Squid Ink
Squid Ink is a magical item on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


As its name suggests, Squid Ink is harvested by the Giant Squid that resides in Neverland, said only to be able to be obtained by either a mermaid or Rumplestiltskin. It has the ability to magically freeze anyone who comes into contact with it for a while. It can also be used to disintegrate things as strong as metal, and can be used to trigger memories under the Dark Curse.

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  • Rumplestiltskin wrote Emma's name on a piece of parchment using Squid Ink repeatedly, so that his memories would return to him in Storybrooke when he heard Emma's name.
  • It is possible that Cora's spellbook is written in Squid Ink.


  • S1, E04: "The Price of Gold" (flashback)

  • S2, E09: "Queen of Hearts"

  • S3, E04: "Nasty Habits"

  • S4, E15: "Poor Unfortunate Soul" (flashback)

  • S5, E08: "Birth"
  • S5, E10: "Broken Heart"

  • S6, E09: "Changelings" (flashback)

  • S7, E21: "Homecoming"