Thermal Ink

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Thermal Ink

Thermal Ink

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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 six 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 in squid form will not be visible. 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 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 slightly greater than the range of the Splattershot Pro and slightly less than the range of the Jet Squelcher. Damaging an enemy at close range and then moving further away will cause the enemy to be highlighted as long as the 6-second duration of Thermal Ink has not already expired.



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  • 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.

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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Abilities in Splatoon 2
Death Abilities S2 Ability Comeback.png Comeback · S2 Ability Haunt.png Haunt · S2 Ability Quick Respawn.png Quick Respawn · S2 Ability Special Saver.png Special Saver
Ink Usage Abilities S2 Ability Ink Recovery Up.png Ink Recovery Up · S2 Ability Ink Saver (Main).png Ink Saver (Main) · S2 Ability Ink Saver (Sub).png Ink Saver (Sub)
Inkling Abilities S2 Ability Ability Doubler.png Ability Doubler · S2 Ability Cold-Blooded.png Cold-Blooded · S2 Ability Drop Roller.png Drop Roller · S2 Ability Ink Resistance Up.png Ink Resistance Up · S2 Ability Last-Ditch Effort.png Last-Ditch Effort · S2 Ability Ninja Squid.png Ninja Squid · S2 Ability Opening Gambit.png Opening Gambit · S2 Ability Quick Respawn.png Quick Respawn · S2 Ability Quick Super Jump.png Quick Super Jump · S2 Ability Respawn Punisher.png Respawn Punisher · S2 Ability Run Speed Up.png Run Speed Up · S2 Ability Stealth Jump.png Stealth Jump · S2 Ability Swim Speed Up.png Swim Speed Up · S2 Ability Thermal Ink.png Thermal Ink
Weapon Abilities S2 Ability Bomb Defense Up.png Bomb Defense Up · S2 Ability Object Shredder.png Object Shredder · S2 Ability Special Charge Up.png Special Charge Up · S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up · S2 Ability Sub Power Up.png Sub Power Up · S2 Ability Tenacity.png Tenacity