Splatoon 2 Weapon Balance Update 2.2 Patch Notes Reveal Buffs & Nerfs

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Splatoon 2 update 2.2 brings several weapon balance changes that buff main weapons and nerf sub-weapons. The update is set to go live Jan. 17 on Nintendo Switch. Nintendo

Splatoon 2 update 2.2 will release on Jan. 17, according to a recent tweet from the game’s Japanese Twitter account. While an English version of the patch notes has not been released, translations from NF#3407 give us a good idea of what to expect.


Splattershot Jr. / Custom Splattershot Jr.

  • Painting at the player’s feet has been improved.


Dynamo Roller / Gold Dynamo Roller

  • Maximum damage of horizontal and vertical swing increased (150>180)
  • Distance of damage from horizontal swing increased by 21 percent. Does not affect distance when damage is more than 100.
  • Distance of damage from vertical swing increased by 1 percent. Does not affect distance when damage is more than 100.


Flingza Roller / Foil Flingza Roller

  • Widened painting radius of vertical swing
  • The distance of damage from a vertical swing above 100 damage increased by 11 percent. Extended the distance of damage greater than 50 by 13 percent


Inkbrush / Inkbrush Nouveau

  • Increased movement speed while swinging brush by 67 percent


Classic Squiffer

  • Increased charging speed while in the air by 100 percent


Goo Tuber

  • Increased overall damage when not fully charged by 63 percent, so 100 percent damage is possible at 71 percent charge.
  • Reduced the velocity of bullets just below full charge by 5 percent


Slosher / Slosher Deco / Hero Slosher Replica

  • Restricted movement shortened by four frames after shooting
  • Painting radius increased at and around the feet


Heavy Splatling / Heavy Splatling Deco / Hero Splatling Replica

  • Damage increased (28>32)


Dapple Dualies / Dapple Dualies Nouveau

  • Expanded hitbox calculation between bullets and players, making opponents easier to hit.
  • Reduced ink consumption by 17 percent
  • Reduced dodge roll movement lag with sub-weapons by four frames


Splat Dualies / Enperry Splat Dualies

  • Expanded hitbox calculation
  • Reduced dodge roll movement lag with sub-weapons by four frames


Glooga Dualies

  • Expanded hitbox calculation
  • Reduced ink consumption by 11 percent
  • Reduced bullet shake after shooting


Dualie Squelchers

  • Expanded hitbox calculation



  • Splat Bomb: Reduced blast radius of 3.0 damage by 13 percent
  • Suction Bomb: Reduced blast radius of 3.0 damage by 11 percent
  • Curling Bomb: Post-use delay increased by 15 frames. Reduced blast radius of 3.0 damage by 13 percent.


Special Weapons

  • Curling Bomb Launcher: Extended duration by 40 frames
  • Bubble Blower: The special is easier to destroy when smaller

Weapon Special Gauge Performance

  • .52 Gal: -10
  • Custom E-Liter 4K: -10
  • Custom E-Liter 4K (Scope): -10
  • Dualie Squelchers: -10
  • Tenta Brella: -10
  • N-Zap 85: +20
  • Forge Splattershot Pro: +20
  • Flingza Roller: +10
  • Foil Flingza Roller: +10


While these updates won’t go live immediately, today is still a pretty busy day for Splatoon 2 players. The brand new Shellendorf Institute stage went live around 9 p.m. EST Thursday, and the brand-new Dapple Dualies Nouveau variation debuts Friday. The weapon includes a Toxic Mist sub-weapon with an Ink Storm special. It’s got a cool new style, and, now that Dualies are being buffed, they’re more useful than ever before.

The Shellendorf Institute stage was first shown this November alongside the Splatoon 2 2.0 announcement. It takes place inside a history museum with some really cool DNA exhibits.

Splatoon 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch.

How do you feel about Splatoon 2’s 2.2 weapon balance update? Do these patch notes make sense to you? Tell us in the comments section!

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