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A promotional image for Splatoon 3 featuring an Octoling wielding the Octobrush, a weapon included in the brush class.

Brushes are one of the main weapon types in Splatoon series.

Brushes have two attack modes: by repeatedly pressing , the player will swing their brush and sprinkle ink globes that spread forwards, inking the surface; by holding and moving, the player will instead push the brush on the ground, similar to roller weapons, but much faster and covering less area. While the first attack mode is effective for inking the stage and splatting opponents, the latter is more useful for moving within enemy ink, chasing or escaping enemies, or encircling them to trap and easily splat them.


While brush weapons have been in the Splatoon series since the first game, games prior to Splatoon 3 classified them as rollers as they share some technical characteristics with traditional rollers. Since Splatoon 3, brushes are classified separate from traditional rollers.

List of brushes

Note: The series are arranged by the order of their respective Tableturf Battle cards.

Series Description Variants Games
Splatoon "S" icon.svg Splatoon 2 "2" icon.svg Splatoon 3 "3" icon.svg
S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush.png
A fast but short-ranged brush. When pushed along the ground, the user moves at extremely high speed, and leaves behind a narrow trail of ink. Damage is low, as the user needs to land four globs of ink to splat an opponent. S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush
S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush Nouveau.png Inkbrush Nouveau
S2 Weapon Main Permanent Inkbrush.png Permanent Inkbrush
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush.png
A slower brush with decent range. Movement speed while pushing it along the ground is a bit slower compared to the Inkbrush. Only three hits are needed to splat an opponent. S3 Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush
S2 Weapon Main Octobrush Nouveau.png Octobrush Nouveau
S2 Weapon Main Kensa Octobrush.png Kensa Octobrush
S2 Weapon Main Herobrush Replica.png Herobrush Replica


Brush-type rollers in Splatoon
Main #ID Sub Special Special Depletion Level Price Class
S Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush 1100 S Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 8 Cash 4800 Roller
S Weapon Main Inkbrush Nouveau.png Inkbrush Nouveau 1101 S Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler Special gaugeLight 11 Cash 5900 Roller
S Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush 1110 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken Special gaugeLight 12 Cash 8500 Roller
S Weapon Main Octobrush Nouveau.png Octobrush Nouveau 1111 S Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb S Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka Special gaugeLight 16 Cash 9500 Roller
S Weapon Main Permanent Inkbrush.png Permanent Inkbrush 1102 S Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken Special gaugeLight 20 Cash 8200 Roller
Brush-type rollers in Splatoon 2
Brushes in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class
S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush Flat.png Inkbrush 1100 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1 180p 7 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brush.png Brush
S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush Nouveau Flat.png Inkbrush Nouveau 1101 S3 Weapon Sub Ink Mine Flat.png Ink Mine S3 Weapon Special Ultra Stamp.png Ultra Stamp 180p 15 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brush.png Brush
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush Flat.png Octobrush 1110 S3 Weapon Sub Suction Bomb Flat.png Suction Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 200p 4 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brush.png Brush




  • Both genders sway their weapon side to side a few times before posing while resting the weapon on their shoulder.


  • Both genders rest their weapon on their shoulder while shaking their head in disappointment.

Splatoon 2

Spawning in before a match starts:

  • Both Inklings and Octolings hold their weapon over their shoulder.


  • Inkling Girl: Does a few stretches while holding her weapon before positioning it behind her back.
  • Inkling Boy: Does a "pop-off" while resting his weapon on his shoulder before striking a pose.
  • Octoling Girl: Raises her weapon off the ground to rest it on her shoulder before wiping her forehead and striking a pose.
  • Octoling Boy: Similar to the Octoling Girl's, but instead ends with pointing his thumb towards his chest.


  • Both Inkling genders hold their weapon on the ground while holding their head in disappointment, while pausing to shake their head.
  • Octoling Girl: Holds her hand up to her face, falls forward and shakes her head, before looking up while winking.
  • Octoling Boy: Shakes his fist, kneels down and shakes his head, before looking up and winking.

In Ammo Knights (Clicking R stick):

  • Inklings: Raises their weapon up and down while looking it over, puts roller on the ground as if to start rolling, before returning to idle position.
  • Octolings: Holds their roller out in front of them and bounces it twice, looks weapon over from behind, raises the weapon up and brings it down into a crouched position before returning to idle.

Splatoon 3

Spawner Drone pose:

  • All styles: Jumps from the drone, swings the brush and then holds it in a ready-to-battle pose.


  • Flip Out: Swings the weapon in full circles many times, swapping it back and forth between their hands three times, before posing with it.
  • Reppin' Inkopolis: The player gleefully swings their weapon from side to side, hoists it over their right shoulder, and puts their hand on their hip.


Squid Research Lab here, ready to brush up on brushes! Hold while using a brush to sprint at a tremendous speed and lay down a tactical ribbon of ink. You can also use rapid-fire brush swings to turn an opponent's face into the kind of abstract art that's worth millions!
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[1]


  • There are no brushes with Point Sensor, Toxic Mist, Fizzy Bomb, or Disruptor as their sub weapon.
  • Brushes are not affected by Run Speed Up while pushing them on the ground.
    • However, Brush users are affected by the ability while running, flicking or doing both things.
  • Against Salmonids, Inkbrushes have more DPS (damage per second) when running with the brush on the ground, while Octobrushes have more DPS when flinging ink.


SplatNet icons


Promotional renders for Splatoon 2

Promotional renders for Splatoon 3

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese フデ
Netherlands Dutch Kwast Brush
Canada and France French Pinceau Paint brush
Germany German Pinsel Paint brush
Italy Italian Pennello Brush
Russia Russian Кисть
Spain Spanish Pincel Brush
China Chinese (Simplified) 画笔
huàbǐ (Mandarin)
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 畫筆
huàbǐ (Mandarin)
South Korea Korean