There’s not long to wait now for Splatoon 3, and more information is coming out by the day for the third ink-slinging title. A lot of Splatoon 3 weapons are already confirmed to be in the game thanks to trailers and other promotional images.
Splatoon is Nintendo’s answer to a PVP shooter - but instead of harmful weapons, you shoot paint around to cover the most turf… while also smooshing your opponents. The debut game was on the Wii U, and the sequels will both have been released on Nintendo Switch. This means that most changes to the third game will be gameplay and story-related, not so much hardware and specs. To see the real changes, we’ll need to wait until September 9, 2022.
New Splatoon 3 Weapons
Weapons are the bread and butter of the Splatoon series. Because of this, it is imperative that developers keep the rotation fresh, while also balancing the type and abilities of previous games' choices.
Splatoon 3 promises new weapon classes, which will keep players on their toes. One class we know of for sure is the Stringer class, a weapon shaped like a bow and arrow. The Tri-Stringer has been seen in the trailers and seems to be made of a fishing rod. It fires three lines of ink, and has levels of charge to do more damage.
Other than that, there isn't much in the way of brand new weapons - though we have seen a new version of an E-Liter Scope.
Returning Splatoon 3 Weapons
Recently, the official Splatoon pages confirmed that all of the basic weapons from previous games will be returning to Splatoon 3. This adds to weapons that were spotted in Turf War and Salmon Run trailers.
All classes are seen to be coming back. Some of the classic weapons have had a makeover, like the Blaster, Splattershot and .96 Gal, but they are the same as before. Here is our full list of all confirmed weapons so far:
- .96 Gal
- .52 Gal
- Aerospray MG
- Clash Blaster
- Classic Squiffer
- E-Liter 4k
- Glooga Dualies
- Gold Dynamo Roller
- H-3 Nozzlenose
- Hydra Splatling
- Ink Brush
- Jet Squelcher
- NZap ‘85
- Range Blaster
- Sloshing Machine
- Splat Charger
- Splat Roller
- Splattershot Pro
- Splattershot Jr.
- Undercover Brella
Special Weapons In Splatoon 3
The really interesting bit is the special weapons - those shown so far are all brand new or remade specials coming to Splatoon 3. There are some super fun-looking additions, like the Zipcaster or the Crab Tank, which is already a fan favourite.
- Triple Inkstrike - Players launch the three missiles into the air, and then throw beacons to control where they land, like the Inkstrike from Splatoon.
- Ink Vac - Showcased recently on social media, the Ink Vac does as the name suggests: sucks up ink for players to shoot back with a vengeance.
- Trizooka - Based on the Inkzooka from Splatoon, this time it fires three strikes.
- Killer Wail 5.1 - This is a mix of the Killer Wail from Splatoon, and the Princess Cannon from the Shifty Stations. Six small speakers fly out and leave a trail of ink.
- Crab Tank - Able to curl up into a ball or move around, this mech can climb walls while inking all surfaces. It has two modes of shooting ink, too. Sure to be a deadly choice.
- Big Bubbler - Another re-do of a Splatoon original, this acts as a deployable safe zone, ensuring no enemy ink can touch you.
- Zipcaster - When activated, Ink- and Octolings will turn into a stretchy form able to jump to walls and zoom across the map. This also leaves pools of ink wherever the player touches.
The use of these in trailers has shown us which weapons they may be tied to, for instance, the Big Bubbler is part of the Splat Roller's loadout.
Sub Weapons In Splatoon 3
Nothing new has come out about any subs in Splatoon 3, but we have seen some of the classics:
- Splat Bombs
- Curling Bombs
- Burst Bombs
- Suction Bombs
- Splash Walls