“Ink here, ink there, ink everywhere!” Oh!”
Have you ever had these thoughts while playing Splatoon™ 3 Game? Hey, don’t worry, that’s a normal response! Splatoon 3 is a game anyone can pick up and have fun, but it’s also a game that has tremendous depth if you want to put the effort into it. Here are some quick tips for new players or people who haven’t laid down since the last game.
Play the story mode first!
If you haven’t played the story mode, you’re in for a treat! For starters, just follow the weirdo into the sewers when you’re in Splatsville.
In this mode, you will travel to Alterna, one of the last bastions of human civilization. After a few introductory levels, you’ll land in Alterna and explore a series of connected islands filled with in-game collectibles, food and drink tickets you can use in multiplayer matches*, and short levels which will slowly introduce you to concepts that form the backbone of Splatoon’s gameplay. (Uh…maybe not the “backbone” since cephalopods don’t have one.)
Some may consider this a “tutorial” for multiplayer modes, but that’s not quite it – it’s a standalone adventure that tests both your trigger finger and your noggin. If you explore Alterna enough, you might even discover the surprising origin story of the Inklings and Octolings!
(Oh, and the final fight is pretty epic…)
It’s all about movement
OK, the most important thing to know is this: Splatoon is a game of movement. All weapons in the game also spray ink on the ground and walls, and your movement is directly tied to the ink (linked?). Your character can dive into/accelerate through your team’s color ink, while movement on enemy ink will be difficult (and usually result in splatter). Hyper-focus on trying to splat your enemies without thinking about how you can move while engaging them will result in a lot of unwanted splats.
Now, even if you’re not very comfortable fighting enemies on your own, don’t forget that the ink pose will also help your teammates’ movements! Splatoon 3 is very much a game about teamwork, but that teamwork can take many different forms. If you drop as much ink as possible, you will help your teammates’ ability to fight.
Find the weapon for you
Yes, there are plenty of weapons, but don’t get overwhelmed! In the weapon shop you will see a “Test” option – use this option. The good thing is that you can test ALL weapons in the game even if you haven’t unlocked them yet! Keep in mind that the weapons you unlock at higher levels aren’t necessarily better than lower level weapons (in fact, players can dominate with the humble Splattershot that can be accessed early on).
As you experiment with weapons, you’ll start to get an idea of which weapon classes speak to you and which secondary/special weapons complete the package. Being skilled with a primary weapon is one thing, but you need to be comfortable with everything in a kit to be most effective. Test, test, test!
Of course, different weapons fulfill different roles in the game (and even that can change depending on what mode you’re playing in). Don’t be afraid to experiment with weapons on the battlefield even if you’re not good with them at first. Everyone starts somewhere, and learning a weapon takes practice.
Gear isn’t just for looking fresh! Equipment with empty slots will eventually give you useful abilities (you unlock random buffs the more you play with that equipment). If you have two or less slots on your gear, you can get more slots by increasing its star level – either talk to Murch at the entrance to the lobby, or be on the lookout for duplicates of that gear in the stores.
At first, your gear will probably look a little weird if you prioritize function over form. But don’t worry, focus on what works best with your weapons first. The freshness will come the more you play.
Rapid fire tips!
Try teaming up with friends*, they can be invaluable in showing you the ropes.
Play around with different control sensitivity options.
Use your catering tickets! They can grant extra XP or in-game currency (some even do this for your whole team). Trade them with Marigold in the lobby to activate the effect.
To the left of Marigold (in the lobby) are sliding glass doors: walk through them to access your customizable locker.
Use the map often and identify hotspots that need your attention.
Ink the base in Turf War*. You don’t have to do this immediately – in fact, it may be more strategic to save slots so you can use them to reload your Special later – but don’t put it back at the very end of the match.
Access the terminal in the lobby to view your replays. Sometimes you have to study.
Check out SplatNet 3** on the Nintendo Switch Online app for mobile devices. There’s all sorts of useful stuff here, but you should definitely check out the fancy gear drops it gives you access to.
*Additional games, systems and/or Nintendo Switch Online membership may be required for multiplayer. Games, systems and Nintendo Switch Online membership sold separately. Any Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online features. Membership automatically renews after the initial term at the then-current price, unless cancelled. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Conditions apply. nintendo.com/switch-online
**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately), Always-on Internet and compatible smartphone required to use app. Membership automatically renews after the initial term at the then-current price, unless cancelled. Data charges may apply. A Nintendo Account of 13 years or older is required to access certain online features of the app, including voice chat. Smartphone app features available in compatible games. Conditions apply. nintendo.com/switch-online