Splatoon 3 Tier List – Best Weapons

By Glen Fox |

Splatoon 3, Nintendo’s latest entry in the ink-blasting multiplayer shooter franchise, is a largely familiar experience. It features most of your favourite weapons from the previous two games, alongside a handful of new options. Chances are, if your favourite weapon from the first or second performed well there, it will also do so here. However, we’re here to take the guesswork out of that, with our Splatoon 3 tier list.

In this here guide, we’re going to rank all of the Splatoon 3 weapons from S rank (the best) to D rank (the worst). Naturally, this is somewhat subjective by nature, but we’ll draw from a number of different sources when determining this list. We’ll talk about that at the bottom of the article too, so if you’re curious about how we decided on placements, scroll down to the bottom of this article.

Or, if you’re looking for something new to play, we recommend checking out our Gunfire Reborn tier list, HoloCure tier list, and T3 Arena tier list.

Splatoon 3 Tier List

Here’s how our tier list will work: we’ll rank the weapons from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst. Weapons that appear in the top tier should perform better for the average player than a weapon in a lower tier. We’ll include an explanation at the bottom of this article.

Tiers Explained

Before we move onto the tier list though, we thought we’d quickly explain what our tiers mean:

  • S Tier: These are the best characters currently available in the game, and you should definitely aim to add them to your party. They should also be the first choice to level up and gain access to equipment.
  • A Tier: These characters are perfect for filling gaps in a party – particularly when you haven’t unlocked enough S tiers, or there aren’t enough S tiers to fill a party in the first place. You should investigate these characters and see which one will counter your party’s weakness.
  • B Tier: Characters in this tier can really help during the early phases of the game, when you haven’t unlocked many characters, but they fade later on. Definitely use them when you lack S and A characters, but swap them out as much as possible.
  • C Tier: The only real difference between C and D tier is that C tier characters can occasionally have niche uses. They may be great at a particular game mode, or be exceptionally powerful early on. A late-game party shouldn’t have any though.
  • D Tier: We don’t recommend using these characters under any circumstance, unless you absolutely have to because you have nothing else. They underperform at all stages of the game, and in all game modes.

S Tier

These weapons are the best in the game, and should help you compete with players of all skill levels.

.52 Gal

  • Sub: Splash Wall
  • Special: Killer Wail 5.1
  • Damage: 52
  • Range: 2.7

Dualie Squelchers

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Wave Breaker
  • Damage: 28
  • Range: 3.3

Hero Shot Replica

  • Sub: Suction Bomb
  • Special: Trizooka
  • Damage: 36
  • Range: 2.5

N-ZAP ’85

  • Sub: Suction Bomb
  • Special: Tacticooler
  • Damage: 28
  • Range: 2.5

Sloshing Machine

  • Sub: Fizzy Bomb
  • Special: Booyah Bomb
  • Damage: 76
  • Range: 3.3

Splattershot

  • Sub: Suction Bomb
  • Special: Trizooka
  • Damage: 36
  • Range: 2.5

Splattershot Jr.

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Big Bubbler
  • Damage: 28
  • Range: 2.2

E-Liter 4K

  • Sub: Ink Mine
  • Special: Wave Breaker
  • Damage: 180
  • Range: 6.2

Heavy Splatling

  • Sub: Sprinkler
  • Special: Wave Breaker
  • Damage: 30
  • Range: 4.3

Range Blaster

  • Sub: Suction Bomb
  • Special: Wave Breaker
  • Damage: 125
  • Range: 3.5

Slosher

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Triple Inkstrike
  • Damage: 70
  • Range: 2.7

Splash-O-Matic

  • Sub: Burst Bomb
  • Special: Crab Tank
  • Damage: 28
  • Range: 2.4

Squeezer

  • Sub: Splash Wall
  • Special: Trizooka
  • Damage: 38
  • Range: 4.1

A Tier

Solid weapons that might require a bit of mastery to beat the best.

Blaster

  • Sub: Autobomb
  • Special: Big Bubbler
  • Damage: 125
  • Range: 2.5

Dapple Dualies

  • Sub: Squid Beakon
  • Special: Tacticooler
  • Damage: 36
  • Range: 1.9

Dark Tetra Dualies

  • Sub: Autobomb
  • Special: Reefslider
  • Damage: 30
  • Range: 2.3

E-Liter 4K Scope

  • Sub: Ink Mine
  • Special: Wave Breaker
  • Damage: 180
  • Range: 6.5

Flingza Roller

  • Sub: Ink Mine
  • Special: Tenta Missiles
  • Damage: 180
  • Range: 4.0 Vertical / 2.0 Horizontal

Glooga Dualies

  • Sub: Splash Wall
  • Special: Booyah Bomb
  • Damage: 36
  • Range: 3.1

L-3 Nozzlenose

  • Sub: Curling Bomb
  • Special: Crab Tank
  • Damage: 29
  • Range: 3.1

Rapid Blaster

  • Sub: Ink Mine
  • Special: Triple Inkstrike
  • Damage: 85
  • Range: 3.5

REEF LUX 450

  • Sub: Curling Bomb
  • Special: Tenta Missiles
  • Damage: 135
  • Range: 3.5

Splat Dualies

  • Sub: Suction Bomb
  • Special: Crab Tank
  • Damage: 28
  • Range: 2.8

Splat Roller

  • Sub: Curling Bomb
  • Special: Big Bubbler
  • Damage: 180
  • Range: 2.8 Vertical / 2.2 Horizontal

Tri-Slosher

  • Sub: Toxic Mist
  • Special: Inkjet
  • Damage: 62
  • Range: 2.2

B Tier

You’re not going to struggle with these weapons, but nor will they guarantee you a win.

Aerospray MG

  • Sub: Fizzy Bomb
  • Special: Reefslider
  • Damage: 24
  • Range: 2.1

Ballpoint Splatling

  • Sub: Fizzy Bomb
  • Special: Inkjet
  • Damage: 30
  • Range: 4.8

Clash Blaster

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Trizooka
  • Damage: 60
  • Range: 2.5

Classic Squiffer

  • Sub: Point Sensor
  • Special: Big Bubbler
  • Damage: 140
  • Range: 3.7

Dynamo Roller

  • Sub: Sprinkler
  • Special: Tacticooler
  • Damage: 180
  • Range: 4.2 Vertical / 3.5 Horizontal

Explosher

  • Sub: Point Sensor
  • Special: Ink Storm
  • Damage: 90
  • Range: 4.5

Goo Tuber

  • Sub: Torpedo
  • Special: Tenta Missiles
  • Damage: 180
  • Range: 4.2

H-3 Nozzlenose

  • Sub: Point Sensor
  • Special: Tacticooler
  • Damage: 41
  • Range: 3.3

Hydra Splatling

  • Sub: Autobomb
  • Special: Booyah Bomb
  • Damage: 40
  • Range: 5.2

Inkbrush

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Killer Wail 5.1
  • Damage: 30
  • Range: 1.5

Nautilus 47

  • Sub: Point Sensor
  • Special: Ink Storm
  • Damage: 32
  • Range: 3.5

Rapid Blaster Pro

  • Sub: Toxic Mist
  • Special: Ink Vac
  • Damage: 85
  • Range: 4.1

Splat Brella

  • Sub: Sprinkler
  • Special: Triple Inkstrike
  • Damage: 81
  • Range: 2.5

Splat Charger

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Ink Vac
  • Damage: 160
  • Range: 5.2

Splatana Stamper

  • Sub: Burst Bomb
  • Special: Zipcaster
  • Damage: 35 Horizontal / 70 Charge
  • Range: 3.6 Horizontal / 4.5 Charge

Splatterscope

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Ink Vac
  • Damage: 160
  • Range: 5.5

Tenta Brella

  • Sub: Squid Beakon
  • Special: Ink Vac
  • Damage: 119
  • Range: 3.2

C Tier

These weapons can perform well in certain game modes, but are otherwise worth avoiding.

.96 Gal

  • Sub: Sprinkler
  • Special: Ink Vac
  • Damage: 62
  • Range: 3.5

Bamboozler 14 MK 1

  • Sub: Autobomb
  • Special: Killer Wail 5.1
  • Damage: 85
  • Range: 4.0

Bloblobber

  • Sub: Sprinkler
  • Special: Ink Storm
  • Damage: 30
  • Range: 5.0

Jet Squelcher

  • Sub: Angle Shooter
  • Special: Ink Vac
  • Damage: 32
  • Range: 4.5

Luna Blaster

  • Sub: Splat Bomb
  • Special: Zipcaster
  • Damage: 125
  • Range: 2.1

Octobrush

  • Sub: Suction Bomb
  • Special: Zipcaster
  • Damage: 40
  • Range: 1.9

Splattershot Pro

  • Sub: Angle Shooter
  • Special: Crab Tank
  • Damage: 42
  • Range: 3.5

Tri-Stringer

  • Sub: Toxic Mist
  • Special: Killer Wail 5.1
  • Damage: 105
  • Range: 5.1

Undercover Brella

  • Sub: Ink Mine
  • Special: Reefslider
  • Damage: 40
  • Range: 2.5

Splatoon 3 Tier List – D Tier

Skip these ones – there are better alternatives.

Carbon Roller

  • Sub: Autobomb
  • Special: Zipcaster
  • Damage: 120
  • Range: 1.4

Mini Splatling

  • Sub: Burst Bomb
  • Special: Ultra Stamp
  • Damage: 32
  • Range: 3.1

Splatana Wiper

  • Sub: Torpedo
  • Special: Ultra Stamp
  • Damage: 30 Slash / 60 Charge
  • Range: 2.9 Slash / 3.5 Charge

Sploosh-O-Matic

  • Sub: Curling Bomb
  • Special: Ultra Stamp
  • Damage: 38
  • Range: 1.5

Splatoon 3 Tier List FAQ

Now, we’ll answer a bunch of FAQs about Splatoon 3 or tier lists in general

What Is A Tier List?

A tier list is a list of weapons or characters that you can unlock in a game – particularly a gacha game – ordered from best to worst. We rank from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst.

The purpose of a tier list is to help you, the player, determine who the best characters or weapons to unlock are, so you can save time or money. Once you know who the best weapons are, you can choose the best and ignore the others.

How Did We Pick Our Splatoon 3 Tier List?

We used a combination of the following factors when deciding on our Splatoon 3 tier list:

  • Personal experience
  • Community feedback
  • General consensus from other tier lists

However, it’s worth noting that tier lists are subjective by nature. This is based on our experience with the game, but yours may vary. So, we recommend that you take this with a pinch of salt and play Splatoon 3 for yourself.

How Often Do We Update Our Splatoon 3 Tier List?

We update this tier list regularly to ensure that it always follows the latest meta. Typically, you can expect an update around the following happenings:

  • A new weapon releases
  • Balance changes

There may be a small delay between the above two events as we’ll return to the game to check out the new character for ourselves, or to see how the balance patches have affected things.

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