Beginner's guide to Splatoon 3 gear and ability

Beginner's guide to Splatoon 3 gear and ability ...

Gear is everything in Splatoon 3. Whether it's for the meta or for the aesthetic appeal of a game, there are ways to beef it up.

Upgraded gear can be confusing for new players. Our Splatoon 3 beginners guide will teach you how to upgrade your gear using chunks and Murch.

Table of contents

  • How gear works
  • How to upgrade gear and use Ability Chunks
  • How to farm Ability Chunks
  • Best abilities

How gear works in Splatoon 3

All gear has a main ability slot and three subslots. The higher star power a piece of gear has, the more subslots it has. Every star the gear has after its second star increases how much XP you earn.

To avoid the random element, you can play Turf War or Anarchy Battle.

Specific abilities will appear more often, while others will appear less often depending on the gears brand.

BrandFavorsUnfavors
BrandFavorsUnfavors
TentatekInk Recovery UpQuick Super Jump
SquidForceInk Resistance UpInk Saver (Main)
Splash MobInk Saver (Main)Run Speed Up
Toni KensaInk Saver (Main)Sub Power Up
AnnakiInk Saver (Sub)Special Saver
FirefinInk Saver (Sub)Ink Recovery Up
BarazushiIntensify ActionSub Power Up
EmberzIntensify ActionSpecial Charge Up
SkalopQuick RespawnSpecial Saver
ZinkQuick Super JumpQuick Respawn
RockenburgRun Speed UpSwim Speed Up
TakorokaSpecial Charge UpSpecial Power Up
ForgeSpecial Power UpInk Saver (Sub)
ZekkoSpecial SaverSpecial Charge Up
EnperrySub Power UpInk Resistance Up
InklineSub Resistance UpIntensify Action
Krak-OnSwim Speed UpSub Resistance Up

How to upgrade gear and use Ability Chunks

Murch, the sea urchin sitting right outside the entrance, offers a number of useful services. Hell will remove all of your gear's sub-abilities and give you a 20,000 gold Ability Chunk per ability. If you give him Super Sea Snails, you can also boost your gear's star power.

The Ability Chunk cost will be 45 Ability Chunks to set the main ability on a piece of gear, while 10 Ability Chunks to set the first sub ability on a piece of gear. However, if you want to place multiple instances of the same ability on a piece of gear, the Ability Chunk cost will go up to 20 for two of the same ability, and 30 for three. (For example, if I wanted three Swim Speed Up abilities on my shoes, it would cost me a total of 60 Swim

If you buy duplicates of the same gear at the regular store, you will increase your star power. This can get costly, though, as each upgrade will cost more money. You may also modify your abilities on the gear by trading them in for the one at the store.

How to farm Ability Chunks quickly

Ability Chunks can be purchased in two ways: Salmon Run and Splatfests.

Salmon Run will once again reward you with randomized reward capsules and a specific piece of gear. (As of writing this, the gear in question is the Bream-Brim Cap.) The other one will be discarded and youll only get Ability Chunks for the abilities.

The Salmon Runs Bonus Meter does reset every 40 hours, so you'll need to earn around 1,200 points before you start receiving only gear as a reward each time.

The Splatfest Tee (which you can get a week before any Splatfest) has three sub slots and only costs 2,000 gold to scrub. Playing regular matches with the Splatfest Tee is cheap fast Ability Chunks.

If you have an ability drink for an ability you want chunks for, use that. (You may get ability drinks randomly from the Shell-out Machine.)

If you use an ability drink, your gear will roll that ability at a higher rate. Players using this technique suggest cleaning your Splatfest Tee after it gets its first ability to minmax the use of the drink, since it is only active for 20 matches.

What abilities are the best in Splatoon 3?

The abilities you put on your gear depend on your play style and weapon selection.

If you like rushing in and throwing bombs, then Swim Speed Up, Ink Saver (Sub), and Ink Recovery Up would be worthwhile adding to your gear. If you enjoy blasting off your Tenta Missiles, maybe Special Power Up would be your go-to sub ability.