|“||See and be seen in this bustling city center. It's the place to hang out, gear up, and of course, join the hottest sport in town: Ink battles!||”|
— Splatoon's official website
Inkopolis is a large city in Inkadia that appears in all three games in the Splatoon series, being the main setting of the first two games and a more minor location in the third. Many evolved versions of sea creatures live there, such as Inklings, Octolings, and jellyfish, and it contains locations such as Inkopolis Plaza (the main hub of Splatoon), Inkopolis Square (the main hub of Splatoon 2), and many stages on which battles take place. In Splatoon 3, the term Greater Inkopolis is sometimes used to refer to the area of Inkopolis that contains its various stages.
Inkopolis was created long after Earth had been submerged by rising sea levels and its land-dwelling inhabitants, such as humans, were wiped out. After 12,000 years, octopuses and squids eventually evolved to become land-living creatures and lived together in harmony. However, all that changed when the sea levels rose again. They began fighting over the remaining habitable land in the Great Turf War, causing the Octarians to go into hiding after they lost the war.
- Main article: Inkopolis Plaza
Inkopolis Plaza is the hub area of Splatoon. From here, players can access various types of modes and shops as well as interact with other players' Inklings they have battled with recently or with those who recently posted a post to Miiverse. It is the heart of Inkopolis. As part of the Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass, Inkopolis Plaza is an alternate hub area in Splatoon 3.
- Main article: Inkopolis Square
Inkopolis Square is the hub area of Splatoon 2. Like the previous game, players can access various types of modes and shops as well as interact with other players' Inklings and Octolings they have battled with recently or with those who recently posted a post to social media.
There are a few known other areas inside Inkopolis that the player can access:
- Shooting Range of both Splatoon and Splatoon 2
- Tutorial areas of both Splatoon and Splatoon 2
- Main article: Character
- Sheldon is a horseshoe crab that runs Ammo Knights.
- Annie is a sea anemone that runs Cooler Heads.
- Moe is a clownfish who accompanies Annie.
- Jelonzo is a jellyfish that runs Jelly Fresh.
- Crusty Sean is a Japanese tiger prawn who runs Shrimp Kicks in Splatoon, the Crust Bucket in Splatoon 2, and the Wandercrust in Splatoon 3.
- Flow is a sea slug that runs Headspace.
- Craymond is an emperor shrimp that accompanies Flow.
- Jelfonzo is a jellyfish that runs Ye Olde Cloth Shoppe.
- Bisk is a spider crab that runs Shella Fresh.
- Fred Crumbs is a japanese horse mackerel that runs Shrimp Kicks in Inkopolis Plaza in Splatoon 3.
- Shelly and Donny are triops that run Ammo Knights in Inkopolis Plaza in Splatoon 3.
- Spyke is a sea urchin and an alley worker.
- Murch is a sea urchin and an alley worker.
- Callie is an Inkling and one of the Squid Sisters.
- Marie is an Inkling and one of the Squid Sisters, later guiding the player in Octo Canyon.
- Pearl is an Inkling and an Off the Hook member.
- Marina is an Octoling and an Off the Hook member.
- Cap'n Cuttlefish is an elderly Inkling that guides the player in the single-player modes Octo Valley in Splatoon, Octo Expansion in Splatoon 2, and The Crater in Splatoon 3, though he is not present in Alterna.
- The Great Zapfish is the power source of Inkopolis.
- Judd is a cat and a multiplayer referee in every Splatoon game.
- Li'l Judd is a kitten and a multiplayer referee in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3.
Inkopolis seen when starting Splatoon
An Inkling in the Plaza
The Squid Sisters billboard
The Squid Squad billboard
Close-up of Inkopolis Tower
Judd sleeping in the Plaza
Concept art of Judd, showing different ideas for how he would laze about in Inkopolis
Concept art of Cap'n Cuttlefish, showing different ideas for his manhole in Inkopolis at the lower left
Concept art of various objects at Urchin Underpass, some of which also appear in Inkopolis Plaza
Inkopolis can be viewed from Octo Valley
Inkopolis Plaza day before a Splatfest
Miiverse posts as neon signs in the Plaza during a Splatfest
Inklings dancing in the Plaza during a Splatfest
Judd dancing during a Splatfest
The view of Inkopolis from Blackbelly Skatepark during a Splatfest
The view of Inkopolis from Hammerhead Bridge during a Splatfest
- The layout and design of Inkopolis is based on the city of Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan.
- In the games, it is impossible to use weapons in Inkopolis. However, in the Splatoon manga, Goggles, Rider and Headphones are seen swimming through ink trails in Inkopolis, while Rider is seen performing an ink flick on Goggles.
- Inkopolis is connected to Splatsville via a "sophisticated transportation network" that allows Inklings and Octolings to travel to the stages in Greater Inkopolis from Splatsville. Additionally, Hammerhead Bridge connects Greater Inkopolis to the Splatlands.
- According to the Splashtag titles, one that comes from Inkopolis is referred to as a "Inkopolitan".
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Inkopolis||Same as English name|
|French||Chromapolis||Portmanteau of Greek words khroma ("color") and polis ("city")|
|German||Inkopolis||Same as English name|
|Italian||Coloropoli||From colore ("color") and Greek polis ("city")|
|From ink and поль pol (a common ending for Russian towns)|
|Spanish||Cromópolis||From Latin chroma ("color"), cromo ("chrome"), and Greek polis ("city")|
shàng xīng shì
|Fashionable prosperous city|
shàng xīng shì (Mandarin)
soeng6 hing1 si5 (Cantonese)
|Fashionable prosperous city[b]|