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This article discusses content that is not part of the official Splatoon series canon but is part of the community or competitive gaming space.

For information about the Splash-o-matic, see Splash-o-matic.




Abbreviations Splash
Sub S Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
Special S Weapon Special Bomb Rush Suction Bomb.png Bomb Rush
Base damage 28
Base duration
Ink consumption 0.7%
Special points
Special depletion Specdep icon.png 40%
Role Slayer/Support
Strengths Turfing and map control with both main weapon and Bomb Rush, Bomb Rush farming.
Weaknesses Short range, requires good aim.


The Splash-o-matic has some differences compared to its Splatoon 2 appearence.

  • The weapon is middleweight whereas in Splatoon 2 where the weapon is lightweight.
  • The Splash-o-matic is slightly more ink efficient consuming 0.7% of the ink tank than 0.8%.
  • In Splatoon, the Splash-o-matic has shot deviation when jumping instead of in Splatoon 2 where the weapon has no shot deviation when jumping, meaning that the weapon has less accuracy than in Splatoon 2.

Suction Bombs can be used in a similar fashion to Splat Bombs, with a few differences:

  • They can attach to surfaces, which both allows more room for error when aiming and enables the planting of craftier traps, such as underneath a grate.
  • They take two seconds after attaching to a surface to detonate, as opposed to one second for a Splat Bomb, so plant Suction Bombs earlier than usual.
  • They inflict more damage from a direct hit (220 HP) and have a larger overall radius of damage (80 DU).
  • They can be thrown to lead a push into a Splat Zone or any other important area of the stage, such as the opponents' street or platform.
  • They can also flush out opposing anchors from perches and clear other critical areas, such as the Tower.
  • They can also be used to poke at and zone out opponents during the neutral phase, stall an opponent's push, or provide space to escape.
  • A Suction Bomb can damage or destroy an opponent's Splash Wall, or the Rainmaker shield, while detonating on contact.
    • Any opponents caught within the Suction Bomb's explosion will get damaged or splatted.

The Bomb Rush can help with maintaining leads, gaining map control, or making pushes.

  • Using any Bomb Rush too close to an opponent will leave its user vulnerable to attack, so activate it outside the opponents' range.
  • Bomb Rush can either capture or hold onto a zone or another important area of the map, such as a path to the Rainmaker pedestal.
  • It can also stall or stop an opponent's Tower push in a more direct manner than Killer Wail does. Note that attempting to stop the Tower in this manner forces you to be closer to the Tower, whereas Killer Wail can be used from a further, safer distance.
  • Bomb Rush can quickly pop the Rainmaker shield to instantly start or restart a Rainmaker push.
  • An opponent's Inkstrike will defuse any Suction Bombs it comes in contact with. If possible, hold off activating Bomb Rush until after the opponents have exhausted their special weapons first.


The Bomb Rush is very effective at contesting territory, such as Splat Zones, but is not as reliable at splatting opponents who actively avoid the bombs. Attempting to pursue certain opponents with Bomb Rush active further risks getting splatted. Therefore, it is advised to have other special weapons available to complement Bomb Rush, as having too many users of any Bomb Rush variant (no more than two) in a team composition will limit a team's arsenal of weapons:

  • Other than the launched bombs, a Bomb Launcher user has no means of protection and is particularly vulnerable to long-ranged fire.
  • Other special weapons, such as Inkjet or Sting Ray, are intended for splatting opponents and more capable at this than is a Bomb Rush.

Coordinating with your teammates can greatly increase the Bomb Rush's effect during a battle:

  • Remaining behind a teammate with an active protective special weapon, such as Bubbler or Kraken, can also give a Suction-Bomb Launcher user room to operate.
  • Pushing forward with Bomb Rush while a teammate is using a special designed to splat opponents, such as Killer Wail or Inkzooka, can limit the opponents' escape options and even prevent them from Super Jumping to safety.


  • If you happen to get within range to an opposing Bomb Rush user, then take them out quickly to interrupt the special.
  • Inkstrike, if timed properly, can negate the bombs of a Bomb Rush.
  • If the Splash-o-matic user activates a Bomb Rush in an unsafe position, try attacking them from a distance, as they can still use their main weapon.

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 Bomb Range Up.png Bomb Range Up

Because the Splash-o-matic has a shorter range than most shooters, the suction bombs can also be used to take out enemies that might be lurking out of the main weapon's range. Bomb Range Up will increase the distance the bombs travel when thrown.

S Ability Cold Blooded.png Cold Blooded

Cold Blooded is an ability that shortens the duration of position-tracking to 50% of normal tracking time. As a stealthy, mobile weapon, Cold Blooded is immensely useful for the Splash-o-matic, enhancing its sneakiness, facilitating ambushes, preventing enemy ambushes, enabling more mobility, and preventing chargers to quickly splat players.

S Ability Comeback.png Comeback

Comeback allows players to get back faster into the battle and constantly have a boosted range of abilities at hand, further charging Special Charge after special loss from death as well.

S Ability Ink Recovery Up.png Ink Recovery Up

Ink Recovery Up allows players to constantly throw Suction Bombs and have a frequent presence on the map.

S Ability Ink Resistance Up.png Ink Resistance Up

As a short-range weapon, players will generally find themselves in enemy ink in engagements. The Ink Resistance Up ability allows players to continue to be mobile and to survive more fights without taking as much damage from enemy ink.

S Ability Special Charge Up.png Special Charge Up and S Ability Special Saver.png Special Saver

With the weapon's fast and effective ink output, Special Charge Up allows players to have frequent Suction Bomb Rushes at hand, a valuable tool for aggressive and defensive plays alike. Special Saver will conserve a significant amount of the special gauge after being splatted by an opponent, so Bomb Rush can be used more often.

S Ability Swim Speed Up.png Swim Speed Up

The Swim Speed Up ability allows players to swim faster, which makes harder target to kill and much more mobility when moving in squid form.

Splatoon 2



Abbreviations Splash
Sub S2 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist.png Toxic Mist
Special S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet
Base damage 28
Base duration
Ink consumption 0.8%
Special points 170p
Special depletion
Role Slayer[1]
Strengths Accuracy, mobility, turfing, Inkjet farming[2]
Weaknesses Short range, requires good aim, dependent on abilities to increase damage

The Splash-o-matic is a short-ranged, rapid firing weapon with the best accuracy among all shooters, excluding Blasters and Semi-Automatic weapons. It also has the lowest special gauge requirement for Inkjet, tied with the Octobrush, the Herobrush Replica, and the Custom Goo Tuber, allowing it to farm Inkjet very quickly.


The traits of the Splash-o-matic make it a slayer's weapon:

  • Its near-perfect accuracy and high rate of fire make it very efficient at splatting opponents within its range.
    • Its shots never deviate from the inner reticle — even while airborne. This gives its user the option to fire at opponents while jumping without sacrificing accuracy, aiding them as they close in on longer-ranged opponents.
  • Its lightweight nature makes it very mobile, even more so than its incarnation in Splatoon, allowing its user to more effectively flank their opponents.
  • The rapid firing rate and excellent ink coverage of the Splash-o-matic make it an excellent turfing weapon, allowing it to more easily maintain map control, capture Splat Zones, and build up its special gauge to farm Inkjet.
  • The primary weaknesses of the Splash-o-matic is its lack of both damage (28 HP per shot) and range (110.03 DU[3], particularly compared to the Tentatek Splattershot (35 HP per shot, 116.99 DU[3]). This problem can be solved by jumping, slightly increasing your range.
    • Main Power Up can increase the damage of the Splash-o-matic up to 33.3 HP but will require a substantial amount of ability points (see below).
    • To offset the lack of range, refrain from engaging most opponents head-on and rely more on flanking and sharking to sneak up close to your opponents.

While Toxic Mist cannot damage opponents, it can cripple their ability to advance, attack, or flee:

  • Throwing Toxic Mist in front of the opponents' positions can either slow their offensive rush or prevent them from quickly reacting on defense. However, beware of any opponents' bombs thrown into or through the Mist.
  • Ink-guzzling weapons, such as chargers, splatlings, sloshers, and most blasters, are most affected by its ink tank-draining effects.
  • Throwing Toxic Mist onto areas frequented by opponents, such as their snipe or the Tower, can dissuade them from remaining there.
  • Dropping a Toxic Mist behind while fleeing an unfavorable situation can buy precious time to escape.
  • Opponents wielding heavyweight weapons – including the Explosher, the Tenta Brella, and especially the Rainmaker – are extremely vulnerable to attack if caught in Toxic Mist. Note that the Rainmaker does not depend on its wielder's ink tank and can still fire shots while within a Toxic Mist.
  • Starting from Version 4.2.0, opposing dualie wielders will have to spend 3.5 times the usual amount of ink to perform a dodge roll, reducing their ability to strafe, rush forward, or zone out targets.
  • As of Version 5.2.0 onwards, Toxic Mist can also slow opponents using a Baller, preventing them from taking over space for their teammates.

The Splash-o-matic's rapid turfing and low special gauge requirement allows it to farm and spam Inkjet more often than almost all other weapon kits with Inkjet. However, proper piloting is still required to take full advantage of this ability:

  • Upon activation, its launching point is marked for all players – teammates and opponents – to see and, as of Version 3.2.0, also indicates when its user will return via super jump, allowing an opponent to camp or shark there. Therefore, it is advised to launch the Inkjet from a less visible and better-protected area.
    • Drop Roller allows its user to better dodge either a potential Inkjet punish or a simple super jump punish, providing a safer landing.
    • While the Splash-o-matic does not have a lethal bomb to drop onto an awaiting opponent upon landing, dropping a Toxic Mist after the special ends might permit a teammate to get a revenge splat.
  • Its movement speed is determined by both the Splash-o-matic's strafing speed and the number of Run Speed Up ability points equipped.
  • It is also possible to morph into squid/octopus form and swim (in friendly ink) while the special is active. This provides some key benefits:
    • Morphing will halt the jets to enable the pilot to descend, making them a less predictable target.
    • Swimming is faster than flying, enabling an Inkjet pilot to activate the special at a farther distance from opponents and more quickly pursue them.
  • Its altitude depends on the elevation of the surface it is hovering above, enabling it to either fly very high over an elevated structure, such as the glass roof in Shellendorf Institute, or hover high enough to challenge an opponent on a perch.
    • However, the Inkjet cannot achieve thrust off of grates or mesh, causing its pilot to merely walk on them. Avoid hovering over them to maintain altitude.
    • Pressing the B button will provide a temporary extra thrust. Mastery of both boosting and descending (see above) is necessary for Inkjet pilots to become less predictable for long-ranged opponents to track and pick off.
  • Its mobility enables it to reach areas that are otherwise not easily accessible — or even inaccessible, such as over the glass enclosures in Kelp Dome.
  • The Inkjet's cannon fires long-ranged, Rainmaker-like bursts of ink that splat opponents in one direct hit or two to four indirect hits:
    • Lead the Inkjet's shots to compensate for their slightly slower travel speed, especially when positioned farther from an intended target.
    • Its splash damage can splat opponents positioned behind obstacles, varying from 30 to 50 damage; the closer the shot to the opponent, the more damaging.
  • If an Inkjet falls out of bounds, such as into the water, its pilot will land back onto the location of launch — or the most previous point of solid ground. Therefore, the Inkjet can save a player from an out-of-bounds splat in a pinch. You can also use this to your advantage. When being pressured by the enemy team, going into the water can save you from being splatted.


The Splash-o-matic has two drawbacks that have to be compensated for by the other three weapons of its team composition: short range and lack of lethal bombs.[4]

  • The other three weapons need to be longer-ranged, as having too many short-ranged weapons on a team without a longer-ranged weapon to provide support fire allows opposing slayers to play more aggressively and an opposing anchor to position themselves farther forward.
  • At least one of the Splash-o-matic user's teammates should have lethal bombs, as a team with no lethal bombs will not be able to sufficiently zone out its opponents.

The Splash-o-matic's rapid turfing and farmable Inkjet means that a fellow slayer does not necessarily need to turf or build up their specials as often, freeing them to use other complementary weapons:

  • Weapons that trade turfing for range, such as the Splattershot Pro or medium- to long-ranged blasters, can complement a Splash-o-matic very well.
  • Users of slayer's weapons with high special gauge requirements, such as the Kensa Splattershot Pro or the Soda Slosher (both 210p), can rely more on their main and sub weapons, knowing that their Splash-o-matic teammate can provide constant Inkjet support.

Like other weapon kits with Inkjet, the Splash-o-matic greatly benefits from a teammate's Ink Armor:

  • Because an Ink Armored player can withstand more damage — especially from an opponent's charger, an armored Inkjet pilot can fly more aggressively.
  • Sometimes, it can pay to wait a little longer for a teammate to build up and activate Ink Armor before activating Inkjet. However, do not hesitate to use your special weapon whenever it is needed during a battle, such as when making a push, protecting a lead, or distracting an opposing anchor.
  • While the Splattershot Jr. can farm Ink Armor as quickly as the Splash-o-matic can farm Inkjet, the short range of both weapons can put them at a disadvantage against longer-ranged opponents. The N-ZAP '85 is a viable, slightly longer-ranged alternative.


  • Having shorter range and weaker damage than most other typical slayer's weapons, the Splash-o-matic would be at a disadvantage against them:
    • All variants of the Splattershot, the L-3 Nozzlenose, and the Splattershot Pro outrange the Splash-o-matic. Most sloshers and some blasters also have longer range than the Splash-o-matic.
    • Rollers and most blasters overpower the Splash-o-matic. However, they each require its user to get get within range and land their shots.
    • While the Splash-o-matic lacks a damaging sub weapon, such as bombs, Toxic Mist can make assaulting an opposing Splash-o-matic user tricky. Avoid pursuing an opposing Splash-o-matic user in a confined area to reduce the chance of getting hit with Toxic Mist.
  • Any mid-ranged or long-ranged weapon, such as chargers and splatlings, can fire upon the Splash-o-matic with impunity unless it gets too close. Long-ranged weapons can also punish a predictable Inkjet pilot.
  • A competent Splash-o-matic user will likely attack its longer-ranged opponents through either flanking or sharking:
    • 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.
  • If an opposing Splash-o-matic user uses Toxic Mist to restrict your team's movement, consider throwing bombs either into or beyond the Mist to prevent them from travelling through it.
  • Dogfights between opposing Inkjets are generally decided by each pilot's skill, positioning, and any teammates present.
  • To punish an opposing Inkjet after it lands, eliminate its pilot's teammates while avoiding both its shots and exhaust before punishing the landing, preferably with a well-placed, well-timed bomb followed by shots from the main weapon. Make sure the opposing pilot does not have Drop Roll, however.

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 Bomb Defense Up DX.png Bomb Defense Up DX

As a short-ranged slayer's weapon, the Splash-o-matic requires its user to be in close quarters with the opponent, who might be inclined to use bombs for zoning out the Splash-o-matic user. 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.

S2 Ability Ink Resistance Up.png Ink Resistance Up

Any good user of a short-ranged weapon like the Splash-o-matic is expected to come in contact with the opponent's ink on various surfaces, which can both be damaging and reduce mobility. Ink Resistance Up not only partially offsets the reduction in mobility but also delays the damage taken from contact with opposing ink.

S2 Ability Main Power Up.png Main Power Up

With a base damage of just 28 HP per shot, the Splash-o-matic is one of the weakest slayer's weapons in Splatoon 2. Fortunately, it is also one of the few weapons whose damage can be increased with Main Power Up, increasing its effectiveness as a slayer's weapon.

  • 31 ability points – achievable with either one main and seven subs or two mains and four subs – are enough to reach the Splash-o-matic's damage cap of 33.3 HP. 30 ability points – three mains – increase the Splash-o-matic's damage output to 33.2 HP.[5]
  • For a smaller but nearly-effective investment, 21 ability points – reached with seven subs, one main and four subs, or two mains and one sub – are enough to exceed 32 HP of damage, while 15 ability points – either five subs or one main and two subs – will exceed 30 HP.[5]
S2 Ability Ninja Squid.png Ninja Squid

Ninja Squid reduces detection by opponents while swimming on non-vertical surfaces. It allows its user to swim at full speed undetected at the cost of about 20% of the maximum swimming speed as of Version 3.0.0. Because a Splash-o-matic user has difficulty attacking most opponents head-on, Ninja Squid can make it easier for its user to shark and more safely approach opponents.

  • As of Version 3.0.0, Ninja Squid reduces the maximum swim speed of the Splash-o-matic from 2.02 DU/f to 1.81 DU/f.[5]
S2 Ability Quick Respawn.png Quick Respawn

Quick Respawn shortens respawn time after getting splatted (under specific conditions), encouraging a Splash-o-matic user to remain aggressive even after getting splatted.

  • 16 ability points – two mains and two subs – are enough to reduce the respawn time from 8.5 seconds to 6.67 seconds.[5]
S2 Ability Stealth Jump.png 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. When equipped, Stealth Jump better covers this indicator from long distance opponents, allowing its user to more safely return to the front lines and maintain pressure on the opponent.

S2 Ability Swim Speed Up.png Swim Speed Up

As a short-ranged weapon that excels at flanking, the Splash-o-matic greatly benefits if it is able to swim faster. Swim Speed Up enables its user to more quickly close the distance towards an opponent, more quickly respond to an opponents' push, or even escape unfavorable situations.

  • 16 ability points – one main and two subs – increase the swim speed from 2.02 DU/f to 2.19 DU/f.[5]
  • Swim Speed Up can reduce the swim speed penalty from Ninja Squid. However, it takes at least 28 ability points – either one main and six subs or about two mains and three subs – of Swim Speed Up for a Splash-o-matic user to fully offset the swimming speed penalty of Ninja Squid.[5]
  • Therefore, a Splash-o-matic user with Ninja Squid will have to decide between either having fewer ability points available for other abilites or swimming at less than the base maximum speed. For example, just 13 ability points – one main and one sub – are enough to restore the swim speed of a Splash-o-matic user with Ninja Squid to 1.92 DU/f.[5]


Splatoon 3



Abbreviations Splash
Sub S3 Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb
Special S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank
Base damage 28
Base duration
Ink consumption 0.8%
Special points 200p
Special depletion
Role Slayer/Support
Strengths Accuracy, mobility, turfing, Crab Tank farming, versatility
Weaknesses Short range, requires good aim



The Splash-o-matic is a very versatile weapon and can easily fill multiple slots in a team composition. While players would usually have to consider many things when building teams such as weapon ranges, lethal bombs, turfing capabilities, and so on, the Splash-o-matic is not a jack of all trades, but rather a master of all trades.

Normally, having too many short-ranged weapons on a team would be a detriment for the following reasons:[7]

  • An opponent with a long-ranged weapon can more aggressively position themselves to zone out the entire shorter-ranged team.
  • The opposing slayers can play more aggressively, knowing that there is no long-ranged threat to pick them off from afar.

However, the Crab Tank on the Splash-o-matic effectively turns the user into a long-ranged weapon and can apply strong pressure on the opposing team.

Burst Bombs are not lethal bombs, but their effectiveness increases with higher numbers,[8] comboing with each other, Crab Tank explosives, and allowing for long-range poking the weapon couldn't do otherwise without its special. Weapons that can take advantage of the instant splash damage such as other Splash-o-matics or a Sloshing Machine pair well with Burst Bombs.

Crab Tank also allows the Splash-o-matic to synergize with itself on a team composition,[9] and using multiple Crab Tanks is not an uncommon strategy. The special keeps the user alive while the other Splash-o-matics can get their own Crab Tanks, while also having Burst Bombs to combo with the current active Crab Tank. It is possible to chain Crab Tanks one after the other to apply pressure for an extended period of time on the opposing team. However, keep in mind that Crab Tank is a fairly static special and its effectiveness can vary on modes such as Tower Control and Rainmaker.[10]


In competitive play

The Splash-o-matic was assumed to be a strong weapon even before release,[11] and this prediction has held up very well. Recently following the release of 1.2.0, the Splash-o-matic has become more popular than before, with many teams running two Splash-o-matics in their team compositions.[12][13] This can be attributed to nerfs to the Sloshing Machine and Fizzy Bombs and improvements to the netcode, as well as its special; the Splash-o-matic is arguably the best weapon with Crab Tank currently and can reliably get it due to good turfing, allowing it to pressure long-ranged threats for a considerably long period of time.