Crab Tank

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The Crab Tank is an upcoming special weapon in Splatoon 3.


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.

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Crab Tank

Crab Tank

Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Handling Acquirement
Requirement Specifications
Base damage
Base duration
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant


So far, it's been confirmed that it can walk and strafe like players, as well as curl up into a ball to move faster and climb up walls, inking the surface as it moves, similar to the Baller. It appears to have 2 firing modes, one shoots a ball of ink that explodes on contact, similar to the Explosher, and a second mode that shoots bullets similar to Shooters or Splatlings. These two modes seem to be activated using Button1 R.png and Button1 ZR.png. 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 nearly no delay.

Most statistical information, such as duration and base damage, are currently unknown. It is part of the Clash Blaster and the Splattershot Pro's sets.



  • The Crab Tank resembles a Crash Test Dummy.
  • The outside cannons resemble a style of juctioned exhaust headers mainly used in speedboat engines.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カニタンク
kani tanku
Crab Tank
Netherlands Dutch Krabbentank Crab tank
France French (NOE) Crabe d'assaut Assault Crab
Germany German Krabbenpanzer Crab tank[note 1]
Italy Italian Granchio armato Armed Crab
Russia Russian Кработанк
Crab tank
Spain Spanish (NOE) Cangrejobot From cangrejo (crab) and robot.
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 螃蟹坦克
páng xiè tǎn kè (Mandarin)
Crab tank
South Korea Korean 크랩 탱크
keuraep taengkeu
Crab Tank

Translation notes

  1. "Krabbenpanzer" can also mean "crab shell."

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