As a roller-class weapon, the Inkbrush can be pushed along the ground while leaving a trail of ink. Much like the Splat Roller, the Inkbrush can be used as a sort of melee weapon that splatters some ink in front of the player. Of all weapons in its class, the Inkbrush travels at the highest speed and leaves the most narrow trail. The high rolling speed can be used to quickly escape or approach an enemy. It has the lowest damage output in its class; four flicks (or five bumps while rolling) are needed to splat an opponent. The Inkbrush consumes 2% of the ink tank capacity per flick, allowing the player to fling 50 times before needing to refill the tank.
The Inkbrush is most comparable to the Octobrush, another paintbrush-like weapon. The Inkbrush is faster and more ink efficient while having less range and dealing less damage per glob of ink.
The weapon is designed with a paint tube in the middle, connected to paintbrush bristles and a blue handle with a textured black grip. The paint tube shows the player's ink color on the label, and a glob of the player's ink coats the bristles.
When using the Inkbrush, the player's Inkling will hold the weapon on the right-hand side of its body. Usually, this does not affect the gameplay, but if a player makes a sharp left turn while in enemy ink, they will get stuck in the ink.
When flicking the Inkbrush, there is a random chance that more than one glob of ink will hit the opponent.
The Inkbrush is similar to roller weapons, but it inks the ground as fast as you can dash! It's weak and a bit narrow, but you can make up for that with Sprinklers and Inkstrikes! I would recommend this weapon to anyone who wishes to try out a new type of fighting style!(NA)[a]
This is the Inkbrush! It's similar to Roller weapons, but it paints the ground as fast as a squid can dash! It's weak and a bit narrow, but you can make up for that with Sprinklers and Inkstrikes! I would recommend this weapon to anyone who wishes to try out a new type of fighting style!(EU/OC)[b]
|“||A newly developed weapon with high mobility and a sturdy brush design. Its ink trail is narrow, but it paints the ground at incredible speed and delivers swift close-range attacks.||”|
— In-Game Description
|“||Holy Smokes, Splatfans! The Squid Research Lab just received an anonymous tip that a new weapon called the Inkbrush has been discovered. It’s apparently similar to a paint roller, but a bit quicker to use. It’s not the strongest offensive weapon but it comes with Sprinklers and Inkstrikes to maximize inking.||”|
- North America
- Europe and Oceania
Official art of a female Inkling with the Inkbrush
Official art of a team of Inklings - the third one is holding the Inkbrush
Official art of another female Inkling swinging the Inkbrush in a Japanese promo image for SplatNet
The Inkbrush being shown in the 4/2/15 Japanese Nintendo Direct
A male Inkling running with the Inkbrush at Blackbelly Skatepark
Promo for Museum d'Alfonsino - the third Inkling is holding the Inkbrush
A poster seen in Inkopolis, showing off the Inkbrush
Concept art of various weapons, with the Inkbrush at the upper right
- The Inkbrush is a lightweight weapon.
- Ink consumption per second while rolling is 8.1%.
- This stat can be changed with Ink Saver (Main).
- The Inkbrush can be swung every 6 frames (10 swings per second).
- When rolling, the player's movement speed is set to 1.92 units per frame. Main Power Up increases rolling speed up to 2.016 units per frame.
- The Inkbrush does not have a dash feature.
- After rolling, there is a 0.33 second cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
- Hitting an opponent while rolling deals 20 damage.
- When rolling, the Inkbrush leaves an ink trail that is 12 units wide. Main Power Up increases ink trail width up to 17.76.
- The ink consumption of 2% allows players to attack 50 times before needing to refill the ink supply.
- This stat can be changed with Ink Saver (Main).
- When attacking with a nearly depleted ink tank, the ink consumption of that attack is reduced to 1%. The damage of that attack is reduced to 50% of the normal amount.
- When attacking while moving, the player's movement speed is set to 0.24 units per frame.
- After swinging, there is a 0.5 second cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
- Attacks have a base damage of 30.
- For normal attacks, ink loses damage based on distance traveled. Ink starts losing damage at 40 units and stops losing damage at 100 units. The minimum damage is 15.
- In situations where ink falls down, the ink will lose damage as it falls. The minimum damage for falling ink is 7.5.
- Damage does not change based on the angle of the ink.
The Inkbrush is a super-light brush weapon that lets you ink your way forward with blistering speed! It's not terribly strong, but you can make up for that by pairing that lightning speed with a Splat Bomb to confound your opponents! Splashdown will further stir up the front lines, so I'd put this set in the hands of those who like to disrupt the battlefield.
- The ink reservoir below the brush's head seems to made from an oil paint tube, fitting in with the art theme.
- In Splatoon, this weapon and its variants are tied with the Luna Blaster and its variant for the shortest range stat in the game.
- According to the first artbook, around every ten matches, the Inkbrush's tube needs to be replaced.
- In Splatoon 2, the Inkbrush was the first post-release weapon to added.
- As of patch 4.1.0, the Inkbrush has the lowest possible damage output of all main, sub and special weapons in the game at 7.5 damage per swing.
- As of patch 4.1.0, the Inkbrush is tied for the lowest base special cost, at 150p.
- The Inkbrush and its variants have the shortest range stat in Splatoon 2.
- This weapon is used on the following Octo Expansion levels:
Names in other languages
|Pablo, a reference to Pablo Picasso, a Spanish painter.|
|French||Épinceau||Sword Brush, from épée (“sword”) + pinceau (“brush”).|
|German||Quasto||From Quaste (“tassel”) + -o.|
|Italian||Calamaravaggio||From calamaro (“squid”) + Caravaggio, an Italian painter.|