Splatoon 3 Tips, Tricks, and Hints

Splatoon 3 Tips, Tricks, and Hints ...

Splatoon 3 is now available on Nintendo Switch. With months of Directs and trailers in the lead up to its September release, you would imagine that we would be in the perfect position to dive straight into the game's online play, racking up win after win.

Although we applaud the latest installment in the Splatoon saga (we dubbed it "the pinnacle of the series" and the pinnacle of shooters on Switch" in our 9/10 review), some of us here at Nintendo Life still need a hand with getting to grips with the game's mechanics.

In this chapter we will cover all of the essentials required to make you a splat superstar, whether you're a Splatoon veteran or new to the series.

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Splatoon 3 Guide - Tips and Hints

If, like us, you played the first Splatfest in the game and quickly realized that you are somewhat out of your depth in the world of ink, squids, and splats, then have no fear. Below, we've provided all of the necessary information and methods for you to become a splat champion.

Our information has been broken up into three sections: general recommendations and advice for the game, followed by more specific suggestions for the Anarchy Battles and Salmon Run modes.

Let's get this party splattered without further ado!

The Single Player Mode in Splatoon 3 is a great place to start if you are just new to the Splatoon franchise. From how to operate different weapons to how to preserve ink, it's also a great opportunity to get started.

This is also the perfect opportunity to try out a boatload of weapons and see what works for you in Splatoon 3, and finding your ideal weapon early on is going to be very beneficial in the long run.

When you first begin playing Splatoon 3, the most difficult aspect is the dependence on motion controls. You have two options when it comes to aiming your weapon in the game: motion controls and the more common right-analogue stick.

It may take some getting used to, but it constantly improves your accuracy and aim speed, making it a must-have for all new players. Take your time to learn motion controls and see what sensitivity works for you.

This may seem obvious, but it is amazing how many people forget to ink their bases.

If your team hasn't laid down the foundationwork to cover domestic turf, it's all good and good.

Interestingly, the next suggestion might just assist with this...

We understand that you need to go forward and reach out to your foe's base, so you should utilize your secondary weapons to help cover your backs and ink your base in the process.

Fizzy Bombs, Sprinklers, and the like are great ways to get back to basics when you're back in battle. Place them down immediately after you've recovered your ink.

In Anarchy Battles, where inked ground doesn't matter as much, use the same technique to fill up your Special Meter.

Recon Mode is the best place to start getting to grips with Splatoon 3's various stages and game modes.

When you enter online play, this mode allows you to explore the game by yourself, providing an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of each map, observe what happens in each game mode, and perhaps even begin to map different routes and positions.

Recon Mode is a great way to work out the new features of Splatoon, such as the rainmaker checkpoint system.

The transition from battle to respawning can be a bit confusing, so be sure to check your map whenever you spawn to see what your best strategy of attack is.

This will help you get back in the game a bit quicker, but it is also a great way to review how the game is going for your team. Trust us, it's good to be on top of these things.

Work out how to utilize the game's new moves, Squid Surge and Squid Roll, to your advantage.

The Squid Surge may seem a little cumbersome at first, but once you determine when is the best time to use it to scale a wall, it's as simple as holding down 'B.' This will allow you to move faster and rise higher, so it's worth the effort.

The Squid Roll also has a few new features to help you improve your play. With just a flick of the analog stick, you can now change your swimming direction with ease (and also granting yourself some nice invincibility while in the air). Be sure to master this maneuver before you hit the wall. It's fairly straightforward to execute and is always handy to have on hand.

It's very easy to get caught up in the forward momentum of battle and feel like it's always GO GO GO, but this is very much the case.

It's often a good idea to take the time to refill your ink, charge your special by splatting quieter areas, or take a step back from battle and only intervene when you feel comfortable.

Don't be afraid to refill, recharge, and retreat when you see a teammate taking their time.

If you are still learning the game's mechanics (and we understand, it can be a lot) then take comfort in moving as a team and attacking in unison.

The same applies to moments in which you respawn and know that a teammate will follow you. It is usually wise to hold back and wait before moving into a group. After all, as the famous phrase goes, two squids are better than one.

When you first see a new weapon, the sparkle of it can be tempting, but it is important to remember that your secondary weapons and specials will have an impact.

Specials will have a huge impact on your abilities in game. You might use the Tacticooler to speed up and instant-revive your teammates, the Reef Slider to blast into enemy territory before inking up the surrounding area, and the Ink Vac to suck up enemy ink and fire it back at them.

The same can be said for your sub-weapons. Be it a Fizzy, Burst or Suction Bomb, a Torpedo, or Ink Mine, there is an arsenal of secondaries to consider in your weapon selection. While they may not turn the tide quite as quickly as your specials can be used correctly to ensure your team's victory.

If you are unsure whether or not to spend your hard-earned Sheldon Licenses on a new item of equipment, you may take it for a test drive before making the big decision.

Simply press 'Y' to open up the weapons section while you're at the shop. You may also test out specials and secondaries, and see your prospective purchase's range and damage using small targets that will appear around you.

If you want to improve your game, yes, it's a great way to determine if a weapon is right for you, but it can also be a fun way to ground yourself in terms of weapon selection.

While it may appear super cool, super jumping can be a dangerous activity.

Performing a well-timed Super Jump is so dependent on your understanding of the map, are there any enemies nearby, is it safe? It's quite possible that doing the maneuver more often than not results in death.

There are certain outfits that can assist you in this process (more on that later), such as giving you the ability to Stealth Jump, although this can be a difficult move to perfect.

If you see a teammate Super Jumping towards you, the same precautions apply. They are going to be landing in a very dangerous position with all of the enemies' eyes on them, therefore you should do everything you can to ensure that they are kept safe on their arrival.

Murch, which can be seen outside the Lobby, is a must-see item when entering Turf War Battles.

Since Splatoon 2, this little guy has undergone a lot of a makeover and is an essential part of any player's game when it comes to personalizing their gear. You see, Murch can modify the abilities preordained to certain items so that you can get the bonuses that you desire.

Before you start a match, go to the cantina in the training area to get a taste of the edible add-ons that will help you boost your skills.

Splatoon 3 is all about how well you dress for battle, but keeping an eye on your gear's abilities is far more important - you don't want to use the respawn point as a catwalk.

'Ink Saver (Main)', 'Special Charge Up,' and any other swim speed bonuses you may have to help you get out of a tight squeeze in battle.

Why not skip over to Murch if you can't seem to take your eyes off of an item of clothing but you're let down by its abilities? Although abilities are the name of the game here, it doesn't hurt to look good while you're doing it.

These additional abilities are needed for buffs and gear, and they need to be spread out equally. It's true, you can stack them, but the effect of these abilities is harmed.

The more powerful abilities found in clothing items will benefit you the most, while the three sub-slots will not have the same impact despite their usefulness.

Choose where you ink, and this is one of the most important tips on this list. It is much easier for you to ink over enemy ink than it is for you to ink uninked territory.

Inking enemy turf will add points to your total, while removing points from your opponents. It's a win!

We understand that this tip will not be a good fit for everyone, but if you have the chance to play with friends, we highly recommend it.

Playing with friends gives you the chance to talk tactics and get a rough idea of the terrain rather than joining a team of random players. And, of course, the game is much more enjoyable in the end.

It's even a good idea to find someone who's less experienced to take on a more of a mentor role while you play? Something like that?

Did you know that Splatoon 2 might be a better fit for those of you who have not got the chance to get it before the third installment?

If you have completed the tutorial on the previous release, you can transfer your saved data and receive Golden Sheldon Licenses as a result. These will give you the chance to get new weapons before they even unlock in the game, which is a great benefit for anyone who is new to a particular weapon but worried about the time it takes to get there.

On the next page, you'll find advice on Anarchy Battles...

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