Splatoon 3: How to Squid Roll

The Splatoon 3 squid roll is a high-level move that can save your suction cups if you use it the right way

The Splatoon 3 squid roll is a high-level move that can save your suction cups if you use it the right way
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Figuring out how to squid roll in Splatoon 3 can turn the tide of battle no matter which mode you’re playing. Squid rolls are a high-level movement trick that can make a significant difference in one-on-one fights and help you either plan your escape or move ahead into enemy territory.

Despite the name, Inklings and Octolings alike can perform a squid roll. This Splatoon 3 guide will tell you everything about pulling off the maneuver. 

Splatoon 3 Squid Roll Explained


A squid roll only works if you’re swimming in your own ink, and it takes a surprisingly small amount of space to pull off.

  • Submerge yourself in ink using “ZL,” and swim in one direction.
  • Change to the opposite direction and jump out of the ink.

You only need a bit of momentum for the move to work, so you don’t have to travel far to try and execute it.

If you’re successful, your Inkling or Octoling will move a bit more quickly than usual for a few seconds, and they’ll perform a barrel roll and glow golden. Your character is invincible while they glow golden.

Squid rolls have no cooldown timer, so assuming you don’t get splatted or run out of your ink, you can squid roll to your heart’s content. Squid rolls also work on walls, which is handy if you need a quick escape.

When to Use Squid Roll

Squid rolls can serve a few key purposes:

  • They make tracking you and predicting your next movement more difficult, especially if you squid roll off a wall.
  • If your opponent has you trapped in a barrage of ink, you can sometimes use them to escape and retreat, thanks to the brief period of invincibility.
    • Your chances of successfully escaping drop quite a bit if more than one opponent has you trapped, though.

That’s all you need to know about how to squid roll in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including the best gear abilities and how to get more Sheldon Licenses to build out your arsenal.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.