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(Updated) I started 3 ☆'ing every weapon! Here are my thoughts on each

DVDo

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Hello! For my first post on this forum I decided to talk about what I've been doing in the game lately: trying to get every weapon to three stars. I figured I'd share my thoughts on some of the weapons I've tried out for the first time only just now after playing.... looks like 1005 hours lol.

For context, here's a list of the weapons I already played enough to 3 star before starting this journey:
Tiermaker of some main weapons. Mains (5☆): Octobrush, Painbrush. I play these a lot too (4☆): Zink Mini Splatling, Nautilus 47, Painbrush Nouveau, Octobrush Nouveau, Splatana Wiper Deco, Splatana Wiper, Forge Splattershot Pro, Classic Squiffer. Played a good bit (3☆): Carbon Roller, Dark Tetra Dualies, Splat Charger, REEF-LUX 450, Inkbrush, Splattershot Pro, Splattershot, Sploosh-o-matic.


I made a list of every other weapon and ordered it so that I'd be playing different classes with roughly even distribution throughout. For 3 starring weapons I understand that Turf War is the fastest way to get XP, but I don't want to play a ton of Turf so I'll be playing mostly Anarchy Open or Series, depending on rotation and my skill on the weapon. I've got 92 weapon kits to get through, and I've gotten 8 of them down so far! Here are my thoughts on what I played.

Splattershot Jr.
Felt really funny to go back to playing "baby's first shooter". Obviously I'd played this one before so finishing up the 3 stars was decently quick. Honestly this weapon still felt solid despite the pitiful range. I really leaned in to the bomb spam aspect and used some sub saver gear, and went "Wow, splat bombs are really neat aren't they?" I had pretty good success with this in Clams on Humpback. The hills provide a lot of cover to sneak around and be a rat, while the bubbler was great for scoring. Pretty easy one.

Blaster
Played this one before too, after getting it during a Sheldon Sampler challenge. Did well with it in the challenge, but not when I tried it after. This time it wasn't so bad, although I still wasn't the best at hitting directs. Even so, the AOE was really nice and I got a lot of sneaky kills on people behind cover (this happened a lot on Wahoo Zones). The kit ain't anything special but at least autobombs are cheap.

Slosher
I remember playing like 3 games on this when the game launched. Didn't think it was for me. This time around I understand that it's because I cannot get a good feel for the aim. Like I can hit people straight on fine enough, but it kinda feels slow. And then when I try to hit people behind cover it feels like I need to be really close to the wall. Idk, skill issue I guess. The actual act of sloshing is pretty fun at least. Also this is the first weapon I played with strikes, I died a lot using them as a panic button lol. Gotta work on that whenever that special shows up again.

Splat Roller
Once again I've played it before, very early on. This one's pretty fun. For me it feels somewhat like Painbrush, they have similar strengths and both have curling bomb as movement options. Though while Painbrush is better at painting and outputting damage over time, Roller is better at locking down an area and SPLATTING THE GUY IN FRONT OF ME RIGHT NOW. Felt good, I think I wanna get better at it later on and see if it makes sense to main as well.

Splatterscope
I've played it's non-scoped twin, but not this one. And uh, unfortunately I did not have fun. I could pretty easily tell that my aim was not up to par on this one. The scope helped visually sure, and the extra range over non-scope is really nice, but something about the zoom-in from full-view to ADS really throws me off, especially when I die while scoped and it suddenly zooms out when I don't expect it. I managed to have a few games where I did well, even got a clip where I sniped 3 people one after the other and felt really good about that. But some games my aim was just not there. This one took me the most games to 3 star (52, whereas the others have been around 30-40). I dread having to play liter eventually.

Hero Shot Replica
This one counts I guess. Slotted it in where Splattershot would be if that needed to be 3 starred. Not much to say about this one, it's the same ol' Splattershot, Nogami's precious child. Did so well on this one that I even took it into X-Rank to bump up some of my scores. Carried weapon.

Splat Dualies
I'm surprised at how much I like these, THEY'RE SO FUN! I think I even like them more than Tetras?! I played around with comparing them in the lobby afterward to see what felt so good about them, and came to the conclusion that it's the faster rolls/shots. You just get to be so nimble and your shots don't feel like foam Nerf darts, it's awesome! Also, uh, Crab Tank. It's kinda crazy how good that special is. I worried I wouldn't be great at it since I've tried it before on Vanilla Pro. But here you get it much faster and it's easier to get into position, and it Just Works. This whole kit is really good, really made me go "wow, this is what a meta weapon is like, cool". But really, this one was a lot of fun and the best time I had out of this bunch.

Heavy Splatling
The final weapon I have to write about for now! This one was great too, though I made the mistake of trying it out on Rainmaker (my worst mode) at first. Played mostly Clams and Tower after and did really well! I'm definitely not used to the long charge time since I play ZiMi all the time, but I got the hang of it alright. I really like how good this one is at holding control of a large area. I got to play some more with the new Wavebreaker buff too, found it helps more here than with Painbrush because you can act on the information more quickly. Also got a lot of matches where I was paired with other backlines for some reason, sometimes even 3 (and one time with two Tri-Stringers). Whenever this happened I switched to playing a lot more aggressively like I was a Nautilus or something, and it seemed to work out. Really versatile weapon.

And that's it for now! Let me know what you think about these weapons, or if something I said was interesting. I may make another thread once I get another 8 weapons done, if people are interested.

Update 2/11/2024
I'm back with the second round of 3 starring all weapons! I decided to just edit the main post of this thread instead of making a new one every time so I can keep it all in one place. Also, from now on I plan to do 9 weapons per set since it divides the weapons a bit nicer, so in order to make up for last time being only 8 I did 10 this time. Without further ado, the weapons!

Rapid Blaster
This one was a little hard at first. Not Splatterscope hard of course, but certainly difficult. You really need to keep your ideal spacing to enemies as much as possible, since your range is good but your AOE not as much. I had to rely on the not so stellar kit to make up for being bad on the weapon. It was my first time really using ink mines, so I got to experiment with what kind of placements make sense or are useful. They worked, but often times I'd rather have something to throw than something to drop behind me while I run away. I got better at strikes this time, especially since the weapon naturally makes me stand further back. At some point I started hitting directs more consistently and was able to go more aggro, that was fun.

Splat Brella
First brella I've ever tried in multiplayer! And I have a lot to say. This one was also pretty hard to play. I had a little luck at first, but fell into a bad losing streak. The big issue I had with this weapon was that it felt like I was less capable of having an impact on the match by myself. Brella's whole thing is survival, skirmishing, and stalling fights. That's cool and all, but why would I use Brella to distract someone when I could just pick a different weapon and kill them instead? Obviously Brella has some good matchups and team play, but that's all I could think about playing this in solo queue. It's really dependent on its teammates to help it win fights. Anyway, I knew the kit on this was bad, but yikes it's really bad. Sprinkler does nothing for a weapon that really struggles to kill and could use a bomb. I managed with it by just throwing it to hinder movement in certain areas but it's not too effective (got a few kills and assists with it tho lol). And while I got the hang of strikes at this point, they still leave you really vulnerable so they're not ideal. At the very least I had some success in Rainmaker and Zones, both Sprinkler and Tri-strikes work a bit better there.

.52 Gal
Nice change of pace after two rather difficult weapons. Still requires a good bit of aim (that shot RNG isn't great) but man is it nice to kill things, especially after Brella. The 52 damage is stupid good lol. I fumbled a bit with my Splash Wall placements, and it took me a bit to learn you can't just stand with a wall wherever for free, especially with a whole team looking at you. Started playing to angles and flanking a bit more. This weapon is good, but I didn't finish 3 stars any faster than average so I don't think it's too carried. .52 doesn't deserve the hate that it gets so often IMO.

Tri-Slosher
On paper, this is just a decent weapon, not top tier but pretty good. I ended up doing really well on this. I do play Octobrush and this is fairly similar in both hitbox size and range, so it's not too surprising. It's not as quick about moving around but it paints a bit better, and having a jetpack is a huge plus. In some games I got unlucky with bad teammates but was able to force a win anyway by going for some wild flanks. I really wanna try the other kit now (but it will take me a while to get to it lol).

L3-Nozzlenose
The first weird shooter! (When ordering the weapons in this challenge, I treated the "semi-autos" as a separate class from shooters since that did better things to weapon variety among the shooters as a whole). Imma be honest, I always forget which nozzlenose has what kit, so hopefully this challenge makes them stick. This one has Crab Tank and it gets it quick enough, which is nice, and Curling Bomb which is just ok on it. Whenever I first played the nozzlenoses in Salmon Run I immediately hated the semi-auto fire. I'm playing a shooter, I just want to hold down the funny ZR button forever. If I want to mash, that's what brushes are for. Playing L-3 now, it just plays like a decent enough shooter, especially if you get the timing down to fire somewhat continuously. It's fine... not too standout.

Tri-Stringer
Tried this one a few months ago, already had some progress, neat! The range is really nice of course. I didn't get many kills on the main weapon but I got more on Killer Wail. Honestly, even when I wasn't being super aim accurate I felt like I was getting good value anyway from pushing people around, staying alive, and being a solid backline to jump to. Mist isn't as great, by the time someone's close enough to use it you should probably back up anyway. It's only really useful to slow down choke points or maybe clutch in an up-close fight. Played this in Bluefin Zones and it was really fun there. As the poster child of this game I think this weapon holds up and is fun even if it's not super strong.

Dynamo Roller
I'm not normally a fan of big heavy type weapons/characters in games, and Dynamo is one of the most extreme weapons in that sense, but I still had a good time playing this one. It was pretty volatile at times: games that started well tended to steamroll into victory, but a bad start could also immediately doom a match. But again, my win rates where fairly normal so I wasn't doing too bad. Used a lot of Special Charge Up to get faster coolers, though sometimes I died the moment I got it lol. Ended up paired with another cooler teammate every now and then, and that seemed to work really well. Don't play Dynamo in Rainmaker, worst mistake of my squid life.

Aerospray MG
I do not understand. This is a bad weapon, but I somehow started it off with a 9-win streak on Tower Control?! The best I've played on any of these weapons so far, and it took the fewest total games to 3 star (outside of weapons that already had progress). My playstyle was mostly just get Reefslider fast and be annoying with Fizzies if I can't do anything else. Had a good bit of Quick Respawn since I figured I'd die a lot. But somehow I was having games where I was #1 Enemy Splatter? As AEROSPRAY?! I'm just shocked, and uh, .52 doesn't deserve the hate that it gets LMAO.

Luna Blaster
Okay this is gonna be a bit repetitive, but once again I did better on this weapon than any weapon before. Only 31 games to 3 star, with 16 KOs and 24 total wins! Only this time it actually makes sense. Luna is a very short range but large AOE weapon, similar to Octobrush (my main) and Tri-Slosher which I did well on. Plus it has Splat Bomb and Zipcaster, so it feels VERY similar to Octobrush's kit, to the point that I used most of the same gear on it. I never realized it but this is a good alternative to that kit (even tho I think brush is better), especially for Rainmaker where I think it's more consistent. I isn't as good at getting value out of Zip, but it's more reliable damage than Octobrush. I guess I'll have to pick up this weapon, I did really well and had a lot of fun with it.

E-liter 4K / E-liter 4K Scope
Did I say 10 weapons? I meant 11. Yeah, in addition to doing two more weapons than last time, another thing I needed to do to have 9 weapons per update is to bring the 92 weapon kits down to 90. And it just made sense to group the scoped chargers with their non-scoped versions, since they share kits anyway and at least by playing them right after another I stay warmed up.

I was not looking forward to either of these, but it turned out okay. I did much better than with Splatterscope, even on scoped liter for some reason. Maybe I just knew what to expect this time? I started on Zones in Series because I wouldn't dare try it in any other mode, but I got bad results. I figured if I was gonna be losing, may as well do it in Open, which happened to be Clam Blitz. And I did pretty well! I was able to hit some shots, and learned to set up these really funny double Ink Mine traps in the main path to the basket whenever I could. The mine setups legitimately helped win games sometimes. I kept an eye on teammates' positions and super-jumped in clams whenever I could. Basically I carried my results on liter with Clam Blitz cheese 😅. I did the same thing for the Scope, just rely on the kit and stick to Clams. Went much better than I could have hoped, now to never play liter again (until the second kit comes out).

And there we have it! Thanks for reading about my suffering. I'll be back with the next batch of weapons sometime, though it'll probably take longer because Side Order comes out soon.

Update 2/27/2024
Apparently there's a 20000 character limit on posts, so from now on I'll just be adding updates as comments to this thread and linking them here so they are still somewhat together and accessible.
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i can't even be bothered to go for 1 star on every weapon, so going for 3 is super admirable and very daunting haha. i've had a similar experience with the splatterscope, was pretty good with the non-scoped version at one point but could never figure out how people used scoped chargers. reducing motion sensitivity helps a bit but only so much...
 

DVDo

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i can't even be bothered to go for 1 star on every weapon, so going for 3 is super admirable and very daunting haha. i've had a similar experience with the splatterscope, was pretty good with the non-scoped version at one point but could never figure out how people used scoped chargers. reducing motion sensitivity helps a bit but only so much...
Yeah the sensitivity is interesting for sure. I don't ever mess with it and just play on default sens, it's been just fine so far. But going from scope to Hero Shot was the only time I ever felt like I had to adjust to different sensitivity in aim. Like I had to make much bigger movements on shot. Readjusted quickly though.

Also 1 starring is pretty quick! Takes at most 10 games if you win a few of them. Definitely a lot more achievable.

best of luck man im sure its gonna be awful
Thanks, I hope not! Though with how many shooters there are in the game it shouldn't be so bad.
 

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"Also got a lot of matches where I was paired with other backlines for some reason" yeah this checks out IDK what goes on with Nintendos matchmaking. But i cannot play heavy without also having a random eliter or explosher on my team to pvp our snipe with
 

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I had the patience to go for 2* everything, but I can’t imagine the dedication for 3*. I get super bored of a weapon if I play it for too many games in a row so that didn’t bode well for me lol best of luck to you
 

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I wrote some stuff for the next batch of weapons, check the main post! I decided to do it this way instead of making a new thread every time to keep it all in one place.
 

Dianacie

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Oh this is super interesting! Love the writeup on each weapon. I'm still making my way to 1 star on everything, this is nuts
 

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You've got some endurance; when I 1-starred everything it was quite an enlightening experience but 3 starring everything is another level. Best of luck!
 

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Update #3
So apparently there's a 20000 character limit on posts, so updates will now just be new comments instead of added to the main post.

Hello fellow squids and octos, I am back with another update. I hope everyone has been enjoying Side Order so far! It's been really fun to grind runs. Unfortunately I may have played too many too quickly and my switch has developed a swollen battery 😓. No big deal, I have ordered a replacement battery and will be repairing it myself (hopefully it arrives before next season starts). I'm glad I caught it when I did, as I don't think my back panel has suffered any damage.

Seeing as I can no longer grind Side Order, I figured I'd post the incomplete batch of weapons that I got through before Side Order released. I had to redo the weapon order distribution because my previous one did not consider that new weapons would be coming out. Now it accounts for all new and unreleased 2nd kits, as well as the 4 kits for the new stringer and splatana we should be seeing in the final season, so unless content is extended I should be good for now. Anyway, here are the 7 weapons I finished.

Dapple Dualies
Another weapon enters The Hall of "I Did Great!", among the likes of Tri-Slosher, Luna Blaster, and... Aerospray. This one flew by (not surprising considering I just got done playing the liters) and I had enjoyed it so much I almost wanted to keep playing once I finished! It's definitely super supportive, but it has enough fighting ability that it feels like it has multiple different playstyles! Focus on beacons, paint for cooler, go for aggressive flanks and cause distractions, etc. The only thing it lacks is a bomb to throw, so you really need to keep your team alive and in the fight to handle the stuff you can't reach. I'm serious about it's ability to fight up close though, it's a very fast 3 shot. I found myself not even using the roll mode to fight sometimes, having the 2 cursors spread your shots into a sort of discount AOE makes them easier to hit and doesn't affect the kill time too much since it's so fast.

Mini Splatling
Finally time to give the vanilla kit a go! Apparently I've played a few games on it before but not many. I'm pretty familiar with the main weapon so I don't have first impressions, but I love it's strafe speed and fast charge. As for the kit, I got attached to the burst bombs pretty quickly when I realized you can finish off people if your last few shots miss. Hammer is the weak part of the kit, but I got good use out of it to clear out people under ledges where the main doesn't hit as easily. In the end, I definitely prefer ZiMi, but this kit has some use cases.
Side Order note: I had a bad experience on Manta Maria Zones, not sure if it was a skill issue or that map is just kinda bad for the weapon? There's a lot of cover for frontlines to work with and Mini doesn't have the same range other splatlings can abuse from high ground. Lost a lot of games on specifically that map mode lol.

Sloshing Machine
Really quick one to finish since I already had almost 2 stars on it. I like it much more than regular Slosher, its projectile arc makes more sense to me and the direct hitbox is fairly generous. It never felt OP to me, but definitely solid overall. Obviously this is one of the best kits in the game, every single piece is great so it feels pretty good to play. Funnily enough I ended up on Manta Zones again, only this time it felt like I was the one with the advantage, it's like good karma or something.

Jet Squelcher
The shooters in this game always feel so solid (guess I shouldn't be surprised). This plays like a real backline but gets all the movement benefits that the shorter shooters get anyway. I didn't find many uses for Angle Shooter but it didn't really matter since I was standing so far back. Trying to make plays with Ink Vac usually fell flat, especially in Rainmaker where I thought it would be useful. It worked best when I popped it reactively instead of trying to get teammates to play with it. Also really nice during Tower pushes, similar to what Bubble does. I had this funny thing where I would KO that way on Undertow but then immediately lose on Humpback, multiple times. This weapon does not like maps with a lot of ledges, corners, and cover to hide in. Last note on Jet: I really like its shooting sounds. There's a weight and an echoeyness to them that sounds satisfying.

Tenta Brella
This is the hardest weapon that I've enjoyed the most. Seriously, took me more games than Splatterscope, but I didn't have nearly as bad of a time. Tent is so cool and unique, it plays like nothing else in this game and it has a lot of depth to it. Yet, its insane utility is also probably the reason it's so hard to play. There's A LOT you need to know about the weapon's mechanics in order to bring out its full potential. Took me a while before something clicked and it felt like I finally "unlocked" the weapon. But by then I was almost done with 3 stars, so I didn't feel like I had much time with it in the end.

A bit of an aside here, but the reason I chose specifically 3 stars as my goal is in part because I find it is a good middle ground between something achievable for every weapon in the game, but still long enough that I get to know every weapon decently well. I think that has been mostly the case so far. Tent is the first weapon to really make me feel like I only scratched the surface with it. Mad props to anyone who mains this weapon and masters its ways. Maybe when I get around to the second kit I'll be more prepared to do it justice.

Dualie Squelchers
First off I gotta say, I love the concept of these. Turning the original Dual Squelcher from Splatoon 1 that already had two drill bits on its model into a dualies weapon, while still being able to reform the original weapon while in turret mode is genius. Anyway, these have the unique ability to walk out of dodge rolls much faster. I know you can do an advanced jump tech with these, but uh no I'm not gonna figure out how to apply that in game on my own. In terms of how it compares to the regular Jet Squelcher, it of course doesn't have the insane range, but it's still deceptively long sometimes. The slow kill time is workable, but hey it has a splat bomb! Honestly had no idea, I don't really see this kit often. Wavebreaker is ok, just as it is on other weapons. I thought I did bad on this weapon, but apparently I did about as good as Dapples and the others so I'm surprised.

Range Blaster
Was playing this one the day Side Order came out! It's unsurprisingly really fun. It has a large AOE at a good range with good damage, all around a good combination. I find it funny how consistently I ended up being highest splatter of the team. Obviously blasters don't paint as well, but this is the first time I really felt it being a drawback. I guess this is the slowest blaster in the game (tied with S-BLAST I think). Despite not having paint, I somehow ended up doing better on Zones than Tower, which I figure blasters are better at. I guess I was getting rushed down a bit too much. By the way, while playing this I ran into someone named vitellary, a name I recognize from the comments in this thread! If that was you, I'm sorry we lost those games lol.

And that's all, a good bit less weapons this time. I will report back when I've fixed my switch, played more Side Order, and finished 10 more weapons to talk about. See ya.
 

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This is pretty neat, I really enjoy reading what people think when trying out weapons I'm used to playing.
Good luck with your battery replacement, hope it goes well!
 

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