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

Stringers are one of the main weapon classes in the Splatoon series.

Stringers are bow and arrow-like charging weapons that can fire spreads of three arcing ink projectiles in horizontal or vertical configurations.

Stringers were first introduced in Splatoon 3.

General mechanics

Stringers have similarities to both charging weapon classes introduced before them. They possess increased range when charged with , while also increasing damage (with the potential for a one-hit splat) like chargers, but they also possess two levels of charge akin to splatlings.

When charging, range increases proportionally to the amount of charge, allowing the stringer user to more finely control where their arcing shots may land. However, damage is immediately increased by a flat amount when the first charging circle is filled, meaning stringers are not as beholden as chargers to a full charge for maximum lethality.

Stringers fire in a horizontal spread when grounded, but a user may additionally choose to fire vertically at any time by jumping with (or any other means of entering a midair state). Depending on charge level, this may narrow the horizontal spread of ink considerably, but can also increase lethality when targeting enemies.

List of stringers

Note: The series are arranged by their respective order in the weapon select screen with the Main filter.

Series Description Variants Games
Splatoon 3 "3" icon.svg
S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png
The standard stringer, with long range but no charge hold. Reaching the first level of charge allows its shots to lodge themselves in terrain briefly before exploding. S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png Tri-Stringer
S3 Weapon Main Inkline Tri-Stringer.png Inkline Tri-Stringer
S3 Weapon Main Order Stringer Replica.png Order Stringer Replica
S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450.png
A lightweight stringer that can store its charge, but cannot fire explosive shots. It charges quickly and does more damage than the Tri-Stringer, but it is lacking in range. S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450.png REEF-LUX 450
S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450 Deco.png REEF-LUX 450 Deco
Wellstring V A stringer with five explosive shots. Wellstring V
Custom Wellstring V

Special Stringers

The following stringer(s) are only available outside of battles as part of other modes:

Weapon Description Games
Splatoon 3 "3" icon.svg
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Stringer.png
Grizzco Stringer
A modified rare weapon based on the Tri-Stringer, only available in Salmon Run Next Wave. It possesses a greatly increased number of spread projectiles (nine to the three of other stringers), as well as the same delayed explosions of the Tri-Stringer's charged projectiles. It possesses extreme damage potential when all projectiles hit, although this can be difficult due to its extremely wide spread and irregularly-arranged reticles.
S3 Weapon Main Order Stringer Replica.png
Order Stringer
A stringer similar to the Tri-Stringer only used in Side Order when equipping Shiver's Palette. Upon successful completion of a run with this Palette equipped, the player will unlock the Order Stringer Replica for use in battles.


Stringers in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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 Order Stringer Replica 2D Current.png Order Stringer Replica 7015 S3 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist Flat.png Toxic Mist S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1 190p 1 S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer Version 7.0.0 (Side Order)​​​​​​​​​
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 REEF-LUX 450 Deco 2D Current.png REEF-LUX 450 Deco 7021 S3 Weapon Sub Splash Wall Flat.png Splash Wall S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 200p 12 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer Version 6.0.0 (Chill Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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 190p 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: Jumping into the air while shooting the weapon downwards twice, then lands kneeling and pulls its string back while aiming into the distance.
  • Reppin' Inkopolis: Twirls the weapon around before pulling the string back and aiming into the distance while standing. (Added in Version 7.0.0. Versions prior used the same animation as Flip Out.)
  • The Square Show-Off: Throws the weapon in the air, spins with it after catching it, and pulling the string back while kneeling with their back turned the camera.


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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SplatNet 3 icons

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.
  • As of Fresh Season 2024, the Stringer class is tied with the Splatana class for having the least number of weapons in it, with only 5.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ストリンガー
Netherlands Dutch Spanner Drawer
CanadaFrance French Transperceur Piercer
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)