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Tenacity Tenacity

Applicable Gear Headgear
Favored By
Unfavored By

Tenacity is an ability in Splatoon and Splatoon 2.

With Tenacity equipped, the Special Gauge gradually fills anytime the wearer's team has more inactive (waiting to respawn, or disconnected) players than the enemy team. The rate at which the Gauge is filled is dependent on how many teammates are inactive. The effect ends when the team's number of active teammates is equal or greater to that of the enemy team. This ability is restricted to headgear as a main ability, and cannot be rolled as a sub ability.

Mutual exclusivity

This ability is found as the main ability only on headgear, so other abilities found only on headgear are mutually exclusive with it; in other words players cannot have them together. These abilities are Comeback, Last-Ditch Effort, and Opening Gambit.


As of 2.6.0, the total time it takes to fill the Special Gauge without covering ground with ink:

One Inkling Down Two Inklings Down Three Inklings Down
2.19 points per second 4.37 points per second 6.56 points per second


Tenacity is the main ability of:

Version history


  • Increased special gauge refill rate by 20% while Tenacity is active.

Splatoon 2


Tenacity is the main ability of:

Headgear with Tenacity in Splatoon 2

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese 逆境強化
Gyakkyō Kyōka
Strengthening in Adversity
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Volharding Persistence
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Ténacité Tenacity
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Justice Justice
FlagGermany.svg German Zähigkeit Toughness
FlagItaly.svg Italian Tenacia Tenacity
FlagRussia.svg Russian Компенсатор
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Tenacidad Tenacity
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Ventaja Advantage

Abilities in Splatoon
Death Abilities Comeback Comeback · Haunt Haunt · Quick Respawn Quick Respawn · Special Saver Special Saver
Ink Usage Abilities Ink Recovery Up Ink Recovery Up · Ink Saver (Main) Ink Saver (Main) · Ink Saver (Sub) Ink Saver (Sub) · Last-Ditch Effort Last-Ditch Effort
Inkling Abilities Bomb Sniffer Bomb Sniffer · Cold Blooded Cold Blooded · Defense Up Defense Up · Ink Resistance Up Ink Resistance Up · Ninja Squid Ninja Squid · Opening Gambit Opening Gambit · Quick Super Jump Quick Super Jump · Recon Recon · Run Speed Up Run Speed Up · Stealth Jump Stealth Jump · Swim Speed Up Swim Speed Up
Weapon Abilities Bomb Range Up Bomb Range Up · Damage Up Damage Up · Special Charge Up Special Charge Up · Special Duration Up Special Duration Up · Tenacity Tenacity