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Species Octarian
Hair color
Eye color Bluish gray with green sclera
Location Octo Valley, NILS Statue
Maximum HP
Other forms
Not to be confused with Octoballer.
Ya gotta submerge the Octoballs in ink to scuttle 'em!

Octoballs are Octarian enemies appearing in Octo Valley who possess the ability to spread ink while rolling on smooth surfaces.


Octoballs are small, round Octarians with one large eye and a pair of purple lips. Because of their body shape, they are able to roll on smooth surfaces while leaving behind a thick trail of purple ink. When shot with Inkling ink, they are pushed backwards, but not harmed. However, if submerged in a puddle of Agent 3's ink, they will struggle to move and can be splatted.


Splatoon 2

Octoballs are the only non-boss enemies from Octo Valley that do not return in Splatoon 2's single-player mode Octo Canyon. Despite not appearing in Octo Canyon, concept art of a bowling alley stage that features them prominently can be seen in The Art of Splatoon 2,[1] a role taken up by Octoballers in the final game.
However, the Octoballs are not entirely absent from the game. One piece of gear - the Octobowler Shirt - has an image of an Octoball on its back.

Octo Expansion

Sanitized Octoballs make a brief appearance in the Octo Expansion. Despite never appearing as enemies in the game, they can be seen trapped in storage units during the Belly Phase as well as inside the liquid lasers of the NILS Statue. When the NILS Statue is destroyed, these Octoballs can be seen flying out of it.

In the manga series

At the end of the fan-made issue of Splatoon, Specs, an Inkling from Team Blue, flies over a group of Octotroopers and Octoballs.


  • Octoballs can be easily defeated by surrounding them with Agent 3's ink, at which point the player can splat them.



Splatoon 2

Octo Expansion


  • Despite Cap'n Cuttlefish saying they must be submerged to be defeated, Octoballs can also be defeated by knocking them off of ledges.
  • In Splatoon 3's single-player mode Return of the Mammalians, there is an enemy named the Octodisco. It looks very similar to the Octoball, but modified to resemble a disco ball.
  • Octoballs may be based on takoyaki, also known as octopus balls.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese タコボール
tako bōru
Octopus ball
CanadaFrance French Tentaroule From tentacle and rouler (to roll)
Germany German Oktoball Octoball
Italy Italian Polpocchio Polpo (octopus) and occhio (eye)
Spain Spanish (NOE) Octobola Octoball


  1. Page 132: "SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN: Bowling Alley Concept Art (1)"