Splatoon 2 picks up with the same colorful combat that was made popular in Splatoon 1 on the Wii U. This time, though, players will have to contend with some users already having a strong grasp of how the game works, which is why we’ve put together these helpful tips to assist new players in their struggles to make it to the top of the leaderboard. So, if you’ve been wondering what you need to do to become better at the game, don’t sweat it, we’ve got all the Splatoon 2 tips you need right here so you know how to win.

Paint the Town Red

Or blue, or green, or whatever color your team is. Basically, if you’re playing Turf War, focus on coloring everything you see by splatting it with your team’s Ink color. Sure, you can splat other players, and yes it does feel good when you take down a pesky inkling that’s moving in on your turf, but the overall goal of Turf War is to color as much of the map as possible with your team’s color. That’s what you should focus on, and at the end of the day that is what is going to earn you the most points.

Become One with the Squid

Your Squid-form is easily one of the most advantageous things you have available to you in Splatoon 2, and you’ll want to make sure you are utilizing it as much as possible. Not only does it refill your Ink so you can keep splatting, but it also acts as your sprint, and is the best way for you to get around the map quickly and easily. Unlike traditional shooters, Splatoon 2 doesn’t offer any kind of sprinting mechanic for players, so ink your path, and then use your squid-form to move quickly through the level. Once you get used to doing this, you’ll find that you’re a much better player.

Communicate

Thanks to the Nintendo Switch Online application, which you can download on both iOS and Android devices, players can now communicate with each other while playing Splatoon 2. This means you and your friends can finally start talking tactics, which is something you’ll want to do if you plan on taking the game seriously. Communicating via voice is the best way to let your teammates know what’s going on, and it’s quicker than trying to type out text messages or chat messages using other platforms like Facebook or imessage. If you really want to be the best, start talking to your teammates and let them know what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

These are just three helpful tips that will help you become a much stronger player in Splatoon 2. Focus on what you need to do to win, communicate with your team as much as possible, and make use of your squid-form constantly to move around the map as quickly as possible. Be sure to take a look at our Splatoon 2 guide for more helpful articles like how to unlock Hero weapons, how to use amiibo, and more.