Splatoon 2 is bringing back both a riddle for the ages and its trademark online events this weekend with the return of the Chicken vs. Egg Splatfest. Part of that rerun means new Off the Hook art of Pearl and Marina paired to the theme, giving us an eternal recurrence and at least twice as many pop stars.

 

 
That’s not all that’s new for Splatoon 2, as over the weekend the game updated to Version 5.3.0. With it come balance adjustments to a handful of weapons, specifically those used by the highest ranked players and ones that have started to see more frequent use lately. 

 

Weapon Change
Splattershot

Tentatek Splattershot

Kensa Splattershot

Hero Shot Replica

Octo Shot Replica

  • Reduced the amount of time it takes for shot spread (which is the gradual distance shots spread away from the target when firing continuously) to return to normal.
    • Most Shooter-type weapons will have increased shot spread if you continuously fire.
    • When you stop firing, the shot spread gradually returns to normal, but with this fix, we’ve reduced the amount of time it takes to return.
.52 Gal

.52 Gal Deco

Kensa .52 Gal

  • Extended the amount of time when firing continuously until shot spread reaches its max.
  • Reduced the amount of time it takes for shot spread to return to normal.
    • Most Shooter-type weapons will have increased shot spread if you continuously fire.
    • When you stop firing, the shot spread gradually returns to normal, but with this fix, we’ve reduced the amount of time it takes to return.
Bamboozler 14 Mk I

Bamboozler 14 Mk II

Bamboozler 14 Mk III

  • Increased ink consumption by roughly 20%.
Dualie Squelchers

Custom Dualie Squelchers

  • Increased the ink consumed by rolling from 5% to 8% of the Ink Tank.
  • Very slightly decreased the size of hit detection between normal shots and players, making it harder to hit opponents.
    • There are no changes to hit detection between players and shots after rolling.
Splat Brella

Sorella Brella

Hero Brella Replica

  • Decreased damage dealt by each ink droplet from 18.0 to 16.2.
    • Due to this change, the maximum damage dealt by a single shot has gone down from 90.0 to 81.0.

 
The developers plan on observing these new changes over a long period of time to perform additional analysis, and they may change them again accordingly. As for the Chicken vs. Egg Splatfest Rerun, you can join in the fun and squad up with your chosen side starting Friday, August 21st, at 3 p.m. PT. 

 

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When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

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