Gear is the combined form of headgear, clothing, and shoes that Inklings and Octolings can wear. Gear comes with various abilities that provide effects for the player in battle. Gear can be acquired in shops, through SplatNet 3, or through amiibo, ordered through Spyke or Murch, or by other means, depending on the item.
Each piece of gear has a brand and a star power that affects its abilities. Most brands have an increased likelihood of rolling a particular ability when a slot is unlocked, as well as a decreased likelihood of a different ability. Its stars affects how many ability slots a piece of gear has by default and the amount of experience required to unlock those slots.
|Dress your Inkling in sweet gear, complete with bonus abilities that boost your stats.
— Splatoon's official website: Inklings
Lists of gear
The following gear is available in Splatoon:
- List of headgear in Splatoon
- List of clothing in Splatoon
- List of shoes in Splatoon
- Checklist of all gear in Splatoon
The following gear is available in Splatoon 2:
- List of headgear in Splatoon 2
- List of clothing in Splatoon 2
- List of shoes in Splatoon 2
- Checklist of all gear in Splatoon 2
The following gear is available in Splatoon 3:
- List of headgear in Splatoon 3
- List of clothing in Splatoon 3
- List of shoes in Splatoon 3
- Checklist of all gear in Splatoon 3
The primary source for gear is in shops. Shops include Booyah Base in Splatoon and the Galleria in Splatoon 2, both of which contain stores for headgear, clothing and shoes. Items purchased from shops will always have their default main ability and a default number of ability slots, but shops offer the lowest prices on gear items.
Shops sell gear for Cash. On any given calendar day, a shop will have a selection of items for sale. The items available will be selected at random from the pool of items that the player is eligible to buy. The items available in the shop cycle out at midnight according to the system clock (in Splatoon) or at midnight UTC (in Splatoon 2 and 3). The exact items a player is eligible to buy depends on their level.
Gear that is already owned cannot be purchased again from shops, unless they have been purchased from SplatNet 2 or ordered from Murch with a non-default ability. In Splatoon 3, duplicate gear can be bought to increase the currently owned gear's star power.
The following gear shops are found in Inkopolis Plaza:
The following gear shops are found in Inkopolis Square:
The following gear shops are found in Splatsville:
Spyke and Murch
Gear can be ordered through Spyke and Murch. While interacting with other players in Inkopolis Plaza (Splatoon and Splatoon 3), Inkopolis Square (Splatoon 2), or Splatsville (Splatoon 3), their gear can be ordered. After shop rotation, Spyke or Murch will have the next ordered item available for purchase.
Players can have up to three gear items ordered at a time, but only one order will be fulfilled each calendar day. The first item ordered will be the first order fulfilled. The items offered for purchase by Spyke or Murch may not have the same secondary abilities as the ordered gear item, and the price will be significantly more than the item would cost in its respective shop.
Most gear items from the following gear brands cannot be ordered:
In addition, the following individual gear items are exclusive promotions and cannot be ordered:
- Brown FA-11 Bomber
- Gray FA-11 Bomber
- Green V-Neck Limited Tee
- Red V-Neck Limited Tee
- Eminence Cuff
- Milky Eminence Jacket
- Milky Enperrials
- Studio Octophones
- Octo Layered LS
- Sennyu Goggles
- Sennyu Suit
- Sennyu Bon Bon Beanie
- Sennyu Inksoles
- Sennyu Specs
- Sennyu Headphones
- Mecha Head - HTR
- Mecha Body - AKM
- Mecha Legs - LBS
- Online Jersey
- Online Squidkid V
- Koshien Bandana
- Octo Support Hoodie
Six gear items are available for order at a time. Every two hours, a new gear item is made available, and the oldest gear item is removed from the list. Only one gear item can be ordered from SplatNet 2 at a time: ordering a second item will cancel the order for the first one.
In Splatoon 3, players can use SplatNet 3 to order gear like with SplatNet 2. Unlike Splatnet 2, nine gear items are available for purchase at once. Six items with alternate abilities are available to purchase, adding a new one every four hours and removing one at the same time, and three gear items of a specific brand being offered each day through a feature known as The Daily Drop, updating at 00:00 UTC.
- Main article: Promotional gear
Promotional gear is gear released to promote various events and 3rd party collaborations. Many cannot be ordered through Murch, and some are region locked to Japan.
- Main article: Adjust Gear
- Main article: Gear statistics
- Both in Splatoon and Splatoon 2, over half the 1-star gear is clothing.
- In Splatoon, exactly half the clothing is 1-star.
- In Splatoon 2, there is only one fewer 2-star item than there are 1-star items (140 versus 141).
- In Splatoon 2, the most common primary ability on headgear is Special Saver (seven items), the most common primary ability on clothing is tied with Quick Super Jump and Thermal Ink (fifteen items each), and the most common primary ability on shoes is Bomb Defense Up DX (nine items).
- For all the categories in Splatoon, there are at least three different abilities which are the most common for that category.
- In Splatoon, the gear brand that produces the most headgear is Forge (fourteen items), the brand that produces the most clothing are tied with Splash Mob and SquidForce (sixteen items each) and the brand that produces the most shoes is Krak-On (thirteen items).
- In Splatoon 2, the gear brand that produces the most headgear is Forge (eighteen items), the brand that produces the most clothing is Splash Mob (nineteen items) and the brand that produces the most shoes is Tentatek (nineteen items).
- In Splatoon, five brands do not produce all three types of gear: Firefin, Forge, Skalop, SquidForce, and the real-world tie-in brand KOG. They all produce headgear and clothing but not shoes, with the exception of KOG, which only produces clothing.
- In Splatoon 2, only one brand still has this distinction: Skalop.
- In Splatoon, every piece of special promotional gear, except for the CoroCoro gear, is produced by a special brand (for instance, the SQUID GIRL Gear is produced by The SQUID GIRL).
- In Splatoon 2, this is not the case. Every piece of special promotional gear is produced by an existing brand that is not associated with special promotions, most commonly Forge, which produces eight pieces of promotional gear in-game.
- Of the 205 items appearing in both games, 26 had their stars changed (eight headgear, twelve clothing, six shoes), all by one star. The Noise Cancelers, LE Soccer Cleats, Round-Collar Shirt, Purple Sea Slugs, Gold Hi-Horses, Trail Boots, Mawcasins, Skull Bandana, White Shirt and Octoling Goggles had their stars increased, whilst the White Anchor Tee, Crazy Arrows, Soccer Headband, Navy Striped LS, Bike Helmet, Armor Helmet Replica, Armor Jacket Replica, Armor Boot Replicas, Layered Anchor LS, Striped Beanie, Choco Layered LS, Pilot Goggles, Baby-Jelly Shirt, Green Tee, Camo Mesh, and Layered Vector LS had their stars decreased.
- All gear that appears in both games that had Bomb Range Up in Splatoon has Sub Power Up in Splatoon 2. The same is true for Defense Up and Bomb Defense Up DX, Cold Blooded and Main Power Up, and for Special Duration Up and Special Power Up.
- The Splatfest Tee is the only piece of gear that had an ability in Splatoon (Special Saver) that still exists in Splatoon 2, yet had its ability changed (to Ability Doubler, which is unique to it).
- Of the other four new primary abilities, Thermal Ink appears only on gear that is new to Splatoon 2, while the other three (Drop Roller, Object Shredder and Respawn Punisher (except Black Anchor Tee) appear only on new gear or gear that had Damage Up as its primary ability in Splatoon.
Certain pieces of gear have been renamed between games. These pieces of gear are:
- The Legendary Cap from Splatoon was renamed to "Cap of Legend" from Splatoon 2 and onwards.
- The Non-slip Senseis from Splatoon 2 were renamed to "Nonslip Senseis" in Splatoon 3.
- The Punk Blacks from Splatoon 2 were renamed to "Punk Nights" in Splatoon 3.
- The Soccer Cleats from Splatoon were renamed to "Soccer Shoes" from Splatoon 2 and onwards.
- The Strapping Reds from Splatoon were renamed to "Red 3-Straps" in Splatoon 3.
- The Strapping Whites from Splatoon were renamed to "White 3-Straps" in Splatoon 3.
Similary, certain pieces of gear which drastically differed in appearance depending on the player's selected gender in Splatoon 2 had their gender-exclusive variations split into two separate unisex gear pieces in Splatoon 3. This resulted in slight naming adjustments for the affected gear:
- The Enchanted Robe was split into Enchanted Robe A and Enchanted Robe B.
- The Fringed Loafers were split into Base Fringed Loafers and Baggy-Sock Fringe Loafs.
- The Pearlescent Crown was split into Pearlescent Crown L and Pearlescent Crown S.
- The School Cardigan was split into School Cardigan A and School Cardigan B.
- The School Shoes were split into Base School Shoes and School Shoes + Hi Socks.
- The School Uniform was split into School Uniform A and School Uniform B.
- The Squinja Mask was split into Squinja Mask Mk I and Squinja Mask Mk II.
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