Killer Wail 5.1

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The Killer Wail 5.1 is an upcoming special weapon in Splatoon 3.


The Killer Wail 5.1 consists of six floating speakers, in contrast to the Killer Wail's singular megaphone. Each floating speaker can fire a laser beam for a total of six laser beams. The back of each speaker bears a strong resemblance to the Suction Bomb.

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Killer Wail 5.1

Killer Wail 5.1

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


When activated, six speakers spawn in a ring formation which briefly follows the user. The speakers then fire wall-piercing beams, similar to the Sting Ray and the original Killer Wail. The speakers do not start firing at the same time and tend to target slowly towards the user's opponents autonomously. Brief trailer appearances show lasers start firing in pairs, from top to bottom, in quick succession.[1][2] Each pair of lasers can initiate at different angles suggesting multiple opponents can be simultaneously targeted, however all six lasers can target one opponent. The mechanism behind this is currently unknown.

Most statistical information, such as duration and base damage, are currently unknown. As of the Release Date Revealed, it is part of the Range Blaster, Sloshing Machine, .52 Gal, and Tri-Stringer's set.

The Killer Wail 5.1 is also confirmed to appear in Salmon Run Next Wave. Similar to the Sting Ray, it can defeat a Flyfish without the use of Splat Bombs.



  • The Killer Wail 5.1 appears to be a modified version of the original Killer Wail from Splatoon.[3]
  • The number refers to the 5.1 surround sound audio system, commonly used in home theatres.
    • 5.1 capable audio systems consist of five relatively similar full spectrum speakers, as well as an additional low frequency speaker. Despite this, the Killer Wail 5.1's six speakers all appear to be identical.


"Killer Wail 5.1" is a combination of "killer whale", "wail", and 5.1 surround sound system. "Wail" references its method of splatting opponents, while 5.1 (the most common format for surround sound systems) references its plural speakers. Notably, both Wii U and Nintendo Switch support 5.1 output.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese メガホンレーザー5.1ch
megahon rēzā 5.1ch
Megaphone Laser 5.1ch
Netherlands Dutch Megalofoon 5.1 From Megalodon (spelled the same in English and Dutch), an extinct species of enormous shark, and megafoon, which means "megaphone".
Megalophone 5.1 or Sharkophone 5.1
France French (NOE) Haut-perceur 5.1 From haut-parleur, meaning "loudspeaker", and perceur, which means "piercer".
Loudpiercer 5.1
Germany German Heulboje 5.1 From heulen, a verb which means "to cry or howl", and Boje, which means "buoy".
Howling Buoy 5.1
Italy Italian Tintofono 5.1 From tinta, meaning "ink", and the suffix -fono, which is used in relation to sounds similarly to how -phone is used in English.
Inkophone 5.1
Russia Russian Мегалофон 5.1
Megalofon 5.1
From Megalodon, an extinct species of enormous shark, and мегафон, which means "megaphone".
Megalophone 5.1 or Sharkophone 5.1
Spain Spanish (NOE) Tintófono 5.1 From tinta, which means "ink", and the suffix -fono, used in relation to sounds, similar to -phone in English.
Inkophone 5.1
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 喇叭雷射5.1ch
lǎ bā léi shè 5.1ch (Mandarin)
Speaker Laser 5.1ch
South Korea Korean 메가폰 레이저 5.1ch
megapon reijeo 5.1ch
Megaphone Laser 5.1ch

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