Brushes have two attack modes: by repeatedly pressing , the player will swing their brush and sprinkle ink globs 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.
|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.||Inkbrush||✓||✓||✓|
|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.||Octobrush||✓||✓||✓|
|A brush with long range and slow swing speed. Its damage is the highest one among the brushes: if landed at close range, only two splashes of ink are necessary to splat an opponent, and four splashes of ink at maximum range.||Painbrush||✓|
- 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.
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.
- 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.
|“||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
- 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, the Inkbrush has more DPS (damage per second) when running with the brush on the ground, while the Octobrush has more DPS when flinging ink.
- Brushes have the fewest weapons of any class, with only five in Splatoon and seven in Splatoon 2.
- 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.
Promotional renders for Splatoon 2
Promotional renders for Splatoon 3
Tableturf Battle cards for Splatoon 3
Names in other languages