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.


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
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Requirement Specifications
Base damage 32 (Rapid Fire)
30 (Cannon (Splash))
60 (Cannon (Direct Hit))
40 (Rolling)
Base duration 8 seconds
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

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. When climbing, the crab tank cannot move left and right, only up and down.

The Crab Tank has 500 HP and has varying damage multipliers against certain weapons.

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.

It appears in 2 Return of the Mammalians missions:

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Shortened the duration of the Crab Tank when not using the Special Power Up gear ability from about 9 seconds to about 8 seconds.
  • Increased the extension rate of the duration of the Crab Tank when using the Special Power Up gear ability.
    • As a result of these changes, the duration of the Crab Tank when maximizing use of the Special Power Up gear ability remains the same as before.
  • Fixed an issue where attacks to the rear, like Ink Storm, bounce off when the tank is in walking mode even when directly striking the player.
  • The sound effect when activating is now less audible to teammates.


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


Weapons with Crab Tank in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class
S3 Weapon Main L-3 Nozzlenose Flat.png L-3 Nozzlenose 300 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 190p 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 180p 9 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter


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



For competitive tips about the Crab Tank

Click to view the strategy for Crab Tank. View the strategy page.


  • 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
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
Translate logo.svg Internal SpChariot[1] Sp for special. "Chariot" likely comes from 戦車 sensha, which can mean either "(military) tank" or "chariot" depending on context.

Translation notes

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

See also