Thermal Ink

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Thermal Ink

Thermal Ink

Applicable Gear Clothing
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Thermal Ink is an ability in Splatoon 2. The ability is exclusive to clothing, and cannot be rolled as a sub ability.

Thermal Ink shows the location of opponents to the player for 16 seconds after directly damaging them with their primary weapon, but only while the opponent and the player are not closer to each other than a certain distance. The location of these enemies is only shown to the player who damaged them. Enemies are located with a white silhouette, similar to how the Sting Ray shows opponents. Tagged enemies are not visible while swimming, but are visible in squid form outside their ink. The further away the enemy is, the brighter the silhouette will be.

Mutual exclusivity

This ability is found as the main ability only on clothing, so other abilities found only on clothing are mutually exclusive with it; in other words players cannot have them together. These abilities are S2 Ability Ability Doubler.png Ability Doubler, S2 Ability Haunt.png Haunt, S2 Ability Ninja Squid.png Ninja Squid, and S2 Ability Respawn Punisher.png Respawn Punisher. In addition, since wearing the S2 Gear Clothing Splatfest Tee.png Splatfest Tee is mandatory during a Splatfest, these abilities cannot be used for the duration of those events.


Damage must be dealt directly, so indirect Blaster blasts or indirect hits with the Sloshing Machine or Explosher will not trigger the ability. A direct hit from a Rapid Blaster will trigger it, however, as will damage reduced by falloff.

The minimum range at which a Thermal Ink-marked enemy is highlighted is roughly the same range as the Dapple Dualies painting range. Damaging an enemy at close range and then moving further away will cause the enemy to be highlighted as long as the 16-second duration of Thermal Ink has not already expired.



Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Opponents behind stage objects will be revealed when the S2 Ability Thermal Ink.png Thermal Ink’s effective range is roughly 23% further away from them than it was previously.
  • Duration extended from 6 to 12 seconds.
  • Duration extended from 12 to 16 seconds.


  • Thermal Ink is the only ability with no pieces of gear that were also in "Splatoon".
  • There are no Skalop Skalop or Inkline Inkline gear that has Thermal Ink as its main ability.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese サーマルインク
Sāmaru Inku
Thermal Ink
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Markeerstift Highlighter
FlagFrance.svg French Encre thermique Thermal ink
FlagGermany.svg German Markierfarbe Marker paint
FlagItaly.svg Italian Inchiostro termico Thermal Ink
FlagRussia.svg Russian Клеймо
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Tinta rastreadora Tracker ink
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Señuelo Decoy
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