Upon use, Inkling begins firing ink projectiles out of the Splattershot for a medium distance, with the shots arcing downward. Inkling cannot move while firing, but the shots can be angled. Enemies that are hit by the ink take damage and are covered by it. Enemies soaked in ink will take additional damage. The damage and range will decrease once the Ink Tank goes below the labeled line. If Inkling's Ink Tank is empty, Inkling will instead recharge ink.
The ink projectiles from the Splattershot will flinch enemies that are close, but will only push enemies that are further back, similarly to Squirtle's Water Gun and Mario's F.L.U.D.D., and can be held like Bowser's Fire Breath.
When Kirby copies Inkling, he does not gain a way to refill his ink supply; once he runs out of ink, he automatically loses the ability. Kirby always gains the orange Inkling's hairstyle, but uses the first ink colour that isn't claimed by another Inkling or Kirby. For example, if Kirby is fighting an orange Inkling, he will use blue ink; if he is fighting both an orange Inkling and a blue Inkling, he will use yellow ink; and so forth. This makes Inkling one of the few characters whose alternate costume affects Kirby's Copy Ability aesthetically, along with Yoshi and Little Mac.
The Splattershot is one of the main weapons and Shooter class weapons that the player can choose from in both Splatoon and Splatoon 2. It's a mid-range weapon with decent all around stats. It is a very iconic weapon for the series, as it is commonly seen in promotional materials and as part of the Inkling Girl and Boy amiibo. The Splattershot's design comes from its appearance in the original Splatoon.
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