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Species Inkling
First appearance Splatoon (2015, Splatoon series)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (2015, Mario-related media, DLC costume and trophy cameo)
Latest appearance Splatoon 2 (2017, Splatoon series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario-related media)
Latest portrayal Yuki Tsuji (2015-present)

Inklings are protagonists from the Splatoon series who also make some appearances in crossover games. They are a race of humanoids that can turn into squids, the color of which is based on their hair/tentacle color. Inklings live in Inkopolis, where they participate in Turf Wars in which they attempt to claim as much area as possible by covering it with their ink, along with other sports and activities such as Splatfests and Salmon Run.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

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Inklings make an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as downloadable costumes for the Mii Fighters, which were released on June 14, 2015. The Mii Gunners can wear an Inkling Outfit which changes design based on the gender of the Mii, while any Mii Fighter can wear the Inkling Wig or the Inkling Squid Hat, the former of which also changes by the gender. A trophy of the Inkling Girl can be unlocked in both versions after players download the Inkling Outfit.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. character
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Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Splattershot
Side:  Splat Roller
Up:  Super Jump
Down:  Splat Bomb
Final Smash:  Killer Wail
Group art of the Inkling Girl and various other fighters
SmashWiki article: Inkling (SSBU)

The Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy appear as fully unlockable playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They use a variety of weapons from the Splatoon games as part of their moveset, including the Splattershot as their main weapon, the Inkbrush for their forward smash, the Blaster for their up smash, the Slosher for their down smash, the Splat Bomb, the Splat Roller, and the Killer Wail for their Final Smash. When an opponent is covered in ink, they take more damage from attacks. Inklings can also run out of ink, and a gauge showing how much ink is left is displayed next to the Inkling's profile. To refill, the player must press B Button while shielding. The ink refills at the normal rate even while the Inkling is not standing on their ink, unlike in the original Splatoon games. The player can also play as a yellow, pink, or purple female Inkling, or a green, cyan, or dark-blue male Inkling, each wearing different accessories. Like in the original games, the ink's color corresponds to that of the Inkling.

Additionally, the Squid Sisters, consisting of Callie and Marie, collectively make an appearance as an Assist Trophy. When they are summoned, they appear in the middle of the stage (teleporting if not there already), and perform a live concert. As they are performing, the camera zooms in on them, and the blast lines get smaller and smaller, making it easier for players to be KO'd. Once the song finishes, the duo disappears, and the camera returns to normal.

In the Adventure mode, both the Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy are present when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. They both attempt to hide in ink when Galeem's beams of light are launched, but are both hit by one of the beams and imprisoned in the World of Light.

Classic Mode route[edit]
An Inkredible Journey
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Lucario (green costume), Sheik (green costume) Yoshi's Island (Melee) Splattack! (original)
2 Greninja (pink costume) Magicant Ink or Sink
3 Wario (red overalls), Duck Hunt (red duck) Norfair Metalopod
4 Giant Yoshi (light-blue) Summit Seaskape
5 Shulk (purple costume), Ness (Mr. Saturn costume), Mewtwo (dark costume) Fountain of Dreams Kraken Up
6 Inkling Girl (yellow costume), Inkling Boy (green costume) Moray Towers (Splatfest) Ink Me Up
Final Marx Calamari Inkantation

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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Inkling Squid
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Inkling Boy
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Inkling Girl

Inklings appear as one of Mario's costumes in Super Mario Maker. There are three types of Inkling costumes: Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and Inkling Squid, the latter of which can assume humanoid form by holding up on a control stick. Along with being unlocked by scanning their respective amiibo, these costumes can be unlocked randomly by completing the 100 Mario Challenge.

The Squid Sisters also from Splatoon, consisting of Callie and Marie, make an appearance in this game as costumes for Mario.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Various Inklings

Inklings appear as playable characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, marking their first appearance in the Mario Kart series. Players can select both the male and female versions of Inklings (this game classifies them as separate characters with different statistics), as well as a variety of different colors like the multicolored Yoshis and Shy Guys. The color variations of Inklings cannot be used by the CPU drivers. Inklings are the 200cc staff ghost for Excitebike Arena and Dragon Driftway. The Inkling Girl is the staff ghost for Excitebike Arena and the purple Inkling Boy is the staff ghost for Dragon Driftway. They are equipped with their Splattershots and can turn into their squid form when performing a Trick or using the Feather. They come with their own themed battle course called Urchin Underpass, and have signature ATV bodies, the Inkstriker and the Splat Buggy; both vehicles are unique in that they spray colored ink from the exhaust pipes when getting a speed boost, instead of normal flames. Their kart symbol is an Inkling Squid in the color of the character. Both are medium weight characters; the girl is in the same subset as Cat Peach and the female Villager, while the boy is in the same subset as Tanooki Mario and the male Villager. Despite Splatoon showing Inklings get defeated as soon as they land in water, Inklings are capable of remaining underwater in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The Inkling's Standard Kart and Super Glider designs have ink splatter on them.

One of Inkling Girl's animations was originally considered by some to resemble an obscene gesture; it was later modified in Ver. 1.1.0.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in American English description British English description
Inkling InklingTrophy3DS.png InklingTrophyWiiU.png Wii U Splatoon (05/2015) Meet the Inklings, a mysterious race of beings that can transform into squid at will! They like to octopi their time with frantic, multicolored turf wars, and they won’t miss out on any oppor-tuna-ty to get to the top. And we wouldn’t go so far as to call them cod’s gift to fashion, but check out that fresh style! Meet the Inklings, a mysterious race of squid that can take a humanoid form at will. They like to octopi their time with frantic, multi-colored turf wars between rivals, and they won't miss out on any oppor-tuna-ty to get to the top! And we wouldn't go so far as to call them cod's gift to fashion, but check out that style!


Names in other languages[edit]

Inkling's page on other NIWA wikis:
Language Name Meaning
Japanese インクリング
Spanish Inkling chica (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; if female)
Inkling chico (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; if male)
Inkling Girl
Inkling Boy
French Inkling
Fille Inkling (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; if female)
Garçon Inkling (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; if male)
Girl Inkling
Boy Inkling
German Inkling Inkling
Italian Ragazza Inkling (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; if female)
Ragazzo Inkling (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; if male)
Girl Inkling
Boy Inkling
Russian Инклинг