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This article discusses content that is not part of the official Splatoon series but is part of the community or competitive gaming space.
For information about the Sprinkler, see Sprinkler.

Splatoon 2



Base damage 20
Base duration Deployment: 0.5 seconds
High-power: 5 seconds
Medium-power: 15 seconds
Low-power: ∞
Ink consumption 60%
Special points
Special depletion
Strengths Quick turfing, shielding, distracts opponents[1][2][3]
Weaknesses Nonlethal damage, no more turfing than most bombs[1]

Returning from the original Splatoon, the Sprinkler has been slightly modified in Splatoon 2. Upon deployment, it now has three phases of ever-decreasing strength. Otherwise, it still serves the same purpose it served in the original Splatoon: automatic turfing, temporary shielding, and distraction of opponents.


While not as versatile as bombs, the Sprinkler can still provide its user some utility:

  • First, it constantly spreads ink around its immediate area, maintaining turf control on highly contested areas:
    • Like a Suction Bomb, it can attach to any surface it is thrown onto. A Sprinkler placed high on a wall or ceiling is usually harder for an opponent to destroy than one on the ground.
    • Starting from Version 4.5.0, it immediately places a sizable spot of ink around its base (if the surface is inkable). This allows users of slow-firing weapons, such as the Explosher and the Kensa Dynamo Roller, to maintain friendly turf beneath their feet.[2]
    • It can used by users of shorter-ranged weapons, such as the Permanent Inkbrush, to turf areas that are either out of their reach or unsafe to approach.
    • A Sprinkler will continue to operate until it is destroyed or its user either places another one or gets splatted.
    • After attaching to a surface, the Sprinkler takes 30 frames (0.5 seconds) to deploy before transitioning through three phases:
Phase Fire rate
speed (°/f)
tion (s)‡
High-power 4 33 5
Medium-power 6 11 15
Low-power 9 1

‡ Can be increased with Sub Power Up

  • Second, a Sprinkler can also act as a light shield in a pinch:[1]
    • They have 120 HP but are easily destroyed by opponents using Object Shredder.
    • A Sprinkler's shielding and instant turfing can help its user escape a close encounter with an opponent.[3]
  • Finally, a Sprinkler can also be used as a distraction, diverting the opponent's fire away from its user.
    • Throwing a Sprinkler onto opposing turf can flush out sharking opponents or induce opponents to fire upon them, revealing their position.[3]
  • Additionally, they can be used to take out the rainmaker's barrier relatively quickly, as the barrier does not destroy the sprinkler upon contact.

The Sprinkler has a few disadvantages compared to bombs:

  • Its damage is very weak, making it less effective for area denial, zoning or poking.
  • While the Sprinkler can provide constant turf, most bombs can turf at least the same amount of area, making the Sprinkler no more effective at farming special weapons.


While a Sprinkler can contribute to a team's map control, it cannot zone out or poke at opponents or deny space as well as a bomb, such as a Splat or Suction Bomb, which is usually just as effective at turfing. A team with lethal bombs in its composition has many advantages over another team that has no lethal bombs:[4]

  • Their one-hit-splat offers its user's team chances of instantly gaining a numbers advantage, from which a game-winning push can arise.
  • Their lethal explosion provides space for its user's team to either push into an area held by the opponent or stall an opponent's push.

While not as versatile as bombs, the Sprinkler can be used in a few ways to support your teammates:

  • Placing a Sprinkler in a strategically important area can help your team maintain control of it. Its destruction by the opponent might serve as a warning of their presence.
  • If you have a teammate who wields a slow-firing, ink-guzzling weapon and tends to remain in one area, then consider dropping a Sprinkler nearby them to provide them both a temporary shield and friendly turf within which to retreat and reload their ink tank.


While an opponent's Sprinkler might not be as threatening as their bombs, it can still help them maintain map control and provide a layer of protection.

  • A player with Object Shredder can destroy most opponents' objects, such as Sprinklers, with one shot. Rapid-firing weapons can do this more quickly and efficiently.
  • If an opponent's Sprinkler is present nearby, make sure that no opponents are hiding nearby before attempting to destroy it.
  • If an opponent throws a Sprinkler towards you, attempt to splat the opponent first whenever possible since doing so will also remove their Sprinkler.