Killer Wail 5.1

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Killer Wail 5.1

Killer Wail 5.1

Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Requirement Specifications
Base damage
Base duration 6 sec
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant
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For the variant appearing in Splatoon, see Killer Wail.

The Killer Wail 5.1 is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It fires a series of six prolonged lasers that pierce through walls and automatically track opponents.


The Killer Wail 5.1 consists of six floating speakers, in contrast to the Killer Wail's singular megaphone. Each speaker is identical and will fire a sound wave beam similar to the Killer Wail's but is much narrower. The back of each speaker holds a can of spray paint, which bears a strong resemblance to that of the Suction Bomb.

Splatoon 3

Six flying speakers spawn in a vertical hexagon formation and follow the user when activated. The player can target opponents by facing the camera in their direction, indicated by a reticle similar to those of Tenta Missiles, though only one opponent can be targeted at a time, and there is no indicator for a targeting radius. The targeting system also has a limited range, though the exact distance is unknown.

Two at a time and from top to bottom, at fixed time intervals, the speakers activate: they stop following the user, locking on to the currently-targeted opponent, and each firing a narrow, wall-piercing beam similar to the uncharged Sting Ray, which deals constant damage to opponents touching it. The speakers do not move after this point but rotate to track the locked-on opponent with a short delay.

The speakers have their own individual duration, meaning that the top pair will disappear first and the bottom pair will disappear last.

Each pair of speakers can be locked onto a different opponent, by switching targets after the previous pair has locked on.

If the locked-on opponent is splatted, the speakers do not lock onto a new opponent. Instead, they will resume moving in the direction they took during the end of the priming sequence, in the small moment just before firing. However, this isn't entirely consistent, as if a target dies during any pair's priming sequence, a random direction seems to be chosen instead. Two speakers in a pair will not necessarily rotate in the same direction as each other. It is unknown whether the direction of rotation can be influenced by the user's or opponent's movements.

If there is no targeted opponent when a speaker pair activates, the speakers simply point in the camera's direction and fire. After which, each individual speaker will randomly choose either left or right and begin moving horizontally in that direction. The beams will not lock onto any opponents after they begin firing.

Unlike the Sting Ray, the speakers' beams do not ink surfaces they pierce through.

Most statistical information, such as base damage, are currently unknown. Similarly to the Sting Ray, it deals piercing damage and so can be used to splat armored targets, such as certain bosses in Salmon Run Next Wave.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Fixed an issue with where the megaphone targeting a locked-on opponent who was splatted during its active period would move.
  • Made it easier to activate the effect from the Special Power Up gear ability, even when the player only has a few items with that gear ability equipped.
    • The effect gained from equipping the maximum number of Special Power Up gear abilities will not change.


Unleashes six speaker-shaped, laser-emitting devices to surround and devastate your enemies. Lock onto an opponent, and the emitters will track and blast them wherever they go! You can continue to use your main weapon and sub weapon while the Killer Wail 5.1 is firing.
— In-game description


Weapons with Killer Wail 5.1 in Splatoon 3


Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Wining a certain number of battles with the Killer Wail 5.1 will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Killer Wail 5.1 Badges
S3 Badge Killer Wail 5.1 30.png 30 wins with Killer Wail 5.1
S3 Badge Killer Wail 5.1 180.png 180 wins with Killer Wail 5.1
S3 Badge Killer Wail 5.1 1200.png 1,200 wins with Killer Wail 5.1



For competitive tips about the Killer Wail 5.1

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  • The Killer Wail 5.1 is a modified version of the original Killer Wail from Splatoon.[1]
  • 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 Wail" (which in turn is a portmanteau of "killer whale" and "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, an extinct species of enormous shark, and megafoon "megaphone".
Megalophone 5.1 or Sharkophone 5.1
Canada French (NOA) Laser perçant 5.1 Piercing laser 5.1
France French (NOE) Haut-perceur 5.1 From haut-parleur, meaning "loudspeaker", and perceur "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 ("-phone").
Inkophone 5.1
Russia Russian Мегалофон 5.1
Megalofon 5.1
From Megalodon, an extinct species of enormous shark, and мегафон "megaphone".
Megalophone 5.1 or Sharkophone 5.1
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Berreón 5.1
Spain Spanish (NOE) Tintófono 5.1 From tinta, which means "ink", and "megáfono", that means "megaphone".
Inkophone 5.1
China Chinese (Simplified) 喇叭镭射5.1ch
Lǎbā léishè 5.1ch (Mandarin)
Speaker Laser 5.1ch
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 喇叭雷射5.1ch
Lǎbā léishè 5.1ch (Mandarin)
Speaker Laser 5.1ch
South Korea Korean 메가폰 레이저 5.1ch
Megapon reijeo 5.1ch
Megaphone Laser 5.1ch
Translate logo.svg Internal SpMicroLaser[2] Sp for special. Micro may refer to a microphone or it being a smaller variant compared to the Killer Wail's megaphone.

See Also