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 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.


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 Hylian, 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

See also


  1. Mynavi: 「Splatoon(スプラトゥーン)」のイカしたデザインのひみつ(後編) (3) 解読不可能? イカ語のひみつに迫る | マイナビニュース (Splatoon developer interview)