Curling Bomb

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The Curling Bomb is a sub weapon in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3.


The Curling Bomb is a short black cylinder that has a gray handle on top and panels on the side that change color to match the user's ink. There are green lights on the top that turn red when the Curling Bomb is about to explode. The Curling Bombs used by Agent 4 in Octo Canyon have a darker handle and blue, oval-shaped lights instead of rectangular green ones.

Splatoon 2

Curling Bomb
S2 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb.png
Category Sub
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Handling Acquirement
Requirement Specifications
Base damage 20 (contact)
30 (splash)
180 (direct hit)
Base duration
Ink consumption 70%
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

When deployed, the Curling Bomb travels in a straight line across the floor, leaving a trail of ink and bouncing off of any wall or obstacle it encounters. It explodes after it has traveled its maximum distance. The maximum distance of the Curling Bomb may be shortened by charging, or 'cooking' it with Button1 R.png before release - unless it is coming from a Curling-Bomb Launcher, in which case, this increases its travel distance. 'Cooking' the Curling Bomb also causes it to grow larger, increasing the amount of turf it inks as it travels and the size of its blast radius.

While traveling, the Curling Bomb deals 20 damage to enemies it comes into contact with. Upon detonation, it deals 180 damage to enemies in the main blast radius and 30 damage to enemies in the outer blast radius.

The Curling Bomb is comparable to the Seeker from Splatoon, though it excels in path-making as it cannot be 'distracted' by enemy Inklings and Octolings. The wall-bouncing and cooking capabilities of the Curling Bomb also hold versatility over the Seeker.

It appears in two Octo Expansion Stations:


  • The circle on the top of the Curling Bomb displays the amount of time left before it detonates.
  • As it approaches its maximum distance, the Curling Bomb makes the same sound effect as a primed S2 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb.
  • The Curling Bomb slows down as it approaches its maximum distance.
  • LEDs surrounding the handle of the Curling Bomb light up as the bomb is 'cooked'.
  • If the player remains idle after deploying the Curling Bomb, the player remains in a weaponless stance and performs a fist pump and nod upon the bomb exploding.
  • If the player is low on ink and tries to release a Curling Bomb, they look down at their hand to see nothing, instead of looking back like other sub weapons.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Fixed an issue causing Curling Bombs to lose speed inappropriately when thrown on sloping surfaces.
  • Slightly increased the volume of the pre-detonation effects.
  • Extended the interval between use and when ink begins refilling by 15/60 of a second.
  • Reduced the radius at which the blast can deal 30.0 damage to an opponent by roughly 13%.
  • Decreased radius of ink coverage and damage dealt by Curling Bomb explosion when Button1 R.png is pressed and immediately released.
  • Bomb now grows in size the longer Button1 R.png is held, increasing ink coverage while traveling and area of ink coverage and damage dealt when it explodes.
  • Decreased amount of time before ink recovery begins after use in proportion to how long Button1 R.png is held.
  • Reduced the time to begin recovering ink after shooting by roughly 5/60 to 15/60 of a second depending on how long Button1 R.png is held.
    • If Button1 R.png is released immediately, time is reduced by 5/60 of a second.
    • If Button1 R.png is held for the full duration, time is reduced by 15/60 of a second.
  • Increased the explosion's maximum damage from 150.0 to 180.0.


A bomb that slides along the ground, inking it as it goes, before finally exploding.

It bounces back if it hits a wall.

Pressing and holding Button1 R.png allows you to adjust the time to detonation. The longer you hold Button1 R.png, the sooner the bomb will detonate.

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A Curling Bomb seen in Museum d'Alfonsino from the trailer.

Curling Bombs were very briefly shown in the September 2021 Nintendo Direct, seemingly keeping its attributes from the previous game. It is currently unknown what weapons will have it in their kits, but might be part of the Splat Roller's set, as it is nearby and is shown running out of ink.


For competitive tips about the Curling Bomb

Click to view the strategy for Curling Bomb. View the strategy page.


  • The Curling Bomb looks similar to a stone used in the sport curling, hence the name.
  • There are no sloshers or brellas that have Curling Bombs as their sub weapon.
  • On most stages, Curling Bombs can be thrown over certain walls and barriers by standing very close it then throwing it over at maximum jump height.
  • There are no weapons that have Curling Bombs as their sub and Ink Armor, Ultra Stamp or Booyah Bomb as their Special weapon.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カーリングボム
kāringu bomu
Curling Bomb
Netherlands Dutch Curlingbom Curling Bomb
France French Bombe curling Curling bomb
Germany German Curling-Bombe Curling Bomb
Italy Italian Bomba curling Curling bomb
Russia Russian Керлинг-бомба
Spain Spanish Bomba deslizante Sliding bomb