Beginner's Guide to Splatoon 3

Beginner's Guide to Splatoon 3 ...

Gear is everything in Splatoon 3. Whether you like a fit because of its meta or because you just like the look of it, there are ways to beef it up.

Upgrade gear can be overwhelming for new players. Our Splatoon 3 beginners guide will show 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

Every gear has a main ability slot and up to three subslots. The more star power a piece of gear has, the more subslots it has. Every star the gear has after its second star will increase how much XP you gain.

To avoid the random element, you can play Turf War or Anarchy Battle, and doing so grants your gear random new abilities (if it has space) or Ability Chunks. You may also use Ability Chunks to select which specific abilities you want to put on your gear.

Specific abilities will appear more often than others depending on the gears brand. These are presented below.

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 just outside the entrance, offers a wide variety of services. Hell will remove all of your gear's sub-abilities and give you a Ability Chunk per ability for 20,000 gold. If you give him Super Sea Snails, you may increase your gear's star power or completely reroll its ability subslots.

This means that he can also use Ability Chunks to set specific abilities on your gear. For example, if I wanted three Swim Speed Up abilities on my shoes, it would cost me 45 Ability Chunks to set the main ability and 10 Ability Chunks to set the first sub ability on a piece of gear.

If you buy duplicates of the same gear in the regular shops, you will pay more money for each upgrade. You may also reset the abilities on the gear by trading yours in for the one at the store. However, you will not receive any Ability Chunks from this.

How to farm Ability Chunks quickly

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

Salmon Run will give you randomized reward capsules and a specific piece of gear at no charge. (As of writing this, the gear in question is the Bream-Brim Cap.) You can only have one copy of the gear, so the other one will be deleted and youll receive Ability Chunks for the abilities. Just spamming Salmon Run and chunking the gear is a great way to get Ability Chunks quickly.

The Salmon Runs Bonus Meter does reset every 40 hours, so youll have 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 it. (You may get ability drinks from the Shell-out Machine randomly.)

Your gear will automatically roll an ability drink at a higher rate when you use it. Players using this strategy suggest wiping off your Splatfest Tee after it receives 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?

There is a convention for which abilities are most utilized, such as Swim Speed Up and Ink Saver, but the exact abilities you put on your gear depend on your playing style and weapon selection.

If you like throwing bombs in and out, Swim Speed Up, Ink Saver (Sub), and Ink Recovery Up would be worth putting on your gear. If you like firing off your Tenta missiles, maybe Special Power Up would be your go-to sub ability.