Super Jumping is an ability that Inklings and Octolings have that allows them to jump very high in the air in order to land somewhere else. Super Jumps are performed in various contexts, such as moving between areas or jumping to a teammate in multiplayer matches.
When an Inkling or Octoling begins to Super Jump, they crouch down in squid or octopus form, pointing upwards (and in the case of an octopus, with their tentacles curled outwards) and start charging up the jump. During this time, they cannot move and are vulnerable to enemy fire, although it is possible to change the startup duration with abilities. Players using the Baller, Sting Ray, or Tenta Missiles special weapons cannot Super Jump.
When the player jumps, they do so quite high into the air towards their destination. This arc is too high for enemy fire to reach, but either way, the player is completely invulnerable during a Super Jump. The time it takes from the start of the jump to landing is always the same regardless of distance, but can also be changed with abilities. Where they will land is marked by a marker, meaning enemies can wait there to splat that player. This can be hidden by using the ability Stealth Jump. Once the player lands, they are able to move once more, though it is possible to use weapons before landing. Sub weapons cannot be used, however; although the player can pull them out and reveal the trajectory marker, they can not throw it until they land.
While Super Jumping, the player can go through walls and floors to ensure that the jump is successful.
Inklings and Octolings may also begin charging a Super Jump while falling, however, they will not begin the jump itself until they touch the ground, to ensure that they do not Super Jump to avoid falling off of the map. An Inkling or Octoling can also Super Jump while swimming on a wall, in which they stop in place to charge, then jump as normal. This can be used to escape enemies who may not think to look at the wall in time.
A circular marker appears on the landing spot which is visible to everybody, unless the visibility is altered by Stealth Jump. This marker has the player's name written on it and an arrow above it pointing down. The arrow has a meter built in that resembles ink in a tank. The closer the player is to landing, the less "ink" is shown in the arrow. Players can use this to gauge how close their opponent is, meaning they can release an attack at the exact moment of landing, or toss a bomb with careful timing so that it will explode at the moment of landing.
In multiplayer modes, the player can use their map to Super Jump from their current position to a few specific spots:
- A teammate:
- In Splatoon, by tapping the teammate's button on the right-hand side of the screen.
- In Splatoon 2, by pressing the corresponding direction while viewing the map using the .
- In both games, by selecting the teammate's squid or octopus icon, by using the Left Joy-Stick, on the map. It is only possible to jump to teammates that are alive. The player can also use this with Squid Beakon.
- The spawn point:
- A Squid Beakon, by selecting the icon of the Beakon on the map. Each Beakon can be used once (Splatoon) or twice (Splatoon 2), and it displays the number left with dots on the map. After it meets its usage limit, the Beakon is destroyed. If the player jumping to the Beakon has the Squid Beakon as their sub weapon, the landing destroys the Beakon no matter how many uses are left.
The destination can slightly change during a jump in order to accommodate for moving terrain. For instance, jumping to a Beakon or teammate riding on a Tower makes the jumper follow the Tower during the trip and always land on it, instead of where it used to be when the jump started.
When jumping to a teammate, the game considers the final landing position to be the last bit of ground the player stood on. Therefore, if a player Super Jumps to a teammate that is swimming on a wall, they instead land on the last part of the ground that the teammate walked on. If the player last stood on the Tower, the landing destination naturally also follows it, meaning that if a player walks on the Tower, then hides in a wall and stays there, their last grounded position will always be the Tower, allowing teammates to jump to the Tower at will.
It is impossible to Super Jump with a Rainmaker in hand, but it is possible to Super Jump with most special weapons activated, including the Kraken and the Bomb Launcher. Jumping to a player that is in the middle of a Super Jump makes the destination match the other player's destination. Technically, a Super Jump only begins when the icon or button is released, not when it is pressed. It is also common that when Super Jumping in Splatoon 2, the player activates the Splashdown in midair, causing the special to occur when landing, splatting any opponents near the landing spot.
Teammates that are picked to be jumped to receive a notification on their screen with the jumper's name inside an arrow-shaped symbol. Every time the jumping player taps the teammate, the symbol flashes. Because players can tap a teammate while in the respawning animation (which does not allow for a jump), a screen notification does not mean that the player is jumping, but rather that their character got tapped by said player.
A player that gets a notification can use it to assist their oncoming ally by defending the landing position. If the jump has not started yet (which can be distinguished by the notification's sound and a lack of landing marker), the player may also head to safety, to ensure a safer landing for the teammate.
Four abilities exist that influence the Super Jump mechanic.
Stealth Jump removes the landing marker, making it possible for a player to jump somewhere without being detected by an enemy. However, teammates are also unable to see the landing marker, which could otherwise be used to help clear the landing for their ally. Tapped teammates still receive a Super Jump notification, however. This ability also increases the startup time before the player takes off, making them vulnerable to enemy fire for longer. In Splatoon 2, it is possible to see the marker if players are close enough to the landing spot.
Quick Super Jump can be used to reduce the time it takes before the player jumps off, and the time the jump itself takes. This ability can be stacked, and is sometimes used to combat Stealth Jump's speed cut.
Sub Power Up, in conjunction with Squid Beakons, reduces the time it takes to Super Jump to Beakons. This ability also affects teammates' jump to Beakons.
Drop Roller lets the player do a small dodge roll after landing from a Super Jump, which includes immediately after using an Inkjet and when jumping to a Squid Beakon. This ability is exclusive to shoes.
In the single-player modes, Super Jumps take less time to start, likely because there is no enemy element that forces the player to Super Jump strategically like there is in multiplayer. In the hub world of Octo Valley and Octo Canyon, the player can select any level's icon in order to Super Jump to its kettle.
Inside a level, Super Jumping can only be performed by turning into a squid or octopus on a launchpad, which takes the player to a pre-determined point further ahead in the level. Enemy Octolings can also Super Jump; they start off in an unknown location and land on pre-determined spots to ambush the player. In Octo Valley, these Octolings do not appear to have a visible landing marker, but they do in Splatoon 2.
The player's character also automatically Super Jumps away from most Octarian bosses after destroying the large tentacle that appears in each of its battle cycles.
In Salmon Run, there are scripted Super Jumps at the start of each wave to an affixed starting point, affecting all players. It is not possible to view the map and jump to a teammate in this mode. After clearing wave three, all players are seen Super Jumping back to a boat with a large antenna.
In other games
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Jump is the Inkling's up special move. Using it makes the Inkling leap into the air before falling back down in a helpless state. During the move, the player can slightly control the angle of the Super Jump. It also deals damage and applies ink to any nearby opponents when the Inkling initially leaps and when they land.
- Due to lag in online matches, it is possible to see a player be splatted during a Super Jump while the player is in the air, despite all players normally being invulnerable mid-jump.
- There is a launchpad at the end of the tutorial in both Splatoon and Splatoon 2, having the player Super Jump to each game's main hub.
- According to the Employee Handbook for Salmon Run, players cannot view the map and Super Jump to teammates during a session because the Inklings' and Octolings' sensory organs are disturbed by mysterious magnetic fields in the area.
- If a player Super Jumps to a teammate during a Tower Control match and the Tower passes over or through the Super Jump marker, the marker moves onto the Tower, sometimes creating the effect that the marker is floating in the air temporarily.
Names in other languages
|French||Super saut||Super jump|
|Italian||Super salto||Super jump|