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This article is about the character. For other uses, see Orca (disambiguation).


O.R.C.A.'s dialogue icon in the story mode
Species Artificial intelligence
Hair color
Eye color
Age Approx. 12,000
Location Alterna
Maximum HP
Other forms

O.R.C.A., short for Omniscient Recording Computer of Alterna, is a computer system in Return of the Mammalians in Splatoon 3. It is located in Alterna and serves as a guide for Agent 3.

Splatoon 3

As revealed in the Alterna Logs, O.R.C.A. is an archival-oriented digital information management system that was created by the scientists who built Alterna. Its purpose is to record and preserve the knowledge of the surviving humans. In Return of the Mammalians, when Agent 3 enters their first kettle in Alterna, O.R.C.A. is booted up and introduces itself. After explaining the basics of missions, it begins collecting information on Agent 3, referring to them as a citizen of Alterna. At the start of each mission in Alterna, it offers a brief explanation of the mission's goal and purpose and information on the weapons available in the equipper. If Agent 3 fails to accomplish certain missions' special objectives (such as running out of ink in a mission with limited ink), O.R.C.A. will inform them of their failure and pour ink directly above them, splatting them. It is also strongly implied to have written the Alterna Logs.


Unlike its fellow AI Commander Tartar, O.R.C.A. is rarely hostile towards the player and does not attempt to deceive them, instead seemingly only being interested in conducting tests and maintaining Alterna. Agent 1 comments on O.R.C.A.'s deadpan humor, and in the mission Amusing a Bemused Muse, it responds with silence at the Squid Sisters' failure to recognize a crate statue as an orca, the very same animal it is named after in many localizations of the game.



  • O.R.C.A. plays a similar role to that of C.Q. Cumber in the Octo Expansion: both explain each level in the opening area, provide the selection of weapons available for the level in the equipper, and splat the player if they fail a special condition.
  • When first booted up, O.R.C.A. makes a sound similar to the Wii U's power-on jingle, but in a different key. This is followed by the sound effect heard just before the reveal of a Splatfest theme by the "Voice from on High".
  • According to one of the stage dialogues for Bluefin Depot, O.R.C.A. can also stand for "Occupational Regulatory Commission for Accidents", which appears to be the Splatoon equivalent of OSHA.


Omniscient Recording Computer of Alterna describes the system's intelligence, purpose, "species", and location. The orca is also a species of dolphin, making the abbreviation "O.R.C.A." similar to the Japanese name of the AI, which is the Japanese word for "dolphin".

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese イルカ
Netherlands Dutch O.R.K.A. From orka ("orca")
CanadaFrance French O.R.C.A. -
Germany German O.R.C.A. -
Italy Italian O.R.C.A. -
Russia Russian И.К.Р.А.
From икра ikra ("caviar")
SpainMexico Spanish O.R.C.A. -
China Chinese 海豚豚
Hǎitún tún
From 海豚 hǎitún ("dolphin")
South Korea Korean I.R.C.A. Similar to Japanese
 Internal Dolphin [1] -
Omniscient Recording Computer of Alterna
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Intelligent Recording Computer of Alterna From イルカ iruka ("dolphin")
Netherlands Dutch Ongeëvenaarde Rapporterende Kunstmatige Assistent Unparalleled Reporting Artificial Assistant
CanadaFrance French Omniscient Réceptacle de la Connaissance Alternienne
Germany German Omnikompetente Registrar-Computer von Alterna Omnicompetent Registrar Computer of Alterna
Italy Italian Onniscente Registratore Computerizzato di Alterna
Russia Russian Искусственный кибернетический разум Альтерны
Iskusstvennyy kiberneticheskyy razum Al'terny
Artificial cybernetic intelligence of Alterna
SpainMexico Spanish Organizadora de Registros Computarizados de Alterna Organizer of Computerized Records of Alterna
China Chinese Intelligent Recording Computer of Alterna Same as Japanese
South Korea Korean Intelligent Recording Computer of Alterna Same as Japanese