Color chip

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Multiple color chips placed on a Palette.
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Ok, Pearl. Now check out what happens when you set this color chip into that Palette.

Color chips are a new feature introduced in Splatoon 3: Side Order. They were first shown during the Nintendo Direct on 14 September 2023, specifically during the Side Order trailer.[1]


Different color chips apply different abilities to Agent 8 and the Pearl Drone when placed inside a Palette. They can grant gear-like abilities like Run Speed Up, unique abilities like higher Ink Damage and additions to the Pearl Drone's attacks like the use of a Splat Bomb. Depending on how many color chips of the same type are placed inside a Palette, abilities get amplified further, allowing players flexibility in strengthening their character.

List of color chips

Note: The information listed is subject to change as references are limited to trailer footage and Side Order is still in development. Names in italics are named by color or translated from Japanese until the English names get confirmed.

Tone Ability Description Base stat Stat increase or decrease per color chips
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Power Ink Damage N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Splash Damage Increases damage dealt by explosives. N/A N/A 160% 190% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Main Firing Rate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Support Ink Saver (Main) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Range Splash Radius N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mobility Swim Speed Up N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Run Speed Up Increases movement speed in Inkling or Octoling form. N/A N/A 131% 140% N/A N/A
Turquoise Category Drone Splat Bomb Allows the Pearl Drone to use Splat Bombs. Multiple copies slightly reduce the required gauge. N/A 180p 160p N/A N/A
Luck N/A N/A N/A N/A
Red Category N/A N/A N/A N/A


Here (wherever "here" is in Side Order) you can see a color chip being placed into a Palette device to give Agent 8 an edge in combat. Color chips can do all kinds of things for you, like boosting your damage, widening your area of effect, quickening your steps, and more.

The SRL Color Guard recommends factoring in which color chip is on offer before selecting a floor layout. It's up to each player to decide the best way to develop your Palette over time. The Color Guard likes green, but you do you.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[2]


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カラーチップ
Color Chip
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 色彩晶片
sècǎi jīngpiàn (Mandarin)
sik1 coi2 zing1 pin2 (Cantonese)
Color Chip