Squid Squad

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Squid Squad
Squid Squad.jpg
Fresh Kids album art

Species Inkling; Sea Urchin
Hair Color
Eye Color
Gender 1 female; 3 male
Location Inkopolis
Members (Non-virtual)
  • Hiroaki Takeuchi (Vocals)
  • Susumu Nishikawa (Guitar)
  • Yoshihiko Haga (Guitar)
  • TABOKUN (Bass)
  • Akira Tsuneoka (Drums)
For the mode in which players form a squad with friends, see Squad Battle.
This group of squid punks is the Squid Squad. They’re one of Inkopolis’s hottest acts, and their tracks can be heard as background music during many of the Inkling Turf Wars. Sadly, their shows sell out instantly and they’re always being mobbed by fans, so they don’t make public appearances very often.

Squid Squad is one of the main bands in Splatoon, comprised of three Inklings and a sea urchin. Their newest album is called Fresh Kids, the various songs of which are used in multiplayer battles.


Main article: Music

Squid Squad creates the majority of music heard in both Regular and Ranked Battles. Prior to Version 2.0.0, the only other artists doing so were the Squid Sisters, having made the music for Splatfest Battles.

Songs include:



The keyboardist is the group’s only girl. The melodies she weaves reveal a foundation in deep-sea squid funk that’s truly on another level.

Japanese name is NAMIDA. Her alias is an abbreviation of synthesizer, referring to her role as the keyboardist.

Vo. & Gt.

This guy handles lead vocals and guitar in the Squid Squad, and he writes most of the music and lyrics, too. Welll, he never actually learned to read music, but he’s got a gift for rippin’ phat guitar riffs, and most importantly he’s got that rockstar charm to inspire the other members to greatness.
— Live from the Squid Research Lab

Japanese name is ICHIYA. His alias is an abbreviation of vocals and guitar.


The bass player is the group’s oldest member. He’s one cool customer who doesn’t show much emotion, but make no mistake, he’s the backbone of this band. He’s always the first one at soundcheck, and the last one to leave the stage at the end of the encore.
— Live from the Squid Research Lab

Japanese name is IKKAN. His alias is an abbreviation of bass.


The drummer’s a bit rough around the edges. They call him wild child for a reason. This youngster’s sense of rhythm is uncanny, and when it matters most, his sticks are always there to lead the way with a wicked beat barrage. He really gives his all on stage—if you look closely you might catch him weeping during a drum solo.
— Live from the Squid Research Lab

Japanese name is MURASAKI. His alias is an abbreviation of drums.


  • The Squid Squad's album can be seen on the first loading screen on the white shelf to the right of the screen.
    • Additionally, they can sometimes be seen just before an Inkopolis News broadcast begins.
  • Their Japanese names are sushi references:
    • NAMIDA is wasabi used by a sushi chef. It also means "tear".
    • ICHIYA comes from "ichiya zushi" (lit. "one night sushi"), a kind of fermented sushi.
    • IKKAN is simply from the word "ikkan", a unit for sushi.
    • MURASAKI is soy sauce used by a sushi chef. It also means "dark blue violet".
  • Squid Squad can be seen on a poster in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's version of Urchin Underpass.
  • It is hinted in the liner notes for Splatune that the song Now or Never!, performed by four different musical acts in the franchise, was originally done by Squid Squad.


Names in other languages

Fresh Kids

Language Name Meaning
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Fresh Kids Fresh Kids
FlagGermany.svg German Fresh Kids Fresh Kids
FlagItaly.svg Italian Fresh Kids Fresh Kids
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Amor tintado Inked love


Characters in Splatoon