Thermal Ink

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Thermal Ink
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Applicable gear

Thermal Ink is a gear primary ability in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3. It reveals the location of enemy players on the other side of obstacles as a silhouette.


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Thermal Ink reveals the location of players that the user deals damage to with the user's main weapon as a 'direct hit' (meaning that indirect Blaster blasts or indirect hits from a Sloshing Machine or Explosher do not count in this case), for about 16 seconds.

Tagged players are revealed through opaque obstacles via a light-colored silhouette under the following conditions:

  • Silhouettes are only visible to the user of the ability.
  • Silhouettes are only visible starting from a certain minimum distance away (150 DU in S2).
  • Silhouettes are only visible while the tagged player is not submerged in ink.

Splatoon 2

Bomb Defense Up DX increases the minimum distance required to see silhouettes.


Thermal Ink tends to be useful with main weapons (especially long range) that tend to hit opponents but not quite splat them, such as the Jet Squelcher or the Bloblobber. Thermal Ink tends to not be useful with main weapons that splat opponents quickly, such as the Sploosh-o-matic.


Thermal Ink is the primary ability of:

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Opponents behind stage objects will be revealed when the 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.


Splatoon 3

Thermal Ink remains broadly unchanged from Splatoon 2, but does have a new interaction: the opaque parts of the new Splattercolor Screen special count as an obstacle that silhouettes can be seen through.


Thermal Ink is the primary ability of:

Clothing with Thermal Ink in Splatoon 3

Additionally, Murch or Spyke can replace the primary ability on a piece of clothing with Thermal Ink by using 15 of each of the following ability chunks:


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese サーマルインク
Sāmaru Inku
Thermal Ink
Netherlands Dutch Markeerstift Highlighter
CanadaFrance French Encre thermique Thermal ink
Germany German Markierfarbe Marker paint
Italy Italian Inchiostro termico Thermal Ink
Russia Russian Клеймо
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Tinta rastreadora Tracker ink
Spain Spanish (NOE) Señuelo Decoy
China Chinese (Simplified) 热力墨汁
rèlì mòzhī (Mandarin)
Thermal Ink
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 熱力墨汁
rèlì mòzhī (Mandarin)
Thermal Ink
South Korea Korean 서멀 잉크
seomeol ingkeu
Thermal Ink

See also