Bomb Sniffer

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Bomb Sniffer

Bomb Sniffer

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Bomb Sniffer is an ability in Splatoon.

Bomb Sniffer allows players to easily spot opponents' bombs. All bombs within a certain distance appear as skull icons on their screen. These skull icons can be seen through walls. Bomb Sniffer is restricted to shoes as a main ability.

The ability also reduces splash damage taken from S Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bombs, S Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bombs, S Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seekers, and S Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mines by 40%, and reduces damage taken from S Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bombs by 20%.

The ability's effects are always active.

Mutual exclusivity

Since this ability is found as the main ability only on shoes, other abilities found only on shoes are mutually exclusive with it; in other words you cannot have them together. These abilities are Ink Resistance Up Ink Resistance Up and Stealth Jump Stealth Jump.


Bomb Sniffer allows safer passage through the map by making it easier to avoid bombs. In the event that a player just barely escapes a bomb, the damage taken from that bomb will be reduced significantly, increasing chances of survival during a S Weapon Special Bomb Rush Splat Bomb.png Bomb Rush.


The following Gear items have Bomb Sniffer as their main ability. Bomb Sniffer is exclusive to Shoes items and cannot be rolled as a sub-ability.

Version history


  • Bomb Sniffer will now also reduce the first 100 points of damage(*) dealt by Splat Bombs, Suction Bombs, Seekers, and Ink Mines by 40%, and damage dealt by Burst Bombs by 20%. Damage values do not include the effects of Attack Up or Defense Up.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ボムサーチ
Bomu Sāchi
Bomb Search
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Détecte-pièges Detect Trap
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Chasse-pièges Trap Hunting
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Buscabombas Bomb searcher

Abilities in Splatoon
Death Abilities Comeback Comeback · Haunt Haunt · Quick Respawn Quick Respawn · Special Saver Special Saver
Ink Usage Abilities Ink Recovery Up Ink Recovery Up · Ink Saver (Main) Ink Saver (Main) · Ink Saver (Sub) Ink Saver (Sub) · Last-Ditch Effort Last-Ditch Effort
Inkling Abilities Bomb Sniffer Bomb Sniffer · Cold Blooded Cold Blooded · Defense Up Defense Up · Ink Resistance Up Ink Resistance Up · Ninja Squid Ninja Squid · Opening Gambit Opening Gambit · Quick Super Jump Quick Super Jump · Recon Recon · Run Speed Up Run Speed Up · Stealth Jump Stealth Jump · Swim Speed Up Swim Speed Up
Weapon Abilities Bomb Range Up Bomb Range Up · Damage Up Damage Up · Special Charge Up Special Charge Up · Special Duration Up Special Duration Up · Tenacity Tenacity