Crab Tank

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The Crab Tank is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It is a temporarily summoned piloted assault vehicle that can both rapidly fire ink shots and launch powerful ink balls.

Appearance

The Crab Tank is a crab-shaped mech that can curl up into a ball. Its outer shell changes color to match the user's ink. It is armed with three turret-like cannons, one on each front limb, and one in the center of the body.

Splatoon 3

Crab Tank

Crab Tank

Category Special
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Level
Cost
Requirement Specifications
Weight
Base damage 32 (Rapid Fire)
30 (Cannon (Splash))
60 (Cannon (Direct Hit))
40 (Rolling)
Base duration 9 seconds
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

It appears in one Return of the Mammalians mission:

Description

The Crab Tank can walk and strafe like players, or curl up into a ball to move faster and climb up walls, inking the surface as it moves, similar to the Baller.

In walking mode, the tank has two firing modes: pressing fires a ball of ink in an arc that pierces enemies and explodes on contact similar to Explosher, while fires a rapid stream of bullets from two turrets, behaving similarly to Dualies. Like a real crab, the tank walks faster side-to-side than it does forwards or backwards.

In ball mode, it can also damage opponents by rolling over them.

The Crab Tank will flash red when the time is almost out, warning the user the special will run out soon. Once the special ends, the crab tank will disappear and the player can move with little delay.

Continuous shooting with the Rapid Fire mode will increase its rate of fire drastically, starting with a fire rate similar to the .52 Gal and reaching its peak rate of fire to that of a Hydra Splatling. Interrupting the continuous shooting by either rolling, using the Cannon mode, or by simply letting go of the button, will reset the fire rate to its starting point.

In walking mode, the back of the tank, where the player character sits, is a weak point which is accessible from above, behind or the side. The weak point appears to have the same health as a player, and the player is immediately splatted if it is damaged enough. Whether resistance abilities such as Sub Resistance Up apply to the weak point, and whether the player retains damage that the weak point sustained once the special ends, are currently unknown. In ball mode, the weak point is completely inaccessible.

If the tank itself is destroyed, the player is ejected rather than splatted, and the special ends.

The Crab Tank turns and adjusts its aim very slowly while in walking mode. However, the tank faces in the direction of the camera when coming out of ball mode, so switching to ball mode and back can allow it to turn more quickly.

Most statistical information, such as duration, are currently unknown.

Quotes

Leave your foes in a pinch with the scuttling tank's superior inkpower. Press for rapid-fire shots - will fire your cannon. Its back is vulnerable to enemy attacks, but you can shift into mobile mode with to protect yourself.
— In-game description

Sets

Weapons with Crab Tank in Splatoon 3
Main Sort by main Sub Special Points for Special Level Price Class

S3 Weapon Main L-3 Nozzlenose Flat.png L-3 Nozzlenose 200 S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank 200p 13 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter
S3 Weapon Main Splash-o-matic Flat.png Splash-o-matic 20 S3 Weapon Sub Burst Bomb Flat.png Burst Bomb S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank 200p 16 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter
S3 Weapon Main Splat Dualies Flat.png Splat Dualies 5010 S3 Weapon Sub Suction Bomb Flat.png Suction Bomb S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank 200p 3 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Dualie.png Dualie
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Pro Flat.png Splattershot Pro 70 S3 Weapon Sub Angle Shooter Flat.png Angle Shooter S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank 200p 9 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter

Badges

Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Wining a certain number of battles with the Crab Tank will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Crab Tank Badges
S3 Badge Crab Tank 30.png 30 wins with Crab Tank
S3 Badge Crab Tank 180.png 180 wins with Crab Tank
S3 Badge Crab Tank 1200.png 1,200 wins with Crab Tank

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Crab Tank resembles a Crash Test Dummy.
  • Prior to the Salmon Run Next Wave trailer, the Crab Tank is primarily yellow with sections that change color to match the user's ink instead of the whole tank matching the user's ink.
  • The outside cannons resemble a style of juctioned exhaust headers mainly used in speedboat engines.
  • The Crab Tank's multiple legs, ability to turn into a ball, and twin machine guns make it similar to the Wrecking Ball mech from the game Overwatch.
  • If a Crab Tank user is tagged (by a Point Sensor for example), and rolls, their position tag will roll with Crab Tank.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カニタンク
Kani tanku
Crab Tank
Netherlands Dutch Krabbentank Crab Tank
Canada and France French Crabe d'assaut[note 1] Assault Crab
Germany German Krabbenpanzer Crab tank[note 2]
Italy Italian Granchio armato Armed Crab
Russia Russian Кработанк
Krabotank
Crab Tank
Spain Spanish Cangrejobot From cangrejo (crab) and robot.
China Chinese 螃蟹坦克
Pángxiè tǎnkè (Mandarin)
Crab Tank
South Korea Korean 크랩 탱크
Keuraep taengkeu
Crab Tank

Translation notes

  1. A pun with "Char d'assaut" (means 'tank')
  2. "Krabbenpanzer" can also mean "crab shell."

See also