Splatoon 3 Character Customization

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In Splatoon 3, character customization is just as important as choosing the right weapon loadouts. Not only do these wearables make the squiddos look hip and fashionable, gear can also provide stat buffs and abilities that will help players in various ways.

In this guide, we will be talking about the different character customization options, as well as briefly discuss the gear abilities and how to manage them.

Character Customization Options

The first part where you can customize the look of your character happens at the beginning of story mode. You will be introduced to your character in its default, yellow-haired inkling state, and then from there you can change its appearance.

Inkling or Octoling

The first customization option is the choice to become and inkling or an octoling. If you are not much familiar what the difference are between the two races, you can simply tell them by the black border around their eyes; an inkling’s eye borders are connected, while an octoling’s eye borders are not.

Instead of choosing for a gender on the next option, you can either select the eyebrow shape between a thin pair or a thick pair.

Skin Tone

The next option is to select a skin tone. There are 9 shades of skin to choose from.

Eye Color

The next option is to select which eye color to have. Only the iris and the pupils’ colors can be changed. There are 21 eye colors to choose from, 6 of which are tri-colors that change the color of the pupil, iris, and the iris border.


The next option is to choose the hairstyle for your character. There are 16 hairstyles for inklings, while there are only 8 hairstyles for octolings.

Eyebrow Style

The next selection is for the eyebrows. You can choose between the default one (the one you previously selected), one with a cut, a more rounded one, and a more angled one.


The final customization option is the legwear. You can choose from 9 different options, from pants, leggings, and skirts.

As for the top, it can be customized once you arrive at Splatsville.

You can also customize your Smallfry buddy’s look. There are 7 hairstyles to choose from.

How to change the Character Appearance post tutorial

Your character’s appearance can still be changed anytime outside of a match after completing the first part of the game or the tutorial just by going to the Options Menu > Other > Player Settings. This will take you back to the Character Customization section where you can change your character’s appearance similar to the options listed above.

Gear Shops

Additional gear can be purchased from stores in Splatsville. Each store specializes in a certain type of gear. All of these shops accept Cash for payment.

Naut Couture

Naut Couture is the shop that specializes in selling headgear. It is run by Gnarly Eddy and Nails. You can buy different headgear ranging from masks, hats, and glasses.


Man-o’-Wardrobe is a clothing boutique that sells tops ranging from shirts to jackets. It is run by Jel La Fleur.

Crush Station

Crush Station is a shop that sells footwear ranging from sandals, slippers, and shoes. It is run by Mr. Coco.

Gear Abilities

Each piece of gear, from the head, top, and footwear, can have different kinds of abilities. These abilities provide different kinds of boosts to the way that your character performs in a match.

Most of the gear have an intrinsic ability that is already unlocked. Depending on the rarity of the gear, it can have around 2 to 4 abilities. However, the additional abilities will be locked at first, and only when their unlock requirement is met will they become an active ability for the gear.

Here’s a list of all the confirmed abilities in Splatoon 3 so far:

  • Ability Doubler
  • Comeback
  • Drop Roller
  • Haunt
  • Ink Recovery Up
  • Ink Resistance Up
  • Ink Saver (Main)
  • Ink Saver (Sub)
  • Intensify Action
  • Last-Ditch Effort
  • Ninja Squad
  • Object Shredder
  • Opening Gambit
  • Quick Respawn
  • Quick Super Jump
  • Respawn Punisher
  • Run Speed Up
  • Special Charge Up
  • Special Power Up
  • Special Saver
  • Stealth Jump
  • Sub Power Up
  • Sub Resistance Up
  • Swim Speed Up
  • Tenacity
  • Thermal Ink

Ability Management

Murch is back in Splatoon 3 and this time, he can help out with managing the abilities that are on your gear. He provides different ability services that can help you get the most out of your gear.

  • Order Status
  • Boost Star Power – Allows upgrading a piece of gear to a higher tier.
  • Scrub Slots – Removes the abilities that are on the gear which clears up its ability slots.
  • Add Abilities – Add new abilities in exchange for Ability Chunks.
  • Reroll Slots – Rerolls the current abilities into random ones.
  • SplatNet Delivery – Murch can deliver or hold items that have been ordered through SplatNet 2.


Hotlantis is a general shop where you can purchase more items that can be used in other customizable parts of your character and profile, such as your Splash Tag, your Locker, and your Victory Emote.

Splash Tags

Splash Tags are the banners that shows your player tag and it usually appears on screen prior to matches. It can be customized based on how you like it. You can choose the design of your banner, the earned badges that you want to display, and the title that you want to be known as.

Locker Room

The Locker Room is a place where you can manage and see your locker amongst other lockers of the players that you have been on a match with. Inside your locker, you can arrange the items and gear that you have for other players to see. You can also place stickers on the locker’s door.

Victory Emotes

You can also change your character’s emote that it does when you win a match. This can be bought from the catalog found in Hotlantis.

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Check out this video by M.40wth showing the character customization in Splatoon 3:

Staff Writer