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.

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 via a white silhouette, only to the user and only while at least 150 DU away from the tagged player (Bomb Defense Up DX increases this minimum distance) and only while the tagged player is not submerged in ink.

Splatoon 2


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 is the primary ability of:

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
Canada and France 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