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Concept art of two different shapes of bumper.
This article is about the non-splattable objects used as barriers. For the splattable objects used to test weapons, see Squid Bumper.

Bumpers are a type of surface appearing in Splatoon and Splatoon 2.


Bumpers can be found in several different multiplayer stages as well as missions from the single-player modes, Octo Valley and Octo Canyon. They are colored in the neutral color corresponding to the ink used by each team; for example, in a pink versus green match, bumpers will be colored cyan.

Bumpers cannot be covered in ink and are generally too tall to be jumped over, allowing them to serve as protective borders for Inklings and Octolings. However, slosher users can splash ink above the barriers while still remaining relatively safe.

In Octo Canyon, Bumpers can be destroyed, but only if they are crushed by large Octarian machines, namely the Octoseeker and the Octostamp DX. When a Bumper is destroyed, it gives out no Power Eggs, and lets out a sharp popping noise that is similar to but not exactly the same as that of a popped Balloon or Squid Bumper.

Another type of bumper appears in the Octo Expansion. These bumpers can only be destroyed when an 8-Ball collides with one. Some levels, such as B07 Fly 8-Ball Station and C07 Totally 8-Ball Station, are designed around the 8-Ball bumpers.



Octo Valley

Splatoon 2

Shifty Station

Octo Canyon

Octo Expansion



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese バンカー
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Bumper -
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Obstacle gonflable Inflatable obstacle
FlagGermany.svg German Schutzwall Rampart
FlagItaly.svg Italian Barriera Barrier
FlagRussia.svg Russian Надувное укрытие
Naduvnoye ukrytiye
Inflatable shelter
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Barricada Barricade