Last week, Nintendo ended its Direct broadcast with the announcement of Splatoon 3. It's splashing onto the Switch in 2022.
This doesn't necessarily mean it's done with Splatoon 2 just yet. As recently discovered, there's a new update for the second game and it's now available. This latest patch will bump your own copy of the game up to version 5.4.0.
For what must be close to an end-of-life update, the patch notes are still surprisingly lengthy. There is a long list of weapon changes, fixes and various other adjustments.
Ver. 5.4.0 (Releasing February 25, 2021)
- Specifications for some of the main weapons have been changed.
- Tentatek Splattershot
- Kensa Splattershot
- Hero Shot Replica
- Octoshot Replica
- Increased the likelihood the turf around your feet will be inked when firing.
- .52 Gal
- .52 Gal Deco
- Kensa .52 Gal
- Increased the radius of ink that lands when you shoot far away by roughly 27%.
- Dapple Dualies
- Dapple Dualies Nouveau
- Clear Dapple Dualies
- Decreased ink consumption from shots fired by roughly 5%.
- Splat Dualies
- Enperry Splat Dualies
- Kensa Splat Dualies
- Hero Dualie Replicas
- Decreased ink consumption from shots fired by roughly 5%.
- H-3 Nozzlenose
- H-3 Nozzlenose D
- Cherry H-3 Nozzlenose
- Increased ink consumption by roughly 25%.
- Foil Squeezer
- Dualie Squelchers
- Custom Dualie Squelchers
- Increased shot spread when firing immediately after jumping in normal stance by roughly 25%.
- There is no change to shot spread immediately after a roll
- Specifications for some of the sub weapons have been changed.
Sub Weapon Change
- Extended the time until ink begins to refill after use by roughly 8/60 of a second.
- Points required for using specials have been changed for certain main weapons.
Weapon Before After Kensa Splattershot Jr 200 190 Kensa Undercover Brella 200 190 Firefin Splat Charger 210 220 Firefin Splatterscope 210 220 E-liter 4K 170 180 E-liter 4K Scope 170 180 Custom Dualie Squelchers 210 220
Fixed an issue in Starfish Mainstage in which it was possible to enter the opposing team’s base by jumping from certain walls.
Fixed an issue in Manta Maria in which it was possible to enter the opposing team’s base by jumping from certain walls.
Fixed an issue in Kelp Dome in which it was possible to enter the opposing team’s base by jumping from certain walls.
Fixed an issue in Skipper Pavilion in which it was possible to enter the opposing team’s base by transferring between certain walls.
- We observed changes after distribution of Ver 5.3.0 and made adjustments to slightly lower the fighting power of certain weapons that could hold the battle line over a long period of time from further away compared to other weapons.
- In addition, in order increase the variety of weapons being selected, we made adjustments to several weapons to increase their competitiveness with the most popular weapons.
- We will observe the changes after this update and make further adjustments to Splatoon 2 in the future.
- When you download the latest update data, you will no longer be able to communicate in The Shoal with players using older update data.
- This update also includes changes not listed here, such as improvements to the gameplay experience.
- Sufficient space on the internal system memory or a microSD card is required to download the update.
- Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
Have you downloaded this latest update yet for Splatoon 2? Notice anything else? Leave a comment down below.
feels weird getting patch notes with 3 announced, guess we can still squeeze more fun out of this game until next year
Last time l played splatoon 2 was in the summer last year which is sad for me because l have no more online available. Nobody wants to pay for it, so its been lonely on the switch lately and that ninja game isn't making a difference even when people on that game are nicer.
I was thinking about buying splatoon 2 when it went on sale. I'm now waiting for Splatoon 3 to go on sale, lol.
Some cool changes I guess
H3 ink consumption increased, ay? Take that! guy/girl that crushes me with the H3 Nozzlenose
@Northwind NL posted the recent patch notes, if you're still interested.
@boxyguy it's probably not about keeping the game fresh and new, it's about keeping it properly balanced
I almost bought splatoon 2.. then figured “why bother, I’ll get splatoon 3
Ha! Near exact same thought process.. if splatoon 3 has a decent single player,. Then I’ll buy
@Clammy you missed the 40$ deal at black friday
@thejuice027 Do Nintendo games ever go on sale? I was thinking about getting two Nintendo games every month with that coupon system that saves me at least 20€... But... IF these games can be on sale too... that would be way better obviously...
@Altina Their top-tier $60 games will go $40 or $50 a few times a year.
@Altina Usually when their games go on sale digitally they are either $5 or $10 off. As for physical price dropped, you probably won't see those from Nintendo games unless they do their usual million seller Player's Choice or Nintendo Select promotion again.
@Clammy still worth to get and also the story was fun
@Alienfreaks04 @Ghost_of_Hasashi After I wrote that comment I noticed that the site I was using for PlayStation prices also has a Switch section... 60€ Nintendo games drop to 40€. It's not much, but it's additional 10€ saved compared to the coupon thing.
About retail games... uhm... I don't like it when I have too much stuff at home. There also isn't a single reason to collect all that plastic at home in 2021. A lot of my wishlist is digital only anyway.
Never really bothered with the single player in Splatoon 2. Love jumping in with my friends in online. Looks like we'll all be getting 3 also, hoping they focus on bringing more online game modes than are currently available in 2.
@Mr_Persona How can you tell Splatoon 2 people aren't nice? You can't voice chat with people unless they are your friends. God I hope they fix that in 3 (they won't).
@blockfight especially considering Salmon Run is probably the most fun thing in the game. I find the reg matches get boring after awhile, 2 maps on rotation for a few hours, meh unless it's a Splatfest, then every match feels important. The Competitive mode, Clam Blitz is fun, Tower Control is neat but exhausting (especially if one side gets a lead right away), Rainmaker can be a nice change of pace, but I find it all really repetitive even tho I adore the game. But yeah, only having 2 maps on rotation? That's gotta go in Splatoon 3.
@Altina Black Friday and the early months of the year a lot of stuff goes for $48 dollars or cheaper on Bestbuy a lot. I don't know if you have that around you but Bestbuy actually has Splatoon 2 for only $44.99 right now, Zelda titles are $50, a ton of Mario games are between $44.99 and $50 as well. I'd assume Amazon prob is matching it.
I wish they'd release the story content of Splatoon 1 as DLC, one of these days, never got to experience that part of the story.
@Dang69 why are you like that? People are more aggressive in splatoon 2. They hardly turf and they just want to kill off everyone so quickly and also I've end up fighting against hackers on there couple of times.
@Altina That's why I said "I don't know if [Bestbuy] is around you" - I know that currency symbol means euro, but that doesn't necessarily mean you don't have a Bestbuy "around you". I don't know why you are taking an attitude with me, I was just trying to help you out, and even went online and looked up prices for you. Really weird of you.
@Mr_Persona Why am I like "what"?
@Dang69 ?? I didn't do anything to you. But thank you for the compliment.
@Altina You went off on me.And gave me a speech...for taking a minute to look up some examples of current sales for you. Also digital and physical Nintendo sales are usually the same for 1st party, one doesnt dip below the other.
@Dang69 I neither "went off" on you nor did I gave you a speech. If you can't take it when people talk to you then leave the internet? Why do you blame me for feeling offended or whatever for no reason out of nowhere? Also, I already said before you replied to me that I want my games digitally. I was also using the € before that.
@Altina One other thing, I know that I see on this site, during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are Black Friday and Cybermonday deals specific to the UK...so I don't know what your speak was about on that front. You always have separate lists.
@Dang69 You seem a bit confused. Huh...
I'm using €. The UK doesn't.
I don't know why you assume I would be from the UK. Just because I'm writing English but am not from the US? English is the easiest but most useful language to learn. It's also the language all the Japanese games are in when your Japanese isn't fluent enough yet.
Oh that's right, UK wouldn't use € anymore, they pulled out of the European Union in January. Where you from? This is a UK based site, so a lot of users on here are from there, that's why I assumed when I saw the €.
Nice to get some love for my beloved SQUEEZER. hyped on 3, I've been playing 2 a lot lately. It's still a great game, anyone who hasn't played it should still check it out. Plenty o time
@Dang69 Personally I think Salmon Run is fine but not overly bothered by it. Much prefer Tower and Splatzones.
Increased number of maps in rotation and new modes would be great. Would love a big map for a battle-royale style mode , have a load of players all fighting to be the last squid standing. Or maybe a perma-death mode where you can take a lot more damage before you get killed but once you die your gone. Will be interesting to see what they come up with.
@blockfight I just hope they're not too safe when they come up with their modes - I'd be down for some kind of battle royale variation, super down for it - I get addicted to Salmon Run, once you get into the top ranking in it...it is close to impossible...but it feels so good. Just an insane adrenaline rush.
@Crockin yeah as much as I'd like to have MORE SPLATOON SOON, having a 16 month heads up (assuming June or July 2022) gives me a lot of time to squeeze every last ounce out of the game I can.
The Nozzlenose is basically useless now.
Guess Nintendo hates spawn camping.
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