Sucker Punch

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Sucker Punch
S Band Hightide Era.png
Artist Hightide Era
Game Splatoon
Splatoon 2
Heard in Splatoon Multiplayer
Squid Beatz
Heard in Splatoon 2 Squid Beatz 2 (unlocked through Inkling Squid 2 amiibo)
Album Splatune
Vocals Taka (in-game)
Piano Taka (in-game)
Guitar Takafumi "CO-K" Koukei
Nishida (in-game)
Drums Kuze (in-game)
Length 2:40 (Splatune)
BPM 144
Genre Piano rock
Key signature -
Track list no. 31 (Squid Beatz)
16 (Splatune Disc 1)
40 (Squid Beatz 2)
Audio file

Sucker Punch is a song performed by Hightide Era.


Sucker Punch is an upbeat piano rock piece featuring backing from guitar and drums. The vocals are somewhat low-pitched, and the hook predominantly consists of the piano with backing from the guitar and drums, with synth interspersed throughout. After the song finishes, it loops partially through the vocal section, alternating between this and looping at the start for each subsequent loop. Sucker Punch was one of four songs added in the August Update update of Splatoon. Like all battle songs, it has a random chance of being played during online matches.

In Splatoon 2, Sucker Punch can be unlocked to listen in Squid Beatz 2 as a final reward from the Inkling Squid 2 Inkling Squid (Splatoon 2) amiibo. It cannot, however, be heard anywhere else in the base game. It has a maximum score of 206 and 338 in Normal and Hard modes, respectively.


  • Strangely, this song, alongside Hooked, features a prominent synth, despite in-universe band Hightide Era featuring no synth player.
  • In Regular Battles, this song is not fully looped to fit better into two minutes. It shares this trait with Wave Prism and Entropical.


A "sucker punch" is a term used to describe an unexpected punch. In addition, "sucker" can refer to the suction cups of a squid or octopus, or possibly the "sucker" on the back of a remora.