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The Zipcaster is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It temporarily allows the user to stretch their arm to quickly grapple to walls, causing damaging explosions on impact.


Activating the Zipcaster coats the user in team-colored ink. It also gives the user a "helmet" resembling their squid or octopus form and a "scarf" resembling their tentacle, both of which depend on the user's species. The user can also stretch their arms while in this form.

Splatoon 3



Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Handling Obtain at
Requirement Specifications
Base damage 95 (Direct impact)
35-60 (Splash)
Base duration 12 sec
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant


When in the special's form, the user can stretch their arms with to grab onto far-off walls and travel quickly to the targeted spot, creating a small explosion of ink upon impact.

If the player hits a wall (even if it cannot be inked), they will stick to it. While stuck to a wall, the player can throw out another tentacle without letting go, or jump off the wall to gain extra height. Going into swim form or using a main weapon will unstick the player. The Zipcaster cannot stick to ceilings or floors.

The player can still attack with their main weapon (the sub weapon cannot be used as it is replaced by the Zipcaster's grapple), although both grappling with the Zipcaster and attacking with the main weapon depletes the special gauge faster. When the special gauge runs out, the player will jump back to where the special was activated, ending the special. Like the Inkjet, the return spot is visible to all players.


Transform into an ink-cloaked acrobat, and sling your stretchy arm to zip around the battlefield! Use to aim and stick to walls. You can still use your main weapon like normal with . When your ink runs out, your transformation will end, and you'll Super Jump back to your starting location.
— In-game description


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

S3 Weapon Main Carbon Roller Flat.png Carbon Roller 1000 S3 Weapon Sub Autobomb Flat.png Autobomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 180p 6 Sheldon License 1 Roller
S3 Weapon Main Luna Blaster Flat.png Luna Blaster 7000 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 180p 13 Sheldon License 1 Blaster
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush Flat.png Octobrush 8010 S3 Weapon Sub Suction Bomb Flat.png Suction Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 200p 4 Sheldon License 1 Brush
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Stamper Flat.png Splatana Stamper 10010 S3 Weapon Sub Burst Bomb Flat.png Burst Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 200p 15 Sheldon License 1 Splatana


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ショクワンダー
shoku wandā
Possibly from "shock", 触腕 shokuwan ("tentacle"), and "wonder".
Shock Wonder or Tentacle Wonder
Netherlands Dutch Tentakabel Tentacable
France French Super Mollusque Super Mollusk
Germany German Haftsprung From haften (to stick) and Sprung (jump)
Italy Italian Molluscatto From mollusco (mollusk) and scatto (dash)
Russia Russian Краскотрос
Ink cable
Spain Spanish Gancho tentacular Tentacle (grappling) hook
China Chinese (Simplified) 触手喷射
chùshǒu pēnshè (Mandarin)
tentacle spray
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 觸手噴射
chùshǒu pēnshè (Mandarin)
tentacle spray
South Korea Korean 쇼크 원더
syokeu wondeo
Shock Wonder