Great Zapfish

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The Great Zapfish is the main subject of Splatoon's single-player mode, Octo Valley, being a very large Zapfish that powers Inkopolis.


According to the first Sunken Scroll, The Great Zapfish is 100 years old, and powers the entirety of Inkopolis. However, when the player enters Inkopolis Plaza for the first time, a news report turns on stating that the Great Zapfish has been stolen, and is believed to be linked to the UFO that crashed earlier outside of the city. However, when the player goes to Octo Valley for the first time, Cap'n Cuttlefish, a veteran of the Great Turf War, tells the player that the Great Zapfish has been stolen by the Octarians as an act of revenge for losing the war. Cuttlefish teams up with the player so they can take back the Zapfish, but first the player must take back every regular Zapfish before obtaining the Great Zapfish.

After collecting all regular Zapfish, the player finds the Great Zapfish in the hands of DJ Octavio, leader of the Octarians, who baits the player into saving it before sucking it up into his weapon. After defeating Octavio with the help of Agent 1 and Agent 2, the Great Zapfish is saved, and can be found resting on Inkopolis Tower for the rest of the game.


Unlike other Zapfish, the Great Zapfish is massive and more similar to the real-life electric catfish. It has yellow curled whiskers that give off electricity, an orange mouth, peach face, a dark blue body, a small, dark blue tail with lime green along the edges, and similarly colored fins.



The Great Zapfish can be seen coming up from the water around Piranha Pit occasionally.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese オオデンチナマズ
Ō Denchi Namazu
Great battery catfish
FlagRussia.svg Russian Великая электрарыба
Velikaya elektroryba
Great electrofish
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Characters in the Splatoon series
Main Major Agent 3 · Cap'n Cuttlefish · Judd · Squid Sisters (Callie · Marie)
Minor Ammoses Shellendorf · Bob Dub · Chirpy Chips · DJ Lee Fish · Hightide Era
Squid Squad · Squidbeak Splatoon · Turquoise October
Enemies DJ Octavio · Great Octoweapons · Octarians · Salmonid
Vendors Annie · Moe · Crusty Sean · Jelonzo · Sheldon · Spyke · Murch
Species Inkling · Jellyfish · Zapfish · Super Sea Snail