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An Octoling as shown in-game
Species Origin Human / Octarian
Ability/ies Octopus transformation
Weapon(s) Octoshot
Vulnerable To Ink (opponents variations)
First Appearance Splatoon (2015)
Related Species

Octolings are the elite troopers of the Octarian army that appear in the game Splatoon. Octolings were first shown in the single player campaign trailer of Splatoon. They are the Octarian counterparts to the squid-like Inklings and have very similar abilities. They can transform into an octopus to swim in their own ink, and wield ink-shooting weapons known as Octoshots which shoot ink.


The Octolings are fairly competitive, as they are known for their large ink battles that have them covering the terrain with their colours. Little else about their personalities are known, though it is suspected that they are quite playful when in their octopus forms.

In one of the Sunken Scrolls, it is revealed that only female Octarians can transform into Octolings, unlike the non-gender specific Inkling. However male Octolings may exist. In one of the Sunken Scrolls, there appears to be a humanoid form male Octarian and Cap'n Cuttlefish. Judging by the hat and the plant under the Octarian's arm, it could be a humanoid DJ Octavio. He may be a male Octoling.


  • Through hacking, you can play as an Octoling, although you're kind of a jerk if you do so as the hub area for the other players will crash as Octolings can't be in the hub area.
    • Data suggests that Octolings may be playable in a update of Splatoon, although this is merely speculation.
  • Octolings may be able to wield weapons other than the Octoshot, as certain weapons in Splatoon have the 'Octo' prefix (i.e. Octobrush)


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
From tako (octopus) and amazones (amazons, strong athletic women).
Spanish (NOA)OctolingSame as English name.
Spanish (NOE)OctoamazonaFrom Octariano (octarian) and amazonas (amazons, strong athletic women).
ItalianOctolingSame as English name.

Splatoon series
Splatoon 2: Inkvasion | Splatoon X | Splatoon: Artistic Onslaught | Spla2n | Splatoon: Ink Wars | Splatoon: Code Angkor | Splatoon: Event Inkdown | Splatoon: L.A.N.O.X
Species Inkling | Octarian | Jellyfish | Zapfish
Protagonists and Allies Judd | Cap'n Cuttlefish | Squid Sisters (Callie | Marie) | Annie and Moe | Jelonzo | Crusty Sean | Sheldon | Spyke | Great Zapfish | Diana | Nathan
Antagonists and Enemies DJ Octavio | Octoling (Elite Octoling) | Octotrooper (Shielded Octotrooper | Octodiver) | Twintacle Octotrooper | Octoball | Octocopter | Octobomber | Octostriker | Octosniper | Octostamp | Octopod | Squee-G | Flooder

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