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Abbreviations Brush, Pain, Paintbrush, Dynamo Brush
Sub Curling Bomb
Special Wave Breaker
Base damage 60 (Flinging ink)
30 (Sliding)
Base duration
Ink consumption 6.4% (Flinging ink)
14.4% (Sliding)
Special points 200p
Special depletion
Role Slayer/Support/Anchor
Strengths Works very well for a fast-paced, aggressive playstyle, high damage, long range, decent mobility
Weaknesses Short windup delay before use, the bomb is not ideal for finishing off enemies, very ink hungry.
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For information about the Painbrush, see Painbrush.

The Painbrush is a weapon that was introduced in Sizzle Season 2023 and is a weapon in the class of brushes. The weapon has the ability to fling ink and slide across a map. It plays a hybrid of support slayer as it can kill at a distance and also paint well.


The Painbrush is a brush that has two main mechanics: flinging ink and sliding. These two mechanics are similar to those of its class, except the Painbrush is the highest in it's class, damage and range wise.

  • The flinging attack can splat an enemy after 2-4 hits pointed directly at the player.
  • Ink consumption while sliding is 14.4% and while flinging it is 6.4%.
    • Comparing sliding, the Octobrush consumes 9% ink while sliding and the Inkbrush consumes 8.1%.
  • The weapon has a 23 frame delay when the ZR button is pressed, after which it can be swung every 15 frames (4 times per second).
    • The Inkbrush can be swung every 6 frames (10 per second) and the Octobrush can be swung every 10 frames (6 per second).
  • The brush deals a base damage of 60 and minimum damage of 25. In comparison, the Octobrush deals a base damage of 40 and the Inkbrush deals a base damage of 30.
  • It is similar to a Sloshing Machine but with less range and more handling, tips for that weapon may also apply to the Painbrush.

The Painbrush requires much more ink and has a slower speed, but deals almost double the damage compared to others in its category. It can be seen as the brush version of Dynamo Roller.


  • The Curling Bomb can help the Painbrush as a mobility tool and to poke at enemies from a distance. However, it consumes a lot of ink, which makes it hard to use with the main weapon. It can be used to go around un-inked areas or enemy ink.
  • Wave Breaker can help it to combo up close and help locate enemies. It can also act as an ink refill tool as ink will be refilled upon using it.
  • Because the Painbrush is a slow weapon, it is good to sneak up on players whilst distracted or injured, it will take them longer to react and defend themselves.


The Painbrush consumes a lot of ink, so it would not have much ink left after using a Curling Bomb. Try to kill it when it has less ink to fight you with. If you have more range, you can try to kill it at a distance so it cannot damage you.

  • The Painbrush's reaction is also very slow, if you wield a faster weapon you'll have a higher chance at survival than a slower weapon.

Gear abilities[1]

Ink Saver (Main) - Helps combat the main weapon's low ink efficiency.
Ink Saver (Sub) - Helps combat the sub weapon's low ink efficiency.
Ink Recovery Up - Helps recover ink quicker, especially helpful considering the white frames that come from using a sub weapon.
Swim Speed Up - Pairs well with Curling Bomb, increases mobility. Also allows you to move into other parts of the map quickly to help with things like objective and enemy control.
Ninja Squid - Makes it easier to sneak up on enemies, also allows you to move into sharking positions without being noticed.
Stealth Jump or Drop Roller - Helps with stealth; prevents immediate attacks upon Super Jump landing, as it has a long windup time before it can swing and cannot defend itself.