Ballpoint Splatling

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The Ballpoint Splatling is a main weapon in Splatoon 2. It is a splatling that changes its rate of fire and range drastically after firing a short duration.[1]

This splatling works differently from other splatlings, as it does not have a consistent range when firing in short bursts. There are two stages of firing with this weapon. The first stage only lasts for a quarter ring charge, which has a range equivalent to the S2 Weapon Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr., fires faster compared to other splatlings, and has mobility slightly higher than the S2 Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling. When charged more than a quarter ring, the range increases dramatically, having a range in between the S2 Weapon Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling and S2 Weapon Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling, and has perfect accuracy but fires slightly slower compared to other splatlings.

The Ballpoint Splatling has the ability to recharge itself by pressing Button1 ZR.png at any time while it is firing. When recharging, the weapon maintains the property of whichever stage it was on. However, a charge exceeding 1¾ rings automatically defaults the weapon back to the first stage. Additionally, the weapon is able to maintain its stage-two charge even after it has finished firing by starting another charge within a second.

The Ballpoint Splatling has a nearly consistent charge rate for both rings. It takes 0.83 seconds to reach the first level of charge and 1.66 seconds in total to reach the second level of charge. Once the first level of charge is reached, it can fire for approximately 1.66 seconds, and once the second level of charge is reached, it can fire for approximately 3.33 seconds.

Splatoon 2

Ballpoint Splatling

Ballpoint Splatling

Category Main
Class Splatling
Sub S2 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist.png Toxic Mist
Special S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet
Level 25
Cost Cash 11,600
Availability
Base Damage 28 (Short)
30 (Long)
Base Duration
Ink Consumption 25% (Full charge)
Special Points 200p
Sp. Depletion
Range
85 / 100
Damage
Impact
Fire Rate
Charge Speed
18 / 100
Ink Speed
Mobility
60 / 100
Durability
Handling

The Ballpoint Splatling was released on 1 July 2018 at 00:00 UTC.[2]. It comes with S2 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist.png Toxic Mist and the S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet.

The Ballpoint Splatling appears to be a multi-color ballpoint pen with four ballpoint cartridges inside a clear cover. The body is black with the butt and the cartridges' clickers in the user's ink color and the Nouveau Nouveau logo in white. When charging the weapon, the clickers, cartridges, and butt of the weapon light up in a brighter color.

Data

  • The Ballpoint Splatling is a middleweight weapon.
  • The full charge ink consumption of 25% allows players to fully charge 4 times before needing to refill the ink supply.
  • When charging the weapon on the group, it will take 50 frames in order to charge its first ring and 100 frames in total for a full charge.
  • With a single ring charged, it will have a firing duration of 100 frames. With a full charge, it will have a firing duration of 200 frames.
  • When firing, it has a fire rate of 3 frames between bullets.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, it will transition to a fire rate of 5 frames between bullets.
  • When firing, the player's movement speed is set to 0.96 units per frame.
    • When charging, the player's movement speed is set to 0.96 units per frame.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, when firing, the player's movement speed is set to 0.5 units per frame.
  • After firing, there is a 40 frame cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
  • If a bullet is in the air for more than 11 frames after being fired, it loses 2 damage per frame until it reaches 16 damage at frame 19.
  • Bullets have a radius of 2 units.
  • The angle its shots can deviate while on the ground is 6 degrees.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, the angle its shots can deviate while on the ground is 1 degrees.
  • The angle its shots can deviate while in the air is 12 degrees.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, the angle its shots can deviate while in the air is 4 degrees.
  • The outer reticle immediately expands after jumping. After 25 frames, the outer reticle will start shrinking, and will finish shrinking after 70 frames.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling has a 0.4% chance to shoot towards the outer reticle instead of the inner reticle.
  • When jumping, the chance to shoot towards the outer reticle instead of the inner reticle is immediately set to 0.4%.
  • The bullet's velocity is set to 10.27 units, and decreases further as it falls to the ground.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, the bullet's velocity is set to 22.963 units, and decreases further as it falls to the ground.
  • Paint droplets occur every 110 units.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, paint droplets occur every 240 units.
  • The frequency at which paint drips from a bullet occurs at a rate of 1 droplets per shot.
  • There are a total of 6 different droplet patterns that can be created while firing this weapon.
  • Droplets that occur within 11 units of the player have a radius of 19 units.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, droplets that occur within 10 units of the player have a radius of 17 units.
  • Droplets that occur when they travel past 200 units of the player have a radius of 18 units.
  • Upon reaching its second stage, droplets that occur when they travel past 250 units of the player have a radius of 15 units.
  • All other paint droplets have a radius of 12.8 units.
  • Droplets that are far from the player and all other droplets have their radius multiplied by a value ranging from 1.6 if they fell from a height above 100 units to 1.6 if they fell from a height below 30 units.
    • Upon reaching its second stage, droplets that are far from the player and all other droplets have their radius multiplied by a value ranging from 1.4 if they fell from a height above 100 units to 1.4 if they fell from a height below 30 units.


Version history

Version Adjustments
3.2.0
  • Decreased charging speed when in midair by roughly 33%.
  • Decreased charging speed when out of ink by roughly 33%.
  • Special gauge points: 190 → 200
4.3.1
  • Decreased the effect of the S2 Ability Run Speed Up.png Run Speed Up gear ability : 30% → 25%
  • Decreased the effect of the S2 Ability Main Power Up.png Main Power Up gear ability.
  • Changed the number of gear abilities required for the damage of less than fully-charged shots to reach 33.3 from 0.9 basic gear abilities to 1.5 basic gear abilities. Additional gear abilities have 0.3 the effect of a basic gear ability.
4.4.0
  • Short range damage: 32.0 → 28.0
  • Long range damage: 32.0 → 30.0
4.8.0
  • Decreased painting radius of long ranged landing shots by 8%.
4.9.0
  • Roughly doubled the amount of shot spread when firing in long-range mode immediately after jumping: 2 degrees → 4 degrees

Gallery

Demonstration

Details

  • Due to the Ballpoint Splatling's unique ability to recharge at any time, the weapon is able to maintain its full-powered second stage charge even when the player has no ink.
    • The weapon still suffers from the general slower charge rate, however, but can bypass the extra slow initial charge and inferior initial range that other splatling weapons suffer from with low ink.

Quotes

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Trivia

  • The Ballpoint Splatling was first shown during E3 2018, as part of the announcement of updates extending until December 2018.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling's stats, under the codename "Downpour", were datamined from the Version 3.0.0 data prior to its official announcement.
  • Excluding rolling brushes and the rolling S2 Weapon Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller, with enough S2 Ability Run Speed Up.png Run Speed Up abilities, the Ballpoint Splatling's close-range firing mode has the second-highest movement speed of all weapons in Splatoon 2, maxing out at 1.2 du/f. For reference, a rolling Carbon Roller moves at 1.28du/f, and a firing S2 Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling with a full set of Run Speed Up moves at around 1.21 du/f.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling functions like a reverse S2 Weapon Main Squeezer.png Squeezer - it starts off shooting at a short range and then starts firing further and straighter.
  • The shape of the Ballpoint Splatling resembles a shuttle ballpoint pen.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling's fire rate in the first mode is the fastest firing weapon available in multiplayer, exceeding that of other splatlings and the S2 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies.png Dapple Dualies' post-dodge roll fire rate, firing once every three frames. Other splatlings fire once every four frames.
    • The only weapons to match the Ballpoint Splatling's firing rate are the upgraded S2 Weapon Main Hero Shot Replica.png Hero Shot, S2 Weapon Main Hero Dualies Lv. 2.png Hero Dualies, and S2 Weapon Main Hero Splatling Lv. 2.png Hero Splatling. The Hero Dualies still boast the fastest firing rate in the game, firing once every two frames, post-dodge roll.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling's fire rate in the first mode fires faster than the game's tick rate, which sends and receives data every 3.75 frames.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling shares its combination and level with the S2 Weapon Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic in Splatoon 2 and costs only 400 coins more.
  • The Ballpoint Splatling has the fastest S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet possible, which can be achieved with a full Run Speed Up gear set.

Etymology

クーゲルシュライバー Kūgerushuraibā is a Japanese loanword from the German Kugelschreiber, "Ballpoint pen", Kugel meaning "Ball" and Schreiber meaning "Writer".

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese クーゲルシュライバー
Kūgerushuraibā
Ballpoint pen
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Stylospetling Ballpoint Splatling[note 1]
FlagFrance.svg French Badigeonneur stylo Pen painter
FlagGermany.svg German Kuli-Splatling Pen-Splatling[note 2]
FlagItaly.svg Italian Tetrapenna Tetra (four) pen
FlagRussia.svg Russian Кугельшрайбер
Kugel'shrayber
Ballpoint pen
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Garabateador PLM Doodler PLM[note 3]
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Ametrallógrafo Machine gun writer

Translation notes

  1. Spetling comes from spet (splat) and gatling
  2. Kuli is a colloquial abbreviation of Kugelschreiber (ballpoint pen)
  3. PLM comes from pluma (pen)

References


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