Splatoon 3: Best Weapons Tier List

Different maps require different strategies arms. Our tier list of the best weapons will help you take control of any map in Splatoon 3.

There are 54 primary weapons in Splatoon 3, most of which return from the series' previous installments, albeit slightly changed. Each contains a kit with a sub weapon and a special option, which is something long-time fans will find familiar. However, you'll want to know which ones are the best to make the most of every Turf War and Salmon Run match. 

This Splatoon 3 guide will list the best weapons, ranked from Tier S to Tier B. Try to get these with your hard-earned Sheldon Licenses first. 

S-Tier Weapons

Splattershot

  • Type: Shooter.
  • Damage: 47.
  • Range: 50.

No other weapon is associated with Splatoon as much as the Splattershot, and there is a reason: this weapon keeps its position of the best weapon throughout the entire series due to its high rate of fire.

Not only has the design has been slightly changed in Splatoon 3, but so has the weapon kit, which now includes Suction Bomb and Trizooka instead of Burst Bomb and Splashdown from the first two games.

Suction Bomb is a sticky explosive that has a wider radius than splat bomb, and Trizooka is a type of AoE weapon that creates a wide spiraling arc of ink.

.52 Gal

  • Type: Shooter.
  • Damage: 75.
  • Range: 55.

This shooter may not have as high a rate of fire as Splattershot, but it won't take you more than one or two shots to splat opponents.

With the .52 Gal, the developer decided to bring back its original weapon kit from the first game, which includes Splash Wall and Killer Wail 5.1.

Splash Wall is especially useful, as it prevents opponents from attacking and virtually serves as a massive shield, while Killer Wail sends out six emitters that seek out and splat opponents. This means that you can keep using both your main and sub weapon, and the emitters will keep firing.

Glooga Dualies

  • Type: Dualie.
  • Damage: 76.
  • Range: 66.

Those who have perfected the mastery of dodge-rolling will love Glooga Dualies; it increases both its range and damage after you perform a dodge-roll. Just like the .52 Gal shooter, this weapon uses Splash Wall as its sub weapon, but the kit also includes Booyah Bomb.

This special weapon is designed to work with your allies, as its power depends on how many Booyahs your temamates can give you, and if they do, their own special gauge will charge automatically.

A-Tier Weapons

Slosher

  • Type: Slosher.
  • Damage: 85.
  • Range: 58.

Speaking of Splash Wall, if you want a weapon that can hit opponents beyond the wall, then Slosher is the best choice. It allows you to control the direction of the ink splat. If you want it to go in a straight line, you can do that; if you need the ink to go above the wall or fall from the top, then you can do that, too.

What's especially important is that Slosher deals the same damage regardless of the distance, while other weapons lose damage the further ink travels.

Dapple Dualies

  • Type: Dualie.
  • Damage: 47.
  • Range: 24.

If you like the idea of using dodge-rolls to increase your stats but you want better accuracy and firerate instead of damage and range, then Dapple Dualies would be a solid alternative.

The only drawback here is that Dapple Dualies requires your dodge-rolls to be shorter than with Glooga Dualies, which you can easily perform while sneaking up behind an opponent.

This weapon's special kit also includes Tacticooler, which provides all allies with soda drinks that restore 57 ability points.

Squeezer

  • Type: Shooter.
  • Damage: 52.
  • Range: 77.

Squeezer is one of the most flexible shooter weapons in Splatoon 3, allowing you to switch between semi-automatic and fully automatic modes.

It is especially accurate in semi-automatic mode and much more reliable than most other ranged weapons. Its weapon kit includes Splash Wall and Trizooka, both of which are highly useful.

The only thing that keeps Squeezer from being a top-tier choice is a low rate of fire, which can be somewhat mitigated by getting closer to your targets.

B-Tier Weapons

Bloblobber

  • Type: Slosher.
  • Damage: 29.
  • Range: 85.

Taking control of the most complicated maps is the biggest upside of the Bloblobber. Its ink balls can travel really far and overcome the most problematic surface obstacles.

However, effectively using this weapon is not an easy task, and many new players may find it unbearable. But if you manage to control its ink consumption, then you will have a really powerful tool in your hands.

Heavy Splatling

  • Type: Splatling.
  • Charge: 38.
  • Range: 78.

Most splatling and charger weapons are quite powerful, but only in the hands of experienced players. This is another weapon that is hard to master.

The upside is that it has massive range, which allows you to control areas from elevation. You will have plenty of time to charge Heavy Splatling, which is absolutely necessary, though you must be in humanoid form to do so.

Also, its Sprinkler sub weapon can be used as a light shield, which helps when you need to urgently recharge your splatling.

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Published Sep. 20th 2022

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