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Seeker HQ.png
Type Sub Weapon
Splash Damage 80
Min. Splash Damage 20
Direct Hit Damage 180
Base Duration explodes 5s after launch,
upon hit with an obstacle
Base Ink Usage 80%
Sets 6

Seekers are a Sub Weapon in Splatoon.


Upon deployment, Seekers chase after the closest enemy to them, leaving a trail of ink in their wake. Upon reaching the targeted enemy, they explode in a burst of ink. The Seeker's AI is not particularly intelligent, and should be aimed directly at the opponent if possible. The Seeker will also explode if it hits a wall. According to Judd, diving in one's own Ink will cause a Seeker to switch targets.

In Octo Valley they can be unlocked and upgraded to have a wider trail and bigger blast radius than the online Seekers.


Seekers run along the ground, spreading a narrow linear line of ink behind them—swim through this ink trail to quickly get around a stage. In their default mode, Seekers continue moving in a straight line until they hit an object, at which point they explode. But Seekers can also lock on to opponents. Hold down the sub weapon button to lock on to visible opponents—a reticle appears over your target. Release the sub weapon button to send the Seeker toward your target. While Seekers will attempt to chase down your target, they’re incapable of making sharp turns or traversing steep inclines. But they can zoom right up most ramps, perfect for surprising opponents on the other side.
— Splatoon Prima Guide


  • Use it to ink long paths. Not only does it keep you at a safe distance, you can also focus on other things while the Seeker does its job.
    • This can be used to quickly ink your team a path to a Splat Zone at the beginning of Ranked Battles, giving your team an edge in capturing the zone.
  • In Octo Valley, use the seeker to take out far-away enemies and to ink long paths. It is especially useful in levels which require sneaking - it distracts Octolings and will ink a path for you to hide in.
  • Holding Button1 R.png lets you select a target for your Seeker to chase. You can only target foes who aren't hiding in their ink, though, regardless of whether their position is tracked by your team or not.
    • This can be used to survey your surroundings, especially in Ranked Battle.
  • When moving on the ground, seekers leave an ink rippling effect nearly identical to that of an Inkling swimming through ink. Therefore, if a player swims through the trail of ink directly behind a seeker, they will become functionally invisible.
    • This can be used in many different ways. A player can follow directly behind the seeker all the way to the explosion of ink, or stop swimming at some point along the trail, allowing for some crafty surprise splats.

Ink Management In-depth

With an extremely high ink consumption of 80%, some weapons are left dry after deploying a Seeker. To fully capitalize on the distraction and mobility provided by the Seeker, a combination of the Ink Saver (Main) and Ink Saver (Sub) abilities is needed. The charts below show the combinations needed to achieve particular shot counts after using a Seeker. Alternatively, a combination of Ink Recovery Up and Ink Saver (Sub) is useful if the player just wants to throw more Seekers, as opposed to throwing a Seeker and then using the main weapon. After deploying a Seeker, there is a 1.17 second delay before ink can be refilled again.

Version history


  • Painting width increased by about 38%.
  • Movement speed increased by about 3%.
  • Fixed an issue where Seekers would not follow Krakens.


Main Sub Special
Weapont Main .52 Gal Deco.png .52 Gal Deco Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike
Weapont Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka
Weapont Main Carbon Roller Deco.png Carbon Roller Deco Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Bomb Rush Seeker.png Bomb Rush Seeker
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka
Weapont Main Tempered Dynamo Roller.png Tempered Dynamo Roller Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Tri-Slosher Nouveau.png Tri-Slosher Nouveau Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator

Octo Valley

Seekers are one of three usable Sub Weapons in Octo Valley, unlocked with Power Eggs and selected via Button1 DPad.png once available. They cannot be used in amiibo challenges, making Splat Bombs the only usable Sub Weapon for the Hero Roller and Hero Charger.


  • There are no Chargers or Splatlings with the Seeker as their Sub Weapon.
  • Seekers appear to be tiny sailboats.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese チェイスボム
cheisu bomu
chase bomb
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Bombe radar Radar Bomb
FlagGermany.svg German Spürbombe Sensing Bomb
FlagItaly.svg Italian Bomba a ricerca Guided Bomb
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Bomba lancha Launch Bomb
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Bomba guiada Guided Bomb

Weapons in Splatoon
Main Shooters Weapont Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG(RG, PG) · Weapont Main Dual Squelcher.png Dual Squelcher(Custom)

Weapont Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose(D, Cherry) · Weapont Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher(Custom) Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose(D) · Weapont Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85('89, '83)
Weapont Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic(Neo) · Weapont Main Splattershot.png Splattershot(Hero, Octoshot, Tentatek, Wasabi) · Weapont Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.(Custom)
Weapont Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro(Forge, Berry) · Weapont Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic(Neo, 7)
Weapont Main Blaster.png Blaster(Custom) · Weapont Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster(Neo) · Weapont Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster(Custom, Grim) · Weapont Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster(Deco)
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro(Deco)

Rollers Weapont Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller(Deco) · Weapont Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller(Gold, Tempered) · Weapont Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller(Hero, Krak-On, CoroCoro)

Weapont Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · Weapont Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

Chargers Weapont Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I(Mk II, Mk III) · Weapont Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer(New, Fresh) · Weapont Main E-liter 3K.png E-liter 3K(Custom)

Weapont Main E-liter 3K Scope.png E-liter 3K Scope(Custom) · Weapont Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger(Hero, Kelp, Bento) · Weapont Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope(Kelp, Bento)

Sloshers Weapont Main Slosher.png Slosher(Deco, Soda) · Weapont Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine(Neo) · Weapont Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher(Nouveau)
Splatlings Weapont Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling(Deco, Remix) · Weapont Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling(Custom) · Weapont Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling(Zink, Refurbished)
Sub Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb · Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor · Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine · Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor · Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker
Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall · Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb · Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler · Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon · Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
Special Weapon Special Bomb Rush Splat Bomb.png Bomb Rush · Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler · Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator · Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike · Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka · Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail · Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken