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How to Play Inkling in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Super Smash Bros Ultimate brings a huge library of fighters for you to choose from. One of the fan favorites from the batch of new fighters in this game is Inkling – a cute little squid looking thing that inks enemies and dips below the ground when dashing, dodging, and reloading (which you have to do).

Here is our first ever Smash Bros character guide for your viewing pleasure. We present our official Inkling guide:

Attacks and Specials

Everything you do, shoot, and splat with inkling revolves around the ink that gets all over the place and on enemies as you perform your smash attacks and specials. They all apply ink in one way or another.

The ink doesn’t only annoy your enemies, though. When covered in ink, your enemies will also take more damage from your attacks. Pretty cool!

Your ink tank will deplete as you use the moves that apply ink. Once that runs out, you can refill by pressing B when totally empty. If you want to refill during a pause in the action, you can do so when not empty by shielding (L or R) and pressing B.

Attacks with Inkling are super fast and can lay out the damage pretty fast when you’re landing your attacks. Inkling’s dash attack is one of the best and they can be hard to see when dashing because of their animations. Landing dash attacks can be pretty easy when done correctly. Their jab combo is also one of the best around. It applies ink and can do tons of damage.

Neutral Special (B)

Inkling fires his/her gun like a machine gun, damaging and inking enemies in the path. You can control the direction of the stream by tilting up and down on the stick. Inked enemies take more damage from attacks.

Overall, we don’t use this move a ton. It can be good for some quick damage and ink, but usually, there are better moves to be using!

Side Special (Right or left + B)

Inkling’s side special pulls out the paint roller and runs in the direction you activate it. It can be done in the air for a quick way to get across to your opponent, giving them less time to react. When you hit enemies with the roller, they will be dug into the ground and stunned until they shake themselves out.

If you circle back and hit them with the roller for a second time, it will smash them, sending them flying.

It could just be us, but we find it a bit hard to put the roller away for some reason. It could be something that will be getting patched, but as of now, it sometimes takes us 2-3 presses of B before inkling will put the roller away. A bit annoying when fighting good players when every second matters and response times are so short.

Up Special (Up + B)

Inkling goes into squid form and shoots upwards. One of the best recoveries in the game in our opinion and it can do some damage and box enemies out upon landing. It does no damage until landing and isn’t a great damage move in general – the usual trade off for being such a good recovery.

Down Special (Down + B)

Inkling throws an ink grenade at a variable distance that will explode after a few seconds, causing damage in a large area around the explosion and applying ink. You can extend the range depending on how long you hold B.

If you just tap the button, Inkling will do a little lob, throwing the grenade right in front of him/her.

This move is variable, unpredictable, and can do some serious damage. Since the splash is large, it is pretty easy to hit with. We love using the short distance throw in close combat with someone. It adds an extra thing for them to have to block and is usually unexpected.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Inkling’s greatest strengths are speed and agility. If you’re into fast fighters like Greninja or Shiek, Inkling will probably be a good fit for you. You should move around a lot, pull off many dash attacks, and leverage your speed as much as possible when fighting, especially against slower fighters like Ganondorf or Bowser.

Of course, if they do catch you, your going to get launched like a potato out of a rocket launcher, so be careful!

Ink supply is something you have to worry about a lot with Inkling and make sure it is always as full as possible. Putting your shield up and then hitting B will let you refill at any time, so use your speed and get to an open spot to reload or wait for a lull in the action like when you blast someone far away or KO them.

When fighting Inkling, keep them pressured. If you stay on top of them they wont be able to reload and will be weaker without their special abilities like the grenade and roller. Their smash moves also won’t be as strong when they are short on ink, so keep that pressure on!

Strategy

Generally, you just want to stay on the move with Inkling to keep yourself safe and get those dash attacks in as much as possible. You can pretty easily combo someone from there with inklings relatively straight forward aerial attacks. The up aerial attack is especially useful when trying to just add that little bit of damage to an already flying enemy. It has some pretty good power to it, too, so you can sometimes get that up smash KO out of it.

Use mobility to your advantage while dodging and dashing around the arena. Keep enemies at bay or disrupt a fight with a well placed grenade, sending 2 or more enemies flying and confused.

Keep your eye on your ink meter and use the best opportunities to refill. The best times are when other enemies are fighting each other, get KOd, or are just far enough away that you can reload. You don’t have to fully reload every time!

That’s pretty much all you need to know!