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 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.
  • Characters can be repeatedly inked until they are fully coated, and take additional damage proportional to the amount of ink covering them.
  • However, the damage/knockback multiplier (up to 1.5x) is at max starting from roughly 60% onwards. Applying more ink only lengths 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.
  • 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. It is also restored to full capacity when the Inkling is KO'd.
    • Charging ink can only be done on the ground, prevents the Inkling from dodging or moving, and has noticeable ending lag. However, the animation lowers the Inkling's hurtbox enough to dodge grabs and projectiles.

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. 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. One of the Inkling's most reliable aerial KO moves.
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 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 oponents 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 rather notorious for its upsides due to how quick the move starts, the size of the Roller's hitbox, and the duration of the bury effect.
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%.

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]

  • Spins the Slosher on one finger. Directly based on the female Inkling’s victory animation when using a Slosher-type weapon in Splatoon.
  • Jumps for joy, 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. This victory pose combines the victory animations in Splatoon and Splatoon 2 when the Inkling uses a Roller-type weapon.

Classic Mode: An Inkredible Journey[edit]

Inkling fights fighters with differently colored alternate costumes, referencing the concept of Turf War from the Splatoon games.

Round Battle Type Opponent Stage Music
1 Normal Lucario and Sheik Yoshi's Island Splattack!
2 Normal Greninja Magicant Ink or Sink
3 Normal Wario and Duck Hunt Norfair Metalopod
4 Normal Giant Yoshi Summit Seaskape
5 Normal Shulk, Ness, and Mewtwo Fountain of Dreams Kraken Up
6 Free-for-All 2 Inklings 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.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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.

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.

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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.
  • 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 three newcomers in Ultimate to not have splash art and an introduction tagline, the others being Daisy and Joker.
    • This makes Inkling and Joker the only unique newcomers with that distinction.
  • 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 her costume in Super Mario Maker.
  • Inkling is the only character to have an alternate costume appear in the World of Light introduction cutscene, as male Inkling appears alongside the default female Inkling.
  • 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 differently in their Star KO: she spins forwards instead of away from the screen, similarly to how Star KOs acted in Smash 4. She shares this trait 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 and Pokémon Trainer are the only characters to have alternate costumes with different animations. Several of the male Inkling's animations are altered from the female Inkling's animations, including his idle pose, victory poses and Screen KO.
  • In Spanish and Italian, the 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" ("la Inkling chica"/"el Inkling chico" and "la Ragazza Inkling"/"il Ragazzo Inkling"). She shares this trait with Wii Fit Trainer, Pokémon Trainer, Villager, and the Mii Fighters.

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