Mobility refers to the movement of player characters.
- Main article: Super Jump
The Super Jump is an ability that allows Inklings and Octolings to jump high in the air in order to land somewhere else. Super Jumps can be quicker in online battles with the Quick Super Jump ability.
Running and swimming
In humanoid form, the player can run on flat surfaces, as long as those surfaces are not covered with a color of ink that does not match the player's. Run speed can be increased in online battles with the Run Speed Up ability.
In swim form, the player can swim and jump quickly through ink of the same color, even using this mechanic to swim up walls and through wire fences and grates into areas that are not typically reachable. Swim speed can be increased in online battles with the Swim Speed Up ability.
Weapon speed type
The weapon speed type mechanic was not used extensively in Splatoon. At first, it was only applied to the Rainmaker, which reduces swim speed by 20% and reduces run speed by 60%. The mechanic was first applied to main weapons in version 2.7.0 of Splatoon.
In addition to stacking with the speed modifiers Swim Speed Up, Run Speed Up, Ninja Squid, and Disruptors, the weapon speed penalties listed here also stack with each other. For example, an E-liter player that picks up the Rainmaker will move slower than a Splattershot player that picks up the Rainmaker.
▼ 20% decrease in swim speed
▼ 60% decrease in run speed
▼ 10% decrease in swim speed
— Standard mobility
|All other weapons
- Notably, the weapons under the slow type have large metallic designs.
The weapon speed type mechanic was expanded in Splatoon 2 to affect run speed based on the main weapon equipped in addition to affecting swim speed. A new fast type was added to allow increases in mobility. Weapon movement speed modifiers do not stack with each other, so if a player picks up the Rainmaker, their main weapon's movement speed modifier will be replaced with the Rainmaker's movement speed penalty. The speed modifier still stacks with Swim Speed Up, Run Speed Up, Ninja Squid, and Toxic Mist.
In Octo Expansion, slow-type weapons are normal instead. However, the Rainmaker's speed type is unchanged in this mode.
- When a fast-type weapon is equipped (the Aerospray RG, Luna Blaster, Inkbrush Nouveau, and Undercover Sorella Brella), the Baller has increased acceleration on the ground to allow the player to move more quickly.
- When a slow-type weapon is equipped (the Custom Explosher), the maximum speed of the Baller is reduced by roughly 14%.
The weapon speed type mechanic returns in Splatoon 3.
Dodge Rolls are a mechanic introduced in Splatoon 2.
They can be performed by tilting the and pressing the jump button while shooting a dualie-type weapon or, when the player has Drop Roller equipped, by tilting the upon hitting the ground at the end of a Super Jump or landing an Inkjet or Zipcaster.
Performing a roll in mid-air propels the player downwards very quickly, making it impossible to use the roll to cross otherwise untraversable gaps. This can, however, be used to quickly disengage from walls or reach cover.
After dodge rolling with Dualies, there is a brief period of immobility, except when rolling with the Dualie Squelchers. A player can perform up to two consecutive Dodge Rolls, except when using the Tetra Dualies, which allow for four consecutive rolls. In Salmon Run Next Wave, a player loaned the Grizzco Dualies can perform up to nine consecutive rolls.
|And did you know that you're semiprotected by an ink vortex after performing a Squid Roll or a Squid Surge? Don't get overconfident though—you can still take a hit from an exceptionally powerful splash of ink and if you switch back to Inkling or Octoling form too quickly.
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter
The Squid Roll is a movement technique introduced in Splatoon 3 that allows the player to leap and twirl out of their ink. The player is also able to reduce a small amount of damage while acting, though excess damage will be received anyway, akin to Ink Armor. A Squid Roll can be performed while swimming through ink at top speed by pressing while simultaneously flicking in a different direction.
The directions possible to squid roll encompass a 180° semicircle behind the player. Effectively, this allows them to roll backwards, to either direction 90°, or any angle in between.
Multiple techniques exist to perform a Squid Roll in the direction the player is already going.
- Method 1: Swim at a 45° angle left or right of the intended direction, then press while flicking into the opposite side 45° angle. The player can then Squid Roll again, a total of three times in a row, moving in a zig-zag pattern.
- Method 2: Swim forward, and sub-strafe backwards by holding and momentarily letting go of while changing direction, before Squid Rolling forwards with and . This method is much more difficult to pull off, but it can be used quickly and repeatedly in any direction.
The Squid Roll can also be used to perform a wall jump. To perform a wall jump, hold against a wall, and press while flicking in the opposite direction.
The Squid Roll can be cancelled into weapon attacks by pressing ,, or mid-roll. Doing so performs the corresponding attack, bringing the player out of swim form and ending the Ink Armor effect while retaining the momentum of the Squid Roll.
The Squid Roll can also be cancelled entirely before it is even performed, by firing a weapon immediately before inputting the jump command. A full-cancelled Squid Roll causes the player to reverse momentum and jump as if they performed a Squid Roll, but in kid-form without the accompanying Ink Armor effect. Cancelling the roll in this way will perform the grounded version of attacks, such as a horizontal Roller-flick, or a long-range shot of the S-BLAST '92.
The Squid Surge is a movement technique introduced in Splatoon 3 that allows the player to climb walls and jump up high into the air. It can be performed by holding while swimming up a wall, and then releasing.
The longer that is held before releasing, the faster the Squid Surge will be, and the higher the player will be launched at its peak. The maximum speed and height are reached after the player's eyes glint, with an accompanying sound effect.
Like the Squid Roll, the Squid Surge can be cancelled into weapon attacks by pressing the corresponding attack button. The Squid Surge can also be canceled into a Squid Roll by pressing and flicking away from the wall at the same time.
Names in other languages
|From avvito ("screw motion") and totano ("squid")
|Squid roll [a]
|Emerger de una pirueta
|Emerge from a pirouette
|Squid Roll 
|Same as English
|From pinna ("fin") and impennata ("soaring") [b]
|Saltar desde la tinta
|Jump from the ink
|Squid Surge 
|Same as English
- From squid roll as seafood
- Impennata is also used as a nautical term for a ship's bow pitching up suddenly
- Community Glossary - Special techniques of movement (Stealth Swim, Sub Strafing, etc...) and speedrunning shortcuts.
- Splatoon 3 - Parameter Database. This database contains a WeaponSpeedType parameter for fast and slow weapons. Normal weapons do not have the WeaponSpeedType parameter.
- SplatoonNA on Twitter
- Leanny on GitHub