The Triple Inkstrike is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. The user throws three beacons that stick to surfaces. Each beacon summons a temporary tornado of ink and then gets destroyed.
Overall, the Triple Inkstrike features bright green and orange colors, similar to the original Inkstrike and Splat weapons from Splatoon.
The Triple Inkstrike consists of three parts: a missile launcher, three throwable beacons, and three missiles. The launcher resembles a multifunctional pencil case with three "pencil holders" where the three missiles are launched from and a drawer at the bottom for two extra throwable beacons. The throwable beacons are based on pencil sharpeners, with a single hole where a pencil would be inserted along the equator and a clear red dome on the top half where the sharpener blade is visible and pencil shavings would be held. When the beacon lands, the bottom half transforms into a stand and the beacon emits a signal laser from its top towards the sky. The missiles resemble pencils, with the long hexagonal main body with some Inkling text written on the side, a clear red protector with googly eyes covering the tip that resembles the nosecone of the original Inkstrike, and the missile propellers covering the eraser end that deploy upon launch.
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Once activated, the user launches three missiles into the air immediately. Then, the user can throw up to three beacons using , each of which marks where each missile will land with a landing marker. The markers function similarly to Suction Bombs, sticking to walls and the ground upon impact. Each missile strikes where a beacon lands, creating a giant ink tornado that inks the ground and splats opponents caught in it similarly to the original Inkstrike, although much smaller and with a shorter duration.
The player cannot use their usual main or sub weapons or transform into swim form while using this special.
- Missile delay after a beacon lands: roughly 1.33 seconds (whether this is the base duration or not is currently unknown).
Most other statistical information, such as base damage and turf painted, are currently unknown.
|“||Throw and deploy a guidance device with to cause a tornado-generating ink strike to land on that spot from above. You can deploy up to three guidance devices to activate three separate ink tornadoes.||”|
— In-game description
|“||Are you as fascinated as we are by new weapon types? Squid Research Lab here with another exclusive finding. Behold the Triple Inkstrike, a modified version of a weapon originally discovered in Inkopolis. If you think it looks impressive here, wait until you see it in action...
Boom! We didn't want you to wait too long. Observe how a user can group ink strikes closely... or space them out strategically. Truly, this is a weapon that rewards the flexible and calculating user. Apologies for our earlier "boom" - we do get excited here at the Squid Research Lab.
|“||The Triple Inkstrike is a modified version of a weapon originally discovered in Inkopolis. Observe how a user can group ink strikes closely... or space them out strategically.||”|
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter
|Neo Splash-o-matic||21||Suction Bomb||Triple Inkstrike||200p||21||1||Shooter|
|Rapid Blaster||240||Ink Mine||Triple Inkstrike||200p||7||1||Blaster|
|Slosher||3000||Splat Bomb||Triple Inkstrike||200p||3||1||Slosher|
|Splat Brella||6000||Sprinkler||Triple Inkstrike||200p||5||1||Brella|
|Tentatek Splattershot||41||Splat Bomb||Triple Inkstrike||190p||10||1||Shooter|
|Z+F Splat Charger||2011||Splash Wall||Triple Inkstrike||210p||9||1||Charger|
|Z+F Splatterscope||2021||Splash Wall||Triple Inkstrike||210p||15||1||Charger|
- Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins
Wining a certain number of battles with the Triple Inkstrike will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.
|Triple Inkstrike Badges|
|30 wins with Triple Inkstrike|
|180 wins with Triple Inkstrike|
|1,200 wins with Triple Inkstrike|
An Inkling using the Triple Inkstrike.
A view of the Triple Inkstrike's tornado from below, as seen by throwing a beacon onto one of the Battle Lobby's metal railings.
Icon in the special gauge
An earlier version of the Triple Inkstrike icon. It uses an edited version of Splatoon 2's Suction Bomb Launcher icon.
The Tentatek Splattershot Tableturf card with the Triple Inkstrike visible behind the Octoling.
Triple Inkstrike model rotating (link to file)
Using the Triple Inkstrike (link to file)
For competitive tips about the Triple Inkstrikes
|View the strategy page.|
- According to Live from Squid Research Lab, the Triple Inkstrike is a modified version of the Inkstrike from Splatoon.
Names in other languages
|French||Trimissile tornade||Triple Missile Tornado|
|German||Tri-Tintferno||From Tinte (ink) and Inferno.|
|Italian||Triplo tornado||Triple Tornado|
|Spanish||Tornado triple||Triple Tornado|
Sānchóng lóngjuǎnfēng (Mandarin)
Sānchóng lóngjuǎnfēng (Mandarin)
|Internal||SpTripleTornado||Sp for special. TripleTornado has been localized.|