Sub weapon

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Sub weapons are secondary weapons in the Splatoon series. They use considerably more ink than a main weapon, and as such, are less often used and usually serve more specialized purposes. Each main weapon has one type of sub weapon that it can use.


Sub weapons are deployed by pressing R. If the sub weapon is throwable, holding down R will display a trajectory to help the player aim the weapon. If the sub weapon is not throwable, it will be placed on the ground.

Sub weapons consume a great deal of ink, so it may be necessary to monitor the ink supply before and after deployment of a sub weapon. When the ink supply becomes sufficient for using a sub weapon, a sound effect will play and a red light will show on the ink tank.

List of sub weapons

Weapon Description Games
Splatoon "S" icon.svg Splatoon 2 "2" icon.svg Splatoon 3 "3" icon.svg
S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb A basic bomb that explodes after a short period of time. It can be rolled or thrown. The explosion timer will only progress while the bomb is touching the ground.
S3 Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb A bomb that can be attached to any surface. It explodes after a moderate period of time and has a larger blast radius than the Splat Bomb.
S3 Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb A bomb that explodes on impact. Multiple Burst Bombs can be thrown without having to refill the ink tank. They deal less damage than other bombs; two direct hits or three indirect hits will splat an opponent, or they can be used in combination with the main weapon.
S Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker A bomb that chases a target before exploding. It leaves a trail of ink that the player can use to travel quickly.
S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb.png Curling Bomb A bomb that travels in a straight line across the floor, leaving a trail of ink and bouncing off of walls and obstacles. It explodes after its timer expires. The maximum distance of the Curling Bomb can be shortened by holding the deployment button to 'cook' the timer before release. This makes the blast radius larger.
S3 Weapon Sub Autobomb.png Autobomb A bomb that walks towards any nearby enemies before exploding.
S3 Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine A bomb that hides in ink once planted. It deals damage to enemies that get too close. As of Splatoon 2, the Ink Mine gives significantly less damage, but also applies a tracking effect to its victims, letting everyone on the user's team know where the victim is.
S Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor A bomb that gives negative status effects to opponents. Affected enemies will suffer from reduced mobility and a reduced ink recovery rate.
S3 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist.png Toxic Mist A bomb that releases a poison mist which causes negative status effects to opponents that come into contact with it. Affected enemies will suffer from reduced mobility and gradual loss of ink supply. Unlike the Disruptor, the mist remains active for a short time after being used.
S3 Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor When thrown, this object explodes in a spherical cloud. The cloud tags enemies with a tracking effect that shows their location to everyone on the user's team.
S3 Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall A barrier made of falling ink. It blocks enemy movement and enemy fire.
S3 Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler Continually sprays ink in a circular area around itself in a staggering motion, until it is broken by enemy fire or the deployer gets splatted. It can be thrown onto virtually any surface.
S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon A device that allows the user and their teammates to Super Jump directly to its location.
S3 Weapon Sub Fizzy Bomb.png Fizzy Bomb A bomb that is capable of exploding multiple times. The bomb can be held and shaken like a soda in order to increase the weapon's explosive potency, increasing the number of times it can explode.
S3 Weapon Sub Torpedo.png Torpedo A device that transforms into a floating homing missile when within range of a target. The missile itself is incapable of splatting an opponent alone but will deal a large amount of damage. The missile can be shot down by opposing players.
S3 Weapon Sub Angle Shooter.png Angle Shooter A marker-shaped projectile that shows an opponent's position if hit directly or by the trail it produces when thrown. It bounces off any wall it hits, leaving a small splash of ink behind. It deals the least damage of any sub weapon on a direct hit, and the trail deals no damage.
RotM Render Smallfry.png Smallfry A Smallfry that deals consecutive damage if directly thrown at an enemy or destructible object. If no enemy is hit it will instead distract nearby foes. Only in Return of the Mammalians


Abilities on a player's gear can affect sub weapons. The following abilities have effects that specifically focus on improving the performance of sub weapons.

Ability Effect Games
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S Ability Bomb Range Up.png Bomb Range Up Allows bombs, Point Sensors, and Disruptors to travel farther when thrown.
S Ability Damage Up.png Damage Up Increases damage dealt by weapons.
S3 Ability Ink Saver (Sub).png Ink Saver (Sub) Reduces the amount of ink consumed by sub weapons.
S3 Ability Sub Power Up.png Sub Power Up Improves the performance of each sub weapon in multiple ways.
S3 Ability Sub Resistance Up.png Sub Resistance Up Reduces effects and damage from sub weapons.



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Splatoon 3


Audio from a LINE sticker with the thrown Sub Weapon sound
Audio from a LINE sticker of a Burst Bomb
  • The Seeker and Angle Shooter are the only sub weapons that don't share the sound effect that plays when they are used with any other sub weapons. The majority of them use a distinctive 'throw' sound effect, while the Ink Mine and Squid Beakon use a different 'deploy' sound effect instead. These differences also reflect the different ways these weapons are used.
  • There are two LINE stickers that feature the sound of a thrown Sub Weapon; one is of a Burst Bomb while the other does not explicitly feature any Sub Weapon.
  • In a Nintendo Direct presentation about Splatoon just before the game's release, it erroneously states that there are 9 sub weapons, when Splatoon has 10.[2]

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese サブウェポン
sabu wepon
Sub weapon
Netherlands Dutch Subwapen Sub weapon
CanadaFrance French Arme secondaire Secondary weapon
Germany German Sekundärwaffe Secondary weapon
Italy Italian Arma secondaria Secondary weapon
Russia Russian Запасное оружие
Zapasnoye oruzhiye
Spare weapon
Spain Spanish (NOE) Arma secundaria Secondary weapon
China Chinese 次要武器
cìyào wǔqì (Mandarin)
Sub Weapon
Denmark Danish Sekundær våben
Secondary weapon
South Korea Korean 서브 웨펀 Sub Weapon
Norway Norwegian Sekundærvåpen Secondary weapon
Portugal Portuguese Arma secundária Secondary weapon
Sweden Swedish Sekundärvapen Secondary weapon

See also

Sub weapons come in sets with main weapons. These lists show which sub weapons come with each main weapon.