Inkling (インクリング, Inkling) is the species of player characters from the Splatoon universe.
Inklings are the basis for two paid downloadable content costumes: the Inkling Outfit for Mii Gunners (with matching Inkling Wig headgear), and a standalone piece of headgear, the Inkling Squid Hat. Two QR codes were also released for those who wish to have the exact Miis used in the costume's advertising, one for the male and one for the female Inkling.
These outfits could be obtained for free with copies of Splatoon purchased from GameStop in North America before June 13th, 2015. Otherwise, they were made purchasable on the eShop on June 14th, 2015.
The Inkling trophy is automatically unlocked after purchasing the Inkling Outfit.
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(sic) 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!
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch
The reveal trailer for the untitled Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch featured the default female and male Inklings in their designs from the original Splatoon. They are not explicitly confirmed to be playable, although the nature of their trailer (imitating the original E3 trailer for Splatoon) resembles the cinematic segments of the SSB4 character reveal trailers.
Inklings are creatures that can transform between a squid form and a humanoid form, which act as the players' avatars in Splatoon. Turf War battles between teams of Inklings involve using a variety of weapons to cover the map with their team's colored ink - which they can swim in while in squid form - while disrupting the other team's attempt to do the same.
The Inkling Outfit/Wig being orange for female Mii Gunners and blue for male Mii Gunners is a reference to the two most prominent Inklings in promotional art (including Splatoon's cover), an orange female Inkling and a blue male Inkling. These two designs are also the basis of the original Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl amiibo designs. The pose used for the Inkling trophy in SSB4 also matches the Inkling Girl amiibo. The Inkling Squid Hat, resembling an Inkling's squid form, appears to reference the design used for the original Inkling Squid amiibo, which is also green and in squid form.
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