Rapid Blaster

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The Rapid Blaster is a Main Weapon in Splatoon and Splatoon 2.

Splatoon 2

Rapid Blaster

Rapid Blaster

Category Main
Class Shooter
Sub S2 Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine
Special S2 Weapon Special Splat-Bomb Launcher.png Splat-Bomb Launcher
Availability Cash 9,800
Level 13
Special Points 210p
Sp. Depletion
Base Damage 35 (Min. splash)
85 (Direct hit)
Range
50 / 100
Damage
Impact
25 / 100
Fire Rate
75 / 100
Charge Speed
Ink Speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling

The Rapid Blaster returns in Splatoon 2 looking identical to how it did in the first game. It comes with the S2 Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine and S2 Weapon Special Splat-Bomb Launcher.png Splat-Bomb Launcher.

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Sheldon's Introduction

The Rapid Blaster features an improved rate of fire and reduced ink consumption. It comes with the trade-off of less attack power, but you can reveal your opponents' positions to teammates with the S2 Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine! Finish off the tracked opponents with the S2 Weapon Special Splat-Bomb Launcher.png Splat-Bomb Launcher! Recommended for players that like to work closely with their team!

Version history

Base game

  • Ink consumption per shot: 8.0% → 7.0%
  • Direct hit damage: 80 → 85
  • Minimum splash damage: 25 → 35
  • Movement speed while firing: 0.616 → 0.55

1.3.0

  • Points to fill special gauge: 180 → 210

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Splatoon

Rapid Blaster

Rapid Blaster

Category Main
Class Shooter
Sub S Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine
Special S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Availability Cash 10,000
Level 14
Special Points 180p
Sp. Depletion Specdep icon.png 40%
Base Damage 25 (Min. splash)
80 (Direct hit)
Range
45 / 100
Damage
Impact
35 / 100
Fire Rate
40 / 100
Charge Speed
Ink Speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling

The Rapid Blaster is a Shooter that is similar to the Blaster, but is much faster and has an impressive range, the longest out of all Blaster-type weapons. However, this comes at the cost of less Ink coverage, a smaller blast radius, and weaker shots, making it the only Blaster that cannot splat an enemy with one direct hit. It uses a laser effect when fired, and is in a set with the S Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mines and S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler.

Mitigates the weaknesses of the regular Blaster by giving up a little shot power for a better rate of fire.
— In-Game Description(NA/EU/OC)
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Sheldon's Introduction

The Rapid Blaster is Blaster modified to increase its rate of fire and ink efficiency. It's not as powerful as the Blaster, but its fast shots and powerful S Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mines are great for pressuring foes.

With a S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler as well, it's probably the easiest blaster to use, so I'd recommend giving it a try!(NA)

Demonstration

Version history

2.2.0

  • Fire rate when firing from a Squid state: 0.28 → 0.20
  • Recovery time after firing: 0.43 sec. → 0.33

2.7.0

  • Special gauge loss: 50% → as low as 40%

2.8.0

  • Movement speed while firing increased by about 12%

Tips

  • Avoid fighting up close as you would with other blasters. The Rapid Blaster's strengths are its significantly better fire rate (the highest of all Blaster weapons) and range (second longest to the Rapid Blaster Pro). Attacking from the edge of its range allows for consistent and safe attacks which make use of both its direct damage and burst.
  • Use Ink Mines as a fortification and barrier. The Rapid Blaster's inability to one-shot enemies and weakness at close ranges make it a tempting target for Aerospray, Splash/Sploosh-o-Matic, and N-ZAP users. Well-placed mines can prevent or punish attempts to close the distance.

Recommended Abilities

An indirect hit from the Rapid Blaster deals variable damage based on the foe's distance from the center. It is recommended that players stack the equivalent of 3-4 mains of Damage Up to reduce a 3 to 4-burst splat to more consistent 2 bursts and potential one shot splats, crucial for this weapon's effectiveness
The Rapid Blaster benefits greatly from any means of escaping nearby enemies or disadvantageous positions. Swim Speed allows for continued field presence or quick repositioning.
As a weapon with relatively awkward ink output, Ink Resistance Up enables more effective escapes from enemy ink, when out of ink and in dangerous situations, while itself preventing one shot kills from other Rapid Blasters as well

Countering

Rapid Blasters are weakest at close range, where their tight cone of fire and reduced damage often limit their effectiveness. Countering the weapon generally focuses first and foremost on getting into your weapon's ideal range. Swim Speed Up can help to close this distance and avoid the Rapid Blaster's shots, and Defense Up protects from enemy fire

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Similar weapons

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ラピッドブラスター
rapiddo burasutā
Rapid Blaster
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Flitsblaster Flashblaster
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Turboblasteur Turbo Blaster
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Turboblaster Turbo Blaster
FlagGermany.svg German Turbo-Blaster Turbo Blaster
FlagItaly.svg Italian Blaster rapido Rapid Blaster
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бластермат
Blastermat
Blastermat
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Turbolanzamotas Turbo Speck Thrower
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Devastador exprés Express Devastator

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