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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
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

It appears in 5 Return of the Mammalians missions:


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.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Fixed an issue with moving long distances where certain inputs could allow the player to use their main weapon even while moving.
  • Ink consumption when using a main weapon while the Zipcaster is active has been decreased to about 67% of previous.
  • Fixed an issue where a player who activated the Zipcaster while holding and then immediately releasing would result in a sub weapon being used despite the Zipcaster being in use, making the time of the Zipcaster's continuous use shorter.
  • Fixed an issue where after having used the Inkjet or Zipcaster without once touching the ground, the player lands in an unintended location.


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
Zip and stick to distant walls with .
O.R.C.A.'s description.


Weapons with Zipcaster in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points 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 S3 Icon Roller.png Roller
S3 Weapon Main Luna Blaster Flat.png Luna Blaster 200 S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 180p 13 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Blaster.png Blaster
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush Flat.png Octobrush 1110 S3 Weapon Sub Suction Bomb Flat.png Suction Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 200p 4 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Brush.png Brush
S3 Weapon Main Slosher Deco Flat.png Slosher Deco 3001 S3 Weapon Sub Angle Shooter Flat.png Angle Shooter S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 180p 12 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Slosher.png Slosher
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Stamper Flat.png Splatana Stamper 8000 S3 Weapon Sub Burst Bomb Flat.png Burst Bomb S3 Weapon Special Zipcaster.png Zipcaster 200p 15 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Splatana.png Splatana


Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Wining a certain number of battles with the Zipcaster will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Zipcaster Badges
S3 Badge Zipcaster 30.png 30 wins with Zipcaster
S3 Badge Zipcaster 180.png 180 wins with Zipcaster
S3 Badge Zipcaster 1200.png 1,200 wins with Zipcaster



For competitive tips about the Zipcaster

Click to view the strategy for Zipcaster. View the strategy page.


  • When the special has almost run out, grappling again, then the special running out will cause the player to go to the grapple destination, but on the way and while super jumping back to the activation spot, the player's ink tank will run out, and 'low ink' will flash next to the player. However, once the player gets back to the activation spot, they will have full ink.
  • When jumping down from the spawn drone a player can jump to an ineligible surface for the recall point. If they activate the Zipcaster, the first eligible surface they stand on will have the recall point placed there. This allows the player to reach spots only possible with the Zipcaster while it not being active.
  • As the special runs out the ink that covers the player will slowly fade away.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ショクワンダー
From 触腕 shokuwan "tentacle" and the suffix "-er". Also reminiscent of the words "shock" and "wonder".
Netherlands Dutch Tentakabel Tentacable
Canada and France French Super Mollusque Super Mollusk (referencing the typical name format of superheroes)
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 From "(grappling) hook", "tentacle", and "spectacular"
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
Translate logo.svg Internal SpSuperHook[1] Sp for special. SuperHook is in reference to the superhero grappling hook.