|Eye color||Blue with green sclera|
|Location||Octo Valley, Octo Canyon, Deepsea Metro, The Crater, Alterna|
|“||Octotroopers dead ahead!||”|
Octotroopers are the basic Octarian fighters found in Octo Valley, Octo Canyon, the Octo Expansion, and Return of the Mammalians in the Splatoon series.
Octotroopers are Octarians riding on small, simple vehicles consisting of a cylindrical platform with a black ring on the bottom, a long hose-like protrusion with a megaphone-like nozzle on the end, and a single joystick on top that the Octarian uses to operate the vehicle. How the 'base' of the vehicle looks varies from game to game; in Splatoon, it is made of a dark, stainless metal, while in Splatoon 2, it seems to be made from an upside-down blue recycling bin. Splatoon 3 has the same concept but with colors of black and blue.
Octotroopers serve as the most basic foes featured in both Octo Valley and Octo Canyon, having little health, mobility, basic tactics, and a single attack - periodically firing a slow-moving globe of ink towards Agent 3 or 4 that has limited range but ignores gravity. Under normal circumstances, their simplistic combat skills alongside their placement make them easy targets in any area, as their attacks are easy to dodge and their low health makes them easy to splat upon getting close enough (only two shots from most automatic weapons, such as the Hero Shot or Hero Dualies, will splat them). The only time Octotroopers are a real threat is when they are encountered in large numbers - some packs of them can reach up to a dozen in a single area - in which it is easy for Agent 3 or 4 to be overwhelmed. Additionally, Octotroopers' projectiles do a deceptively large amount of damage on hit, compensating for how easy they are to dodge.
Most Octotroopers are capable of moving - patrolling set areas when alone, strafing around a target when one has been found to shoot at, and running away from bombs - while others are delegated to being stuck on tall, thin poles above the ground, making them function more like sentries than mobile enemies.
Splatoon 2 introduces a second variety of Octotrooper called Blobby Octotroopers that ride a differently-designed vehicle than their normal counterparts and have a different mode of fire. Splatoon 3 introduces another variety of Octotroopers with a different vehicle called Octohoppers, which jump constantly and also attack differently.
- If one is unable to splat an Octotrooper, one can take advantage of their slow firing speed and even slower projectiles to simply dodge their attacks.
- Octotroopers will immediately stop whatever they are doing and flee from a bomb if one is thrown at them. Thus, consider using bombs on Octotroopers that are against a wall or in a corner to prevent them from fleeing the blast radius in time.
- While Octotroopers will advance towards and invalidate the player's cover if they are in any (assuming they do not lose track of them), they will never attempt to seek cover themselves, making rushing them an effective tactic.
- The projectiles Octotroopers fire are slow but hard-hitting. Do not underestimate a large group of them.
- If an Octotrooper moves over a patch of the the player's ink, their vehicle will sink in it and get stuck, causing the Octotrooper to fight with the vehicle's controls while still shooting and suffer from a reduced turning speed. If they choose to retreat, however, the Octotrooper will point the nozzle on their vehicle straight down and spray ink beneath them, freeing them from being stuck.
- In certain levels, Octotroopers will emerge from broken crates to attack the player. Be wary of unmarked crates if there are no other enemies around.
- When fleeing from something, such as an Industrial Squee-G, Octotroopers will make no effort to avoid falling off ledges or cliffs, even if it means falling off the map and splatting themselves.
- In Return of the Mammalians, they take a short break after shooting 3 times. You can tell because they make a little "slowed down" noise and a thought bubble appears above their head.
- Octotrooper Hideout (Mission #1)
- Rise of the Octocopters (Mission #3)
- Gusher Gauntlet (Mission #4)
- Floating Sponge Garden (Mission #5)
- Propeller-Lift Playground (Mission #6)
- Spreader Splatfest (Mission #7)
- Inkrail Skyscape (Mission #10)
- Shifting Splatforms (Mission #13)
- Octosniper Ramparts (Mission #17)
- Tumbling Splatforms (Mission #19)
- Unwelcome Flying Object (Mission #21)
- Splat-Switch Revolution (Mission #22)
- Spongy Observatory (Mission #23)
- Pinwheel Power Plant (Mission #24)
- Far-Flung Flooders (Mission #25)
- Return of the Octarians (Mission #1)
- Welcome to Octopia (Mission #2)
- Enter the Octohurler (Mission #4)
- The Octopark (Mission #5)
- Octozeppelin Invasion (Mission #6)
- Back-Alley Cleanup (Mission #7)
- Spinning Campground (Mission #8)
- Octoseeker Shakedown (Mission #10)
- The Floating Garden (Mission #11)
- Octo-Resort Spring (Mission #12)
- Dancing Floors (Mission #13)
- Parking Garage (Mission #14)
- Secret Bowling Alley (Mission #16)
- Octocommander Fortress (Mission #17)
- Towering Heights (Mission #18)
- The Experimentorium (Mission #19)
- Propellerland (Mission #20)
- Underground Expressway (Mission #22)
- The Octogalaxy (Mission #23)
- Transfer Junction (Mission #24)
- Platform Madhouse (Mission #25)
- Paradise Lanes (Mission #26)
- A03B01Wassup 8-Ball Station
- A04Roll Out Station
- A06Bounce with Me Station
- A07Maverick Station
- A08Bumpin' 8-Ball Station
- B03Spin Docto Station
- B05G09Wack 8-Ball Station
- B06Notorious Station
- B11Tubular 8-Ball Station
- B12Brute Rollup Station
- B13Phat Splatz Station
- C02Shrinky Ink Station
- C07Totally 8-Ball Station
- C08Right Round Station
- C11Abracadabra Station
- D04Mad Props Station
- D10Labyrinth Station
- E08Da Bomb Station
- F02Slow Ride Station
- F06Duh-Oh Station
- F10Cubular Station
- G07I07Ride with Me Station
- H05Ink It Station
- J07Outrageous Station
- I02Dinky Ink Station
- I04Can't Touch This Station
- I08Radio Station
In the manga series
In the end of the fan-made issue of Splatoon, a then unnamed Specs flies over a bunch of Octotroopers and Octoballs. They also appear in the Hero Mode issues of the manga.
Cap'n Cuttlefish beside an Octotrooper
Concept art of the Octotrooper's hovercraft, from The Art of Splatoon
Octotroopers in Turquoise October's album art
An Octotrooper on a Flooder
An Octotrooper as seen at the start of the the Single Player Trailer
An Octotrooper in Octotrooper Hideout
Size comparison with an Inkling
Octotrooper Hideout level icon
Spreader Splatfest level icon
Return of the Octarians level icon
Parking Garage level icon
The mem cake of an Octotrooper
The icon for the Octotrooper represents Octarians in the Splatoon 2 relationship chart
A Sanitized Octotrooper
A picture of Octotroopers in a fight between Cap'n Cuttlefish and DJ Octavio shared in Marina's chat room
An Octotrooper mem cake (lower left) in a promo for Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion
Artwork of three Octotroopers for the Chaos vs. Order Splatfest
Unofficial render of the Octotrooper's game model on The Models Resource
Splatoon 3 render
Promotional screenshot of an Octotrooper in Splatoon 3
An Octotrooper in artwork made for the cover of The Art of Splatoon 2
A group of Octotroopers in the Splatoon manga
- Octotroopers share their vocalization sounds with Twintacle Octotroopers, Octoballs, and Octocopters.
- Octotroopers and other non-Octoling (enemy) Octarians are described by game producer Hisashi Nogami as living in a way that a human would if only by spinal reflex. This manner of living is very similar to how octopuses in real life have their nervous system spread throughout all their arms, of which will temporarily continue to make basic functions like moving after being severed from the brain. Mr. Nogami additionally confirms that Octotrooper-like Octarians are like single-celled organisms.
Names in other languages
|French||Tentassin||From tentacle and assassin|
|Italian||Polpastro||From polpo ("octopus"), but with a nasty denomination|
- ↑ From осьмо os'mo ("octo") and гад gad ("scoundrel")
- Twintacle Octotrooper, a stronger variant of the normal Octotrooper.
- Shielded Octotrooper, a more durable variant of the normal Octotrooper.
- Octodiver, a variant that can be found submerged in ink.
- Octohopper, a variant that jumps constantly.