Bomb Launcher

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The Bomb Launcher is a special weapon in Splatoon 2.

Appearance

The Bomb Launcher itself consists of a half-pipe that holds the bombs and a separate ink tank. The half-pipe is light blue and wraps around to the user's back from their right arm. There is a launching mechanism with black compartments at the back end of the half-pipe. The separate ink tank is attached below the half-pipe's back end and is similar in appearance to a normal ink tank. However, the Bomb Launcher's ink tank has red caps instead of black ones. Before being thrown, the bombs are inside gashapon capsules. The top of each capsule is transparent while the bottom changes color to match the user's ink.

Splatoon 2

Bomb Launcher

Bomb Launcher

Category Special
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling Acquirement
Level
Cost
Requirement Specifications
Weight
Base damage
Base duration Autobomb: 6s
Burst Bomb: 6s
Splat Bomb: 6s
Suction Bomb: 6s
Curling Bomb: 6.66s
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

The Bomb Launcher allows the player to throw an unlimited amount of bombs during the special's duration without using up any ink. The bombs thrown depend on the type of launcher used, and are as follows:

Players using Bomb Launcher can still attack normally with their main weapon. The remaining bombs thrown during the special do not fill the special gauge after time is up.

Differences from Bomb Rush

While this special weapon is very similar in function to the Bomb Rush from Splatoon, there are some key differences between the two.

  • Whereas Bomb Rush was locked to the loadout's current sub weapon in Splatoon, any weapon in Splatoon 2 can potentially have any type of Bomb Launcher. This means that kits with a sub weapon that is not a bomb, like Sprinklers, can have the Bomb Launcher.
  • Unlike in Splatoon where Bomb Range Up affected the range of the bombs thrown, Splatoon 2's equivalent ability, Sub Power Up, does not affect the Bomb Launcher.
  • Bombs from the Bomb Launcher can be charged up to allow them to be thrown further. An uncharged bomb has the same distance as a thrown sub weapon with no Sub Power Up, while a fully charged bomb is thrown at the same distance as a sub weapon with the maximum amount of Sub Power Up.
  • When a Bomb Launcher special ends, there is a one-second period where the game does not accept any input from Button1 R.png. This is to prevent the player from accidentally launching a sub weapon when the special ends to avoid wasting ink.

Data

  • Without the aid of Special Power Up, the Splat-Bomb Launcher, Suction-Bomb Launcher, and Autobomb Launcher can launch eleven uncharged bombs within the duration, or seven if they are all fully charged. The Curling-Bomb Launcher can launch twelve uncharged, or eight fully charged. The Burst-Bomb Launcher can launch seventeen uncharged, or ten fully charged.
  • With the maximum amount of Special Power Up, the duration of most Bomb Launchers increases to eight seconds, allowing the Splat-Bomb Launcher, Suction-Bomb Launcher, and Autobomb Launcher to launch fifteen uncharged bombs within the duration, or nine if they are all fully charged. The Burst-Bomb Launcher can launch 23 uncharged, or fourteen fully charged. The duration of the Curling-Bomb Launcher increases to 8.66 seconds and can launch sixteen uncharged, or ten fully charged.
  • The Burst-Bomb Launcher provides a 50% increase to throwing rate compared to throwing Burst Bombs normally, taking twenty frames instead of thirty.
  • Most bombs take twenty frames to fully charge, though Burst Bombs take fifteen frames instead.
  • Unlike other launchers, Curling Bombs launched behave differently from its sub weapon version. Charging up the Curling-Bomb Launcher only increases the speed of its bombs, where charging up the sub weapon version shortens the travel distance and increases the size of the explosion.

Version history (Curling-Bomb Launcher)

Version Adjustments
1.4.0
  • Increased distance Curling Bombs travel without being charged by roughly 50%.
2.2.0
  • Extended duration of Curling-Bomb Launcher by 40/60 of a second.
3.0.0
  • Decreased trajectory variance of first shot while also increasing time required to reach maximum shot variance when firing continuously.
  • As a sub weapon, the size of Curling Bombs will now change depending on how long Button1 R.png is held, but Curling Bombs generated by the Curling Bomb Launcher will always be the same size, regardless of button press duration.
    • Due to this change, area of ink coverage while Curling Bombs are traveling has been increased slightly.
    • Due to this change, area of ink coverage and damage dealt by Curling Bomb explosions has been decreased slightly.
4.6.0
  • Initial speed of pressing Button1 R.png is approximately 18% faster, and movement distance is longer.
    • No change to movement distance if Button1 R.png is held down.

Quotes

These launch the included bombs without consuming any of your ink.

The longer you hold Button1 R.png, the farther you'll throw the bombs.

Splatoon 2 Sub & Special Guide(NA/OC)[a]
Allows you to throw the included bombs without consuming ink.

The longer you hold down Button1 R.png, the farther you will throw your bombs.

Splatoon 2 Sub & Special Guide(EU)[b]
Notes
  1. North America and Oceania
  2. Europe

Sets

Weapons with Autobomb Launcher in Splatoon 2
Weapons with Burst-Bomb Launcher in Splatoon 2
Weapons with Curling-Bomb Launcher in Splatoon 2

Gallery

Strategy

For competitive tips about the Bomb Launcher

Click to view the strategy for Bomb Launcher. View the strategy page.

Trivia

  • None of the sub weapons on any Bomb Launcher sets match the bombs thrown from the Launcher.
  • The Bomb Launcher is designed after the Ultra Machine, a batting toy made by Nintendo in 1967. This is likely referenced in their Japanese name, Bomb Pitchers.
  • While on the Bomb Launcher's rail, the bombs are inside gashapon capsules, and the two halves of the capsule can be seen being discarded as each bomb is thrown
  • Although clams are not sub weapons and are thrown using Button1 L.png or Button1 A.png, the one-second period after a Bomb Launcher ends still prevents the user from throwing clams during Clam Blitz.
  • As visible in the promotional image, the Bomb Launcher has its own ink reservoir, explaining why throwing bombs during the special does not drain the player's ink.
  • Although difficult to hear, while active, the Bomb Launcher plays a chiptune version of Bomb Rush Blush, despite how the song is named after its predecessor, the Bomb Rush.
  • Before the release of the Bamboozler 14 Mk II, data mining had already revealed in-game data for the Burst-Bomb Launcher, including images for its weapon icon.
    • Burst-Bomb Launchers also appeared in the Octo Expansion as a canned special before the release of the Bamboozler 14 Mk II.
  • There were meant to be three weapons with Autobomb Launcher as their special, not two. However, the Tri-Slosher Nouveau ended up getting released with the Ink Storm due to fudged datamining.
  • No brushes or splatlings have a Bomb Launcher as their special.
  • The weapons with the smallest special gauges for Bomb Launchers are the Aerospray MG and Bamboozler 14 Mk II at 160p each. While the largest are the Firefin Splat Charger and Firefin Splatterscope at 220p each.
  • There are no weapon sets with Curling Bomb, Fizzy Bomb or Torpedo paired with Bomb Launcher.
  • Unlike any other weapon in the Splatoon series, the Bomb Launcher's bombs are thrown from the left side of the player and not from the right side.

Names in other languages

Bomb Launcher Splat-Bomb Launcher
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ボムピッチャー
Bomu Pitchā
Bomb Pitcher
Netherlands Dutch Bomkanon Bomb Cannon
France French Lanceur de bombes Bomb Launcher ("launcher of bombs")
Germany German Bomber Bomber
Italy Italian Lanciabombe Bomb launcher
Russia Russian Бомбомет
Bombomet
From бомба bomba (bomb), мет myot (a root of a word метать metat' (to launch))
Bomb Launcher
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Bombardeos Bombardments
Spain Spanish (NOE) Ráfaga Burst
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スプラッシュボムピッチャー
Supurasshu Bomu Pitchā
Splash Bomb Pitcher
Netherlands Dutch Klodderbomkanon Blob bomb cannon
France French Lance-bombes splash Splash bomb launcher
Germany German Klecks-Bomber Splodge [bomb] Bomber
Italy Italian Lanciabombe splash Splash bomb launcher
Russia Russian Бомбомет (брызгающие)
Bombomet (bryzgayushchiye)
From бомба bomba (bomb), мет myot (a root of a word метать metat' (to launch)), and брызгающие bryzgayuschiye (splashing)
Bomb Launcher (splashing), Splash Bomb Launcher
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Plasbombardeo Plasma [bomb] bombardment
Spain Spanish (NOE) Ráfaga básica Basic [bomb] burst
Suction-Bomb Launcher Curling-Bomb Launcher
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キューバンボムピッチャー
Kyūban Bomu Pitchā
Suction Cup Bomb Pitcher
Netherlands Dutch Kleefbomkanon Sticky bomb cannon
France French Lance-bombes gluantes Sticky Bomb Launcher
Germany German Haftbomber Sticky [bomb] Bomber
Italy Italian Lanciappiccibombe Sticky Bomb Launcher
Russia Russian Бомбомет (присоски)
Bombomet (prisoski)
From бомба bomba (bomb), мет myot (a root of a word метать metat' (to launch)), and присоски prisoski (suction cups)
Bomb Launcher (suction cups), Suction Bomb Launcher
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Bombardeo pegajoso Sticky [bomb] bombardment
Spain Spanish (NOE) Ráfaga ventosa Suction [bomb] burst
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カーリングボムピッチャー
Kāringu Bomu Pitchā
Curling Bomb Pitcher
Netherlands Dutch Curlingbomkanon Curling bomb cannon
France French Lance-bombes curling Curling bomb launcher
Germany German Curling-Bomber Curling [bomb] Bomber
Italy Italian Lanciabombe curling Curling bomb launcher
Russia Russian Бомбомет (керлинг)
Bombomet (kerling)
From бомба bomba (bomb), мет myot (a root of a word метать metat' (to launch)), and керлинг kyorling (curling)
Bomb Launcher (curling), Curling Bomb Launcher
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Bombardeo deslizante Sliding [bomb] bombardment
Spain Spanish (NOE) Ráfaga deslizante Sliding [bomb] burst
Autobomb Launcher Burst-Bomb Launcher
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ロボボムビッチャー
Robo Bomu Pichā
Robot Bomb Pitcher
Netherlands Dutch Robobomkanon Robot bomb cannon
France French Lance-bombes robots Launch robot bombs
Germany German Robo-Bomber Robot [bomb] Bomber
Italy Italian Lanciarobo-bombe Robo Bomb Launcher
Russia Russian Бомбомет (робобомбы)
Bombomet (robobomby)
From бомба bomba (bomb), мет myot (a root of a word метать metat' (to launch)), and робобомбы robobomby (robot bombs)
Bomb Launcher (robot bombs), Robobomb Launcher
Mexico Spanish (NOA) robobombardeo Robot [bomb] bombardment
Spain Spanish (NOE) Roborráfaga Robot burst
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese クイックボムピッチャー
Kuikku bomu pitchā
Quick Bomb Pitcher
Netherlands Dutch Ballonbomkanon Balloon bomb cannon
France French Lance-bombes ballons Balloon Bomb Launcher
Germany German Insta-Bomber Instant [bomb] Bomber
Italy Italian Lanciagranate Grenade Thrower
Russia Russian Бомбомет (разрывные)
Bombomet (razryvnyye)
From бомба bomba (bomb), мет myot (a root of a word метать metat' (to launch)), and разрывные razryvnyye (burst)
Bomb Launcher (burst), Burst Bomb Launcher
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Bombardeo entintado Inked bombardment
Spain Spanish (NOE) Ráfaga rápida Quick Burst