Is Respawn Punisher Good in Splatoon 2? – Answered

Keep your enemies dead for longer with this ability

If you’ve played your fair share of competitive in Splatoon 2 and 3, you’ve likely seen the ability Respawn Punisher pop up from time to time. But is it worth getting for yourself? Here’s what you need to know about whether the Respawn Punisher is good in Splatoon 2.

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Is Respawn Punisher Good in Splatoon 2?

If you’ve seen Respawn Punisher ability used by your ally or enemy, there’s a decent chance you’ve seen that player clean up and take a significant number of kills. Is it worth following in their footsteps?

For those not in the know, Respawn Punisher is an ability that’s exclusive to clothes that can’t be rolled as a secondary gear ability. But more importantly, it’s an ability that increases respawn time and the amount of Special Gauge that is lost to both the user and opponents defeated by the user.

This ability affects the Respawn Punisher user more than the players they’ve defeated, as you can see in the table below.

ForRespawn timeSpecial Gauge lostSpecial Gauge lost for
incomplete Splashdown
A non-user splatted by a non-user8.5 seconds50%25%
A non-user splatted by a Respawn Punisher user9.25 seconds65%40%
A Respawn Punisher user splatted by a non-user9.67 seconds72.5%47.5%
A Respawn Punisher user splatted by another Respawn Punisher user10.4 seconds87.5%[h]62.5%

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Knowing that, Respawn Punisher is a move that benefits players who can stay alive. If you have a high kill-death ratio, you can really benefit from this ability while punishing the opposing team. But if you’re a front-line player like a Slayer, Respawn Punisher is a move that might end up punishing you.

If you feel confident in your abilities, it’s quite good. And in Splatoon 3, it’s even better, as it completely negates faster respawns granted by Tacticooler. But another good alternative to this ability is Haunt.

If you’re thinking about upgrading from Splatoon 2 to 3, check out our guide on how to transfer your save: How to Transfer Your Splatoon 2 Save File to Splatoon 3.

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A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms