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The REEF-LUX 450 is a main weapon in Splatoon 3.


The REEF-LUX 450 appears to be based on a knot assist, a tool used for fishing, and a compound bow. The bottle at the tip also shares similarities to a yakult bottle. The bottle changes color to match the player's ink.

Splatoon 3



Basic information
Category Main
Class S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer
Sub S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb
Special S3 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles
Special points 210p
Special depletion
60 / 100
Fire rate
Charge speed
75 / 100
Ink speed
60 / 100
Obtainable at
Level 10
Introduced Drizzle Season 2022 (1.1.0)
Base damage 30-45(x3) (Direct)
32-70(x3) (S3 Icon Mr Grizz.png SRNW Direct)
Base duration
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy

MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant REEF-LUX 450 Deco REEF-LUX 450 Deco

The REEF-LUX 450 was first shown in a Salmon Run gameplay video[1] before being officially announced or seen in-game. Compared to the Tri-Stringer, it is faster, lightweight, has a shorter range, has non-explosive shots and can hold a full charge for a short while in swim form.

While the weapon image and data for the REEF-LUX 450 could not be found in the files for the Splatoon 3 Splatfest World Premiere, dataminers were able to locate Sheldon's description of the weapon, which also names the sub and special weapons in its kit. It was officially announced on 6 September 2022.[2]


  • The REEF-LUX 450 is a lightweight weapon.
  • The matchmaking range is 15. The game's matchmaking system looks at a team's average matchmaking range value, and matches them against a team with a similar average.
  • Ink consumption scales with charge level. It starts at 3.5% of the ink tank at no charge, 4.68% of the ink tank at one charge circle, and 6.5% of the ink tank at full charge.
  • The REEF-LUX 450 can store its charge while submerged in ink.
    • A stored charge can be held for up to 75 frames (1.25 seconds). The animation of coming out of a stored charge lasts for 21 frames, and a shot can be fired 27 frames after coming out of ink.
  • Shots fired by the REEF-LUX 450 do not explode.
  • The weapon cannot fire until it has charged for 6 frames. The first circle is reached after charging for 12 frames (0.2 seconds), and full charge is reached after 34 frames (0.57 seconds).
  • After firing, there is a delay before another shot can be charged. This delay is 8 frames at no charge, 15 frames at one charge circle, and 15 frames at full charge.
  • The delay between firing a shot (charged or uncharged) and submerging in ink is 10 frames.
    • When charging while out of ink, the amount of time it takes to charge is multiplied by 3. When charging in the air, the time it takes to charge is also multiplied by 3.
  • The movement speed while charging is set to 0.084 units per frame.
  • Initial shot velocity scales with charge level. It starts at 1.45 units per frame at no charge, 1.45 units per frame at one charge circle, and 2.55 at full charge.
    • Shots travel straight for 4 frames, regardless of charge level.
    • The effective range is 8.38 units at no charge, 8.38 units at one charge circle, and 14.73 units at full charge.
      • This number represents the range in which the crosshair changes shape when placed over an enemy. However, since stringer weapons do not have damage falloff, these numbers are otherwise arbitrary.
  • Damage scales with charge level. It starts at 30 damage at no charge, 45 damage at one charge circle, and 45 at full charge.
  • Arrow angle changes with charge level. It starts at 10.5 degrees at no charge, 5 at one charge circle, and 0.5 degrees at full charge.
  • The arrows fire 0.2 units apart from each other.


Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Made the angle of diffusion narrower depending on the amount of charge, making it easier to focus on attacking a single area.
  • Movement speed while charging is now about 20% faster.
4.0.0 Salmon Run Next Wave:
  • Increased damage dealt when fired without charging by approximately 6%.
  • Increased damage dealt at the first charge level by approximately 40%.
    • There is no change to the damage dealt at the second charge level.
  • Narrowed the spread angle when fired without charging by approximately 30%.
  • Narrowed the spread angle when fired while charged one level by approximately 29%.
  • Increased the amount of ink consumed for up to the first charge level by approximately 17%.


S3 Sheldon Artwork.png
Sheldon's Introduction

The REEF-LUX 450 is a lighter version of the Tri-Stringer that's a bit more user-friendly for folks who are new to stringer-type weapons. Like most lightweight weapons, it doesn't pack the biggest punch or range—no exploding charged shots here—but it does offer the ability to store a charge! This set comes with Curling Bombs to help you close the gap into enemy turf quickly, letting you take full advantage of the nimble nature of your main weapon. And when you want to make a big impact in a hurry, don't forget about your Tenta Missiles. You can make it rain missiles on opponents out of range of the REEF-LUX. This is a highly mobile loadout that lets you fight with flexibility and still take down powerhouse opponents. I hope you give it a try!

SRL here with findings on a new stringer: the REEF-LUX 450! We believe the "450" refers to the 45 damage this exceedingly mobile stringer deals with each shot. It can store a charge, but be warned - ink shots do NOT explode on impact. You'll need to hit opponents directly!
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[4]


Main article: Badge#Weapon freshness

Reaching certain Freshness levels with the REEF-LUX 450 will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

REEF-LUX 450 Badges
S3 Badge REEF-LUX 450 4.png 4★ REEF-LUX 450 User
S3 Badge REEF-LUX 450 5.png 5★ REEF-LUX 450 User



For competitive tips about the REEF-LUX 450

Click to view the strategy for REEF-LUX 450. View the strategy page.



REEF-LUX is a play on "reflex bow", "reef", and possibly "acid reflux" and "deluxe".

"450" refers to the 45 damage the weapon deals per shot.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese LACT-450
From lactic or Lactobacillus. The weapon's front design resembles a bottle of Yakult, a popular Japanese lactic drink (fermented milk with Lactobacillus), notably popular for relieving the symptoms of acid reflux, an aspect reflected in its English name.
Netherlands Dutch RIF-LEX 450 From rif ("reef") and reflex, similar to the English name
CanadaFrance French Coralux 450 From corail ("coral")
Germany German LACT-450 LACT-450
Italy Italian ARCO-RAL 450 A pun between arco ("bow") and corallo ("coral")
Russia Russian КО-РАЛЛ 450
CO-RAL 450
SpainMexico Spanish AR-CR0 450 AR-CR0, short for Arcromatizador, the name for Stringers in Spanish.
China Chinese LACT-450 LACT-450
South Korea Korean LACT-450 LACT-450
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