Choosing your weapon in Splatoon 3 can be a big decision and it is entirely dependent on your play style. While some will want to take the battle by storm with a Shooter- or Roller-class, others will be more prone to scoping out their surroundings with a well-placed Charger.
Of course, we recommend trying out as many different weapons as you can get your hands on in either Single Player Mode or taking them to the range in Sheldon's store. If, however, you want a rundown of each class and what will be your best choice for battle then you have come to the right place.
In this list, we will outline the different weapon types and the individual items within them, before giving our completely subjective view on which is the best one for you to go for.
Don't know your Stringers from your Shooters? You've come to the right place!
Splatoon 3 Best Weapons - All Weapon Types
First up, we'd like to give a shout out to the Splatoon Wiki, which was invaluable in helping us assemble this guide. Check it out if you're looking for more information on anything to do with the game, weapons included.
Let's start alphabetically with the least civilised weapon on the list...
Firing balls of ink that explode on arrival. Generally, the class has a slower fire rate than Shooters. A dream for those that want to eliminate big crowds of opponents.
|Splatoon 3 Blaster List||Description|
|Blaster||Slower rate of fire with increased damage|
|Clash Blaster||High fire rate at the cost of lower damage|
|Luna Blaster||Close-range, high damage|
|Range Blaster||Shots travel further for mid-range combat. Decreased rate of fire and increased ink consumption|
|Rapid Blaster Pro||Higher damage and increased range, though a slower rate of fire|
|Rapid Blaster||Rapid firing rate, good for long-range attacks|
- Our recommendation: It might be the more standard of the two, but the Rapid Blaster is great for those who want to control the battlefield from a further distance, all while letting out a good level of damage. You won't get the same one-and-done experience as the others, but that's instead replaced by a much more forgiving damage-to-risk ratio.
Fires ink for close-combat with the opportunity to raise a shield from enemy fire. The first two weapons listed below will also let you send this shield off into your opponents, keeping you covered for longer.
|Splatoon 3 Brella List||Description|
|Splat Brella||High damage and shield durability, good for close-range|
|Tenta Brella||Greater damage and durability, can be used for further-range combat|
|Undercover Brella||Lighter damage, but can shoot with its shield up|
- Our recommendation: While some go after the big hitters, we like the manoeuvrability of the Undercover Brella. Shooting with your shield up grants the chance for combat in the closer-quarters, even if the shot itself is a little lower than its peers.
Much like Rollers, Brushes can be used to spread ink or splat close opponents.
|Splatoon 3 Brush List||Description|
Increased manoeuvrability to quickly spread ink
|Octobrush||Deals greater damage, slower to handle|
- Our recommendation: Whilst not as fast as its counterpart, we'd recommend the Octobrush out of the two. What you lose in swiftness is more than made up for by the range and volume of ink you'll be dishing out.
This sniper-style weapon type charges up a shot before dealing out high damage at a long range.
|Splatoon 3 Charger List||Description|
|Bamboozler 14 Mk I||No one-shot splatting, but has a rapid charge time|
|Classic Squiffer||Fast charge and lower ink consumption, one for slightly closer range|
|E-Liter 4K||High range and damage comes at the cost of high ink consumption and low mobility|
|E-Liter 4K Scope||Much like the E-Liter but with improved aim|
|Goo Tuber||Able to hold charge for ages and can one-shot while partially charged|
|Splat Charger||Basic class weapon. Deals heavy damage with a fully-charged shot|
|Spatterscope||Enhanced range and aim, cannot store a full charge|
- Our recommendation: For those looking to get a sniper-like experience, we recommend going with the Splatterscope here. It deals strong damage and will let you survey the field from a good position up high.
Two pistol-like weapons which grant the ability to dodge roll. Good for getting into the heat of the battle with closer-to-mid-range combat.
|Splatoon 3 Dualies List||Description|
|Dapple Dualies||High rate of fire and grants quick dodge rolling abilities|
|Dualie Squelchers||Impressive range, accuracy is improved post-roll|
|Glooga Dualies||Longer range but lower fire rate|
|Splat Dualies||Standard weapon in the class. Decent range and mobility but low damage|
|Dark Tetra Dualies||Shoot while rolling and perform four consecutive dodge rolls (double the usual number)|
- Our recommendation: Dark Tetra Dualies are great for outfoxing your foes at (relatively) long range, although the Dapple Dualies feel like they encapsulate what this class is all about. Let's chalk this one up to a draw.
Used to quickly spread ink or splat enemies at close quarters. This class can also be used to throw ink for a mid-ranged attack.
Here's how Nintendo described them:
Coming through! Pushing or flicking one of these around the stage can color the ground quickly. And if someone gets in your way? Splat!
|Splatoon 3 Roller List||Description|
|Carbon Roller||Increased speed, although there's no option to flatten opponents in close-range combat|
|Dynamo Roller||Spreads ink quickly, decreased manoeuvrability|
|Flingza Roller||Greater range than most in the class, vertical swing provides some local ink coverage, decreased speed|
|Splat Roller||Standard Roller. Reasonable speed and coverage for close-range combat|
- Our recommendation: Offering you a little bit of everything, the Flingza Roller is well worth putting in the grind to get to understand. It is a great choice for both throwing out ink and for running around the arena with ease.
Fire small bursts of ink for mid-range combat. The class offers a range of fully-automatic, semi-automatic and burst fire options.
Here's how the official Splatoon 3 website describes them:
All-around handy weapons. Useful in many situations and are great for inking turf quickly.
|Splatoon 3 Shooter List||Description|
|.52 Gal||High fire rate and impressive damage, poor accuracy and ink cover|
|.96 Gal||Drinks the ink, but high damage and range, if you can hit the target|
|Aerospray MG||Wide shot range and high rate of fire, will take five shots to splat an enemy with decreased damage|
|Dual Squelcher||High fire rate and reasonable range, but poor in the damage department|
|H-3 Nozzlenose||Low rate of fire but lets out three bullets at once which deal impressive damage if they all hit|
|L-3 Nozzlenose||Increased accuracy, good for mid-range splats, burst fire takes some getting used to|
|Jet Squelcher||Probably the best shooter for range, although low damage and fire rate|
|N-Zap '85||Resembles the original North American NES Zapper. Retro style comes with a high fire rate but reasonably low damage|
|Squeezer||Can handily switch between semi- and fully-automatic functions|
|Splash-o-matic||High attack range and solid damage output but suboptimal fire rate|
|Splattershot||The standard, with decent damage over a middling range|
|Splattershot Jr.||The go-to beginner weapon. Spreads its stats across fire rate, accuracy, and ink efficiency, but lacks range|
|Splattershot Pro||Great for slower, long-range combat with high damage and ink consumption to match|
|Sploosh-o-matic||A high fire rate and impressive damage, though lacks accuracy|
- Our recommendation: There's so much variety in this category that it's hard to pin any one of them downs a singular recommendation. Starting out with the Splattershot Jr. is a great way to get to grips with Splatoon's combat system, and we recommend upgrading to the Splash-o-matic or the ever-reliable and bog-standard Splattershot for a greater range once you feel more comfortable. If you miss the close-quarters domination of the Jr. however, the Aerospray MG is a sound min-maxing for that playstyle.
A single-shot weapon class for spreading ink and splatting opponents with an arc-shaped attack.
|Splatoon 3 Slosher List||Description|
|Bloblobber||Fires four bouncing blobs into the battlefield. A good choice for those who want to ink from a longer range or around corners|
|Explosher||This sends long-range attacks into the field which explode on impact|
|Slosher||The standard weapon in the class. Good for spreading some quick ink|
|Tri-Slosher||Increased range with tri-directional inkage, although this lower range and damage|
|Sloshing Machine||Sends out a single, high-arcing glob of ink. Requires accuracy but produces impressive damage|
- Our recommendation: We would advise going simple with this one. The Slosher is where your sloshing journey will begin and it is a good all-rounder to keep in your arsenal throughout your splatting experience. Surprisingly great range as well.
Fires slashes of ink in a horizontal or vertical direction. Works well in close combat or to throw ink from slightly further away.
Here's the official blurb for this class, new to Splatoon 3:
This new weapon class—including stuff like the Splatana Wiper—can be tricky to wield effectively but are spot-on for those who like to ink up close.
|Splatoon 3 Splatana List||Description|
|Splatana Stamper||Increased damage at the cost of speed|
|Splatana Wiper||Your standard Splatana, great for a surprise attack|
- Our recommendation: There is no need to go heavier here. Utilise the Splatana Wiper's charged attack and get into the battlefield for some close-quarters splatting.
Used for sending out ink, fast. These are great for those who want to pepper the arena and trap enemies while your teammates clean up.
|Splatoon 3 Splatling List||Description|
|Ballpoint Splatling||Multiple range options for close combat with increased fire rate, or long-distance with improved accuracy|
|Heavy Splatling||Heavy, decreased manoeuvrability, high damage|
Long-range weapon which drinks ink, but with the capacity for continuous fire
|Mini Splatling||Lower range but has a short charge time and is lighter, making it easier to move|
Charge-holding capabilities and lower range make it a weapon to be moved in battle
- Our recommendation: You can't mess with perfection, and the Heavy Splatling is almost that. Excellent range, reasonable charge time, high damage output, and almost unmatched ink coverage per second. There are calls for other choices in certain tactical scenarios, but if you want a reliable, pick-up-and-splatling gun full of coloured liquid (and who doesn't?), this is your best bet.
Offering horizontal, vertical, or exploding shots, this class is perfect for mid- to long-range combat.
Here's Nintendo's official description:
Weapons like the new Tri-Stringer are excellent for hanging back and inking from afar. While you can fire off a quick blast with these, you’ll want to give them a second to charge up so they can best do their thing.
|Splatoon 3 Stringer List||Description|
|REEF-LUX 450||A lighter bow with a shorter range makes for increased rate of fire|
|Tri-Stringer||Basic class weapon, good for long-range combat|
- Our recommendation: It may not be as fast, but the standard Tri-Stringer is what this class of weapon is all about. Quiet, hidden, medium-to-long range pop shots and strong, short-range turf coverage.
There is a full weapon run-down for all you prospective Splatters. Naturally, balance patches and new weapons will be coming in the future which could always change what we'd recommend, so please bear that in mind as the meta changes. Drop your combat choices in the comments below then get out there and show your skills on the Splattlefield!
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