Ink Armor

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The Ink Armor is a special weapon in Splatoon 2.

Splatoon 2

Ink Armor

Ink Armor

Category Special
Base damage
Base duration Deployment: 2 seconds
Active: 6 seconds
Ink consumption
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Other variant

The Ink Armor functions similarly to the Bubbler special weapon from Splatoon, negating up to 30 points of damage before it breaks. The player can still attack with their main weapon and sub weapon when Ink Armor is activated. Unlike the Bubbler, the Ink Armor's effect is applied to all living team members when activated (unless one of them is holding the Rainmaker or is currently using the S2 Weapon Special Baller.png Baller or S2 Weapon Special Booyah Bomb.png Booyah Bomb), no matter the distance from the activator to the teammate, and is not susceptible to knockback from enemy fire. The Ink Armor's effect ends for a player when the duration of the special expires or more than 30 damage is taken in total, and will immediately begin to receive damage as usual.

Ink Armor does have a caveat, however, in that players are much easier to notice in squid form due to the armor providing glowing eyes. This makes escapes and sneak attacks more difficult to pull off. The glowing-eyes effect cannot be mitigated by S2 Ability Ninja Squid.png Ninja Squid, although the ability still hides the player's ink ripples while swimming like usual. Not only that, but when players with Ink Armor active take over 100 points of damage from one attack, any damage that exceeds 100 damage will be directly dealt to the player, and knock them back significantly. (An attack that deals 150 points of damage would directly deal 50 points of damage to the player with Ink Armor active.) However, the amount of damage that can be directly applied to the player is capped at 80 damage.


  • Upon activation, the player is locked in place for 30 frames, being unable to attack, move, or jump. The player's meter will also not deplete during this time. If the user is splatted during this time, Ink Armor is not applied to any living teammates.
    • Squid form cannot be entered for 40 frames.
  • After the initial movement lock, it takes 1.5 seconds for Ink Armor to actually be applied, resulting in a total deployment time of 2 seconds. This can be lowered down to a minimum of 0.5 seconds with max S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up, resulting in a total deployment time of 1 second. If the user is splatted during the activation period, Ink Armor is still applied to any living teammates.
  • When there are 2 seconds left in Ink Armor's duration, and it has not been forcibly dispelled, any players with it active are warned by the armor flashing.
  • With no S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up, Ink Armor lasts for 7.5 seconds. But taking into account the activation time, the actual armor effect lasts for 6 seconds.
  • With max S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up, Ink Armor lasts for 9.5 seconds. But taking into account the activation time, the actual armor effect lasts for 9 seconds.
  • After Ink Armor's HP is depleted, it takes 12 frames for it to fully wear off. Any damage that's applied during this time will still be nullified.
    • This does not apply when Ink Armor's duration runs out.
  • If the user's Ink Armor is broken, their Special Gauge is instantly emptied, allowing for the special to be charged up again more quickly compared to just letting the special end on its own.
    • A possible tactic is to sacrifice your own armor to a low damaging attack in order to reduce the downtime between your armors for the rest of the team.
  • When players wearing S2 Ability Object Shredder.png Object Shredder attack a player wearing Ink Armor, their damage is multiplied by 3, except for S2 Weapon Special Sting Ray.png Sting Rays, which have their damage multiplied by 1.25.
    • This does not count for applying overkill damage, or affects it in any way. The attack itself must already deal over 100 damage to apply excess damage to the player.
  • Sting Ray's damage is multiplied by 0.445 when attacking Ink Armor.
  • When players with Ink Armor take overkill damage, they are knocked back 600 units over the course of 30 frames.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Shortened the period of invulnerability after the Ink Armor is destroyed by 8/60 of a second.
    • Duration to wear off after being destroyed: 20 frames → 12 frames.
  • When hit with more than 100.0 points of damage at once while Ink Armor is active, any damage exceeding 100.0 points is dealt to the player and now knocks them back significantly. (The maximum amount of damage the Ink Armor can absorb at once is 80.0 points.)
  • S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up now also decreases the time required to protect players with armor after activation.
    • Can be lowered from 1.5 seconds down to a minimum of 1 second.


Grants protection to all allies for a set amount of time.

During this period you'll be protected from one hit - no matter how powerful.

Splatoon 2 Sub & Special Guide




Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese インクアーマー
Ink Armor
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Inktharnas Ink armor
FlagFrance.svg French Armure d'encre Ink armor
FlagGermany.svg German Tintenrüstung Ink armor
FlagItaly.svg Italian Armatura d'inchiostro Ink armor
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бронекраска
Color armor
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Membrana Membrane
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Blindaje Armor