Whether you’re new to the game, or training for the next Splatfest, here are five tips to help you hone your skills in Splatoon 2.
1. Play the single player campaign.
This may seem obvious, but this is the quickest, most effective, and most overlooked way to familiarize yourself with the game, the controls, and most of the weapons. Not to mention, there’s slick gear and weapons to be won, as well as Meal Tickets for Crusty Sean’s Food Truck (you can trade these for coin and experience boosts while you play online).
2. Do some recon.
Stages change every two to four hours, but did you know that you have the option to explore each current stage, without any other players present, for recon and strategy before you even start a match? Just press the Y button in the lobby.
3. Take your time.
The regular battles’ main idea is to cover the map with as much of your team’s ink as possible, so why do so many people start the match by rushing off to start splatting other players? Try not to get consumed by this back-and-forth, even when your team appears to be in danger of losing; focus on what your team’s covered, what you can cover, and any opportunities to sneak past an ambush. You’d be surprised how many times a simple change in mindset can help you flip a match, and how many times it can make you the top name on the list, even if you haven’t gotten the most splats.
4. Scrub your clothes.
Don’t get too attached to your abilities; scrub them with Murch whenever they become full. He sits just outside the lobby, and exchanges a scrubbing for Ability Chunks. Get enough of these, and you won’t have to worry about what abilities will be randomly assigned to you: you can choose them yourself! It takes a lot of grinding, but it’s also the most sure-fire way to score gear that’s perfect for you. He runs a discount for scrubbing Splatfest Tees, so even if you aren’t jazzed by the competition, you can at least get behind some cheap Ability Chunks! (Talk to Murch if you’re confused about this, he’ll explain everything.)
5. Use the Nintendo Switch Online app.
It’s annoying and not what we expected, I know, but the app displays some valuable information that can help you stay on top of your strategy game, including which weapons you use best. It’s also where you can order exclusive gear that often has more ability slots than the ones sold in the stores.