They seem to derive from electric catfish, sharing the face (albeit exaggerated and cartoonish) and the whiskers. The little bulb protruding from its head is likely calling towards its ability to conduct electricity, but it gives it some resemblance to anglerfish along with its body distribution.
The Great Zapfish resembles actual electric catfish even more, being much more similar in shape and color, though it's much bigger.
They are captured by the Octarians to power Octo Valley. Each level contains one at the end for the player to collect to finish the level. These Zapfish are initially trapped in a protective field of some sort which can be broken with a few shots of paint. After it is collected, the player's Inkling holds it in a pose on the level completion screen.
After completing a level, the Zapfish will be replaced with a plushie version. The completion pose is different too.
|Playable Characters||Agent 3 • Agent 4 • Agent 8|
|Characters||Cap'n Cuttlefish • Callie • Marie • Pearl • Marina • Judd • Li'l Judd • C.Q. Cumber • Mr. Grizz |
• Iso Padre
|Enemies||DJ Octavio • Commander Tartar|
|Vendors||Annie • Moe • Crusty Sean • Jelonzo • Sheldon • Spyke • Bisk • Flow • Jelfonzo • Murch|
|Bands||Bob Dub • Bottom Feeders • Chirpy Chirps • Dedf1sh • Diss-Pair • DJ Lee Fish • DJ Real Sole • Grizzco Industries • Hightide Era • Ink Theory • Off the Hook • SashiMori • Squid Sisters • Squid Squad • Turquoise October • Wet Floor • ω-3|
|Species||Inkling • Octarian • Octoling • Jellyfish • Salmonid • Super Sea Snail • Zapfish|