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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 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.

Splatoon 3



Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Added in Specifications
Base damage 220 (On Impact)
220 (Direct Hit)
70 (Splash)
Base duration
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

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 .[1] The Reefslider can pass through a Splattercolor Screen without the user losing color perception.

This special is one of the nine available specials in Salmon Run Next Wave.

It appears in four Return of the Mammalians missions:

Special Power Up

Main article: Special Power Up

Equipping Special Power Up with Reefslider increases its explosion radius.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Damage from the rush attack and from being caught up in the explosion at short range has been increased from 180.0 to 220.0.
  • Fixed an issue where the explosion animation would not be triggered on a player's screen when another player used the Reefslider.
  • Adjusted the color of the attack-area indicator to fix an issue where certain ink-color combinations made it easy to be mistaken for the enemy team's color.
  • Fixed an issue where explosions from the Reefslider or Splat Bombs could not deal damage to a Big Shot or a Cohock.
  • Adjusted the amount of time for the invulnerability window, which occurs after exploding until you are able to move, to about 28/60 of a second.
  • Increased the amount of damage dealt from 60.0 to 70.0 when getting caught in an explosion at long range, and increased the radius of that area by roughly 17%.
  • Increased the radius of the ink splatter from an explosion by roughly 21%.
  • After activation, players become invulnerable to damage approximately 13/60 of a second faster than before.

Salmon Run Next Wave:

  • Increased the damage dealt by the charge attack from 400.0 to 500.0.
  • Increased the effective radius of the area of the charge attack by approximately 50%.


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...

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[2][3]


Weapons with Reefslider in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​​
Aerospray MG 30 Fizzy Bomb Reefslider 180p 5 Sheldon License 1 Shooter Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Dapple Dualies Nouveau 5001 Torpedo Reefslider 190p 26 Sheldon License 1 Dualie Version 2.0.0 (Chill Season 2022)
Dark Tetra Dualies 5040 Autobomb Reefslider 200p 17 Sheldon License 1 Dualie Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​
Dread Wringer 3050 Suction Bomb Reefslider 190p 15 Sheldon License 1 Slosher Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
REEF-LUX 450 Deco 7021 Splash Wall Reefslider 200p 12 Sheldon License 1 Stringer Version 6.0.0 (Chill Season 2023)​
S-BLAST '92 260 Sprinkler Reefslider 180p 20 Sheldon License 1 Blaster Version 4.0.0 (Sizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Undercover Brella 6020 Ink Mine Reefslider 180p 18 Sheldon License 1 Brella Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​


Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Wining a certain number of battles with the Reefslider will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Reefslider Badges
30 wins with Reefslider
180 wins with Reefslider
1,200 wins with 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

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese サメライド
Same raido
Shark Ride
Netherlands Dutch Opblaashaai From opblaas- ("inflatable [object]"), opblazen ("to inflate, to explode"), and haai ("shark")
CanadaFrance French Cavalsquale From Cavaler ("to ride") and Squale ("dogshark")
Germany German Haihammer From Hammerhai (hammerhead shark)
Italy Italian Motosqualo Sharkbike, from moto ("motorcycle") and squalo ("shark")
Russia Russian Мотокула
SpainMexico Spanish Flotiburón From flotador (floaty) and tiburón (shark)
China Chinese (Simplified) 鲨鱼坐骑
shāyú zuòqí (Mandarin)
Shark Mount
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 鯊魚坐騎
shāyú zuòqí (Mandarin)
Shark Mount
South Korea Korean 샤크 라이드
Syakeu Raideu
Same as Japanese name[note 1] The pronunciation in Korean sounds like "Shark Ride"
Portugal Portuguese Reefslider Same as English
 Internal SpSkewer[4] Sp for special weapon. Skewer is likely in reference to a beta design that was reworked.

Translation notes

  1. 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).