E-liter 3K

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E-liter 3K
E-liter 3K HQ.png
Type Main, Charger
Level Unlocked 18
No Charge Damage 40
Full Charge Damage 180
97 / 100
Charge Rate
23 / 100
13 / 100
Sub Weapon Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb
Special Weapon Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator
Special Depletion Specdep icon.png Medium

The E-liter 3K(NA), or E-Litre 3K(EU/OC), is a Main Weapon in Splatoon.


The E-liter 3K is a type of charger. It has a long charge time but has a very impressive range, and can instantly take opponents out.

A charger with a high-capacity tank. By packing a lot of ink into each shot, it can strike from a great distance... at the cost of long charge time and ferocious ink consumption.
— In-Game Description
Sheldon's Introduction
The E-liter 3K is designed to withstand extreme pressure, allowing you to charge it up even further!

As a result, it has incredible range and truly fearsome attack power! It's great for forging a path forward.

Hit nearby foes with Burst Bombs, and then make sure they've got nowhere to hide with the Echolocator!



The longest-ranged weapon in the game, and thus truly terrifying on stages that allow sniping from afar. The Echolocator special helps with picking off unwary enemies and avoiding attackers from behind. The weapon suffers when engaging at close range, however, so abilities that emphasize mobility (like Run Speed Up and Swim Speed Up) are recommended.
— Splatoon Prima Guide


Recommended Abilities

Damage Up
Damage Up

The Damage Up ability is very effective on Charger weapons, strengthening Burst Bomb. It is desirable to have at least two mains of Damage Up abilities; see here for more details. SquidForce gear has a 5x higher chance of rolling this ability, but no items of the SquidForce brand have Damage Up as the main ability.

Cold Blooded
Cold Blooded

The Cold Blooded ability reduces the duration of tracking by Point Sensors, Haunt, and Echolocators by 75%. Because of the E-liter 3K's extremely limited mobility (15), Cold Blooded allows players to be unpredictable in positioning, win sniper duels and prevent quick splats by enemy snipers

Ink Recovery Up
Ink Recovery Up

The Ink Recovery Up ability hastens the refill rate of ink. The E-liter 3K relies on frequent supplies of ink, making this ability important. Tentatek gear has a 5x higher chance of rolling this ability.

Ink Saver (Sub)
Ink Saver (Sub)

The Ink Saver (Sub) ability decreases the ink usage of sub weapons. It allows players to throw three Burst Bombs in succession. This increases the probability of getting a short range splat when rushed down. Firefin gear has a 5x higher chance of rolling this ability.

Recommended Gear

Geart Headgear White Headband.png White Headband

The White Headband comes with Ink Recovery Up as a main ability. Because it is produced by SquidForce, it also has a 5x higher chance of rolling Damage Up as a secondary ability. This combination makes more chances to attack quickly.

Geart Clothing Part-Time Pirate.png Part-Time Pirate

The Part-Time Pirate comes with Damage Up as a main ability. Because it is produced by Tentatek, it also has a 5x higher chance of rolling Ink Recovery Up as a secondary ability. This combination makes more chances to attack quickly. But clothing gear is replaced with Splatfest Tee during Splatfest.

Geart Clothing Anchor Sweat.png Anchor Sweat

The Anchor Sweat comes with Cold Blooded as a main ability. Because it is produced by SquidForce, it also has a 5x higher chance of rolling Damage Up as a secondary ability. These abilities allow E-liter 3K users to promptly splat opponents without worrying about being tracked.

Geart Shoes Cyan Trainers.png Cyan Trainers

The Cyan Trainers come with Damage Up as a main ability. Because they are produced by Tentatek, they also have a 5x higher chance of rolling Ink Recovery Up as a secondary ability. This combination makes more chances to attack quickly.

Version history


  • Maximum damage without full charge: 120.0 → 100.0


  • Special gauge loss: 50% → up to 60%
  • Swim speed decreased by about 10%.
  • Range when not fully charged reduced by about 20%.
  • Time taken to fully charge reduced by about 6%.



Being the second longest ranged weapon in Splatoon, the one with the largest range being the E-liter 3K Scope, the E-liter 3K can deal with opposing chargers. They are essential in providing cover and locking down choke points on a stage, allowing the rest of the team to move. The Burst Bombs can be used to more effectively to take out enemies who get too close then follow up with semi-fire. Meanwhile, the Echolocator can track enemy Inklings submerged in ink or who are approaching.

Against Shooters

Splat shooters before they get too close. If they do, either use Burst Bombs to kill/slow down the enemy, or swim back to regain the range advantage.

Against Rollers

Splat rollers before they get too close. This should be easy, as Rollers are exposed out of ink a lot more than other Weapon classes. However, Brushes are trickier since they move quickly. Treat these like Shooters or relocate.

Against other Chargers

Use range to simply pick off other chargers. This is what the E-liter 3K does best.


Charger-type weapons don't cover as much turf as the Shooter or Roller weapon types. If the player with the weapon is camping, they are essentially not contributing in Turf War. If possible, use another route to continue progressing whilst they do nothing. Alternatively, splat them from behind whilst they are looking down the scope. Short-range is a charger's nightmare. If the charger is locking down a choke-hold, lay down ink and rush with your teammates or use Sub Weapons or Special Weapons to get them to move. Unpredictable movement is also key, as is suddenly turning in the opposite direction of jumping right before the E-Litre takes the shot. Capitalisation of the E-Litre's extremely slow charge is essential, actively gaining map control while the E-Litre is elsewhere or taking its shot such that it gets cornered or is unable to support its teammates without being distracted and unable to find squids to splat


  • The E-liter 3K is designed to look like a gas pump.
  • Its name is a reference to the Nintendo E3 Engine.
  • Its name is also a pun between elite and liter (the metric measurement), as it has the best-capacity tank.


Similar Weapons

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese リッター3K
rittā 3K
Liter 3K
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) X-traceur X-tracer
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Extraceur Ex-tracer
FlagGermany.svg German E-liter 3K E-Liter 3K
FlagItaly.svg Italian Tinter a carica Inker Charger
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Entintador 3K Inker 3K

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Weapont Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose(D, Cherry) · Weapont Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher(Custom) Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose(D) · Weapont Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85('89, '83)
Weapont Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic(Neo) · Weapont Main Splattershot.png Splattershot(Hero, Octoshot, Tentatek, Wasabi) · Weapont Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.(Custom)
Weapont Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro(Forge, Berry) · Weapont Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic(Neo, 7)
Weapont Main Blaster.png Blaster(Custom) · Weapont Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster(Neo) · Weapont Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster(Custom, Grim) · Weapont Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster(Deco)
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro(Deco)

Rollers Weapont Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller(Deco) · Weapont Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller(Gold, Tempered) · Weapont Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller(Hero, Krak-On, CoroCoro)

Weapont Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · Weapont Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

Chargers Weapont Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I(Mk II, Mk III) · Weapont Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer(New, Fresh) · Weapont Main E-liter 3K.png E-liter 3K(Custom)

Weapont Main E-liter 3K Scope.png E-liter 3K Scope(Custom) · Weapont Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger(Hero, Kelp, Bento) · Weapont Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope(Kelp, Bento)

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Sub Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb · Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor · Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine · Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor · Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker
Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall · Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb · Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler · Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon · Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
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