Splatoon 2 Update Announced

Nintendo will be updating Splatoon 2 to Version 5.1.0 at 11:00 JST on 06 January 2020 (18:00 PT on 05 January) with a number of changes to the performance of several main and special weapons, plus numerous bug fixes. A further update is also planned for late April 2020. Full patch notes added below…

Changes to Multiplayer

  • Specifications for some of the main weapons have been changed.
WeaponChange
Splattershot
Tentatek Splattershot
Kensa Splattershot
Hero Shot Replica
Octo Shot Replica
Decreased ink consumption by roughly 8%.
Luna Blaster
Luna Blaster Neo
Kensa Luna Blaster
Decreased amount of time after firing before being able to take further actions by roughly 4/60 of a second.
Decreased ink consumption by roughly 17%.
L-3 Nozzlenose
L-3 Nozzlenose D
Kensa L-3 Nozzlenose
Increased ink consumption by roughly 15%.
Reduced the effect of the Main Power Up gear ability.
Changed the amount of gear ability required to deal up to 33.3 damage from 1.8 times to 2.4 times the amount of the primary gear ability.
Each secondary gear ability is worth 0.3 of the primary gear ability.
Splat Charger
Firefin Splat Charger
Kensa Charger
Hero Charger Replica
Slightly narrowed the area covered by ink droplets from fired shots.
Bamboozler 14 Mk I
Bamboozler 14 Mk II
Bamboozler 14 Mk III
Reduced the effect of the Main Power Up gear ability.
Changed the amount of gear ability required to deal up to 99.9 damage from 4.1 times to 4.4 times the amount of the primary gear ability.
Each secondary gear ability is worth 0.3 of the primary gear ability.
  • Specifications for the following special weapons have been changed.
Special WeaponChange
SplashdownExtended the area within which damage is dealt upward.
This change makes it easier to deal damage to mid-air opponents from even a moderate distance.
There is no change to the damage area for opponents standing near but lower than the epicenter of the blast.
Increased damage dealt to opponent Ballers by roughly 21%.
BallerDecreased duration of active time from roughly 7 to roughly 6 seconds.
  • Points required for using specials have been changed for certain main weapons
WeaponBeforeAfter
Tentatek Splattershot
Octo Shot Replica
210200
Octobrush
Herobrush Replica
180170
Enperry Splat Dualies210200
L-3 Nozzlenose190210
L-3 Nozzlenose D180200
Bamboozler 14 Mk I180200
Soda Slosher200210
Tenta Camo Brella200210

Downloading the latest update will prevent matching with players at the Shoal that are using previous update data.

With this update we have made adjustments to the abilities of certain weapons to effectively hold the line of battle or to ink turf from afar. However, we have limited these adjustments in such a way that they should not affect weapon selection for players experienced with using these weapons.

Following this update, we plan to consider similar adjustments for many other weapons going forward. Additionally, we will continue to watch for and analyze weapons that appear to have few or no drawbacks, and that also perform well against all other weapons.

We plan to distribute the next update in late April 2020.

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