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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe artwork of Inkling Girl using the Blooper item in Battle Mode
Species Inklings
First appearance Splatoon (2015, Splatoon series)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (2015, crossover installments) (DLC costume/trophy cameo)
Latest appearance Splatoon 2 (2017, Splatoon series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, crossover installments)
Latest portrayal Yuki Tsuji (2015-)

Inklings are creatures from the Splatoon series. They are a race of squid-based humanoids who live in Inkopolis, where they participate in Turf Wars in which they attempt to cover as much area as possible 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
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
Inkling Boy
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 isn't standing on their ink, unlike in the original Splatoon games.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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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 in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Players can select both the male and female versions of Inklings, 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. 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. This also marks the debut of the Inklings in the Mario Kart series. 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.

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 NTSC-U Description PAL 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]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese インクリング
French Inkling -
Russian Инклинг


  1. ^ 64: Inkling – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Nintendo. (June 12, 2018). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - E3 2018 - Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2018.