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This is an archive of all the posts from the Squid Research Lab Tumblr. It is a direct copy of the source material, and as such, any errors are retained. Tumblr tags are designated with a box around it: example of a tag.



Happy Nouveau Year! In honor of a brand-new calendar year, reports are in that the Octobrush Nouveau will become available later this evening! This bristling beauty matches the stats of the Octobrush but has a kit that encourages a supportive playstyle.

It comes with Squid Beakons to help expand your teammates' options, and Tenta Missiles to lay down some covering fire. After all, the best way to start off the new year is with a bang!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

1 January 2018

According to our latest research, the L-3 Nozzlenose D will arrive at Ammo Knights tonight! It has the same stats as the L-3 Nozzlenose, but the manufacture's logo is emblazoned on it. Rounding out the kit are Burst Bombs and the Inkjet…perfect for spirited (i.e. aggressive) players.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

5 January 2018

The first Splatfest of 2018 is almost here! The question being decided is for movie lovers and aficionados: do you prefer comedies or action movies? That's right, it's side-splitters vs. explosions. Jokes vs. adrenaline. Slapstick vs. fight scenes! (And no, you can't choose "action-comedy." Dems the rules!)

The Splatfest will take place from 1/12 (Fri) 8:00 p.m. PT – 1/13 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. PT.

Oh, and just as a SSA (Squid Service Announcement): since the theme of this Splatfest is going to be shared globally, the results will be coming in late Sunday morning. So feel free to sleep in a little – Judd won't mind!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Team Action #Team Comedy #Splatfest

5 January 2018

Only two days until the Action vs. Comedy Splatfest begins! Will you dive out of an exploding building in slow-motion with Team Action or bring the house down with Team Comedy? Splatfest kicks off Friday at 8 p.m. PT!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Action #Team Comedy #Nintendo Switch #Pearl #Marina

10 January 2018

After months of surveillance, research indicates that the doors to the Shellendorf Institute will open for battles tonight! This new stage seems to hold education in high regard – after all, Inklings have enjoyed its informative exhibits for over 120 years. If you intend to take a field trip to this museum, be sure to check out the glass cases and marvel at the giant ancient fossil suspended from the ceiling!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch

11 January 2018

The Dapple Dualies Nouveau will arrive at Ammo Knights this evening! Although they have the same stats as the Dapple Dualies, they also have, shall we say, an artistic flourish? This kit also comes with the Toxic Mist sub weapon and the Ink Storm special. Sheldon recommends this weapon for players that like to sow chaos and reap the rewards!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

12 January 2018

The global Action vs. Comedy Splatfest results are in, and Team Comedy is laughing all the way to the bank with a 2-1 win! Thanks to everyone who participated!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #TeamAction #TeamComedy #Pearl #Marina

14 January 2018

You may have deco-ed the halls last month, but tomorrow evening brings us the .52 Gal Deco! This weapon is a standard .52 Gal with some extra flair. It comes with Curling Bombs to smoke out opponents and the Sting Ray special for long distance foes. This kit is basically for a squid-of-all-trades, so players who like to get in the thick of things should give it a look!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

18 January 2018

Research has indicated that a deco-rated new weapon will be joining the others at Ammo Knights—the Rapid Blaster Deco! The stats of this weapon are the same as the Rapid Blaster but, as you can see, it has a fresh new style. This well-rounded kit also comes with Suction Bombs to push forward, and the Inkjet special to draw your opponent's attention to the skies above!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

26 January 2018


Arowana Mall may be familiar to some, but it's gone through some renovations. Expect many battles at the center of the stage, but don't overlook the newly added elevated platforms - they weren't present in this stage in the first Splatoon game. This popular shopping mall reopens its doors for battles tonight!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

1 February 2018

Rumor has it that the .96 Gal Deco will be available this evening. It has the same stats as the .96 Gal, but comes with some snazzy decorations. Completing the kit is the Splash Wall and Splashdown…for those players who like causing a splash.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

2 February 2018

Great news for those who love Goo Tubing! The Custom Goo Tuber will be available this evening. It has the same stats as the original Goo Tuber, but brings its own sense of whimsy and charm with a new look. Rounding out the kit are Curling Bombs and the Inkjet special. To be sure, it's a kit that has a lot of reach.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

8 February 2018

Word from our overseas colleagues is that the Splatoon Koshien 2018 tournament is being held this weekend to determine the top team in Japan! We can't wait to find out which team will take the top spot! We've also heard that "Off the Hook" will be performing live tonight! The event will be livestreamed by niconico, and while the times will be late for those viewing in North America, we imagine there might be a few interested night owls.

If you're interested in watching, please note that a niconico account is required and the livestream is only available in Japanese. Below is the full schedule.

Fri, Feb 9th
~5:00 p.m. PT - Regionals

Fri, Feb 9th
~11:59 p.m. PT - "Off the Hook" concert

Sat, Feb 10th
~5:25 p.m. PT – Finals

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Off the Hook #Pearl #Marina #Koshien 2018

9 February 2018

Inkoming Splatfest! But what's the topic, you ask? Well, this time it's about what's more important to you: money or love? Is it about the glitz and glamour of cash money? Or would you rather have a heart full of love (even if your wallet is empty)? Choose wisely, friends! And good luck.

The Splatfest will take place from 2/16 (Fri) 9:00 p.m. PT – 2/17 (Sat) 9:00 p.m. PT.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Money #Team Love

9 February 2018

BREAKING NEWS FROM SQUID RESEARCH LAB: We received a video report overnight that 'Off the Hook' amiibo will launch in stores exclusively as part of a 2-pack later this year. No word yet on exact release timing, but we will continue our research!

#Splatoon 2 #amiibo #Pearl #Marina #Off the Hook #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

11 February 2018

Our tireless research has resulted in a thrilling discovery! Yes, today we learned that Inklings play basketball! The existence of a new stage, Goby Arena, indicates that Inklings may even play the sport competitively.

As you can see, the details of the sport have been fairly well preserved. The arena is complete with a full-size locker room, polished wooden court, concession stands, jumbotron, VIP seating, and memorabilia shop.

Furthermore, it appears that the arena is converted into an ink-battle stage during the offseason, and this unique location should make for exciting battles indeed. We suspect that the mid-court area, along with the two basketball hoops on each side of the court, will be a focal point for all battle types. Gaining control of the hoop on your side of the stage will give your team the high ground you need to push forward. We'll continue to closely monitor this new development and will provide updates in due course.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

11 February 2018

Our Squid Research colleagues in Japan have just discovered details on a weapon currently in development. The Dark Tetra Dualies feature four ink-ejecting nozzles that allow you to execute up to four dodge rolls in a row! How is that even possible??

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

11 February 2018

Congratulations to team 'GG BoyZ', the Splatoon Koshien 2018 champions! They lost at the finals of the Kyushu Regionals last December, but at Nationals, they matched up against the Kyushu champion team again and won in a dramatic finale.

Fun fact: The roster of 'GG BoyZ' includes one of the most influential, well-known Splatoon players in Japan, Dynamon, who also participated in the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational at E3 last year!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Koshien 2018

13 February 2018

Sometimes research about Inklings must be postponed for other important things! In honor of Valentine's Day, one of our researchers in Japan made these highly accurate squid cream buns. We're told that they have squid ink chocolate cream on the inside…but no word if it's real squid ink or just chocolate. Research on them will commence directly after this message.

No matter the outcome, the entire team wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day!

#Splatoon 2 #Valentine's Day #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

14 February 2018

The Splatfest kicks off this Friday at 9:00pm PT! Will you go with your wallet and join Team Money, or follow your heart and splat with Team Love?

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Money #Team Love #Pearl #Marina

14 February 2018

According to our research, the Sloshing Machine Neo will be available this evening, just prior to Splatfest kickoff. Just like the Sloshing Machine, this weapon can be effective on enemies hiding in the terrain…and just like the Sloshing Machine, you shouldn't try to wash your clothes in it (this was hard research, indeed). Rounding out the kit is the Point Sensor to reveal the location of opponents to your team, and the Splat-Bomb Launcher to wreak a little havoc.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

16 February 2018

The heart wants what it wants, and this time it's victory! Congratulations to Team Love on their Splatfest win, and thanks to everyone who participated!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Love #Team Money #Pearl #Marina

17 February 2018

A Luna landing is happening at Ammo Knights today! The Luna Blaster Neo has the same stats as the Luna Blaster, and is great for getting up close and personal. This weapon comes with the Ink Mine sub to protect your surroundings and the Suction-Bomb Launcher to throw a party. A party of…Suction-Bombs. Um. Yes.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

23 February 2018


Today is a two-for-one deal on updates!

The first update is a b-ball revelation. The Goby Arena stage definitively proves that Inklings play basketball–something that researchers have often argued about. The arena has all the comforts of a modern stadium: a full-size locker room, polished wooden court, concession stands, jumbotron, VIP seating, and swag shop.

Just like in normal basketball, controlling the space around the two hoops will be key. What's the phrase again? "Protect the rim," is it?

Also available today are the Dark Tetra Dualies. It's an intimidating name to be sure, but this four-nozzle wonder also lets you execute up to four dodge rolls in a row! What technique! Rounding out the kit is the Autobomb sub weapon (to sniff out sneaky enemies) and the Splashdown special (to launch an attack from above). In other words, this is a kit meant for players who like to surprise their enemies.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Goby Arena

1 March 2018

Some topics have been debated for centuries untold by really smart people. Like, really smart people. And now, a question of the ages will be argued once again in Splatfest form: which came first…the chicken or the egg?

Yes, please think this over. Do you think chicken is a given? Or do you believe your side is eggcellent?

The debate will finally be settled in a Splatfest taking place from 3/9 (Fri) 8:00 p.m. PT – 3/10 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. PT

Also, please note that the results of this Splatfest will be combined with the results from players in Europe too! Please check the game on Sunday morning for the final tally. After all, we wouldn't want to count our chickens before they hatch.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Chicken #Team Egg

2 March 2018

Is the bird the word with Team Chicken, or will Team Egg get things cracking? Splatfest starts this Friday, 3/9, at 8:00pm PT!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Chicken #Team Egg #Pearl #Marina

7 March 2018

Just in! Details on the Shifty Station layout for this weekend's Splatfest. Containment chambers will drop down after a certain time and seclude part of the stage. It appears you cannot ink the secluded area from the outside, leading us to believe that whichever team gets access to the containment areas as they close down will gain the edge in turf coverage.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Chicken #Team Egg #Shifty Station

7 March 2018

Breaking News from the latest Nintendo Direct! The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2 this summer. Players will take on the role of an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content! This full-on single-player adventure spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and it seems you'll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling! How is this possible!? Does this mean we now need an Octopus Research branch too?

In addition to paid DLC, the Nintendo Direct presentation also included details on a major free update (Version 3.0) coming late April that will bring 100+ new pieces of gear, more stages rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and a new rank (Rank X). Rank X appears to be an extreme rank, even higher than S+.

Be sure to check the link below for more:

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo #Agent 8 #Nintendo Direct

8 March 2018

Last month we shared news that 'Off the Hook' amiibo figures will launch in stores exclusively as part of a 2-pack later this year. Today, we can confirm that the Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-Pack will make its debut on July 13.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Off the Hook #Pearl #Marina #amiibo

8 March 2018

It appears that a new weapon will be making a sploosh at Ammo Knights tonight prior to Splatfest. The Neo Sploosh-o-matic has the same close-combat functionality as the Sploosh-o-matic, but with a neat, custom look. Some may even say that it has a neo look, ha! A good kit for strategists, this kit also comes with the Squid Beakon sub weapon to help your teammates Super Jump in, and Tenta Missiles to lay down covering fire.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

9 March 2018

The Splatfest results are in, and Team Chicken has scrambled Team Egg with a 2-1 win! Congratulations to the victors and thanks to everyone who participated!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Team Chicken #Team Egg #Pearl #Marina #Off the Hook

11 March 2018

We just received a detailed report from our HQ filled with details about the upcoming X Rank feature! See below for the full details!

X Rank
X Rank is an extremely challenging Ranked Battle experience targeting the best of the best players. Players who are S+10 and above in the current ranking system will be re-registered as X Rank. For reference, below is a breakdown of players across each rank (as of 2/20/2018):

※Calculated based on players that played Ranked Battle within the last week

※Because we rounded up from the hundredths decimal, the total may not be 100.0% exactly

Once Ver.3.0.0 is live, players who are already S+10 or higher will be displayed as X Rank. After Ver.3.0.0 goes live, players who rank up from S+9 will rank up to X Rank.

About X Power and Ranking
Players who have ranked up to X Rank will battle for X Power rather than the Rank Meter. Players with similar X Power levels will be matched together even within the same rank of X Rank. Once a month, for each of the 4 different Ranked Battle modes, 500 players with the highest X Power will be announced on SplatNet 2.

Also on SplatNet 2, for each weapon, we will announce one player that had the highest X Power compared to other users of that weapon. This way, players can see others that use the same weapons they do.

Along with the monthly ranking announcement, X Power will reset to "Calculating" status. During the time of the reset, players whose X Power ended up lower than a set threshold will rank down to S+9. However, if X Power drops far enough, players may rank down to S+9 on the spot rather than at the time of the reset.

Changes Related to X Power Reset
Along with the monthly X Power reset, we anticipate the following changes:

Change in Weapon and Stage Additions

Up until now, new weapons have been added approximately once a week, but moving forward, it is more likely that a batch of several weapons will be added once a month.

Furthermore, stage additions are more likely to debut once a month at the time of the monthly reset.

Ranked Battle Stage Limitation

Currently, over 20 stages are rotated across 4 different battle types in Ranked Battle mode. This allows players to enjoy playing a variety of stages, but it takes an extremely long time before a specific battle type and stage combination reoccurs. This may keep players from mastering their strategy and achieving even more high-level play.

After Ver.3.0.0, the Ranked Battle stage roster will be limited to 8 per battle type. Then, at the monthly X Power reset, the stage selection will refresh to a different set of 8.

Turf War and League Battle will retain all stages in rotation.

Timeline for Changes
These changes will come into effect via Ver.3.0.0 scheduled for late April, 2018.

The first X Power reset is scheduled for May 31st.

After that, Resets will regularly occur on the final day of every month.

We've revised the system in hopes of encouraging players of all ranks to enjoy improving their play, as opposed to simply focusing on ranking up.

This change will only affect Ranked Battle, but Splatoon 2 is comprised of several additional modes including Turf War, Splatfest, and Salmon Run. We will continue to update and improve Splatoon 2 and we appreciate your continued support.

#Splatoon2 #X Rank #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

14 March 2018

Happy OctoPi Day! We're celebrating with the help of this Octarian who's posing as if he were an ancient human dish known as Takoyaki! As far as we can tell, these primitive people used to eat balls of boiled octopus, fascinating!

#Splatoon 2 #Pi Day #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch #Takoyaki #OctoPi Day #Octo

14 March 2018

Our research appears to be on the nose this time: the H-3 Nozzlenose D to be precise – available tonight! This version of the H-3 Nozzlenose has the same stats, but new flair. This is very handy when showing it off to your friends…not that scientists such as myself value such things…harrumph. Rounding out the kit are Suction Bombs (which we hear really "suck" for your opponent) and Ink Armor to help the fortitude of your fellow squid-mates.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

16 March 2018

The story of Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion unfolds in a huge test facility deep underground. Who made this facility and for what purpose is veiled in mystery. The area is completely isolated from the outside world, as if time stopped long ago. Objects from the old world drift here and there, like relics of a bygone past.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Octo #Nintendo #Agent 8

16 March 2018

The protagonist in Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion is No. 10,008, aka Agent 8. Agent 8 has lost its memory—it doesn't remember who it is or how it ended up underground. While it seems that most Octarians are pure evil, it appears this one has had its very nature changed somehow by having heard the Squid Sisters' Calamari Inkantation. It's up to you to help this lost Octoling escape from this mysterious subterranean world.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Octo #Nintendo #Agent 8

16 March 2018

Are Pearl, a.k.a. MC.Princess, and Marina, a.k.a DJ_Hyperfresh, aiding the Octolings? Rumor has it they'll help Agent 8 escape from the underground via wireless connection from above. We've also heard that the untold story of how 'Off the Hook' was formed may also be revealed…

#Octo Expansion #Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Pearl #Marina #Off the Hook #MC.Princess #DJ_Hyperfresh

19 March 2018

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Agent 8 will face over 80 tough tests on the journey out of the underground. With a little help from 'Off the Hook' though, Agent 8 will be able to skip the tests that are just too difficult. And don't worry, even if you skip some tests you'll still be able to play as an Octoling once you escape the underground.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Pearl #Marina #Off the Hook #Octo Expansion

19 March 2018

Octolings in Inkopolis Plaza? This is highly irregular! It looks like they'll be joining in on Regular and Ranked Battles, and they'll have the same stats and abilities as an Inkling. Because of their similar sizes, they'll also be able to wear the same gear as well.

Once you've helped Agent 8 reach the surface and completed the Octo Expansion, you'll unlock the ability to play as one of these tentacled terrors.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

19 March 2018

This is Cap'n Cuttlefish, leader of the New Squidbeak Splatoon, which secretly protects the world of Inklings from Octarian forces. He looks very old, but won fame as a brave fighter. Along with his apprentice Agent 3, he's been out on patrol. Unfortunately, it looks like he somehow strayed into this underground world and lost track of Agent 3 as well.

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Octo #Agent 8 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

20 March 2018

In order to move around the underground world, a subway system called Deepsea Metro is essential. The ecosystem of the underground seems to have developed uniquely within its closed environment. Therefore, passengers you can see in the subway look quite different from residents above ground. And while they look a bit grim, it seems they're not bad guys.

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Agent 8 #Deepsea Metro

20 March 2018

This is one of the stations where Deepsea Metro stops. Each station is directly connected to a respective test facility in which various tests await Agent 8. Each station will offer a unique test; for example, there appears to be a test in which you must clear an area only using special weapons.

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Agent 8 #Deepsea Metro #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo

20 March 2018

Once you meet a certain condition after the V.3.0 update, Callie of the Squid Sisters will appear in Tentakeel Outpost in Octo Canyon. Given how famous the Squid Sisters are in the Inkling world, this must be a good place to avoid being mobbed by fans. Callie will also offer recent news about Agent 4.

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Squid Sisters #Callie #Marie #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

20 March 2018

Check out Chirpy Chips' new song, Blitz It! The song has a cool yet mature ambience, which is a markedly different approach than they've taken in the past. The intro starts with a heavy guitar sound, the vocals build up the tension, and at the climax their iconic 8-bit sound explodes!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Chirpy Chips #Nintendo

21 March 2018

Introducing another hot track by Chirpy Chips. This one's titled Wave Prism! We can't get it out of our heads.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Chirpy Chips #Nintendo

21 March 2018

It appears that a team of skilled Inklings have the chance to win a spot at the Splatoon 2 World Championship in Los Angeles from June 11-12! A US/Canada team will have their chance to compete by winning the Splatoon 2 US/Canada Inkling Open 2018 online qualifiers. We just received the above transmission from our competitive field researchers:

For the full rules and list of tournament times, visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. US and CA residents only; 13+; access to Nintendo Switch system, Splatoon 2, and high-speed internet required. To participate, register by 4/21/18 at 9:00AM PT; visit, provide requested information and agree to Official Rules. Team captain must also register team. Qualifiers (single elimination, Turf War) will be held on 4/21/18 at 11 a.m. PT; top 8 teams (verified by Nintendo) will be eligible to advance to finals (double elimination, Ranked Battle) on 4/28/18 at 8:00AM PT. Each member of the first, second and third place teams will receive a prize. 1st Place Prize (to receive prize, at least 4 team members must agree to participate in Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018): Trip to participate in Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018 and attend E3, plus one (1) download code for Splatoon 2 DLC Octo Expansion (full game required to use DLC; sold separately) and (1) Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-pack (ARV $2,069). 2nd Place Prize: one (1) download code for Splatoon 2 DLC Octo Expansion (full game required to use DLC; sold separately) and Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-pack (ARV $45); 3rd Place Prize: one (1) Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-pack (ARV $25). Skill of participating players determines the winner(s). Details and restrictions apply; visit for full rules. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc.

#Splatoon 2 #E3 2018 #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch #Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018

22 March 2018

It's time to put the "ink" in "Zink" tonight! The Zink Mini Splatling has the same stats as the Mini Splatling but comes with a unique look. This kit also contains Curling Bombs (which allows you to quickly reach the front lines) and the Ink Storm special (which helps with your team's mobility). With this delightful combination, it's a good kit for those more mobile-minded Splatling users.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

23 March 2018

Starting tomorrow, Ammo Knights will be stocked with the Sorella Brella. This polka-dotted wonder has the same stats as the Splat Brella, but just look at that style! Nothing spotty about it…besides the spots. Rounding out the kit are Autobombs to find lurking opponents, and the Splat-Bomb Launcher to help push the front lines forward. This kit is recommended for aggressive players who want to support their team.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 March 2018

Research indicates that a fan-favorite stage will re-open for battles tomorrow! Piranha Pit, located in a mysterious quarry, is famous for its industrial style and tricky conveyor belts. It's hard to convey just how important the conveyor belts are, so perhaps you should experience it for yourself. Wapow!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 March 2018

Introducing a Spring Sports Splatfest! This theme asks you to keep your eye on the ball…a sports ball. Yes, sports fans, which one do you like better: baseball or soccer? Do you hunger for home runs or pine for penalty kicks? Do you cover your bases or go for a hat trick? Do you like winning a trophy or winning a…ok, I guess both sports have trophies.

The Splatfest will take place from 4/6 (Fri) 9:00 p.m. PT – 4/7 (Sat) 9:00 p.m. PT

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Team Baseball #Team Soccer #Nintendo

30 March 2018


This is C.Q. Cumber, a humble sea cucumber who works as a subway conductor and guide to the underground test facility. Despite his mysterious looks, this diminutive dude is a total pro and takes his job quite seriously. Whenever you're in trouble, try talking to him.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Octo Expansion #Nintendo

2 April 2018

When Ver.3.0 releases, more than 100 pieces of gear will be added to the Splatoon 2. The update will include brand-new items as well as gear that appeared in the first game. Why not try out some new spring styles?

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Ver.3.0

2 April 2018

This is the Telephone. It provides Agent 8 with a CQ-80 device and CQ Card, essential items for exploring the underground world. The phone speaks as if it knows a lot of things…

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Agent 8

3 April 2018

The CQ-80 is an essential tool for exploring the underground test facility. When aboard a Deepsea Metro subway train, you can use the CQ-80 to view the subway map. Choose a station on the map, and the train will take you there.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

3 April 2018

Splatfest gets rolling this Friday, 4/6, at 9:00pm PT! Can Team Baseball put some mustard on it? Or will Team Soccer kick it up a notch?

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Baseball #Team Soccer #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Pearl #Marina #Off the Hook

4 April 2018

The Splatfest results are in and it's a home run for Team Baseball with a 2-1 win! Thanks to everyone for playing!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Team Baseball #Team Soccer #Pearl #Marina #Off the Hook #Nintendo

7 April 2018

You can finally cross this off your bucket list: research indicates that the Tri-Slosher Nouveau will be available tonight. This weapon has the same stats as the Tri-Slosher, but comes with an exclusive sticker (and looks rather smashing if I do say so myself). This kit also comes with Splat Bombs and the Ink Storm special…two ways to make your opponents scatter. It's a great kit for those who love being a team player.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

13 April 2018

We have an aquatic announcement from our overseas colleagues who are partnering with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC for short). JAMSTEC is a scientific research institute dedicated to an integrated understanding of the Oceans, the Earth, and Life, all while contributing to the advancement of academic research.

That means JAMSTEC and the Splatoon 2 game are both anchored around the key themes of the ocean and the deep sea.

In fact, the gear you can get in Salmon Run this month is the Oceanic Hard Hat, an in-game replica helmet like the one JAMSTEC staff and scientists wear every day, offering protection for their hard work offshore.

Another fun fact is that the Autobomb sub-weapon in the Splatoon 2 game took some design inspiration from a JAMSTEC research vehicle called SHINKAI 6500. Completed in 1990, SHINKAI 6500 is a manned submersible that can dive to depths of 6,500 meters.

In the upcoming Octo Expansion DLC, SHINKAI 6500 will even make an appearance, as mysteries still remain in the deep-sea world of Inklings.

You may have also noticed that a scientific drilling vessel appeared near the battle stage Manta Maria. This real-life vessel, named CHIKYU, meaning "The Earth" in Japanese, can drill in water as deep as three Mt. Fujis combined, and it continues to close in on mysteries deep inside the Earth as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

To learn more about the research and science of JAMSTEC, you can check out more details here:

#Splatoon 2 #JAMSTEC #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch

19 April 2018

Research indicates that the Custom Range Blaster will soon be available at Ammo Knights. Through careful deductive processes, we can gleam that this is a "Custom" version of the "Range Blaster." Hah, science is truly wondrous! This new weapon has the same stats as the Range Blaster, but also comes with Curling Bombs and the Bubble Blower: two great ways to pin down the enemy. This kit is perfect for players who want to lock down the battlefield.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

20 April 2018

The Squid Research Lab has been working around the clock to bring you the latest information on the big Version 3.0 update, and we're happy to announce it will be available tonight at 6pm PT!

This is a whale of an update and features a bunch of fresh new features and gear!

First and foremost, the super competitive X Rank arrives. S+10 ranked players will now be registered as X Rank, and will battle for X Power level. Even better, the top 500 players each month will be listed on the SplatNet 2 app! Think you've got what it takes?

Secondly, prepare for over 100 new and returning pieces of gear to keep your style fresh. Why not try a new style for Spring?

In addition, prepare to be star-struck as the Squid Sisters reunite! Version 3.0 will see Callie rejoin Marie in Tentakeel Outpost once an in-game event has occurred, and she'll also keep track of various multiplayer stats!

Phew! We hope this research has been helpful, but now we're off to go do some push-ups (okay, push-up) to prepare for X Rank while listening to the bumping new chiptunes from Chirpy Chips!

The full update notes, including some additional information on weapons and other fixes, can be found on this page.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #X Rank

24 April 2018

With all the discussion around Version 3.0, we forgot to mention that Camp Triggerfish is also making a big return tonight! This wooden fort is situated in the middle of a lake: the perfect place for splatting in the great outdoors. Prepare for fresh air, team building memories, and (hopefully not) falling in the water…

There are also FOUR more weapons arriving tonight. Moving forward, a batch of several weapons will be added once a month instead of the ol' "once a week" schedule that was happening. Ammo Knights will soon be stocked with:

-Neo Splash-o-matic w/ Burst Bombs & Suction-Bomb Launcher
-Foil Squeezer w/ Splat Bomb & Bubble Blower
-New Squiffer w/ Autobomb & Baller
-Glooga Dualies Deco w/ Splash Wall & Baller

You won't get our fancy descriptions for these weapons this time (this massive update has resulted in quite a bit of sleep deprivation), but please head to Ammo Knights to check out these beauties.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

24 April 2018

A special tournament-style Splatfest is coming to Splatoon 2! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are rising up to take the stage, and it's up to you to vote and battle for your favorite Turtle! Will you root for Raph? Lay down some ink for Leo? Make some noise for Mikey? Or dominate for Donnie?

The first of three Splatfest tournaments will pit Raph against Leo on 5/4-5/5, with the second on 5/11-5/12, featuring Mikey vs. Donnie, and the final match between the winners takes place on 5/18-5/19. Which brother will be crowned the most bodacious?

The first round of the @tmnt Splatfest features Raph vs. Leo and oozes into action 5/4 at 9pm PT!

#Splatoon 2 #TMNT #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Leonardo #Raphael #Michaelangelo #Donatello #Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #Ninja Turtles #TMNT Raphael #TMNT Leonardo #TMNT Michaelangelo #TMNT Donatello

26 April 2018

The Splatoon 2 US/Canada Inkling Open 2018 Finals are almost here! Stay tuned to root for your favorite team of highly skilled Inklings when the competition begins 4/28 at 8am PT!

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#Splatoon 2 #Inkling Open 2018 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

28 April 2018


Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle are you rooting for? The super-strong Raph or the quick-witted Leo? The Splatfest raises shell this Friday, 5/4, at 9pm PT!

And a heads-up that Splatfest results will arrive the morning of 5/6, slow and steady wins the race after all!

#Splatoon 2 #TMNT #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Raph #Team Leo #TMNT Raphael #TMNT Leonardo

2 May 2018

Greetings! Squid Research Lab here with intriguing new information on the Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion!

We just received video footage showing an Octoling attempting extended Inkjet travel! Seems dangerous! We're still a little curious about all that stuff floating in the background though. What's that purple thing, some sort of primitive cell phone? Looks like the research must continue!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

3 May 2018

Raph and Leo went toe to toe, and Team Raph came out on top with a 2-1 win! Thanks to everyone who participated, now get ready for round two!

#TMNT #Splatfest #Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Raph #Team Leo #Team Donnie #Team Mikey #Raphael #Leonardo #Donatello #Michaelangelo

6 May 2018

Round 2 of the @tmnt Splatfest begins 5/11 at 9pm PT! Will Mikey make the grade? Or will Donnie don the crown? Pick your team when the voting begins the evening of 5/8.

#Splatoon 2 #TMNT #Splatfest #Team Mikey #Team Donnie #Team Raph #Team Leo #Michaelangelo #Donatello #Raphael #Leonardo

6 May 2018

PSA – Don't forget to collect your Super Sea Snails by Tuesday morning! The weekly @tmnt Splatfests mean there's a shorter time than usual to collect your winnings!

#Splatoon 2 #TMNT #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Super Sea Snail

6 May 2018

Round 2 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splatfest begins 5/11 at 9pm PT. This time it's the able artist Mikey vs. the intelligent inventor Donnie. Vote for your favorite in Inkopolis Square, and keep your eyes peeled for the results the morning of 5/13!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Splatfest #TMNT #Michaelangelo #Donatello #Team Mikey #Team Donnie

9 May 2018

Time for another update from our Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion research! The Baller special weapon can soak up a lot of damage, but in the right hands it's pretty maneuverable as well! This "Super Octopus Ball" as we're calling it sure is versatile!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

10 May 2018

With a 2-1 win, Donnie is the round 2 Turtle champ! Don't pat yourself on the shell quite yet though Team Donnie, the final round is up next!

#Splatoon 2 #TMNT #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #TMNT Donatello #TMNT Michaelangelo #TMNT Leonardo #TMNT Raphael

13 May 2018

The final round is upon us, can Team Donnie take it all the way home, or will Team Raph take the title? Vote in Inkopolis Square beginning the evening of 5/15, and clear your calendar on 5/18 when the final round goes live!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #TMNT #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Raph #Team Donnie #TMNT Raphael #TMNT Donatello

13 May 2018

PSA – Make sure to collect your Super Sea Snails by Tuesday morning! Round 3 of the @tmnt Splatfest is inkoming, so there's a shorter time than usual to grab your gastropods!

#Splatoon 2 #TMNT #Splatfest #Super Sea Snail

13 May 2018

These are the passengers of Deepsea Metro, collectively known as the "denizens of the deep." They look a bit strange, which we believe is a result of having adapted to survive in the extreme depths of their unique environment.

They don't seem interested in Agent 8 or Cap'n Cuttlefish, as they don't respond at all when talked to. We're not sure what to make of this…

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

14 May 2018

The protagonist of Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion is a young Octarian Octoling. Octarians seem to have a more serious nature than the carefree Inklings we're accustomed to. We've also heard that they're naturally good with their hands and adept at using tools and machinery.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

14 May 2018

This fine fellow's name is Iso Padre. He may look a bit scary, but he's a perfect gentleman. We hear he's highly interested in some things you can acquire within the underground test facility.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

14 May 2018

These are mem cakes. You can obtain these by passing the various tests within the underground facility. From what we can determine, these cakes are formed by compressing one's memories into physical form. If you're able to collect some of these, show them to Iso Padre. He'll be quite delighted!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

15 May 2018

This blobfish is a dignified Deepsea Metro rider. He may look a bit grim at first glance, but if you look carefully, you may find his appearance pleasing after all.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

15 May 2018

In case you missed it, these are the featured Ranked Battle stages available this month. Eight stages are available in each mode, and two out of eight stages will be playable in a given two-hour rotation. We anticipate this will allow players to further master and refine their strategies.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

15 May 2018

You can find these things clinging to the walls, ceilings, and floors of the Deepsea Metro subway trains. We're not sure if they're paying customers or what… And how do they get on and off the train?

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

15 May 2018

Fancy yourself a professional inkslinger? The Squid Research Lab has determined you'll need a significant amount of skill to ride the rails and take out all these targets in time!

Agent 8 and the Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion arrive this summer!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

17 May 2018

The clash of the Turtle titans is over, and Donnie is your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splatfest champion! Thanks to everyone who voted and battled for their favorite half-shelled hero! Now let's shell-ebrate with a delicious slice of anchovy pizza!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #TMNT #TMNT Raphael #TMNT Donatello #Team Raph #Team Donnie #Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

20 May 2018

Everyone, meet Dedf1sh. Previously a promising, up and coming DJ, her pursuit of breakbeat perfection eventually led her to a subterranean test facility, where she was "sanitized." Though little of her former self remains, she continues crafting DJ delicacies, and the halls of the test facility echo with her bumping tracks to this very day.

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Dedf1sh

23 May 2018

This lovely Deepsea Metro rider is sporting a refined outfit and eccentric hairstyle. She seems content standing still and keeping to herself as she goes wherever it is she's going.

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

23 May 2018

The Splatoon 2 World Championship comes to Los Angeles next month, and we're excited to present the participating teams!

From Europe, BackSquids, from Japan, GG BoyZ, from North America, SetToDestroyX, and representing Australia/NZ, Yeah Nah. Can SetToDestroyX defend the title for U.S./Canada? Or will a new challenger take the crown? Popular names from the 2017 World Inkling Invitational such as Dynamon and Latias are also returning to the fold with their new respective Japan and AU/NZ teams.

The splattle begins June 11th with the semifinals at 3:30pm PDT, and the finals take place June 12th at 1:00pm PDT. Be sure to stay tuned as the Super Smash Bros Invitational 2018 will kick off following the Championship on the 12th. Visit for the full details on the event, new details on how to attend, and where you can tune in to watch the livestream!

#Splatoon 2 World Championship #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch #Splatoon 2

24 May 2018

Think you're slick with the Charger? Research indicates you'll need a steady hand if you want to hit all these targets without clipping what we've determined is a fail balloon.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

24 May 2018

May is coming to an end, which means the first X Power reset. How did you fare during the first month? The next X Rank battles will soon commence and run through June. Along with this, four fresh weapons and one new stage are being added!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #X Rank

30 May 2018

The Custom Dualie Squelchers provide great mid to long range attack. They have the same stats as vanilla Dualie Squelchers, but can keep opponents in check with the Splat Bomb sub, and support allies on the front lines with the Ink Storm special! According to Sheldon, this set is for true playmakers – those tacticians who want to boost the effectiveness of their teammates for maximum inkage!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

30 May 2018

The Rapid Blaster Pro Deco is a Rapid Blaster Pro emblazoned with decorations from professional…decorationer-ers! The Splash Wall sub lets you push out the front lines and set up shop, and the Ink Armor special gives teammates the courage they need to join you in the heat of battle! We'd recommend it for aggressive players who can manage their range.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

30 May 2018

The Undercover Sorella Brella brings all the specs of the original with a snappy new design! Pin back the opposition with Splat Bombs, then close the distance and go toe to toe! You can also pop the Baller special and roll your way right into the heart of enemy turf! Sheldon recommends this set for players that want to live out their dreams of being an action-movie star!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

30 May 2018

The Carbon Roller Deco is a Carbon Roller specially decorated by top designers. Burst Bombs enable you to quickly finish off wounded opponents, and the Autobomb Launcher allows you to gain control of giant areas of turf. Recommended for players who like making big messes in a short amount of time.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

30 May 2018

Talk about an Inkception! Try and stay right side up in this mysterious Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion mission and see if you can find your way out. We'll be honest, our heads are still spinning after this one!

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

31 May 2018

Let's meet at Wahoo World! This amusement park stage, which is also a hot date spot for hip Inklings, will be added to the rotation tonight. Near the rides in the middle of the stage the floor will rotate and the paths above will connect or disconnect after certain intervals.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Wahoo World

31 May 2018


These are the featured Ranked Battle stages for June. Eight stages are available in each mode, and two out of eight stages will be playable in a given two-hour rotation.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

1 June 2018

Wonderful news! Based on careful scientific observation, it appears that a gathering of champions will soon be…gathering. (Because that's what a gathering does!)

According to our research, teams from around the world will be competing at the Splatoon 2 World Championship in Los Angeles during E3. A team named SetToDestroyX is looking to defend the title for U.S./Canada. Much excitement!

Here are the deets:
• Opening rounds and Semifinals: June 11 [3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT]
• Finals: June 12 [1:00 p.m. PT]

But that's not all, fellow inkthusiasts! Via an upcoming Nintendo Switch News article on the evening of 6/7, you'll be able to receive a special in-game t-shirt to commemorate the tournament! Be sure to follow the Splatoon 2 channel in Nintendo Switch News on your Nintendo Switch system for more details.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoon 2 World Championship

4 June 2018

These Deepsea Metro riders look like businessmen. They look pretty tired, but their big eyes are open wide. Are they sleeping with their eyes open?!

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

4 June 2018

These passengers in Deepsea Metro look like pelican eels. Despite their slim bodies, we heard they are quite gluttonous, which makes sense given the size of their large mouths!

#Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

4 June 2018

The Splatoon 2 World Championship is almost here, and we're excited to present a few more details about the tournament structure:

Seeding matches will take place using the Turf War game mode, with Semifinals and Grand Finals matches using Ranked Battle modes. Gear Secondary Abilities will be disabled throughout the tournament, meaning only the Main Ability will be active on each piece of gear. These rules combine a mixture of previous tournament rulesets, such as Splatoon Koshien 2018 and top western tournaments.

Opening Rounds (Seeding) - Monday 6/11 @ 3:30 p.m PT
• All games will be played in Turf War
• Teams will play 2 matches in a mini-seeding bracket
• After play, the teams will be ranked by win-loss record
• Of the two teams that finish 1-1, the higher seed will go to the team that won the first match
• Four stages will be available. Once a stage is selected, that stage may not be selected again
• After the first 2 matches, 2 stages will remain. The team that selects the remaining (third) stage will be selected by coin toss
• Stage Selection: Wahoo World / Piranha Pit / Manta Maria / Arowana Mall

Semifinals Matchups - Monday 6/11
• Matchups will include #1 vs #4 and #2 vs #3
• The team that is first to reach 3 wins (out of 5 games) wins the match and advances to Grand Finals
o 1st game: Splat Zones – MakoMart
o 2nd game: Clam Blitz – Sturgeon Shipyard
o 3rd game: Tower Control – Snapper Canal
o 4th game: Rainmaker – Kelp Dome
o 5th game: Tower Control – Inkblot Art Academy

Grand Finals - Tuesday 6/12 @ 1:00 p.m PT
• The team that is first to reach 4 wins (out of 7 games) wins the championship
• Ranked Battle stages to be shared prior to Grand Finals

In case you missed it, below is a snapshot of competing teams:

Japan - GG BoyZ: Despite coming to E3 2017 as the clear favorites to win, Japan was upset by U.S. team Deadbeat. Dynamon returns to E3 2018 with this new team after winning out over 800 teams in Japan and is looking to bring the trophy home.

Australia/ New Zealand - Yeah Nah: Arriving as the undefeated champions of the 2018 AUNZ Splatoon 2 Cup, this new team includes 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational participant Latias, who returns to E3 2018 with the goal of scoring key upsets.

U.S. / Canada - SetToDestroyX: After defeating Japan in the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational, key members of the U.S. team Deadbeat became SetToDestroyX and continued their dominance by winning tournament after tournament. They return to E3 2018 ready to defend their title after winning out over 500 teams from across the U.S. and Canada.

Europe - BackSquids: The winners of the Splatoon European Championship in Montreux, Switzerland, this German team brings a fresh name and team spirit aplenty to E3 as they try to take on the rest of the world.

Those who are unable to be in Los Angeles can still watch all the action livestreamed at and on Nintendo's YouTube and Twitch channels.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoon 2 World Championship

5 June 2018

It appears the mind-bending, rotating nature of the Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion missions is increasing! Avoiding those Octarian enemies is hard enough without having to worry about falling off the stage! We realize it may not be "fresh", but the Squid Research Lab recommends wearing a safety harness at all times when exploring the underground facility!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion

7 June 2018

Get hyped squid kids, because the Splatoon 2 World Championship is kicking off! Grab a Shwaffle and tune-in now!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoon 2 World Championship

11 June 2018

Day 1 of the Splatoon 2 World Championship is done, and our Grand Finals teams have been decided! From Japan, GG BoyZ will face the German team, BackSquids! Watch tomorrow at 1pm PT to see which team will take home the Sterling Squid trophy!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoon 2 World Championship

11 June 2018

Good news! We at the Squid Research Lab had previously mentioned that game updates would end this July, but we are happy to announce that free updates to gear, weapons and stages will continue through the end of 2018!

#Splatoon 2 #splatoon 2 octo expansion #nintendo #nintendo switch

12 June 2018

The ink-triguing new Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion DLC will be available tomorrow evening! With the help of Pearl and Marina, guide the amnesiac Agent 8 to the surface, and discover the mystery of the underground test facility across 80 new single-player missions!

Unlock the ability to play as an Octoling in multiplayer matches after you've made your way through the expansion, and show those Inklings which cephalopod is top dog!

#Splatoon 2 #splatoon 2 octo expansion #nintendo switch #nintendo

12 June 2018

Looking for the new freshness in Inkopolis Square? Tako look at the new Octoling amiibo, coming as a 3-pack this year!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoon 2 World Championship #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

12 June 2018

Congratulations to GG BoyZ, your Splatoon 2 World Champions! After splatting all of their anemones, they take home the Sterling Squid trophy! Thanks to everyone who tuned in!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoon 2 World Championship #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

12 June 2018

Splatoon 2 producer Mr. Nogami is celebrating the upcoming release of the Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion at E3 2018!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Octo Expansion #E3 2018

13 June 2018

Agent 8 has arrived! Explore 80 new single-player missions as the Octoling Agent 8, and help recover their memory in the Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion DLC!

Available now on Nintendo eShop:

#splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #nintendo #nintendo switch

13 June 2018

To celebrate the release of the Octo Expansion, Splatoon 2 producer Mr. Nogami drew us this wonderful piece of artwork!

#Nintendo Switch #Splatoon 2 #Octo Expansion #Nintendo #E3 2018

15 June 2018

We received an urgent notification from Grizzco Industries:

"The weapons for upcoming Salmon Run shift taking place on 6/16 at 5 PM PT will be unknown until you clock in. One of my personal belongings was accidentally mixed in to the weapon pool again. If you happen to come across it, don't even think about stealing it or do not let on about it."

This is the 3rd time receiving this type of message…… What is going to happen……?

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

15 June 2018

It's a fresh-squeezed Splatfest with an important theme: How do you prefer your orange juice: Pulp or No Pulp? Get splatting when this juicy Splatfest goes live 6/22 at 9pm PT!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Splatfest #Team Pulp #Team No Pulp

15 June 2018

Let's take a closer look at two of the upcoming weapons revealed during the Splatoon 2 World Championship.

First up, the Explosher is a re-purposed industrial heater modified to fling piping-hot ink long distances. Its shots explode on contact with walls and the ground, so it's handy for hitting foes who like to hide. The fire rate is slow, so you'll want to make good use of its incredible ink trajectory to corner your opponents.

Not to be outdone, the Ballpoint Splatling is a new Splatling-type weapon that equips a shifting system. It has a super-fast fire rate when you start shooting, but sacrifices its aiming ability and range. Once the spin slows down a bit, you can target far-off opponents with pinpoint accuracy. You can also recharge in the middle of firing by pressing the ZR button, unlike other Splatlings.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

19 June 2018

This upcoming new stage is called the New Albacore Hotel, which will be added to the game through a future update. Battles take place poolside on the rooftop of a luxurious hotel, which lets Inklings enjoy a skyscraper view of the city while they compete.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

19 June 2018

Orange you glad it's almost time for another Splatfest? Give your opponent something to chew on with Team Pulp, or keep your path to victory silky smooth with Team No Pulp! Pick a side and getting splatting this Friday at 9:00pm PT!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

20 June 2018

Inkoming news! You can stay fresh with My Nintendo and redeem your points for a printable Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion themed box art cover and wallpaper!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #octo expansion #splatoon 2 octo expansion

21 June 2018

The Splatfest results are in, and Team Pulp squeezes past Team No Pulp with a 2-1 win! Thanks to everyone who splatted, and make sure to pick up your Super Sea Snails in the plaza!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Pearl #Marina #Team Pulp #Team No Pulp

24 June 2018

We hope you enjoy your stay at New Albacore Hotel, complete with a luxurious, rooftop swimming pool. Of course, pools are a terrifying hazard to Inklings and Octolings…but at least it's still luxurious to look at! This stage is quite spacious, so please don't get lost in the luxury when it joins the rotation tomorrow night on 6/30.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 June 2018

Make your point with this PENsive weapon. The Ballpoint Splatling is a Splatling cannon with two different firing rates! It brings exceptional flexibility to the battlefield and is quite the signature weapon.

It comes with the Toxic Mist sub & Inkjet special ability. Get clicking and check it out tomorrow night (6/30) at Ammo Knights!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 June 2018

Putting the "bam" in "Bamboozler," the Bamboozler 14 Mk II retains the specs of the original but adds a cool new decal. The kit comes with the Toxic Mist sub and Burst-Bomb Launcher special to slow down your foes.

If this looks like a weapon you "wood" like to use. Head over to Ammo Knights tomorrow evening, 6/30!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 June 2018

Now here's a unique weapon indeed – the Explosher! Seemingly made from an industrial heater, you'll be able to fling ink great distances—ink that explodes on contact with walls and floors. The Sprinkler and Bubble Blower make this a particularly aggressive set.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 June 2018

As they say, the best defense is a good…defense. The Tenta Sorella Brella will provide plenty of protection, especially with its Splash Wall sub. Just don't forget about the offensive punch that the Curling-Bomb Launcher provides.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 June 2018

These are the featured Ranked Battle stages for July. Per usual, eight stages are available in each mode, and two out of eight stages will be playable in a given two-hour rotation.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 June 2018


July 21st marks the first anniversary of Splatoon 2, and we're celebrating with a global Splatfest! Which sea creature is your favorite, Squid or Octopus? This hotly contested Splatfest will occur from 7/20 (Fri) 9:00pm PT - 7/21 (Sat) 9:00pm PT.

To make the event more special, players on Team Squid will play as Inklings, and players on Team Octopus will play as Octolings. Even if you don't have the Octo Expansion, if you're reppin' Team Octopus, you'll play as Octolings. On the other hand, those fighting for Team Squid will play as Inklings even if their usual character is set to Octoling.

By the way, your appearance will only change during Splatfest battles. In the Square, you'll appear as your usual rad self.

Which team will be declared the winner in this cephalopod conflict?! Will you take your time and deliberate on which team to pick? Or are you ready to declare Muck Warfare?

(Please note that the global nature of this Splatfest means Judd and Li'l Judd will need some additional time to calculate, so results will be posted 7/22.)

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Squid #Team Octopus #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

2 July 2018

We've received more detail on the Pearl and Marina figures known as amiibo, launching July 13:
Apparently, by using these amiibo, you can unlock and wear Pearl and Marina's signature outfits from the Octo Expansion, and take photos atop the stage where Off the Hook perform. If you're a Squid Beatz fan, these amiibo will also add a new visual theme and sound effects to the rhythm game.

#Splatoon 2 #amiibo #Off the Hook #Pearl #Marina #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

6 July 2018

Version 3.2.0 is scheduled to be released this evening, July 12, at 6pm PT. Once available, full details on the update can be viewed at:

But that's not all! While the above link spills the beans on the updates coming tonight, we received a scoop on even more updates coming in an additional future update.

The Nautilus 47 is a new Splatling-type weapon. For the first time in the Splatling category, this weapon allows you to store your charge. Its subdued tin texture and various functions will surely tickle the heart of weapon fanatics.

The Bloblobber is a new Slosher-type weapon. We heard that after the blob law was passed, the Bloblobber was created to lob lawful blob bombs. Four blobs are emitted with each fling, and flow forward and rebound off the ground and walls. Carefully drive your opponents into a corner and throw the blobs for a tactical splat!

Last but not least, Ancho-V Games will soon be making its return as a battle stage. The setting is inside the offices of the developers of the hit-game "Squid Beatz 2".

Due to an increase in employees and outgrowing their office space, they just renovated a building next door to expand. But for now it seems like it's being used as a place to battle. Don't mind the mess!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

12 July 2018

Heads up Inklings! There's some new amiibo joining the ink-splatting action… This 3-pack, featuring Octoling Boy, Octoling Girl, and Octoling Octopus will be available on 12/7.

#Splatoon 2 #Octoling #amiibo #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

20 July 2018

Ready for the Splatfest tonight at 9pm PT? The Squid vs. Octopus showdown will feature a brand-new Shifty Station layout. Are those…tentacles?

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Shifty Station

20 July 2018

It's an inky 1-year anniversary! Tomorrow marks one whole year of Splatoon 2, so get celebrating tonight and tomorrow by participating in the Splatfest! Whether you're Team Squid or Team Octopus, thanks for playing Splatoon 2!

#Splatoon 2 #Inkling #Octoling #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Squid Sisters #Off the Hook #Agent 8 #Callie #Marie #Pearl #Marina #Cap'n Cuttlefish #Agent 3

20 July 2018

It's time to see which sea creature seized the Splatoon 2 one year anniversary Splatfest win! With a 2-1 lead, Team Squid is cephalopod champ!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Splatfest, and a big thanks from the Squid Research Lab to all the players and fans for making this year of research possible!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Squid #Team Octopus #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

22 July 2018

Greetings, fellow researchers! It's time for your monthly update that happens every…uh, month. Yes, that sounds right! The below stage and weapons will release tomorrow evening, July 31, @ 5pm PT.

Ancho-V Games (the hit developers of the addictive Squid Beatz 2) have opened up their office space once again! Inklings and Octolings should be on the lookout for a few renovations to this important location. Hopefully using their office like this won't delay future development of their games, but it seems like a risk they're willing to take!

There are also four new weapons:

Inspired by a bathtub, the Bloblobber lobs lawful blob bombs (hardly a way to make anyone clean in our opinion). It comes with the Splash Wall to provide cover from enemy attacks and the Ink Storm special to support your teammates.

Splatling fans take note! The Nautilus 47 is the first Splatling that allows you to store your charge while swimming in ink. You can bet your tentacles that sneaky players will use this to great effect. Rounding out the kit is the Point Sensor to help spot opponents, and the Baller special that rolls deep…into enemy territory.

The Light Tetra Dualies are beauties with the same specs as the Dark Tetra Dualies but also come with Sprinklers, (for automatic turf inkage) and the Autobomb Launcher (which is always nice to push forward with).

The Custom Hydra Splatling has the same destructive force as the original, so be careful! This kit is all about defense: Ink Mines and Ink Armor are a potent defensive combination.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

30 July 2018

These are the featured Ranked Battle stages for August. Per usual, eight stages are available in each mode, and two out of eight stages will be playable in a given two-hour rotation.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

31 July 2018


Play in style as an Inkling in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With a full array of ink-powered weapons, you can rack up the damage!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

2 August 2018

Greetings from the Squid Research Lab! We've just received word that the next Splatfest has been announced! The question this time is which utensil do you think is more useful? Do you stick to your points with a fork? Or do you get the scoop with a spoon? Both utensils have their pros and cons, so please chews carefully! (And sorry…"spork" is not an option.) Pick your preferred utensil and charge into splattle starting 8/24 at 9pm PT!

And as a reminder, the Nintendo Switch Online service will be launching in the second half of September. Please note that Nintendo Switch owners won't automatically become members when the service starts, so you'll will need to purchase an individual or family membership in order to avoid disruption of your online play in compatible games. To make sure you don't miss a minute of online play (including Splatfests!), please visit for more info. Terms apply.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Fork #Team Spoon

17 August 2018

It's a battle to determine the most useful utensil! Team Fork and Team Spoon start their Turf War this Friday, 8/24, at 9pm PT! Which side are you on?

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Fork #Team Spoon #Pearl #Marina

22 August 2018

PSA: The monthly weapon shipment to Ammo Knights is expected to arrive in early September. Please sit tight until this new shipment becomes available.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 August 2018

From the evening of 8/31, Starfish Mainstage will be closed due to repair work. During construction, this stage will not be available in Regular, Ranked, and League Battle. The stage will still be playable in Private Battle though. Your understanding is appreciated.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

29 August 2018

A preview of what's to come! These are the featured Ranked Battle stages available for September. There will be eight stages available in each mode, and two out of eight stages will be playable in each two-hour rotation. Starfish Mainstage will become available as soon as the construction work is finished.

#Splatoon #Splatoon 2 #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch

30 August 2018


Inklings and Squid Kids alike! We've been invited by a nice lady named Isabelle to go camping with her and her friends. We at the Squid Research Lab have been hard at work trying to determine what these creatures are, but they seem friendly. It's been confirmed that their campsite is safe for all Inklings and Octolings, so go make some new friends and ink things up! Please check this out if you're interested.

#Animal Crossing #Splatoon 2 #Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp #Smartphone #Collaboration

13 September 2018

The release of Splatoon 2's Ver.4 was just announced! New weapon sets, part of the Kensa Collection, are coming tonight. In addition, Splatfest has been refreshed with new features, and new sub and special weapons are on the way soon. Stay tuned for more info!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoon #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch

13 September 2018

These beauties are from the Kensa Collection, a special-ordered line of new weapons based on ones you might recognize. These weapons are painted with monotone designs created by the gear brand Toni Kensa, and include the collection's signature red laundry clip. This first Kensa Collection will be released today, September 13.

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoon #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Kensa Collection

13 September 2018

Starting with Ver.4.0.0, Splatfests in Splatoon 2 will be changed significantly. Two new modes, Normal and Pro, will replace the previous Solo and Team modes.

In Normal mode, you can jump into a Splatfest Battle on your own or join up with one to three friends from the same Splatfest team. If you join a match as a group of two or three, random solo players will be matched up to make a group of four.

In this mode, the amount you inked is added to any win bonus you get to determine your clout. If your team is on a win streak, the game will try and match you against teams with a similar streak.

Moreover, when weapons, gear, or general styles of four players in your team meet certain conditions, a nickname and a matching bonus will be given to your team.

Pro mode is for those who want to go solo and push themselves to the limit. In Pro mode, you're judged on your Splatfest Power. Raise it high enough and you could make it into the Splatfest Top 100! In this mode, you increase your clout by beating the opposing team. You get more clout for beating teams with a higher Splatfest Power.

In addition to the above, 10x Battles will be added in both divisions. These are rare matches that will occur if you are lucky, and if you win, your contribution points will be multiplied by 10! And believe or not, there is a rumor that super rare 100x Battles could also occur!

If your friend wins a 10x Battle or if someone wins a 100x match, teams may appear on the big screen in Inkopolis Square. Also, if you're in the lobby or during matchmaking, such information will pop up on your game screen like a news flash. Team nicknames are also shown in Regular mode, so you may want to try scoring a cool team name and winning these rare matches for bragging rights!

The final Splatfest results are decided based on three factors: votes, clout from Normal mode players, and clout from Pro mode players.

Even if your side loses the popularity contest, Normal and Pro mode victories can slowly but surely turn the tables! Of course, participants on the winning side will receive slightly more Super Sea Snails as a reward for their victory! Good luck!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest

13 September 2018

Check out these upcoming updates for Splatoon 2! Ver.4.0.0 will be released today, with new Splatfest features and the first Kensa Collection. And Ver.4.1.0 will be released in early October, including a new stage and the second Kensa Collection, with new sub/special combos.

The new stage in early October will be the final one to be added, though we'll keep adding weapons until December. Also, look forward to more Splatfests until July 2019. We hope that you will continue to enjoy Splatoon 2.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

13 September 2018

We just heard that as a special offer, Nintendo Account holders with 12-month Nintendo Switch Online memberships (individual or family) will receive a download code for exclusive in-game gear for the Splatoon 2 game.

Fun fact: the in-game jersey is based on the uniform worn by Team Japan, who won the Splatoon 2 World Championship! Our colleague informed us that the jersey has "online" written on the front in Japanese text because they originally won an online tournament!

Visit here to learn more:

Nintendo Switch Online 12-month membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch Online

13 September 2018

The next Splatoon 2 Splatfest is almost here! What's your style: Retro or Modern? Duke it out for who's right and bragging rights! This Splatfest runs 9/21 at 9pm PT to 9/22 at 9pm PT.

Starting with this Splatfest, there are a significant number of updates, so check out this post for a summary of all the changes!

As a reminder, the Nintendo Switch Online service will launch on 9/18. You will not automatically become a member so you'll need to purchase an individual or family membership to avoid disruption of your online play in compatible games (including this Splatfest). Please visit for more info. Terms apply.

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Retro #Team Modern #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch #Pearl #Marina

14 September 2018

Starfish Mainstage, which has been closed for reconstruction, is now available in Ranked Battle rotation. This stage will also become available in other modes like Regular and League Battles. We apologize for the inconvenience during this construction work and thank you for your cooperation.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

15 September 2018

The existence of a brand-new sub weapon, the Fizzy Bomb, was just confirmed in the latest Ver.4 trailer! We heard that once you activate it you can shake it like a can of pop (or soda depending on your geography) to generate power once it's released! This carbonated sub weapon will be included in weapon sets arriving in early October.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

17 September 2018

Did you catch a glimpse of these in the Ver.4 trailer? Are they new special weapons? Look forward to our further reports!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Ver.4

17 September 2018

Ready to fight for your favorite style? Splatfest kicks off this Friday, 9/21, at 9pm PT! Will you go old school with Team Retro or embrace angular asymmetry with Team Modern?

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

19 September 2018

This is Skipper Pavilion, a popular tourist spot in the neighborhood of Inkopolis Square. Inklings believe that visiting will give them positive energy and good vibes to win Turf War battles. Despite being under restoration, Inklings and Octolings enjoy battling here using the scaffolds and fences. This stage will join the rotation in early October.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

20 September 2018

SashiMori are part of the rising tide of new bands emerging in this post Inklings vs. Octolings world we find ourselves in. They were originally a wall-of-sound style hard rock band, but decided to ditch their domineering singer. Now, the remaining three members—a carp, a cutlassfish, and a scaly-foot—have recruited a 10 year old Octoling DJ (a true genius on the wheels of steel), to form a new band with a new sound, for a new generation.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #SashiMori

20 September 2018

Chopscrewey, the new track from SashiMori starts with the twin tones of rock melodies and string progressions competing for control of your ears. This group has no vocalist, so any lyrics you hear are samples their young DJ has cut into the track from his collection of ancient vinyl. Then the driving rhythms of the chorus wash over you, and let you know it's truly Turf War time!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #SashiMori

20 September 2018

Then we have Entropical, a track featuring bewitching female vocals entwined in endless struggle with scratchy rap lyrics. While these vocals are all comprised of interconnected samples, they offer a different sound than could ever be produced by the vocal cords of sea creatures. Keep an ear out during battle for these two tracks once the next update goes live in early October!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #SashiMori

20 September 2018

We just received this sneak peek image of the upcoming Shifty Station layout! Ready for Splatfest?

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Shifty Station

21 September 2018

The runway fashion fans run away with a 3-0 Splatfest win! Congratulations to Team Modern and a big thank you to everyone who participated!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Retro #Team Modern

23 September 2018

We just received more details on the new Special Weapon called the Booyah Bomb! Summon a powerful ball of ink, and then unleash it at your opponents for a big inkplosion. Once activated, charge it up faster by signaling "Booyah!". Teammates can also get a small bonus to their special meter with "Booyah!" rally cries of their own!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoon

27 September 2018

These are the featured October Ranked Battle stages. The new stage, Skipper Pavilion, will be added to the game through the Ver.4.1 update and will join the stage rotation in early October.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

28 September 2018


Meet Diss-Pair, the odd-couple duo delivering discordant ditties that have turned the music scene upside down. The group is made up of Ikkan, former bassist of the world-renowned Squid Squad, and Warabi, the up-and-coming prodigy beatsmith. These two are a mismatch made in heaven. When crafting new songs in the studio, they avoid each other at all costs to ensure each track maintains its one-of-a-kind edge and tantalizing tension.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Diss-Pair

1 October 2018

After that intro, I'll bet you can't wait to hear their first song, Seasick. This little number features the hard-rocking riffs and heavy metal vocals that Ikkan sometimes used in the Squid Squad's songs. Listen as the electric rhythms stitch their threads between the driving bass beats in this banging battle backdrop.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Diss-Pair

1 October 2018

And don't sleep on the latest track they've dropped, Kinetosis. This gem features Warabi's funk and dance-steeped programming, paired with a lively, bouncy bass beat that just won't quit. It's hard to know if these two are complementing or competing with one another, but whatever the case, the result is an overwhelming aural onslaught.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Diss-Pair

1 October 2018

Tonight at 7pm PT, Version 4.1 will bring the 2nd batch of Kensa Collection weapons. This is a special line in which familiar weapons are equipped with different subs and specials. This time all 4 weapons will have either the new Fizzy Bomb sub or the new Booyah Bomb special!

In addition, full details on other changes in the Ver. 4.1 update can be viewed later today at:

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

2 October 2018

The Kensa Splattershot Pro is a limited-edition, custom Splattershot created in collaboration with Toni Kensa. Check your opponents with Splat Bombs and finish them with the main! Use the Booyah Bomb special to cover the stage in a whirlwind of ink and instantly set the pace of battle!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Kensa Collection #Toni Kensa

2 October 2018

The Kensa Luna Blaster is a limited-edition, custom Blaster created in collaboration with Toni Kensa. Control your opponents' movement with Fizzy Bombs, and when they have nowhere to run, bring the pain rain with the Ink Storm! Sheldon recommends this set for battle technicians who like to control foes with their sub and special before finishing them off!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Kensa Collection #Toni Kensa

2 October 2018

The Kensa Dynamo Roller is a limited-edition set created in collaboration with Toni Kensa. Turn the tide of battle in your favor with the Sprinkler, then press the advantage with the Booyah Bomb!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Kensa Collection #Toni Kensa

2 October 2018

The Kensa Sloshing Machine is a limited-edition, custom Slosher created in collaboration with Toni Kensa! Push foes back with blasts from the Fizzy Bomb sub, then watch their colors run as you rinse and repeat with your Slosher main! If anyone's still standing after that, drop the hammer on 'em with the Splashdown special! Sheldon suggests this set for mischief makers who can't resist shaking the soda bottle before popping the top!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Kensa Collection #Toni Kensa

2 October 2018

As you might have noticed, Ver.4.0 added a new automatic spectator camera function in Private Battle mode. Our colleagues captured a video using this function to show how it works! You can see updates near the player icons in the upper portion of the screen, which now display the combined total of splats and assists, number of specials used, and current special gauge amount.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

2 October 2018

According to our research, there seems to be a higher percentage of "ghouls," "jack o' lanterns," and "pumpkin-flavored treats" being spread around. Yes, there's no mistaking: it's time to get excited for Splatoween!

Both Inklings and Octolings are going batty about this special Splatfest happening later this month. The spooky celebration runs from Friday, 10/19 at 3pm PT, to Sunday, 10/21 at 3pm PT - 48 hours total!

Speaking of treats, you can get special in-game treats! Via an upcoming Nintendo Switch News article scheduled for this Friday, 10/5, you'll be able to receive four different pieces of spooky headgear. You will need to follow the Squid Research Lab Report (Splatoon 2) News Channel on your Nintendo Switch, and launch the Splatoon 2 game from the corresponding news article. If you haven't followed the channel yet, now is a great time to consider it!

You will receive:
• Kyonshi Hat
• Li'l Devil Horns
• Hockey Mask
• Anglerfish Mask

Our researchers have two notes about this:
1) Please make sure that you either have the game card inserted or the digital version of the game on your system.

2) Be sure to receive the items before the article ink-dives off your news feed. We recommend grabbing the items as soon as possible!

Reports indicate that Inkopolis Square will also be getting quite the Splatoween makeover to spice up the festive atmosphere. You might even spot other residents of Inkopolis getting into the spirit!

Even battle stages will receive Halloween-themed graffiti. Outside of battle, you might want to use the Recon feature to freely explore!

We hope you enjoy Splatoween and the spooktacular in-game gear!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoween #Splatfest

3 October 2018

Heads-up Inklings and Octolings! With the Splatoween Splatfest right around the corner, you've only got until the evening of 10/4 to pick up your Super Sea Snails from the Retro Vs. Modern Splatfest. So if you haven't already, head over to Inkopolis Square and grab your gastropods today!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest

3 October 2018

In-game voting for the Splatfest is now available. Head over to the kiosk in Inkopolis Square and join Team Trick or Team Treat! And don't forget to launch the game through the recent Splatoon 2 Squid Research Lab Report post on the Nintendo Switch News Channel to receive the special Splatoween gear!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoween #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

5 October 2018

Everyone in the research lab is excited for International Octopus Day and the return of Inktober! While busy scientists like ourselves may not have the fine art skills required for 31 days of drawings, we did discover one Senior Researcher with skills equal to or greater than the amount required to pay the proverbial bills!

If you're participating in Inktober and draw anything Splatoon 2 related, tag it with Splatoon Inktober so we can check it out!

#Splatoon 2 #Inktober #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatoon #Splatoon Inktober

8 October 2018

Heads up, there's fresh new amiibo figures joining the ink-splatting action! This 3-pack, featuring Octoling Boy, Octoling Girl, and Octoling Octopus will be available on 12/7, and gives Inklings and Octolings special access to some stylish new gear!

If you befriend the Octoling Girl amiibo figure, you'll get the spellbinding look of the Enchanted gear! From the Octoling Boy amiibo, you'll armor up with the Steel gear, and last but not least, with the Octopus amiibo, you'll get the Fresh Fish gear, based on a popular character in Inkopolis! (Note: balloons not included.)

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #amiibo #Octoling

11 October 2018

The spooky worldwide Splatoween Splatfest is getting closer! Will you drop a whoopee cushion with Team Trick or canvas the block for houses giving out full size candy bars with Team Treat? This special 48 hour Splatfest kicks off Friday, Oct. 19th, at 3pm PT!

And if you haven't already, make sure to launch the game from the recent Squid Research Lab Report post in the Nintendo Switch News Channel to claim your Splatoween gear.

#Splatoween #Splatfest #Splatoon2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

15 October 2018

The worldwide Splatoween Splatfest kicks off tomorrow, 10/19, at 3pm PT, and runs until 3pm PT on 10/21! To celebrate this special 48 hour occasion Pearl and Marina from Off The Hook will be sporting a special look!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Splatoween #Pearl #Marina

18 October 2018

Here's a sneak peak at the decorative new Shifty Station stage making its debut in this weekend's Splatoween Splatfest!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoween #Splatfest #Shifty Station #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

18 October 2018

With a 2-1 win, Team Treat enjoys the sweet taste of victory! Thanks to everyone who participated in this special spooky Splatoween Splatfest, and don't forget to pick up your Super Sea Snails!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Splatoween #Team Trick #Team Treat #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

21 October 2018

We just uncovered more details about an upcoming new special weapon! The Ultra Stamp lets players attack with an enormous hammer. Pressing and holding the ZR Button allows you to advance while striking with the hammer! It looks like you can guard ink attacks coming from the front, but your back is exposed.

If you press the ZR button while you're in the air, the Ultra Stamp will flip vertically so you can attack opponents mid-air. You can also throw the stamp with the R button to attack a distant opponent! Of course, throwing away your special weapon will end your attack.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Ultra Stamp

29 October 2018

One of our interns just uploaded this video of the Ultra Stamp being tested in the firing range. This new special weapon will become available in the Ver. 4.2.0 update, scheduled for approximately Wednesday, Nov. 7th. We'll continue to bring you our new findings.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Ultra Stamp

29 October 2018

From the evening of October 31st, The Reef will be closed for a short while due to repair work. During construction, the stage will not be available in Regular, Ranked, and League Battles. We expect construction to be complete by Wednesday, November 7th. We apologize for the inconvenience during this construction work and thank you for your cooperation.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

31 October 2018

We've received word that the featured Ranked Battle stages for November have been chosen. The Reef will become available as soon as construction work is complete. Good luck!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

31 October 2018

We've just received a fresh report about a new sub weapon called the Torpedo. When thrown near an enemy it changes shape and targets the foe, exploding on impact and splatting ink everywhere. Torpedoes thrown by opponents can be shot down with your attack.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

31 October 2018

Good news, we've also received this video of the new Torpedo sub weapon in action! We're excited to see what kind of data further field tests will provide once it's available!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

31 October 2018


Update Ver.4.2.0 is coming to Splatoon 2! This update includes the 3rd set of Kensa Collection weapons, the new Ultra Stamp and Torpedo weapons, and gameplay changes. This update is scheduled to arrive 11/6!

More version updates are planned even after Ver.4.2.0, and we'll keep you posted on these.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

5 November 2018

On November 6th, the latest Kensa Collection weapons arrive!

First off, the Kensa Splattershot Jr. features the new Torpedo sub weapon so you can hunt down your opponents, and the Bubble Blower special weapon so you can hold your ground!

Next up, it's the Kensa Octobrush! Paint the town red (or more accurately, your team's ink color), with this new brush! It features the Suction Bomb sub weapon and the new Ultra Stamp special weapon!

Looking for an extra stylish way to splat your opponents? Check out the Kensa Undercover Brella! This one features the new Torpedo sub weapon and the Ink Armor special weapon.

Last but not least, it's the Kensa L-3 Nozzlenose. This triple-burst shooter gets the Splash Wall sub weapon and the new Ultra Stamp special weapon.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

5 November 2018

Research indicates that these are the Ruins of Ark Polaris. This ominous location will be the final new stage for Salmon Run shifts.

We've also received an urgent announcement from Grizzco Industries:

An outbreak of Salmonids has appeared in the Ruins of Ark Polaris. We're currently preparing a part-time crew for deployment the evening of Tuesday, November 6th. Part-timers looking to join this crew should take immediate action as soon as the work shift is ready.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

5 November 2018

Heads-up Inklings and Octolings, Update Ver.4.2.0 arrives tonight, 11/6!

For full details, please visit:

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

6 November 2018

We've received word that the new Splatfest theme has been announced! It's a clash of the condiments, with the spicy Team Salsa facing off against the creamy Team Guacamole! Pick your preferred snack and get ready to splat when the event goes live from 11/16 at 8:00pm PT, to 11/17 at 8:00pm PT.

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Salsa #Team Guacamole #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch

9 November 2018

Splatfest is almost here! Are you fighting for the diced deliciousness of Team Salsa, or are you looking for an avocado advantage with Team Guacamole? Splatfest kicks off Friday, 11/16, at 8:00pm PT!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Salsa #Team Guacamole

14 November 2018

Whether you're Team Salsa or Team Guacamole, this tricky Shifty Station level will require some strategy. And make sure you've got your team color memorized, because those gushers won't forget!

Get ready to dip when the Splatfest kicks off tonight, 11/16, at 8:00pm PT!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Team Salsa #Team Guacamole

16 November 2018

The Splatfest results have been calculated, and Team Salsa stays fresco with a 3-0 win! Thanks to both sides for playing!

#Splatoon 2 #Team Salsa #Team Guacamole #Nintendo Switch #Splatfest #Nintendo

18 November 2018

Incoming message from the Squid Research Lab! Splatoon 2 Ver. 4.3.0 will arrive on December 5th! It brings a brand new gear ability, additional weapons, and more. Watch the video for the full details, featuring a senior member of the Lab.

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

26 November 2018

Noticing a little chill in the air? Getting darker a little sooner? That must mean it's almost time for Frosty Fest! This special global in-game event will turn Inkopolis Square into a winter wonderland! The graffiti in stages will also be winter themed, and Inklings and Octolings will get to use some very fancy glitter-filled ink!

In keeping with the season, this Splatfest asks: Who do you get most excited to spend the holidays with, Friends or Family? Grab a coat and battle it out in the 48-hour event from January 4th, 2:00pm PT, to January 6th, 2:00pm PT.

Along with the Frosty Fest, special gear items will be distributed via the Squid Research Lab Report (Splatoon 2) News Channel on your Nintendo Switch system. Keep your eyes open for these free holiday gifts in late December, and check back regularly so you don't miss them!

Above, from left to right:
• New Year's Glasses DX
• Twisty Headband
• Festive Party Cone
• Eel-Cake Hat

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Splatfest #Nintendo #Frosty Fest #Splatoon

30 November 2018

We just received details on which stages will be featured for the December Ranked Battles. Please note that Blackbelly Skatepark will be temporarily closed for maintenance, but will rejoin the rotation as soon as it's completed. Thank you for your patience!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatoon #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo

30 November 2018


This evening, December 4th, the 4th set of Kensa Collection weapons will be added. These stylish special-ordered weapons feature a different combination of sub and special weapons than their non-Kensa equivalents.

These weapons all feature one of the recently announced sub or special weapons, including the Booyah Bomb, the Fizzy Bomb, the Ultra Stamp, or the Torpedo.

Kensa .52 Gal

This stylish shooter is the perfect polka-dotted pick for players who prefer to splat at mid-range distances. Its slow rate of fire is countered by its big damage! It comes with the Splash Wall sub and Booyah Bomb special.

Kensa Glooga Dualies

While these Kensa brand Dualies perform similarly to the Glooga Dualies, their striking black and white color scheme is all their own. These two-tone titans come with the Fizzy Bomb sub weapon and the Ink Armor special.

Kensa Mini Splatling

The Kensa Mini Splatling is a heavy-hitter, but it's got brains too, with the Toxic Mist sub weapon. Lock your opponents down with the Mist and then rush them down with the Ultra Stamp special weapon.

Kensa Rapid Blaster

Use the Kensa Rapid Blaster's Torpedo sub weapon to flush your opponent out, then splat them while they're on the move! Up against a group of enemies? Use the Baller special to put the pressure on!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Kensa Collection

4 December 2018

Urgent announcement from the Squid Research Lab!


To commemorate the debut of the Inkling as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a collaboration Splatfest is on the way!

This time, the theme is simple, which side do you stand on: Team Heroes or Team Villains? Do you fight for justice and peace no matter the cost? Or do you stand with the misunderstood miscreants?

The Splatfest runs from:
• 12/14 (Fri) 8:00 p.m. PT – 12/15 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. PT

Once this Splatfest is finished, please pick up your Super Sea Snails by the afternoon of Dec. 20th. The Inkopolis News announcement for Frosty Fest will begin on Friday, Dec. 21st, so don't miss out!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Heroes #Team Villains #Super Smash Bros. Ultimate #Nintendo #Nintendo Switch

5 December 2018

The Heroes vs. Villains Super Smash Bros. Ultimate collaboration Splatfest is almost ready to go, and everyone is here! Login this Friday, 12/14, at 8:00pm PT and fight for the light with Team Heroes, or get chillin' with Team Villains!

#Splatoon 2 #Super Smash Bros. Ultimate #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Team Heroes #Team Villains #Pearl #Marina #Callie #Marie #Squid Sisters #Off the Hook

12 December 2018

A Senior SRL Researcher shares some of his research regarding the upcoming Splatfest and the Inklings making their debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Super Smash Bros. Ultimate #Team Heroes #Team Villains

14 December 2018

The Splatfest battle is over and Team Villains is victorious with a 2-1 win! Will these sinister cads get away with it? We're not sure, but congratulations nonetheless! And don't forget to pickup your Super Sea Snails by the afternoon of 12/20!

#Splatoon 2 #Splatfest #Team Heroes #Team Villains #Nintendo

16 December 2018

Don't forget to pick up your free Frosty Fest gear in Splatoon 2! Check out the related Squid Research Lab Report article on the Nintendo Switch News Channel (via your Nintendo Switch), and start the game to claim your goods!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Splatfest #Frosty Fest

21 December 2018

Merry Fishmas! A greeting card just arrived at the lab, and this year it's from a Salmonid researcher! These usually noisy Salmonids seem to also be enjoying their cozy holiday break.

Up for a Salmon Run shift? Grizzco Industries appears to be recruiting part-timers even during the holidays. If you've got a break in your festivities, pick up a shift and grab as many Golden Eggs as you can!

#Splatoon 2 #Nintendo Switch #Nintendo #Salmon Run

24 December 2018

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