DJ Octavio is the leader of the Octarians and the final boss of both Splatoon and Splatoon 2's single-player modes. In the latter, he appears alongside Callie, and is trapped in a snow globe-like tank near Cap'n Cuttlefish or Marie after being defeated for the first time.
Appearance and traits
Unlike most Octarians, which appear to be severed tentacles of octopuses, DJ Octavio is an octopus in his entirety. He is a dull red-violet with darker areas around his eyes and tentacles and appears to be perpetually angry. When he is angry, his eyes slant down even more, resembling furious eyes. He wears a large gold helmet in the style of kabuto with an octopus-shaped emblem on the front, and one of the two tentacles that are always crossed in from of him bears a large, green, X-shaped scar identical to the ones seen on other bosses. He sits inside of a flying machine equipped with a pool of purple ink and a turntable, which he plays using stalks of wasabi. The turntable also has four cannons on the front, two extendable fists and a set of thrusters allowing it to fly. Surrounding the machine is a large, magenta-colored force field, which neither Agent 3 nor their ink can pass through. It is only visible when close to the machine, as a warning to the player that they need to push it back to a comfortable distance.
During the first part of Enter the Octobot King!, he fights the player normally, but when the Calamari Inkantation starts to play, he abandons his turntable to dance. At several points in the song, he strikes a series of poses and laughs.
In Splatoon 2, he's once again the final boss, fought in the level Tide Goes Out. His flying machine has received an upgrade, now having a second level on which a brainwashed Callie stands and sings. Below her is the main control. In front of the turntable and wasabi stalks is a tray of circular tentacle balls, which go flying as the player attacks the DJ. On the back of the machine are some exhaust pipes, which Octavio uses for his dash punch attack. The two giant fists are now gold and sparkly and have brass knuckles on them, which reads something in the Octarian language. There are four holes on the front of the machine, in which bombs and the ink shower attack are deployed from. Octavio's appearance has also changed: his kabuto helmet is black with golden accents and he wears a pair of shutter shades.
His humanoid form, found in a Sunken Scroll, wears the kabuto hat alongside what appears to be casual sweatpants and a shirt with sleeves resembling those on kimonos. In the Great Turf War, he possibly turned into his humanoid form for its majority, as a picture shared in Marina's chat room shows this. In this form his tentacles hung out the kabuto, resembling his cephalopod form's tentacles.
- Octorpedoes that shoot out from four cannons on the front. They home in on the player, but can easily be evaded or destroyed. They spread a small amount of ink if they land.
- Two giant fists that can be extended to try and punch the player. If shot at before they hit the ground, they fly back into the machine and damage it, pushing it backwards.
- Small projectiles that resemble disco balls. If they hit the ground, they spawn an enemy. If they are shot before then, they harmlessly explode in midair and nothing spawns. The type of spawned enemies depends on which phase of the fight the player is on, with Octocopters and Octobombers initially, Octoballs in the second phase, and Twintacle Octotroopers in the final phase.
- A Killer Wail. Unlike the Inklings' special weapon of the same name, this variation is smaller but takes longer to charge up.
- A massive, octopus-shaped bomb that explodes into a huge amount of enemy ink if it lands. If it is shot back at DJ Octavio, he punches it back at the player twice before running out of fists and getting hit by it. These bombs are necessary for damaging him greatly and defeating him.
In Splatoon 2
- Two giant fists that the player can either hit if they light up pink or have to dodge if they are spinning.
- Bombs, such as Splat Bombs and Suction Bombs.
- Small projectiles resembling a fried ball of takoyaki, which Marie refers to as "calamari bomb things". They can be shot in the air or on the ground, but if the player waits too long, they explode into a stationary tornado with bits of octopus inside.
- A shower attack, in which DJ Octavio pours ink out of the four holes in his machine and charges towards the player.
- During the second phase, he rises up into the air, making his punches a little harder to hit.
- During the third phase, he performs a dash before a punch, making it a little harder to hit the fists.
- During the fourth and final phase, he rises his machine into the air permanently, forcing the player to follow him via launchpad. The player then has to use the Rainmaker to hit his pink non-spinning punches, or jump over the spinning punches, all whilst on a Ride Rail.
|DJ Octavio||I am Octavio|
|I am Octavio (Missile)|
|Bomb Rush Blush (feat. Callie)|
|Tidal Rush (feat. Callie vs. Marie)|
|Inkopolis Memorial Mixtape|
Sunken Scroll appearances
Marina's chat room
A Sunken Scroll-formatted picture shows DJ Octavio attacking the Inklings and Cap'n Cuttlefish.
- DJ Octavio is one of few Octarians that have dialogue that can be heard by the player, another example being Marina. While Octolings make Inkling-like sounds, what they are saying remains unknown, though Sanitized ones do speak a few lines.
- The weak point of all Great Octoweapons in Octo Valley, the tentacle, is identical to DJ Octavio's scarred tentacle, making him thought to be operating each one, but Sunken Scroll 24 of Splatoon 2 contradicts this.
- The scroll depicts Octavio’s tentacles being severed from him as a control mechanism. This technology is said to be “15 years ahead of the rest of the world”.
- DJ Octavio's English dialogue differs drastically between the North American and European/Oceanian versions of Splatoon, as shown below in the gallery.
- In Splatoon, if the player fights DJ Octavio again after defeating him before, the dialogue changes; it describes a scenario in which he has escaped from his snow globe and recaptured Cap'n Cuttlefish.
- In Splatoon 2, if the player fights DJ Octavio again after defeating him before, the dialogue changes again; now it describes a scenario in which he escaped from his snow globe and Callie put on the hypnoshades again because they 'looked fresh' on her.
- Though he cannot be interacted with while in the snow globe, he cowers and glows purple if shot at.
- When designing DJ Octavio, the development team of Splatoon first decided on the name "Takowasa" (DJ Octavio's Japanese name). He was then changed from a wasabi maker to a DJ, followed by scratching music being brought in. The music starts with a rhythm that goes like 'don don don don', at which it was decided to match the rhythm with DJ Octavio's wasabi making.
- In an interview with the game's developers, composer Toru Minegishi suggested that DJ Octavio and his subordinates use music to control the many Octarians. 
- DJ Octavio is claimed to be the inventor of the music genre "Octaronica".
- DJ Octavio's kabuto helmet is similar to that of a samurai's, indicating he may be royalty.
- Despite Cap'n Cuttlefish's revelation that Inklings dry out and lose ink as they age, DJ Octavio doesn't appear to have dried out, despite being in the same age range. How he achieved this is unknown.
- In an old picture depicting Cap'n Cuttlefish in combat with DJ Octavio (found by Pearl and sent to Marina's chat room), DJ Octavio has the same teeth as the playable Octolings, which differ from those of Inklings.
- DJ's Octavio's name may be referring to the Spanish word Octavo which means eighth, referring to the fact that Octavio has eight tentacles.
- DJ Octavio's album art has text that resembles his name that seems to spell "DJ Ocwas", which may be a combination of his English and Japanese name "DJ Octavio" and "DJ Takowasa".
- A poster seen in the Deepsea Metro has a picture of an octopus with Inkling text that resembles the word “octavi”, possibly advertising a DJ Octavio album or concert.
- It is unknown how DJ Octavio has listened to the Calamari Inkantation multiple times without being affected.
Examples of regional differences in DJ Octavio's dialogue.
DJ Octavio dancing to the Squid Sisters' song when they override his own.
Size comparison with an Inkling.
At the end of the mission, his helmet clips through the platform.
DJ Octavio's reaction to Agent 3 attacking his snow globe.
A worn Ammo Knights label on the snow globe.
DJ Octavio's dialogue box icon in Splatoon 2.
DJ Octavio may be derived from octo and octave.
Names in other languages
DJ Takowasa shōgun
|General DJ Takowasa (A Japanese dish: octopus marinated in wasabi)|
|Dutch||DJ Octavio||Same as English name|
|French||DJ Octave||From octo and octave|
|German||DJ Oktario||From Okto (octo)|
|Italian||DJ Octavius||From octo and ottave (octave)|
|From English name|
|Spanish||DJ Octovius||From octo and octava (octave)|
DJ zhāngyú jièmò jiāngjūn
|From Japanese name|
- Assumed from multiple pictures of Octavio in a humanoid form, and from him having a full octopus form, rather than just a tentacle.
- Famitsu Interview with Splatoon development team. Posted by Brian on NintendoEverything (2015-07-26). Retrieved on 2015 July 28.
Characters in Splatoon
Characters in Splatoon 2