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Beginner’s Tips to Help You Win in Splatoon 3

Looking to paint your way to victory? Here are our best beginner’s tips and tricks to help you win in Splatoon 3!

Behind the family-friendly design of Splatoon’s visuals is a very competitive shooter. You’ll find yourself in intense battles while trying to beat other players who are also looking to win.

If you’re finding yourself losing battles more often than not, you may be hoping to get some tips to help you towards being the best Inkling (or Octoling) out there.

Well, here are some of the best tips and tricks for any beginner in Splatoon 3, whether this is your first game in the series or not!

Best Tricks, Strategies, and Guide for Beginners in Splatoon 3

Choose the Right Settings

Before you do anything in Splatoon 3, making sure your settings are suited to you is the most important thing.

You can mess around with the settings to see what you prefer, or check out our best settings in Splatoon 3 guide to get the optimal playstyle!

Pick Between Motion or Stick Aiming

Motion aiming allows you to move the Switch (or your controller) to aim, whereas stick aiming means you use the right analog stick to aim freely.

Best Tricks, Strategies, and Guide for Beginners in Splatoon 3 story mode

While there’s no right or wrong choice for preference, we recommend checking out whether you should choose motion or stick in Splatoon 3!

Spend Time in the Story Mode

It may seem counter-intuitive to spend time in a single-player option to help you online, but practicing in the Story portion of the game can be really helpful.

The tutorial at the beginning of Splatoon 3 is a great but small start, but there are plenty of mechanics found in online matches that the tutorial doesn’t cover.

If you have some spare time, especially without internet access, playing the Story can help you hone your skills for multiplayer matches.

Focus on Painting Turf, Not Defeating Enemies

You’re bound to come across times where you’ll need to outlive enemy players. But in reality, your main focus should be painting turf in Turf War.

Best Tricks, Strategies, and Guide for Beginners in Splatoon 3

The winning team is the one that has a higher percentage of the map covered, whether you defeated 50 enemies or none.

In the same breath, vertical surfaces don’t count towards your turf, so only spend time painting those if you need to travel up.

Manage Your Ink Well

Tell me if you’ve heard this before: you’re splatting away before you come up against an enemy. Both you and the opponent have a shootout, but you suddenly run out of ink. And then, you’re waiting to respawn.

Keeping track of your ink is very important. It’s the ammunition for your weapon, as well as being your way to cover turf. Keep dipping in and out of Squid form to keep your tank filling up.

Use the Right Gear

Not only do different pieces of clothing look good on your character, but gear actually has a bunch of bonus skills that help you out.

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Whether you get an enemy ink resistance skill or stealthy swimming in Squid form, make sure that your skills suit your playstyle.

If you want to pick up some new pieces of gear, find out how to change and customize your character in Splatoon 3!

Play with Friends

Splatoon 3 is a team-based game. But most of the time, you and your team won’t be coordinated.

The best way to counter this is by playing with friends who you can actively speak with while playing matches. Calling out locations of enemies, or leading your team to focus on certain parts of the map will bring you closer to winning!

Find out how to play or join your friends in Splatoon 3, and start winning those matches!

Choose the Right Weapon

Each weapon category in Splatoon is unique, and finding one that fits your playstyle can make a world of difference.

Best Tricks, Strategies, and Guide for Beginners in Splatoon 3 Choose the Right Weapon

But if you’re struggling, check out our guides on the best weapon from each category in Splatoon 3:

We'll be updating this article with more of our best weapons guides as we release them.

Most Importantly, Have Fun

What’s the point of trying to get better at a game that you don’t enjoy? The best part about Splatoon 3 is that, at its core, it’s made to be fun.

If you’re taking it way too seriously, you’re more likely to lose. Relax, and enjoy the time that you have while playing the game, and you’ll find yourself succeeding more often than not!

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