Splatoon 3: Check Out the New Weapons and Special Weapons

Check out the new weapons.
Check out the new weapons. Nintendo

Today, we learned more about what’s coming in Splatoon 3, courtesy of a video presentation from Nintendo. There’s a lot to unpack, so we’ll just look into the new weapons and additional features.

Veterans of the series should be happy to know that Splatoon 3 added Splatlands-specific weapons. There’s the bow-like Tri-Stringer, which can fire in three directions at the same time and unleash charged shots that briefly freeze before exploding.

Another one is the Splatana Wiper, which sends blades of ink flying with the centrifugal force generated by swinging it. If swung after charging up, it transforms into a charged slash.

By the way, all main weapon types from the previous Splatoon games are going to be available in Splatoon 3 from the beginning.

New Special Weapons

This upcoming title introduces some new and unique special weapons, which can be unleashed after inking enough turf. These include:

  • Tacticooler
    • When activated, a fridge appears with stat-boosting beverages for the team.
  • Wave Breaker
    • Unleashes sonic waves around the area.
  • Reefslider
    • A shark-shaped and ink-propelled float that charges forward creating an ink explosion on opponents.

In addition, there are also familiar special weapons returning for this title, and these are:

  • Tenta Missiles
  • Inkjet
  • Ink Storm
  • Ultra Stamp
  • Booyah Bomb

These special weapons can be paired with main weapons, which allow players to find the combo that suits their style.

Lobby Features

A new feature now for Splatsville lobby now shows online friends as 3D holograms. In battle, it’s easy to join either as an ally or as an opponent. By forming a team and playing, players can see what friends are up to at any given moment. The lobby also has a Memory Player, which can replay recent battles.


Once the battle starts, players can see Splashtags. These can be customized with a title, background, and badge. Plus, the emote a character performs when winning a battle can also be customized.

All of these and more can be obtained through the in-game catalog, available at Hotlantis, a general store located on the edge of Splatsville. Players can exchange points earned from battles for various items, including seasonal gear and ability chunks.

Pre-orders for the game are now available, and you can learn more here. You can also read more about the different modes you can play here. Splatoon 3 is coming out on September 9 on Nintendo Switch.

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