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Artwork of an Octosniper
Species Octarian
Hair color
Eye color Blue with green sclera
Location Octo Valley, Octo Canyon, Deepsea Metro, Alterna
Maximum HP
Other forms

Octosnipers are Octarian enemies in Octo Valley, Octo Canyon, the Octo Expansion, and Return of the Mammalians that shoot ink with long, thin, charger-like weapons.


Octosnipers are much taller than most other Octarians. They are stationed on immobile platforms from which they blow shots of ink through instruments that appear similar to a lengthened megaphone. They wear a set of goggles with a laser sight protruding from their left eye. The green laser that comes from the sight reveals where they are looking, and the laser turns red when they spot the player or another suspicious object. Like many Octarians, they also appear to possess short, stubby legs.


Octosnipers are completely immobile unless on a moving platform. They are traditionally situated in higher locations to get a better shot at the player. When an Octosniper spots a player, they will focus their laser sight on the player, charge, and fire a blast similar to that of a fully charged shot from a weapon in the charger category. This creates a trail of ink.

It is recommended the player stays behind cover and hide in their ink when confronting an Octosniper, especially in Octo Canyon or the Octo Expansion where they can break the player's armor in one hit. The most effective way of dealing with an Octosniper is to get close to it by swimming slowly through ink or take cover and spray it down before it notices. Sub weapons such as Splat Bombs and Autobombs can also be easily used to splat it given the fact that Octosnipers cannot move and, in turn, cannot run away from a sub weapon. Octosnipers are quite observant and will notice the player if they swim too fast in ink. Octosnipers are very powerful at a distance, but their firing device is too long to reach the player when they are too close. Touching one will cause the player to recoil, but nothing else.


Octo Valley

Octo Canyon

Octo Expansion

Return of the Mammalians


  • In Octo Valley, it takes two shots for an Octosniper to splat the player or break their armor. In Octo Canyon, the Octo Expansion, and Return of the Mammalians, however, it takes only one shot from an Octosniper to break the player's armor or splat them.
  • In Octo Valley, Octosnipers can be distracted by using Splat Bombs, Burst Bombs, or Seekers; the Octosniper will aim at the sub weapon but will not open fire. In Octo Canyon, the Octo Expansion, and Return of the Mammalians, Octosnipers will aim and fire at any airborne ink pellets or sub weapons they see but will prioritize firing at the player if they see them too.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese タコスナイパー
Octopus sniper
Netherlands Dutch Octoschutter From octo and schutter ("shooter, marksmans")
CanadaFrance French Tentatourelle From tentacule ("tentacle") and tourelle ("gun turret")
Germany German Oktoschütze From Okto ("octo") and Schütze ("shooter, rifleman")
Italy Italian Polpotiratore From polpo ("octopus") and tiratore ("sniper")
Russia Russian Осьмоснайпер
SpainMexico Spanish Octotirador From Octariano ("Octarian)" and francotirador ("sniper")
China Chinese (Simplified) 章鱼狙击兵
Zhāngyú jūjī bīng
Octopus sniping trooper
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 章魚狙擊兵
South Korea Korean 문어 스나이퍼 Same as Japanese
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