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An Octoling swinging an Octobrush, one of the main weapons included in the Brush class.

Brushes are one of the main weapon classes, introduced as an independent weapon class in Splatoon 3. In the previous titles of the Splatoon series, Brushes were part of the Roller class, with which they share some technical characteristics. Brushes have two attack modes: by repeatedly pressing , the player will make their brush-type weapon swing and sprinkle ink globes that spread forwards, inking the floor; by holding and moving, the player will instead push the brush on the ground, similar to a roller, 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 escaping enemies or encircling them to trap and easily splat them.

List of Brushes

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
S2 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


Brushes in Splatoon 3
Main Sort by main Sub Special Points for Special Level Price Class

S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush Flat.png Inkbrush 8000 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 Octobrush Flat.png Octobrush 8010 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 Spawner, 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.


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