Controller VM

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The Controller VM is headgear in Splatoon 3.

It is a 2-star item produced by Cuttlegear and comes with the primary ability Ink Resistance Up. It is obtained in Side Order by trading Prlz with Cipher, who appears in the Order Sector after clearing the Spire of Order once, right after obtaining 15 Keys. It cannot be ordered from another player.


The Controller VM is a replica of the headgear worn by Marina when mind-controlled by the Overlorder as Marina Agitando. It consists of a pair of dark gray headphones attached to a visor-like device that resembles a virtual reality headset. The ears of the headphones are formed from opposite halves of a Virtual Boy controller, though with the A and B Buttons colored white instead of red in keeping with the "colorless" theme of Side Order. Two long pegs designed after the Virtual Boy's stand extend from either ear.

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The Controller VM comes with Ink Resistance Up as the primary ability. As a 2-star item, the Controller VM comes with three additional slots for secondary abilities. The star level may be increased with Super Sea Snails for 1 (first), 1 (second), 5 (third), 10 (fourth), or 20 (fifth) Super Sea Snails per star. Increasing the star level beyond 2 stars will increase the gear experience gained by a cumulative 3.333…% up to 10% additional experience at 5-star level. Since it is made by the Cuttlegear gear brand, it has equal chances to roll any secondary ability.


"Controller" refers both to how the equipment was used to mind-control Marina, and how the device itself is two halves of a Virtual Boy controller. "VM" very likely stands for "Virtual Marina", and could also refer to a virtual machine, which is a virtual computer system that runs within a host computer.

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ブレインウォッシュVE
Bureinwosshu VE
Brainwash VE (likely from "Virtual" and "DJ E-DA", Marina's pseudonym)
Netherlands Dutch VM-helm VM helmet
CanadaFrance French Contrôleur V-Cor V-Mar Controller
Russia Russian Контроллер ВМ
Kontroller VM
Controller VM
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Control RM Controller RM

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