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The Tri-Stringer is a main weapon in Splatoon 3.

Splatoon 3

S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png
Basic information
Category Main
Class S3 Icon Stringer.png Stringer
Sub S3 Weapon Sub Toxic Mist Flat.png Toxic Mist
Special S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1
Special points 200p
Special depletion
88 / 100
Fire rate
Charge speed
40 / 100
Ink speed
40 / 100
Obtainable at
Level 4
Base damage 30–35 (Partial charge)
35 (Full charge)
28 (Projectile explosion)
Base duration
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

The Tri-Stringer was initially shown in the announcement trailer for Splatoon 3 on 17 February 2021.[1] Its name was revealed on 22 April 2022.[2]

It appears in 6 missions in Alterna:


The Tri-Stringer resembles a bow and arrow or a miniature ballista, but made out of parts of a fishing rod, including a reel and string.


When the Tri-Stringer is fired with a tap of , it launches three projectiles of ink, each dealing 30 damage. The Tri-Stringer can shoot horizontally or vertically, depending on whether the user is jumping or not (in either case, the projectiles will travel in an arc and can be used to easily target areas behind cover). The Tri-Stringer is also capable of charging its shots and incorporates elements of both chargers and splatlings. Like chargers, the weapon has a telltale glow when charged and fires once for each release of . Much like splatlings, however, the weapon also possesses two rings indicating its charge: these signify the points at which its shots become strongest and fly furthest & closest together, respectively. To fire the weapon, the user pulls back on the string, which changes color depending on the user's ink, and then releases it after a short period. [3]

If the weapon has been charged sufficiently (at least one ring of charge), the Tri-Stringer will shoot three projectiles resembling dynamite which will explode after a few seconds. The ink tanks on the weapon and the bowstring seem to light up for a short period after being fired. Any charged 'arrows' that hit an opponent directly deal 35 damage, for a maximum of 105 damage with precise aim. Any projectiles of a charged Tri-Stringer shot that do not strike an opponent will stick to surfaces for just under a second, appearing as a small lump of ink that gradually glows brighter, and will then explode dealing 28 area-of-effect damage (per arrow, for a total of 84 damage if struck by all three explosions) and inking in a short range.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • The size of terrain area inked by falling spray has been increased.
  • The number of spray droplets generated when firing a distantly aimed shot has been increased.


Sheldon's Introduction

I am so excited to share this new weapon tech with you. Behold the Tri-Stringer - a stringer-type weapon that fires in three directions at once! Press while standing or running, and the ink will fire horizontally. Press while jumping for a shot that's concentrated vertically. The flexibility is unparalleled! And that's not even the best part. You can hold down to charge a shot! The ink will fly farther AND explode if it hits a wall or the floor. I could go on all day about stringers, but I should mention that the Toxic Mist sub is great for keeping enemies at bay, or at least slowing them down. And for enemies that you can't even reach with a charged shot, you've got the Killer Wail 5.1 with supersonic range at your disposal. I hope you'll give one of the new stringers a try!

Behold! We've captured footage of a stringer type weapon. This is the Tri-Stringer, which can fire in three directions simultaneously and unleash charged shots that briefly freeze before exploding. Our lab is hoping to obtain one of these for further play research.
— @SplatoonNA[2]


Main article: Badge#Weapon freshness

Reaching certain Freshness levels with the Tri-Stringer will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Tri-Stringer Badges
S3 Badge Tri-Stringer 4.png 4★ Tri-Stringer User
S3 Badge Tri-Stringer 5.png 5★ Tri-Stringer User



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese トライストリンガー
Torai Sutoringā
Tri Stringer
Netherlands Dutch Triospanner Tri-Drawer
Canada and France French Trisperceur Tri-Penetrator
Germany German Tri-Stringer Tri-Stringer
Italy Italian Tri-calamarco From calamaro ("squid") + arco ("bow")
Tri-Squid Bow
Russia Russian Тритиватор
From три tri ("three" or "tri"), тетива tetiva ("string") and ending -атор -ator
Spain Spanish Arcromatizador triple From arco ("bow") and cromatismo ("chromatism")
Triple Chromatizer Bow
China Chinese (Simplified) 三发猎鱼弓
sānfā lièyúgōng (Mandarin)
Three-Shot Fishing Bow
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 三發獵魚弓
sānfā lièyúgōng (Mandarin)
Three-Shot Fishing Bow
South Korea Korean 트라이 스트링거
Teurai Seuteuringgeo
Tri Stringer