Splatoon 3: All new and returning weapons

Lawrence Scotti
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Splatoon 3 has loads of new and returning weapons like the Stringers and Splatanas to help you paint your way across the Splatlands. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

The latest installment in Nintendo’s beloved multiplayer paint-shooter series Splatoon is finally here, and there’s plenty of content to enjoy from the various game modes to the mix of new and classic maps.

Of course, the most exciting part of any Splatoon game is the weapons! Fortunately, there are plenty of them to get your tentacles on, so here’s every new and returning weapon you can use in Splatoon 3.


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A glimpse at Splatoon 3’s weapons.

All weapons in Splatoon 3

Here are all of the weapon types you’ll be able to utilize in Splatoon 3:

  • Shooters
  • Blasters
  • Chargers
  • Rollers
  • Brushes
  • Sloshers
  • Splatlings
  • Dualies
  • Brellas
  • Stringers (New)
  • Splatanas (New)

There are multiple variations of each weapon type, and they all come with their own sub weapon and special weapon set, which means there are plenty of different combinations for you to try out.

You can purchase new weapons by visiting the Ammo Knights shop in Inkopolis Square, although you’ll need to reach a specific level before they all become available.

All new weapons in Splatoon 3


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The new Stringers weapon in Splatoon 3.

Stringers bring bow and arrow combat to Splatoon 3, specific to the new Splatlands region. The Stringer can fire rapidly or be charged up for an extra powerful ink blast.


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The new Splatana Wiper in Splatoon 3.

Splatanas are a new type of offensive option coming in Splatoon 3. Swing it quickly and It will shoot ink rapidly in front of you, or charge it up for a bit and it will transform into a Charged Slash.

All special weapons in Splatoon 3

Here are all of the special weapons you’ll come across in Splatoon 3:

  • Big Bubbler
  • Booyah Bomb
  • Crab Tank
  • Ink Storm
  • Ink Vac
  • Inkjet
  • Killer Wail 5.1
  • Reefslider
  • Tacticooler
  • Tenta Missiles
  • Triple Inkstrike
  • Trizooka
  • Ultra Stamp
  • Wave Breaker
  • Zipcaster

10 of these special weapons are brand new, while the other five may look familiar if you’ve played Splatoon before. We’ve gone into more detail about a few of the new special weapons below.


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The Tacticooler Special Weapon in Splatoon 3.

The Tacticooler spawns a beverage cooler that grants players buffs when activated, like increased speed. Tacticooler offers up four beverages, so multiple players can slide by it and grab helpful boosts.

Wave Breaker

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The Wave Breaker Special Weapon in Splatoon 3.

The Wave Breaker unleashes waves that mark opponent locations and damage them. In order to dodge the damage opponents will have to jump over the waves.


The Reefslider Special Weapon in Splatoon 3.

Summoning the Reefslider allows players to charge up and slam into a designated area, exploding ink everywhere and dealing huge damage in the area.

Special weapons will be tied into main weapons and sub weapons in your loadout. In order to get the best out of your weapons, you’ll want to choose one that performs well with its sub and special.

For more guides and news, make sure you check out our Splatoon 3 page. You can also read our review here or see which stages you’ll be able to play across in the game.