Signal

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An Inkling using both North American signals.

Signals are quick messages in online multiplayer battle modes in Splatoon and Splatoon 2. They are only sent to members of the same team, and serve as a means of communication and finding friendly players in danger. There are currently two different signals: one used to indicate joy, and one used to call other players to the caller. The messages have some visual and audio effects, accompanied by the message's text appearing on-screen. These signals are not visible or audible to the opposing team, nor can they see the user make a pose.

Using

At any point during a match, a message may be sent by using Button1 DPad.png; the message depends on the direction pressed. It is possible to send the "down" signal at any point, but when the player has been splatted, the "up" signal becomes unusable in Splatoon and changes to "Ouch!" in Splatoon 2. This is perhaps to stop players from calling their friends to certain demise. When the player is in a life ring after being splatted in Salmon Run, the "up" signal changes to "Help!", so as to indicate that they need to be revived by a teammate.

In Splatoon 2, the Booyah Bomb special weapon added in version 4.1.0 utilises the "down" signal as part of its gameplay. When activated, the user and their teammates are prompted to press the "down" signal as fast as possible. Doing so speeds up the charging of the attack and slightly fills up the special gauge of any ally that contributed.

In Octo Valley and Octo Canyon, Button1 DPad.png serves to switch between Sub Weapons instead.

Appearance

When the player sends a signal, some rings come out from below their character and the text corresponding to the message appears on-screen above the messenger. If the player is standing still, they will also strike a pose which can be canceled at any time by moving. For other players on the same team, the message's text sticks to the borders of the screen when they are not facing the signaling player, and appears through walls, regardless of distance. Teammates that are sending a signal will have the message displayed on top of their large button on the map screen.

Audio-wise, teammates will hear a player announce their signal out loud if they are in range. In Splatoon, the GamePad will also play signal voice clips from teammates, regardless of distance. As for the calling player themselves, their own character's signal shout will only play very quietly.

It should be noted that if a player uses a signal after being splatted, or shortly before, their signal's text will appear on the bottom of the screen, even when the camera shifts to the splatter. This can cause some players to think that the opponent used a signal and they were able to see it, while this is not actually the case.

List of signals

Currently, there are two signals in-game, activated by pressing Up or Down on Button1 DPad.png. The exact text sent by the signals differs between region.

NA English E/A English Japanese NA Spanish E/A Spanish NA French E/A French E/A German E/A Italian E/A Dutch E/A Russian
Up
When Alive
C'mon!
This Way!
To me!
This Way!
C'mon!
("カモン", Kamon)
Come!
("¡Vengan!")
Here!
("¡Aquí!")
This way!
("Par ici !")
This way!
("Par ici !")
To me!
("Zu mir!")
With me!
("Con me!")
This way!
("Hierheen!")
This way!
("Сюда!", Syuda)
Up
When splatted
In Turf War
Ouch... Ouch... They got me!
("やられた", Yarareta)
They got me!
("¡Me dieron!")
They got me!
("¡Me han dado!")
Ouch...
("Aïe...")
Ouch...
("Aïe...")
Done for!
("Erledigt!")
Ow ow...
("Ohi ohi...")
Ouch!
("Auwie!")
Misfortune!
("Непруха!", Nepruha)
Up
When splatted
In Salmon Run
Help! Help! Help!
("ヘルプ!", Herupu)
Help!
("¡Ayuda!")
Help!
("¡Ayuda!")
Help!
("À l'aide !")
Help!
("À l'aide !")
Help!
("Hilfe!")
Heeelp!
("Aiutooo!")
Help!
("Help!")
SOS!
("SOS!")
Down Booyah! Nice!
Booyah!
Nice!
("ナイス", Naisu)
Great!
("¡Genial!")
Great!
("¡Genial!")
Excellent!
("Excellent !")
Nice!
("Joli !")
Cool!
("Cool!")
Great!
("Grande!")
Cool!
("Cool!")
Woo hoo!
("Йо-хо!", Yo-kho)

At its core, the intent is for the "up" signal to alert teammates that the player needs help or wants teammates to Super Jump, and for the "down" signal to serve as a general happiness shout. The signal's text appears on the screen of each person on the player's team, but while the signal is the same, the on-screen text corresponds to the respective player's region. For instance, if a North American player in Splatoon presses Down on Button1 DPad.png, they will see "Booyah!" on their screen, but a European teammate will see "Nice!". Because of this, some confusion may arise if players misinterpret the "up" signal, which could be seen as either encouragement or a cry for help, due to the ambiguity of the term "C'mon".

Signals cannot be used while in Recon mode, Inkopolis Plaza, Inkopolis Square, Octo Valley or Octo Canyon.

Trivia

An Inkling with a Slosher using the "up" signal.
  • Sloshers have a unique animation for the "up" signal. If a player uses that signal when wielding one, they will swing the Slosher in a circle to their side a few times while saying it.
  • Octolings have different sound effects when they try to communicate.

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Signaal Signal