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This article is about the Recon Ability. For the stage preview mode, see Recon (mode).


Applicable Gear Clothing
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Recon is an ability in Splatoon.

Recon allows the player (but not their team members) to see the opposing team on the GamePad map while standing on their team's Spawn Point. This ability is restricted to clothing as a main ability.

Mutual exclusivity

This ability is found as the main ability only on clothing, so other abilities found only on clothing are mutually exclusive with it; in other words players cannot have them together. These abilities are S Ability Cold Blooded.png Cold Blooded, S Ability Haunt.png Haunt, and S Ability Ninja Squid.png Ninja Squid. In addition, since wearing the S Gear Clothing Splatfest Tee.png Splatfest Tee is mandatory during a Splatfest, these abilities cannot be used for the duration of those events.


This can be useful for using S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrikes to splat opponents while in the safety of the Spawn Point, or for coordinating informed attacks with the team. Recon's effect continues for 3.5 seconds after leaving the Spawn Point, and shows opponents' weapons on the GamePad map.


Recon is the main ability of:

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Duration of effect after leaving Spawn Point increased to 3.5 seconds.
  • Recon will now also display each opponent’s equipped weapon on the Gamepad Map.


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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese スタートレーダー
Sutāto Rēdā
Start Radar
FlagFrance.svg French Radar de départ Starting Radar
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Reconocimiento Recon