In Splaton 3, equipment is everything. Whether you like a fit because it’s meta or because you just like the way it looks, there are ways to beef it up to suit your playstyle.
For new players, upgrading gear can be overwhelming. Our Splatoon 3 the beginner’s guide will tell you how to upgrade your gear using parts and murch.
How does the equipment work in Splaton 3
All gears have a main capacity slot and up to three sub-slots. The highest star power a piece of gear has, the more subslots it has. Each gear star after its second star will increase the amount of XP you get.
You can play matches of Territory War Where anarchy battle to gain XP on your gear, and it gives it random new abilities (if it has space) or ability chunks. You can use Ability Chunks to select specific abilities you want to put on your gear to avoid the random element.
Depending on the brand of equipment, specific abilities will appear there more often, and others will appear less often. We list them below.
Splatoon 3 Abilities and Brand Preference
|Tentatek||Ink recovery||super fast jump|
|Squid Force||ink resistance||Ink saver (main)|
|Splash Mob||Ink saver (main)||Execute Accelerate|
|Toni Kensa||Ink saver (main)||Secondary power-up|
|Annaki||Ink saver (secondary)||Special saver|
|Firefin||Ink saver (secondary)||Ink recovery|
|Barazushi||Step up action||Secondary power-up|
|Emberz||Step up action||Special charge|
|Schnitzel||Quick respawn||Special saver|
|zinc||super fast jump||Quick respawn|
|Rockenburg||Execute Accelerate||Accelerate swimming|
|Takoroka||Special charge||Special power-up|
|To forge||Special power-up||Ink saver (secondary)|
|Zekko||Special saver||Special charge|
|Enperry||Secondary power-up||ink resistance|
|ink line||Under resistance up||Step up action|
|Krak-on||Accelerate swimming||Under resistance up|
How to Upgrade Gear and Use Ability Chunks
Murch, the sea urchin sitting just outside the lobby, offers a range of important services. It will clear all sub-abilities from your gear and give you one ability chunk per ability for 20,000 gold. If you give him Super sea snailsyou can also boost your gear’s star power or completely reroll its ability sub-slots.
Notably, he can also use Ability Chunks to set specific abilities on your gear. It costs 45 ability chunks to set the main ability and 10 ability chunks to set the first sub-ability of a piece of equipment. However, if you wish to place multiple instances of the same ability on a piece of gear, the cost of the ability piece will increase to 20 for two of the same ability and 30 for three. (For example, if I wanted three Accelerate swimming abilities on my shoes, it would cost me a total of 60 swim boost ability pieces.)
You can also increase your star power if you buy duplicates of the same gear from regular stores. It is expensive, however, as each upgrade will cost more. You can also reset gear abilities by exchanging yours for the one in the store, but you won’t get any ability chunks from this.
How to Farm Ability Chunks Fast
There are two great ways to farm Ability Chunks: salmon run and Splatfests.
Use Salmon Run To Farm Chunks
Salmon Run will repeatedly reward you with random reward capsules and specific gear. (As of this writing, the gear in question is the Bream-Brim Cap.) You can only have one copy of the gear, so the other will be scrapped and you’ll get pieces of capacity for capacity. Simply spamming Salmon Run and sharding gear is an easy way to rack up ability chunks quickly.
Salmon Run’s bonus meter resets every 40 hours, so you’ll need to earn around 1,200 points before you start only getting gear as a reward each time it resets.
Using Splatfests to Farm Chunks
The Splatfest Tee (which you can grab a week before any Splatfest) has three sub-slots and only costs 2,000 gold to clear. Playing regular matches with the Splatfest Tee equipped is quick and cheap ability chunks.
Going further, if you have an ability drink for an ability you want chunks for, use that. (You can get capacity drinks from the shelling machine randomly.)
If you use an ability drink, your gear will cast that ability at a higher rate. Players using this strategy recommend rubbing your Splatfest Tee after it gains its first ability to minimize drink usage, as it is only active for 20 matches.
What abilities are the best in Splatoon 3?
There’s a pattern where the abilities people use the most, like Swim Speed Up and Ink Saver, but the exact abilities you put on your gear depends on your playstyle and weapon choice. .
If you like dashing and throwing bombs, then Swim Speed Up, Ink Saver (Sub), and Ink Recovery Up are probably worth adding to your gear. If you like firing your Tenta Missiles, maybe Special Power Up would be your favorite sub-ability.