NILS Statue

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The NILS Statue rising from the ocean.

The NILS Statue is a giant weaponized statue.

Commander Tartar, an AI construct created 12,000 years ago by a human professor, attempts to use the statue as a weapon to destroy Inkopolis, Inkling civilization, and life across the world.

Octo Expansion

The NILS Statue is the location of Turf War, the final mission of the Octo Expansion. Agent 8 must completely cover the statue in ink using Marina's hyperbombs to prevent it from charging a large cannon in its mouth. When they succeed, the cannon fires anyway, and Pearl uses the Princess Cannon to intercept its beam and destroy the statue, sinking it. If Agent 8 fails to ink the entire surface or falls into the ocean at any time during the mission, the NILS Statue destroys Inkopolis and players are given the choice to try again or skip the mission.

Shifty Station

The NILS Statue appears in the background of MC.Princess Diaries, the final Shifty Station used for Chaos vs. Order. Here, it is revealed that the statue, now lacking its ink, has partially sunk into the sea, where various jellyfish study it and its destroyed cannon.



  • The cannon in the mouth of the NILS Statue includes several blenders that resemble the one created by the thangs that Agent 8 and Cap'n Cuttlefish stepped inside.
  • The NILS Statue may be based on depictions of the Greek god Hermes.
    • With its extremely large size and location off the coast of a major city, it may also be a reference to the Statue of Liberty, despite having different facial features and being made of marble rather than copper. If so, it parallels the use of the Statue of Liberty as a representation of a past human civilization seen in the film Planet of the Apes.
  • The statue may have been included as an element of vaporwave to which the Octo Expansion heavily alludes.
  • If one looks through the glass on the base of the weapon, an Octoball can be seen floating around inside. They can also be seen flying out of the Statue once the Princess Cannon strikes it.
  • The term "nil" means zero. This is likely a reference to Tartar's goal to destroy all life.
  • The statue bears a striking resemblance to the head of the statue seen on the cover of Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus, a composer that specializes in vaporwave music, similar to the music played in Octo Expansion stages.
  • When the NILS statue is defeated, the bar measuring ink coverage reads 888.8 percent, likely nodding to Agent 8 and Octopus in general.
  • There are 8 helicopters hovering around the statue, another reference.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ネルス像
Nels Statue, where Neru is Kamabo Co.'s Japanese name, which can mean "練る" (knead / working into paste).
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch NELS-beeld NELS statue
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Statue Patapoulpe Kamabo statue
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Colosse Patapoulpe Kamabo colossus
FlagGermany.svg German Kamabo-Koloss Kamabo colossus
FlagItaly.svg Italian Impastatua From impasto, "paste" and statua, "statue"
FlagRussia.svg Russian Пастарес
From паста (paste) and Ares, the Greek god of war.
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Efigie pastificadora Paste-ifying effigy