Splatoon 2: all the details, pics, GIFs (and more…) from the Squid Research Lab [March 2017]

For all the Squid Research Lab reports about Splatoon 2 published in April 2017, CLICK HERE!


In this post, we’re going to gather all the details, pics, GIFs, videos, etc. for Splatoon 2, straight from the Squid Research Lab. Naturally, we will keep it updated until the game’s launch, though we may end up going with monthly posts depending on the volume of content shared by the classiest bunch of scientists on Earth.

NB: this post is for March 2017 updates. For the January and February 2017 updates, click here!

March 31st

Today, the Squid Research Lab introduced Spykey, who happens to be Spyke’s assistant. While Spyke can add Abilities to your Gear, Spykey can perform “Gear Cleaning”: he can remove Abilities from your Gear, and return them to their original state. When he does that, the Abilities become “Ability Fragments”, which means you do not lose them completely when performing Gear Cleaning.

The Squid Research Lab specifies that you need several “Ability Fragments” in order to fill a vacant Gear slot with an Ability. In other words, an “Ability Fragment” does not have the same value as a full-fledged Ability. But at least, it gives you some flexibility: you can try and experiment with various setups, if you want. You can perform Gear Cleaning enough times to gather enough “Ability Fragments”, to make your own collection of Abilities.

March 29th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared an update about Gear, which serves as a nice refresher for Splatoon fans and a nice introduction for newcomers. Gear is divided in three parts:

  • headgear
  • clothing
  • shoes

You can buy new Gear at the various shops located at the Inkling Plaza, in Inkopolis. Each piece of gear comes with some abilities, that provide various bonus (such as increased speed in ink, for example). The researchers note that fashion changed a lot in the two years since the original game, so players can expect some pretty refreshing Gear!

March 24th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared a screenshot of the Camera Options screen:

March 22nd

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared videos for some of the special weapons to be introduced in Splatoon 2:

  • the Inkjet
  • the Tenta Missiles
  • the Splashdown
  • the Sting Ray

Next, here’s a look at The Reef, one of the new stages in Splatoon 2, and one of those playable during the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire:

And a look at Musselforge Fitness:

And here’s some details about the band members of Wet Floor:

Synth: This guy plays synthesizer and is the group’s founder. He’s out to restore some indie dignity to Inkopolis’s music scene that’s lately been taken over by giant pop stars. When it comes to songwriting, he lets others take the initiative. He prefers tinkering with sounds to performing, and the studio is a much more comfortable place for him than the stage.


Wet Floor also has two members that play guitar and provide vocals. The guy on the left is a fan of vintage rock sounds. You can hear it in the sharp, jangly rhythms of his riffs. The girl on the right is a faithful follower of the church of punk rock, and she carves out riffs with a more hunky, bass-heavy sound. These two don’t always see eye-to-eye, but when they’re in the groove, their two distinct sounds meld into a medley of magical music.


These two bring a fast-paced technical beat to the group’s sound that’s every bit as crucial as the members who play up front. The guy on bass has a trademark string-slapping style, while the drummer uses her multiple limbs to keep a driving, super-stable backbeat. The friendly rivalry these two share makes the band sizzle with thrilling rhythm.

March 17th

Today’s update showcases the Musselforge Fitness stage, which is one of the two stages of the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event!

March 10th

Today’s update shows the new Ink Tank, which is also new. Thanks to new materials and a different shape, the Ink Tank is now lighter, but also sturdier. As pointed out by the Squid Research Lab, it looks like technology progressed by leaps and bounds in the Inkling world during the two years since the first Splatoon!

March 8th

Today’s update shows the new model of the Spawn Point: it does look quite different, but it works the exact same way as in Splatoon. Quite interestingly, it looks like it was made a foreign company.. it looks like even Inklings cannot escape globalization!

March 3rd

Today’s update shows us a new clothes brand, called Empery:

March 2nd

Today’s update shows us a very classy shoes!

Splatoon 2 (Switch) comes out this Summer, worldwide.

Source: Squid Research Lab (Japan / North America)


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