Cap'n Cuttlefish

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Cap'n Cuttlefish
Capn cuttlefish transparent.png
Species Inkling
Hair Color Off-white/Faded orange
Eye Color
Age 128 (Splatoon)
130 (Splatoon 2)
Gender Male
Location Octo Valley, Inkopolis Plaza, Deepsea Metro
This unreasonably attractive gentleman goes by the name of Cap'n Cuttlefish. He's a decorated hero who fought in the Great Turf Wars of legend between the Inklings and Octarians. He now keeps solemn vigil over Octo Valley, watching for any fishy behavior. Though his clothes may be tattered, his heart is pure and nothing escapes his razor-sharp gaze. He also TOTALLY didn't write this post.

Craig Cuttlefish, more commonly known as Cap'n Cuttlefish, is a main character in the Splatoon series. He acts as a guide for the protagonist, issuing them the Hero Suit and title of Agent 3 in Splatoon's Octo Valley and helping Agent 8 through the Deepsea Metro in Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. He is also the grandfather of Callie and Marie.


Prior to the ultimate end of the Great Turf War, Cap'n Cuttlefish served as leader of a division called the Squidbeak Splatoon alongside Ammoses Shellendorf, Judd, and two unidentified Inkling soldiers. It is unknown what he did between the end of the war and the beginning of Splatoon, but he seems to have changed little.


Cap'n Cuttlefish can be found poking his head out of a manhole in the corner of Inkopolis Plaza. On the first time the player arrives at Cuttlefish's shack in Octo Valley, he introduces himself and recruits the player as Agent 3 to help take back the Great Zapfish from the Octarians. He provides assistance throughout the levels until the completion of The Rampaging Octowhirl!, where he gets kidnapped by DJ Octavio. Agents 1 and 2 take over his role, until the final mission, where Agent 3 battles DJ Octavio to rescue Cap'n Cuttlefish, who is tied up in a chair. During the fourth phase, the Squid Sisters override the boss music, allowing Cuttlefish to set himself free.

Replaying the final mission results in new dialogue, describing how DJ Octavio escaped from his globe and recaptured Cap'n Cuttlefish.

Splatoon 2

In Splatoon 2, Marie takes over the role of Agent 4's guide and mentor. Sunken Scroll 25 reveals that Cap'n Cuttlefish went off travelling with Agent 3 for some kind of research trip "at the cape".

Octo Expansion

Cap'n Cuttlefish shows up in Octo Expansion as a guide throughout the levels. At the start, he guides Agent 8 to Central Station on the Deepsea Metro. He remains on the train for most of the game, and talks to Agent 8 in levels, during chat logs, and directly if talked to.

When Agent 8 collects the four 'thangs', Cap'n Cuttlefish joins them when they walk into the Telephone, which reforms into a blender using the thangs. Agent 3 saves them by falling through the roof, destroying it, and knocking themselves out. For the rest of the levels, Cap'n Cuttlefish stays to care for Agent 3 until the Telephone awakens again, capturing him and mind-controlling Agent 3.

After defeating the mind-controlled Agent 3, Cap'n Cuttlefish walks with Agent 8 to go to the surface, where the Telephone emerges with a gigantic weapon for the final battle. Cap'n Cuttlefish stays behind as the "hype man", remaining on Marina's helicopter until the boss is defeated, where he will join Pearl, Marina, Agent 8, and Agent 3 to go back to Inkopolis.

Later, he is found back on the Deepsea Metro train, as he states he wanted to check on everyone there. He lets Agent 8 know that he will accompany them if there is anything they need from the Deepsea Metro.

Personality and traits

Cap'n Cuttlefish is a decorated hero who fought in the Great Turf Wars of legend between the Inklings and Octarians. He now keeps solemn vigil over Octo Valley, watching for any fishy behavior. Though his clothes may be tattered, his heart is pure and nothing escapes his razor-sharp gaze.[1]

Cap'n Cuttlefish's favorite food is crab cakes(NA)[a]/biscuits(EU/OC)[b], as pointed out both by himself and Agents 1 and 2. He is often distracted by them, giving DJ Octavio the chance to escape from his snow globe prison.

Following his first meeting with Pearl, he has taken up rapping as a hobby.


Click to view the quotes for Cap'n Cuttlefish. View the quotation page.


  • He is the only Inkling character with a confirmed age in the Splatoon series older than 21 years old.
  • In the first trailer for Octo Valley, Cap'n Cuttlefish appeared to be found in a walled-in area of Inkopolis Plaza.
    • This area is similar in appearance to the alley Spyke is found in.
  • In the main hub of Octo Valley, the player can ink Cap'n Cuttlefish; he will eventually shake off the ink. However, it takes a considerable amount of ink to completely cover him, suggesting that he may be more resilient than the average Inkling, despite his age and frail appearance.
  • His cane is one of many Bamboozlers used by Inkling soldiers in the Great Turf War. However, he has never been seen to use it for its original purpose in-game, only as a cane. Interestingly, he is shown to be using it in credits art.
  • On the corner of his shack, Cap'n Cuttlefish has taped up two small photographs of his grandchildren, one of Callie and one of Marie.
  • His shack appears to be filled with books and Zapfish dolls, along with pictures of Octarians in the front.
  • During the initial tour of Inkopolis upon starting the game for the first time, he is referred to as a "creepy old dude".
  • The Legendary Cap is modeled after Cap'n Cuttlefish's signature hat.
  • The Old Timey outfit, including the hat, clothes, and shoes, is modeled after Cap'n Cuttlefish's outfit in Octo Expansion.
  • At the beginning of the Octo Expansion, he is seen saying "I'll take your stunned silence as a YES!" to Agent 8. This mirrors S2 Icon Marie.png Marie's "I'll take your awkward silence as a yes" to Agent 4, which in turn mirrors Cuttlefish's own "I'm gonna take your silence as a yes" to Agent 3.
  • According to the first art book, Inklings are able to preserve their bodies by sun-drying, which explains Cap'n Cuttlefish's long lifespan. In Octo Expansion, it is confirmed that Inklings lose ink and become drier with age.
  • One of Cap'n Cuttlefish's rap lines in the Octo Expansion refers to himself as being 130 years old.
    • This also implies he is 128 years old in Splatoon.
  • In Octo Expansion, the wallpaper on his phone is a picture of young Callie and Marie; the same photo from a Sunken Scroll found in Splatoon.
  • Cap'n Cuttlefish states that he has cuttlebones in the Octo Expansion. However, this may just be a figure of speech, since Inklings are supposed to have no bones, and Cap'n Cuttlefish himself is shown to be an Inkling and not an actual cuttlefish.
  • Session 5 of Marina's chat room reveals a picture of Cap'n Cuttlefish from the past when he was a second lieutenant. This is the only known picture of Cap'n Cuttlefish before he was a captain.
  • When Cap'n Cuttlefish is kidnapped in Octo Valley, replaying previous missions will also have his dialogue missing.
    • He also won't be peeking out of the manhole cover in Inkopolis Plaza when this happens.



Splatoon 2

Names in other languages

Craig Cuttlefish

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese アタリメヨシオ
Atarime Yoshio
From atarime, slang for dried shredded cuttlefish, and shio, meaning "tide" or "salt" [note 1]
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Karel Kraak Carl Kraken
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Anastase MacAlamar Anastase MacAlamar, from calamar (squid) and the scottish noble prefix mac-
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Anastase Macalamar Anastase Macalamar, from calamar (squid) and the scottish noble prefix mac-
FlagGermany.svg German Karl Kuttelfisch Carl Cuttlefish
FlagItaly.svg Italian Nero Seppia Black Cuttlefish
FlagRussia.svg Russian Каракатий Кальмостар
Karakatiy Kal'mostar
From каракатица karakatitsa (cuttlefish) and кальмар kal'mar (squid)
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Jerónimo Jibión Jerónimo Cuttlebone

Cap'n Cuttlefish

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese アタリメ司令
Commander Atarime (Atarime is slang for dried shredded cuttlefish)
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Kaptein Kraak Captain Kraken (captain is normally spelled kapitein in Dutch)
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Amiral MacAlamar Admiral MacAlamar
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Amiral Macalamar Admiral Macalamar
FlagGermany.svg German Käpt'n Kuttelfisch Cap'n Cuttlefish
FlagItaly.svg Italian Capitan Seppia Captain Cuttlefish
FlagRussia.svg Russian Капитан Кальмостар[note 2]
Kapitan Kal'mostar
Капитан Каракатица[note 3]
Kapitan Karakatitsa
From кальмар kal'mar, squid, with the title captain added

Captain Cuttlefish
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Capitán Jibión Captain Cuttlebone
FlagChina.svg Chinese 墨鱼丝令[2]
Mòyú Sīlìng
From 墨鱼丝 (dried shredded cuttlefish) and 司令 (commander)

Translation notes

  1. Follows Japanese naming - "Atarime" is surname, "Yoshio" is given name
  2. Squid Sisters Stories
  3. Pre-release material


  1. North America
  2. Europe and Oceania


  1. Squid Research Lab Live from Squid Research Lab: This unreasonably attractive gentleman goes by the..
  2. From the official Chinese release of the Splatoon artbook

Characters in Splatoon
Characters in Splatoon 2