Splatoon: Tips and TricksJune 28, 2015
Splatoon is the deadliest game on the planet. Each battle is one for survival. Do you wanna survive? Do you wanna be the best of the best!? Then listen up! Because these tips and tricks are what separate the kids… from the squids.
Cover Your Spawn Point
Cover your spawn point.
Cover your spawn point.
One last time: COVER YOUR SPAWN POINT.
Splatoon is about cunning, covering, and speed! It’s not about how many kills you get in a match! You need to cover every inch of the place in your beautiful team’s ink. Resist the urge to make a beeline for the center of the arena, and focus first on covering all sides of your spawn point with your ink. I guarantee you’re twice as likely to win the match if you do this. This also gets you the points you need to upgrade your stats and up your rank!
Walls Don’t Count
Covering the map in ink is a must, but skip the walls! They don’t actually count to your point total. You’ll know if you’re shooting areas that count, because your score will go up as you do. So walls aren’t necessary! Unless, of course…
Use Walls Wisely
Walls may not count as points, but they definitely count for high-level Squid-tactics! Walls can be used for all sorts of strategies. You can use them to gain the high ground, letting you cover the place in ink faster. You can also climb through grates using them, making them useful to gain access to trickier areas. If you want to get really crafty, you can use it as a lure. Let an enemy chase you around a corner, splat the wall, and then go into squid mode and hide in it! In the few seconds it takes for them to realize what’s going on, you’ll be able to let out a sneak attack.
Always Switch Out Your Gear
As you play Splatoon, you’ll unlock options for new gear. You have three pieces: hats, shirts, and shoes. Each one comes with a passive skill in battle, such as having more ink in your tank, or being able to respawn faster. In later levels, some of these pieces of equipment come with sub-skills, with four skills being the maximum. You unlock these skills by gaining experience in battle while wearing the gear. Because of this, you should always be buying new outfits and playing with them, until you find the right combination of skills that suit your playstyle. But remember: “Winning is temporary, but looking cool is forever!”
Try a New Weapon
It’s easy to settle into a weapon that you find comfortable during Splatoon’s matches. But it’s good to experiment! Try other combinations and see what you find to work best. For example: One weapon I had came with the Inkzooka special, but I found I enjoyed one that had radar to be more useful, letting me dodge enemies and sneak up on them in turn. If you find the game getting stale, use a different weapon and see if it spices things up.
Play the Single-Player Campaign
You get special items and a few new weapons if you do.
Always Check the Map
Especially after death. You can completely change the tide of a match just by keeping track of what’s going on in the arena while waiting to respawn. You might see an area that’s free for the taking, or notice an enemy trying to sneak into your camp, and can plan accordingly.
There you have it! Now go out there and win! And if you have any of your own tips, make sure to let us know in the comments!