Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide – Best Specials, How to Unlock, Combat Tips

Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide will tell you everything there is to know about the special weapons in Splatoon 2. In Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide, we have listed all the special weapons and how to use them. Special weapons are new to Splatoon 2. They are not available right from the start of a match and you need to earn them.

Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide details how you can get the special weapons and how many special weapons are there in the game.

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Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide

Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide details everything that you need to know about which types of special weapons are in the game, how to acquire them, and how to use them.

How to Use Splatoon 2 Special Weapons

Special weapons cannot be picked up, selected or looted during the matches but you need to earn them. You get special weapons by filling the Special Gauge. Special Gauge is filled by inking the territory. The more you ink the territory, the more quickly you will fill the bar. This is located at the upper-right corner of the screen.

Once you have completely filled the Special Gauge, you can activate your special. Specials will grant you a number of offensive and defensive bonuses but they only remain active for a few seconds. We have listed below all of the special weapons that you can acquire in the game:

Ink Armor


  • Splattershot Jr.
  • N-Zap ’85
  • Tri-Slosher
  • .96 Gal

Ink Armor lowers down the damage taken but it does not eliminate it. It will protect up to half of your health or blocks one shot, including direct hits from Rainmaker. Ink Armor is shared with all the teammates once activated so make sure you activate it at a time when all teammates are on the battlefield.



  • Splattershot
  • Splat Roller
  • Blaster
  • Goo Tuber

Splashdown is a powerful ground pound that spreads ink all around over a wide radius and splats any enemies in its range. Best used up close and personal with the enemies to maximize damage.

Sting Ray


  • Splat Charger
  • Heavy Splatling
  • Splatterscope
  • Dynamo Roller
  • Clash Blaster

Sting Ray fires a highly concentrated stream of ink. It is capable of cutting through the entire map and splatting any opponents in the path. Locate a distant target before firing and you can also halt fire to readjust your aim before firing. Sting Ray is most effective when focused on high-traffic areas. However, the Special Gauge keeps on decreasing whether you are firing or not. Sting Ray can pass through a sensor so consider activating it after a teammate deploys a Point of Sensor.



  • Tentatek Splattershot
  • Octobrush
  • Enperry Splat Dualies
  • Splash-o-matic
  • Custom Blaster

Inkjet is a jetpack and it allows you to rain down explosive projectiles. While in the air, press the jump button for an added boost in altitude to clear objects in your way. You can enter squid form also while Inkjet is active to swim through ink before popping up in a new location.

Tenta Missiles


  • Splat Dualies
  • Slosher
  • Jet Squelcher
  • Mini Splatling
  • H-3 Nozzlenose

Tenta Missiles special fires a volley of ink-filled homing missile. It is ideal for splatting multiple enemies. When you activate it, you will be prompted to select as many targets into the reticule as possible. You can lock multiple enemies at the same time and even lock at all of the enemies if they are in view.

Fire the missiles, launching them skyward in a steep trajectory four missiles are fired per target. As the missiles climb, they continually track their targets. Missile impact points are determined once the missiles reach the apex in their flight paths. At that time, they come raining down on those points, regardless of where their targets move. To avoid the missiles, move after they’ve determined their impact points.

Curling Bomb Launcher


  • Aerospray MG

The Curling Bomb Launcher allows you to rapidly deploy a barrage of Curling Bombs. This spreads ink over a wide area as each curling bomb dispenses its own ink trail across the map. Holding down the R button will allow you to increase the distance at which the bomb is thrown. You will dispense less bombs but they will travel further if you press R longer.

Ink Storm


  • Carbon Roller
  • Splattershot Pro
  • E-liter 4K
  • E-liter 4K Scope

You toss this in the area where you want the storm to travel. Soon, a cloud will appear overhead and will rain down your team’s ink everywhere. The Ink Storm drizzles small ink droplets across the map in the direction you have indicated. While these droplets are great for spreading ink, they do not inflict much damage on opponents caught in the downpour. Watch for opponents trapped in your ink, and snipe them with chargers like the E-liter 4K.



  • Krak-On Splat Roller
  • .52 Gal
  • L-3 Nozzlenose
  • Luna Blaster
  • Aerospray RG

Baller is like a large hamster ball in which your inkling can roll across the map at high speed. You will also spread ink while doing this. Baller can also roll across vertical surfaces no matter what color they are inked in just like squids. The Baller consists of two protective layers that can be destroyed by opponents, so avoid direct confrontations; otherwise your ride will be cut short. When the Special Gauge becomes depleted, the Baller detonates, spreading ink over a wide blast radius.

Splat Bomb Launcher


  • Rapid Blaster
  • Flingza Roller

This allows you to fire a volley of Splat bombs. Tap R as quickly as you can to unleash a torrent of Splat Bombs. Opponents are apt to swim away before getting splatted, making this special great for securing objectives and other points of contention. For best results, swim to the top of an elevated platform or tower before raining bombs down on an area.

Suction Bomb Launcher


  • Firefin Splatterscope
  • Dapple Dualies

The Suction Bomb Launcher dispenses three adhesive explosives at a rapid pace. Keep tapping R while the special is active to launch a volley of Suction Bombs. Unlike Splat Bombs, Suction Bombs will stick to any surface. This comes handy in many situations.

This concludes our Splatoon 2 Special Weapons Guide. If you have anything to add, feel free to use the comments section below!