The Reefslider is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It summons a ridden inflatable pool toy that quickly travels forward, splatting opponents on impact, and explodes, either when the user stops it or when its maximum distance is reached.
The Reefslider is similar in appearance to an inflatable pool toy, with the overall design of a shark. The shark has several scratches on its body and a muzzle on its face, while soda bottles are attached to the base of the tail.
When activated, a straight path that appears resembles a pair of jetski buoy barriers.
When activated, the user pulls out an inflatable toy shark and a straight path appears in the same direction as the camera is facing. The user then rides the toy shark, rushing across the straight path, splatting opponents upon contact. At the end of the path, the toy shark stops in place and lets out a blast of ink, splatting opponents in its radius. The explosion can also be triggered prematurely by colliding with the terrain or pressing .
|“||Hop onto a shark-shaped, ink-propelled float, and charge forward. When you reach the end of the path, or if you press , the float will explode and deal damage.||”|
— In-game description
|“||SRL here on Weapon Wednesday with new info about the Reefslider special. To call it an "exploding shark motorcycle" would be reductive, but... annoyingly accurate. Hop on, aim in the direction of what you want to splat, and let it rip. Press at any time for early detonation!
Linguistics just informed us that "Weapon Wednesday" isn't a thing. To make up for this misstep, here's footage of the Reefslider in action! Notice the brief moment of vulnerability at activation, followed by invulnerability until detonation. And no steering! Aim carefully...
An Octoling riding the Reefslider
- The ending animation of the special may reference the iconic motorcycle slide in the 1988 anime film Akira.
- Unlike most weapons with a visible path of travel, the Reefslider cannot be aimed before firing; it is immediately fired in the direction of the camera upon pressing . Additionally, both the path and the explosion radius can be seen by other players.
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Opblaashaai||From opblaas- ("inflatable [object]"), opblazen ("to inflate, to explode"), and haai ("shark")|
|French||Cavalsquale||From Cavaler ("to ride") and Squale ("dogshark")|
|German||Haihammer||From Hammerhai (hammerhead shark)|
|Italian||Motosqualo||Sharkbike, from moto ("motorcycle") and squalo ("shark")|
|Spanish||Flotiburón||From flotador (floaty) and tiburón (shark)|
shāyú zuòqí (Mandarin)
shāyú zuòqí (Mandarin)
|Same as Japanese name[note 1] The pronunciation in Korean sounds like "Shark Ride"|
|Portuguese||Reefslider||Same as English|
- The word for "shark" in the Korean name uses a phonetic transcription of the English word rather than the Korean word for shark (상어 sangeo), whereas the Japanese name uses a transcription of the Japanese word for shark (鮫 same).