Rapid Blaster

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Rapid Blaster
Rapid Blaster HQ.png
Type Main, Shooter
Level Unlocked 14
Cost
Min. Splash Damage 25
Direct Hit Damage 80 (Splatoon)
85 (Splatoon 2)
Range
45 / 100
Impact
35 / 100
Fire Rate
40 / 100
Sub Weapon Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine
Special Weapon Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler
Special Depletion Specdep icon.png Light
Brand

The Rapid Blaster is a Main Weapon in Splatoon.

Description

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 Ink Mine and 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)
Sheldont.png
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 Ink Mines are great for pressuring foes.

With a Bubbler as well, it's probably the easiest blaster to use, so I'd recommend giving it a try!

(NA)


Notes

It takes two hits from the Rapid Blaster to splat your opponents, but you'll need to get in close to score direct hits. Bubbler is essential for surviving these close-quarter encounters. Special Charge Up, Special Duration Up, and the Special Saver abilities let you activate Bubbler with greater frequency.
— Splatoon Prima Guide

Demonstration

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

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%

Splatoon 2

  • Direct hit damage: 80 → 85


Similar weapons

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ラピッドブラスター
rapiddo burasutā
Rapid Blaster
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
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Turbolanzamotas Turbo Speck Thrower
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Devastador exprés Express Devastator


Weapons in Splatoon
Main Shooters Weapont Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG(RG, PG) · Weapont Main Dual Squelcher.png Dual Squelcher(Custom)

Weapont Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose(D, Cherry) · Weapont Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher(Custom) Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose(D) · Weapont Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85('89, '83)
Weapont Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic(Neo) · Weapont Main Splattershot.png Splattershot(Hero, Octoshot, Tentatek, Wasabi) · Weapont Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.(Custom)
Weapont Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro(Forge, Berry) · Weapont Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic(Neo, 7)
Weapont Main Blaster.png Blaster(Custom) · Weapont Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster(Neo) · Weapont Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster(Custom, Grim) · Weapont Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster(Deco)
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro(Deco)

Rollers Weapont Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller(Deco) · Weapont Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller(Gold, Tempered) · Weapont Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller(Hero, Krak-On, CoroCoro)

Weapont Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · Weapont Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

Chargers Weapont Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I(Mk II, Mk III) · Weapont Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer(New, Fresh) · Weapont Main E-liter 3K.png E-liter 3K(Custom)

Weapont Main E-liter 3K Scope.png E-liter 3K Scope(Custom) · Weapont Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger(Hero, Kelp, Bento) · Weapont Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope(Kelp, Bento)

Sloshers Weapont Main Slosher.png Slosher(Deco, Soda) · Weapont Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine(Neo) · Weapont Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher(Nouveau)
Splatlings Weapont Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling(Deco, Remix) · Weapont Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling(Custom) · Weapont Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling(Zink, Refurbished)
Sub Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb · Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor · Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine · Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor · Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker
Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall · Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb · Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler · Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon · Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
Special Weapon Special Bomb Rush Splat Bomb.png Bomb Rush · Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler · Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator · Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike · Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka · Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail · Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken