Ink Vac

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The Ink Vac is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It is a vaccuum that sucks up enemy ink and then fires out an exploding ball of friendly ink, the size of which is based on the volume of ink sucked in.


The Ink Vac is based on a diesel-powered backpack vacuum cleaner. The backpack consists of a white ink canister and a cyan vacuum engine below it. As the Ink Vac absorbs more enemy ink, the canister gets filled by glowing ink of the Ink Vac user's color and seems to shake more intensely. The engine has some control panels and a hose connecting it to a massive nozzle. The nozzle is cyan-and-black with two handles. The "Dolphin" weapon brand logo can be seen on the canister and the nozzle.

Splatoon 3

Ink Vac

Ink Vac

Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Requirement Specifications
Base damage 220 (Explosion)
220 (Projectile)
Base duration Vacuum: 6 sec
Charge hold: 2.5 sec
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

When deployed, the player can hold down to create a vortex that sucks up enemy ink projectiles (including inking droplets), bombs, and even some special weapons, though the Ink Vac cannot suck up enemy ink that has touched the ground. The vortex also damages subs and specials such as sprinklers and Wave Breakers as well as Brella shields. Although the vortex is stopped by solid walls, it can pass through barriers such as Splash Walls and the Rainmaker shield. Opponents caught within the vortex are applied with a Toxic Mist-like effect that slows them down and gradually drains their ink tank. Projectiles, subs, and specials that are sucked up, as well as opponents caught in the vortex, gradually fill up the Ink Vac's tank. As the tank fills up, the run speed of the player while vacuuming decreases.

6 seconds after activation, or when the tank is filled, the Ink Vac readies a projectile of ink that can be aimed, launching manually upon releasing or automatically after approximately 2.5 seconds. This projectile damages anything it comes into contact with, and once it lands, a damage radius is displayed before exploding shortly afterwards, dealing damage to any opponents within radius and line of sight of the blast. The size of the explosion depends on how full the Ink Vac's tank was upon firing.[1][2]

It appears in only 1 Return of the Mammalians mission:


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The Ink Vac is known to suck up damaging projectiles and inking droplets as well as the following sub and special weapons:

Version history

Version Adjustments

Damage of the return shot has been increased from 120.0 to 220.0.


Make your ink shots more powerful by sucking up enemy attacks! Hold to generate a vortex that sucks up enemy ink attacks. Once the tank is full, or after the timer runs out, let go of , and you'll launch a souped-up super ink shot!
— In-game description
Squid Research Lab here with breaking news! We've identified another new weapon - the formidable Ink Vac! This special device is equipped with a massive nozzle capable of inhaling the ink from an enemy's attack and sending it back via a powerful counterattack.

The more attacks it inhales, the more powerful the Ink Vac becomes. This is the sort of weapon that could provide security for an entire squad! Rest assured that our excitement is tempered by academic rigor.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[3][4]
The Ink Vac is equipped with a massive nozzle capable of inhaling the ink from an enemy's attack and sending it back via a powerful counterattack. The more attacks it inhales, the more powerful the Ink Vac becomes!
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[5]


Weapons with Ink Vac in Splatoon 3


Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Wining a certain number of battles with the Imk Vac will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Ink Vac Badges
S3 Badge Ink Vac 30.png 30 wins with Ink Vac
S3 Badge Ink Vac 180.png 180 wins with Ink Vac
S3 Badge Ink Vac 1200.png 1,200 wins with Ink Vac



For competitive tips about the Ink Vac

Click to view the strategy for Ink Vac. View the strategy page.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キューインキ
Kyū inki
Possibly from 吸引 kyūin ("absorbtion") and 機 ki ("machine"), with a pun on the word "ink"
Netherlands Dutch Inktdief Ink thief; from kruimeldief ("minivac", literally "crumb thief").
Canada and France French Aspirencre From aspirer ("inhale" or "suck") or aspirateur ("vacuum cleaner") + encre ("ink").
Germany German Tintegrator From Tinte ("Ink") and Integrator
Italy Italian Vampinchiostro From vampiro ("vampire"), in reference to its ability to drain, and inchiostro ("ink")
Russia Russian Краскосос
From краска kraska (paint) and пылесос pylesos (vacuum cleaner).
Paint vacuum
Spain Spanish (NOE) Aspiratinta From "aspiradora" (vacuum cleaner) and "tinta" (ink)
China Chinese (Simplified) 吸墨机
Xīmòjī (Mandarin)
Ink Sucking Machine
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 吸墨機
Xīmòjī (Mandarin)
Ink Sucking Machine
South Korea Korean 흡입기
Sucking Machine
Translate logo.svg Internal SpBlower[6] Sp for special. Blower is in reference to the Ink Vac being a blower vacuum.