Squid Beakon

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The Squid Beakon is a sub weapon in the Splatoon series. It is a device placed at the user's feet that can be Super Jumped to by anyone from the user's team.

Appearance

The Squid Beakon consists of a satellite sitting on top of a base. The base is simply a black tripod pole, while the satellite is more complex. The satellite has a metal backing with two red lights on top, and in Splatoon 2, one of the lights will stop blinking if someone who does not have Squid Beakon as their sub weapon Super Jumps to it. In front of the backing is a tube with a cameralike apparatus inside of the end. The tube makes a U-turn around its middle to face the backing. The entire satellite changes color to match the user's ink. Once deployed, the Squid Beakon's appearance is unchanged other than it spinning around.

Use

  • Put Squid Beakons in places where they are less vulnerable to enemies, such as up high or behind obstacles.
  • Ink the area around the Squid Beakon so an arriving ally can hide immediately after landing.
  • If Squid Beakon is in a good spot, place a new one as soon as it is used.
  • A single player can only have up to three Squid Beakons in play at once; attempting to place a fourth will destroy the oldest of those currently active.
  • Like Sprinklers, Squid Beakons can be used as light shields in a pinch, taking some damage in place of the user.
    • Even when not used as shields, the attention drawn by an unguarded Squid Beakon can be used to one's advantage for an ambush or escape. This is especially effective in Ranked Battles, since preventing enemy movement is a greater concern.
  • Squid Beakons can be used with the Krak-On Splat Roller to attack an enemy on a ledge above the user. To do this, place a Squid Beakon right next to their perch, Super Jump to it, then fling ink at them on the way down.
  • If there are Squid Beakons on the map, consider Super Jumping to those rather than a teammate, as they are usually placed in a safe location, and will hide your landing marker.
  • Squid Beakons can be seen on the map by either team, allowing the player to find hidden Squid Beakons or predict enemies' positions.
  • A Squid Beakon may be bait; it would be wise to keep an eye on its surroundings when destroying it.
  • Alternatively to destroying a Squid Beakon, one can wait in their ink near it and splat an opponent when they land. However, this may simply waste time if the Squid Beakon is never jumped to.
  • Beakons provide a location effect, enemy players near a friendly Squid Beakon will display on the map. This allows the user and their teammates to gain intel on the enemy players position in addtion to knowledge of if a enemy player is in the area before jumping to one.  

Splatoon

Squid Beakon

Squid Beakon

Category Sub
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Level
Cost
Requirement
Introduced Specifications
Weight
Base damage
Base duration
Ink consumption 90%
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

A player Super Jumping to a Squid Beakon will destroy it regardless of their sub weapon. A Squid Beakon can also be destroyed by dealing damage to it, which varies depending on the weapon used (listed below).

Damage Multiplier

Destroying a Squid Beakon varies between weapons: for instance, an Inkbrush can squish it in one hit (which normally does 20 damage to Inklings) but it takes a Splattershot Pro three shots (which deal 126 damage to Inklings).

  • Shooters and splatlings require the same amount of shots to destroy a Squid Beakon as they do to splat an Inkling.
  • Blasters take one direct hit to destroy a Squid Beakon. Using indirect hits, blasters need to do a total of 50 damage. Therefore, it takes one indirect shot for the regular Blaster, Range Blasters, and Luna Blasters and two indirect hits for the Rapid Blaster and Rapid Blaster Pro.
  • Rollers and brushes take approximately the same number of flings or flicks to destroy a Squid Beakon as to splat an Inkling. All rollers and brushes can squish a Squid Beakon in one hit.
  • Chargers, including the Bamboozlers, can destroy a Squid Beakon with one fully charged shot or two uncharged shots. Classic Squiffers and Splat Chargers can destroy it with a half charge and E-liter 3Ks can destroy it with a quarter charge.
  • Sloshers can destroy a Squid Beakon in one direct slosh or two indirect sloshes.

Additional information:

  • Two indirect Burst Bomb hits will destroy a Squid Beakon.
  • A Splash Wall placed on or very near the Squid Beakon will destroy it.
  • A Sprinkler will destroy a Squid Beakon in four drops.
  • Squid Beakons are unaffected by standing in enemy ink.

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Quotes

This radar-like device can be dropped to give your team a jump point on the Stage. Squid Beakons appear on the GamePad's map as radar icons. Simply select one of these icons to initiate a Super Jump toward the selected Beakon. Once a player lands on a Squid Beakon, it explodes - so don't be stingy with these things. Keep deploying more Squid Beakons to give your team an advantage. For best results, place Squid Beakons in safe areas near the center of a stage. This gives your team quick access to hotly contested areas like Splat Zones. The GamePad's map also shows enemy Squid Beakons. Use this intel to hunt down the enemy's Squid Beakons - they can be destroyed by shooting them. Or simply camp an enemy Squid Beakon and ambush an opponent as they jump into view. Each player can place up to three Squid Beakons on a stage at a time. If all eight players have Squid Beakons, that means there can be up to twenty-four Squid Beakons on a stage at any given time.
Splatoon Prima Guide
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Judd's Advice
Meow! (Squid Beakons let you or an ally Super Jump to that position! They'll be displayed on all your maps once placed, so just tap to jump! Place up to 3 of them in strategic locations, then mount an offensive!)

Sets

Weapons with Squid Beakon in Splatoon
Main #ID Sub Special Special Depletion Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S Weapon Main Custom Dual Squelcher.png Custom Dual Squelcher 81 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail Special gaugeLight 18 Cash 12800 Shooter 27 June 2015
S Weapon Main Custom E-liter 3K.png Custom E-liter 3K(NA)[a]
Custom E-Litre 3K(EU/OC)[b]
2031 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken Special gaugeMedium 19 Cash 14200 Charger 17 June 2015
S Weapon Main Custom E-liter 3K Scope.png Custom E-liter 3K Scope(NA)[a]
Custom E-Litre 3K Scope(EU/OC)[b]
2041 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken Special gaugeMedium 20 Cash 22600 Charger 10 October 2015​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S Weapon Main Krak-On Splat Roller.png Krak-On Splat Roller 1011 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken Special gaugeMedium 7 Cash 3000 Roller 28 May 2015 (1.0.0)​​​​​​​​​​​
S Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush 1110 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken Special gaugeLight 12 Cash 8500 Roller 18 July 2015​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S Weapon Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic 0 S Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail Special gaugeLight 12 Cash 7500 Shooter 8 July 2015​​​​​​​

Gallery

Splatoon 2

Squid Beakon
S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png
Category Sub
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Level
Cost
Requirement
Introduced Specifications
Weight
Base damage
Base duration
Ink consumption 75%
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

The Squid Beakon returns in Splatoon 2. A Squid Beakon can now be used up to two times if the first player to use it does not also have Squid Beakon as their sub weapon. The number of uses remaining is indicated by the number of circles on the Squid Beakon's icon on the map or the number of lights on the Squid Beakon itself.

Version history

Version Adjustments
Base game
  • When destroyed, shows indicator of the Super Jump player.
1.3.0
  • Ink consumption: 90% → 75%
1.4.0
2.3.0
  • Made it so that the position of opponent players within the area of effect is displayed on all allies' turf maps.
3.0.0
  • 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%.
4.2.0
  • Each Squid Beakon can now be used twice when used by an ally who doesn't have a Squid Beakon equipped.
    • Number of uses left indicated by the number of circles on the Squid Beakon icon on the map or the number of lights on the Beakon itself.
4.3.0
4.7.0
  • The benefits of the Sub Power Up gear ability are now more likely to occur, even with fewer instances of the gear ability equipped.

Quotes

A device that emits a signal that squids can detect. You can Super Jump to a teammate's Squid Beakon by selecting it and pressing A. Up to three beakons can be set at any given time, and although they're usually only good for one jump, they will last two jumps if used by players who do not have Squid Beakons equipped.
Splatoon 2 Sub & Special Guide(EU)[c]

Sets

Weapons with Squid Beakon in Splatoon 2
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​
S2 Weapon Main Ballpoint Splatling Nouveau.png Ballpoint Splatling Nouveau 4031 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Ink Storm.png Ink Storm 220p 28 Cash 15800 Splatling 5 December 2018 (4.3.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S2 Weapon Main Custom E-liter 4K.png Custom E-liter 4K 2031 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Bubble Blower.png Bubble Blower 170p 26 Cash 17300 Charger 14 October 2017
S2 Weapon Main Custom E-liter 4K Scope.png Custom E-liter 4K Scope 2041 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Bubble Blower.png Bubble Blower 170p 30 Cash 29900 Charger 14 October 2017​​​​​​
S2 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies.png Dapple Dualies 5000 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Suction-Bomb Launcher.png Suction-Bomb Launcher 170p 26 Cash 14700 Dualie 7 July 2017 (1.0.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S2 Weapon Main Krak-On Splat Roller.png Krak-On Splat Roller 1011 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Baller.png Baller 170p 12 Cash 9200 Roller 7 July 2017 (1.0.0)​​​​​​​​​​​​
S2 Weapon Main Neo Sploosh-o-matic.png Neo Sploosh-o-matic 1 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles 170p 18 Cash 12200 Shooter 10 March 2018​​
S2 Weapon Main Octobrush Nouveau.png Octobrush Nouveau 1111 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles 170p 15 Cash 9900 Roller 2 January 2018​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S2 Weapon Main Tenta Brella.png Tenta Brella 6010 S2 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon S2 Weapon Special Bubble Blower.png Bubble Blower 200p 23 Cash 14200 Brella 30 September 2017​​​​​​​​

Gallery

Splatoon 3

Squid Beakon

Squid Beakon

Category Sub
Class
Sub
Special
Special points
Special depletion
Range
Damage
Impact
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Mobility
Durability
Handling
Level
Cost
Requirement
Introduced Specifications
Weight
Base damage
Base duration
Ink consumption 75%
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

Squid Beakon returns in Splatoon 3 and remains identical to its iteration in Splatoon 2. In Splatoon 3, the Big Bubbler special also acts as a Squid Beakon when active.

Quotes

A device that emits a signal that Inklings and Octolings can detect. You can Super Jump to a teammate's Squid Beakon by selecting it and pressing A. You can place up to three at a time. They're usually single use, but allies who don't have the jump beacon equipped can use them twice.
— In-game description

Sets

Weapons with Squid Beakon in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Custom Dualie Squelchers 2D Current.png Custom Dualie Squelchers 5031 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Super Chump.png Super Chump 210p 16 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Dualie.png Dualie Version 4.0.0 (Sizzle Season 2023)​​​
S3 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies 2D Current.png Dapple Dualies 5000 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Tacticooler.png Tacticooler 180p 14 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Dualie.png Dualie Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Krak-On Splat Roller 2D Current.png Krak-On Splat Roller 1011 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 180p 7 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Roller.png Roller Version 3.0.0 (Fresh Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Neo Sploosh-o-matic 2D Current.png Neo Sploosh-o-matic 1 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1 170p 13 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter Version 3.0.0 (Fresh Season 2023)​​
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush Nouveau 2D Current.png Octobrush Nouveau 1111 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Ink Storm.png Ink Storm 180p 9 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brush.png Brush Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Wiper Deco 2D Current.png Splatana Wiper Deco 8011 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles 190p 10 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Splatana.png Splatana Version 4.0.0 (Sizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Tenta Brella 2D Current.png Tenta Brella 6010 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Ink Vac.png Ink Vac 190p 16 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brella.png Brella Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)​​​​​​​​​​

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Squid Beakon resembles an airport surveillance radar mounted on a camera tripod.
  • Squid Beakon has the highest ink consumption of all sub weapons. In Splatoon, it is not possible to place two Squid Beakons without the need to refill ink, even when equipped with as much Ink Saver (Sub) as possible.
  • At the launch of Splatoon, the only weapon that had Squid Beakon as part of its kit was the Krak-On Splat Roller, making it the least common sub weapon upon release.
  • In Splatoon, only two specials appear on weapons with Squid Beakon as their sub weapon, being the Kraken and Killer Wail.
  • In Splatoon 2, there are no blasters or sloshers paired with Squid Beakon. Additionally, Squid Beakon is not paired with the Booyah Bomb, Ink Armor, Inkjet, Splashdown, Sting Ray or Ultra Stamp.
  • When standing next to a Squid Beakon, Inkling voice clips can be heard. This is often difficult to notice, due to the fact that multiplayer music may drown out these sounds.
    • These voice clips are distorted versions of the Inkling voice clips that come from players.
  • As of Drizzle Season 2023, Squid Beakon is the only sub weapon that has gotten no balance changes since the launch of Splatoon 3.

Etymology

"Squid Beakon" is a play on the words beacon and squid beak.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ジャンプビーコン
Jampu Bīkon
Jump Beacon
Netherlands Dutch Springschotel (Splatoon 2 & 3)
Inktvisbaken (Splatoon[2])
Jump dish
Squid beacon
CanadaFrance French Balise de saut Jump beacon
Germany German Sprungboje Jump buoy
Italy Italian Trasferitore Relocator
Russia Russian Прыжковый маячок (Splatoon 2 & 3)
Pryzhkovyy mayachok
Радиомаяк (Splatoon[3])
Radiomayak
Jumping beacon

Beacon
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Baliza Beacon
Spain Spanish (NOE) Baliza transportadora Transporting beacon
China Chinese (Simplified) 跳跃信标
tiàoyuè xìnbiāo (Mandarin)
Jump Beacon
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 跳躍信標
tiàoyuè xìnbiāo (Mandarin)
Jump Beacon
South Korea Korean 점프 비컨
jeompeu bikeon
Same as Japanese name
Portugal Portuguese Emissor lula[4] Squid emitter
Translate logo.svg Internal Beacon[5]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 North America
  2. 2.0 2.1 Europe and Oceania
  3. Europe

References