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

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

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

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

A strange error popped up Splatoon 3 this causes the winning Octolings to become Inklings during the 100x and 333x Splatfest parade celebrations. The new feature has been eagerly awaited by many, but it doesn’t seem to be working as it should.

Even before the Splatfest Spicy vs. Sweet vs. Sour, players could potentially find themselves in 100x or 333x battles, giving the winners a much bigger boost than completing a normal match as the names suggest. However, in Splatoon 2, winners of 100 matches found a painting in the square of themselves and their teammates celebrating a victory for their team. This feature was missing in Splatoon 3and the team recently announced that this will be fixed by creating something new: allowing players to go on their team’s platform with the team’s idol and take photos.


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The new feature works largely as normal, except for one oddity: Octoling players find their avatars transformed into Inklings during the floating sequence. This is not a 100% conversion as converted Octolings still wear their normal hairstyles which are normally off limits to Inklings. However, it is easy to see that their faces have changed, and the distinctive line between the eye masks indicates that they are no longer normal Octolings that do not have this line, among other subtle differences.

A few Splatoon 3 players reported this issue on social media, and the community is left wondering how something like this could have been overlooked, especially since the game has longer-than-usual gaps between Splatfest events. Previously, there was a bug where players could force their Octoling or Inkling to have the opposite species of hair, but only in stores and following a certain sequence of steps. It’s unknown how this happened during the event, other than it’s probably down to a developer error.

During Splatoon 3 has been widely celebrated since its release and has sold exceptionally well on Nintendo, which is not to say it’s flawless. Players were disappointed to see the connection issues from previous games continue, and according to some, even worsen. Splatfests were also not immune as the first post-release Splatfest had a glitch that allowed players to earn Conch Shells without first joining a team. Players who joined after earning at least one shell would not have shells counted towards their team score, which understandably upset many people. This issue has already been fixed, but given the ongoing Splatfest, it is unlikely that this new issue will be resolved until next Splatfest.

Splatoon 3 is now available on Nintendo Switch.

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