N-ZAP '89

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The N-ZAP '89 is a main weapon in Splatoon and Splatoon 2. It is a N-ZAP '85 with a different color scheme and a different sub and special weapon. It is modeled after the NES Zapper after it was colored pink due to a law requiring that toy guns were not allowed to have a black tip or exterior. It has the number 89 because this ban was imposed in 1989.

Splatoon

N-ZAP '89

N-ZAP '89

Category Main
Class Shooter
Sub S Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler
Special S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike
Level 8
Cost Cash 4,200
Availability
Base damage 28
Base duration
Ink consumption 0.8%
Special points
Special depletion Specdep icon.png 40%
Range
50 / 100
Damage
27 / 100
Impact
Fire rate
75 / 100
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Other variants N-ZAP '85 N-ZAP '85
N-ZAP '83 N-ZAP '83

The N-ZAP '89 was released on 18 July 2015 at 02:00 UTC. It comes in a set with Sprinklers and the Inkstrike.

Data

  • The N-ZAP '89 is a middleweight weapon.
  • Each shot consumes 0.8% of the ink tank capacity.
    • This allows players to fire 125 shots before needing to refill the ink supply.
    • This stat can be changed with Ink Saver (Main).
  • When firing continuously, it has a fire rate of 5 frames between shots (12 shots per second).
  • When firing while moving, the player's movement speed is set to 0.8 units per frame.
  • After firing, there is a 20 frame cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
  • Each shot has a base damage of 28.
  • Shots travel straight for 4 frames. After that, they may lose damage. A shot will lose damage until it reaches 14 damage at frame 15.
  • Shots have a radius of 2 units.
  • The angle its shots can deviate while on the ground is 6 degrees.
  • The angle its shots can deviate while in the air is 15 degrees.
  • The outer reticle immediately expands after jumping. The outer reticle will finish shrinking after 60 frames.
  • The chance to shoot towards the outer reticle instead of the inner reticle increases by 2% per shot, and maximizes at a 25% chance to shoot towards the outer reticle.
    • This means that it takes 13 shots to reach minimum accuracy.
  • When jumping, the chance to shoot towards the outer reticle instead of the inner reticle is immediately set to 40%.
  • Accuracy starts recovering 5 frames after the player stops shooting.
  • Shots initially travel at a rate of 22 units per frame for 4 frames.
    • This gives the weapon an effective range of 88 units.
  • Ink droplets occur every 100 units.
  • The frequency at which ink drips from a shot occurs at a rate of 1.65 droplets per shot.
  • There are a total of 11 different droplet patterns that can be created while firing this weapon.
  • Droplets that occur within 11 units of the player have a radius of 19.2 units.
  • Droplets that occur when they travel past 200 units of the player have a radius of 18 units.
  • All other ink droplets have a radius of 12.8 units.

[1]

Version history

Version Adjustments
2.2.0
  • Walk speed while firing increased by 11%.
2.7.0
  • The radius of the droplets that fall before the shot hits has been increased by about 7%.
  • Intervals between the droplets that fall before the shot hits have been reduced.
  • Special gauge loss: 50% → as low as 40%

Quotes

Sheldont.png
Sheldon's Introduction

Ah yes, the N-ZAP '89. This is quite simply an S Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85 that was redesigned for... legal reasons. It includes a S Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler to rapidly increase your turf, allowing you to fire off remarkably fast S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrikes! This set is excellent at striking where the foe least expects it. Good for lone wolves! (NA)[a]

Sheldont.png
Sheldon's Introduction

Ah yes, the N-ZAP '89. This is simply a redecorated version of the S Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85. It includes a S Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler to rapidly increase your turf, allowing you to fire off remarkably fast S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrikes! Overall, this set is excellent at striking where the foe least expects it. Perfect for lone wolves! (EU/OC)[b]

A follow-up to the S Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85, now with a sleek orange paint job. The sub and special have changed too, but its popularity remains as high as ever.
— In-game Description
Ah yes, the N-ZAP '89. This is quite simply an S Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85 that was redesigned for... well, definitely not legal reasons. No siree. Nothing to see here. Lawyers definitely did not have anything to do with this. It includes a S Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler to rapidly increase your turf, allowing you to fire off remarkably fast S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrikes! This set is excellent at striking where the foe least expects it. Good for lone wolves and those nostalgic for the good ol' days! The N-ZAP '89 is available now!
Complete your retro style with an N-Zap. What's your pick, S Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png 85 or 89?
— SplatoonUK[2]
Notes
  1. North America
  2. Europe and Oceania

Gallery

Demonstration

Splatoon 2

N-ZAP '89

N-ZAP '89

Category Main
Class Shooter
Sub S2 Weapon Sub Autobomb.png Autobomb
Special S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles
Level 11
Cost Cash 8,800
Availability
Base damage 28
Base duration
Ink consumption 0.8%
Special points 180p
Special depletion
Range
50 / 100
Damage
22 / 100
Impact
Fire rate
75 / 100
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Other variants N-ZAP '85 N-ZAP '85
N-ZAP '83 N-ZAP '83

The N-ZAP '89 was released on 9 December 2017 at 02:00 UTC.[3] It comes in a set with Autobombs and the Tenta Missiles.

Data

  • The N-ZAP '89 is a lightweight weapon.
  • The ink consumption of 0.8% and ink tank capacity of 100% allows players to fire 125 shots before needing to refill the ink supply.
  • When initially firing the weapon in humanoid form, the first shot takes 3 frames to come out.
  • When firing from squid or octopus form, the first shot takes 11 frames to come out.
  • The interval between firing and when the player is able to become a squid or use a sub weapon is 3 frames.
  • When firing continuously, it has a fire rate of 5 frames between shots (12 shots per second).
  • When firing while moving, the player's movement speed is set to 0.84 units per frame.
  • After firing, there is a 20 frame cooldown before the ink tank starts refilling.
  • Each shot has a base damage of 28.
  • If a shot is in the air for more than 8 frames after being fired, it loses 0.875 damage per frame until it reaches 14 damage at frame 24.
  • Shots have a radius of 2 units.
  • The angle its shots can deviate while on the ground is 6 degrees.
  • The angle its shots can deviate while in the air is 12 degrees.
  • The outer reticle immediately expands after jumping. After 25 frames, the outer reticle will start shrinking, and will finish shrinking after 70 frames.
  • The N-ZAP '89 starts off having a 1% chance to shoot towards the outer reticle instead of the inner reticle.
    • This chance increases by 1% per shot, and maximizes at a 25% chance to shoot towards the outer reticle, meaning that it takes 24 shots to reach minimum accuracy.
  • When jumping, the chance to shoot towards the outer reticle instead of the inner reticle is immediately set to 40%.
  • Accuracy starts recovering 5 frames after the player stops shooting. The chance to shoot towards the outer reticle decreases by 0.5% per frame, if the chance is not already at the minimum, meaning that it takes 53 frames to reach maximum accuracy. (83 after shooting while jumping.)
  • Shots initially travel at a rate of 22 units per frame for 4 frames, having an effective range of 88 units.
    • After that, the shot's velocity is set to 14.495 units per frame if it is not already lower than the listed value, and decreases further as it travels.
  • Ink droplets occur every 110 units.
  • The frequency at which ink drips from a shot occurs at a rate of 1.4 droplets per shot.
  • There are a total of 11 different droplet patterns that can be created while firing this weapon.
  • Droplets that occur within 11 units of the player have a radius of 18 units, and a width of 10 units.
    • These droplets have their radius multiplied by a value ranging from 1.2 if they fell from a height above 100 units to 1.48 if they fell from a height below 30 units.
  • Droplets that occur when they travel past 200 units of the player have a radius of 16 units.
  • All other ink droplets have a radius of 11.6 units.
  • Droplets that are far from the player and all other droplets have their radius multiplied by a value ranging from 1 if they fell from a height above 100 units to 1.2 if they fell from a height below 30 units.
  • If no ink droplets have occurred within 11 units of the player for 5 shots, the next shot the player makes will force a paint droplet to appear at the player's feet.

[4]

Version history

Version Adjustments
Base game
  • Shot deviation angle while jumping: 15 degrees → 12 degrees
  • Changed to match the faster movement speed and swim speed when not shooting of weapons like the Sploosh-o-matic and Splattershot Jr.
    • Weight class: middleweight → lightweight
  • Increased movement speed while shooting by roughly 5%.: 0.8 → 0.84
  • Made it easier to ink the area around your feet.
    • If a paint droplet has not fell within 11 units of the player for 4 shots, the next shot will force a paint droplet to appear at the player's feet.
  • Increase in chance to shoot towards the outer reticle per shot: 2% → 1%
  • Droplet rate: 1.65 → 1.4
  • Distance between droplets: 100 units → 110 units
  • Near droplet paint radius: 19.2 units → 18 units
  • Far droplet paint radius: 18 units → 16 units
  • Droplet paint radius: 12.8 units → 11.6 units
4.2.0
  • Reduce the interval between firing and when you're able to become a squid or use sub weapon by 3/60 of a second.
4.4.0
  • Reduced the time to shoot from squid form by 1/60 of a second.
4.6.0
  • Painting radius around your feet increased by 6%.
  • Main Power Up effectiveness increased with less gear slots.
4.7.0
  • When equipped, the Main Power Up gear ability will now also lessen shot spread variance when firing while on the ground, in addition to the benefits it previously provided.
  • Points to fill special gauge: 190 → 180
5.0.0
  • Increased damage dealt to the Booyah Bomb armor by roughly 17%.

Quotes

Sheldont.png
Sheldon's Introduction

The N-ZAP '89 is a later model of the S2 Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85. Same features, different color! At first glance, the included S2 Weapon Sub Autobomb.png Autobombs and S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles make this look like the perfect support set for smoking out enemies. And that's not wrong, but you can also use this set to push forward aggressively! So I'd recommend this for players that like to adapt their style to the state of the battle!

Gallery

Demonstration

Trivia

  • Along with the N-ZAP '85, the N-ZAP '89 is based on the American version of the NES Zapper. The original accessory was made orange in May 1989 after the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988 was passed, requiring toy guns to look drastically different from real guns. This is referenced in Sheldon's description of the weapon, stating the design had to be changed due to "legal reasons."

Etymology

N-ZAP '89 is a shortened form of NES Zapper 1989. '89 is based on the year the second, orange NES Zapper model was released.

The N-ZAP '89 has the same name origin in all regions.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese N-ZAP89 Shortened form of "NES Zapper 1989". Same as English name.
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch N-ZAP '89 Same as English name
FlagFrance.svg French N-ZAP 89 Same as English name.
FlagGermany.svg German N-ZAP89 Same as English name.
FlagItaly.svg Italian N-ZAP89 Same as English name.
FlagRussia.svg Russian N-ZAP 89 Same as English name.
FlagSpain.svg Spanish N-ZAP 89 Same as English name.

References