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For the variant appearing in Splatoon 3, see Triple Inkstrike.

The Inkstrike is a special weapon in Splatoon, and is also used by Octostrikers.


The Inkstrike consists of two parts, the Inkstrike itself and a touchpad used to launch it. The touchpad is yellow-green with green handles and a red antenna. The screen displays a multicolored swirl pattern in the middle and some boxes displaying information on the left with a black background. The Inkstrike itself is shaped like a missile. The main part of its body changes color to match the user's ink, the bottom part is yellow-green with red highlights and a green propeller, and the top part is red with black-and-white googly eyes on it. Strapped around the main body are some yellow-green supports that are connected via a red handle. Once the Inkstrike is launched, a warning marker appears where it will land. Said marker is a half-sphere with stripes that change color to match the user's ink. A black squid-shaped arrow with highlights in the user's ink color surrounds it. When used by an Octostriker, the marker has an octopus-shaped arrow instead of a squid-shaped one.




Category Special
Special points 180p
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Added in Specifications
Base damage 2.5-10 per frame
Base duration Aiming: 10 seconds
Active: 1.5 seconds
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

Once activated, the user targets a specific area of the stage by tapping it on the width=auto. When about to launch, the attacker covers their ears with the pad in their hand and ducks their head a little. The Inkstrike is then launched to that location, creating a large tornado of ink that splats enemies caught in it.

Octo Valley

In Octo Valley, Octostrikers fire Inkstrikes from a cannon on their helmet.


The amount of turf an Inkstrike covers largely varies but typically ranges from 80 to 100BP. Based on the area of each stage and the amount of inkable vs uninkable turf, an Inkstrike typically contributes 4-6% of the total coverage without including the base percentages earned from each spawn point (which is typically around 5 to 6BP).

Stage Area Percentage with no turf inked Percentage covered by Inkstrike Theoretical area Likelihood of inking 100BP
Piranha Pit 3,127 0.2% 2.8% (On the ground only) 87.556 3.19%
Urchin Underpass 2,465 0.2% 3.7% 91.205 4.05%
Museum d'Alfonsino 2,443 0.2% 3.8% (On the ground only)
7.0% (On the rotating platform in center and ground)[1]
Flounder Heights 2,375 0.2% 4.0% 95 4.21%
Camp Triggerfish 2,316 0.3% 3.9% 90.324 4.31%
Ancho-V Games 2,293 0.3% 3.9% (On the normal ground only)
4.7% (On the uprising ground)[2]
Kelp Dome 2,125 0.3% 4.4% 93.5 4.70%
Hammerhead Bridge 2,100 0.3% 4.0% 84 4.76%
Arowana Mall 2,021 0.3% 4.5% 90.945 4.94%
Mahi-Mahi Resort 1,948 0.3% 4.8% (On the ground only)
5.9% (On the board in center after water goes away.)[3]
Saltspray Rig 1,900 0.3% 4.7% 89.3 5.26%
Port Mackerel 1,854 0.3% 4.9% 90.846 5.39%
Moray Towers 1,760 0.3% 5.0% 88 5.68%
Bluefin Depot 1,665 0.3% 4.9% 81.585 6.00%
Walleye Warehouse 1,600 0.4% 5.8% 92.8 6.25%
Blackbelly Skatepark 1,528 0.4% 5.9% 90.152 6.54%


  • Because using the Inkstrike prevents players from spreading ink momentarily and requires them to concentrate on the width=auto, those using an Inkstrike can be easily splatted. When using an Inkstrike, make sure to stay a safe distance away from the action, or hide behind a wall.
  • When an Inkstrike is placed, a large, swirling icon will appear on the battlefield. Quickly evacuate this area to avoid being splatted.
  • In Ranked Battle, using an Inkstrike directly on top of a Splat Zone or a Tower can turn the tide of the battle. In Rainmaker, it can easily destroy the shield or keep enemies from picking up the Rainmaker.
  • In Turf War, players can use the Inkstrike as a distraction by launching it at the opponents' side of the map. To make this strategy more efficient, it is best to have clothing with the ability Special Charge Up.
  • Launching an Inkstrike deep into enemy territory at the end of a Turf War can cause an unavoidable swing of about 6% or 7%, which can determine the winner of a match.

Version history

A pre-release Inkstrike being used.
Version Adjustments
  • While Splatoon was in development, the Inkstrike was referred to as an Ink Tornado and caused a large dome of ink to appear, instead of the current tornado design.
  • The amount of area covered will be more consistent regardless of where it lands.
  • Shortened the period of decreased character control after using the Inkstrike when equipped with Special Duration Up.
  • Time needed to fire after selecting the target reduced by about 33%.


When Inkstrike is activated, you're prompted to choose a target area on the GamePad's map. While choosing a target, your character remains still and is extremely vulnerable to attack, so find a safe corner before initiating Inkstrike. Once a target area is selected, a large, ink-filled missile fires off your character's back. Upon impact, the missile unleashes a tornado of ink, swirling about and spreading ink over a wide area. This makes Inkstrike extremely effective during Splat Zones. One Inkstrike can usually contest or outright capture an enemy-held Splat Zone. If you're on the receiving end of an Inkstrike, watch for the swirling indicator on the ground—this is your cue to escape before the missile impacts. When possible, swim away from an incoming Inkstrike—you're taking a risk if you try to outrun the ink tornado.
— Splatoon Prima Guide
Judd's Advice
Meow! (An Inkstrike lets you attack any location on the width=auto map! The tornado slowly expands from a central point, so try to be accurate! And don't let foes hit you while your looking at your map! Stay alert!)


Weapons with Inkstrike in Splatoon
Main #ID Sub Special Special Depletion Level Price Class Introduced​
.52 Gal Deco 51 Seeker Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 11 Cash 4500 Shooter 28 May 2015 (1.0.0)​​​​
Aerospray RG 31 Ink Mine Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 13 Cash 9300 Shooter 28 May 2015 (1.0.0)​​
Bamboozler 14 Mk III 2052 Burst Bomb Inkstrike Special gaugeHeavy 20 Cash 9100 Charger 13 April 2016 (2.7.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Gold Dynamo Roller 1021 Splat Bomb Inkstrike Special gaugeHeavy 20 Cash 25000 Roller 28 May 2015 (1.0.0)​​​
Heavy Splatling 4010 Splash Wall Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 6 Cash 6800 Splatling 6 August 2015 (2.0.0)​​​​​​
Inkbrush 1100 Sprinkler Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 8 Cash 4800 Roller 6 June 2015
Jet Squelcher 100 Splash Wall Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 8 Cash 4000 Shooter 28 May 2015 (1.0.0)​​​​​​​​​​
N-ZAP '89 61 Sprinkler Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 8 Cash 4200 Shooter 18 July 2015​​​​​​​
Range Blaster 220 Splash Wall Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 14 Cash 8000 Shooter 1 August 2015​​​​​
Slosher 3000 Burst Bomb Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 5 Cash 5600 Slosher 6 August 2015 (2.0.0)​​​​​​​​​​
Splattershot Pro 90 Splat Bomb Inkstrike Special gaugeLight 10 Cash 8000 Shooter 28 May 2015 (1.0.0)​​​​​​
Wasabi Splattershot 42 Splat Bomb Inkstrike Special gaugeMedium 20 Cash 4300 Shooter 13 April 2016 (2.7.0)​


Splatoon 2

Though the Inkstrike does not return in Splatoon 2, a drawing of one appears on a Sunken Scroll explaining the absence of Splatoon's special weapons and on the bulletin boards in Skipper Pavilion. The same drawing can be seen on the back wall of Inkopolis Square.

The role of the Inkstrike is indirectly replaced by the Tenta Missiles, in that they are both able to lock on from far away to summon large ink projectiles from the air, and the Booyah Bomb and Splashdown, in that they both create a swirling ink explosion. Octostrikers do not return either, but their role has been replaced by the Missile Octocopter, which only appears as sanitized in the Octo Expansion, which they fire Tenta Missiles instead.


Splatoon 3

The Inkstrike does not return in Splatoon 3, but the game introduces a spiritual successor to it with the Triple Inkstrike, which, as the name suggests, fires three small ink tornadoes instead of one large one. In addition, instead of being targeted with the width=auto, which the Nintendo Switch does not possess, it is instead targeted with three small throw-able targeting beacons which stick to objects, contained in a backpack.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

An ATV kart based on the Inkstrike, called the Inkstriker, is in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


  • The Inkstrike was originally called "Ink Tornado", as seen in an image from before Splatoon's release.
  • If a location is not chosen ten seconds after activation, the Inkstrike automatically goes off around the user.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese トルネード
Netherlands Dutch Inkttornado[4] Ink tornado
Canada French (NOA) Tornade Tornado
France French (NOE) Missile tornade Missile tornado
Germany German Tintferno From Tinte (ink) and Inferno.
Italy Italian Tornado Tornado
Russia Russian Торнадо[5] Tornado
SpainMexico Spanish Tornado Tornado
Portugal Portuguese Míssil de tinta[6] Ink missile

See also


  1. Inkstrike inks both of the ground and the platform's sections. In the bird's eye view, the ground is covered overhanging by the platform.
  2. It seems duplex ground, and Inkstrike inks both.
  3. Perhaps Inkstrike inks both of top of the board and the black ground under it.
  4. Nintendo From Splatoon's electronic manual on
  5. Nintendo From "Triple Inkstrike's" translation
  6. Nintendo From Splatoon's electronic manual on