Inkling (language)

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Inkling is the language in which Inklings in Splatoon communicate. While individual letters, words, and the occasional phrase are often similar to real-life languages, Inkling as a whole has been confirmed by Splatoon developers to be almost entirely random.[1]


Much of the Inkling language seems similar to the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. Many letters also resemble Japanese characters.

Inkling speech may occasionally sound and in some ways look like real words, but for the most part, it is indecipherable high-pitched gurgling.

Readable words

Some Inkling words are clearly readable as English or Japanese words.

Words around Inkopolis

On Air Sign.jpg The studio where Inkopolis News is filmed has an "On Air" sign.
Mahi building closeup.png The sign at Mahi-Mahi Resort, saying "Mahi-Mahi Resort and Spa".
Shellendorf Banner.PNG The banner at Shellendorf Institute resembles the letters "Tho Davon Mujum," which is similar to the stage's name in Japanese, "Devon Oceanographic Museum".

Ammo Knights' logo resembles the words "Kuji Alive", which is similar to "Weapons Alive" or "Kuji Weapon Shop".

Squid Beatz 2's logo resembles the words "Ika Radio 2", translating to "Squid Radio 2".

Octopus-style posters near the Deepsea Metro read "Octavi", similar to "octavo" which means "eighth", along with a faded picture of an octopus. It is possibly a movie poster.

Inkopolis News.png The Squid Sisters' logo says "Pitz 2", which is similar to "Peace 2'.

Exit sign.jpg This sign in Moray Towers says 'Exit'.

Nintendo sign.jpg This reads 'Nintendo'. This is found in Ancho-V Games and there's a smaller version of it here:Squid Beatz Selection.jpg


Forge vector.png The Forge brand logo resembles the letters "Forリマ", which is similar to the brand's name in Japanese, フォーリマ (fōrima).
Splashmob vector.png The Splash Mob brand logo resembles the letters "GiMN", which is similar to the brand's name in Japanese, ジモン (jimon). Interestingly, Gimn is a Russian word, meaning "Anthem", "Canticle", "Carol" or "Hymn".
Tentatek.png The Tentatek brand logo resembles the letters "AROME", which is the brand's name in Japanese, アロメ (arome).
Zink vector.png The Zink brand logo resembles the letters "IArOIC", which vaguely resembles the brand's name in Japanese, アイロニック (aironikku, i.e. "ironic").

Splatfest shirts


There have been many attempts at decoding the Inkling language but so far none have been successful, leading some to believe the language is just gibberish.

Others believe that, since Nintendo has made previous languages before, such as the Hylian language, it could be possible that Inkling can be translated.



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese イカ語
Ika Go
Squid Language
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Taal van de Inklings Language of the Inklings
FlagFrance.svg French Inkling Inkling
FlagGermany.svg German Sprache der Inklinge Inkling Language
FlagItaly.svg Italian Lingua degli Inkling Language of the Inkling
FlagRussia.svg Russian Язык инклингов
Yazyk inklingov
Inkling language
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Lenguaje inkling Inkling language
FlagPortugal.svg Portuguese Língua Inkling Inkling language

See also