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An 8-Ball.

The 8-Ball is a mechanic in the Octo Expansion.


The 8-Ball is a plastic sphere, made to look like an eight billiard ball. It is a black ball with round pink neon on one side and the number eight marked on it.


The 8-Ball is guided through shooting it with ink. When it is shot with ink, it makes a trail of ink. It slows down faster on surfaces that are more rigid, such as a sponge. There are switches that can be activated by pushing the 8-Ball into it, which are called 8-Ball Switches, similar to Splat-Switches. An 8-Ball goal is like an 8-Ball Switch, except when it is activated, the level is cleared. If a player makes the 8-Ball fall, then they fail the test and have to restart from the last checkpoint.

The 8-balls are used in several stations in the Octo Expansion. Most of them are to guide the 8-Ball to the goal while the others are mini-games:

Unreleased ranked mode

Datamining revealed that an 8-Ball Ranked Battle mode was in development. This mode would have included an 8-Ball at the center of the stage and the players would have had to guide it to the other team's goal.



  • The 8-Ball station subtitles are references to the sayings on real-life Magic 8-Balls.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Germany German Achterkugel 8-ball
Russia Russian Осьмошар
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Bola 8 8 Ball