Inkling using the Splat Bomb
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Upon use, Inkling throws a pyramid shaped bomb forward that will explode and damage enemies in its radius. The distance and arc of the Bomb's trajectory is determined by the length of the button press: a short press will lob it a short distance, while a held press will toss in a lower arc for a further distance. If the bomb touches an attacker upon activation/throwing animation, then it explodes upon impact. The Bomb detonates a set time after being thrown, and will bounce off enemies and the ground while this timer ticks down. If the ink tank is below the labeled meter, Inkling will instead look down at the ink tank worriedly, vulnerable for attacks, and if it's empty, Inkling will recharge ink.
|Move List||Throws a Splat Bomb, which explodes when it hits or after time passes. Holding the button tosses it farther.|
The Splat Bomb is a sub weapon in the Splatoon series. If the player uses a main weapon that comes with the Splat Bomb as its sub weapon, they can throw a Splat Bomb at any point by pressing the R button if they have enough ink. The Splat Bomb (and other sub weapons) uses up a set amount of ink, which can be reduced with Ink Saver (Sub). Located on the player's ink tank is an arrow that determines how much ink they need in order to use their sub weapon (in Splatoon 2 and 3, the arrow can also be seen in their swim form via the ink tank icon); this arrow carries over to Smash, as it can be seen on Inkling's ink meter and ink tank. Unlike in Smash, a Splat Bomb detonates a set time after touching the ground, its trajectory is not affected by how long the thrower holds down a button, and it consumes significantly more ink at 70% of a full ink tank by default. This difference is shown on both the Splatoon series and the Super Smash Bros. series Inkling amiibo, with the arrow being adjusted accordingly for both series' usage of the Splat Bomb.
Like most of the Inkling's other specials, the Splat Bomb's appearance in Ultimate is based on its appearance in the original Splatoon. In Ultimate, the Inklings, despite using the default variant of the Splattershot, can still throw the Splat Bomb, which they cannot do in Splatoon games if the default Splattershot is in use. However, variants of the Splattershot that come with the Splat Bomb are the Wasabi Splattershot (in Splatoon) and the Tentatek Splattershot (in Splatoon 2 and 3).