Competitive:Kensa Sloshing Machine
This article discusses content that is not part of the official Splatoon series canon but is part of the community or competitive gaming space.
- The high rate of damage, middling firing rate, and moderate mobility of the Kensa Sloshing Machine make it a slayer's weapon:
- The aggressive kit of Fizzy Bombs and Splashdown makes the weapon utilizes its capabilities by extending its range and its splash damage overall.
- The 76 damage with a direct hit and 38 damage with a splash hit makes the weapon's potential to two-shot splat, or three-shot splat with splash hits.
- While not as mobile as some other slayer's weapons, it can still be devastating to the opponent when either flanking or sharking, thanks to its high rate of damage.
- The Kensa Sloshing Machine has a few notable benefits:
- The Splash damage of a trajectory projectile can hit more than a single opponent, making it useful against sticky situations of being outnumbered by the opponents.
- The projectile flies through a ballistic motion trajectory like other sloshers, making it useful for hitting opponents behind walls or ledges.
- The range of the shots are slightly above the average slayer weapons, making it useful for spacing out any close range weapons.
- Ninja Squid allows its user to swim undetected to help sneak up to opponents but also reduces the maximum swimming speed.
- Stealth Jump can help with a quick evasive return to the action and can help cover Splashdown Super Jumps.
- Swim Speed Up can help swim faster and move more distance in shorter period of time to engage or disengage from a confrontation.
- The Kensa Sloshing Machine has a few notable drawbacks:
- Its slower firing rate leaves it vulnerable at close range to more rapid-firing weapons, such as a Splattershot or Splash-o-matic — especially if the opponent lands the first shot. Always be alert of the opponents' flanking and sharking attempts to avoid being caught.
- It has similar ranged to other mid-line slayer's weapons – notably the Splattershot Pro, other sloshers, and the Dualie Squelchers – and, unlike slayer's weapons of comparable range, does not have as much mobility.
- Fizzy Bombs can provide great coverage and pressure with splash hits, even in stages and areas that are more open:
- The Fizzy Bomb can create combos of splash damage with the hits from the main weapon and with the Splashdown special.
- The Fizzy Bomb can explode multiple times, making it easier to explode Bubbles or inflate them.
- Defensively, it can provide great pressure on the objective or onto opponents trying to take control over areas. It can also provide distance between a rushing opponent when thrown towards the ground.
- Offensively, it can create paths with its ink trail that lead to up and tight close confrontations.
- The Splashdown can either turn the tide of a battle or be canceled quite easily.
- The Splashdown can create combos of splash damage with the hits from the main weapon or with the Fizzy Bombs.
- The most safe way to activate a Splashdown is by super jumping to a teammate. This provides no dealing damage as the user is not through mid-Splashdown but rather through a super jump.
- Using Super Jump can be a surprise for opponents that are not aware of the UI that indicates specials ready from the opponent team.
- Most weapons can cancel the special mid-Splashdown, so it is best to make sure that the opponent you are confronting has a weapon that takes multiple shots for a splat or has low range.
- The Splashdown can cancel formation of Bubbles making it a quick and fast way of removing them.
- The Splashdown can be used from higher ledges making it more powerful and extending its radius of splash damage.
- The worst scenario for a Splashdown is when used as a panic button to get out from a sticky situation, as it can be predicted and aimed for it to be canceled.
- The weapon set makes it stronger to pop fast the Rainmaker shield due to the high damage from its main, sub and special.
- The Splash damage of a trajectory projectile makes it easier to splat an opponent Inkjet.
- Any weapon that out-ranges the Kensa Slsohing Machine without sacrificing too much mobility can counter it easily. For example, the Splattershot Pro, the Nautilus 47, the Dualie Squelchers, and their respective variants all counter the Kensa Sloshing Machine rather well.
- To successfully confront a Kensa Sloshing Machine with a weaker or shorter ranged weapon, rely on flanking or sharking to safely approach the opponent, try to land the first shot, and exploit either the opponent's lower firing rate or slower mobility.
- In case of the Kensa Sloshing Machine user is aware of your location, fast movement and misleading directions can help shorten the distance for up close confrontations.
- Any long-ranged weapon, such as a charger or most splatlings, can attack a Kensa Sloshing Machine from long distance with impunity until the latter gets too close.
- The weapon suffers from high ink consumption of 8.4% per shot. Long confrontation might make the opponent weary and low on ink for taking the upper hand.
- If wielding a Brella, refrain from launching the shield at an opposing Kensa Sloshing Machine user as they are quite effective blocking incoming splash damage .
- A Kensa Sloshing Machine user will likely go for both flanking and sharking to maximize the use of their weapon:
- Keep track of all four members of the opposing team – which ones are present, which ones are splatted, and which ones are back at their spawn point.
- Check the map periodically for opposing ink forming around flanks to anticipate a flanking attack.
- To prevent sharking, check suspicious puddles of the opponents' ink, preferably with a thrown sub weapon.
- Weapons that track opponents, such as Point Sensors, temporarily prevent an opponent from sharking and makes them an easier target for long-ranged teammates to pick off.
- An opponent's Fizzy Bomb is often a hindrance, but it can be worked around:
- Shaking Fizzy Bombs for multiple explosions takes time and effort that makes the Kensa Sloshing Machine user busy, exploiting that time to engage the opponent can be tricky but can be rewarding if approached successfully or from an unnoticed direction.
- Fizzy Bombs prevent pathways with their splash damage hits, taking different route or higher platforms to engage can help break choke points or bomb spam.
- Fizzy Bomb takes 60% ink consumption from the ink tank (when used without Ink Saver (Sub)), paying attention to when one or two were thrown can help ease battles against the Kensa Sloshing Machine user when they are low on ink and unable to respond.
- If the Kensa Sloshing Machine user activates a Splashdown in an unsafe position, it can be canceled quite easily from fast firing weapons and chargers.
- Kensa Sloshing Machine user can be seen having their special ready through the opponent's glowing hair or through the UI at the top, being alert to their special ready can help cancel it when used poorly.
- The Kensa Sloshing Machine user might go for risky plays as they know they have the Splashdown ready as a safety net. It is possible to bait them to take control of an open space and surprise them with a teammate to force a mid-Splashdown situation and cancel it.
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.
2 sub abilities are typically used to give two extra sloshes.
Ink Saver (Sub) or Last-Ditch Effort can reduce the ink consumption needed to throw a Fizzy Bomb to below half of a full ink tank, making it possible to throw two Fizzy Bombs one after the other. This provides great pressure through ink coverage and splash damage hits.
When splatted mid-Splashdown, the user loses only 25% of the special gauge. Decreasing it with Special Saver makes the special almost ready again for use through Super Jump or during battle.
Stealth Jump can help cover the indicator of the Super Jump in long distances to come back faster to the action or surprise the opponents with a Splashdown.
Swim Speed Up can help engage and disengage from battles much more swiftly, while Run Speed Up and help maneuver movement during battle when firing the weapon. Both working together as an aggressive build for chasing down opponents and not end up with a trade splats.
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