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A promotional image for Splatoon 3 featuring an Octoling wielding the Tri-Stringer, a weapon included in the Stringer class.
For a similarly-named Boss Salmonid introduced in Splatoon 2, see Stinger.

Stringers are one of the main weapon types in the Splatoon series. They were introduced in Splatoon 3. Stringers can fire three strings of ink horizontally or vertically depending on whether they are fired while standing or jumping.

List of stringers

Note: The series are arranged by the order of their respective Tableturf Battle cards.

Series Description Variants Games
Splatoon 3 "3" icon.svg
S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png
A stringer that has two levels of charge to unleash charged shots that briefly freeze before exploding, but cannot store its charge. S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png Tri-Stringer
S3 Weapon Main Inkline Tri-Stringer.png Inkline Tri-Stringer
S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450.png
A lightweight stringer that can store its charge, but cannot fire explosive shots. With tap shots it deals about the same damage as the Tri-Stringer but fully charged it deals more damage. S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450.png REEF-LUX 450


Stringers in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Added in

S3 Weapon Main Inkline Tri-Stringer 2D Current.png Inkline Tri-Stringer 7011 S3 Weapon Sub Sprinkler Flat.png Sprinkler S3 Weapon Special Super Chump.png Super Chump 190p 11 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)

S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450 2D Current.png REEF-LUX 450 7020 S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb S3 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles 210p 10 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)

S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer 2D Current.png Tri-Stringer 7010 S3 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist Flat.png Toxic Mist S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1 180p 4 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer Version 1.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2022)


Spawner pose for Tri-Stringer as shown in the Splatoon 3 announcement video.

Splatoon 3

Spawner pose:

  • All styles: Stands in a crouched pose with their weapon angled down and their right hand readied.


  • Flip Out and Reppin' Inkopolis: Jumping into the air while shooting the weapon downwards twice, then lands kneeling and pulls its string back while aiming into the distance.


We've obtained imagery of a new class of weapon known as the stringer. It seems stringers can fire ink horizontally or vertically depending on whether they are fired while standing or jumping. Either way, a simple press of ZR is all it takes to start splatting.
— @SplatoonNA[1]


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2D icons

Promotional renders for Splatoon 3

Tableturf Battle cards for Splatoon 3


  • Stringers have a currently unused feature that traces the path that their projectiles will take while they charge.
  • In the English translation of the game, both weapons in the stringer class have a hyphen in their name.
  • As of Drizzle Season 2023, the Stringer class is tied with the Splatana class for having the least amount of weapons in it, with only 3.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ストリンガー
Netherlands Dutch Spanner Drawer
CanadaFrance French Transperceur Penetrator
Germany German Stringer Stringer
Italy Italian Calamarco From calamaro ("squid") + arco ("bow")
Russia Russian Тетиватор
SpainMexico Spanish Arcromatizador Bow-chromatizer, from arco ("bow") + cromatizador ("chromatizer")
China Chinese (Simplified) 猎鱼弓
lièyúgōng (Mandarin)
Fishing bow
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 獵魚弓
lièyúgōng (Mandarin)
Fishing bow
South Korea Korean 스트링거
Portugal Portuguese Stringer Same as English
Firing ink horizontally Firing ink vertically
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ヨコ射ち
yoko uchi
Firing horizontally
Netherlands Dutch Horizontaal schot Horizontal shot
Russia Russian Выстрел по горизонтали
Vystrel po gorizontali
Horizontal shot
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 橫射
héngshè (Mandarin)
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese タテ射ち
tate uchi
Firing vertically
Netherlands Dutch Verticaal schot Vertical shot
Russia Russian Выстрел по вертикали
Vystrel po vertikali
Vertical shot
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 縱射
zòngshè (Mandarin)