Increasing the Star Power on your gear in Splatoon 3 could prove a costly investment – is it even worth doing it?

Gear is extremely important in Splatoon 3. They can hold some of the best abilities in Splatoon and partially change how well you perform. While it may not be a huge advantage, gear can definitely help your play style.

Another interesting way of upgrading your gear, other than abilities, is via Star Power. These don’t have any effect in matches, but they can help you in different ways.

How to Boost Gear Star Power in Splatoon 3

There are two ways to increase your gear’s Star Power in Splatoon 3: through Murch, or via duplicates in shops.

Increasing the Star Power of your gear via Murch is as simple as finding him outside of the Lobby entrance and pressing ‘A’ on him. You’ll then need to press the Boost Star Power option and pick the gear you want to upgrade.

Murch Menu in Splatoon 3 with the Increase Star Power box selected

For Murch, you’ll need to spend Super Sea Snails, and possibly a fair few of them. Here’s how to get some Super Sea Snails in Splatoon 3.

The second method requires being a little bit lucky, and lots of money. Heading to any of the three gear shops, you may find an item you already own. You’ll need to select the item and press the ‘+ Star Power’ button.

Only items you have purchased in shops can be found in there again. Gear from Amiibo will not appear here, meaning you’ll have to boost its Star Power with Murch.

Splatoon 3 Shop with Duplicate Item for Boosting Star Power

You’ll need to get your hands on lots of Cash if you plan to increase Star Power on all of your gear, so find out how to get money fast in Splatoon 3.

What Does Increasing Gear Star Power Do in Splatoon 3?

Increasing the Star Power of your gear provides a bonus multiplier of XP for that gear in Splatoon 3, and can add up to 2 additional Secondary Ability slots.

It’s also useful for farming Ability Chunks, which can be used to replace the Primary Ability Slot on any gear.

You’ll still need 28,000 XP on a three Secondary Ability Slot piece of gear to get an Ability Chunk, but it will be slightly quicker.

The multiplier that you’ll receive depends on the number of slots you have on the gear as well as the Star Power.

Splatoon 3 Inkling with Abilities Surrounding Her

What Is the Star Power Calculation?

Redditor u/azurnamu found the calculation to be XP modifier = 1.0 + (gear slots – star power + 1) * 0.3.

That means, if you had a 2-star item with three Ability Slots, you’d have a multiplier of 1.6x.

Is It Worth Increasing Gear Star Power in Splatoon 3?

It’s definitely worth boosting the Star Power of gear to 2-Star, but after that, it really depends on yourself.

The cost really outweighs the benefits after your gear is 2-Star, and many players who are casual in Splatoon 3 won’t need to go above this.

You’ll want to make sure your gear is some of the best in the game, so grab some exclusive gear for Splatoon 3 while you can.

If you’ve found the perfect set of gear though, and you have lots of spare Cash, you can absolutely upgrade your gear though.

Although, if you need even more money in Splatoon 3, why not use the Sheldon Drone in Splatoon 3 to get more rewards?