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A sponge
Sponges! Watch for shrinkage...

Sponges are a mechanic in the Splatoon series. They typically appear in the single-player modes, Octo Valley and Octo Canyon, serving as platforms and sometimes barriers and can even be found in some Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 multiplayer stages.


In Splatoon

Sponges begin as tiny yellow cubes suspended in the air. They rapidly expand when hit by Agent 3's ink, but shrink when hit by Octarian ink, making a unique rubbery sound in either case. They have small lights on the corners, which light up in the player's color ink when expanding and purple when being shrunk by Octarians. They become completely covered with Agent 3's ink no matter how or where they are shot, making it quite easy to swim on them in squid form. In early missions, sponges are located over safe surfaces and have few distractions, but later on, they are usually over bottomless pits and are surrounded by enemies, requiring careful travel.

In Splatoon 2

Sponges make a return in Splatoon 2, serving the same function as in the first game, although they can come in different shapes and sizes than before.

Like Inkrails, they can be found in some multiplayer maps, primarily in the redesigned Port Mackerel and in other maps like Sturgeon Shipyard. In multiplayer, sponges start out as one team's color and cannot change colors during a match. They also take more ink to inflate. Ink Mines and Squid Beakons can not be placed on sponges.


  • In Splatoon, one Burst Bomb immediately inflates a sponge to its maximum size. This can be a useful option in a pinch because of its speed.


In Splatoon

Sponges are also part of the fifth area in Octo Valley.

In Splatoon 2


Shifty Station

Octo Canyon

Octo Expansion

In Splatoon 3



  • A rectangular sponge can be stood on top of by enemy players if they super jump to a Squid Beakon or another player in front of it.
  • When stood on, the top of the sponge around where the player is standing will dip down slightly

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スポンジ
Netherlands Dutch Spons Sponge
Quebec French (NOA) Éponge Sponge
France French (NOE) Eponge Sponge
Germany German Schwamm Sponge
Italy Italian Spugna Sponge
Russia Russian Морская губка
Morskaya gubka
Sea sponge
Spain Spanish Esponja Sponge
China Chinese 海绵