Splatoon 2 is fixing one of the major gripes fans had with the original Splatoon: gear ability rerolling.
In the original game, gear could have up to three ability “slots,” each of which would fill with a random ability as players wore that gear into battles. If you didn’t like the random abilities that unlocked, you could find sea-urchin character Spyke and trade him a rare Super Sea Snail from a Splatfest (or a lot of gold) in order to get a reroll of all three slots.
Because this process was random, though (save for slightly different chances from different clothing brands), it could take a small fortune or an entire Splatfest’s worth of winnings just to get some halfway decent abilities. Splatoon 2, though, has the solution.
Spyke now has an admirer, a younger character dubbed “Spikey” in Japanese (though his English name hasn’t been revealed). Spikey expands on Spyke’s services, offering new “Gear Cleaning.” This will remove unwanted gear abilities from your items, allowing you a clean slate to re-earn abilities.
Even better, though, the gear abilities that you remove will be saved as “Gear Ability Fragments.” If you collect enough of these fragments, then you’ll be able to recombine them into the ability you want—which can be applied to any extra slot. In other words, if you really want “Ink Recovery Up” on a piece of gear, you can “Gear Clean” the ability from several other pieces of gear, combine them, and add the Ink Recovery Up ability to the piece of gear you want—no randomness required.
It’s a bit confusing at the moment, since we don’t know the English names for these terms yet, but the fact that the service exists at all in game is a big step up from the original Splatoon. Expect to see it in action when Splatoon 2 releases in summer 2017 on the Nintendo Switch.