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A promotional image for Splatoon 3 featuring an Octoling wielding the Octobrush, a weapon in the brush class.
Paintbrush redirects here. For the similarly-named main weapon, see Painbrush.

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

Broadly similar to rollers, brushes feature the same style of swinging the weapon to flick splashes of ink and the ability to push them along the ground while moving to create a trail of ink, although they possess less ink concentration and a much thinner trail respectively.

General mechanics

Taps of will allow quick side-to-side flicks of a brush, spreading globs of ink in a wide radius. If is held, the player can then proceed to push the brush in front of them while moving, creating an ink trail and dealing damage to enemies that contact the brush. Compared to rollers, all damage is considerably weaker across the board and leaves players incapable of a one-hit splat regardless of brush choice.


While brushes have been in the Splatoon series since Splatoon, games prior to Splatoon 3 classified them as rollers because the two classes share some technical characteristics. Starting in Splatoon 3, brushes are classified as a separate class.

List of brushes

Note: The series are arranged by their respective order in the weapon select screen with the Main filter.

Series Description Variants Games

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. Inkbrush
Inkbrush Nouveau
Permanent Inkbrush

A slower brush with decent range. Movement speed while sliding along the ground is a bit slower compared to the Inkbrush. Octobrush
Octobrush Nouveau
Kensa Octobrush
Herobrush Replica
Orderbrush Replica

An even slower brush that must wind up before it can start swinging. In return, it has greater range, power, and inking capabilities. Painbrush
Painbrush Nouveau

Special Brushes

The following brush(es) are only available outside of battles as part of other modes:

Weapon Description Games

A brush similar to the Octobrush only used in Octo Canyon. Upon completion of all missions in Octo Canyon using the Herobrush, the player will unlock the Herobrush Replica for use in battles.

A brush similar to the Octobrush only used in Side Order when equipping Sheldon's Palette. Upon successful completion of a run with this Palette equipped, the player will unlock the Orderbrush Replica for use in battles.


Brush-type rollers in Splatoon
Main #ID Sub Special Special Depletion Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Inkbrush 1100 Sprinkler Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 8 Cash 4800 Roller 6 June 2015
Inkbrush Nouveau 1101 Ink Mine Bubbler Special gaugeLight 11 Cash 5900 Roller 1 August 2015​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Octobrush 1110 Squid Beakon Kraken Special gaugeLight 12 Cash 8500 Roller 18 July 2015
Octobrush Nouveau 1111 Splat Bomb Inkzooka Special gaugeLight 16 Cash 9500 Roller 1 January 2016
Permanent Inkbrush 1102 Splat Bomb Kraken Special gaugeLight 20 Cash 8200 Roller 13 April 2016 (2.7.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Brush-type rollers in Splatoon 2
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Herobrush Replica 1113 Autobomb Inkjet 170p 10 Cash 9400 Roller 7 July 2017 (1.0.0)​
Inkbrush 1100 Splat Bomb Splashdown 150p 5 Cash 2600 Roller 23 July 2017
Inkbrush Nouveau 1101 Ink Mine Baller 180p 7 Cash 7000 Roller 11 November 2017​​​​​​​​
Kensa Octobrush 1112 Suction Bomb Ultra Stamp 180p 20 Cash 13200 Roller 7 November 2018 (4.2.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Octobrush 1110 Autobomb Inkjet 170p 10 Cash 8200 Roller 7 July 2017 (1.0.0)
Octobrush Nouveau 1111 Squid Beakon Tenta Missiles 170p 15 Cash 9900 Roller 2 January 2018
Permanent Inkbrush 1102 Sprinkler Ink Armor 180p 12 Cash 8400 Roller 3 April 2019 (4.6.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Brushes in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Inkbrush 1100 Splat Bomb Killer Wail 5.1 180p 7 Sheldon License 1 Brush Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)
Inkbrush Nouveau 1101 Ink Mine Ultra Stamp 180p 15 Sheldon License 1 Brush Version 2.0.0 (Chill Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Octobrush 1110 Suction Bomb Zipcaster 200p 4 Sheldon License 1 Brush Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)
Octobrush Nouveau 1111 Squid Beakon Ink Storm 180p 9 Sheldon License 1 Brush Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​
Orderbrush Replica 1115 Suction Bomb Zipcaster 200p 1 Brush Version 7.0.0 (Side Order)
Painbrush 1120 Curling Bomb Wave Breaker 190p 14 Sheldon License 1 Brush Version 4.0.0 (Sizzle Season 2023)
Painbrush Nouveau 1121 Point Sensor Tenta Missiles 190p 16 Sheldon License 1 Brush Version 6.0.0 (Chill Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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  • 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.


  • Inklings: Hold their weapon on the ground while holding their head in disappointment, 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 ):

  • 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 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.
  • 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.

In Ammo Knights (Clicking ):

  • Inklings: The player will swish their brush to angle it upwards at a roughly 45° angle, moving it back before making motions as if inking turf, bouncing the brush on their palm twice after.
  • Octolings: The player will briefly look over the brush before spinning it and pretending to paint on a wall, looking back down at the weapon and bobbing their head before going back into their idle pose.


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]


SplatNet icons

2D icons


Promotional renders for Splatoon 2

Promotional renders for Splatoon 3

Tableturf Battle cards for Splatoon 3


  • 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 at once.
  • Brushes have the fewest weapons of any class in Splatoon (with five) and Splatoon 2 (with seven).
  • In Splatoon 2, brushes are the only class in which all of the members have a third variant (even though there are only two of them).
  • Brushes are the only weapon class from Splatoon to have no new members introduced in Splatoon 2.

Names in other languages

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