Splatoon 3 Bug turns Octolings into Inklings in the Splatfest Victory Parade

Splatoon 3 Bug turns Octolings into Inklings in the Splatfest Victory Parade

Splatoon 3’s latest Splatfest adds a way to celebrate 100x and 333x wins, but Octoling players are surprised to see they’ve undergone a change.


A strange error has appeared Splatoon 3 which causes victorious Octolings to become Inklings during the 100x and 333x Splatfest parade float celebration. The new feature was long awaited by many, but it seems that it is not working as intended.


Even before the Spicy versus Sweet versus Sour Splatfest, players could potentially find themselves in 100x or 333x matches, giving winners a much bigger boost than completing a regular match, as the names suggest. However, i Splatoon 2, winners of 100x matches would find a photo of themselves and their teammates in the square to celebrate their team’s victory. This function was missing in Splatoon 3and the team recently announced that it would remedy that by creating something new: allowing players to board the team’s floats, with the team’s leading idol, and take photos.

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The new feature works mostly normally, except for one oddity: Octoling players discover that their avatars have been transformed into Inklings during the float sequence. It is not a 100% conversion, as the converted Octolings still wear their normal hairstyles, which are usually unavailable to Inklings. However, it is easy to see that their faces have changed, with the telltale line between the eye masks indicating that they are no longer normal octolons, who do not have this line, among other subtle differences.

Several Splatoon 3 players have been reporting this issue on social media, and it’s baffling to the community how something like this could have been overlooked, especially when the game has longer than normal breaks between Splatfest events. Previously, there was a bug where players could force Octoling or Inkling to have hair of the opposite species, but only in shops and after following a certain sequence of steps. How this managed to happen during the event is unknown, other than that it probably boils down to developer error.

While Splatoon 3 has been widely celebrated since its release and has sold extremely well for Nintendo, that’s not to say it’s flawless. Players have been disappointed to see the connection issues from the previous games continue, and according to some even worsen. Splatfests haven’t been immune either, as the game’s first post-release Splatfest had a bug that allowed players to earn Conch Shells without first joining a team. Players who joined after earning at least one Conch Shell would not have their shells count towards their team’s score, which understandably upset a lot of people. That issue has since been resolved, but with the current Splatfest underway, it’s unlikely this new issue will see a fix until the next Splatfest.

Splatoon 3 is available now for Nintendo Switch.

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