Personality and traits
Like Inklings they have the ability to transform, but into octopuses. Octolings can switch between octopus and humanoid form at will. They make up an elite corps of the Octarian forces, and are heavily armed with bombs and ink guns.
It appears that only female Octolings are in Hero Mode, but DJ Octavio may be an Octarian with the ability to transform between two forms at will. Octolings may have been the main opponent of the Inklings in the Great Turf War.
There are two versions of the Octoling: the red-haired regular troopers (such as the one pictured on the right), and the second elite soldiers, which features blackish hair with seaweed on the sides.
These elite Octolings with seaweed on the sides are called デラタコゾネス Deratakozonesu in Japanese. (meaning something like deluxe, or decorated Octoling). It should be noted that in the later stages of Hero Mode, these upgraded versions of Octolings may appear and are harder to splat than regular Octolings.
According to their original Japanese name, Takozonesu (from octopus and Amazoness), they all are female. In fact, the Octolings that the player encounters appear to be female.
However, male Octolings 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. The upcoming Octo Expansion will also unlock customizable male and female Octolings for players to control in multiplayer.
Octolings appear to have the most aggressive AI when compared to other Octarians, and can pull off any move the player can..
To deal with the Octolings, use some of the following strategies:
- The Octolings jump frequently, so hit them while they are on the ground.
- Octolings shoot bombs frequently, so send Seekers at them.
- If in trouble, turn into a squid and swim away. They don't follow you when you do.
- Throw bombs at them if you don't have a long range weapon. In Splatoon 2, throw a few autobombs and you may not ever have to directly face them. Of course, this might not always work.
- When surrounded by enemy ink, the Octolings will attempt to swim away in octopus form, however they will be trapped by your ink and move far slower. When you find an Octoling flailing in an attempt to get away, take the chance while it's slowed.
- In Splatoon 2, there will usually be at least one Octoling guarding each Mini Zapfish. However, they will not be there immediately; instead they will super jump in, and the super jump sign will appear on the ground (identical to the ones in multiplayer). Spray ink at it so that when they jump in, they won’t be able to escape.
Nintendo recently announced a new paid DLC for Splatoon 2 called the Octo Expansion. In the Octo Expansion you play as Agent 8, an Octoling who lost their memory and has to undergo several trials underground. After completing these trials, the player will be able to play as an Octoling online.
- Once the player completes Hero Mode, they receive three pieces of Octoling equipment for them to wear: Octoling Goggles, Octoling Armor, and Octoling Boots.
- The player does not receive this gear in Splatoon 2. The reason for this is currently unknown.
- Other than possibly DJ Octavio, the only other known Octoling character (so far) is Marina, the second member of the band "Off The Hook" in Splatoon 2, who lives with her Inkling friend Pearl in Inkopolis. Unlike the typical Octoling, she wears a black vest with a zipper and teal-colored headphones and tights, aside from her black shorts and boots. She is also dark/brown-skinned.
- Her black-teal hair may suggest that she was a former Elite Octoling who might had defected to Inkopolis for a career.
- There has been a scroll shown in Splatoon 2 with Marina in the audience, where she can be seen directly within a spotlight.
- Some players hacked into the game to create a glitch which changes their playing characters into Octolings. Some of those attempts ended with a corrupted game for themselves and other users in any games they are involved with, and at worst they can get banned from multiplayer matches for hacking.
- In the Nintendo Direct of 3/8/18 it has been shown that male Octolings do exist, other than just DJ Octavio. Also announced in the direct, there are playable octolings in a paid DLC coming in the summer.
- It also announced that 2018 is the "Year of the Octoling", as "Octo-" (as in "octopus") means "eight" in Latin.
- Beating the Octo Expansion DLC will unlock the male and female octoling as playable characters.