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A Grapplink.

Grapplinks are a mechanic in Splatoon 2's single-player modes, Octo Canyon and the Octo Expansion. They also appear in one of the Shifty Stations, Grapplink Girl. They are floating black spheres with flashing yellow lights, a propeller and hooks. When hit with ink from a main weapon or sub weapon, the player is quickly pulled towards them and reach a point just under them before starting to fall down again. Hitting them with the Inkjet or Sting Ray special weapons also activates them, though any Sting Ray that hits it ends upon contact with the Grapplink.


Octo Canyon

Octo Expansion

Shifty Station



"Grapplink" is a portmanteau of "grappling" from "grappling hook" (hooks attached to a rope, for grasping or holding) and either "link" (to connect to something) or "ink".

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ひきよせポイント
Hikiyose Pointo
Pull Point
Netherlands Dutch Zweefanker (Mission #6)
Ankerpunt (Mission #19)
Hover anchor
Anchor point
CanadaFrance French Bouée-grappin Beacon-grapple
Italy Italian Calamarampino From Calamaro (Squid) and Rampino (Grappling hook)