Competitive:Gold Dynamo Roller

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Splatoon 2

Gold Dynamo Roller

Gold Dynamo Roller

Abbreviations Dynamo
Sub Splat Bomb
Special Ink Armor
Base damage 35–180 (horizontal swing)
40–180 (vertical swing)
125 (roll)
Base duration
Ink consumption 18% (swing)
0.1% per frame (roll)
Special points 190p
Special depletion
Role Support[1]/Anchor Flex[2]
Strengths High damage, long range,[3] medium- to long-range suppression,[4] heavy turfing, some Ink Armor farming[2]
Weaknesses Difficult to learn, low mobility, long lag between swings, high ink consumption,[3] highly dependent on abilities

Like the original Dynamo Roller, the Gold Dynamo Roller takes plenty of time and practice to learn and get acclimated to, due to its slow mobility and firing rate, but can be an intimidating and dominating force when fully mastered. Compared to the other two variants, its kit allows its user to maintain control of highly contested areas of a stage, such as a Splat Zone.


While the turfing ability and kit of the Gold Dynamo Roller suggests it to be a support weapon, its long range allows it to find success as an anchor as well:

  • Its heavy damage enables it – sometimes with the help from Main Power Up – to destroy certain protective special weapons in one hit, such as Ink Armor and Baller.[2]
  • As with other rollers in Splatoon 2, one can now vary how to swing the Gold Dynamo Roller: horizontally when on the ground and vertically when in midair.
    • To perform a horizontal swing while jumping, press first, then press .
    • To perform a horizontal swing after a jump or drop, wait until you land before pressing .
  • The long range of its swings – particularly the vertical swing – can reach over some obstacles, poke at and pressure opponents[5], even swat opposing Inkjet pilots in midair![6]
  • It can turf large areas with the horizontal swing and long swaths with the vertical one to create paths to swim along, all while quickly building up the special gauge.

Spacing and positioning are critical when wielding the Gold Dynamo Roller, so learn its various effective ranges for both the horizontal and vertical swings — the lethal range (the maximum range at which at least 100 HP of damage is inflicted), the two-hit range (the maximum range at which at least 50 HP of damage is delivered), and the maximum range:

  • Without the benefit of Main Power Up, the longer-reaching vertical swing has…
  • While not as long-ranged, the horizontal swing still has…
    • …a lethal range of 110 DU, nearly matching that of the Splash-o-matic (110.03 DU[7]).
    • …a two-hit range of about 165 DU, longer than that of the L-3 Nozzlenose (141.36 DU[7]) and the Mini Splatling (130.1-154.1 DU[7]).
    • …a maximum range of about 185 DU, which is just shy of the burst fire mode of the Squeezer (187.39 DU[7]).
  • By increasing the damage output of both swings, Main Power Up can slightly increase these various ranges.
  • Because of the Gold Dynamo Roller's low mobility and long lag between swings, it is more effective in both suppressing the opponents' movement and punishing those who overextend than in pursuing them. Thus, it is usually best to remain a distance around the two-hit range from an opponent and only exploit the lethal damage should they come within the lethal range.

As already mentioned, the Gold Dynamo Roller has a few glaring drawbacks, including its aforementioned lack of mobility and slow fire rate:

  • The heavyweight nature of the Gold Dynamo Roller slows its user down to a run speed of 0.88 DU/f[8], a swim speed of 1.73 DU/f[8], and a run speed of 0.24 DU/f while swinging the weapon, making a Gold Dynamo Roller user an easy target for an opponent wielding a long-ranged weapon, especially a charger.
  • The Gold Dynamo Roller is also very slow to wield, taking 65 frames – just over a second – to swing horizontally and 80 frames – 1.33 seconds – to swing vertically.
    • This long lag between swings makes a Gold Dynamo Roller user vulnerable at close range to rapid firing weapons.
    • Once is pressed, a Gold Dynamo Roller user is committed to swinging their weapon and cannot cancel the swing by any means except by activating Ink Armor, a tactic that has little useful application. Therefore, be aware of your surroundings (i.e. be wary of opposing chargers, flanks, and sharks) and do not swing the weapon without a good purpose.
  • The Gold Dynamo Roller also consumes plenty of ink per swing (18% of the ink tank – equal to that of a Splat Charger), only capable of five swings before needing to refill.
    • This makes it dependent on ink-conserving and ink-recovering abilities in order to function optimally.
    • Combined with its low mobility and long lag between swings, this also makes the Gold Dynamo Roller user an especially vulnerable target whenever they are surrounded by opposing ink, such as after getting hit by a Burst Bomb or a shot from an Explosher.
    • Keep an eye on the ink tank and avoid travelling too far in turf covered by the opponents' ink.

The Splat Bomb, a versatile sub weapon in many kits, is the Gold Dynamo Roller user's quickest option in close- to medium-ranged combat:

  • If an opponent gets too close, either dropping a Splat Bomb at your feet or rolling it like a bowling ball can provide time and space to escape.
  • It can also be used for poking at and zoning out opponents during the neutral phase, stalling an opponent's push, or denying opponents safe access to important areas of the stage, such as the Tower, that might not be easy to fire at with the main weapon.
  • A Splat 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 Splat Bomb's explosion will get damaged or splatted.[9]
    • It will also inflate or pop a teammate's bubbles but deflate or diffuse an opponent's bubbles, while still detonating on contact.[10]
  • An opponent's Splashdown or Booyah Bomb will defuse any Splat Bombs it comes in contact with, so hold off throwing them until after the special weapon finishes.

Ink Armor enables its user's team to either initiate a push, to recapture a Splat Zone for example, or maintain one, such as while locking out the opponent.

  • Time the activation of Ink Armor carefully so that you and your teammates receive its protection before engaging the opponent.
  • Try to activate Ink Armor when most or all teammates are active. Slayers, who risk getting splatted more often, benefit from Ink Armor more than anchors do.
  • Using Ink Armor also refills the ink tank. While this is particularly beneficial for a Gold Dynamo Roller user, refrain from using Ink Armor solely for this purpose.
  • Upon activation, Ink Armor will protect its user and their teammates except for those either carrying the Rainmaker or using either Baller or Booyah Bomb.
    • Also, players protected by Ink Armor lose it upon gaining possession of the Rainmaker.
    • A support player, such as a Gold Dynamo Roller user in some compositions, is often expected to carry the Rainmaker while their slayer teammates provide protection up front while turfing a path of ink. Therefore, while Ink Armor will not protect the Rainmaker carrier, it will still benefit their teammates, so cast Ink Armor just before picking up the Rainmaker whenever possible.


The Gold Dynamo Roller has great range and thorough turfing but is lacks mobility while moving or firing and has trouble leading pushes and pursuing opponents. Be sure to include some mobile, shorter-ranged weapons in the team composition. Otherwise, a team with too many longer-ranged weapons will have major drawbacks:[11]

  • The lack of mobility will make it difficult for such a team to mount a push.
  • The reduced ability to battle in close range will make the team vulnerable to a well-timed flank or a well-positioned shark.

Multiple Ink Armors used by the same team do not stack. Therefore, it would be redundant for a team to have more than two Ink Armor users.[11]

  • In general, when two Ink Armor-based weapons are on a team, the user of the more aggressive weapon should activate Ink Armor first, freeing them to engage the opponent without potentially losing both a potential Ink Armor and special gauge progress. Because the Gold Dynamo Roller user is often the furthest back member of their team, if another, more mobile Ink Armor-based weapon user fills their special gauge first, the Dynamo user should wait for the latter to activate Ink Armor first then follow up with their Ink Armor as the first one wears off.


  • An opponent wielding a Gold Dynamo Roller is a slow moving, slow swinging target that is easy prey for a any long-ranged weapon user to pick off:
    • The Custom Hydra Splatling (203.92-257.68 DU[7]), the Splatterscope (260.37 DU[7]), the E-liter 4K (290.5 DU[7]), and the E-liter 4K Scope (310.5 DU[7]) all outrange the Gold Dynamo Roller and can splat opponents in one hit.
    • While the Splat Charger has a similar range (240.37 DU[7]) to the maximum range of the Gold Dynamo Roller, it has a one-shot splat and is more mobile thanks to charge storing.
    • While the Classic Squiffer (167.65 DU[7]), the Bamboozler 14 Mk I, the Jet Squelcher (212.64 DU[7]), the Heavy Splatling, and the Ballpoint Splatling all have shorter ranges than the maximum range of the Gold Dynamo Roller, each one can inflict damage more quickly than a Gold Dynamo Roller can.
    • While the Explosher has a range (200 DU) and fire rate (70 frames) comparable to those of the Gold Dynamo Roller, the former can turf more quickly and heavily at this range, immobilizing an opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user and leaving them vulnerable for a teammate to splat.
    • A pilot of the mobile and long-ranged Inkjet can exploit the Gold Dynamo Roller's lack of mobility but must take care not to get within the range of the opponent's vertical swing. Keep your distance – by hovering over higher ground if possible – and lead your shots. Even near misses will inflict splash damage and ink the turf surrounding the opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user, further immobilizing them.
    • An opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user will have a harder time than others to escape from Tenta Missiles, a Sting Ray, an Ink Storm or a Booyah Bomb.
  • While the Gold Dynamo Roller has a long lag time between swings that can be exploited by short-ranged, rapid firing weapons, any user worth their salt is more than capable of punishing anyone who attempts to rush it head-on. To exploit this weakness, rely on timely flanking or careful sharking and catch the opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user by surprise. However, watch out for any Splat Bombs they might drop in self-defense.
    • An Inkbrush can normally get an easy splat by either rushing at or flanking a player with a Gold Dynamo Roller, but caution is advised if you rush at a Gold Dynamo Roller head-on, because they might swing their weapon just in time to stop an incoming Inkbrush.
  • Throwing bombs or Toxic Mist at an opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user can force them out of position and exploit their low mobility:
    • Splat Bombs can be rolled at an opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user when they initiate a swing. If timed and spaced properly, the opponent will not likely be able to escape in time, either getting splatted or at the very least taking some splash damage.
    • Autobombs and Torpedoes are harder for an opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user to avoid than for a shooter user due to their low mobility.
    • Torpedoes also require an opposing Gold Dynamo Roller to use a full swing to destroy one, wasting ink and distracting their focus.
    • 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.
  • Keep an eye on the HUD to know when the opponent's Gold Dynamo Roller user has Ink Armor ready to use, and both watch and listen for when it is activated.
    • The best way to prevent the opponent from using armor is to splat the opponent with the Gold Dynamo Roller (or any other Ink Armor-equipped weapon). If a charger or long-ranged splatling user can safely get within range of the opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user and exploit their low mobility during the long firing lag, they can take away their opponents' source of Ink Armor.
    • Fight fire with fire by having and using Ink Armor to counter the opposing Gold Dynamo Roller user's Armor. Skirmishes between armored teams will depend on when each Ink Armor was activated, the players' skill and positioning, turf control, and the availability of other specials.
    • Ink Armor can negate up to 30 HP of damage, so there are a few main and sub weapons that can remove an opponent's Ink Armor in one hit:
      • For example, all variants of the Splattershot, the Splattershot Pro, and the Splat Dualies all inflict at least 30 HP of damage per shot and fire relatively rapidly. All variants of the Splash-o-matic and the Dualie Squelchers can also accomplish this with enough Main Power Up.
      • Object Shredder triples damage inflicted onto armored opponents, allowing weapons that cannot otherwise inflict 30 HP of damage to break an opponent's Ink Armor in one hit.[12] Combining Object Shredder with Ink Storm can nearly neutralize armored pushes by the opponent.
      • The splash damage of most bombs will destroy the Ink Armor of opponents who have no Bomb Defense Up DX equipped.[12][13][14]
    • Otherwise, focus fire on armored opponents for longer than usual - preferably while ganging up on one opponent at a time - to compensate for their armor.

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.

Bomb Defense Up DX

Because bombs are a good countermeasure against an opposing Dynamo user, a Gold Dynamo Roller user can expect to have the opponents' bombs thrown their way. Ever since its introduction in Version 4.3.0, Bomb Defense Up DX will not only reduce the damage taken from opposing sub and special weapons that are not one-hit-splat but will also reduce the duration of the tracking effects of certain opponent's sub and special weapons, such as Point Sensors and Ink Mines, allowing the user of this ability to evade detection more easily. Just three ability points, or one sub, offer plenty of utility:[12][13]

  • The splash damage of most bombs is reduced from 30 HP to 28.6 HP. This reduction in damage provides two benefits:
    • It prevents its user from being exposed on their opponents' map by the splash damage of most single bombs.
    • Ink Armor will not break due to splash damage from a single bomb whose splash damage normally inflicts 30 HP of damage.
  • The splash damage of near-misses from either Tenta Missiles or Inkjet, the minimum splash damage of bubbles, and the collision damage from Baller are all reduced from 50 HP to 48.3 HP, enabling one to survive two hits from any of these specific means of special weapon damage.
Ink Resistance Up

Even though a Gold Dynamo Roller user generally keeps their distance from opponents, they can still expect to come in contact with opposing ink on various surfaces, particularly while swimming from one 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 and jumping height — including while swinging the weapon.[12][13][14]

  • 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.
    • …increases the normal running speed in opposing ink from 0.24 DU/f to 0.33 DU/f.[8]
    • …increases the jumping height in opposing ink from 0.8 to 0.854.[14]
  • 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.
    • …increases the normal running speed in opposing ink to 0.39 DU/f.[8]
    • …increases the jumping height in opposing ink to 0.888.[14]
Ink Saver (Main)

Reducing the Gold Dynamo Roller's high ink consumption allows its user to swing it more often before having to refill their ink tank. Not only can this be accomplished this with Ink Saver (Main), it is also one of nineteen weapons in Splatoon 2 that receives a stronger effect from this ability. For example, just three ability points, or one sub, allows a Gold Dynamo Roller user to swing their main weapon with full damage six times instead of the default five. However, it would be wise to invest even more ability points into Ink Saver (Main) to enable more use of the main weapon:[12]

  • Eight ability points – achievable with three subs – allows a Gold Dynamo Roller user to throw a Splat Bomb and swing the main weapon twice from a full ink tank.
  • Ten ability points, or one main, increases the number of fully damaging swings to seven.
  • Nineteen ability points, or a pure — one main and three subs, increases the number of swings further to eight.
  • 28 ability points – achievable with one main and six subs, two mains and three subs, or three mains – further increases the number of swings to nine.
Last-Ditch Effort

Last-Ditch Effort is a Headgear-exclusive ability that, under specific conditions, grants its user 1 to 24 ability points each of the following abilities:

These abilities only begin to take effect under either of the following conditions:

  • There are at most 30 seconds remaining on the game clock, or Overtime has begun in a Ranked Battle, at which the maximum 24 ability points will be granted for each of the above abilities.
  • In a Ranked Battle, the opposing team's countdown has at most 50 points remaining. The effects of Last-Ditch Effort increase as the opposing team's countdown decreases from 50 to 30 points remaining, starting with 1 ability point for each ability and maxing out to 24 ability points.

A Gold Dynamo Roller user can potentially benefit greatly from Last-Ditch Effort, particularly from Ink Saver (Main) and Ink Recovery Up, allowing them to more freely use the main weapon during the final moments of a battle or whenever the opposing team has decreased their count a substantial amount.[12] However, a Gold Dynamo Roller user equipped with at least two mains of Ink Saver (Main) will have to decide whether it is worthwhile to sacrifice one full swing of their main weapon from the start of the battle for the possible trade-off of receiving two extra swings – one more than with another Ink Saver (Main) – late in the battle.

Main Power Up

Main Power Up increases damage to rollers by up to 15%, slightly increasing the lethal and two-hit ranges of the Gold Dynamo Roller, making it more consistent at inflicting damage.[12]

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 Gold Dynamo Roller user struggles to escape from rushing opponents and would also have an incentive to maintain valuable special gauge progress for their Ink Armor.[12][13]

  • Six ability points, or two subs, of Quick Super Jump decreases the "charge" time by 30 frames, or 0.5 seconds.[8]
Special Charge Up

Special Charge Up accelerates building up the special gauge for Ink Armor. Since farming Ink Armor is one of a few roles of the Gold Dynamo Roller, constantly having Ink Armor available for teammates ensures more successful pushes and counter-pushes.[12]

  • Ten ability points – one main – are enough to reduce the special gauge requirement to below 175p.[8]
Stealth Jump

Super Jumping to a teammate after respawning carries the risk of getting splatted upon landing, due to the appearance of a Super Jump indicator. A Dynamo Roller is particularly vulnerable upon landing and is not fast enough to splat campers and survive, unlike a Carbon or Splat Roller. When equipped, Stealth Jump better covers this indicator from long-distance opponents, allowing a Gold Dynamo Roller user to more safely return to the front lines and more quickly maintain turfing pressure on and zone out the opponent.[12]

Swim Speed Up

Due to being a heavyweight weapon, the Gold Dynamo Roller inherently slows the swim speed of its user. Swim Speed Up enables them to more quickly return to the site of engagement, more quickly respond to an opponents' push, and better keep their distance from aggressive opponents.[12]

  • Just three ability points, or one sub, will increase the Dynamo's swim speed to 1.88 units per frame - which is roughly the same as a middleweight weapon without any Swim Speed Up, at 1.92 units per frame.
  • Nine ability points, or three subs, will allow the user to swim just slightly faster than a lightweight weapon without any Swim Speed Up at 2.02 units per frame.[8]
Ink Recovery Up

Not recommended. The weapon's white ink frames after attacking reduces the effectiveness of this ability, and is generally outclassed by Last-Ditch Effort.



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  6. YouTube "Splatoon 2 - Tearing It Up W/ Dynamo Roller (Defense is the Best Offense!)" ThatSrb2DUDE, formerly of Team Olive, splats an opposing Inkjet user with the vertical flick from the Dynamo Roller
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  10. 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)
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  15. Weapon Builds
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