How to Change Your Appearance in Splatoon 3

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When you boot up Splatoon 3 for the first time, you’ll see the character creation screen almost immediately. There’s plenty of cool options to choose from when building your character for the first time, but sometimes, it’s nice to change things up later in the game.

While it’s decently easy to find the tabs to change your gear and customize your Splashtag, it can be a little tricky to find out where to change your character’s appearance for the first time. It’s not difficult once you find it, but the tab is somewhat hidden away.

To help you speed the process up, here’s a quick and easy guide on how to change your appearance in Splatoon 3.

How to Change Your Style

The process of editing your character’s style in Splatoon 3 is nice and easy, if you know where you need to be looking in the game.

To start, hit the plus button to open up the gear and equipment menu.

Then, select the tab titled ‘other’ in between the tabs for shoes and emotes.

Use the R button to select the tab titled ‘style’, and you’ll find a handful of different options. You can pick out new hairstyles, change up your eyebrow shape and placement, or even switch up the legwear that your character is wearing e.g. swap from shorts to a skirt.

How to Change Your Features

The style editor in the equipment menu is decent, but it doesn’t cover all of the ways that you can change your appearance in Splatoon 3. It’s possible to access the character creation screen at any point in the game, in order to change your features more.

To do this, hit X to bring up the main menu.

Then, tab over to the ‘options’ section, and select ‘other’ in the left hand side menu.

Select the player settings tab, and you’ll get to go back to the initial character creation screen. Don’t worry, you don’t lose any of your progress when doing this, it’s purely a cosmetic thing.

In this character creation screen, you can select whether you want to be an Inkling or an Octoling, select your skin tone, pick a new eye color, choose a new hairstyle, pick new eyebrows, and change up your character’s legwear.

You can also customize your Smallfry and give them a cute new haircut.

Other Ways to Be Creative in Splatoon 3

There’s plenty of other ways to show off your style and aesthetic in Splatoon 3, especially if you’re looking to play online. This is a game that really encourages players to make their mark on the digital community, which I personally think makes the in-game world feel more alive.

Here’s a few extra ways to show off your creativity in Splatoon 3.

Create a Unique Splashtag

One of the best ways to express yourself is to customize your Splashtag in Splatoon 3.

Splashtags are digital banners with your username, player code, and cosmetics. They’re shown whenever you play online matches, or play Splatoon 3 games with your friends.

You can change the background banner, add a fun title, and display any badges that you’ve picked up. You can obtain these cosmetics in a variety of ways, including progressing in the single player campaign, rolling on the Shell-Out machine, or simply leveling up.

Edit Your Locker

Another great way to display your creativity in Splatoon 3 is to customize your locker and show off any cool items you’ve found while exploring the world.

Lockers become available to players once they reach level 4, and you can unlock bigger lockers as you level up. They’re visible to other players in the locker room, and can display a variety of different items like stickers, figurines, and weapons.

Use the SplatNet Shop to Get Unique Gear

If you have the Nintendo Switch Online app on your phone, you’ll be able to access the Splatoon 3 online services. These will give you access to the SplatNet shop, which is a frequently updated mini shop full of useful gear for Splatoon 3.

Make sure you’ve linked your mobile app to the correct Nintendo Switch account, as you’ll need to pick up any orders that you make on the app in your Splatoon 3 game. To pick up the gear, visit Murch outside the lobby.

Display a Unique Drawing

Learning how to draw in Splatoon 3 is another great way to express yourself.

Art posts are a fun, quirky feature that let people draw whatever they like and display them above their character’s head in the Square in Splatsville. These drawings can also be spotted as graffiti in game, sometimes.

To draw an art post, you’ll need a Twitter account or a Facebook account. Head to the red mail box in the Square, and make sure to check out what other people have drawn along the way there. From my experience, it’s lots of frog drawings, memes, and excitement about other games.