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A team of four Inklings spawning in Splatoon, with an N-ZAP '85, Splash-o-matic, Blaster and Range Blaster.
Respawn redirects here. For the ability, see Quick Respawn.
Finality's not what it seems.
When your end comes, rise up and run.
Don't let defeat dissolve your dreams.
Agent 8 on the Spawn Point mem cake

The spawn point is the starting area for players in a stage. In multiplayer modes, there are two spawn points on each stage, one for each team. In Octo Valley and Octo Canyon, spawn points are called checkpoints and appear throughout every mission.


A spawn point is a large, metallic device with a flat surface on top filled with the ink of the team it belongs to, the surface of which perpetually rippling. When a splatted player's ghost enters a spawn point, ink bubbles up and creates a new body for them.


Four orange Inklings on a spawn point at Urchin Underpass.

In Splatoon, there are three antenna-like fixtures on the outside edge that glow with a pulsing, rotating light of the color of the team's ink. The light takes the form of two rotating arrows, the same design as the lives counter in Octo Valley. While an Inkling is respawning, the design rotates faster.

In Octo Valley, the start of every level has a full-sized spawn point. Further checkpoints are simply miniature versions of their multiplayer counterparts; while normal spawn points fit four players, checkpoints are only made for one player, Agent 3. Checkpoints are shut off at first and are activated when approached by the player, lighting up with the player's ink color. Activating a checkpoint also restores one of the player's lives if any were lost. They do not appear in boss battles, except for the first mission and the final mission.

Splatoon 2

In Splatoon 2, spawn points are visually similar to the top of a cappuccino machine, with steam spouts and various valves, and have an on-off switch on the back portion. On the top of the spawn point is a black cover with a design made of two arrows surrounding a small circle cut into it, showing the ink below. The same design is repeated in graffiti or lights on "spawn" locations that are not the physical spawn point machines, namely at the starting location in Inkopolis Square and the starting point and checkpoint of Salmon Run stages.

In Octo Canyon, the start of every level has a full-sized spawn point. Further checkpoints are smaller and only have three antennae protruding out of them. They are gray until approached, which activates them and paint them in the player's ink color, showing a "Checkpoint" message at the top of the screen. Reaching the last checkpoint in a level shows a "Final Checkpoint" message instead. Activating a checkpoint also restores one of the player's lives if any were lost.

In the Octo Expansion, spawn points appear only in small pads with three 8-shaped neon lights around it as checkpoints around the stations. Unlike Octo Canyon, these checkpoints do not give back any lives. If Agent 8 runs out of lives, they must pay a fee to restart at the last checkpoint with a full set of lives.

Splatoon 3

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Main article: Spawner drone

In Splatoon 3 each player has their own spawner drone, rather than having one fixed starting area. The spawner drones continue the cappuccino machine theme of the spawn points in Splatoon 2. Spawner drones are more portable and lightweight, and can hover in the air. At the start of the match, all players may aim at any part of the stage and get launched there from the spawner drone. Regular spawn points can still be seen on the stage, but concealed in a tarp. It is currently unknown what their function will be.

Online battles

In a short pre-battle sequence, all players on a team appear on their spawn points in squid or octopus form. They then assume their humanoid form and shake off the remaining ink on them. In Splatoon, players spawn in a diamond formation, while in Splatoon 2, this is changed to a trapezium-like formation so no players are left at the back. When a player is splatted, whether by an opponent or a stage hazard, they reappear on their spawn point after about four seconds and can continue playing. Respawn time can be shortened with the S2 Ability Quick Respawn.png Quick Respawn ability.

A spawn point is also a safe space for all players it belongs to; it is protected by an invisible wall through which no enemies or their attacks can go through, including special weapons. This allows players on the spawn point to splat opponents without being in danger themselves. These features help to combat spawn camping, though a well-coordinated team can still do it by staying in the area outside the spawn point's shield and splatting those who try to leave.

Spawn points can also be Super Jumped to at any time, giving players a way to escape a dangerous situation if no teammates or S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakons are available. However, this leaves the user vulnerable while preparing to jump; it is not recommended if there are opponents in the immediate area.

On top of this, spawn points also act as an inked surface, allowing players to swim in it for healing and refilling their ink tank.


  • A player holding the Rainmaker cannot enter their spawn point. Instead, they bounce off the surrounding force field as if they were an enemy.
  • In Octo Valley, a checkpoint does not need to be stepped on directly to be activated; the ground around it also works.
  • According to the Squid Research Lab, the spawn points in Splatoon 2 are a foreign-made model.[1]
  • In The Art of Splatoon 2, there is concept art that details how the spawn point from Splatoon 2 online matches operate. Their function looks similar to a coffee machine, having a capsule with condensed ink, called リスポーション(JP)[a] (Risupōshon / Respawn Portion), where the ink is pressed and heated to form a character.
  • In SplatNet 2, the button to refresh the page resembles a spawn point.
  • Spawn points are automatically covered in each team's ink, amounting to 6p for each team.



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Names in other languages

Spawn point

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese スタート地点
Sutāto Chiten
Start Point
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Basis
Start point
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Point de déploiement Deployment point
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Point de déploiement Deployment point
FlagGermany.svg German Startpunkt Start point
FlagItaly.svg Italian Base Base
FlagRussia.svg Russian Инкубатор
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Punto base Base point
Checkpoint Final checkpoint
Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese チェックポイント
Chekku Pointo
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Checkpoint -
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Point de contrôle Control point
FlagGermany.svg German Checkpoint -
FlagItaly.svg Italian Checkpoint -
FlagRussia.svg Russian Точка возврата
Tochka vozvrata
Return point
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Punto de control Checkpoint
Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese チェックポイント
Chekku Pointo
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Laatste checkpoint Last checkpoint
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Point de contrôle final Final control point
FlagGermany.svg German Letzter Checkpoint Last checkpoint
FlagItaly.svg Italian Ultimo Checkpoint Last Checkpoint
FlagRussia.svg Russian Точка возврата: финал
Tochka vozvrata: final
Return point: final
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Último control Last checkpoint


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  1. SplatoonUS Tumblr. (April 5, 2017). Squid Research Lab Squid Research Lab about spawn points in Splatoon 2. Tumblr. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  2. Nintendo From Splatoon's electronic manual on