Splatoon 3: How to Add Extra Ability Slots

Adding Ability Slots are a necessary upgrade in Splatoon 3 to boost the passive stats of your gear and give you an edge against the enemies.

But, how to add extra ability slots to your gear in Splatoon 3?

Since it genuinely makes you overpowered, the process of increasing the number of slots isn’t exactly simple, but a bit of perseverance should definitely help get you there!

How to add extra Ability Slots in Splatoon 3?

Usually, gears don’t initially possess any additional passive abilities.

Star Power

The number of stars available on your gear determines the additional ability slots that can be added, which brings about those passive features.

The number of stars is denoted as the Star Power for the gear. A gear with 1 Star Power will let you add one extra ability slot. Having 3 stars for this feature will enable you to add the maximum number of extra ability slots.

Available Slots
Available slots are marked in “?”

After that, any increase in the number of stars won’t increase the number of ability slots, but may improve other features of the gear.

There are mainly two ways in which you can add extra ability slots to your gear in Splatoon 3.

Purchasing Duplicate Items

Purchasing duplicate items helps to add more ability slots to your gear.

In the various shops available in Splatoon 3, look through the items available in the shops. Invest on those items of the shop that you already own.

The game rewards you with a star rating for your gear when you do this. This, in turn, allows you to add extra ability slots to your gear and implement more passive features.

While this process seems to be quite straightforward, you may not always find items you already own available in the shops in Splatsville. That is when you move to the next method.

Using Super Sea Snails

Super Sea Snail
Super Sea Snail (Splatoon Wiki)

Super Sea Snails are the alternative way for gaining access to unlock extra ability slots for your gear.

After collecting these wonderful snails, you need to look for the NPC Murch. Murch can be found near the elevators that guide you to Splatsville.

Murch offering Star Power Boost
Murch offering Star Power Boost

Apart from rerolling the gear ability slots, Murch can also provide extra ability slots for your gear when you approach him with the Super Sea Snails.

Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? But, do you know how to collect these Super Sea Snails?

How to get Super Sea Snails in Splatoon 3?

The sad thing about collecting these Super Sea Snails right now is that the window you have in order to get them is very random and short. However, the good news is that there will be more ways to obtain Super Sea Snails in the upcoming updates.

These creatures are available in the Splatfest events that go on for a limited period of time.

In these events, various battles take place and coming out victorious in most of these battles will increase the number of Super Sea Snails you earn.

The Super Sea Snails are rewarded at the end of the event, after which you can take them to Murch and upgrade the ability slots of your gear.

How to add Gear Abilities to the Ability Slots?

It would be a total waste of time if you increased the ability slots for your gear but ended up not adding any gear abilities, right?


You’ll need to have Ability Chunks for adding gear abilities to the newly-created secondary slots.

Furthermore, you’ll need the help of Murch again to implement the gear abilities to the slots. The NPC Murch is your best friend when it comes to upgrading your gear and you can find him around the elevator that takes you to Splatsville.

It’ll cost you 10 Ability Chunks to add a gear in the first slot, including 20 and 30 Ability Chunks for the second and third slot respectively.

Wrapping Up

Adding extra ability slots to your gear in Splatoon 3 should be given proper importance.

It’s true that you may be able to defeat the enemies without adding any of these slots, unlike the Hero Gear.

But, why would you go through that ordeal when you can make it easier for yourself by adding these secondary abilities, which provide excellent passive support.

The unavailability of duplicate items in the shops and no Splatfests can make it difficult to add extra ability slots for your gear in Splatoon 3. However, keeping your patience will pay off! Trust me!

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