Ink

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Ink in action in a pre-release version of Arowana Mall
For other pages associated with ink, see Ink (disambiguation).

Ink is the main projectile used in Splatoon and Splatoon 2 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, mats, and the inflatable barriers present in some stages. It allows players a degree of stealthiness, as Inklings in squid form can hide in their own ink and ambush enemies.

Purposes

The effects of moving in enemy ink.
Hiding in 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 Inklings to take damage and become visible to their opponents on Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png. After taking enough damage, Inklings will be splatted and eventually respawn. When attempting to swim or walk through enemy ink, Inklings take damage, though this alone cannot splat them. Their movements also become very slow, and if they are in squid form, they will be forced back into humanoid form. Equipping gear with the Ink Resistance Up ability helps to reduce the effects of being in enemy ink, and Defense Up reduces damage taken from being hit by it.

Ink can also be fired at various inkable surfaces. Once a surface is coated in ink, Inklings in squid form can swim through it, allowing them to move more quickly and climb up walls. When staying still in their own ink, Inklings in squid form can hide and ambush enemies, and when moving they will only create small ripples. Equipping gear with the Ninja Squid ability hides these ripples, further improving the wearer's ability to move undetected.

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 Inklings do not have enough ink to use a weapon, they will be warned of it and their ink tank will flash with a large red "X". Ink will slowly refill automatically, but swimming one's own ink in squid form will refill it much faster. Ink Recovery Up will increase the speed at which ink is regained.

In Octo Valley, ink is used in even more ways. Inkrails exist for transportation, as Inklings in squid form can use them to get to otherwise inaccessible areas. Sponge blocks expand for use as a platform when hit by Agent 3's ink and shrink when hit by that of an Octarian. Splat-switches, when covered with ink, will cause objects to move. Ink can also be used to spin propellers, which power the movement of various platforms.

Color Sets

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

Neutral color values are used for objects such as barriers and the small dummies in the Shooting Range and can help with identifying a set. However, some sets seem to use different values for some objects.

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 include the following:[Note]

Splatoon

Callie and Marie talking about the vanishing property of Ink

Regular Battle

  • Ink
    Pink vs.
    Ink
    Green (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Pink vs.
    Ink
    Turquoise (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Pink vs.
    Ink
    Orange (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Orange vs.
    Ink
    Blue (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Green vs.
    Ink
    Purple (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Turquoise vs.
    Ink
    Orange (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Light Blue vs.
    Ink
    Orange[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Light Blue vs.
    Ink
    Yellow (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Blue[Note] vs.
    Ink
    Orange (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Ink
    Lime (
    Ink
    Neutral)

Ranked Battle

  • Ink
    Yellow vs.
    Ink
    Lilac (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Green vs.
    Ink
    Magenta[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Lumigreen vs.
    Ink
    Purple (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Light Green vs.
    Ink
    Blue (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Soda vs.
    Ink
    Purple[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Green vs.
    Ink
    Orange (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Dark Blue vs.
    Ink
    Yellow[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)

Octo Valley

  • Ink
    Orange vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Night Marigold vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Marigold vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Yellow[Note] vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Green[Note] vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Green vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    LumiGreen vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Night LumiGreen vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    MothGreen[Note] vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Soda vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Turquoise vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Lilac vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Dark Blue vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)

Splatfest

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

Other

  • Ink
    Yellow[Note] vs.
    Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Blue[Note] vs.
    Ink
    Orange (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Dark Fuchsia[Note] (
    Ink
    Neutral)


Splatoon 2

Regular Battle

  • Ink
    Lemon vs.
    Ink
    Plum
  • Ink
    Sky vs.
    Ink
    Gold
  • Ink
    Light Pink vs.
    Ink
    Blue
  • Ink
    Neon Pink vs.
    Ink
    Neon Green
  • Ink
    Pink vs.
    Ink
    Light Blue
  • Ink
    Raspberry vs.
    Ink
    Neon Yellow
  • Ink
    Dark Purple vs.
    Ink
    Orange
  • Ink
    Grape vs.
    Ink
    Turquoise

Ranked Battle

  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Ink
    Green
  • Ink
    Winter Green vs.
    Ink
    Dark Magenta
  • Ink
    Slimy Green vs.
    Ink
    Grape
  • Ink
    Rich Purple vs.
    Ink
    Green Apple
  • Ink
    Turquoise vs.
    Ink
    Pumpkin
  • Ink
    Yellow vs.
    Ink
    True Blue
  • Ink
    Mustard vs.
    Ink
    Purple

Octo Canyon

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Splatfest

  • Ink
    Mayo vs.
    Ink
    Ketchup (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Flight vs.
    Ink
    Invisibility (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Fries vs.
    Ink
    McNuggets (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Front Roll vs.
    Ink
    Back Roll (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Vampire vs.
    Ink
    Werewolf (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Agility vs.
    Ink
    Endurance (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Warm Breakfast vs.
    Ink
    Cold Breakfast (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Lemon vs.
    Ink
    Without Lemon (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Sci-Fi vs.
    Ink
    Fantasy (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Film vs.
    Ink
    Book (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Warm Inner Wear vs.
    Ink
    Warm Outer Wear (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Sweater vs.
    Ink
    Socks (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Action vs.
    Ink
    Comedy (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Champion vs.
    Ink
    Challenger (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Gherk-OUT vs.
    Ink
    Gherk-IN (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Money vs.
    Ink
    Love (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Flower vs.
    Ink
    Dumpling (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Chicken vs.
    Ink
    Egg (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Latest Model vs.
    Ink
    Popular Model (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Salty vs.
    Ink
    Sweet (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Baseball vs.
    Ink
    Soccer (
    Ink
    Neutral)
  • Ink
    Unknown Creature vs.
    Ink
    Advanced Technology (
    Ink
    Neutral)

Other

  • Ink
    Golden Yellow vs.
    Ink
    Eelectric Blue[Note]

Salmon Run

  • Ink
    Orange vs.
    Ink
    Neon Green
  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Ink
    Neon Green
  • Ink
    Pink vs.
    Ink
    Neon Green

Trivia

  • According to Sunken Scroll 7 and Callie and Marie, ink vanishes after every game. It was later confirmed with Sunken Scroll 14 in the second game that the cause of this is airborne microbes that consume the ink after a game.

Gallery

Multiplayer Ink[1]

Regular Battle

Ranked Battle

Octo Valley Ink[1]

Color Locked Ink

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Inkt Ink
FlagFrance.svg French Encre Ink
FlagGermany.svg German Tinte Ink
FlagItaly.svg Italian Inchiostro Ink
FlagRussia.svg Russian Чернила
Chernila
Краски
Kraski
Ink

Paint
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Tinta Ink
FlagDenmark.svg Danish Blæk
Farve
Ink
Color
FlagFinland.svg Finnish Muste Ink
FlagHungary.svg Hungarian Tinta Ink
FlagNorway.svg Norwegian Blekk Ink
FlagPortugal.svg Portuguese Tinta Ink
FlagSweden.svg Swedish Bläck
Färg
Ink
Color

References