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Octoling girl and boy

Official artwork of an Octarian army Octoling from Splatoon and playable Octolings from Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion.
Universe Splatoon
Debut Splatoon (2015, enemy)
Splatoon 2 (2018, playable, via DLC)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Splatoon 3 (2022)
Console/platform of origin Wii U (enemy)
Nintendo Switch (playable)
Species Octoling
Gender Female (enemy)
Varies (playable)
Place of origin Octarian domes
Articles on Inkipedia Octoling (enemy)
Octoling (playable)

Octoling (enemy: タコゾネス, Takozones[1]; playable: タコ, Octopus) is an enemy and species of player character in the Splatoon universe.


from the game's files
A playable Octoling in octopus form in Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion.

Octolings are the Octarian equivalent to Inklings.

Some female Octolings serve the Octarian army as elite soldiers, who can be encountered as enemies in single-player modes of the Splatoon series.

The Octo Expansion DLC of Splatoon 2 introduces playable Octolings who look significantly different from the Octarian soldier ones and could be unlocked for multiplayer upon beating the DLC. However, despite the player controlling an Octoling in the DLC, Octarian soldier Octolings still appear as enemies, albeit "sanitized" (brainwashed by the Kamabo Corporation). Octolings were also temporarily playable in multiplayer without the DLC for players who chose Team Octopus in the Squid vs. Octopus Splatfest. They return in Splatoon 3, where they can be played from the start.

Though this cannot happen in-game, lore-wise a Splatoon 2 Anniversary Famitsu interview reveals that only several female playable Octolings can become the aforementioned elite Octarian soldiers.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a costume[edit]

A Mii Gunner wearing the Octoling hat.

Octoling appears as a Mii Fighter hat as part of Round 11 of Ultimate. The design is based on the enemy soldiers encountered in the single-player campaigns.


Primary spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
★★ 1 1,843 7,415 1,106 4,449 737 2,966 No effect Splatoon Series
Octoling girl and boy
Octoling Girl & Octoling Boy
★★★ 2 1,843 7,415 1,106 4,449 737 2,966 No effect Splatoon Series

Support spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Class Slot Ability Series
from the game's files
Octoling Octopus ★★ 1 Ray Gun Equipped Splatoon Series


  1. ^ Portmanteau of タコ (tako, meaning Octopus) and "amazones" (strong, athletic women).