Sprinkler

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The Sprinkler is a sub weapon in Splatoon and Splatoon 2. It sprays ink in a circular ring around itself in a staggering motion. It can be thrown onto virtually any surface, including ones that are upside-down. If the user already has a Sprinkler in use, throwing another Sprinkler will break the first one. A Sprinkler can also break by enemy fire or once the player who placed it gets splatted. Otherwise, Sprinklers have an infinite duration.

Appearance

The Sprinkler has two main parts; a base and a head. The base is flat and cone-shaped with a black bottom. It changes color to match the user's ink and has the Dolphin logo on it. The head is a short, wide pole with two flat and rectangular nozzles sticking out of it. The pole and nozzles are black and the nozzles have attachments that change color to match the user's ink. Once deployed, the Sprinkler's appearance is unchanged other than it spinning around and shooting ink.

Uses

  • The most effective spots for Sprinklers are those that are hard to see or reach. These include on top of boxes, sideways on walls, or on objects over the stage.
  • Exploring stages in Recon mode makes it easy to find strategic locations for Sprinklers without the pressure of a battle.
  • Putting a Sprinkler directly at one's feet can allow a chance to react should an enemy launch a sneak attack.
  • Sprinklers placed on or near the Tower in Tower Control can provide some cover for the user and their allies.
  • Like Squid Beakons, Sprinklers can be used as light shields in a pinch, taking some damage in place of the user.
  • Also like Beakons, Sprinklers work as bait to attract players and ambush them while reaching to destroy the Sprinkler.
    • Even when not used as shields, the attention drawn by an unguarded Sprinkler can be used to one's advantage for an ambush or escape.
  • One should avoid getting too close to enemy Sprinklers - while their damage is low, multiple hits can be dangerous.
  • A Sprinkler may be bait, especially if stuck to a high wall or ceiling. It would be wise to keep an eye on one's surroundings when destroying it.

Splatoon

Sprinkler

Sprinkler

Category Sub
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling Acquirement
Level
Cost
Requirement Specifications
Weight
Base damage 30
Base duration ∞ (Sprinkler got destroyed, Player got splatted, Player placed another Sprinkler)
Ink consumption 80%
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

Sprinklers sprays ink droplets every six frames until it is destroyed.

Ink management

The charts below show that with ability slots stacked with Ink Saver (Main) and Ink Saver (Sub), additional shots can be fired after throwing a Sprinkler from a full ink tank.

Quotes

This device functions just like a lawn sprinkler, spreading ink over a modest 360-degree radius. The narrow streams of ink don't inflict much damage, but Sprinklers are a good way to maintain ink coverage in high-traffic areas during both Turf War and Splat Zones. Instead of tossing it on the ground, where it's likely to be spotted and destroyed, consider throwing it high on a wall - it will stick to any surface, like a Suction Bomb. But you can only deploy one Sprinkler at a time. If you toss a second one out, the first one will disappear. Enemy Sprinklers can be destroyed by shooting them. If left untouched, a Sprinkler will continue spreading ink indefinitely.
Splatoon Prima Guide

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Splatoon 2

Sprinkler
S2 Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png
Category Sub
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling Acquirement
Level
Cost
Requirement Specifications
Weight
Base damage 20
Base duration High-power: 5s
Mid-power: 15s
Low-power: ∞
Ink consumption 60%
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

The Sprinkler was tweaked in Splatoon 2 to have its inking power start out stronger but weaken over time. There are four distinct phases:

  • Deployment phase: This phase starts when the Sprinkler lands on the ground and ends when it fires its first drop of ink. This phase lasts 0.5 seconds.
  • High-power phase: The Sprinkler spins the fastest and has the most inking power during this phase. It fires ink droplets every four frames and rotates 33 degrees per frame. It lasts for 5 seconds.
  • Mid-power phase: The Sprinkler slows down and inks less in this phase. It fires ink droplets every six frames and rotates eleven degrees per frame. It lasts fifteen seconds.
  • Low-power phase: The Sprinkler slows down even further, with very low ink output and range. It fires ink droplets every nine frames and rotates one degree per frame. This phase lasts until the Sprinkler is relocated or destroyed.

The Sprinkler has 120 HP. Object Shredder multiplies the damage done against Sprinklers by ten.

Version history

Version Adjustments
Base game
  • Base damage per hit: 30 → 20
  • Reworked to fire ink droplets from a rate of 6 frames indefinitely to a rate of 4 frames for 5 seconds, then 6 frames for 10 seconds, then 9 frames indefinitely.
1.3.0
  • Of the three levels of ink spray the Sprinkler gives off after placement, duration of the medium level of ink spray was extended by 5 seconds.
  • Ink consumption: 80% → 70%
1.4.0
  • Sub Power Up increases the duration of time the Sprinkler sprays ink at maximum power by roughly 150%.
3.0.0
  • Decreased ink consumption from 70% to 60% of ink tank capacity.
  • Decreased degree to which less area is inked proportional to distance between Sprinkler and terrain floor when placed in a location with a different height than surrounding terrain.
  • Increased durability by roughly 20%.
  • Due to the above fix, damage dealt by certain attacks has also changed.
    • Decreased damage dealt by Sting Rays by roughly 58%.
    • Decreased damage dealt by Ink Storms by roughly 67%.
    • Increased damage dealt by Nozzlenose weapons by roughly 20%.
    • Increased damage dealt by Blaster weapons by roughly 20%.
    • Increased damage dealt by vertical swing attacks with Roller weapons by roughly 20%.
  • Decreased damage range and inking radius during the high-power phase.
4.3.0
  • Increased the effect of the Ink Saver (Sub) gear ability.
4.5.0
  • Decreased time before the Sprinkler begins shooting ink after being placed by roughly 30/60 of a second.
  • Increased radius of ink spray when placed on a wall or the ground by roughly 2.5 times.

Quotes

A device that sticks to walls or the ground and sprays ink around.

Immediately after deployment it sprays vigorously, but gradually dwindles in strength.

You can only place one at a time.

Splatoon 2 Sub & Special Guide

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Trivia

  • The Dolphin logo can be found on the lower part of the Sprinkler.
  • Marie calls throwing a Sprinkler in the last few seconds of a battle in order to gain a bit more turf "Last Seconds of Summer".
  • There are no Splashdown or Inkjet sets that have Sprinklers as their sub weapon.
  • In the quotes for Goby Arena, Marina refers to "Splatted by Sprinkler" as the three most embarrassing words in the Inkling language.
  • It resembles a water sprinkler, hence the name.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スプリンクラー
Supurinkurā
Sprinkler
Netherlands Dutch Inktsprinkler
Sproeier[1]
Ink sprinkler
Sprayer
Quebec French (NOA) Gicleur Sprinkler
France French (NOE) Fontaine Fountain
Germany German Sprinkler Sprinkler
Italy Italian Spruzzatore Sprinkler
Russia Russian Распылятор
Raspylyator
Sprayer
Spain Spanish (NOE) Aspersor Sprinkler

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