How To Use Motion Controls In Splatoon 3

Motion controls in Splatoon 3 help players control the actions on the screen according to their movement. It depends on the player if he wants to enable or disable these controls.

Splatoon 3 is a third-person shooter. In this game, players have to choose between “Inkling” and a “Cooling”. Players must pick carefully if they want to turn on or off motion control as the entire gameplay focuses on the ink shoots and these controls have a tremendous impact on aiming.

This guide will help brief Splatoon 3 players about motion controls and how to toggle these controls on or off. We will also discuss in detail how we can use these motion controls throughout the game.

How do motion controls work in Splatoon 3?

When you use Motion Controls while playing the game, you can move your targeting reticle more quickly and give your character more fluid movement when running and firing. Although utilizing the stick controls is an option, we advise using motion controls instead.

Fortunately, the only time you’re required to utilize these controls is during the necessary training phase of Splatoon 3’s tutorial. After that players are allowed to decide whether or not to use motion controls after the required session.

How to turn off motion controls

Press “X” to launch the menu, then “R” to navigate the tabs until you reach the options menu to disable motion controls on Nintendo Switch.


Once there, you need to modify the Motion Controls setting if you’re using your Switch in TV/Tablet Mode. Toggle the “Motion Controls” option to “Off” by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Go back to the left side of the menu and select “Handheld Mode” to carry out the same action for Handheld Mode.

Should I use motion controls or stick controls?

The best advantage of Motion control mode is that when it’s activated, players can aim their ink gun with greater accuracy than before when they were using a joystick.

The screen can serve as a viewfinder if you are holding the Switch in handheld mode, allowing you to navigate without using the controller. However, new players might need some practice to increase the precision of their aim and keep up with the fast movement mechanics of Splatoon 3.

On the other hand, aiming with high precision is relatively difficult using stick controls as it constantly needs up, down, left, and right management unlike just a mouse and keyboard in motion controls.

Advantages of motion controls

  • Motion Controls can speed up your target reticle.
  • It increases the accuracy of your aims.
  • Best suited for pro controllers.

Disadvantages of motion controls

  • It is time-consuming to get used to its mechanics.
  • Hard to control.
  • To aim accurately, it requires a certain position.

Advantages of stick controls

  • Can be played in any position.
  • Easy to control.

Disadvantages of stick controls

  • Stick Controls have less speed for your target reticle.
  • Accurate shots need more precision.
  • Difficult against players using Motion Controls.

Do pro players use motion controls?

We all like to follow what our favorite Splatoon 3 pros are doing. So, do they like to use motion controls as well? Yes.

For the reasons mentioned above, Splatoon 3 pros prefer motion controls over stick controls. It is harder for stick control players to compete with the ones using motion controls.

Recommended settings for motion controls

The ideal settings for motion controls are the ones that lower its speed and increase its stability. Below we have listed the best settings for Motion Controls in Splatoon 3.

  • Sensitivity: -2.5 to -1.0.
  • Ranged Weapons Sensitivity: -3.0 to -1.0.
  • Medium-Ranged Weapons: -1.0 to 1.0.
  • Close Ranged Weapon: 1.0 to -3.0.

Best way to practice motion controls

Head into the Practice Range to familiarize yourself with motion controls. Begin by aiming and shooting a still target before going on to moving targets.

Try to use a fast weapon to get used to the face action taking place in the game.

Motion control tips to know

  • It’s better to use Joy-Con controllers in case your control issues continue. This will improve your aim and offer you much better control of your aims and other motions too.
  • In the options menu, you can change the motion control sensitivity if you accidentally swim while attempting to shoot.
  • To help line up your shot if you are having problems aiming, tilt the Nintendo Switch console slightly to the left or right.

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