Inkstrike

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

Splatoon

Inkstrike

Inkstrike

Category Special
Class
Sub
Special
Level
Cost
Availability
Base damage 2.5-10 per frame
Base duration Aiming: 10 seconds
Active: 1.5 seconds
Ink consumption
Special points 180p
Sp. depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Variant

Once activated, the user targets a specific area of the stage by tapping it on the Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png. The Inkstrike will then be 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.

Data

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 Template:Area 0.2% 2.8% (On the ground only) 87.556 3.19%
Urchin Underpass Template:Area 0.2% 3.7% 91.205 4.05%
Museum d'Alfonsino Template:Area 0.2% 3.8% (On the ground only)
7.0% (On the rotating platform in center and ground)[1]
92.834
171.01
4.09%
Flounder Heights Template:Area 0.2% 4.0% 95 4.21%
Camp Triggerfish Template:Area 0.3% 3.9% 90.324 4.31%
Ancho-V Games Template:Area 0.3% 3.9% (On the normal ground only)
4.7% (On the uprising ground)[2]
89.427
107.771
4.36%
Kelp Dome Template:Area 0.3% 4.4% 93.5 4.70%
Hammerhead Bridge Template:Area 0.3% 4.0% 84 4.76%
Arowana Mall Template:Area 0.3% 4.5% 90.945 4.94%
Mahi-Mahi Resort Template:Area 0.3% 4.8% (On the ground only)
5.9% (On the board in center after water goes away.)[3]
93.504
114.932
5.13%
Saltspray Rig Template:Area 0.3% 4.7% 89.3 5.26%
Port Mackerel Template:Area 0.3% 4.9% 90.846 5.39%
Moray Towers Template:Area 0.3% 5.0% 88 5.68%
Bluefin Depot Template:Area 0.3% 4.9% 81.585 6.00%
Walleye Warehouse Template:Area 0.4% 5.8% 92.8 6.25%
Blackbelly Skatepark Template:Area 0.4% 5.9% 90.152 6.54%

Use

  • Because using the Inkstrike prevents players from spreading ink momentarily and requires them to concentrate on the Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png, 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 mode, 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.

Version history

A pre-release Inkstrike being used.
Version Adjustments
Pre-release
  • 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.
1.3.0
  • The amount of area covered will be more consistent regardless of where it lands.
2.6.0
  • Shortened the period of decreased character control after using the Inkstrike when equipped with Special Duration Up.
2.7.0
  • Time needed to fire after selecting the target reduced by about 33%.

Sets


Gallery

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. The same drawing can be seen on the back wall of Inkopolis Square.

The role of the Inkstrike is indirectly replaced by the S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles, in that they are both able to lock on from far away to summon large ink projectiles from the air, and the S2 Weapon Special Booyah Bomb.png Booyah Bomb and S2 Weapon Special Splashdown.png 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 Octo Expansion, which they fire Tenta Missiles instead.

Gallery

Quotes

Click to view the quotes for Inkstrike. View the quotation page.

Trivia

  • The Inkstrike was originally called "Ink Tornado", as seen in an image from before Splatoon's release.
  • If one looks closely, the "5.2" in its licensing on the weapon is actually 50.
  • If a location is not chosen ten seconds after activation, the Inkstrike automatically goes off around the user.
  • An ATV kart based on the Inkstrike, called the Inkstriker, appears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese トルネード
torunēdo
Tornado
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Inkttornado[4] Ink tornado
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Tornade Tornado
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Missile tornade Missile tornado
FlagGermany.svg German Tintferno From Tinte (ink) and Inferno.
FlagItaly.svg Italian Tornado Tornado
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Tornado Tornado

References

  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 nintendo.nl