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The Painbrush is a main weapon in Splatoon 3.


The Painbrush resembles a fan brush with a slit in its bristles. Its silver, metallic handle resembles a palette cup. On the handle near the bristles, the Nouveau logo can be seen, colored white.

Splatoon 3



Basic information
Category Main
Class S3 Icon Brush.png Brush
Sub S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb
Special S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker
Special points 200p
Special depletion
33 / 100
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
85 / 100
60 / 100
Obtainable at
Level 14
Base damage 20-60 (Splash)
30 (Roll)
Base duration
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

The Painbrush was revealed on 16 May 2023 in the Sizzle Season 2023 trailer.[1] On 18 May 2023, Nintendo revealed the weapon in a dedicated post on their Twitter. The post shows that the Painbrush will have Curling Bomb and Wave Breaker.[2]

It rolls with a speed comparable to the Octobrush and also has more range. Though, unlike other brushes, which typically fling ink in a wide area, the Painbrush spreads ink in a much more narrow field, straight ahead of the user, similar to the Splatana's horizontal slash. It takes at least 3 ranged hits to splat an opponent.


  • The Painbrush is a middleweight weapon.
  • The matchmaking range is 13.1. The game's matchmaking system looks at a team's average matchmaking range value, and matches them against a team with a similar average.
  • Ink consumption per second while sliding is 14.4%.
  • While sliding, the player's movement speed is set to 0.18 units per frame.
  • After rolling, there is a 0.5 second cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
  • Hitting an opponent while sliding deals 30 damage.
  • While sliding, the Painbrush leaves an ink trail that is 2.2 units wide.

Flinging Ink

  • The ink consumption of 6.4% allows players to attack 15 times before needing to refill the ink supply.
    • This stat can be changed with Ink Saver (Main).
  • When attacking, it takes 23 frames to start swinging the brush.
  • The weapon can be swung every 15 frames (4 times per second).
  • When attacking while moving, the player's movement speed is set to 0.024 units per frame.
  • After swinging, there is a 1 second cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
  • Attacks have a base damage of 60.
  • For normal attacks, ink loses damage based on distance traveled. Ink starts losing damage at 5.0 units and stops losing damage at 13.0 units. The minimum damage is 25.
  • If a glob of ink is in the air for more than 24 frames after being flung, it loses damage each frame until frame 45, at which point it will deal 50% of its original damage.
  • Damage does not change based on the angle of the ink.



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Sheldon's Introduction

If you like brushes but wish they had a bit more range and power, then you've got to experience the Painbrush for yourself! It's all thanks to a unique 90 degree rotation by the brush head, giving this weapon the most range of ANY brush out there. The trade-off is that each swing is a bit slower, but this is still a brush we're talking about. You'll be flying across the map, and you can use Curling Bomb to blaze your path. Add in the Wave Breaker special to light up your enemies, and you've got a potent set designed for speed and extreme range!

SRL Ballistics back again! The S-BLAST was and IS cool, but we can only watch the video so many times. Now we're on to the Painbrush, the biggest, heaviest, and NEWEST brush in the game! Please hold while we watch and analyze our new Painbrush video 2,479 times.

And here it is in action! Note how the first swing is slow, but subsequent swings fling ink fast and wide. Plus, you can hold down the Button to advance quickly as needed. If battling is an art, this brush could be... an art tool? IDK. We're scientists, not artists.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[5][2]


Main article: Badge#Weapon freshness

Reaching certain Freshness levels with the Painbrush will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Painbrush Badges
S3 Badge Painbrush 4.png 4★ Painbrush User
S3 Badge Painbrush 5.png 5★ Painbrush User



Painbrush is a pun on "paintbrush" and a portmanteau of the words "pain" and "brush."

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese フィンセント
From fin and Vincent [a]
Netherlands Dutch Kwistkwast From either kwist ("annihilation, torture") or kwisten ("to squander") and kwast ("brush")
CanadaFrance French Épinceau écaïe Shell brush
Germany German Fächerfärber Fan painter
Italy Italian Tonnoretto From tonno ("tuna") and Italian painter Tintoretto
Russia Russian Веерокисть «Плюхассо»
Veerokist' "Plyukhasso"
Fan brush «Splatasso» [b]
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Pincel abanico Fan brush
Spain Spanish (NOE) Brocha abanico Fan brush
China Chinese 文森
Wén sēn (Mandarin)
man4 sam1
Vincent [a]
South Korea Korean 빈센트
Vincent [a]
Translate logo.svg Internal Brush_Heavy_00[6] Brush is the respective class, Heavy means that it's heavyweight, and 00 means it's the first variant.

Translation notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A reference to Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch painter
  2. From плюх plyukh ("splat") and Пикассо Pikasso ("Picasso," a Spanish painter)