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Splatoon

Bamboozler 14 Mk I

Bamboozler 14 Mk I

Bamboo
Sub S Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall
Special S Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail
Base damage 30–80
Ink consumption 2.8% (No charge)
7% (Full charge)
Special points
Special depletion Specdep icon.png 40%
Role Anchor
Strengths
Weaknesses


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Gear abilities

Gear abilities provide different effects in battle that benefit the player with their equipped weapon. This is a guide to gear abilities in relation to the weapon. Strategy, synergy, viability, and purpose may be written here.

S Ability Damage Up.png Damage Up

Damage Up increases the amount of damage per shot for uncharged, partially charged, and fully charged shots. While the damage of the Bamboozler 14 Mk I can never reach 100 HP, it is capable of getting very close to it with enough Damage Up.

  • 36 ability points – three mains and two subs – enable a Bamboozler 14 Mk I to inflict 99.9 HP of damage per fully charged hit.

Splatoon 2

Bamboozler 14 Mk I

Bamboozler 14 Mk I

Bamboo
Sub S2 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb.png Curling Bomb
Special S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles
Base damage 30–85
Ink consumption 3.36-8.4%
Special points 200p
Special depletion
Role Anchor
Strengths Constant long range, potential one-shot splat, quick charging, decent turfing, good mobility, less vulnerable to being rushed[1][2]
Weaknesses Less range and damage than conventional chargers, cannot store charges, very dependent on Main Power Up

The Bamboozler 14 Mk I lacks the range and damage of other, more conventional chargers, but it has better mobility and a quicker charge time, providing it the flexibility to be included in a wider variety of team compositions with less worry of being rushed down by opponents.

Use

Despite its differences from most other chargers, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I is still an anchor's weapon:

  • Like other chargers, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I can fire tap shots, partially charged shots, and fully charged shots:
    • It requires 20 frames, or 0.33 seconds, to fully charge — one third of the time required by the Splat Charger. This enables a Bamboozler 14 Mk I user to fire at their opponents more quickly, which can come in handy whenever an opponent is rushing towards you.
    • The charging rate slows down to 20% of its usual charging speed (for a charge time of 100 frames, or 1.67 seconds) whenever the ink tank is empty and to 40% (for 50 frames, or 0.83 seconds, of charge time) whenever one is airborne while charging. Stay on the ground while charging and watch the ink tank.
  • Without any Main Power Up equipped, its damage ranges from 30 HP to 85 HP without any sudden rise in damage, unlike with most other chargers.
    • While Main Power Up can increase damage, it cannot increase the damage of shots to 100.0 HP. To guarantee a splat, fire two shots – a fully charged shot followed by a tap shot – at an opponent. Both shots have the same range (see below) and should reach an opponent within the Bamboozler 14 Mk I's range.[1]
    • Unlike more powerful chargers, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I cannot pierce targets, meaning only one target can be hit at a time.
  • Also unlike other chargers, the range of the Bamboozler 14 Mk I remains at a constant 195.64 DU,[3] regardless of the charge time.
    • This constant range enables the Bamboozler 14 Mk I to turf more quickly than more conventional chargers can.
    • However, most other chargers – such as the Splat Charger (240.37 DU), the Splatterscope (260.37 DU), and the E-liter 4K (290.5 DU) – and some splatlings – specifically the Ballpoint Splatling (225.04-237.094 DU) and the Hydra Splatling (203.92-257.68 DU) – outrange the Bamboozler 14 Mk I.[3]
  • The Bamboozler 14 Mk I also fires slightly bigger bullets than other chargers (radius of two DU rather than the typical one DU), allowing it to hit shots slightly easier.
  • The Bamboozler 14 Mk I's lightweight nature provides above average running (1.04 DU/f, or distance units per frame) and swimming speed (2.02 DU/f), and its user is more mobile while charging a shot (0.6 DU/f) compared to users of more traditional chargers.[4]
  • Although the Bamboozler can use peeking like other chargers to snipe targets, this is generally not needed due to the Bamboozler's fast charge time and how it generally does not hold onto charges when compared to traditional chargers, such as a Splat Charger or E-liter 4K.
    • Because all Inklings and Octolings are right-handed, right-side peeking is generally more effective than left-side peeking.[5]
  • Unlike other chargers lacking a scope, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I cannot store a full charge while submerged in ink.
  • The Bamboozler 14 Mk I still has a few charger-related drawbacks:
    • While it is more ink-efficient than traditional chargers, it still consumes a sizable amount of ink per fully charged shot (8.4%), particularly since Version 5.3.0. Watch your ink consumption, avoid the opponent's ink and Toxic Mist, and remain nearby friendly ink in which you can hide, reload, and retreat if necessary.
    • Using a charger can cause players to have tunnel vision as they focus on potential targets to snipe. Checking the map with Button1 X.png for the opponents' positions and movement patterns is important for any player, but it is very essential for an anchor, such as a Bamboozler 14 Mk I user, to watch for any flanking attempts by the opponent, as getting flanked and splatted often leaves a gaping hole in their team's defenses.[6]

While the Curling Bomb is not as versatile as other bombs, it still has a couple practical uses for the Bamboozler 14 Mk I user:

  • When charged, or "cooked" long enough, it can be used to lay bomb traps to hold off pursuers or flush out sharks. However, the time needed to charge it makes this tactic situational at best.[7]
  • Particularly in narrow or closed areas, a Curling Bomb ricocheting off of walls can be a useful distraction to force an opponent to move in a certain direction.
  • A Curling Bomb also further assists the main weapon in turfing from a safe distance.
  • While it can pave a trail of ink to either turf the ground or pave an escape route, simply firing the main weapon does the same job at a fraction of the cost in ink.[1]
  • A Curling Bomb can damage or destroy an opponent's brella shield, Splash Wall, or Baller or the Rainmaker shield, while detonating on contact.
    • Any opponents caught within the Curling Bomb's explosion will get damaged or splatted.[8] However, due to the small blast radius, this is more difficult to pull off than with a more conventional bomb.
    • It will also inflate or pop a teammate's bubbles but deflate or diffuse an opponent's bubbles, while still detonating on contact.[9] Again, due to Curling Bombs only sliding on the ground, this is also not practical enough to exploit.
  • An opponent's Splashdown, Booyah Bomb, or Ultra Stamp will defuse any Curling Bombs it touches, so hold off throwing them until after the special weapon finishes.

Tenta Missiles can be used to locate and pressure opponents and force them out of position without having to commit too far forward:

  • It is recommended to only activate the Tenta Missiles at a safe distance from opponents, not only because a Tenta Missile user is vulnerable to close-range attacks but also because opponents who are further back are easier to track and home missiles on.
  • Sometimes, it may be more beneficial to target a specific opponent or two instead of all of them, based on their weapons, location, and situation:[10]
    • Opponents wielding heavy, slow firing weapons will have a harder time escaping the missiles.
    • Opponents who are bunched together are more likely to cause their teammates to receive collateral damage than those who are spread apart.
    • Tenta Missiles are also a reliable means of forcing opposing anchors to cede their ground and lose focus while aiming.[11] Because the Bamboozler 14 Mk I user is usually at a disadvantage against traditional charger and longer-ranged splatling users, this is the only reliable means to push back into a zone or another important area of the stage.[2]
    • Tenta Missiles can counter an opponent's Sting Ray or Booyah Bomb if anticipated early enough; an opponent will be forced to either delay or interrupt it to avoid getting splatted by the missiles, throwing off their aim.[12]

Synergy

Like other, more conventional chargers, the Bamboozler 14 Mk I can provide support fire and help maintain maintain spatial control, and its mobility allows its user to more easily either push forward with the rest of the team or retreat from an advancing opponent. Nevertheless, it can still be redundant to have one or two more long-ranged weapons on a team for a few reasons:[13]

  • A team with too many long-ranged weapons will have fewer mobile weapons that can more quickly capture turf and wrest control of the objective, hindering its ability to begin an effective push into the opponents' territory. Such a team will also have difficulty breaking out of an opponent's spawn camp.
  • Longer-ranged weapons, including the Bamboozler 14 Mk I, are generally less effective at close range, so a team with too many long-ranged weapons is more prone to getting flanked and sharked by the opponent than usual.

Although the Bamboozler 14 Mk I is better at turfing than traditional chargers, it is still less efficient at turfing than other weapons, due to its meddling ink efficiency and will have to rely on their teammates to maintain map control. Not having enough turfing ability – usually from having too many blasters and chargers – presents its own set of problems:[13]

  • A team whose composition lacks enough turfing ability can be rendered immobile if the other team dominates map control.
  • A lack of turfing also makes it difficult to alter the course of a game, even after wiping out the other team.

While Curling Bombs technically count as a lethal bomb, they function much differently from a traditional Splat or Suction Bomb. Due to this, it is still important to have conventional lethal bombs in a team composition. Splat or Suction Bombs provide its user's team many advantages over another team that has no lethal bombs in its composition:[13]

  • Their one-hit-splat offers its user's team chances of instantly gaining a numbers advantage, from which a game-winning push can arise.
  • Their lethal explosion provides space for its user's team to either push into an area held by the opponent or stall an opponent's push.
  • The turf inked by the resulting explosion contributes to both maintaining map control and building up the special gauge.

The Curling Bomb's ability to carve ink trails and increase its user's mobility also extends to their teammates:

  • If one player is wielding a weapon that does not provide much mobility, such as a blaster or a heavyweight weapon, then offer to provide them an ink trail through which to travel. Just make sure that the trail formed does not lead straight to the waiting opponents.
  • Curling Bombs tend to work best on stages that have long non-vertical surfaces, such as Walleye Warehouse and Port Mackerel.

While having multiple players on the same team launching Tenta Missiles might seem like a fun and easy means to cause opponents to scramble for cover, having too many players equipped with them – no more than one or two – can reduce the effectiveness of a team composition:[13]

  • Other special weapons, such as Inkjet or Sting Ray, are intended for splatting opponents and more capable at this than are Tenta Missiles.
  • Tenta Missles cannot reliably turf highly contested areas of the stage as well as certain other special weapons, such as Bomb Launcher or Ink Storm.

Coordinating with your teammates can greatly increase the Tenta Missiles' effect during a battle:

  • Launching Tenta Missiles just before a push can cause opponents to scatter, giving your team opportunities to pick off any opponents caught fleeing the Missiles.
  • Firing Tenta Missiles on defense can help stall an opponent's push, but make sure that your teammates are nearby the front lines to follow the Missiles up.
  • Launching Tenta Missiles while a teammate is using a special designed to splat opponents, such as Sting Ray or Inkjet, can limit the opponents' escape options and even prevent them from Super Jumping to safety.

Countermeasures

  • Ink Resistance Up, already a valuable utility ability, increases in value when facing opponents whose weapons' damage is augmented by Main Power Up. It reduces the chance of getting splatted in one shot from a Bamboozler 14 Mk I due to the brief invincibility frames it provides when touching opposing ink on various surfaces.
  • Users of other anchor's weapons each have to confront an opposing Bamboozler 14 Mk I user differently:
    • Traditional chargers – such as the Splat Charger, the Splatterscope, and the E-liter 4K – and longer-range splatlings – namely, the Ballpoint Splatling and the Hydra Splatling – clearly outrange the Bamboozler 14 Mk I and can simply zone out an opposing Bamboozler user. However, be prepared to dodge any Tenta Missiles they launch.
    • While the Dynamo Roller (two-hit range of 200 DU), Explosher (200 DU), and the Heavy Splatling (178.05-218.37 DU)[3] each can outrange the Bamboozler 14 Mk I, they only barely do so, and the Bamboozler's quicker, more powerful shots prevent a user of any of the former three weapons from fully zoning out an opposing Bamboozler user.
      • Focus more on turfing and providing support fire for your teammates while keeping an eye on the opposing Bamboozler user's position.
      • Only challenge the opposing Bamboozler user if your position is more advantageous or if you need to distract them from sniping an important teammate, such as the Tower rider or Rainmaker carrier.
    • While the Custom Jet Squelcher (212.64 DU)[3] can also outrange the Bamboozler 14 Mk I, it might be easier to simply farm Sting Ray and use it to harass the opposing Bamboozler user.
    • Thanks to charge storing, both the Classic Squiffer (167.65 DU)[3] and the Nautilus 79 (165 DU) are more mobile than the Bamboozler 14 Mk I to compensate for their relative lack of range.
  • The quick, powerful shots of the Bamboozler 14 Mk I effectively prohibit shorter-ranged weapon users from rushing an opposing Bamboozler user. Rely on flanking or sharking to get within range of an opposing Bamboozler user. However, be wary of any cooked Curling Bombs they might drop.
  • Throwing bombs or Toxic Mist at an opposing Bamboozler 14 Mk I user can briefly force them out of position and throw off their aim. While Toxic Mist does not damage the opponent, it drains their ink tank and cripples their movement, making them more vulnerable to a direct assault.
  • If an opponent's Curling Bomb travels nearby, immediately turf the trail it leaves behind to both cut off lanes of attack and flush out any opponents. While an opposing Bamboozler 14 Mk I user is not likely to rush you, they might use their Curling Bombs to assist their shorter-ranged teammates to move about the map.
  • Be mindful of both when the opponent has Tenta Missiles ready and when the missiles are launched:
    • If an opponent attempts to launch them when nearby you, splat them quickly to reduce or even cancel their deployment.
    • When the opponent deploys their Tenta Missiles, avoid getting close to teammates - even when not targeted, as a targeted player crossing paths with a teammate might cause the other to get injured or splatted.
    • Whenever targeted by opposing Tenta Missles, unless actively engaging an opponent, only move enough to avoid damage and reduce the amount of turfing by the Missiles.[14]

Gear abilities

Gear abilities provide different effects in battle that benefit the player with their equipped weapon. This is a guide to gear abilities in relation to the weapon. Strategy, synergy, viability, and purpose may be written here.

S2 Ability Ink Resistance Up.png Ink Resistance Up

Link most anchors, a Bamboozler 14 Mk I user generally keeps their distance from the opponent. However, their improved mobility allows them to move about the stage more often, meaning they can expect to come in contact with opposing ink on various surfaces, especially due to ink not always forming below the user's feet with each shot. While in contact with opposing ink, Ink Resistance Up both delays and reduces the damage taken and partially offsets reduction in running speed — including while charging a shot.

  • Just three ability points – or one sub – delays the damage taken from opposing ink by 10 frames, reduces the damage taken from 0.3 HP/f (health points per frame) to 0.2 HP/f, lowers the limit on the amount of damage opposing ink on surfaces can inflict from 40 HP to 38 HP, and increases the normal running speed in opposing ink from 0.24 DU/f to 0.33 DU/f.
  • Six ability points – or two subs – delays the damage taken from opposing ink by 15 frames, reduces the damage taken to 0.2 HP/f, lowers the damage limit of opposing ink to 36.2 HP, and increases the normal running speed in opposing ink to 0.39 DU/f.[4]
S2 Ability Ink Saver (Main).png Ink Saver (Main)

Although the Bamboozler 14 Mk I is more ink efficient than more conventional chargers, it still consumes a sizable amount, especially ever since Version 5.3.0. Ink Saver (Main) allows it to fire more fully charged shots and turf more before needing to refill the ink tank.

  • Just three ability points, or one sub, of Ink Saver (Main) increases the number of fully charged shots fired with a full ink tank from eleven to twelve.
  • Six ability points, or two subs, are enough to further increase the number of fully charged shots to thirteen.[4]
S2 Ability Main Power Up.png Main Power Up

Ever since its introduction in Version 4.3.0, Main Power Up has made the Bamboozler 14 Mk I a more viable option for an anchor. It increases the damage output of all of the Bamboozler 14 Mk I's shots – tap shots, partially charged shots, and fully charged shots – by up to 20%. However, the damage of any shot cannot be increased above 99.9 HP — preventing the Bamboozler 14 Mk I from having a true one-hit-splat, and the amount of Main Power Up needed to reach this value ever since Version 5.1.0 – 44 ability points, achievable with either two mains and seven subs or three mains and five subs – is excessively high.

Fortunately, some slightly smaller amounts of ability points can be enough to optimize the damage output of the Bamboozler 14 Mk I, depending on how much Ink Resistance Up an opponent is equipped with. For example, an opponent equipped with ten ability points, or one main of Ink Resistance Up, delays the damage taken from your team's ink on surfaces by 20 frames, or 0.33 seconds, and reduces the damage taken from 0.3 HP/f (health points per frame) to 0.2 HP/f.[4]

  • 30 ability points – equal to three mains – of Main Power Up increase the damage per shot of the Bamboozler 14 Mk I to 97 HP, which is enough to splat the above opponent if they have been in contact with your team's ink for at least 35 frames, or 0.583 seconds.
  • 36 ability points – three mains and two subs – increase the damage per shot to 98.4, which is enough to splat said opponent if they have touched your team's ink for at least 28 frames, or 0.467 seconds.
  • 42 ability points – three mains and four subs – increase the damage to 99.6 — enough to splat the above opponent if they have touched your team's ink for 22 frames, or 0.367 seconds.[4] This amount has been recommended by multiple sources, since it provides a high amount of damage while leaving just enough gear slots for other important abilities.[15]
S2 Ability Quick Super Jump.png Quick Super Jump

Quick Super Jump decreases both the "charge" time before and the travel time of a Super Jump, allowing its user to escape more quickly. While a Bamboozler 14 Mk I user has more mobility than users of most other anchor's weapons, they can still benefit from the ability to more quickly escape from rushing opponents and maintain valuable special gauge progress for their Tenta Missiles.

  • Just three ability points, or one sub, of Quick Super Jump decreases the "charge" time by 22 frames, or 0.367 seconds.
  • Six ability points, or two subs, further decreases the "charge" time by 30 frames, or 0.5 seconds.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 YouTube "The Ultimate Bamboozler Guide" by Jonathan Tash
  2. 2.0 2.1 YouTube "Splatoon 2 5.3 Tier List Part 5 (Main Weapons - Top Tiers) (Splat Zones Only)" by Chara of Climb
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Splatoon 2 range list compiled by DrFetus
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Sendou.ink Splatoon 2 Build Analyzer
  5. YouTube "Splatoon 2 - Weapon Analysis: Splat Chargers & SplatterScope (A Weapon That Requires Dedication!)" by ThatSrb2DUDE, formerly of Team Olive
  6. YouTube "Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Grand Final" Justice (Inkxiety Sirens) flanks Geø³ (Ducklings) to help his team cross two checkpoints
  7. YouTube "Splatoon 2 5.3 Tier List Part 1 (Sub Weapons) (Splat Zones Only)" by Chara of Climb
  8. YouTube "How To Get Good Using The N-Zap 8X?! (+ Handcam) | Splatoon 2" ThatSrb2DUDE, formerly of Team Olive, splats an opposing Tenta Brella user by throwing a Suction Bomb into the rear of their brella shield
  9. YouTube "Qualifier Finals Part 2 | Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019" Game 2, Ross (ɪик Sigma) splats Arashi (Lowkey) with a Fizzy Bomb thrown onto bubbles launched by Astrocities (ɪик Sigma)
  10. YouTube "Tenta Missiles Vs Ink Armor: How To Design A Simple Special (Splatoon 2 Special Design Pt 1)" by Chara of Climb
  11. YouTube "Splatoon 2 5.3 Tier List Part 2 (Specials) (Splat Zones Only)" by Chara of Climb
  12. YouTube "Splatoon 2 European Championship 2018-2019 – Day 1" emil (Team ?) launches Tenta Missiles to counter Duracell's (Hexagone) Sting Ray, splatting him
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 YouTube "Splatoon 2 - What is a good team comp? (TOP 6 mistakes)" by Sendou, formerly of Team Olive
  14. YouTube "Nintendo 2019 World Championship Tournaments" 2019 Splatoon 2 World Championship, Ink Pools, Game 3, Geo (Lime Soda) retreats only enough to avoid Tenta Missiles launched by Grey (Alliance Rogue)
  15. YouTube "【XP2900】最強の竹使いによる竹解説 基本編【スプラトゥーン2】【Splatoon 2】" by つむ (transcript with English translations)
  16. Lean's Loadout Database - Useage of abilities in Ranked modes