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Judd in Splatoon 3
Species Cat
Hair color
Eye color Yellow
Age At least 2,000[1] (immortal,[2] cryoslept for 10,000 years)[3]
At least 2,002 (Splatoon 2)
At least 2,007 (Splatoon 3)
Gender Male
Relations The professor (former owner)
Li'l Judd (younger clone)
Location Inkopolis, The Splatlands
Maximum HP
Other forms
Judd the cat will tell you who won at the end of each match. No kitten!
Splatoon official website[4]

Judd is a cat in the Splatoon series who plays the role of judge in multiplayer matches and gives advice to Inklings and Octolings outside of them. His name is derived from the word "judge," as he acts the referee for all battles in the series.


Judd is a white and black cat with a pudgy build and face, round yellow eyes and a flat pink nose, similar in appearance to an Exotic Shorthair. He has a large black spot that circles his left eye and ear, and two smaller ones at the left corner of his mouth, with the smallest one looking like a beauty mark. He has a naturally occurring black pattern on his body that looks like a suit with suspenders and a bowtie, as a possible play on tuxedo, the term for bicolor cats. His front paws are tipped in black, while his hind paws are tipped in white; his tail has an arrow shape and a white tip. According to dialogue from Marina in Splatoon 2, Judd's eyes can glow in the dark.[5]

As depicted in the Sunken Scrolls, Judd's appearance has changed over time. Judd seems to resemble more of what he currently looks like in the present according to Sunken Scroll 25, but looks much younger and smaller in appearance. In Sunken Scrolls 4 and 15, Judd appears to be smaller and thinner than his current form, similarly to a common tuxedo cat. Sunken Scroll 14, which was documented at the end of the Great Turf War, shows that between the time of scrolls 15 and 14, he has regained his much "heftier" appearance.

Personality and traits

Judd possesses the ability to judge turf area at a glance to separate the winners from the losers; he seems to have possessed his talent for judgment even before the extinction of humanity, as in The Art of Splatoon, his abilities are shown as part of an arms deal. Like real cats, Judd is seen sleeping most of the time, but he could be be seen dancing during Splatfests in the first two games. He uses several cat puns in his speech in the North American version of Splatoon, as well as all English-language localizations in Splatoon 2 and 3.

Judd is very intelligent, his intellect extending far beyond knowing all of history. He also has many connections with and holds an influential position with leaders across various nations.[2]

His Splatoon 2 relationship chart entry implies that Judd seems to view various individuals as food, or potential food. In some gag strips featured in The Art of Splatoon, he is shown hunting Inklings with the intention of consuming them.


During the apocalypse that would lead to the extinction of most land life, Judd's original human owner, the professor, built a capsule designed to keep him cryogenically sealed for 10,000 years. He was injected with an immortality drug by his owner before being sealed in his capsule.

Judd was released from cryogenic stasis around 2,000 years before the events of Splatoon, as Sunken Scrolls depict Judd judging ancient Turf Wars and the Great Turf War, and seemingly participating in the Great Turf War on the Inklings' side. Three months prior to the events of Splatoon 2,[6] the capsule Judd was cryogenically frozen in was reactivated and created a clone of him in the form of Li'l Judd, a function his owner included in the capsule to ensure that Judd would not become lonely.


When he is not judging, he can be found sleeping on a blue crate on the Inkopolis Plaza, although he is said to live in Flounder Heights. The player can talk to Judd to get advice from him, as well as a potential cash bonus depending on the player's online battle vibe, which increases and decreases with wins and losses. He can only give one cash bonus per stage rotation.

Meter Level Flags Penalty Payout
Chill (NA)[a]
Lukewarm (EU/OC)[b]
0 0 Cash 0
Toasty 0.5-3 -0.5 Cash 100
Smokin' 3.5-6 -1 Cash 300
SO HAWT!! (NA)[a]
On Fire! (EU/OC)[b]
6.5+ -1.5 Cash 1,000

Judd also rewards the player with items when he is spoken to after the player reaches a certain level. Specifically, speaking to Judd every five levels starting at Level 25 will reward the player with a new item.

Level Reward Brand Primary Ability Rarity
25 Armor Helmet Replica Armor Helmet Replica Cuttlegear Cuttlegear Tenacity
30 Armor Jacket Replica Armor Jacket Replica Cuttlegear Cuttlegear Special Charge Up
35 Armor Boot Replicas Armor Boot Replicas Cuttlegear Cuttlegear Ink Saver (Main)
40 Octoshot Replica
45 Octo Tee Octo Tee Cuttlegear Cuttlegear Haunt
50 Legendary Cap Legendary Cap Cuttlegear Cuttlegear Damage Up

After the final Splatfest, Callie vs. Marie, Judd began to give out one Super Sea Snail per thirty completed online matches when spoken to. Note that these matches can be either Turf Wars or Ranked Battles.[7]

Splatoon 2

Judd returns in Splatoon 2 and once again plays the role of the referee, now joined by his clone Li'l Judd. Judd represents the player's team, called "Good Guys", and Li'l Judd represents the enemy team, called "Bad Guys". When the Good Guys win, Judd brandishes a flag in their ink color and Li'l Judd falls in defeat; the opposite happens when the Bad Guys win. He once again takes naps when not judging battles, and can be seen sleeping in Inkopolis Square with Li'l Judd sitting on top of him. Judd and Li'l Judd can be spoken to like in the first game, with both cats giving advice, and the player can also earn a Super Sea Snail from Judd by talking to him each time they level up starting at Level 30.

Splatoon 3

Judd returns once again in Splatoon 3, fulfilling the same role as in Splatoon 2. He now naps in the lobby though without Li'l Judd. He still gives advice, but now he can also give tutorials to the player about sub weapons and special weapons. He also is an opponent in Tableturf Battle.




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  • Judd's voice clips in Splatoon, either of which are used for the "Meow!" at the beginning of a piece of advice.

In the manga series

Judd, like in the game, judges Turf War rounds. His appearance is the same as his in-game one.

Tableturf Battle

Judd's Deck


Rapid Blaster


Rapid Blaster
Dynamo Roller


Dynamo Roller






Nautilus 47


Nautilus 47








Li'l Judd


Li'l Judd
Tower Control


Tower Control


Power Clam


Power Clam


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  • Along with a handful of birds and insects, Judd is one of the few non-aquatic creatures to appear in the games. As stated in a developers' interview, this is because the main characters of Splatoon were originally going to be rabbits; Judd is a leftover from that stage of the game's development.[8]
  • The Art of Splatoon 2 shows that Judd transmits the lobby's rules into the minds of Inklings using thought waves.[2] This could explain how the player is able to understand the dialogue shown in parentheses when talking to Judd, who verbally is only shown to say "Meow".
  • Splatoon Base mentions that the textbox explaining the different areas when the player first arrives at Inkopolis Square/Plaza is Judd communicating telepathically with the player.


  • A glitch in the game allowed the player to get their money back after purchasing a slot, reroll, or ordered gear from Spyke by talking with Judd after the purchase. It was fixed with version 1.2.0.[9]
  • According to Callie and Marie, Judd lives in Flounder Heights and can be seen commuting to and from Inkopolis.
  • Judd could not give Cash during a Splatfest, as there was no Vibe, being replaced by Splatfest Power.
  • Judd had a noticeably different animation while declaring results in the E3 2014 Splatoon demo. In that version, he twisted his entire body toward the winning team before the final results were shown, while in the final version, he simply tucks his hands behind his back before showing the results.
  • When announcing Mahi-Mahi Resort, Marie mentions Judd is actually very slender but has very overgrown fur.

Splatoon 2

  • According to Marina in Inkopolis News dialogue, Judd poses for an online art class at Inkblot Art Academy. The original Japanese dialogue adds that he does this because fluffy creatures like him are so rare.[5]

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ジャッジくん
Mr. Judge
Netherlands Dutch Justus Male given name derived from Latin iustus ("just")
CanadaFrance French Charbitre Pun on chat ("cat") and arbitre ("referee")
Germany German Miezrichter Pun on Schiedsrichter ("referee") and Miez ("kitty")
Italy Italian Giudigatto Pun on giudice ("judge") and gatto ("cat")
Russia Russian Судокот
Transliteration of the English name
SpainMexico Spanish Justino Male given name resembling justo ("just")
China Chinese (Simplified) 财判[11]
Pun on 财 ("Money") and 裁判 ("Judge")
Transliteration of the English name
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 評審
píngshěn (Mandarin)
South Korea Korean 심판


  1. 1.0 1.1 North America
  2. 2.0 2.1 Europe and Oceania