El Rey Calamar

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The El Rey Calamar is a piece of headgear in Splatoon 3.

In Splatoon 3, it is a 0-, 1-, or 2-star item produced by Grizzco and comes with a random primary ability generated when it is received. It is only available as a reward from Salmon Run Next Wave, first as the monthly gear for April 2024, and later in a Pink Capsule. It cannot be ordered through Murch or Spyke.


El Rey Calamar is a wrestling mask similar to those used in lucha libre. It changes to match the user's ink color, and has yellow squid-shaped markings on the forehead and around the eye holes.

Splatoon 3

El Rey Calamar
El Rey Calamar
Added in
1 April 2024


The El Rey Calamar comes with a random primary ability that can also appear as secondary abilities, which prevents the wearer from having Comeback, Last-Ditch Effort, Opening Gambit, or Tenacity as they are exclusive to Headgear and cannot appear as secondary abilities. This primary ability is assigned randomly when the item is received. The El Rey Calamar may appear as a 0-star item with one additional slot for secondary abilities, a 1-star item with two additional slots for secondary abilities, or a 2-star item 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 Grizzco gear brand, it has equal chances to roll any secondary ability.


  • This is likely a reference to the wrestler Rey Mysterio in both name and appearance. The flares around the eye holes and the emblem on the forehead resemble the markings on the masks he wears for many of his matches.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese エル・カラマレス
eru karamaresu
Portmanteau of "el calamar" (Spanish for "the squid") and レスラー (resurā, "wrestler")
Netherlands Dutch Grote Calamar-masker Great Calamar mask
Canada French (NOA) El Rey Calmar -
France French (NOE) El Rey Calamar -
Germany German El Rey Calamar -
Italy Italian El Rey Calamar -
Russia Russian Эль-Рей Каламар
El'-Rey Kalamar
El-Rey Calamar
Mexico Spanish (NOA) El Rey Calamar The Squid King
Spain Spanish (NOE) Máscara Squid King Squid King Mask
China Chinese El Calamares -
South Korea Korean 엘 칼라마레스 El Calamars
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