The NILS Statue is a giant statue created by a human professor 12,000 years before the events of Splatoon 2. Commander Tartar, an AI created by the same professor, attempts to use the statue as a weapon to destroy Inkopolis, Inkling civilization, and life across the world.
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.
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.
- 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.
Names in other languages
|Nels Statue, where Neru is Kamabo Co.'s Japanese name, which can mean "練る" (knead / working into paste).|
|French (NOA)||Statue Patapoulpe||Kamabo statue|
|French (NOE)||Colosse Patapoulpe||Kamabo colossus|
|Italian||Impastatua||From impasto, "paste" and statua, "statue"|
|From паста (paste) and Ares, the Greek god of war.|
|Spanish||Efigie pastificadora||Paste-ifying effigy|