boundaries of the stage, a few jellyfish, possibly workers for the greenhouse, can be seen.
A lone jellyfish at Bluefin Depot stretching out their tentacle.

Bluefin Depot

  • Across the water, outside the bounds of the Stage, there is a lone jellyfish which can only be seen up close by zooming in with a scoped Charger. It is not always there, but when it is, it either sits peacefully by the edge or stands and stretches their tentacle into the water.
  • On the opposite side, along the wall of Miiverse posts, there are sometimes a few jellyfish standing or sitting around. Some of them seem to be spray painting the wall.

Moray Towers

  • There are four jellyfish next to the ramp on each side of the stage, standing next to a car inside a parking lot.
  • A couple of jellyfish can be seen doing construction work on some scaffolding on a nearby tower.

Camp Triggerfish

Jellyfish can be seen across the lake at Camp Jellyfish.

  • A jellyfish can be seen hopping around in a canoe.
  • Other jellyfish tend to stand on the Camp Jellyfish fort.
  • One or two jellyfish at Camp Jellyfish can sometimes be seen crouching by the water and noticeably vibrating. The reason for this is unknown, and it is not seen in any other location.
A jellyfish dancing on a balcony at Flounder Heights.

Flounder Heights

Jellyfish appear to live in Flounder Heights, and can be seen performing daily activities there.

  • Two jellyfish can be seen behind each glass door. One appears to be dancing and cheering on battling Inklings, while the other stands with a tentacle on their "hip."
  • A group of jellyfish play at the nearby playground.
  • There are two balconies on either side of each team's spawn point, with a single jellyfish on each one. One of them is usually dancing.
  • During a Splatfest, with the lights in the apartments on, silhouettes of jellyfish can be seen in some of the windows.

Hammerhead Bridge

  • Several Jellyfish can be seen dancing or sitting down on the top railings of the bridge. One is saving another jellyfish from falling into the water by using their tentacle.

Museum d'Alfonsino

  • Several jellyfish can be seen painting inside a studio outside the stage's boundaries. These jellyfish were shown in the 12 November 2015 Nintendo Direct.
  • Some jellyfish in red berets and smocks usually stroll around inside an inaccessible portion of the museum.
  • There are countless paintings and sculptures of jellyfish scattered throughout the stage.
A jellyfish construction worker at Moray Towers during a Splatfest.

New Albacore Hotel

  • Jellyfish can be seen in and near the pool near the battlegrounds.

Mahi-Mahi Resort

  • A few jellyfish sit in inner tubes and lie on inflatable rafts on the water.
  • Some jellyfish (along with horseshoe crabs) lie on chairs and towels by the poolside; others simply walk around.
  • Some jellyfish can be seen playing volleyball.
  • A jellyfish wedding can be seen in the distance.

Piranha Pit

  • A jellyfish stands in a raft floating on the surrounding water.
  • A worker jellyfish waves at the Pit from a small platform with a tent and a couple of weapons.
  • Three jellyfish are tightrope walking on top of the stage. One appears to be falling off.

Ancho-V Games

  • Within the stage boundaries, jellyfish are seen working at computers in small rooms behind glass doors. There are a total of six, with two in the central area and two near each spawn point.
  • Many jellyfish sit at the tables of the cafeteria below, with a few wandering around. However, unlike the ones within the stage itself, they are flat, static images instead of animated 3D models.
  • There is also a room filled with jellyfish, possibly a meeting.

Manta Maria

  • Up high, on the ship's masts, jellyfish can be seen balancing themselves and walking around.
  • Two jellyfish can be seen skipping around on overlooks on the stage.
  • A number of jellyfish can be seen on the shore, left of the stage from Team Bravo's spawn. Four can be seen sitting in benches in pairs, three can be seen inside a building, two can be seen on the walkway leading up to the ship, and five more can be seen spaced out throughout the rest of the shore.
A fat jellyfish talking to a standard jellyfish at MakoMart during the Pancakes vs. Waffles Splatfest.


  • Off to the right side of Team Bravo's spawn, what appears to be a deli can be seen, with two jellyfish behind the counter, another jellyfish operating the cash register, and three jellyfish standing in line. One of the jellyfish in line is unusually fat. A similar deli exists near Team Alpha's spawn, with two more jellyfish behind counters. However, there is no jellyfish operating the cash register, and no line.
  • Two jellyfish can be seen operating check-out lines.
  • One small jellyfish can be seen stuck inside a crate containing large, rubber balls.
  • One jellyfish employee is running a help desk at the back-right corner.
  • Four more jellyfish employees can be seen around the store. One is advertising fruit, one is pushing around a shopping cart, one is talking to another jellyfish customer near the doors, and one can be seen at the back, stocking shelves.
  • Two jellyfish can be seen having a conversation, with a small jellyfish in between them.
  • In the store's aisles, to the left of Team Bravo's spawn, two jellyfish are seen pushing shopping carts.
  • One jellyfish seems to be comparing two boxes of cereal, with a smaller jellyfish, presumably their child, jumping excitedly.
  • Two jellyfish can be seen having a conversation near the soda aisle, with another small jellyfish jumping nearby.
  • A fat jellyfish can be seen standing in the middle of the aisles, occasionally wiping sweat off their forehead.
  • Near the Team Alpha deli, an employee can be seen talking to a much smaller jellyfish.

Wahoo World

  • A number of jellyfish can be seen riding the roller coaster together.
  • The shops around the stage are occupied by jellyfish. Two jellyfish occupy the shops closest to the spawn areas, the one to the left of the center, relative to Team Bravo, contains two more, while the one right of center contains three.
  • The ride in the center of the stage is being ridden by three jellyfish. One of the rockets remains unoccupied.
  • A carousel off to the stage's side is being ridden by three jellyfish.
  • Various booths behind Team Alpha's spawn have one jellyfish apiece.
  • The death drop ride is occupied by three visible jellyfish.
  • A number of jellyfish can be seen riding the Ferris wheel.
  • A single jellyfish can be seen walking around the docks at the side of the stage, taking in the views.
  • A jellyfish can be seen on a unicycle juggling bowling pins, surrounded by a number of other jellyfish watching.

Scorch Gorge

  • Jellyfish can be seen climbing on the rock formations, pipes, and scaffolding surrounding the stage.

Eeltail Alley

  • Several jellyfish stand on the edge of the canals surrounding the stage, some dipping a tentacle in the water. One of the jellyfish on the Team Bravo side is accompanied by a smaller one.

Hagglefish Market

  • Multiple jellyfish appear in market stalls off the side of the map, either browsing the goods or watching the battle from afar.
  • On Team Alpha's side of the map, three jellyfish appear in a market stall blocked off by walls of plastic film. One examines the wares in the back, while the other (accompanied by a smaller jellyfish) waves at the players from inside. An equivalent stall on Team Bravo's side of the map features a single jellyfish sitting on a crate.
  • Many jellyfish can be seen walking through the marketplace and fishing village surrounding the stage.
  • One jellyfish is sitting on a column in the water to the right of Team Alpha's side.
  • A jellyfish is on a small jetty to the left of Team Bravo's side, dipping their tentacle in the water.

Undertow Spillway

  • Many jellyfish clad in headbands are seen in the flat areas outside of the stage. Some gaze down into the spillway, some rest on boulders, and some run around through the patches of sunflowers. One of these jellyfish is accompanied by a smaller one.
  • Jellyfish workers appear on the walkways surrounding the spillway.
  • On the lower walkway to the immediate right of Team Alpha's spawn, two jellyfish workers can be seen talking to each other.


  • In Splatoon 2, deep-sea jellyfish are among the denizens of the deep that appear in the Octo Expansion, residing in the Deepsea Metro. They have elongated heads and duller skin compared to regular jellyfish. In Splatoon 3, similar jellyfish with elongated heads appear as a variety of jellyfish in addition to their usual appearance.
  • In Splatoon 3, some of the computer-controlled opponents in Tableturf Battle are jellyfish, both in Inkopolis and in Splatsville. These include Baby Jelly (who is the weakest opponent), Cool Jelly (who has glasses and an elongated head and is the second weakest opponent), Aggro Jelly (who wears headphones and is the third weakest opponent), and Clone Jelly (who is the strongest opponent and uses an exact copy of the player's deck, unlike all other opponents who use their own fixed decks). Unlike the other opponents, the four jellyfish opponents have no dialogue and do not reward sleeves. Jel La Fleur (in Splatsville) and Jelonzo (in Inkopolis) are also opponents, but they do not share the quirks of the other jellyfish opponents.


  • Jellyfish are featured in all of the arcade machine's games.
  • Jellyfish may have large sums of money, given that they are often seen in cars, can afford to live at the expensive Flounder Heights, and Camp Jellyfish appears significantly larger and more elaborate than Camp Triggerfish.
  • Jellyfish make quiet, gelatinous sounds when they move. This can be most easily heard via Recon and with Jelonzo in Jelly Fresh. Jelonzo's "BLUUH" quote may be an onomatopoeia referencing these sounds.
  • According to a developers' interview, jellyfish are known to create a large amount of graffiti.[5]
  • Despite their inability to compete in Turf Wars, jellyfish select teams in Splatfests like Inklings and Octolings do, demonstrated by them wearing Splatfest Tees and, in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3, changing color to match their chosen team. Jelfonzo was also shown in official artwork to have chosen Team Order in the Chaos vs. Order Splatfest.
  • According to an official post on the Nintendo Switch's News application, jellyfish might be the sponsors of the Turf War industry.[2]
  • Jellyfish do not appear in Ranked Battles in Splatoon but do in Splatoon 2. According to the developers, the reason for this (in-universe) is that Ranked Battles as a sport rose in popularity between the two games, and jellyfish only then started to take an interest in them.[3]
  • According to Marina in one of her comments on Humpback Pump Track, it is typical for jellyfish to never take a day off of work, with Jelfonzo and the staff at The Shoal being examples of this.
  • Although DJ Lee Fish's species is unknown, their name is a pun on "jellyfish".


Image linking to the gallery page
View the gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese クラゲ
Netherlands Dutch Kwal Jellyfish
Germany German Quallen Jellyfish
Italy Italian Medusa Jellyfish
Russia Russian Медуза
China Chinese 水母[a]
South Korea Korean 해파리

Translation notes

  1. From the official Chinese release of The Art of Splatoon