On the weapon select screen, I noticed there was a red flag next to my Splattershot. All of my other weapons had a gray flag. What does the red flag next to my Splattershot mean?

Splattershot with red flag

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That's a mechaninc also present in Splatoon 2, and as confirmed on Reddit and the official wikia too, it's the Turf War freshness:

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(Not to be confused with Weapon freshness!)

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Indicated by stars

Each rating has a specific flag color that is displayed beside a weapon's name in the weapon select. The flag's color is representative of that weapon's highest Freshness rating, not its current rating.

Turf War freshness (flag) is shown in an icon on the right when selecting Turf War from the lobby menu. It correlates to how many matches you've won or lost with your equipped weapon. Winning will increase the bar, and losing will decrease it. As the meter increases, your weapon will be marked with a little colored flag next to its name in your equipment screen, corresponding to how much Turf War freshness you've attained with it.

This is how Freshness chart works:

Title Score to Reach Score Penalty on Loss Flag Color
enter image description here 0 -0.5 Grey
enter image description here 5 -1 Green
enter image description here 10 -1.5 Orange
enter image description here 15 -2 Silver
enter image description here 50 -3 Gold
  • How do the weapon stars correlate with the flag color next to the weapon?
    – Stevoisiak
    Nov 15, 2022 at 22:47
  • They don't, I left that part since both are named "freshness" which is ambiguous, specifying that the one your are asking is the Turf War Freshness.
    – pinckerman
    Nov 15, 2022 at 22:56
  • Bonuses are only given in Splatoon 2; the flag is purely cosmetic in 3.
    – wutadam
    Feb 1, 2023 at 20:18
  • @wutadam yeah true, I experienced the same, forgot to remove that. Thanks.
    – pinckerman
    Feb 2, 2023 at 0:58

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