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Gear, Brands, and You! (Part 1)

Consumerism!

  1. NuclearStrawberry
    Hello everyone! NuclearStrawberry here, but you can just call me Straw. Let's cut to the chase, the beginning of this guide will be a quick guide that organizes gear and brands for you out there who just want to look up what each brand has to offer real quick instead of having to scroll down my lecture to get there. Those of you who want to listen to ( or ,rather, read) my lecture, feel free to scroll down until you see INTRO:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:
    1. BRANDS OVERVIEW
    2. GEAR QUICK GUIDE
      • SHRIMP KICKS
      • JELLY FRESH
      • COOLER HEADS
    3. NON-BRAND GEAR
    4. INTRO
    5. GEAR 101
    6. SPYKE
      • ORDERING GEAR
      • RE-ROLLING/UPGRADING GEAR
    PART 2
    http://squidboards.com/guides/gear-brands-and-you-part-2.99/

    1. ABILITIES
      • MAIN
      • SUB
    2. STACKING
    3. GEAR SETS
    4. SPLATFEST

    1. BRANDS OVERVIEW

    In the game there are 12 distinct brands that sell distinct style of clothes with a unique twist that each brand brings to the table. For example, SquidForce brand shirts tend to feature the Turf War or Ranked Battle insignia as the main design. However, brands go much farther than a fancy style, they impact the likelihood of rolling a certain sub ability when leveled up or re-rolled with Spyke

    Here's a list of each brand and it's rolling probability.
    RED text indicates abilities that a gear is only 1/2 as likely to roll
    GREEN text indicates abilities that gear is 5x as likely to roll
    Example- Brand A: 5x Ability; 1/2 Ability


    Firefin: Ink Saver (Sub) ; Ink Recovery
    Forge: Special Duration Up ; Ink Saver (Sub)
    Inkline: Defense Up ; Damage Up
    Krak-On: Swim Speed Up ; Defense Up
    Rockenberg: Run Speed Up ; Swim Speed Up
    Skalop: Quick Respawn ; Special Saver
    Splash Mob: Ink Saver (Main) ; Run Speed Up
    SquidForce: Damage Up ; Ink Saver (Main)
    Takoroka: Special Charge Up ; Special Duration Up
    Tentatek: Ink Recovery Up ; Quick Super Jump
    Zekko: Special Saver ; Special Charge Up
    Zink: Quick Super Jump ; Quick Respawn

    Please note that these are only general statistics
    Specific statistics can be found in this here handy dandy spread sheet that user MarchtheBurg at Neoseeker found:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...4AsrTI_2veUlbs/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#


    I will go more in depth on brands later in this guide.

    2. GEAR QUICK GUIDE

    Click on Spoilers: (Brand Name) to reveal the list of gear asociated with a specific brand that a specific shop sells. For example, Tentatek gear that is sold by Crusty Sean under Shrimp Kicks. Let's get started shall we?


    [​IMG]
    Ink Resistance Up, Stealth Jump, and Bomb Sniffer are exclusive to shoes
    Pro Trail Boots
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Sniffer

    Trail Boots
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    Banana Basics
    [​IMG]

    Main Ability: Bomb Sniffer

    Blue Slip-Ons
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Blueberry Casuals
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Choco Clogs
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Clownfish Basics
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    Cream Hi-Tops
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Stealth Jump

    Hunter Hi-Tops
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    Oyster Clogs
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Plum Casuals
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Red Hi-Tops
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Resistance Up

    Red Slip-Ons
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump

    Squid-Stitch Slip-Ons
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up
    Blue Moto Boots
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Resistance Up

    Cherry Kicks
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Stealth Jump

    Moto Boots
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Red Work Boots
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump

    Tan Work Boots
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Turquoise Kicks
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    White Kicks
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up
    Crazy Arrows
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Stealth Jump

    Orange Arrows
    [​IMG]
    Ink Saver (Main)

    White Arrows
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up
    Black Trainers
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Cyan Trainers
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Neon Sea Slugs
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Resistance Up

    Pink Trainers
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Purple Sea Slugs
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Red Sea Slugs
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Saver
    Blue Lo-Tops
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up

    LE Lo-Tops
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Orange Lo-Tops
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up
    Black Seahorses
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up

    Gold Hi-Horses
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Purple Hi-Horses
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up

    Red Hi-Horses
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)

    White Seahorses
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    Yellow Seahorses
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Sniffer

    Zombie Hi-Horses

    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up
    [​IMG]
    Recon, Ninja Squid, Cold-Blooded, and Haunt are exclusive to clothes
    Baseball Jersey
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    Black 8-Bit FishFry
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up

    Camo Zip Hoodie
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Dark Urban Vest:
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Cold Blooded

    Firefin Navy Sweat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Green Zip Hoodie
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up

    White 8-Bit FishFry
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Recon

    Yellow Urban Vest
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Haunt
    Aloha Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up
    Berry Ski Jacket
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up

    Blue Peaks Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Green Striped LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ninja Squid

    Ivory Peaks Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Haunt

    Mountain Vest
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up

    Olive Ski Jacket
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Recon
    Rainy-Day Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)

    Sunny-Day Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up
    Black Baseball LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up

    Rockenberg Black
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Rockenberg White
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    Vintage Check Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Haunt

    White Baseball LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump
    Grape Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    Mint Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up
    Gray College Sweat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up

    Linen Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Navy Striped LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability Damage Up

    Pirate Stripe Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up

    Sage Polo
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Sailor Stripe Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Shrimp Pink Polo
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ninja Squid

    Striped Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump

    Varsity Baseball LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Recon

    White Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    White Striped LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn
    Anchor Sweat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Cold Blooded

    Basic Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Black Anchor Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Recon

    Black Layered LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)

    Black Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up


    Camo Layered LS
    [​IMG]

    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    Retro Sweat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up

    Squidmark LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Haunt

    Squidmark Sweat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    White Anchor Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ninja Squid

    White Layered LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Saver

    White Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Yellow Layered LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump
    Choco Layered LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Gray Vector Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump

    Layered Vector LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Saver

    Red Vector Tee
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)

    Striped Rugby
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Tricolor Rugby
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Black Squideye
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up


    Part-Time Pirate
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Sky-Blue Squideye
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Cold Blooded
    Baby Jelly Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up

    Black LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump

    Green Check Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Red-Check Shirt
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)

    Varsity Jacket
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Zekko Baseball LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up

    Zekko Hoodie
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ninja Squid
    B-Ball Jersey (Away)
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    B-Ball Jersey (Home)
    [​IMG]
    Main Ablity: Special Saver

    Urchins Jersey
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Zink Layered LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Zink LS
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up
    [​IMG]
    Opening Gambit, Ladt-Ditch Effort, Tenacity, and Comeback are exclusive to headgear
    Camo Mesh
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up

    FishFry Visor
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    Jet Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Saver

    Jungle Hat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)
    Designer Headphones
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Gas Mask
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Tenacity

    Paintball Mask
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Comeback

    Pilot Goggles
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Safari Hat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Last-Ditch Effort

    Snorkel Mask
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    Splash Goggles
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up

    Studio Headphones
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Main)

    Tentacles Helmet
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up
    Camping Hat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up

    Lightweight Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Swim Speed Up

    Short Beanie
    [​IMG]
    Main Abilities: Ink Saver (Main)
    Two-Stripe Mesh
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Saver
    Bike Helmet
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up

    Skate Helmet
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Saver

    Sporty Bobble Hat
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Tenacity

    Squid-Stitch Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Opening Gambit

    Squidvader Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    Streetstyle Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver (Sub)

    Urchins Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Bomb Range Up

    Visor Skate Helmet
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Last-Ditch Effort
    Bobble Hat
    [​IMG]
    Man Ability: Quick Super Jump

    Retro Specs
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Striped Beanie
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Opening Gambit
    White Headband
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Recovery Up
    Takoroka Mesh
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Defense Up
    Fake Contacts
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Charge Up

    Tennis Headband
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Comeback
    5-Panel Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Comeback

    Backwards Cap
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Respawn

    Black Arrowbands
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Tenacity

    Jogging Headband
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Ink Saver: Sub

    Tinted Shades
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Last-Ditch Effort

    White Arrowbands
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Special Duration Up

    Zekko Mesh
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Quick Super Jump
    B-Ball Headband
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Opening Gambit

    Golf Visor
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Run Speed Up

    Squash Headband
    [​IMG]
    Main Ability: Damage Up

    3. NON-BRAND GEAR

    Certain gear such as Amiibo Gear or Cuttlegear that you may obtain in the game may not fit into one of the 12 main brands you can find the the shops, and thus work differently in the sense that they do not have a specific set of abilities that are more/less likely to be rolled when leveled up or re-rolled.

    Keep this fact in mind if you decide to re-roll them at Spyke.

    I will not discuss these types of gear in this guide with the exception of the Splatfest Tee in Part 2 since there is a lot more going on there (and it has come to my attention that it actually DOES have a brand but that's not very important because of the nature of the gear) than the other non-brand gear. Moving on.

    4. INTRO

    Woah, you actually scrolled down this far to listen to my lecture? I like you'r style kid! Determined! Eager!

    Well sit down because class is in session!

    5. GEAR 101

    Alright. Let's start from the basics. Tutorial level stuff right here.

    Every piece of gear in the game has one Main Ability and up to three Sub Abilities. I will explain this in more detail later. For now, we're just brushing up on the basics. You may have also noticed those little stars next to a piece of gear when you go to buy or equip it; that's the gear's star count or rarity. I'm going to call them rarity for the sake of this guide (and it's what i'm used to calling 'em)

    Depending on the gear's rarity, a number of things are affected

    • The speed it takes to level up that gear
    • The cost of the gear in the shops
    • The cost it will take to fully upgrade that gear from Spyke
    • Gear that becomes available in the shops
    Gear with lower rarity will be be much cheaper than ones with a higher rarity, a plain white tee shirt with one star will be far less expensive than that cool gas mask with three stars you saw someone with in Turf War wearing. Likewise you won't even get that gas mask right off the bat due to your level and- you guessed it- the rarity. BUT! There is a way to get that gas mask you''ve been eyeballing on that bloke in the plaza.

    Come with me to the back alley love.


    6. SPYKE
    [​IMG]
    This slick urchin with a signature british accent has sucked my wallet dry, and probably countless others too! And for good reason too...

    Walk over to the alley under the Squid Sister's studio in the plaza, and you'll see Spyke sitting on a rug in the corner surrounded by sea snails; live ones cowering in fear to his right and empty shells to his left accompanied by a screwdriver. I'll let you figure out what he does with that screwdriver...

    Well what does he have to do with gear? Well two main things actually.


    ORDERING GEAR

    This is what you'll most likely be going to Spyke for at the climb to level 20. The lure of three star gear often drags people into debt with Spyke once they get on a shopping spree "ordering" gear in the plaza. Here's why.

    Spyke brings up a seemingly reasonable offer; he gets you gear that you saw another player with for a fee. After you've battled with people online in Turf War or Ranked Battle (only if you're level 10 though), you can find representations of other players strolling about the plaza. Simply talk to them, and you'll find an icon with Spyke in the corner of the screen. This brings us to one of the basic mechanics of Spyke. Ordering gear.

    [​IMG]

    When you press "Order Gear" you'll be able to select up to three pieces of gear of your choosing from an inkling you see in the plaza. You may've also noticed the sub abilities here too; Krak-On is more likely to roll swim speed up, and that's exactly what happened in this case.

    Note you can only have up to three orders from Spyke at any given time and the gear you order will arrive the next day for pick-up from Spyke, sometimes with a sub ability from the person you ordered it from. Here's where you possibly go into debt.

    Spyke will sell gear much more expensive than gear you can buy in Booyah Base, often reaching 30k and higher depending on the amount of sub abilities that gear has unlocked at the time you order it. A Varsity Jacket with one or no sub abilities unlocked is much cheaper than one with all three unlocked, meaning you'd be paying a lower price (roughly the price in -shop) for un-leveled gear you order in the plaza.

    In addition, the higher level the person you order gear from is, the higher likelihood that that piece of gear will have one of their sub abilities. Just remember that this may backfire on you and run up the price of that gear.

    It's a bit of a trade-off. Do you spend an absurd amound of money on gear you're promised to get the next day, or wait to see if the shops have something in stock? More often than not, the latter is probably the smarter decision since you may just get lucky and find the gas mask you ordered from Spyke is sitting in the hat shop for a more reasonable price.
    Just keep in mind that even a piece of gear you order with no sub abilities will still be a bit pricy wen you go to Spyke. Better start grinding up cash!

    Whatever you decide to do, you'll definitely be speaking to Spyke again because of-


    RE-ROLLING/ UPGRADING GEAR

    Once you reach level 20 from playing online Spyke will offer a new service to you the next time you talk to him. In exchange for a sea snail or 30k, Spyke can either add an extra slots to gear with less than three slots or re-roll gear that already has three slots. THIS is what you'll be seeing Spyke for most often as you now have a way to upgrade your gear to your liking.

    So let's talk about that gas mask you ordered from Spyke earlier. I hope you were paying attention earlier when I brushed over brand statistics because you may have noticed that the gas mask is a Forge product, and thus has a 5x likelihood of rolling Special Duration Up when leveled up! But let's say you only have one special duration up as your sub ability on that gas mask and you REALLY love using the Kraken; You can pay Spyke to re-roll that piece of gear to get a higher likelihood that you will get a certain set of sub abilities. This way, you can optimize gear to your play style so you can maximize the potential of your gear. So if you re-roll, you could get two or even THREE special duration up sub abilities for you to give your Kraken a little extra run time. Pretty sweet deal right?

    You can also add slots to gear with less than three slots available. Lets say you love Last-Ditch Effort. Pretty solid boost to help you push through the final seconds of a match. You have the Visor Skate Helmet that's a three star piece of gear that has that main ability you're looking for, but it's a Skalop brand gear. Skalop has a 5x chance of rolling Quick Respawn, and that may not be your thing or another piece of gear you equipped already has that as a main ability. Meanwhile, there's the Tinted Shades in stock but it's only a one star gear; but it's a Zekko brand gear. If you have the cash or sea snails, you can bring those sweet shades to Spyke to max out the slots for them and get a 5x likelihood of getting Special Saver since that brand has a higher likelihood of rolling that ability. That way, you'll save that Kraken or Inkzooka even if you get splatted so you can make it count in the final seconds of battle. Now you can have your cake and eat it too

    Now you can start to see how important upgrading gear can be to unlocking the full potential of your gear, and maximizing your gear's contribution to online matches. This starts to delve into what I like to call Gear Sets which I will discuss in Part 2 (and will show up quite frequently in many of my guides).

    For now, this is NuclearStawberry reminding you to stay fresh out there squiddos! See you squids in Part 2!

Recent Updates

  1. Part 2 Added! Series Compete!

Recent Reviews

  1. afroskull
    afroskull
    5/5,
    Great guide,very detailed. I appreciate the time it took you to collect and share the info
  2. Thebluehero
    Thebluehero
    5/5,
    I love the way you organized the clothing by brand! It makes it much easier to find the gear that you want. It's also very descriptive and well written. excellent job!
  3. Kbot
    Kbot
    5/5,
    Quite the eye opener. I had no idea that the brands actually mattered. I will spend more time paying attention to that. Thanks for the info!
  4. Robotoboy20
    Robotoboy20
    5/5,
    Very well written.
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