Baller

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The Baller is a special weapon in Splatoon 2. It resembles an Inkling or Octoling-sized hamster ball, and is similar to both the S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler and S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken from Splatoon.

Splatoon 2

Baller

Baller

Category Special
Class
Sub
Special
Level
Cost
Availability
Base damage 50 (contact)
55 (splash)
180 (direct hit)
Base duration 6s (automatic detonation)
Ink consumption
Special points
Sp. depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Variant

When using the special move, an Inkling or Octoling enters the Baller. This allows them to move quickly and blocks incoming damage taken while inking the ground as they move, and also allows them to walk up walls. If Button1 ZR.png is held while in the bubble, or after a set time, the Baller explodes, covering the surrounding area in ink. The Baller being inked results in it shrinking, eventually disappearing, instead of the player using it taking damage.

Use

  • There is a slight but critical startup delay from the time the player activates Baller to the time they enter it. Therefore, it is advised to activate the Baller in a relatively safe place before taking enemy fire. Also, while the Baller can be used as a type of panic button to protect oneself, similar to the S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler in Splatoon, activating it too late will cause the player to get splatted before benefiting from its protection.
  • The Baller cannot travel through grates or mesh that a morphed Inkling or Octoling can swim through, such as the gate leading to the court on Goby Arena. Keep this in mind when either pursuing an opponent with the Baller or escaping an opponent using the Baller.
  • Players are completely immune to the effects of S2 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist.png Toxic Mist while using the Baller, since the player would not technically be exposed to the mist while inside the airtight ball. However, this is not the case for S2 Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensors, as going through one will cause you to be tracked as normal.
  • A player in a Baller who touches the Rainmaker after its shield is broken automatically picks up the Rainmaker and exits the Baller without exploding it. Make sure not to accidentally touch the unshielded Rainmaker when using the Baller.
  • A Baller can force its user's opponent to move in a direction different from where the opponent intended, especially in narrow passages.
  • Even with the added protection, a Baller user can greatly benefit from the shelter of a coordinated special weapon, such as the S2 Weapon Special Booyah Bomb.png Booyah Bomb, S2 Weapon Special Bubble Blower.png Bubble Blower, or S2 Weapon Special Ink Storm.png Ink Storm.
  • While the resulting ink coverage of a Baller's explosion occurs more slowly than that of a S2 Weapon Special Splashdown.png Splashdown, a player inside the Baller is more likely to survive enemy fire, such as blaster shots or the bursting of bubbles from the Bubble Blower.
  • There is a small moment before the explosion in which the Baller is invulnerable to enemy attacks. A Baller user can use this to their advantage to avoid having the Baller being broken by multiple high damage special weapons (such as the Splashdown) that have been used in the same area and potentially splat nearby opponents.
  • The S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up ability increases both the durability of the Baller and the hitbox of its explosion.
  • After the Baller's explosion, nearby opponents not splatted are often damaged enough for one or two shots to splat them.
  • The Baller is preferred over the S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet whenever you want to both push the enemy back and advance into their territory, as the Inkjet forces its user to return to the launching point at the end of its duration.

Strategy

As a Baller user

  • At the start of a battle, it is advised to pull open the map with Button1 X.png and see if any opponents have S2 Ability Object Shredder.png Object Shredder, as it will be easier for those with it to destroy the Baller, thus players should be wary of such opponents.
  • Unless you can catch the opponents by surprise, or are under the protection of a teammate's special weapon such as the Bubble Blower, reserve the use of Baller against single targets, as multiple players who focus fire and bombs on a Baller will eventually break it.
  • Certain stages, such as Kelp Dome, Port Mackerel, and Walleye Warehouse, have a street that is easily defensible in both Rainmaker and Clam Blitz. A well-timed Baller, especially with other coordinated specials, can help break through the stalemate and lay siege onto the enemy's position.
  • In Splat Zones, a single Baller's explosion is usually enough to either un-capture a single zone held by the enemy or capture one of two zones on a dual-zone stage. The Baller user and their teammates must be able to follow this up to fully capture either the single zone or the second of two dual zones.
  • The Baller can provide a Tower rider in Tower Control ample protection from enemy fire, even from three S2 Weapon Special Sting Ray.png Sting Ray, similar to how both the Bubbler and S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken were used in Splatoon. Position yourself between the enemy fire and the middle post of the Tower to avoid getting knocked off. This tactic is most optimally used for clearing checkpoints, where the Tower is stationary and vulnerable to enemy attack.
  • One of the most effective means of scoring in Clam Blitz, especially on stages that are medium to large, involves the Baller providing a safe Super Jump landing point for teammates carrying Power Clams:
    • To conceal one's position, the Baller player should not carry a Power Clam, as doing so would mark one with a Mode Icon Ranked Battle 2.png Ranked Battle symbol on the screen. If one obtains a Power Clam, they should pass it to a teammate, preferably the Anchor, who will remain relatively safe until a Super Jump opportunity presents itself.
    • Once the Baller player has built up their special gauge and at least one teammate has a Power Clam, the Baller player activates it in a spot that is nearby the enemy Clam Basket but relatively safe from attack, then rolls underneath the basket, and detonates the Baller, spreading ink around the basket, all while signalling their teammates with Button1 DPad.png, indicating that they are within throwing range of the enemy Clam Basket.
    • Any of the Baller's teammates who has a Power Clam will Super Jump to the Baller's position, landing within a throw's reach of the enemy Clam Basket, and toss their clams (Power Clams first) into the basket.
      • S2 Weapon Special Ink Armor.png Ink Armor and S2 Ability Stealth Jump.png Stealth Jump will improve the survivability of teammates who super jump toward the enemy basket. Activating the Splashdown just before landing can also clear out the landing point of enemies and claim a large area of turf, but note that doing so will force its user to drop all clams in possession.

Versus a Baller user

  • Study the display to determine both which, if any, opponents have the Baller in their weapon builds and when it is fully charged. This early intelligence is valuable in any mode, especially in Clam Blitz.
  • If multiple players are in the firing range of an enemy Baller, concentrate fire to quickly destroy and defuse it. Both bombs and S2 Ability Object Shredder.png Object Shredder can help speed up the destruction and defusing of a Baller. Bombs that strike an enemy Baller will immediately detonate, not only damaging it but also damaging or splatting any of the Baller user's teammates nearby.
  • The Splashdown is often powerful enough to destroy a Baller, but be wary of the Baller's explosion.
  • In Tower Control, fire at an enemy Baller at a proper angle to knock it off of the Tower. With a mesh brim surrounding the Tower, the Baller cannot climb back on without the assistance of another structure.

Version history

Version Adjustments
1.2.0
  • During use, reduced amount of damage received from opponent Shooters (excluding Blasters), Splatlings, and Dualies by 40%.
1.3.0
  • Made the Baller less likely to be knocked back when hit with enemy attacks.
  • Increased durability of the Baller by about 33% when the gear ability “Special Power Up” isn’t being used. (Durability when using the maximum amount of “Special Power Up” remains unchanged. )
  • Increased damage radius of explosion by roughly 17% and radius of ink coverage by roughly 7%.
  • Increased minimum damage caused by explosion: 30.0 → 55.0
  • Increased power of explosion to knock back opponents.
1.4.0
  • Increased damage dealt to opposing Ballers by bursting bubbles by roughly 150%.
  • Made movement of the Baller easier to hear for surrounding players.
  • Decreased the radius of minimum damage (55 damage) dealt by the explosion of the Baller by roughly 14% when S2 Ability Special Power Up.png Special Power Up isn’t being used.
    ※ Due to changes in gear ability balancing, this radius will be the same as it was previously when the maximum amount of Special Power Up is being used.
2.3.0
  • Made it so the player can change direction of movement more quickly than before.
3.0.0
  • Climbing surfaces where inkable walls connect to non-inkable walls will now be easier.
4.3.0
  • Greatly increased damage dealt to opponent Brellas.
    • Increased damage to opponent Brellas varies from roughly 3 to 4.8 times the previous amount depending on the Brella.

Sets

Gallery

Quotes

Click to view the quotes for Baller. View the quotation page.

Trivia

  • When a player is splatted by a Baller's explosion, a message with "The Baller Inksploded!" appears. The message "Splatted by Baller!" appears in other instances.
  • The most expensive Baller, in special gauge points, is from the Kensa Splat Dualies, at 210 points. The cheapest is from the Aerospray RG at 170 points.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese イカスフィア
Ikasufia
Squid Sphere
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Barstbubbel Burst Bubble
FlagFrance.svg French Chromo-sphère Color-sphere
FlagGermany.svg German Sepisphäre Sepia sphere
FlagItaly.svg Italian Cromosfera Cromo is an unspecified color-related suffix (that could be translated simply as "colored"), Sfera (ball)
FlagRussia.svg Russian Шарокат
Sharokat
From шар shar (ball) and кат kat (roll)
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Esfera tintera Ink Sphere