Splatoon 3 Needs a Katana Brush

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There was no sign of Splatoon 3 at E3 this year, but fans know that the game currently has a 2022 release date.

We have gotten some teasers about what is to come, with a whole new area to explore and new weapons on the way.


I cannot help but think I would like a bit more diversity in Splatoon weapons, even defining clear classes for teammates to play as.

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The first weapon I would love to see added to Splatoon 3?

A katana brush.

Katana Brushes

Games & Gears Katana Brush
KATANA: A freehand brush for painting miniatures

The thought of katana brushes in Splatoon 3 came to me while painting some miniatures for tabletop games the other day.

I have a beautiful set of brushes from a company called Games & Gears, ann one of these brushes is a freehand brush that they call their Katana Brush.

A freehand brush is used exactly like it sounds like it would be used.

You paint details on miniatures freehand with the brush instead of using stencils or relying on pre-made stickers.

They are great for lettering or drawing little icons by hand.

The Games & Gears Katana Brush is an amazing brush, but we are not here to talk about that, are we?

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A Katana Brush for Splatoon 3

Splatoon 2 Ink Bow
BOW: This thing looks wicked

After seeing some of the cool new weapons the Splatoon 3 trailer showed off, I cannot wait to see what else the game has in store for players.

It also got me thinking that Splatoon should have more defined classes for players to choose from and/or more defined roles for weapons.

A katana brush, in my mind, would be mostly an offensive weapon, meant for splatting opponents and clearing the way for other teammates to follow up and cover more turf with ink.

Picture a thin brush that an Inkling of Octoling runs with, tip down and creating a thin line of ink behind them.

When swung, it would create a thin arc of ink that would splash out, dealing more damage the closer an opponent is.

A three-swipe combo, focusing more on damaging a single opponent than covering turf.

Now Splatoon already has a paintbrush that does a great job as an offensive weapon, but I feel like it just falls a bit short.

I understand Splatoon is meant to appeal to a wide audience of players, but a little more definition in the weapons could give die-hard fans a little more strategic depth in the game.

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Weapon Classes in Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 screenshot

There is already a wide range of weapons that serve different functions in Splatoon, allowing players and teams a bit of flexibility in how they play the game.

None of these, however, seem to fall squarely in one category or another when it comes to offense, coverage, defense, etc...


The true exception to this rule is Chargers and Brellas, the former is pretty much the sniper rifles of the Splatoon world while the latter is a mix of a shotgun and a shield

Currently, Splatoon has the following types of weapons:

  • Shooters
  • Blasters
  • Chargers
  • Rollers
    • Brushes
  • Sloshers
  • Dualies
  • Brellas

While Chargers, Brellas, Sloshers, and to some extent, Brushes offer a different style of gameplay, the rest of the weapons feel like they blend together to point.

I'm hoping for Splatoon 3 to clean up the weapon pool a bit, having fewer weapons with a clearer function for each type.

The katana brush would be a perfect fit for a purely offensive weapon class.