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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 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.

Splatoon 3



Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Requirement 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]

It appears in two Return of the Mammalians missions:

Special Power Up

Main article: Special Power Up

Wearing 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%.


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
S3 Weapon Main Aerospray MG Flat.png Aerospray MG 30 S3 Weapon Sub Fizzy Bomb Flat.png Fizzy Bomb S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 180p 5 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter
S3 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies Nouveau Flat.png Dapple Dualies Nouveau 5001 S3 Weapon Sub Torpedo Flat.png Torpedo S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 190p 26 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Dualie.png Dualie
S3 Weapon Main Dark Tetra Dualies Flat.png Dark Tetra Dualies 5040 S3 Weapon Sub Autobomb Flat.png Autobomb S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 200p 17 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Dualie.png Dualie
S3 Weapon Main S-BLAST '92 Flat.png S-BLAST '92 260 S3 Weapon Sub Sprinkler Flat.png Sprinkler S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 180p 20 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Blaster.png Blaster
S3 Weapon Main Undercover Brella Flat.png Undercover Brella 6020 S3 Weapon Sub Ink Mine Flat.png Ink Mine S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 180p 18 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brella.png Brella


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
S3 Badge Reefslider 30.png 30 wins with Reefslider
S3 Badge Reefslider 180.png 180 wins with Reefslider
S3 Badge Reefslider 1200.png 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")
Canada and France 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
Spain 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
Translate logo.svg Internal SpSkewer[4] Sp for special. 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).