The Snipewriter 5H is a main weapon in Splatoon 3, created by the weapon brand Nouveau. It is a charger with the unique property of, when fully charged, loading five low-damage rounds that it can fire consecutively.
It was revealed in the Chill Season 2022 trailer on 14 November 2022 and was released on 1 December 2022.
The Snipewriter 5H is designed to look like an eraser pencil held in a drawing compass. A window cut into its side facing the user shows its internals are shaped like the points of a stacking-point pencil.
The Snipewriter 5H has a Sprinkler and the Tacticooler for its set. When is held, five charges of hardened ink are stored, which can be released in rapid succession by releasing and pressing. Each shot's power is low and leaves it unable to splat with a single fully charged shot. Its range is comparable to that of the Splatterscope, it charges at about the same speed as the Splat Charger, and to compensate for its ability to fire consecutively, the ink trail it leaves is incredibly thin, similar to the Bamboozler. It also does not have a charge hold, and any remaining rounds held when changing to swim form are lost (but the player will regain the equivalent amount of ink). It was added along with Chill Season 2022 on 1 December 2022.
- The Snipewriter 5H is a middleweight weapon.
- The matchmaking range is 25. The game's matchmaking system looks at a team's average matchmaking range value, and matches them against a team with a similar average.
- Ink consumption scales from 1.97% to 35% depending on the charge level.
- The full-charge ink consumption of 35% allows players to fully charge 2 times before running out of ink.
- The Snipewriter 5H cannot store its charge.
- Fully charging the weapon allows it to fire 5 times before needing to recharge.
- It takes 1.2 seconds to fully charge the weapon (72 frames).
- When charging a shot with an empty tank, the charge rate is 33.33%, permitting the player to fully charge a shot in 3.6 seconds.
- When charging a shot while in the air, the charge rate is 33.33%, permitting the player to fully charge a shot in 3.6 seconds.
- The weapon must charge for at least 8 frames before it can release its charge.
- The interval between firing and being able to submerge in ink is 15 frames.
- Fully charged shots will not pierce opponents.
- When charging while moving, the player's movement speed is set to 0.068 units per frame.
- Damage scales from 40 to 68 depending on the charge level.
- Shot distance scales from 10.76 units to 25.77 units depending on the charge level. At full charge, the distance is 27.77 units.
If you use chargers but wish they were a little more...prolific...enter the Snipewriter 5H! It's a charger-style weapon that can fire shots in quick succession. Hold down to charge, and then release to fire. Then you can press to fire again and again—up to five shots on a single charge! Now, there's always a catch, and here's the catch on this weapon—each shot is a bit less powerful than some other chargers, and you can't store a charge. But when you have the Sprinkler to help with coverage and a Tacticooler to power up your friends, those may be catches you can live with.
|“||SRL Ballistics again! We're done with Real Estate drama and here to talk about the Snipewriter 5H, a new charger that holds up to five shots. Its projectiles look like pencil lead but splat like ink—and the high-capacity mag can help YOU write the ending you want for your battle!||”|
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter
- Main article: Badge#Weapon freshness
|Snipewriter 5H Badges|
|4★ Snipewriter 5H User|
|5★ Snipewriter 5H User|
An Octoling holding the Snipewriter 5H.
Promotional video (link to file)
For competitive tips about the Snipewriter 5H
|View the strategy page.|
- As it first appears in Splatoon 3, the Snipewriter 5H is one of seven main weapons (besides reskins) to have no canonical variants, the others being the Splatana Stamper, REEF-LUX 450, S-BLAST '92, Painbrush, Dread Wringer, and Heavy Edit Splatling.
- In Splatoon 3, it shares its kit with the Dynamo Roller, both having Sprinkler and Tacticooler.
- The Snipewriter 5H, along with the Splattershot Nova, Big Swig Roller, Painbrush, S-BLAST '92, Dread Wringer, and Heavy Edit Splatling are not included in Return of the Mammalians due to being added post-release.
- The Snipewriter 5H is the only charger that can splat a Drizzler on a single charge before it ducks back beneath its armor.
"Snipewriter" is a portmanteau composed of "snipe" (as in "sniper") and "writer" (referring to the pencil). It is also a pun on the word "typewriter".
"5H" refers to the pencil grading of the same name, signifying a very hard graphite, and also is likely short for "5 hits", the maximum number of shots in one full charge.
Names in other languages
|Stacking Point Pencil 5 Bullets/Rocket Pencil 5 Shots[note 1]|
|Dutch||Schotlood 5H||From schot ("shot"), potlood ("pencil") and 5H|
|French||Crayon X - 5H||Pencil X - 5H|
|German||R-BLR/5H||Most likely corruptions of Rakete ("rocket") for R-; Bleier ("lead" or "lead pencil") for BLR; and 5H.[note 2]|
|Italian||Lapis Cecchino 5H||Sniper Pencil 5H|
From патронташ patrontash (bandolier), карандаш karandash (pencil) and 5Т (5H, where T means твёрдый tvyordyy (hard))
|Spanish||Cargaminas 5H||From cargador ("charger") + portaminas ("mechanical pencil") 5H.|
|Chinese||R-PEN/5H||Rocket Pencil 5H|
|Korean||R-PEN/5H||Rocket Pencil 5H|
- From ロケット鉛筆 roketto enpitsu ("stacking point pencil") + 5H. ロケット鉛筆 literally means "rocket pencil". "5H" is an abbreviation for 5発 go hatsu ("5 bullets"). 5H is also a hardness rating for pencil graphite.
- Bleier can mean both "lead" and "lead pencil" depending on the German region. It is a dialect (Erzgebirgisch) form of Bleistift, where Bleistift itself is literally Blei ("lead") + Stift ("pen"). The title for the weapon type suffixes NZR or NZRN, which are also corruptions, from Nutzer and Nutzerin ("user (m/f)").