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An inactive Gusher
Shoot a Gusher to make it burst skyward. So satisfying...

A Gusher is one of the mechanics first introduced in Octo Valley. They also appear in Octo Canyon, Salmon Run, Shifty Station, and the Octo Expansion.


Initially, Gushers appear to be stationary, circular, silver grates adorned with a red knob, resembling a fire hydrant. Upon being sprayed by ink, a large column of ink erupts from the platform, carrying all objects, including the player, to the top. This column of ink blocks both enemy and ally attacks. After around ten seconds, the ink from the Gusher stops coming out and needs to be sprayed with more ink.

In multiplayer stages, such as Gusher Towns, Gushers require slightly more hits to activate. Touching a Gusher with the opposing team's ink instantly splats the player.

In Salmon Run, Gushers only appear during Goldie Seeking waves, where spraying the Gusher with ink will cause the Gusher to erupt a column of various sizes of enemy ink. The size of the column depends on how close the Gusher is to the Goldie. They also emit light depending on how close to the Goldie they are, while other Salmonids spawn from them. All of the activated Gushers remain active until the Goldie is found and finds a new hiding place, or until the wave ends.


Gushers can be activated by the player firing ink directly on their surface. They cannot be activated by Octarians or Salmonids.



Octo Valley

Splatoon 2

Shifty Station

Octo Canyon

Salmon Run

Octo Expansion


  • It is stated that the Salmonids obtained the Gusher technology through trade with the Octarians.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese カンケツセン
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Geiser Geyser
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Jet d'encre Ink beam
FlagGermany.svg German Tintenfontäne Ink fountain
FlagItaly.svg Italian Geyser Geyser
FlagRussia.svg Russian Гейзер
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Surtidor Gusher