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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
Handling Obtain at
Requirement Specifications
Base damage 180 (On Impact)
180 (Direct Hit)
60 (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]


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 Sort by main Sub Special Points for Special 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 200p 5 Sheldon License 1 Shooter
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 Dualie
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 Brella



  • 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")
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
Shyakeu Raideu
Same as Japanese name[note 1] The pronunciation in Korean sounds like "Shark Ride"
Portugal Portuguese Reefslider Same as English

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).