Bubbler

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Bubbler
Bubbler HQ.png
Type Special
Points to Fill (p) 180
Base Duration 4.5s
Sets 9
Bubble redirects here. For the bubble-patterned shoes, see Bubble Rain Boots.

The Bubbler is a Special Weapon in Splatoon that temporarily protects the user from all damage.

Description

For a short period of time, the Bubbler will absorb all attacks while making the user much more susceptible to knockback. A Bubbler can be extended to one's teammates by touching them, though all Bubblers spread in this way will end at the same time as the original one. Its base duration is four and a half seconds and can be extended with Special Duration Up.

Notes

You can never go wrong with Bubbler. When activated, a small impenetrable bubble appears around your character, rendering you invincible for approximately five seconds. Bubbler can also be shared with teammates. When activating Bubbler next to a teammate, they’ll also get a protective bubble around them. You can also run into a teammate while Bubbler is active to give them Bubbler too—but it will only be active for the same remaining time as yours. So make an effort to seek out a teammate before activating this special. Due to its relatively limited duration, only activate Bubbler when you absolutely need it, such as the beginning of a firefight with an opponent. Bubbler is also effective when entering known high-traffic areas such as Splat Zones and chokepoints where you know enemy ink is flying.
— Splatoon Prima Guide

Tips

  • The Bubbler's duration is quite short, and every moment must be used wisely. Splatting nearby enemies or moving through dangerous areas should be done quickly if the user is to take full advantage of it.
  • The Bubbler reaches its full potential when used cooperatively; shared among teammates, it can turn the tide of battle significantly.
  • The Bubbler is very useful in Splat Zones, allowing an entire team to make a powerful attack on (or a powerful defense of) a zone.
  • Like the Kraken, the Bubbler can be used in Tower Control to sit on the tower without taking damage. However, the increased knockback can make it difficult to stay on if enemies hit from the right angle.

Countering

  • It is important to keep in mind that a player using a Bubbler is still limited by their Main and Sub weapons: an Inkbrush Nouveau can still be outranged, a Custom Blaster can still be outmaneuvered, and so on.
  • A Bubbler that is about to expire will flash, signaling that the user will be unprotected very soon. If they are not paying attention to their remaining time, this can be taken advantage of for an easy splat.
  • Despite the invulnerability to weapons, players using a Bubbler can still be splatted by falling into water or out of bounds. The increased knockback makes this even more likely; pushing the Bubbler user into such pitfalls is a viable option, especially in stages like Moray Towers and Mahi-Mahi Resort.
  • Some Bubbler users may quickly activate it when engaged by an enemy, rather than as a strategic move. Caution must be used when dealing with these players. Though they may seem vulnerable in one moment, they can easily use their Bubbler to splat would-be attackers in the next.

Sets

Main Sub Special
Weapont Main Cherry H-3 Nozzlenose.png Cherry H-3 Nozzlenose Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Custom Blaster.png Custom Blaster Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr. Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Inkbrush Nouveau.png Inkbrush Nouveau Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Zink Mini Splatling.png Zink Mini Splatling Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Weapont Main Custom Hydra Splatling.png Custom Hydra Splatling Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler


Version history

2.2.0

  • Increased the amount of knockback when Bubbler users are hit from above or below.

2.9.0

  • Base duration: 5 seconds → 4.5 seconds

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese バリア
Baria
Barrier
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Burbuja Bubble
FlagFrance.svg French Bouclier Shield
FlagGermany.svg German Kugelschild Spherical Shield
FlagItaly.svg Italian Bolla scudo Bubble Shield


Weapons in Splatoon
Main Shooters Weapont Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG(RG, PG) · Weapont Main Dual Squelcher.png Dual Squelcher(Custom)

Weapont Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose(D, Cherry) · Weapont Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher(Custom) Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose(D) · Weapont Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85('89, '83)
Weapont Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic(Neo) · Weapont Main Splattershot.png Splattershot(Hero, Octoshot, Tentatek, Wasabi) · Weapont Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.(Custom)
Weapont Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro(Forge, Berry) · Weapont Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic(Neo, 7)
Weapont Main Blaster.png Blaster(Custom) · Weapont Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster(Neo) · Weapont Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster(Custom, Grim) · Weapont Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster(Deco)
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro(Deco)

Rollers Weapont Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller(Deco) · Weapont Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller(Gold, Tempered) · Weapont Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller(Hero, Krak-On, CoroCoro)

Weapont Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · Weapont Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

Chargers Weapont Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I(Mk II, Mk III) · Weapont Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer(New, Fresh) · Weapont Main E-liter 3K.png E-liter 3K(Custom)

Weapont Main E-liter 3K Scope.png E-liter 3K Scope(Custom) · Weapont Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger(Hero, Kelp, Bento) · Weapont Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope(Kelp, Bento)

Sloshers Weapont Main Slosher.png Slosher(Deco, Soda) · Weapont Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine(Neo) · Weapont Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher(Nouveau)
Sub Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb · Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor · Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine · Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor · Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker
Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall · Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb · Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler · Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon · Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
Special Weapon Special Bomb Rush Splat Bomb.png Bomb Rush · Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler · Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator · Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike · Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka · Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail · Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken