Wave Breaker

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The Wave Breaker is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It is a device that releases up to three expanding shockwaves that damage and track opponents that touch them.


The Wave Breaker consists of a conical device resembling a pop and catch toy. The sphere rests in an indentation in the cone and is connected to it via a wire. After being thrown, the sphere will start bouncing up and down, releasing circular shockwaves of black squids.

Splatoon 3

Wave Breaker

Wave Breaker

Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Handling Obtain at
Requirement Specifications
Base damage 45
Base duration Wave: 6 sec
Track: 7 sec
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant

Immediately after activating the special weapon, the user will hold the Wave Breaker above their head, which can then be thrown. After the device lands, the sphere starts bouncing up and down, with each bounce releasing a shockwave that expands from the base of the cone. The shockwave length can be increased with Special Power Up. Over its duration, the Wave Breaker will unleash a total of three shockwaves before being destroyed. The shockwave will damage opponents and marks them with black circling squids on contact, similar to the Angle Shooter. The shockwave can be avoided by jumping over it. Additionally, the waves can go through the Big Bubbler's barrier and enemies can destroy the Wave Breaker prematurely by damaging the cone.

The waves emitted can revive downed players in Salmon Run, and with precise timing, it's possible to use one to avoid a loss if the last player alive throws one before being splatted.


Deploys a device that generates sonic waves to drive hidden opponents out into the open. Waves expand along the ground, marking and dealing damage to any opponents they touch. To avoid damage, simply jump over reach wave.
— In-game description
SRL here with breaking news about the Wave Breaker, a new special weapon! This tactical marvel sends out a fast-moving shock wave that both marks opponents' positions and deals a bit of damage too. Try tossing it into a spot with lots of traffic, and watch chaos theory in action!

Of course, no special weapon is perfect, and the Wave Breaker can be "defeated" by the advanced strategy of… rechecking video… jumping over the waves it sends out? Huh. Still, making an opponent jump from a hidden position could lead to a win. And that makes it win adjacent!

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[1][2]


Weapons with Wave Breaker in Splatoon 3
Main Sort by main Sub Special Points for Special Level Price Class

S3 Weapon Main Dualie Squelchers Flat.png Dualie Squelchers 5030 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 200p 8 Sheldon License 1 Dualie
S3 Weapon Main E-liter 4K Flat.png E-liter 4K 2030 S3 Weapon Sub Ink Mine Flat.png Ink Mine S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 200p 18 Sheldon License 1 Charger
S3 Weapon Main E-liter 4K Scope Flat.png E-liter 4K Scope 2040 S3 Weapon Sub Ink Mine Flat.png Ink Mine S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 200p 27 Sheldon License 1 Charger
S3 Weapon Main Heavy Splatling Flat.png Heavy Splatling 4010 S3 Weapon Sub Sprinkler Flat.png Sprinkler S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 200p 4 Sheldon License 1 Splatling
S3 Weapon Main Range Blaster Flat.png Range Blaster 7020 S3 Weapon Sub Suction Bomb Flat.png Suction Bomb S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 200p 11 Sheldon License 1 Blaster


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ホップソナー
Hoppu Sonā
Hop Sonar
Netherlands Dutch Golfbeker From golfbreker ("breakwater") and beker ("cup")
France French Sonar paf "Paf" is an onomatopoeia for an explosion
Germany German Schauerwelle Shower wave
Italy Italian Sonar esplosivo Explosive sonar
Russia Russian Волноплюхер
Wave Splatter
Spain Spanish Emiteondas Wave-emitter
China Chinese (Simplified) 弹跳声呐
tántiào shēngnà (Mandarin)
Jump Sonar
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 彈跳聲納
tántiào shēngnà (Mandarin)
Jump Sonar
South Korea Korean 홉 소나
Hob Sona
Same as Japanese
Portugal Portuguese Wave Breaker Same as English

See also