Competitive:Firefin Splatterscope

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For information about the Firefin Splatterscope, see Firefin Splatterscope.

Splatoon 2

Firefin Splatterscope

Firefin Splatterscope

Charger
Sub S2 Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall
Special S2 Weapon Special Suction-Bomb Launcher.png Suction-Bomb Launcher
Base damage 40–80 (Partial charge)
160 (Full charge)
Ink consumption 2.25% (No charge)
18% (Full charge)
Special points 220p
Special depletion
Role Anchor[1]
Strengths Range, one-shot splat, scope allows for more precise aim
Weaknesses Poor turfing, lack of mobility, vulnerable at close range, very high special gauge requirement

The Firefin Splatterscope fills a similar role to its Vanilla variant, the Splatterscope, but shares the same kit with its unscoped counterpart, the Firefin Splat Charger.

Use

The Firefin Splatterscope, like most other chargers, is an anchor's weapon:

  • Most chargers, including the Firefin Splatterscope, can fire three different types of shots:
    • Tap shots are the quickest but weakest and shortest-ranged shots available. These are best used for quickly turfing and splatting weakened opponents.
    • Partially charged shots have slightly more damage, longer range, and more turf than tap shots. If forced to fight in close quarters without enough ink to use a Splash Wall, partially charged shots are preferred over tap shots.
    • Fully charged shots provide both the longest range and the most damage, making them ideal for use while sniping or turfing long lines to travel along.
    • The charging rate slows down to 33.33% of its usual charging speed whenever either the ink tank is empty or one is airborne while charging. Stay on the ground while charging and watch the ink tank.
  • The range of the Firefin Splatterscope depends on how long it is charged. Note that range is measured from the end of its long muzzle[2]:
    • Tap shots only have a range of about 90 DU, or distance units. This is shorter than the ranges of many short- to medium-ranged weapons, such as the Splattershot (116.99 DU[2]), the Tri-Slosher (about 120 DU), and the Dark Tetra Dualies (132.5 DU[2]).
    • Partially charged shots have a range between 90 DU and 240 DU based on the amount of charging time. For example, charging for 0.25 seconds should increase the range by about 37.5 DU for a total of about 127.5 DU. Thanks to the long muzzle, this outranges most short-ranged weapons.
    • The fully charged range of the Firefin Splatterscope, measured at 260.37 DU[2], is one of the longest in the game, exceeding that of the Firefin Splat Charger (240.37 DU[2]), Dynamo Rollers, Exploshers, and all splatlings.
  • Damage from the Firefin Splatterscope also increases as charge time increases:
    • Tap shots only inflict 40 HP of damage, while partially charged shots range from 40 HP to 80 HP of damage depending on how long they are charged. Charging for at least 0.25 seconds inflicts at least 50 HP of damage, which is enough to splat most opponents in two shots.
      • While Main Power Up can increase damage, it cannot increase the damage of shots below full charge to 100.0 HP, unlike how Damage Up could in Splatoon.
    • A fully charged shot not only delivers 160 HP of damage but can also pierce targets, allowing one to splat multiple targets in a straight line.
  • Remember to use peeking to more effectively snipe targets whenever possible:
    • Because the Firefin Splatterscope zooms in the view while charging, it may be beneficial to strafe and charge at the same time while aiming at a potential target.
    • Because all Inklings and Octolings are right-handed, right-side peeking is generally more effective than left-side peeking.[3]
  • Unlike the Firefin Splat Charger, the Firefin Splatterscope cannot store a charge, reducing its mobility and hindering its ability to effectively left-side peek.
  • Like most chargers, the Firefin Splatterscope has a few notable drawbacks besides its poor turfing and weak close-combat capabilities:
    • While the Firefin Splatterscope's middleweight nature provides average running (0.96 DU/f[4], or distance units per frame) and swimming speed (1.92 DU/f[4]), its user is very immobile while charging a shot (0.2 DU/f[4]). Remember to push forward with your teammates whenever your team has a significant numbers advantage. Conversely, always be ready to retreat – via Super Jumping if necessary – should the opponents gain the advantage or come uncomfortably close.
    • The Firefin Splatterscope consumes plenty of ink per fully charged shot (18% of the ink tank). To avoid getting caught with an empty tank, 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, especially a scoped one, 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 Firefin Splatterscope wielder, to watch for any flanking attempts by the opponent, as getting flanked and splatted often leaves a gaping hole in their team's defenses.[5]

When placed properly, a Splash Wall can provide great utility, even in stages and areas that are more open:

  • Any bombs thrown by an opponent that hit a Splash Wall will instantly explode, potentially splatting the Splash Wall's user or their teammates.
    • Refrain from either showering in or rushing through the wall until it is certain that the opponent has no bombs available in the area.
    • Do not throw a Splash Wall behind a teammate, as an opponent's bomb thrown into the wall can instantly splat them.
  • Defensively, it can allow its user to evade a pursuing opponent[6] or hinder the opponents' push, blocking both their movement and their fire.
  • Offensively, a Splash Wall can restrain the opponents' movement, allowing its user and their teammates to push forward or gain map control.
  • Throwing a Splash Wall behind an opponent can prevent them from fleeing.[7]
  • A Splash Wall can nullify a Brella shield — even a Tenta Brella shield.
    • If an opposing Brella user launches their shield, dropping a Splash Wall in front of it will cause both to negate one another, potentially denying a Rainmaker or Power Clam push.
    • At maximum, it takes 36-41% of the ink tank to launch a Brella shield and 60% to drop a Splash Wall. However, the Splash Wall can be deployed far more quickly, allowing its owner more time to reload ink or reposition themselves to a more favorable location.
  • In Splatoon 2, the Tower will destroy any Splash Wall it collides into. However, a Splash Wall may be placed onto the Tower to protect its user or their teammate while riding it. (Once again, watch out for the opponents' bombs.)
  • Placing a Splash Wall in front of yourself before activating the Suction-Bomb Launcher (see below) provides frontal protection during the special weapon's duration.

When used at the right time, the Suction-Bomb Launcher can turn the tide of a battle:

  • Do not forget to place a Splash Wall in front of you before activating the special since the sub weapon is unavailable while the special weapon is active.
  • Using any Bomb Launcher too close to an opponent will leave its user vulnerable to attack, so activate it outside the opponents' range.
  • Suction-Bomb Launcher can either capture or hold onto a zone or another important area of the map, such as around the opponents' clam basket.
  • It can also stall or stop an opponent's Tower push in a more direct manner than Sting Ray does. Note that attempting to stop the Tower in this manner forces you to be closer to the Tower, whereas Sting Ray can be used from a further, safer distance.
  • Suction-Bomb Launcher can quickly pop the Rainmaker shield to instantly start or restart a Rainmaker push.
  • An opponent's Splashdown or Booyah Bomb will defuse any Suction Bombs it comes in contact with. If possible, hold off activating Suction-Bomb Launcher until after the opponents have exhausted their special weapons first.

Synergy

The Firefin Splatterscope's long range and high damage allow it to provide support fire and help maintain maintain spatial control, despite its lack of turfing compared to most of the other weapons of a team's composition. Therefore, it is generally redundant to have more than one long-ranged weapon on a team for a few reasons:[8]

  • 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 Firefin Splatterscope, 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.

Because the Firefin Splatterscope is inefficient at turfing, its user 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:[8]

  • 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.

Countermeasures

  • Users of other anchor's weapons each have to confront a Firefin Splatterscope differently:
    • Duels between chargers often boil down to skill, positioning, turf control, and the presence of other teammates. However, note the differences between different chargers and play to your weapon's strengths:
      • Thanks to its ability to store a charge, the unscoped Firefin Splat Charger is more mobile than the Firefin Splatterscope, but the latter has more range.
      • The E-liter 4K has longer range than the Firefin Splatterscope but is less mobile and takes longer to charge. The Squiffer and Bamboozler 14 Mk I are more mobile, but each one lacks either range or damage output.
    • The Custom Jet Squelcher has a shorter effective range (212.64 DU[2]) than that of the Firefin Splatterscope but is more mobile and slightly more competent in a close-quarters battle. However, instead of trying to flank or shark a Firefin Splatterscope, it might be easier to simply farm Sting Ray and use it to constantly harass them, disrupting their ability to snipe your teammates.
    • The Dynamo Roller, Explosher, and all splatlings are outranged by the Firefin Splatterscope and lack the mobility to effectively challenge them:
      • Focus more on turfing and providing support fire for your teammates while keeping an eye on the opposing Firefin Splatterscope user's position.
      • Only challenge the opposing Firefin Splatterscope 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.
  • Unless a Firefin Splatterscope user is caught charging, approaching one directly with a shorter ranged weapon usually results in getting splatted instantly. Rely on flanking or sharking to get within range of an opposing Firefin Splatterscope user. However, be wary of the Splash Wall they might drop.
  • Throwing bombs or Toxic Mist at an opposing Firefin Splatterscope 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.
  • An opponent's Splash Wall is often a hindrance, but it can be worked around:
    • Lethal bombs are generally the most efficient means to damage and destroy opposing Splash Walls. Their explosions can also splat opponents who either stay too close to the Splash Wall or attempt to rush through it.
    • If wielding a Brella, refrain from launching the shield at an opposing Kensa .52 Gal user unless it is to clear out a planted Splash Wall.
    • An Ultra Stamp will easily destroy a Splash Wall, breaking through any chokepoints the opponent may be defending. The Ultra Stamp wielder can then proceed to splat or chase out opponents while teammates follow behind to either mount or continue a push.
  • Splashdown and Booyah Bomb, if timed properly, can negate the Suction Bombs of a Suction-Bomb Launcher.
  • A counter Bomb Launcher can nullify the effects of Suction-Bomb Launcher, preventing its user's team from either capping a zone or continuing a push.

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

Even though a Firefin Splatterscope user is not expected to come in close contact with the opponent very often, they can still expect to come in contact with opposing ink on various surfaces, particularly while swimming from one sniping location to another. While in contact with the opponent's ink, Ink Resistance Up both delays 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, and increases the normal running speed in opposing ink from 0.24 DU/f to 0.33 DU/f.[4]
S2 Ability Ink Saver (Main).png Ink Saver (Main)

The Firefin Splatterscope needs to consume a large amount of ink (18% of the ink tank) to fully charge its shots. Ink Saver (Main) not only allows it to fire more fully charged shots per ink tank but also conserves ink for a potential Splash Wall, in case an opponent gets too close.

  • Six ability points – two subs – of Ink Saver (Main) are enough to increase the number of fully charged shots fired with a full ink tank from five to six.[4]
S2 Ability Main Power Up.png Main Power Up

Main Power Up increases the damage output of all of the Firefin Splatterscope's shots – tap shots, partially charged shots, and fully charged shots – by up to 20%. While it cannot increase the damage of a non-fully charged shot to 100.0 (unlike Damage Up in Splatoon), there are other benefits to having extra damage, from reducing the charge time for a two-shot splat in close quarters to destroying most brella shields in one hit.

  • Nine ability points – three subs – increase the damage output of the Firefin Splatterscope by 105.5%[4], allowing it to destroy a Splat Brella shield (500 HP, takes three times the damage from chargers in one hit – 160 HP × 1.055 × 3 = 506.4 HP > 500 HP – and reach 50 HP of damage in just under 0.185 seconds of charge time.
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. A Firefin Splatterscope wielder is usually vulnerable in close quarters and would also have an incentive to maintain valuable special gauge progress for their Suction-Bomb Launcher.

  • Six ability points, or two subs, of Quick Super Jump decreases the "charge" time by 30 frames, or 0.5 seconds.[4]
S2 Ability Special Charge Up.png Special Charge Up

Special Charge Up accelerates building up the special gauge for Suction-Bomb Launcher, which has a number of uses but is mostly used for objective control, especially for capturing a zone or stopping or slowing down the Tower. Because of its very high special gauge requirement for Suction-Bomb Launcher (220p), a Firefin Splatterscope will require a large investment of ability points into Special Charge Up to even match the farming rate of other Suction-Bomb Launcher-based weapons, but it can be the difference between having Suction-Bomb Launcher available on defense and not having it.

  • Twelve ability points – achievable with either four subs or one main and one sub – reduce the special gauge requirement to below 199p.[4]
  • Nineteen ability points – reached with either one main and three subs or two mains – reduce the special gauge requirement to below 190p.[4]
S2 Ability Special Saver.png Special Saver

When splatted, half of the special gauge progress is lost. For example, a player with 180p of special gauge out of 220p upon getting splatted will lose 90p of the special gauge. While a Firefin Splatterscope user is not as prone to getting splatted as often as a shorter-ranged weapon, doing so can be devastating to their team. Having some Special Saver equipped allows them to preserve more of their special gauge progress in case they ever get splatted.

  • 6 ability points – two subs – are enough to increase the amount of special gauge progress saved from 50% to 64.6%.[4]

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