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Inkopolis Plaza during a Splatfest.
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!
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Inkopolis is a city and the main setting of the first two games in the Splatoon series, as well as one of the settings in the third. Many evolved versions of sea creatures settle there, particularly the Inklings and Jellyfish.


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 which inspired the Turf War sport and Octarian rebellion when the war was concluded.


Main article: Location

Inkopolis Plaza

Main article: Inkopolis Plaza
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.

Inkopolis Square

Main article: Inkopolis Square
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. It is said that around the time of Splatoon 2, the Plaza had become a ghost town.

Other areas

There are a few known other areas inside Inkopolis that the player can access:

Notable residents

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  • The Great Zapfish is the power-source of Inkopolis.
  • Judd is a cat and the multiplayer referee of Splatoon and Splatoon 2.
  • Li'l Judd is a kitten and the multiplayer referee of Splatoon 2.


  • Inkopolis exists approximately 12,000 years in the future of current-day Earth after excessive flooding of the planet has occurred.
  • A glitch allows players to go out of bounds in Inkopolis Plaza and explore. The back of the amiibo case can be found, where the words are written in Inkling.
  • The layout and design of Inkopolis is based on the city of Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan.
  • A plane will occasionally fly over Inkopolis Plaza, suggesting it may be located near an airport.
  • Sometimes when a train stops in Inkopolis Plaza, the Calamari County anthem, Calamari Inkantation, can be heard.
  • The colors of the chairs that Callie and Marie sit on in the studio reflect the ink colors of the player's last match or the colors of the current Splatfest. The main color is the opponents' color, with arrows in the player's team color. The train that goes around Inkopolis will have a paint job that matches the neutral color value of the player's previous match. These include the colors of barriers, wall tops and other objects.
  • 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 was seen performing an ink flick on Goggles.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ハイカラシティ
haikara shiti
Trendy city. (ハイカラ means 'high collar'.) Also a pun on Ika (squid) and color.
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Inkopolis Same as English name
FlagFrance.svg French Chromapolis From Latin chroma (color) and the Greek word polis (city)
FlagGermany.svg German Inkopolis Same as English name
FlagItaly.svg Italian Coloropoli From colore (color) and the Greek word polis (city)
FlagRussia.svg Russian Инкополь
From ink and поль pol', common ending for Russian towns
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Cromópolis From chroma, Latin for color, and polis, Greek for city. Also from cromo (chrome)