Opening Gambit

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Opening Gambit

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Applicable Gear Headgear
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Opening Gambit is an ability in Splatoon and Splatoon 2.

Opening Gambit boosts run speed and swim speed for the first 30 seconds of the match, allowing players to move much faster. The ability is ideal for reaching objectives before opponents during the start of the match, and gaining a tactical advantage. After 30 seconds have passed, the effect wears off for the rest of the match. Players may prefer to use S Ability Swim Speed Up.png Swim Speed Up or S Ability Run Speed Up.png Run Speed Up, which last the entire match, however one main slot of each of these abilities does not have the same strength as Opening Gambit. This ability is restricted to headgear as a main ability, and cannot be rolled as a sub ability.

Mutual exclusivity

This ability is found as the main ability only on headgear, so other abilities found only on headgear are mutually exclusive with it; in other words players cannot have them together. These abilities are S Ability Comeback.png Comeback, S Ability Last-Ditch Effort.png Last-Ditch Effort, and S Ability Tenacity.png Tenacity.

Splatoon

Gear

Opening Gambit is the main ability of:

Data

Opening Gambit has an effect equal to three mains of S Ability Swim Speed Up.png Swim Speed Up and S Ability Run Speed Up.png Run Speed Up.

Version history

2.6.0

Splatoon 2

Gear

Opening Gambit is the main ability of:

Data

Opening Gambit has an effect equal to five subs of S2 Ability Swim Speed Up.png Swim Speed Up, S2 Ability Run Speed Up.png Run Speed Up, and S2 Ability Ink Resistance Up.png Ink Resistance Up. While the effects normally lasts for 30 seconds, the timer can be extended by 7.5 seconds for each splat or assist the user is credited with. Splatting an opponent or being credited for an assist after the ability has worn off will not reactivate the effects of the ability.

Version history

1.4.0

3.0.0

  • While active, Opening Gambit’s duration will be extended by 7.5 seconds for each opponent splatted by the player or assist they are credited with.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese スタートダッシュ
Sutāto Dassyu
Start Dash
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Vliegende start Flying start
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Départ toute allure Start with full speed
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Chapeaux de roue Flying start
FlagGermany.svg German Startvorteil Head start
FlagItaly.svg Italian Partenza a razzo Rocket launch
FlagRussia.svg Russian Стартовый спурт
Stortovyy spurt
Start spurt
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Acelerón de salida Starting speed up


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