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 voices both genders of Inkling, via voice clips from Splatoon.

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 first 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. As a result, Inkling has 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. 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, the Inkling's rushdown abilities are very effective. 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 their game of origin, Splatoon. Select moves will cover opponents in ink, which increases damage and knockback 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 without ink (and with some moves, completely fail 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.

Inkling also has powerful offstage capability due to their attributes. They boast a lengthy, albeit somewhat linear recovery with them being able to double jump out of their Splat Roller in combination with Super Jump, allowing it to be less predictable, and coupled with the sheer speed of the moves makes it difficult to challenge them with an offstage edgeguard. They also have one of the best air speeds supplementing this, and likewise can edgeguard very proficiently themselves with their Splat Bombs, their aerials, and their Splattershot, to name a few.

Even with a fantastic set of strengths, there are some major weaknesses as well. Inkling's main weaknesses are that they have to be resourceful with their tools and not waste ink with a wrong decision for a punish that can last quite a while, as without ink, they see trouble scoring kills with their Splat Roller, have mediocre damage, and contain a lack of access to their ranged tools.

It is currently unknown how well the Inkling will fare in the meta, but early looks at them in local and regional tournaments have shown promising results, with names such as Armada, Abadango, Cosmos and Xzax using Inkling as their mains. Their potential in doubles was noted by Sakurai himself as being one of their strengths, allowing teammates to rack up damage even faster. One of their most notable results by far was at GENESIS 6 in which Cosmos placed 7th.

Update History[edit]

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 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.


  • Inkling will transform into squid form while dashing and dodging. This allows Inkling to avoid some projectiles and attacks while dashing due to a lower hurtbox, but only for a slight few frames, making it unviable as an actual tactic.
  • 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 use up and apply ink. Attacks that use ink each use a set amount of the Ink Tank. If the 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 via the Splattershot only when the Ink Tank is completely empty. This lowers the Inkling's hitbox, but lacks any defensive options apart from canceling the charge (which is punishable). It is also restored to full capacity when the Inkling is KO'd.
  • The Inkling's Ink Tank is shown in the HUD and while charging ink. The red line on the tank is the minimum ink needed to throw a Splat Bomb. Once the Inkling runs out of ink, the Ink Tank will flash with a red "X" both in the HUD and on the 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 two-hit combo consisting of a quick finger jab then a kick, then a roundhouse kick if the button is held. 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 rapid jab covers opponents in ink. If the Inkling's Ink Tank is empty, the neutral infinite and finisher deals no damage and knockback. The first hit can jab reset.
0.4% (loop), 2.5% (end)
Forward tilt   9% Swings the Splattershot downwards. It has average knockback and can be angled up or down.
Up tilt   6% A backflipping kick. Can combo into itself up to three times at 0%, or two at low percents. Has blind spots directly beside the Inkling, and is unable to hit prone opponents.
Down tilt   3% (first hit), 6% (second hit) A breakdance that hits in front of Inkling. Hits twice.
Dash attack   8%, 6% (late) A lunging elbow strike after transforming back into humanoid form from squid form.
Forward smash Inkbrush 16% (ink, sweetspot), 14% (ink, sourspot), 12% (no ink, sweetspot and sourspot) Swings an Inkbrush in front, which covers opponents in ink. Has a sweetspot at the brush 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).
Up smash Blaster 4% (hit 1), 15% (hit 2, ink); 10% (hit 2, no ink) Fires a burst from a Blaster above the head, 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 hit prone or buried opponents. KOs at 116% on Final Destination (with ink available).
Down smash Slosher 12.5% (hit 1, ink), 11% (hit 2, ink); 10% (hit 1, no ink), 9% (hit 2, no ink) Empties out a Slosher on both sides, starting with the front then the back, 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).
Neutral aerial   7% Turns upside down and does a spinning breakdance kick in a helicopter fashion. Despite its appearance, it has no lasting hitbox, and the move only covers the Inkling's legs. Can combo into forward tilt and down tilt.
Forward aerial   10%, 7% (late) A dropkick. Has some startup and acts as a sex kick. When sweetspotted, it is one of the Inkling's most reliable aerial KO moves. KOs at 136% at the edge of Final Destination.
Back aerial   10% Inkling swings the Splattershot straight behind the back. The move sports one of the larger disjointed hitboxes in Inkling's moveset, and its low landing lag makes it one of her 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 good knockback and frame data.
Up aerial   4.5% (hit 1), 6.5% (hit 2) After a brief pause, performs two spinning kicks that swing in a helicopter fashion. The first hit has set knockback and sends at the autolink angle, allowing it to set up into almost any tilt or a grab. The second hit has strong knockback at higher percents, making for a decent kill option if intercepted. The hitbox can be misleading, as it mainly covers directly above the Inkling.
Down aerial   12% (sweetspot), 10% (sourspot) Briefly rears back before swinging the Splattershot straight below. The sweetspot is at the gun's tip and will meteor smash, while the sourspot deals strong horizontal knockback.
Grab   Reaches out to seize the opponent.
Pummel   1.2% Stomps on the opponent's foot.
Forward throw   5% (hit 1, ink), 3% (hit 2) Fires the Splattershot directly at the opponent, angled diagonally upwards. Hits twice, with the second hit covering the opponent in ink. Without ink, the first hit deals no damage. Can be followed up with dash attack.
Back throw   9% Transforms into squid form, then spins and uses the tentacles to toss the opponent behind. KOs 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.
Down throw   7% Slams the opponent head-first into the ground with one hand. Sends the opponent in front, allowing it to combo into forward or down tilt.
Floor attack (front)   7% Shoots the Splattershot on both sides of the Inkling.
Floor attack (back)   7% Shoots the Splattershot on both sides of the Inkling.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Shoots the Splattershot on both sides of the Inkling.
Edge attack   9% Swings the Splattershot.
Neutral special Splattershot 0.3% (above Ink Tank line), 0.2% (below Ink Tank line), 0.1% (almost empty) Rapidly fires the Splattershot in front of Inkling, which covers hit 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. Slowly loses travel distance and damage once the Ink Tank goes below the labeled line. 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) Takes out a Roller and begins to slide it across the ground. The roller spreads ink across the floor, with inked surfaces slowing opponents down. The move will bury grounded opponents and cover them in ink, allowing for followups; buried opponents can be hit by the Roller again to deal good knockback. The amount of ink opponents get covered in is determined by how fast the Inkling is moving while using the move. The Inkling can turn while using the move and can change velocity by pressing forward or back. In the air, the Splat Roller can only be used once before landing and deals no damage, but grants horizontal movement and a hop that does not use a mid-air jump, allowing it to extend Inkling’s recovery. Pressing the special button will put the Roller away. Without ink, the Roller will not deal damage (unless the Inkling was moving before running out of ink), and the Inkling will slowly walk forward with a dejected look; this also stops most aerial momentum. Overall, the Splat Roller is one of the core components of the Inkling's metagame, and is primarily used to finish off opponents at higher percents with a smash attack.
Up special Super Jump 6% (close), 8% (far), 8% (landing hit) The Inkling shoots upwards in squid form. The move deals minor damage and knockback on startup, and also when the Inkling lands, giving it some safety. The rising and falling animation themselves do not deal damage.
Down special Splat Bomb 9.4-15% Flings a pyramid-shaped ink bomb, which explodes on contact or after a fixed time. The trajectory of the bomb depends on how long the player holds the special button: a toss upward with no charge, and a long-distanced throw forward if fully charged. The bomb gains damage as it is charged, and also covers opponents in ink, the amount of which is determined by how long the move was charged. Has multiple uses, including edgeguarding, setting traps, or KOing at high percents. If the Ink Tank is below the labeled meter, the Inkling will be incapable of throwing a bomb, and will instead look back at the Ink Tank, leaving Inkling open for attack. When fully charged, the bomb KOs at 143% at the edge of Final Destination.
Final Smash Killer Wail 1% (hits 1-32), 8% (final hit) Pulls out the Killer Wail, a large megaphone-like machine, which proceeds to launch a beam of damaging soundwaves, which after a short period of time, are replaced with ink. The player has full control of the Inkling while it is active, and can also move the beam's angle up and down. 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 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 the 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. However, the damage/knockback multiplier (up to 1.5x) is maxed out after the victim 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 and launch rate.

Ink gradually disappears over time, from around 5s for the smallest application, to around 20s 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:

  • All smash attacks. Without ink, all of them do significantly lower damage and knockback, but still feature "ink splatter" effects.
  • All special attacks. Without ink, Inkling’s special moves (apart from Super Jump) are negatively affected:
    • 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 the Inkling to charge ink.
    • Splat Roller will slowly lose speed once it passes the line of the Ink Tank, and becomes completely harmless when no ink remains. This will also cause the Inkling to walk forward slowly and dejectedly.
    • Splat Bomb cannot be thrown if the Inkling has less ink than the line of the Ink Tank. If attempted, the Inkling will quickly look back at the ink tank, giving opponents a chance to attack freely.
  • Forward throw. Without ink, the Splattershot's hitbox deals no damage and will not cover opponents in ink.
  • Neutral attack infinite. Without ink, the infinite and infinite finisher will have no hitboxes at all, and therefore deal no damage or knockback.

On-screen appearance[edit]

Lands with a splash of ink in squid form before transforming back, then flaps both arms excitedly before drawing the Splattershot. This is the Inkling's entrance animation from Octo Valley in Splatoon.


  • Up taunt: Raises the Splattershot several times into the air in a celebratory cheer. Based on the "C'mon!"/"This Way!" signal from Splatoon and Splatoon 2.
  • Side taunt: Fires the Splattershot into the air with one hand while making a "gun" sign with the other hand.
  • Down taunt: Jumps happily on the spot while smiling. Based on the "Booyah!" signal from Splatoon and Splatoon 2.

Idle poses[edit]

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

The Inkling Boy has an altered standing stance, where he does not shake his hips as much as the Inkling Girl. 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.

  • Jumps for joy twice, spins around, and poses with the Splattershot. Directly 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.
  • 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.
  • Inkling tosses the Slosher upwards with their right arm, then catches it in their left arm after doing a spin. They then proceed to toss the Slosher upwards a second time, causing it to land on their right index finger. Inkling then poses with their arm on their hip whilst the Slosher spins on their finger. Directly based on the female Inkling’s victory animation when using a Slosher-type weapon in Splatoon.
A remix of the Online victory jingle introduced in Splatoon.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: An Inkredible Journey[edit]

Inkling fights fighters 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 multicoloured wings.

Round Battle Type Opponent Stage Music
1 Normal Lucario LucarioHeadGreenSSBU.png and Sheik SheikHeadGreenSSBU.png Yoshi's Island Splattack! (Original)
2 Normal Greninja GreninjaHeadPinkSSBU.png Magicant Ink or Sink
3 Normal Wario WarioHeadClassicRedSSBU.png and Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadRedSSBU.png Norfair Metalopod
4 Normal Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadCyanSSBU.png Summit Seaskape
5 Normal Shulk ShulkHeadLavenderSSBU.png, Ness NessHeadBlackSSBU.png, and Mewtwo MewtwoHeadPurpleSSBU.png Fountain of Dreams Kraken Up
6 Free-for-All 2 Inklings InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png InklingHeadGreenSSBU.png Moray Towers Ink Me Up
Bonus Stage
Final Boss Battle 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. The boss battle against Marx also plays 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
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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
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 InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png (×2)
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
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.

Inkling Palette (SSBU).png
InklingHeadSSBU.png InklingHeadBlueSSBU.png InklingHeadYellowSSBU.png InklingHeadGreenSSBU.png InklingHeadPinkSSBU.png InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png InklingHeadPurpleSSBU.png InklingHeadIndigoSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • 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 has she 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Shulk.
  • 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's animations, including his idle pose, 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, 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 being Mr. Game & Watch, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, Robin and Joker. Like Robin and Joker, the Spirit battle is exclusive in the DLC Spirit Board.
    • This is not counting Alph or female Corrin.
    • Before version 3.0, the default male Inkling was used in several spirit battles.
  • Inkling is the only non-DLC SSBU newcomer that can wall jump.
  • When Inkling refills ink, the animation they do is similar to the Splatoon community created taunt Squidbagging, where you press ZL rapidly to change to squid form and kid form in quick succession to mock opponents in Splatoon and it's sequel.

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