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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 shoes are mutually exclusive with it; in other words players cannot have them together. These abilities are Cold Blooded Cold Blooded, Haunt Haunt, and Ninja Squid 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


  • 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.


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

Abilities in Splatoon
Death Abilities Comeback Comeback · Haunt Haunt · Quick Respawn Quick Respawn · Special Saver Special Saver
Ink Usage Abilities Ink Recovery Up Ink Recovery Up · Ink Saver (Main) Ink Saver (Main) · Ink Saver (Sub) Ink Saver (Sub) · Last-Ditch Effort Last-Ditch Effort
Inkling Abilities Bomb Sniffer Bomb Sniffer · Cold Blooded Cold Blooded · Defense Up Defense Up · Ink Resistance Up Ink Resistance Up · Ninja Squid Ninja Squid · Opening Gambit Opening Gambit · Quick Super Jump Quick Super Jump · Recon Recon · Run Speed Up Run Speed Up · Stealth Jump Stealth Jump · Swim Speed Up Swim Speed Up
Weapon Abilities Bomb Range Up Bomb Range Up · Damage Up Damage Up · Special Charge Up Special Charge Up · Special Duration Up Special Duration Up · Tenacity Tenacity