Killer Wail

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Killer Wail
Killer Wail HQ.png
Type Special
Damage 10 (per frame)
Points to Fill (p) 160
Base Duration 10s (aiming)
2s (active)
Sets 14
Brand

The Killer Wail is a Special Weapon in Splatoon.

Description

When activated, the Killer Wail projects a series of concentric circles in its intended path for a moment before firing massive sound waves in the user's Ink color shortly after. They splat any enemies they touch, ignoring buildings or other obstacles. While the Killer Wail does not spread any Ink of its own unless an opponent is splatted, it is useful for gaining or keeping control of the stage.

Notes

Killer Wail is an extremely powerful special, ideal for splatting opponents caught within its lethal sonic cone. When activated, you’re prompted to aim the device, which appears like a large megaphone. In addition to rotating the device, you can also tilt it, aiming it up or down. Once set, shoot the Killer Wail to send a sonic blast through the stage. This wave travels through the entire stage, passing through walls and other objects. Given the special’s linear attack, aim it down narrow corridors or high-traffic chokepoints. While the Killer Wail doesn’t spread ink, any opponents unlucky enough to be caught within its blast will explode, spreading your team’s ink over a small area.
— Splatoon Prima Guide

Tips

  • Use the Killer Wail through walls to surprise unsuspecting enemies that pass by.
  • If you run by a corner, hide there and activate the Killer Wail and watch the enemy run into it and splat themselves.
  • It requires approximately 2 seconds to channel and activate the Killer Wail. Make sure you activate it early to get the hit.
  • Though the main charm is to splat people, the Killer Wail is also excellent for chasing away enemies. Aim it at popular pathways, common sniping spots, splat zones, tower routes, etc. and you can essentially lock out enemies from these areas.
  • The Killer Wail is excellent against the Kraken or Bubbler because of its huge knockback. For instance, teammates sharing a Bubbler on top of the tower in Tower Control can all be pushed off with a well-aimed Killer Wail.
  • The Killer Wail is excellent to use at corridors where the enemy have hard time to move aside. It is very strong at stages like Walleye Warehouse, Port Mackerel and Camp Triggerfish.

Countering

  • It leaves a set of lines when it is about to activate. Watch out for them when they are visible and dodge it using Squid Form.
  • If an enemy has the Killer Wail as their special, take caution when walking around corners as they may silently channel it as a surprise.
  • It makes a loud guitar noise. This allows the player to know that someone is preparing a Killer Wail ambush. Use the noise to dodge it before retaliating.
  • Repeating the final boss level can help practice dodging the Killer Wail as one of his attacks uses the Killer Wail.

Sets

Main Sub Special
Weapont Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Blaster.png Blaster Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Custom Dual Squelcher.png Custom Dual Squelcher Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Grim Range Blaster.png Grim Range Blaster Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Heavy Splatling Remix.png Heavy Splatling Remix Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Hero Roller Replica.png Hero Roller Replica Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Kelp Splat Charger.png Kelp Splat Charger Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Kelp Splatterscope.png Kelp Splatterscope Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro Deco.png Rapid Blaster Pro Deco Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Weapont Main Tempered Dynamo Roller.png Tempered Dynamo Roller Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail


Version history

2.0.0

  • Decreased the amount of turf needed to be inked for filling the Special Gauge: 180p → 160p

2.6.0

  • Shortened the period of decreased character control after using the Killer Wail when equipped with Special Duration Up
  • Changed how the Killer Wail's aiming prediction is displayed.

Trivia

  • Killer Wail is a pun on Killer Whale.
  • When launched, the Killer Wail actually emits a guitar wail that lasts for a few seconds.
  • The Killer Wail most likely causes enemy Inklings to disintegrate, as they are supposedly made of liquid.
  • A Killer Wail is used by the final boss of Octo Valley in the second phase and later.
  • There are no Sloshers with the Killer Wail as their Special Weapon.

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese メガホンレーザー
megahon rēzā
megaphone laser
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Berreón From the same noun Berreón (Bawler).
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Tintófono Inkophone
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Laser-perçant Piercing Laser
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Haut-perceur From Haut-parleur (Loudspeaker) and Perceur (Piercer)
FlagGermany.svg German Heulboje whistle buoy
FlagItaly.svg Italian Tintofono From Tinta (Ink) and the suffix Fono, used in relation to sounds.


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