Inkling (SSBU)

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This article is about Inkling's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Inkling.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Universe Splatoon
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Killer Wail
Attacks with a variety of weapons. Covering opponents with ink leads to more and more damage—plus these Inklings are really fashionable!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Inkling (インクリング, Inkling) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Although the default form is female, both male and female forms of this character are playable. They were first characters that were suggested to appear in the then unnamed Ultimate in its first teaser trailer at the end of the March 8th, 2018 Nintendo Direct, and officially announced as a newcomer in Ultimate's E3 2018 trailer, alongside Daisy and Ridley. Inkling is classified as fighter #64.

Yuki Tsujii reprises his role as both genders of Inkling, albeit via recycled voice clips from Splatoon and Splatoon 2.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Inkling being the 5th character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Samus or any character in her unlock tree, being the 1st character unlocked.
  • Have Inkling join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Inkling must then be defeated on Moray Towers.


Inkling is a character that excels greatly in many areas, but is typically defined by quick, slippery movement and fast attack speed. As a result, most attributes are overall consistent with combo-heavy middleweights, with a focus on a fast-approach "footsies" playstyle: the Inkling has fast overall mobility due to high initial dash (16th highest) and running speeds (22nd highest), alongside high air speed (12-16th fastest, tied with Sonic, Mario, Little Mac and Donkey Kong). However, the rest of of Inkling's traits are mostly average, with middling air acceleration, fall speed, walk speed, and weight, and low traction. As a result, Inkling can easily traverse large distances very quickly, but can have issues changing directions in midair; additionally, the combination of middling weight and fast fall speed do not give much of an advantage when escaping combos.

Inkling's greatest strength, is, fittingly, fast general movement and attack speed. Inkling's dash is notable for shifting Inkling's entire hurtbox during movement, which in some cases allows Inkling to low-profile through certain attacks, and its obscure animation - which shares a visual similarity to its spot dodge animation - along with its strong initial dash, gives the character an effective and deceptive dash-dance. While the range on many attacks is rather lacking, this is made up by extremely fast frame data, which allows Inkling to put the fast mobility to good use and rush opponents down in a flurry of moves. Additionally, Inkling boasts a strong ground and aerial offense, with many moves being capable of stringing together, particularly when coupled with an up throw, which is an effective combo initiator till high percents and can even KO through its setups. As a result, opponents can have a tough time finding openings in the Inkling's offense, since the high speed and low landing lag allow the Inkling to weave around any foe very easily, and an extremely potent combo ability easily turns any mistake on their end into a potential combo starter.

The Inkling's damage racking potential is further enhanced by the unique ink mechanic, lifted from the Inkling's game of origin, Splatoon. Select moves - such as Splattershot - will cover opponents in ink, which increases damage dealt to them up to a maximum of 1.5x, though this will wear off over time. When an opponent is fully inked, many combos are capable of effectively dishing out surprising amounts of damage over a short period on careless opponents. As a downside, this ink mechanic also affects the power of certain moves such as neutral attack infinite, forward throw, special moves and smash attacks, which lose significant KO power or damage on an empty ink tank (and with some moves, completely failing to do damage). Due to this, the Inkling has to recharge the ink tank by going into a "charging" stance once the ink tank is completely depleted. As this leaves Inkling wide open to attacks with no escape options till the charge animation ends, managing the ink supply with care is crucial, and it's important to keep a safe distance from the opponent when recharging.

Inkling also has powerful offstage capability due to their attributes. Despite having a relatively linear recovery, it is very lengthy, and Inkling is able to mix it up by being able to double jump out of Splat Roller in combination with Super Jump, allowing the recovery to be less predictable. Coupled with the sheer speed of the moves, this makes it difficult to challenge the Inkling with an offstage edgeguard. Inkling also has one of the best air speeds to supplement this, and likewise can edgeguard very proficiently through strong usage of aerials. Among most notable is their back aerial, which is one of their safest moves not only offstage but in neutral, as it sports a notable disjoint and is able to combo into itself at mid-percents, which can lead to a wall of pain in certain situations. Inkling's Splat Bombs are a crucial tool both in neutral and when covering the ledge; while the bomb can be thrown off-stage to intercept the opponent, the angle and awkward timer of the bomb also makes for a powerful frame trapping tool, particularly on opponents that are recovering on the ledge.

Even with a fantastic set of strengths, the character is not without several major weaknesses. Despite having explosive damage racking potential, most of Inkling's strongest KO moves are all comparatively unsafe - particularly Splat Roller and smash attacks - meaning Inkling is often forced to rely on reads and edgeguarding in order to guarantee a stock at kill percents. While the issue is partially alleviated by being one of the few characters in the game to have a kill confirm off of a grab, the percentage windows vary from character to character - with the confirm being borderline impossible on a select few characters - and it's also affected by rage. The ink mechanic also forces Inkling to be resourceful with many of their moves, as without ink, they lose access to several crucial attacks such as Splat Roller, and Splat Bombs. Finally, Inkling lacks aerial attacks that cover their full hurtbox, most egregiously their neutral aerial, meaning that despite their good aerial speed, Inkling does not possess the most reliable landing options in disadvantage.

Overall, Inkling is a rounded character with solid mobility stats and damage racking capability across the board. Its deceptive traits and strong set of attacks make it a versatile fighter that excels both at defensive and offensive play. However, its lack of reliable KO options forces the character to maintain strong consistency in its play, as they can occasionally struggle to score kills and make up stock deficits, particularly against opponents who have a much easier time KOing or stymieing their movement options. Inkling has seen strong tournament representation, with names such as Armada, Abadango, and Xzax using Inkling as their mains. Cosmos is currently considered the best Inkling main in the world, having placed 7th at GENESIS 6, and subsequently going on to hold the initial record for most consecutive top 8 appearances in nationals; a streak that ended with MomoCon 2019. Inkling's potential in doubles was noted by Sakurai himself as being one of the character's strengths, allowing teammates to rack up damage even faster. Due to their traits and consistent representation, many top players have speculated early on that Inkling is a solid top-tier candidate.

Update history[edit]

Despite already being considered by many to be a top tier contender in the early metagame, Inkling has received several minor buffs throughout the game's updates. Inkling's Splat Bombs received a buff in the game's day one update; predominantly in how much ink it applies to its opponents. Inklings’ most controversial move, Roller, has been subject to multiple changes. In 2.0.0, the move's base knockback was nerfed - affecting bury duration at lower percents - yet its knockback growth was buffed, making it a more potent move at higher percents. The Roller was further affected in 3.0.0, affecting the move's knockback if Inkling accelerates a second time when using it. While several changes come across as nerfs on paper, due to the way the Roller is used they are mostly considered negligible, and in the latter case actually open up some combo routes at mid percents that previously didn't exist - however, one aspect of the Roller that was an outright nerf in 2.0.0 was its scaled down hitbox, as it now needs to be at point-blank range for it to connect. Inkling's jab was buffed in 3.1.0, as part of a large scale effort to make several multi-hit moves connect more reliably.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.1.0

  • Buff Splat Bomb deals more damage (8%-14% → 9%-15%).
  • Buff Splat Bomb applies more ink (80/140 → 110/170).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Shortened the amount of time Inkling is unable to grab a ledge after using neutral air (60 frames → 56).
  • Splat Roller:
    • Change Splat Roller has altered knockback (60 base/80 scaling → 25/105). This decreases the bury duration at lower percents, but increases it at higher percentages.
      • Buff Decreased base knockback allows combo potential at mid percentages.
    • Nerf Splat Roller hitboxes were moved back, giving it less range.
    • Bug fix The ink from the Splat Roller no longer launches specific characters such as the Ice Climbers much higher when using their respective up specials on the ink.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Splat Roller deals less knockback when accelerating again. This increases its combo potential when hitting an opponent that was already buried.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 3 has more range and connects more reliably from neutral attack 2.


  • Inkling will transform into squid form while dashing and dodging. This allows Inkling to avoid some projectiles and attacks while dashing because of a lower hurtbox for a few frames.
  • Inkling takes continuous damage while swimming in water. This trait is shared with Charizard, Sonic, and Incineroar.
  • Inkling can crawl and wall jump.
  • Some of Inkling's attacks consume and apply ink. Attacks that use ink each use a set amount of the Ink Tank. If Inkling does not have enough ink for a move, it will deal less damage and knockback, and certain moves will have no effect at all.
  • The Ink Tank can be gradually replenished at any time by holding the special button while shielding, or when the Ink Tank is completely empty, via neutral special or down special. This lowers the Inkling's hurtbox, but lacks any defensive options aside from canceling the charge (which is punishable). It is also restored to full capacity when the Inkling is KO'd.
  • The Ink Tank is shown in Inkling's HUD and while charging ink. The red line on the tank is the minimum ink needed to throw a Splat Bomb. Once Inkling runs out of ink, the Ink Tank will flash with a red "X" both in the HUD and on Inkling's model.

The specifics of the ink mechanic are explained in detail after the moveset table.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% A knifehand strike, followed by a mid-level roundhouse kick, followed by a side kick. If the button is mashed, the second hit is followed by a rapid series of spurts from the Splattershot that concludes with a single blast that launches the enemy. The neutral infinite covers opponents in ink. If the Inkling's Ink Tank is empty, the neutral infinite and finisher deal no damage and knockback. The first hit can lock.
0.4% (loop), 2.5% (last)
Forward tilt   9% Swings the Splattershot downward. It has average knockback and range, and can KO at very high percentages.
Up tilt   6% A bicycle kick. Can combo into itself up to three times at 0% or twice at low percents, and into aerials at higher percents. Despite its animation, it has blind spots directly beside Inkling, and is unable to hit prone opponents.
Down tilt   3% (hit 1), 6% (hit 2) A windmill. Hits twice, and can KO at high percents, low-profile certain moves, and hit most ledge hangs.
Dash attack   8% (clean), 6% (late) An elbow smash. Good as a burst option or punish option, although it struggles to KO even at very high percents.
Forward smash Inkbrush 16% (ink, Inkbrush), 14% (ink, handle), 12% (no ink) Swings an Inkbrush outward, which covers opponents in ink. Has a sweetspot at the brush's tip. The hitbox does not cover the splatter of paint from the Inkbrush. KOs at 90% at the edge of Final Destination (with ink available), making for a very potent kill move, especially with its disjoint.
Up smash Blaster 4% (hit 1), 15% (hit 2, ink, center), 10% (hit 2, ink, outer) 10% (hit 2, no ink, center) 6% (hit 2, ink, outer) Fires a Blaster upward, which covers opponents in ink. There is a hitbox next to the Inkling that launches the enemy into the air before the shot goes off, setting the enemy up for the attack; this hitbox can even pick up prone or buried opponents. KOs at 116% on Final Destination (with ink available).
Down smash Slosher 12.5% (hit 1, ink, close), 7% (hit 1, ink, far), 11% (hit 2, ink, close), 6% (hit 2, ink, far), 10% (hit 1, no ink, close), 5% (hit 1, no ink, far), 9% (hit 2, no ink, close), 4% (hit 2, no ink, far) Empties out a Slosher forward and then backward, which covers opponents in ink. The back hit deals less damage and knockback. The first hit KOs at 104% on Final Destination (with ink available). Useful for roll reads, for reading ledge options, or against ledge hangs.
Neutral aerial   7% An aerial headspin. Despite its appearance, it has no lasting hitbox, and the move only covers Inkling's legs. Can combo into jab, grab, tilts, or back aerial. Can be used twice or followed by back aerial in a single short hop.
Forward aerial   12% (feet), 10% (legs), 7% (late) A dropkick. Has some startup and acts as a sex kick. When sweetspotted, it is one of Inkling's most reliable aerial KO moves. KOs at 136% at the edge of Final Destination.
Back aerial   10% (nozzle), 7.5% (handle) Swings the Splattershot backward. The move sports one of the larger disjointed hitboxes in Inkling's moveset, and its low landing and ending lag makes it one of the Inkling's safest moves for approaching and spacing. Is capable of a pseudo-wall of pain in certain situations. One of Inkling's best edgeguarding options due to its good knockback and frame data.
Up aerial   4.5% (hit 1), 6.5% (hit 2) A 540 kick. The first hit has set knockback and uses the autolink angle, allowing it to set up into tilts, jab, or grab. The second hit has strong knockback at higher percents, making for a decent KO option. The animation is misleading, as the attack does not extend much horizontally.
Down aerial   12% (nozzle), 10% (handle) Briefly rears back before swinging the Splattershot downward. The sweetspot is at the Splattershot's nozzle and will meteor smash, while the sourspot deals strong horizontal knockback.
Grab   Reaches out with the free hand.
Pummel   1.2% Stomps on the opponent's foot.
Forward throw   5% (hit 1, ink), 3% (hit 2) Fires the Splattershot at point-blank range. Hits twice, with the second hit covering the opponent in ink. Without ink, the first hit deals no damage. Has very weak knockback and will never KO, even at Sudden Death percents. The collateral hit has set knockback and will not KO even at 999%, making it near useless in doubles.
Back throw   9% Transforms into squid form, then spins and uses the tentacles to toss the opponent behind. Inkling's best kill throw, KOing at 129% at the edge of Final Destination.
Up throw   3% (hit 1), 3% (hit 2) Tosses the opponent upward, then turns into squid form to headbutt them from below. Sends the opponent directly upwards. Can combo reliably into neutral aerial and up aerial at low to mid percents, and at higher percents up aerial can kill out of up throw.
Down throw   7% Slams the opponent head-first into the ground with one hand. Sends the opponent in front, allowing it to combo into tilts or jab depending on the opponent. KOs off the top blastzone at 209% on Final Destination.
Floor attack (front)   7% Shoots the Splattershot on both sides of the Inkling. Despite its appearance, the move does not apply ink to opponents.
Floor attack (back)   7% Shoots the Splattershot on both sides of the Inkling. Despite its appearance, the move does not apply ink to opponents.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Shoots the Splattershot on both sides of the Inkling. Despite its appearance, the move does not apply ink to opponents.
Edge attack   9% Swings the Splattershot forward.
Neutral special Splattershot 0.3% (above Ink Tank line), 0.2% (below Ink Tank line), 0.1% (almost empty) Rapidly fires the Splattershot, which covers opponents in ink at a fast pace. Only causes hitstun at very close range (3 character lengths), and slowly pushes opponents back at any further distance. Due to its high fire rate, it can lock opponents in shieldstun. Can be angled up and down, but the projectiles disappear after a set distance. If the Ink Tank goes below the labeled line, both the projectiles and the close-range hitbox will shorten and lose damage. If this move is used without any ink, the Inkling will begin charging ink.
Side special Splat Roller 11% (grounded, ink), 2%-3% (moving after Ink Tank is empty) Wields a Roller and begins to slide it forward. The Roller spreads ink across the floor, with inked surfaces slowing opponents down. If Inkling and the opponent are grounded, it will bury them and cover them in ink, allowing for followups. The damage, bury duration and ink applied are determined by how fast Inkling is moving. If the target is already buried, Inkling is airborne, or the Roller is moving too slow, it will apply ink but knock the opponent upward instead of burying them. If the opponent is airborne, the Roller will not hit them. After rolling for a set distance, Inkling can cancel the move with the special or attack button, jump out of the animation, turn around by pressing back, or maintain her speed by holding forward. Otherwise the move will slow down until it no longer deals damage. In the air, the Roller can only be used once before landing, but jumping out of the move does not use a double jump, allowing it to extend Inkling's recovery. If Roller is started without ink, the Inkling will slowly walk forward with a dejected look, and cannot speed up or deal damage. If Inkling runs out of ink mid-Roller, the attack will deal damage if it is still traveling fast enough, but will not bury or apply ink. The Splat Roller is core to Inkling's KO setups and neutral game, and is primarily used to finish off opponents at higher percents with a smash attack.
Up special Super Jump 8% (close), 6% (far), 8% (landing) Performs a Super Jump. The move deals minor damage and knockback on startup, and also when Inkling lands, giving it some safety. It rises very high into the air, and can be angled left or right. However, the move is somewhat linear, the initial hitbox lasts only a few frames, the rising and falling animations do not deal damage, and if Inkling does not grab the ledge, the landing animation can be punished.
Down special Splat Bomb 9.4%-15% Throws a Splat Bomb, which explodes on contact or after a fixed time, covering opponents in ink. The damage and amount of ink applied increase based on how long the player holds the special button. This also controls the bomb's trajectory: a toss upward if uncharged, or a long-distance fling forward if fully charged. If used uncharged, the Splat Bomb takes a short delay after contact with an enemy before exploding. Has multiple uses, including edgeguarding, setting traps, or KOing at high percents. If this move is used without any ink, the Inkling will begin charging ink. If the Ink Tank is not empty but is below the labeled meter, the Inkling will be incapable of throwing a Splat Bomb, and will instead look back at the Ink Tank, leaving Inkling open for attack. When fully charged, it KOs at 143% at the edge of Final Destination.
Final Smash Killer Wail 1% (hits 1-32), 8% (hit 33) Wields the Killer Wail to emit a stream of damaging sound waves, which after a short period of time, are replaced with ink. Although the sound waves can be angled similarly to Phazon Laser and Aura Storm, the player also retains full control of Inkling while it is active. The looping hits cover opponents in ink, but only the final hit has KO potential, KOing at around 60%.

Ink mechanic[edit]

Inkling has a unique character mechanic: a handful of attacks will cover opponents in ink. Characters affected by ink are shown being coated with varying amounts of brightly colored liquid (which varies on Inkling's alternate costume), and can be repeatedly inked until they are fully coated. Inked opponents take additional damage proportional to the amount of ink covering them. The damage multiplier caps at 1.5× after the opponent is coated by roughly 60% of the maximum value; applying more ink only lengthens the duration of being coated, and has no further effect on damage. Attacks on inked targets inflict normal knockback, but increased freeze frames.

Ink gradually disappears over time, from around 5 seconds for the smallest application, to around 20 seconds for a completely covered character. Ink can also be applied onto some Assist Trophies.

Once the Inkling runs out of ink, the only ways to regain charge are to be KO'd, or manually recharge it by holding the shield and special button at once (or via the special button with an empty tank). The charge animation lowers the Inkling's hurtbox enough to dodge grabs and projectiles, but it can can only be done on the ground, prevents the Inkling from dodging or moving, and has noticeable ending lag, making it very punishable.

The ink mechanic affects:

  • Neutral infinite. Without ink, the infinite's finisher will have no hitboxes at all, and therefore deal no damage or knockback.
  • Forward throw. Without ink, the Splattershot's hitbox deals no damage and will not cover opponents in ink.
  • All smash attacks. Without ink, all of them do significantly lower damage and knockback, but still feature ink splatter effects.
  • Splattershot, Splat Roller, and Splat Bomb. Without ink, all of them are negatively affected in certain ways:
    • Splattershot will gradually lose damage and range once it passes the line of the Ink Tank, and will not fire any projectiles when no ink is remaining. Pressing the special button once this happens will cause Inkling to charge ink.
    • Splat Roller will slowly lose speed once no ink remains, and is completely harmless if used with an empty tank. This will also cause the Inkling to walk forward slowly and dejectedly.
    • Splat Bomb cannot be thrown if Inkling has less ink than the line of the Ink Tank. If attempted, Inkling will quickly look back at the Ink Tank, giving opponents a chance to attack freely.

On-screen appearance[edit]

Lands with a splash of ink in squid form, then transforms into humanoid form and flaps both arms excitedly before wielding the Splattershot. This is Agent 3's entrance animation in Octo Valley.


  • Up taunt: Raises the Splattershot several times into the air in a celebratory cheer. Based on the "C'mon!"/"This Way!" signal.
  • Side taunt: Fires the Splattershot into the air with one hand while smirking.
  • Down taunt: Jumps happily on the spot while smiling. Based on the "Booyah!" signal.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Briefly looks the other way, then turns back.
  • Casually poses with the Splattershot pointing upward, with the other hand resting on Inkling's hip.

The male Inkling has an altered standing stance, where he does not shake his hips as much as the female Inkling. However, this does not apply when holding a small item.

Victory poses[edit]

All of Inkling's animations are based on the victory poses when using particular weapons in Splatoon and its sequel. The animations vary slightly between female costumes and the male costumes.

  • Left: Jumps for joy twice, spins around, and poses with the Splattershot. Based on the victory animation when using a Shooter-type weapon in Splatoon 2. The initial animation is based off the male Inkling's animation with the weapon of the same type in Splatoon. This pose is slightly altered for the male Inkling.
  • Up: Sways the Splat Roller from side to side, before striking a pose while resting the Roller's handle against a shoulder. This victory pose combines the victory animations in Splatoon and Splatoon 2 when the Inkling uses a Roller-type weapon. The male Inkling rests his hand on his hip.
  • Right: Tosses the Slosher upward with their right arm and catches it in their left whilst spinning. They then toss it upwards a second time , posing with their left arm on their hip while the Slosher spins on their right index finger. Based on the female Inkling's victory animation when using a Slosher-type weapon in Splatoon.
A remix of "Battle Victory" used in Splatoon.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.

Classic Mode: An Inkredible Journey[edit]

Inkling's congratulations screen.

Inkling fights opponents with differently colored alternate costumes matching the general color scheme of the stage, referencing the concept of Turf War from the Splatoon games. The boss of this route, Marx, also fits in with this theme due to his multicolored wings.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Lucario LucarioHeadGreenSSBU.png and Sheik SheikHeadGreenSSBU.png Yoshi's Island Splattack! (Original)
2 Greninja GreninjaHeadPinkSSBU.png Magicant Ink or Sink
3 Wario WarioHeadClassicRedSSBU.png and Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadRedSSBU.png Norfair Metalopod
4 Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadCyanSSBU.png Summit Seaskape
5 Shulk ShulkHeadLavenderSSBU.png, Ness NessHeadBlackSSBU.png, and Mewtwo MewtwoHeadPurpleSSBU.png Fountain of Dreams Kraken Up
6 Inkling (×2) InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png InklingHeadGreenSSBU.png Moray Towers Ink Me Up Free-for-all. If either of these costumes are being played as, the default Inkling Girl and Boy InklingHeadSSBU.png (InklingHeadBlueSSBU.png) will be used for the CPU instead.
Bonus Stage
Final Marx ? Calamari Inkantation

Note: Every stage except for the Bonus Stage plays a track from the Splatoon universe, no matter what universe it originates from. Additionally, the music that plays when fighting Marx is Calamari Inkantation instead of his standard boss theme.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Inkling has Bomb Rush Blush accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Inkling in World of Light

The Inklings (both female and male) were among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, the Inklings were present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. They decided to each hide in a puddle of their own ink; however, this proved ineffective when the beams of light destroyed the cliff they were on. Both were then placed under Galeem's imprisonment alongside the rest of the fighters, except for Kirby.

In the mode proper, the female Inkling can be fought in a city area, in a space that clearly is Moray Towers.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Inkling SSBU.png
Inkling Attack 3,300 Moray Towers (Ω form) Splattack!


Inkling's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Inkling in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Additionally, the Squid form of the default Inkling appears as a Support Spirit.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
Blooper spirit.png
Blooper Super Mario series •Tiny Inkling InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png (×3)
2,600 Delfino Plaza (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Low Gravity •Timed battle
•Gravity is reduced
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Underwater Theme - Super Mario Bros
Kamek Spirit.png
Kamek Super Mario series Inkling Team InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png (x4)
3,300 Mushroom Kingdom U (Slide Lift Tower) •Easy to Launch
•Item: Star Rod
•All fighters are easy to launch after a little while
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy starts the battle with a Star Rod
Fortress Boss - Super Mario World
Huey Spirit.png
Huey Paper Mario series Inkling Team (x4) (InklingHeadBlueSSBU.pngInklingHeadYellowSSBU.pngInklingHeadGreenSSBU.pngInklingHeadPinkSSBU.png)
1,900 Moray Towers N/A •The enemy favors special moves Battle! - Paper Mario: Color Splash
Yuga The Legend of Zelda series Inkling InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png
•Giant Inkling InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png
9,600 Kalos Pokémon League (hazards off) N/A •The enemy's side special has increased power
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Yuga Battle (Hyrule Castle)
Mipha Spirit.png
Mipha The Legend of Zelda series Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,900 Great Bay (Battlefield form) N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy heals over time
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
SSBU Spirits Phantoon.png
Phantoon Metroid series •Clear Inkling InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,500 Frigate Orpheon •Item: Hothead •The enemy is invisible Lockdown Battle Theme
Smeargle Pokémon series Inkling InklingHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,700 WarioWare, Inc. (hazards off) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Vince) •Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy favors side smash attacks
Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley
Inkay Spirit.png
Inkay Pokémon series Inkling InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png
3,400 Kalos Pokémon League (hazards off) •Earthquake •Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage after a little while
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Inkay)
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
Jeff Earthbound series Inkling InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png (×3)
13,200 Onett •Assist Trophy Enemies (Jeff)
•Item: Shooting Types
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy's shooting items have increased power
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Onett Theme / Winters Theme
Tsubasa Oribe Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Inkling InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png
1,600 Boxing Ring (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Squid Sisters) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Style Savvy: Trendsetters
Amy Spirit.png
Amy Sonic the Hedgehog series Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,400 Windy Hill Zone •Item: Hammer •The enemy starts the battle with a Hammer
•The enemy can swing the Hammer for a long time
•The enemy has increased move speed
Open Your Heart
Chaos Spirit.png
Chaos Sonic the Hedgehog series •Metal Inkling InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png
4,200 Fourside (Battlefield form) •Giant •The enemy is giant when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is metal
Open Your Heart
Squid Sisters.png
Squid Sisters Splatoon series Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png (×4)
13,700 Moray Towers •Assist Trophy Enemies
•Easy to Launch
•You are easy to launch
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Ink Me Up
Pearl & Marina.png
Off the Hook Splatoon series Inkling (×2) (InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.pngInklingHeadPinkSSBU.png)
9,700 Moray Towers (Ω form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Squid Sisters) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Ebb & Flow
Sheldon Spirit.png
Sheldon Splatoon series Inkling Team (×4) (InklingHeadCyanSSBU.pngInklingHeadYellowSSBU.pngInklingHeadGreenSSBU.pngInklingHeadPinkSSBU.png)
8,000 Moray Towers (Battlefield form) •Item: Shooting Types •The enemy's ranged weapons have increased power Seaskape
Jelonzo Spirit.png
Jelonzo Splatoon series Inkling (×2) (InklingHeadCyanSSBU.pngInklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png)
2,500 Saffron City (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Poison Floor •The floor is poisonous Seaskape
Crusty Sean.png
Crusty Sean Splatoon series Inkling InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,600 Saffron City •Move Speed ↑
•Item: Food
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•All fighters have increased move speed after a little while
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Rip Entry
Octoling Splatoon series Inkling Team InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png (×4)
4,000 Midgar (Battlefield form) •Item: Shooting Types Stamina battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Octoling Girl & Octoling Boy Splatoon series Inkling (×2) (InklingHeadPinkSSBU.pngInklingHeadIndigoSSBU.png)
9,400 Midgar (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's special moves have increased power Undertow
Mermaid Spirit.png
Mermaid The Legendary Starfy series Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
1,700 Wuhu Island (Rocks at sea) N/A •The enemy heals over time Tortimer Island Medley
Futaba Persona 5.png
Futaba Sakura Persona series Inkling InklingHeadSSBU.png
2,900 Mushroomy Kingdom (Battlefield form) •Item Tidal Wave (Boss Galaga)
•Assist Trophy Enemies (Wily Capsule)
•Timed battle
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•Items will be pulled toward the enemy
Beneath the Mask

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Yuga The Legend of Zelda series •Inkling InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png
•Giant Inkling InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png
9,600 Kalos Pokémon League (hazards off) N/A •The enemy's side special has increased power
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Yuga Battle (Hyrule Castle) Yuga Ganon
Zelda (Breath of the Wild) The Legend of Zelda series Zelda ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Inkling InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadBlueSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
9,200 Great Plateau Tower N/A Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•Defeat an army of fighters
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Mipha
Lil Judd Spirit.png
Li'l Judd Splatoon series •Tiny Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
Inkling (×2) (InklingHeadYellowSSBU.pngInklingHeadCyanSSBU.png)
9,100 Moray Towers N/A •The enemy favors side specials Now or Never! (Splatfest Version) - Splatoon 2 Inkling
Vince Spirit.png
Vince Art Academy series Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png (Vince's Hat, Vince's Outfit)
Inkling InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png
3,500 PictoChat 2 Assist Trophy Enemies (Vince) •Hostile assist trophies will appear
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Swan Lesson Paint as seen in Vince's official artwork

Alternate costumes[edit]

All of the Inkling's alternate costumes feature wearable gear that can be found in Splatoon and Splatoon 2. Each of the costumes has a different Ink color, which matches the color of their hair and squid form.

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InklingHeadSSBU.png InklingHeadBlueSSBU.png InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png InklingHeadGreenSSBU.png InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png InklingHeadIndigoSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Both Inklings’ spirits have headwear that is absent on their default costumes (Inkling Girl wears the Studio Headphones in her spirit artwork, while Inkling Boy wears the Pilot Goggles in his).
    • Ironically, official artwork of both default Inklings without said headgear exist, but are not used for their spirits’ artwork.
  • Inkling can swim in water in Ultimate. This contradicts attributes established in Splatoon, in which Inklings can only swim in Ink (in Squid Form) and dissolve when they touch water. However, in reference to this attribute, Inkling takes gradual damage while swimming in water and has an animation akin to other drowning animations as the basic swim animation.
    • The animation speeds up once Inkling begins to drown.
  • Inkling is currently the only newcomer in Ultimate to have received a Smash Bros. 4-style character poster to promote their inclusion as a playable character.
  • At E3 2018, some of the demonstration videos for Inkling show both the Splattershot and the Splat Roller leaving ink on the ground. However, it was later confirmed that only the Splat Roller can do this. The reason for the Splattershot losing this attribute is unknown.
  • Inkling is the first newcomer in Ultimate that was previously featured as a Mii Fighter costume in Super Smash Bros. 4. The others are Chrom, King K. Rool, and Isabelle.
    • Inkling is also the only sole representative to have this trait.
  • Inkling was the only newcomer to be in the panoramic group artwork when it was first shown off in the E3 2018 Direct, due to being the only newcomer revealed at the time.
  • Inkling is currently one of the only two newcomers in Ultimate to not have splash art and an introduction tagline, the other being Daisy.
    • For Inkling, this is most likely due to the fact that technically the Inklings were revealed in the first Ultimate teaser trailer.
  • Inkling is one of two newcomers (the other being Ridley) to be in a veteran's gallery on the official website, specifically Young Link's.
  • Coincidentally, Inkling's fighter number, 64, is the same as the number of the female Inkling’s costume in Super Mario Maker. She shares this distinction with Greninja.
  • Inkling is the only character to have an alternate costume appear in the World of Light introduction cutscene, as the male Inkling appears alongside the default female Inkling.
    • Despite the male Inkling appearing as a separate character from the female Inkling in said scene, he does not have a Smash amiibo of him.
  • When Inkling is KO'd in Stamina Mode, a ghostly squid can be seen drifting out of the KO explosion. In Splatoon, this occurs when an Inkling's health is depleted (known in that game as being "splatted").
  • Inkling is one of the few fighters to spin forwards instead of away from the screen in their Star KO (similarly to how Star KOs acted in Smash 4). This trait is shared with Cloud, Corrin, Incineroar, Shulk and Joker.
  • Inking is among the few voiced fighters in Ultimate whose voice clips are sourced from their own games rather than specifically recorded for a Smash game. They share this trait with Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings, Banjo & Kazooie, Daisy, Rosalina & Luma, Sonic, Toon Link, Young Link and Yoshi.
  • Depending on which costume the player chooses when doing Inkling's Classic Mode route, two different colors of Inkling will appear as the penultimate battle. The orange, pink, and purple Inklings face off against their yellow and green counterparts, the blue and yellow Inklings face off against the orange and green ones, and the green, cyan, and indigo Inklings face off against the orange and blue ones.
  • Inkling is the only non-DLC newcomer to be a sole representative of a new universe.
  • Inkling, Ike and Pokémon Trainer are the only characters to have alternate costumes with different animations. Some of the male Inkling's animations are altered from the female Inkling, including his idle pose, certain victory poses and Screen KO.
  • In German, Spanish and Italian, the name tag and voice clip from the announcer on the victory screen is slightly different from the one used on the character select screen, instead featuring a noticeable translation of "the" ("die/der Inkling", "la Inkling chica"/"el Inkling chico" and "la Ragazza Inkling"/"il Ragazzo Inkling"). Inkling shares this trait with Wii Fit Trainer, Pokémon Trainer, Villager, Hero, and the Mii Fighters.
  • In the Japanese version, Inkling's voice actor is not listed in the Sound Test.
  • The costumes for Inklings were decided along with the Splatoon development team. [1]
  • Inkling is the only character whose Final Smash background changes color depending on alternate costumes; female Inklings will have a blue background while male Inklings will have a green one.
  • With the addition of the DLC Futaba Sakura Spirit, Inkling is now one of the few characters who can appear in their default costume as a puppet in Spirit battles. The others are Mr. Game & Watch, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, R.O.B., Robin, Joker, Peach, Mario and Luigi. Like Robin, and Joker, the Spirit battle is exclusive to DLC spirits.
    • This is not counting Alph and female Corrin, who use their main colors in a few spirit battles, but themselves are alternate costumes.
    • Although the default Inkling Girl was not used in any spirit battles prior to version 3.0, the default Inkling Boy was.
      • This makes Inkling the only fighter with two costumes with alternate colors to use a default palette for both costumes in spirit battles.
  • Inkling is one of the only two non-DLC newcomers that can wall jump; the other one is Dark Samus.
  • Not counting the male Inkling, the female default Inking is one of the four female fighters not to face Master Hand (and Crazy Hand if the difficulty is 7.0 or higher) as the final boss in Classic Mode, the other three being Zelda, Rosalina & Luma and Bayonetta.
  • During Smash Ball stand by, Inkling's head will glow with a colored aura equivalent to that of the selected ink color. The phase is nearly identical to that when Inklings max out their special attack meter in Splatoon, with the animation in Smash lacking the tentacles splaying about wildly.
  • In World of Light, Inkling, Meta Knight, and Banjo & Kazooie are the only characters who do not use their dashing animation when moving around on the map.
  • Inkling and Snake are the only characters who cannot angle their shield by holding the special move button while shielding. In Inkling's case, this is due to the shield and special button combination being used to refill their ink gauge.
  • If an Inkling opponent gets KO'd in either a Horde Battle or in Mob Smash, their ink gauge will not be shown at zero level.