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Echolocator HQ.png
Type Special
Points to Fill (p) 200
Base Duration 9s
Sets 13

The Echolocator is a Special Weapon in Splatoon. When activated, enemies' positions are revealed to the player and their teammates for nine seconds.


It is similar to the Point Sensor, but it allows the user and their entire team to see all enemies rather than just those in range of the Point Sensor. It also completely refills the player's ink supply upon use, like all specials.


Echolocator instantly reveals the locations of all opponents on the stage for approximately twelve seconds. And it doesn’t just work for you. Your teammates can see the locations of the enemy too. Opponents are shown on the screen as circling squid icons. The lines extending from your character’s feet show the direction in which each opponent is located—so even if an enemy is behind you, you get an indicator. With a quick glimpse, you can see exactly where each enemy is positioned. Use Echolocator in conjunction with a teammate’s Killer Wail or Inkstrike. By knowing the locations of each enemy, aiming the Killer Wail and Inkstrike specials is much easier, resulting in more splatted opponents.
— Splatoon Prima Guide


  • This special is especially useful for tracking players who use Ninja Squid, as their locations will be revealed regardless of this ability.
  • Since the Echolocator refills the player's ink supply upon use, but does not affect the actual weapon, it can be effectively used as a free, instant refill when ink is running low.
  • This special is very useful for Chargers, as they know exactly where all the players are, in or out of ink, allowing a much easier shot.
  • When the player uses this special, four arrows spread and fly to the enemies from the player. Enemy players can see this effect, which means that the location of the Inkling activating Echolocator is very briefly revealed to opponents.


  • The ability Cold Blooded will reduce the amount of time the player's location is revealed by the Echolocator by 50% (as of version 2.7.0).
  • Little else can be done to counter the effects of this special, so taking up a defensive playstyle for the duration of the special can help players stay alive.


Version history


  • Increased the amount of turf needed to be inked for filling the Special Gauge: 180p → 200p


  • Decreased the base duration: 12s → 9s


  • The name "Echolocator" is based on the term Echolocation, a means of navigation used by many marine animals, such as dolphins, porpoises, and toothed whales.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese スーパーセンサー
sūpā sensā
super sensor
FlagFrance.svg French Sonar Sonar
FlagGermany.svg German Echolokator Echolocator
FlagItaly.svg Italian Calamaradar From Calamari and radar.
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Ecolocalizador Echolocator
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Superdetector Superdetector

Weapons in Splatoon
Main Shooters S Weapon Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal(Deco) · S Weapon Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal(Deco) · S Weapon Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG(RG, PG) · S Weapon Main Dual Squelcher.png Dual Squelcher(Custom)

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

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

S Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · S Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

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

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

Sloshers S Weapon Main Slosher.png Slosher(Deco, Soda) · S Weapon Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine(Neo) · S Weapon Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher(Nouveau)
Splatlings S Weapon Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling(Deco, Remix) · S Weapon Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling(Custom) · S Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling(Zink, Refurbished)
Sub S Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb · S Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor · S Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine · S Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor · S Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker
S Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall · S Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb · S Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler · S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon · S Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
Special S Weapon Special Bomb Rush Splat Bomb.png Bomb Rush · S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler · S Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator · S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike · S Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka · S Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail · S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken