Ink Tank

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A Roller runs out of Ink.

The ink tank is an object that Inklings use to store ink. It appears in all battle modes.

The ink tank is a cylindrical container made primarily of clear plastic, while its top and bottom are covered in green caps. Inklings typically wear an ink tank on their back during battle as a way to store ink. As Inklings use a weapon, the content of the ink tank visibly decreases. When an ink tank is nearly out of ink, weapons can no longer be used in their regular state, and a notification appears, stating "low ink!". Ink tanks can be refilled slowly by ceasing to use a weapon, or quickly by being submerged in a puddle of similarly-colored ink. While submerged, an ink tank icon will appear, displaying the current capacity of the ink tank that will disappear once the tank is full.


Using a special weapon immediately refills the ink tank.

The ink tank on the back of the player indicates the amount of ink in real-time. The ink tank will flash red when a player is out of ink. Upon using a weapon, the ink tank will temporarily stop recharging ink, showing a white space where the ink was used, until the player finishes. An LED on top of the ink tank lights up when there is enough ink to deploy the sub weapon. While recharging ink, a slight sound effect will occur when enough ink has been restored to use the sub weapon. A small red arrow on the ink tank indicates how much ink is necessary to use the sub weapon.

In Splatoon 2, there's a line that shows how much ink there has to be in order to use a sub weapon.

Judd's Advice
Meow! (Did you ever notice that light on your Ink Tank? It tells you when you've got enough ink to use your sub weapon!)


Abilities on a player's gear can affect usage of the ink tank:

Ability Effect Games
S2 Ability Ink Saver (Main).png Ink Saver (Main) Decreases main weapons' ink usage. Splatoon, Splatoon 2
S2 Ability Ink Saver (Sub).png Ink Saver (Sub) Decreases sub weapons' ink usage. Splatoon, Splatoon 2
S2 Ability Ink Recovery Up.png Ink Recovery Up Increases the ink tank's refill rate while in squid form. Splatoon, Splatoon 2
S2 Ability Last-Ditch Effort.png Last-Ditch Effort Decreases ink usage for both main weapons and sub weapons as well as speeding up ink recovery during the last 30 seconds of a battle. Splatoon, Splatoon 2
S2 Ability Comeback.png Comeback Has an effect equal to four subs of S2 Ability Ink Saver (Main).png Ink Saver (Main), S2 Ability Ink Saver (Sub).png Ink Saver (Sub) and S2 Ability Ink Recovery Up.png Ink Recovery Up lasting 20 seconds upon respawning. Splatoon, Splatoon 2


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese インクタンク
Inku tanku
Ink tank
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Inkttank Ink tank
FlagRussia.svg Russian Баллон
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Tanque de tinta Ink tank