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Ink in action in a pre-release version of Arowana Mall.

Ink is the main projectile used in the Splatoon series as well as a means of navigation. It comes in a variety of team-based colors that are randomized with each battle. Walls and ground alike can be covered with ink, but it goes through grates and cannot be applied to ink-resistant surfaces such as glass, tarps, and bumpers present in some stages. It allows players a degree of stealthiness, as Inklings and Octolings in squid and octopus forms can hide in their ink and ambush enemies. The signature ink colors are orange and dark blue in Splatoon, neon green and pink in Splatoon 2, and yellow and bluish purple for Splatoon 3.


The effects of moving in enemy ink.
A squid hiding in its team's ink.
An Inkling using an inkrail.

Ink can be used in a variety of ways, including as a projectile. Being hit by enemy ink causes players to take damage and become visible to their opponents on the map. After taking enough damage, players are splatted and eventually respawn. When attempting to swim or walk through enemy ink, Inklings and Octolings take damage, though this alone cannot splat them. Their movements also become very slow, and if they are in squid or octopus form, they are forced back into humanoid form. Equipping gear with the Ink Resistance Up ability helps to reduce the effects of being in enemy ink, and, in Splatoon only, Defense Up can be used to reduce damage taken from being hit by it.

Ink can also be fired at various inkable surfaces and other characters. Once a surface is coated in ink, players of the same ink color can swim through it, allowing them to move more quickly and climb up walls. When staying still in their ink, players can hide and ambush enemies, and when swimming fast enough they only create small ripples. Equipping gear with the Ninja Squid ability hides these ripples entirely, further improving the wearer's ability to move undetected.

In Splatoon 2, improved graphics were added to ink, including better shading, brightness, and sharpness. Also, trails can now be seen in ink where players swam.

Droplets and trails where players swam in ink is more distinct in Splatoon 2.

Main weapons and sub weapons both require ink, with the specific amount needed varying between different weapons. Ink requirements can be reduced by equipping the Ink Saver (Main), Ink Saver (Sub), Last-Ditch Effort, and Comeback abilities. If players do not have enough ink to use a weapon, they are warned of it and their ink tank flashes with a large red "X". Ink slowly refills automatically, but swimming in one's ink refills it much faster. Ink Recovery Up increases the speed at which ink is regained.

Some devices allow ink to be used in even more ways. Inkrails and Ride rails exist for transportation, as Inklings and Octolings in squid and octopus forms can use them to get to otherwise inaccessible areas. Sponges expand for use as a platform when hit by the player's ink and shrink when hit by that of an opponent. Splat-Switches, when covered with ink, cause objects to move. Ink can also be used to spin propellers, which power the movement of various platforms. Finally, Balloon Fishes can be popped with ink to create an explosion much in the manner of player bombs.

Color sets

For more information, see Template:InkT and Template:Ink.

Neutral color values are used for objects such as barriers and the Squid Bumpers in the Shooting Range and can help with identifying a set. However, some sets seem to use different values for some objects. In Splatoon 3, this color is also used on a few HUD elements, such as on the "GAME!" screen that appears at the end of a match, the map to indicate neutral objectives - such as un-captured Splat Zones or Towers - and to highlight the currently selected player.

Ink color names come from what they are called in Splatoon's files. Some names do not match the visible color; the reason for this is unknown.

Color sets used in-game are listed below.[note 1]

Color sets in Splatoon

Callie and Marie talking about the vanishing property of ink.

Regular Battle

  Pink vs.   Green (  Neutral)
  Pink vs.   Turquoise (  Neutral)
  Pink vs.   Orange (  Neutral)
  Orange vs.   Blue (  Neutral) *
  Green vs.   Purple (  Neutral)
  Turquoise vs.   Orange (  Neutral)
  Light Blue vs.   Orange[note 2] (  Neutral)
  Light Blue vs.   Yellow (  Neutral) (unused)[note 3]
  Blue[note 4] vs.   Orange (  Neutral)
  Blue vs.   Lime (  Neutral)
* These are Splatoon 1’s signature colors.

Ranked Battle

  Yellow vs.   Lilac (  Neutral)
  Green vs.   Magenta[note 5] (  Neutral)
  Lumigreen vs.   Purple (  Neutral)
  Light Green vs.   Blue (  Neutral)
  Soda vs.   Purple[note 6] (  Neutral)
  Green vs.   Orange (  Neutral)
  Dark Blue vs.   Yellow[note 7] (  Neutral)

Octo Valley

  Orange vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Night Marigold vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Marigold vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Yellow[note 9] vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Green[note 10] vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Green vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  LumiGreen vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Night LumiGreen vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  MothGreen[note 11] vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Soda vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Turquoise vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Lilac vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Dark Blue vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)


Splatfest color sets are downloaded, stored for Splatfest, and then removed afterwards.

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  Cats vs.   Dogs
  Roller Coasters vs   Water Slides
  Marshmallows vs.   Hot Dogs (  Neutral)
  North Pole vs.   South Pole (  Neutral)
  Lemon Tea vs.   Milk Tea
  Autobots vs.   Decepticons
  Messy vs.   Tidy
  Pirates vs.   Ninjas
  Naughty vs.   Nice
  Past vs.   Future
  Barbarian vs.   Ninja
  Perfect Body vs.   Perfect Brain
  Pokémon Red vs.   Pokémon Blue
  Pokémon Red vs.   Pokémon Green
  Snowmen vs.   Sandcastles
  Hoverboard vs.   Jet Pack
  Go all out! vs.   Focus on healing
  SpongeBob vs.   Patrick
  Tuna Mayonnaise Onigiri vs.   Red Salmon Onigiri
  World Tour vs.   Space Adventure
  Callie vs.   Marie


  Yellow[note 12] vs.   Dark Fuchsia[note 8] (  Neutral)
  Blue[note 13] vs.   Orange (  Neutral)
  Dark Fuchsia[note 14] (  Neutral)

Color sets in Splatoon 2


Regular Battle

  Lemon vs.   Plum
  Light Pink vs.   Blue
  Raspberry vs.   Neon Yellow
  Grape vs.   Turquoise
  Pink vs.   Light Blue
  Dark Purple vs.   Orange
  Neon Pink vs.   Neon Green **
  Sky vs.   Gold (unused)
** These are Splatoon 2’s signature ink colors.

Ranked Battle

  Slimy Green vs.   Grape (  Neutral)
  Winter Green vs.   Dark Magenta (  Neutral)
  Turquoise vs.   Pumpkin (  Neutral)
  Mustard vs.   Purple (  Neutral)
  Blue vs.   Green (  Neutral)
  Rich Purple vs.   Green Apple (  Neutral)
  Yellow vs.   True Blue (  Neutral)

When modes of Ranked Battle are played in Private Battle the order of the ink colors for the teams are predetermined with the order above, Alpha vs. Bravo teams.

Octo Canyon

A note about ink in Octo Canyon is that it contains glitter, which is mostly unique to this mode. The only other time this was seen was during the Frosty Fest.

  Yellow [note 15] vs.   Fuchsia (  Neutral)
  Green [note 16] vs.   Fuchsia (  Neutral)
  Light Blue [note 17] vs.   Fuchsia (  Neutral)


Three Splatfest Ink sets use special textures, Fam vs. Friend using the same sparkly effect that can be seen in Hero Mode, Trick vs. Treat using a more matte texture, and Chaos vs. Order using a unique metallic texture.

  Mayo vs.   Ketchup (  Neutral)
  Flight vs.   Invisibility (  Neutral)
  Fries vs.   McNuggets (  Neutral)
  Front Roll vs.   Back Roll (  Neutral)
  Vampire vs.   Werewolf (  Neutral)
  Agility vs.   Endurance (  Neutral)
  Warm Breakfast vs.   Cold Breakfast (  Neutral)
  Lemon vs.   Without Lemon (  Neutral)
  Sci-Fi vs.   Fantasy (  Neutral)
  Film vs.   Book (  Neutral)
  Warm Inner Wear vs.   Warm Outer Wear (  Neutral)
  Sweater vs.   Socks (  Neutral)
  Action vs.   Comedy (  Neutral)
  Champion vs.   Challenger (  Neutral)
  Gherk-OUT vs.   Gherk-IN (  Neutral)
  Money vs.   Love (  Neutral)
  Flower vs.   Dumpling (  Neutral)
  Chicken vs.   Egg (  Neutral)
  Latest Model vs.   Popular Model (  Neutral)
  Salty vs.   Sweet (  Neutral)
  Baseball vs.   Soccer (  Neutral)
  Unknown Creature vs.   Advanced Technology (  Neutral)
  Pulp vs.   No Pulp (  Neutral)
  Squid vs.   Octopus (  Neutral)
  Mushroom Mountain vs.   Bamboo Shoot Village (  Neutral)
  Adventure vs.   Relax (  Neutral)
  Fork vs.   Spoon (  Neutral)
  Retro vs.   Modern (  Neutral)
  Tsubuan vs.   Koshian (  Neutral)
  Trick vs.   Treat (  Neutral)
  Pocky Chocolate vs.   Pocky: Gokuboso (  Neutral)
  Salsa vs.   Guac (  Neutral)
  Eat It vs.   Save It (  Neutral)
  Hero vs.   Villain (  Neutral)
  Fam vs.   Friend (  Neutral)
  Boke vs.   Tsukkomi (  Neutral)
  Pancake vs.   Waffle (  Neutral)
  Knight vs.   Wizard (  Neutral)
  Hare vs.   Tortoise (  Neutral)
  Ce vs.   Pa (  Neutral)
  Time Travel vs.   Teleporation (  Neutral)
  Unicorn vs.   Narwhal (  Neutral)
  Without Pineapple vs.   With Pineapple (  Neutral)
  Kid vs.   Grown Up (  Neutral)
  Chaos vs.   Order (  Neutral)
  Super Mushroom vs.   Super Star (  Neutral)

Color Lock

  Golden Yellow vs.   Eelectric Blue[note 18]

Salmon Run

Salmonid Ink has a slime-like texture to it, where reflections have very little diffusion and there is a faint glow on the outer edge.

  Orange vs.   Neon Green
  Blue vs.   Neon Green[note 19]
  Pink vs.   Neon Green

Octo Expansion

The battle against Inner Agent 3 uses a different selection of ink colors than the rest of Octo Expansion, seemingly referencing the primary ink colors of Splatoon.

  Blue vs.   Orange

Unlike other ink, the Sanitized ink has a wavy effect.

  Pink vs.   Turquoise (  Neutral)[note 20]
  Peach vs.   Turquoise (  Neutral)
  Grape vs.   Turquoise (  Neutral)

Color sets in Splatoon 3


Regular Battle and Anarchy Battle

  Pink vs.   Green (  neutral)**
  Orange vs.   Purple (  neutral)
  Orange vs.   Blue (  neutral)*
  Yellow vs.   Purple (  neutral)
  Yellow vs.   Blue (  neutral)***
  Limegreen vs.   Purple (  neutral)
  Green vs.   Purple (  neutral)
  Turquoise vs.   Pink (  neutral)
  Turquoise vs.   Red (  neutral)
  Blue vs.   Yellow (  neutral)
* Allusive to Splatoon 1’s signature Orange vs. Blue ink colors.
** Allusive to Splatoon 2’s signature Neon Pink vs. Neon Green ink colors.
*** Splatoon 3’s signature ink colors.


  Rock vs.   Paper vs.   Scissors (  Neutral)
  Gear vs.   Grub vs.   Fun (  Neutral)
  Grass vs.   Fire vs.   Water (  Neutral)

Return of the Mammalians

Regular Missions

The ink used by the Fuzzy Octarians features a marbled rainbow-like texture that mimics the iridescence of an oil spill, much like the Fuzzy Ooze itself. The Indigo color is used by DJ Octavio without the iridescent texture in his fight.

  Orange vs.   Blue[note 8] (  neutral)
  Yellow vs.   Indigo[note 8] (  neutral)
  Green vs.   Blue[note 8] (  neutral)
  Soda vs.   Magenta[note 8] (  neutral)
  LightBlue vs.   Blue[note 8] (  neutral)
  Blue vs.   Magenta[note 8] (  neutral)
Deep Cut

The ink used in the boss fights against the members of Deep Cut contains the Deep Cut logo in a repeating pattern. The logos are slightly darker than the rest of the ink for Frye and Shiver, but the logos in Big Man’s ink are yellow, as a reference to Super Mario Sunshine’s Phantamanta boss.

  Blue vs.   Frye (  neutral)
  Lime vs.   Shiver (  neutral)
  Orange vs.   Big Man (  neutral)

Salmon Run Next Wave

  Yellow vs.   Dark Green (  neutral)
  SunYellow vs.   Dark Green (  neutral)
  Orange vs.   Dark Green (  neutral)
  Pink vs.   Dark Teal (  neutral)
  Purple vs.   Dark Green (  neutral)
  Blue vs.   Dark Green (  neutral)

Color Lock

  Yellow vs.   Blue (  neutral) (Regular Battle and Anarchy Battle)
  Yellow vs.   Dark Teal (  neutral) (Salmon Run Next Wave)
  Yellow vs.   Blue (  neutral) (Return of the Mammalians)
  Yellow vs.   LightBlue vs.   DarkBlue (  neutral) (Tricolor Turf War)


Getting Ready

These colors are used during the character customisation sequence and the short tutorial on the way to Splatsville.

  WarmingUpYellow vs.   WarmingUpBlue (  neutral)
Salmon Run Training Manual

These colors are used when practicing against Boss Salmonids in the Grizzco training manual.

  Orange vs.   Dark Green (  neutral)

In the files exists the following color set for Tricolor Turf War. It is named "TricolorDefault", but its purpose is currently unknown.

  Teal vs.   Purple vs.   Orange (  Neutral)


Pearl's hair changing color
  • According to Sunken Scroll 7 of Splatoon and Callie and Marie, ink vanishes after every match. It was later confirmed with Sunken Scroll 14 in Splatoon 2 that the cause of this is airborne microbes that consume the ink after a game.
  • While swimming, small bits of ink come off an Inkling or Octoling's squid or octopus form. This is likely because the squid and octopus forms are mainly used to submerge in ink.
  • During Haicalive at Chokaigi 2018, it was shown what it looks like when Inklings and Octolings change ink colors: their "hair" and any gear that changes due to ink color turns white, then fades to another color. This also occurred during Tentalive at Tokaigi 2019. Those are the only two occurrences where this can be seen, and there are no examples in-game.
  • Marie has her own type of ink, low-tide ink. Little is known about this type of ink, except for the fact that it can help cure Octarian brainwashing and it stuns instead of splats.
  • In Splatoon, it is possible to see a slight tint of a different ink color towards the ends of Inklings' tentacles, though it is hard to see on some color sets. This detail was removed in Splatoon 2. In Splatoon 3, the details on Inklings' and Octolings' tentacles have become a dark rainbow-like color.


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Multiplayer ink[4]

Regular Battle

Ranked Battle

Octo Valley ink[4]

Color locked ink

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese インク
Netherlands Dutch Inkt Ink
Canada and France French Encre Ink
Germany German Tinte Ink
Italy Italian Inchiostro Ink
Russia Russian Чернила

Spain Spanish Tinta Ink
Denmark Danish Blæk
Finland Finnish Muste Ink
Hungary Hungarian Tinta Ink
Norway Norwegian Blekk Ink
Portugal Portuguese Tinta Ink
Sweden Swedish Bläck


  1. 'Light Blue vs. Orange' and 'Light Blue vs. Yellow' were added in version 2.0.0. Splatfest color sets are downloaded, stored for Splatfest, and then removed afterwards.
  2. Referred to as 'Dark Blue' in the game's data. Added in version 2.0.0.
  3. Added in version 2.0.0.
  4. Color Lock set for online battles
  5. Referred to as 'Mazenta' in the game's data
  6. Referred to as 'Pink' in the game's data
  7. Looks much brighter in-game
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 The Octarian colors are unnamed in the game's data
  9. Color Lock set for Octo Valley
  10. Referred to as 'Yellow' in the game's data
  11. Unused
  12. Color Lock set for Octo Valley
  13. Color Lock set for online battles
  14. Enemy color for the tutorial
  15. Sector 1
  16. Sector 2 and 5
  17. Sector 3 and 4
  18. Color Lock set for online battles
  19. Color Lock set
  20. Color Lock set

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