Inkling  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Inkling  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Splatoon data miner finds evidence of two upcoming amiibo Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:27:27 -0500 David Fisher

When it comes to the Wii U, data miners are pretty darn good at predicting or finding upcoming releases. This is particularly true with Splatoon data miners who have predicted things such as full stages and weapons. While not all data miner leaks can be accepted as true without further evidence, many of them are worth taking into consideration.

One data miner who has been good for Splatoon leaks is NWPlayer1234 who found playable Octolings in a previous patch of Splatoon. They proceeded then to use the Octoling online and this was the result:

Pretty neat, huh?

NWPlayer1234 has brought us something a little more interesting this time. While Nintendo has confirmed that they will no longer be updating Splatoon on a regular basis, a new code for amiibo input has apparently been added to the game.

That's right, two new amiibo command lines labeled "AmiiboIdolA" and "AmiiboIdolB" have been found in the game's code. It doesn't take much imagination either to realize that these are alluding to none other than Callie and Marie, as the two are Inkling Idols with a knack for holding live concerts in Splatoon, as well as Japan. While it is unknown what the Squid Sister amiibos will do, it is possible that they may be linked to the inclusion of Octoling models for players.

As always, take this information with a grain of salt. Not all leaks or data mining results lead to content in game. We can only wait and see if Nintendo gives us official information before anything is considered definitive.

New Splatoon ranked battle mode comes out tomorrow, 7pm PST Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:10:42 -0400 David Fisher

As if last week's Splatoon update didn't add enough new content to the game, tomorrow at 7 p.m. squid kids everywhere will be excited to jump into the new game ranked battle mode, Rainmaker.

The goal of Rainmaker is simple: grab the Rainmaker cannon and escort it to the enemy's base. As soon as the battle begins, players will have to rush out toward the shielded Rainmaker before the other team does. Once an inkling on the team grabs it, it will be their job to carry the giant gun toward the enemy's spawn point. Sounds simple... right?

The Rainmaker looks like a dragon head attached to a fish body

Unfortunately, escorting the Rainmaker isn't as simple as carrying it to your enemy base. Beyond the threat of the enemy team trying to splat you to Davy Jones' Locker, the Rainmaker itself will stop players from using the Super Jump while carrying it. Players will have to work as a team to make sure their teammate that is carrying the Rainmaker doesn't get turned into calamari.

Thankfully the Rainmaker-bearer has some defenses of their own. The Rainmaker itself is a weapon that fires ink much like the Inkzooka. Unlike the Inkzooka, however, the Rainmaker can be charged up to fire an even more powerful shot, as seen above. The longer you hold the charge, the bigger the shot!

The Rainmaker-bearer has to be careful though. If you backtrack toward your own base too much then the Rainmaker will explode, causing players to have to fight over the shielded superweapon once more.

One last possible feature of tomorrow's update can be spotted on in this picture here. Found on the official Splatoon Tumblr page, an image of the rumoured Hammerhead Bridge can be found. The map - whose name was found by data-mining the last update - takes place on a suspended bridge. It had been showcased during a Japanese commercial for Splatoon, however, it has yet to be released in the actual game.

Could this mean that Hammerhead Bridge is now ready to play? Will it be released with the Rainmaker patch?

I hope all you splat-battlers are ready for this upcoming patch! Remember, the patch will be coming out tomorrow at 7 p.m. PT (that's 10 p.m. for ET players). What are you more excited for: the Rainmaker battle, or the new Hammerhead Bridge map? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and we'll see you in Inkopolis tomorrow!

Reference Guide to Splatoon's Weapons Mon, 11 May 2015 07:45:19 -0400 amaadify

We finally got an in-depth look at the various weapons included in Nintendo's newest shooter during the May 7th Splatoon Direct, and what an arsenal it is! With the large selection and countless combinations, every player is sure to find a set that suits them best. You can watch the weapon's segment of the direct below, or scroll further to get the skinny.

The game features three weapon types: Main Weapons, Sub Weapons, and Special Weapons. Players go into battle with "sets" (aka loadouts) composed of one weapon from each category.


Main weapons are the primary tool used by inklings to claim turf. There are three varieties of main weapons: shooters, chargers, and rollers. 


spatoon shooter main weapon guide

Shooters are used for rapid-fire inking and short range blasts to the opponent. 

Splattershot: Standard shooter that spits rapid-fire blasts when holding down the shoot button. 

Aerospray MG: Short-ranged but wide angled shooter with rapid bursts.

Jet Squelcher: Longest-ranged bust slowest shooter that can be used effectively as a sniper.

The Blaster: Shoots bullets that explode into ink, catching nearby enemies in the blast or obliterating targets who are hit directly.



spatoon charger main weapon guide

Chargers are made for long-distance shooting, sniping, and quickly creating streams of ink.

Splat Charger: Standard charger that requires a short charge and quickly creates a steady stream which you can swim through. 

E-liter 3K: Long-ranged charger that requires a more timely charge. 

Splatterscope: Long-ranged charger featuring a scope, perfect for sniping. 



spatoon roller main weapon guide

Rollers are perfect for advancing while marking turf and steam-rolling opponents. Each can also be swung to splatter surrounding enemies. 

Splat Roller: Standard roller that has a medium speed for its type and is great for mowing down a line of enemies. 

Dynamo Roller: Slow-speed roller with a wide brush that also deflects enemy fire when swinging. 



spatoon sub weapon guide strategy

Sub Weapons are a variety of unique tools to assist inklings in their take-over. Each consumes a relatively large amount of available ink. There are ten types in total. 

Splat Bomb: A triangular prism shaped grenade that blasts a small area after being thrown.

Sprinkler: An ink sprayer that can stick to walls, ceilings, or the floor.

Seeker: An inkling-seeking subweapon that hunts down an opponent, killing them with a small ink-spraying blast after making a steady stream leading to their location.

Splash Wall: A T-shaped mechanical sprayer that shoots ink downward from its arms and effectively acts as a barrier.

Suction Bomb: A bomb that explodes a short time after being thrown onto a wall, ceiling, or floor, on which it latches.

Burst Bomb: Water-balloon type bombs that explode on contact, but consume less ink and can, therefore, be used rapidly.

Point Sensor: Device that reveals the location of enemy inklings caught in it's blast range and shares their location with all teammates.

Ink Mine: A mine invisible to opponents  that can be laid in your teams ink. It will detonate after a certain amount of time, or when an enemy passes by.

Squid Beacon: A tool that allows all teammates to super-jump to the location in which it was placed.

Disruptor: A tool that slows down and limits the abilities of rival squid caught in its blast range.



spatoon special weapon bubbler

Special Weapons are extremely powerful tools that can only be used after filling up a gauge by covering the ground with ink. 

Inkzooka: A gun that blasts ink tornadoes that travel a short range.

Killer Wail: Emits a huge sound wave that doesn’t spread any ink, but kills all opponents caught in the blast.

Inkstrike: Players can touch a location on the Wii U Gamepad to launch a huge rocket that creates a gigantic ink-tornado.

Echolocator: Allows the entire team to see the location of all enemies for a short amount of time.

Bubbler: A protective bubble that deflects enemy attacks. It can also be transferred to nearby teammates.

Kraken: Turns the inkling's squid-form into an invincible Kraken for a short period of time.