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




Category Special
Base damage 2.5-10 per frame
Base duration Aiming: 10 seconds
Active: 1.5 seconds
Ink consumption
Special points 180p
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Other variant

Once activated, the user targets a specific area of the stage by tapping it on the Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png. 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 3127 0.2% 2.8% (On the ground only) 87.556 3.19%
Urchin Underpass 2465 0.2% 3.7% 91.205 4.05%
Museum d'Alfonsino 2443 0.2% 3.8% (On the ground only)
7.0% (On the rotating platform in center and ground)[1]
Flounder Heights 2375 0.2% 4.0% 95 4.21%
Camp Triggerfish 2316 0.3% 3.9% 90.324 4.31%
Ancho-V Games 2293 0.3% 3.9% (On the normal ground only)
4.7% (On the uprising ground)[2]
Kelp Dome 2125 0.3% 4.4% 93.5 4.70%
Hammerhead Bridge 2100 0.3% 4.0% 84 4.76%
Arowana Mall 2021 0.3% 4.5% 90.945 4.94%
Mahi-Mahi Resort 1948 0.3% 4.8% (On the ground only)
5.9% (On the board in center after water goes away.)[3]
Saltspray Rig 1900 0.3% 4.7% 89.3 5.26%
Port Mackerel 1854 0.3% 4.9% 90.846 5.39%
Moray Towers 1760 0.3% 5.0% 88 5.68%
Bluefin Depot 1665 0.3% 4.9% 81.585 6.00%
Walleye Warehouse 1600 0.4% 5.8% 92.8 6.25%
Blackbelly Skatepark 1528 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 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 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 Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png 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!)



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.


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
FlagJapan.svg Japanese トルネード
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


  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