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Splatoon 3 Conch Shells are a new type of currency you can earn during Splatfests. The process of getting them is painless, and given what you can exchange them for, taking the few seconds to register for the Splatfest is worth it, even if you don’t participate in the actual event. Exchanging a few could help you level up faster if you’re lucky.

This Splatoon 3 guide will tell you everything you need to know about Conch Shells, from how to get them to how to use them. 

Where to Find Conch Shells

The only time you can obtain Splatoon 3’s Conch Shells – so far, at least – is during the lead-up to a Splatfest. Head to the Splatfest terminal in Splatsville’s square. The terminal is behind you to your left when you first log in to the game.

Activate the screen, and choose which team you want to join. Your team choice doesn’t matter for obtaining conches.

After that, play ranked and casual matches to boost your catalog level. You earn one Conch Shell every time your catalog level increases. You also earn bonus catalog experience in your first match each day until the Splatfest ends.

What are Conch Shells For?

You can spend Conch Shells at the Shell-Out Machine in the Lobby area in place of coins. The Shell-Out Machine is where you get food and drink tickets, which you can use at the restaurant for meals that increase how much experience you earn in matches. Raising your level is the only way to unlock new gear, and one of the easier ways to earn Sheldon Licenses.If you're lucky, you might even get new banners to customize your squid kid with.

In other words, spend every Conch you get. It only costs one for a pull at the machine, and there’s no limit to how many times you can use them each day.

That’s all you need to know about Conch Shells in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including our Splatoon 3 weapon tier list, so you pick only the best of the best.

Splatoon 3: Best Weapons Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/ceoma/splatoon-3-best-weapons-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/ceoma/splatoon-3-best-weapons-tier-list Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:43:43 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are 54 primary weapons in Splatoon 3, most of which return from the series' previous installments, albeit slightly changed. Each contains a kit with a sub weapon and a special option, which is something long-time fans will find familiar. However, you'll want to know which ones are the best to make the most of every Turf War and Salmon Run match. 

This Splatoon 3 guide will list the best weapons, ranked from Tier S to Tier B. Try to get these with your hard-earned Sheldon Licenses first. 

S-Tier Weapons


  • Type: Shooter.
  • Damage: 47.
  • Range: 50.

No other weapon is associated with Splatoon as much as the Splattershot, and there is a reason: this weapon keeps its position of the best weapon throughout the entire series due to its high rate of fire.

Not only has the design has been slightly changed in Splatoon 3, but so has the weapon kit, which now includes Suction Bomb and Trizooka instead of Burst Bomb and Splashdown from the first two games.

Suction Bomb is a sticky explosive that has a wider radius than splat bomb, and Trizooka is a type of AoE weapon that creates a wide spiraling arc of ink.

.52 Gal

  • Type: Shooter.
  • Damage: 75.
  • Range: 55.

This shooter may not have as high a rate of fire as Splattershot, but it won't take you more than one or two shots to splat opponents.

With the .52 Gal, the developer decided to bring back its original weapon kit from the first game, which includes Splash Wall and Killer Wail 5.1.

Splash Wall is especially useful, as it prevents opponents from attacking and virtually serves as a massive shield, while Killer Wail sends out six emitters that seek out and splat opponents. This means that you can keep using both your main and sub weapon, and the emitters will keep firing.

Glooga Dualies

  • Type: Dualie.
  • Damage: 76.
  • Range: 66.

Those who have perfected the mastery of dodge-rolling will love Glooga Dualies; it increases both its range and damage after you perform a dodge-roll. Just like the .52 Gal shooter, this weapon uses Splash Wall as its sub weapon, but the kit also includes Booyah Bomb.

This special weapon is designed to work with your allies, as its power depends on how many Booyahs your temamates can give you, and if they do, their own special gauge will charge automatically.

A-Tier Weapons


  • Type: Slosher.
  • Damage: 85.
  • Range: 58.

Speaking of Splash Wall, if you want a weapon that can hit opponents beyond the wall, then Slosher is the best choice. It allows you to control the direction of the ink splat. If you want it to go in a straight line, you can do that; if you need the ink to go above the wall or fall from the top, then you can do that, too.

What's especially important is that Slosher deals the same damage regardless of the distance, while other weapons lose damage the further ink travels.

Dapple Dualies

  • Type: Dualie.
  • Damage: 47.
  • Range: 24.

If you like the idea of using dodge-rolls to increase your stats but you want better accuracy and firerate instead of damage and range, then Dapple Dualies would be a solid alternative.

The only drawback here is that Dapple Dualies requires your dodge-rolls to be shorter than with Glooga Dualies, which you can easily perform while sneaking up behind an opponent.

This weapon's special kit also includes Tacticooler, which provides all allies with soda drinks that restore 57 ability points.


  • Type: Shooter.
  • Damage: 52.
  • Range: 77.

Squeezer is one of the most flexible shooter weapons in Splatoon 3, allowing you to switch between semi-automatic and fully automatic modes.

It is especially accurate in semi-automatic mode and much more reliable than most other ranged weapons. Its weapon kit includes Splash Wall and Trizooka, both of which are highly useful.

The only thing that keeps Squeezer from being a top-tier choice is a low rate of fire, which can be somewhat mitigated by getting closer to your targets.

B-Tier Weapons


  • Type: Slosher.
  • Damage: 29.
  • Range: 85.

Taking control of the most complicated maps is the biggest upside of the Bloblobber. Its ink balls can travel really far and overcome the most problematic surface obstacles.

However, effectively using this weapon is not an easy task, and many new players may find it unbearable. But if you manage to control its ink consumption, then you will have a really powerful tool in your hands.

Heavy Splatling

  • Type: Splatling.
  • Charge: 38.
  • Range: 78.

Most splatling and charger weapons are quite powerful, but only in the hands of experienced players. This is another weapon that is hard to master.

The upside is that it has massive range, which allows you to control areas from elevation. You will have plenty of time to charge Heavy Splatling, which is absolutely necessary, though you must be in humanoid form to do so.

Also, its Sprinkler sub weapon can be used as a light shield, which helps when you need to urgently recharge your splatling.

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Those are the best weapons in Splatoon 3. For more Splatoon 3 tips and tricks articles, visit our dedicated hub page.

Splatoon 3: How to Get Banners https://www.gameskinny.com/jm1pt/splatoon-3-how-to-get-banners https://www.gameskinny.com/jm1pt/splatoon-3-how-to-get-banners Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:37:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Splatoon 3 banners are a new way you can customize your character in Nintendo’s inky take on the shooter genre. Like much else in the game, though, getting new banners in Splatoon 3 seems like a vague

How to Get Banners in Splatoon 3

So far, we’ve discovered four ways to earn banners in Splatoon 3.

Catalogue Banners

A surefire way of getting new banners involves the Hotlantis store. Once you hit certain catalogue level milestones, Harmony rewards you with new banners. You can increase your catalogue level just by playing the game. You earn catalogue points in Turf War and other modes, even if you lose the match.

The Catalogue banner milestones are at levels:

  • 2
  • 13
  • 26
  • 37
  • 44
  • 64
  • 78

Shell-Out Machine Banners

You may get a random banner by spending some coins at the Shell-Out Machine in the lobby, near the doors leading to the locker room. The chance of winning a banner seems random, and we haven’t been able to determine a specific chance of winning any item, let alone banners.

You may end up with a new title, locker decorations, or even a ticket to use at the restaurant, so don’t hesitate to spend your coins here at least once a day.

Salmon Run Banners

Another guaranteed method of earning new banners comes from playing Salmon Run at Grizzco, though obtaining the currency you exchange for banners comes with its own set of trials. You use Fish Scales, which only drop from the King Salmonid enemy that may appear in the fourth wave.

The chance of a King Salmonid appearing in Salmon Run is comparatively small, so it may take several tries.

You can get 10 banners from Grizzco’s for exchanging bronze or golden scales.

Tableturf Banners

Playing Tableturf, Splatoon 3’s tabletop card game, also rewards you with some banners at certain milestones. These are:

  • Level 10
  • Level 25
  • Level 46

That’s all you need to know about how to get banners in Splatoon 3, but check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks.

That’s all you need to know about how to get banners in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including the best gear abilities and how to get more Sheldon Licenses to build out your arsenal.

Splatoon 3: How to Super Jump https://www.gameskinny.com/i8kgd/splatoon-3-how-to-super-jump https://www.gameskinny.com/i8kgd/splatoon-3-how-to-super-jump Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:33:03 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pulling off a super jump in Splatoon 3 can be a good way to get out of danger quickly, depending on how well you time it. The move launches you across the map to a position near one of your teammates, and while that may sound like a brilliant way to cover ground quickly, it can also land you in hot water.

Without the right ability, you could be flying right into a trap, finding yourself face to face with your opponents. This Splatoon 3 guide will tell you everything you need to know about using super jumps. 

Splatoon 3 Super Jumps Explained


You can perform a super jump in Splatoon 3 at any time, except for when you get splatted (obviously) and when you’re in the process of respawning at the start point. To perform a super jump:

  • Open the map by pressing “X”.
  • Use one of the direction pad buttons corresponding to the teammate you want to jump to – “Up,” “Left,” or “Right.” The “Down” direction has no use here.

And that’s all you have to do. Super jumps in Splatoon 3 take a few seconds to pull off, so factor that into your timing.

Pay attention to the map as well. When you super jump, a ring in your team’s color and your player name show up in the intended spot. These act as giant neon signs, telling enemies to greet you on arrival with a few well-aimed blasts of ink.

If both teams are contesting an area, the better choice is jumping further away and approaching from a strategic angle. Alternatively, risks may pay off sometimes. Joining a teammate at the enemy base can help distract foes or maybe even let you get the drop on them and buy some time to push further into enemy territory.

In short, just think before you leap – unless you have the right clothes on.

Some equipment may come with the “Stealth Jump” ability, which lets you super jump without the telltale ring showing up. This masking effect makes it one of the more useful abilities, so keep an eye out the next time you go clothes shopping.

That’s all you need to know about how to super jump in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including the best gear abilities and how to get more Sheldon Licenses to build out your arsenal.

Splatoon 3: How to Squid Roll https://www.gameskinny.com/kjqhc/splatoon-3-how-to-squid-roll https://www.gameskinny.com/kjqhc/splatoon-3-how-to-squid-roll Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:26:36 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Figuring out how to squid roll in Splatoon 3 can turn the tide of battle no matter which mode you're playing. Squid rolls are a high-level movement trick that can make a significant difference in one-on-one fights and help you either plan your escape or move ahead into enemy territory.

Despite the name, Inklings and Octolings alike can perform a squid roll. This Splatoon 3 guide will tell you everything about pulling off the maneuver. 

Splatoon 3 Squid Roll Explained


A squid roll only works if you’re swimming in your own ink, and it takes a surprisingly small amount of space to pull off.

  • Submerge yourself in ink using “ZL,” and swim in one direction.
  • Change to the opposite direction and jump out of the ink.

You only need a bit of momentum for the move to work, so you don’t have to travel far to try and execute it.

If you’re successful, your Inkling or Octoling will move a bit more quickly than usual for a few seconds, and they’ll perform a barrel roll and glow golden. Your character is invincible while they glow golden.

Squid rolls have no cooldown timer, so assuming you don’t get splatted or run out of your ink, you can squid roll to your heart’s content. Squid rolls also work on walls, which is handy if you need a quick escape.

When to Use Squid Roll

Squid rolls can serve a few key purposes:

  • They make tracking you and predicting your next movement more difficult, especially if you squid roll off a wall.
  • If your opponent has you trapped in a barrage of ink, you can sometimes use them to escape and retreat, thanks to the brief period of invincibility.
    • Your chances of successfully escaping drop quite a bit if more than one opponent has you trapped, though.

That’s all you need to know about how to squid roll in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including the best gear abilities and how to get more Sheldon Licenses to build out your arsenal.

Splatoon 3: How to Get Every Badge https://www.gameskinny.com/xlcn9/splatoon-3-how-to-get-every-badge https://www.gameskinny.com/xlcn9/splatoon-3-how-to-get-every-badge Sun, 18 Sep 2022 17:09:50 -0400 Sergey_3847

If you want to make your Splashtag look even cooler in Splatoon 3, you'll want to know how to get all of the badges, such as the Judd Badge or the Callie and Marie badges. All you need to do is complete various tasks in the game.

But you may also want a companion guide with all of them listed so you don't have to go back and forth for their requirements while playing. Here, we list them all!

All Salmon Run Badges

Grizzco Badges

Requirement: Earn Grizzco Points in Salmon Run Next Wave.

  • Bronze Grizzco Badge (10,000 points).
  • Silver Grizzco Badge (100,000 points).
  • Gold Grizzco Badge (9,999,999 points).

Gone Fission Hydroplant Badges

Requirement: Earn an Eggsecutive VP job title on Gone Fission Hydroplant in Salmon Run Next Wave.

  • Gone Fission Hydroplant Badge (Eggsecutive VP 200).
  • Bronze Gone Fission Hydroplant Badge (Eggsecutive VP 400).
  • Silver Gone Fission Hydroplant Badge (Eggsecutive VP 600).
  • Gold Gone Fission Hydroplant Badge (Eggsecutive VP 999).

Spawning Grounds Badges

Requirement: Earn an Eggsecutive VP job title on Spawning Grounds in Salmon Run Next Wave

  • Spawning Grounds Badge (Eggsecutive VP 200).
  • Bronze Spawning Grounds Badge (Eggsecutive VP 400).
  • Silver Spawning Grounds Badge (Eggsecutive VP 600).
  • Gold Spawning Grounds Badge (Eggsecutive VP 999).

Sockeye Station Badges

Requirement: Earn an Eggsecutive VP job title on Sockeye Station in Salmon Run Next Wave.

  • Sockeye Station Badge (Eggsecutive VP 200).
  • Bronze Sockeye Station Badge (Eggsecutive VP 400).
  • Silver Sockeye Station Badge (Eggsecutive VP 600).
  • Gold Sockeye Station Badge (Eggsecutive VP 999).

Hazard Level MAX Badge

Requirement: Complete a Salmon Run Next Wave shift at Hazard Level MAX.

Cohozuna Badges

Requirement: Defeat Cohozunas in Salmon Run Next Wave.

  • Cohozuna Badge (10 Cohozunas).
  • Silver Cohozuna Badge (100 Cohozunas)
  • Gold Cohozuna Badge (1,000 Cohozunas).

Boss Salmonid Badges

Requirement: Splat a Boss Salmonid a number of times in Salmon Run Next Wave.

  • Big Shot Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Big Shot Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Big Shot Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Drizzler Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Drizzler Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Drizzler Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Fish Stick Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Fish Stick Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Fish Stick Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Flipper-Flopper Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Flipper-Flopper Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Flipper-Flopper Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Flyfish Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Flyfish Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Flyfish Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Maws Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Maws Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Maws Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Scrapper Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Scrapper Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Scrapper Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Slammin' Lid Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Slammin' Lid Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Slammin' Lid Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Steel Eel Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Steel Eel Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Steel Eel Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Steelhead Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Steelhead Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Steelhead Badge (10,000 splats).
  • Stinger Badge (100 splats).
  • Silver Stinger Badge (1,000 splats).
  • Gold Stinger Badge (10,000 splats).

All Return of the Mammalians Badges

DJ Octavio Badge

Requirement: Defeat DJ Octavio in Return of the Mammalians.

Marie Badge

Requirement: Reach EXP Level 99 in Return of the Mammalians.

Callie Badge

Requirement: Reach EXP Level 99 in Return of the Mammalians.

Cap'n Cuttlefish Badge

Requirement: Complete Return of the Mammalians.

Secret Badge

Requirement: Complete the Secret Kettle in Return of the Mammalians.

All Shop and Gear Badges

Naut Couture Club Badges

Requirement: Spend cash at Naut Couture .

  • 100K Naut Couture Club Badge (100,000 Cash).
  • 1M Naut Couture Club Badge 1,000,000 Cash).

Man-o'-Wardrobe Club Badges

Requirement: Spend cash at Man-o'-Wardrobe.

  • 100K Man-o'-Wardrobe Club Badge (100,000 Cash).
  • 1M Man-o'-Wardrobe Club Badge (1,000,000 Cash).

Crush Station Club Badges

Requirement: Spend cash at Crush Station.

  • 100K Crush Station Club Badge (100,000 Cash).
  • 1M Crush Station Club Badge (1,000,000 Cash).

Hotlantis Club Badges

Requirement: Spend cash at Hotlantis.

  • 100K Hotlantis Club Badge (100,000 Cash).
  • 1M Hotlantis Club Badge (1,000,000 Cash).

Marigold Badges

Requirement: Use only food and drink tickets to purchase concessions.

  • Marigold Badge (10 concessions).
  • Silver Marigold Badge (100 concessions).
  • Gold Marigold Badge (1,000 concessions).

Murch Badges

Requirement: Order purchases from the Murch.

  • Murch Badge (10 orders).
  • Gold Murch Badge (100 orders).

Catalog Badges

Requirement: Reach High Level in the Catalog.

  • Catalog Badge Catalog (Level 50).
  • Gold Catalog Badge Catalog (Level 100).

Brand Badges

Requirement: Choose any brand and collect stars.

  • Brand Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Brand Badge (100 stars).

All Battle Badges

Judd Badges

Requirement: Win Turf War battles.

  • Judd Badge (50 wins).
  • Silver Judd Badge (250 wins).
  • Gold Judd Badge (1,200 wins).

Rank Badges

Requirement: Reach high rank in Anarchy Battle.

  • Anarchy Badge (A Rank).
  • Silver Anarchy Badge (S Rank).
  • Gold Anarchy Badge (S+ Rank).

Clam Blitz Badges

Requirement: Win Clam Blitz games in Anarchy Battle.

  • Clam Blitz Badge (100 wins).
  • Gold Clam Blitz Badge (1,000 wins).

Rainmaker Badges

Requirement: Win Rainmaker games in Anarchy Battle.

  • Rainmaker Badge (100 wins).
  • Gold Rainmaker Badge (1,000 wins).

Splat Zones Badges

Requirement: Win Splat Zones games in Anarchy Battle.

  • Splat Zones Badge (100 wins).
  • Gold Splat Zones Badge (1,000 wins).

Tower Control Badges

Requirement: Win Tower Control games in Anarchy Battle .

  • Tower Control Badge (100 wins).
  • Gold Tower Control Badge (1000 wins).

Tableturf Rank Badges

Requirement: Reach high Level in Tableturf Battle.

  • Tableturf Rank Badge (Level 30).
  • Silver Tableturf Rank Badge (Level 40).
  • Gold Tableturf Rank Badge (Level 50).
  • Deep Cut Tableturf Rank Badge (Tableturf Dojo Max Level Champ).

Tableturf Collection Badges

Requirement: Collect unique cards in Tableturf Battle.

  • Tableturf Collection Badge (90 cards).
  • Silver Tableturf Collection Badge (120 cards).
  • Gold Tableturf Collection Badge (150 cards).

All Splatfest Badges

Splatfest Ruler Badge

Requirement: Earn the Splatfest Ruler title.

Tricolor Turf War Attacker Badges

Requirement: Win Tricolor Turf War battles as attacker.

  • Tricolor Turf War Badge (1 win).
  • Gold Tricolor Turf War Badge (10 wins).

Tricolor Turf War Defender Badges

Requirement: Win Tricolor Turf War battles as defender.

  • Tricolor Turf War Badge (1 win).
  • Gold Tricolor Turf War Badge (10 wins).

All Weapon and Gear Badges

4-Star Weapon Badges

Requirement: Choose any weapon and reach Freshness Level 4 (160,000 points).

5-Star Weapon Badges

Requirement: Choose any weapon and reach Freshness Level 5 (1,160,000 points).

Special Weapon Badges

Requirement: Win any battle using a special weapon.

  • Big Bubbler Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Big Bubbler Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Big Bubbler Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Booyah Bomb Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Booyah Bomb Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Booyah Bomb Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Crab Tank Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Crab Tank Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Crab Tank Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Ink Storm Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Ink Storm Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Ink Storm Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Ink Vac Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Ink Vac Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Ink Vac Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Inkjet Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Inkjet Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Inkjet Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Killer Wail 5.1 Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Killer Wail 5.1 Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Killer Wail 5.1 Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Reefslider Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Reefslider Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Reefslider Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Tacticooler Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Tacticooler Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Tacticooler Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Tenta Missiles Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Tenta Missiles Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Tenta Missiles Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Triple Inkstrike Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Triple Inkstrike Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Triple Inkstrike Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Trizooka Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Trizooka Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Trizooka Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Ultra Stamp Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Ultra Stamp Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Ultra Stamp Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Wave Breaker Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Wave Breaker Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Wave Breaker Badge (1,200 wins).
  • Zipcaster Badge (30 wins).
  • Silver Zipcaster Badge (180 wins).
  • Gold Zipcaster Badge (1,200 wins).

Gear Badges

Requirement: Earn a high amount of rarity stars on any gear.

  • Annaki Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Annaki Badge (100 stars).
  • Barazushi Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Barazushi Badge (100 stars).
  • Emberz Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Emberz Badge (100 stars).
  • Enperry Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Enperry Badge (100 stars).
  • Firefin Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Firefin Badge (100 stars).
  • Forge Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Forge Badge (100 stars).
  • Inkline Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Inkline Badge (100 stars).
  • Krak-On Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Krak-On Badge (100 stars).
  • Rockenberg Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Rockenberg Badge (100 stars).
  • Skalop Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Skalop Badge (100 stars).
  • Splash Mob Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Splash Mob Badge (100 stars).
  • SquidForce Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold SquidForce Badge (100 stars).
  • Takoroka Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Takoroka Badge (100 stars).
  • Tentatek Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Tentatek Badge (100 stars).
  • Toni Kensa Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Toni Kensa Badge (100 stars).
  • Zekko Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Zekko Badge (100 stars).
  • Zink Badge (30 stars).
  • Gold Zink Badge (100 stars).

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That's all you need to know on how to get every badge in Splatoon 3. For more Splatoon 3 tips and tricks articles, visit our dedicated hub page.

Splatoon 3 Review: High-Octane Squid Game https://www.gameskinny.com/283t8/splatoon-3-review-high-octane-squid-game https://www.gameskinny.com/283t8/splatoon-3-review-high-octane-squid-game Sat, 17 Sep 2022 12:37:56 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

As a newcomer to the series, I can see why Splatoon has garnered such a dedicated fanbase over the years. Nintendo's ink-fueled take on the multiplayer shooter is now on its third iteration and still stands out as an anomaly in the genre. It's an approachable, vibrant offering with game modes for every type of player.

I fell for each of the modes in their own ways, but I wound up agreeing with the consensus: the heart of Splatoon is its multiplayer. Above all, Nintendo's commitment to fostering the most expressive parts of its community is admirable. Splatoon 3 isn't an evolution  it's a refinement. And it's a perfect place to jump into the series for the first time.

Splatoon 3 Review: High-Octane Squid Game

In 2015 Nintendo introduced WiiU players to Inklings — or Squid Kids if you must rhyme — and the novel inking, shooting, and swimming of Splatoon. It was a relatively barebones proof of concept, but 2017's Switch sequel added many of the characters and game modes seen in Splatoon 3

This trip to Splatsville keeps with the hyper-colorful aesthetic and jazzy but still rock-and-roll attitude the series is known for. Boasting three modes that exist in their separate hubs (all easy to jump to via a main menu), Splatoon 3 offers something for anyone interested in this genre. It feels like a throwback to the Xbox 360 and PS3 era of shooters. 

Turf Mode remains the cornerstone of the Splatoon multiplayer experience. A 4v4 mode where, at the end of a breezy three-minute round, whichever team has inked the most territory wins. This combination of high-speed team deathmatch and territory control is the main game mode. It's also the most compelling.

While Nintendo has front-loaded Splatoon 3 with tutorials, the brilliance of Turf War is in its simplicity and approachability. It encourages players to have and play to different strengths; you don't need to be a splatting machine to be an MVP. Best of all, the brevity of these matches keeps them tense and snappy, stoking that "just one more game" endorphin rush after every victory. 

Turf War is the single competitive mode outside of ranked Anarchy Battles, which don't unlock until you hit Level 10. Keeping in line with Splatoon 2, maps cycle in on a timed schedule, but Turf War remains the single casual mode. While I desperately wish there were ways to play other modes like Clam Blitz and Tower Control casually, Turf War hasn't yet grown stale. 

This is partly because of the massive assortment of creative weapons Splatoon 3 has to offer. They are all variations on a dozen or so core types, ranging from old standards like the Roller and Splat Dualies to new friends like the windshield-wiper-inspired Splatana. As a Splatoon newbie, I was shocked at how different they all operate in terms of form, feel, and function. Splatoon 3 is a rare achievement in justifying (and balancing) a great excess. 

The main hook of the progression system is in the form of tickets that can be exchanged for new weapons. This steady clip of new loadouts is especially refreshing in the free-to-play shooter era. Plus, it keeps things from becoming too overwhelming for new players.

Splatoon 3's other two modes are as meaty and robust as its main attraction. Hero Mode offers an expansive campaign that can last up to 10 hours if you really want to dig into it. Starring Splatoon 2's Callie and Marie as your fellow agents, you must navigate through six islands overtaken by Mario-Sunshine-esque fuzzy ooze to rescue Cuttlefish from his mysterious captors. 

Each Site has multiple short missions that test not just your combat skills but also your platforming and puzzle-solving abilities. Some of these act as light tutorials, but many are challenging in their own right. At its best, the Hero Mode requires you to view Splatoon 3's tools in a whole new light, something that feels more significant than just an introduction to multiplayer mechanics.

The Sites are engaging in their own right, containing various secrets and hidden routes. Some of the later overworlds have some really neat designs that I dare not spoil.

Not every single Kettle (as the levels are called) is the most fun or most creative, though. Some lean a little too hard on platforming, while too many others are just variants of running a "shoot the targets" obstacle course. But overall, it is worth seeing what the entire single-player mode has to offer. 

Splatoon 2's limited-time co-op mode Salmon Run has been turned into an official permanent mode in Salmon Run Next Run. The wave-based co-op mode is still best with friends, but a meta-game that has you occasionally facing off against a giant Salmonid gives strangers a reason to stick together round after round. With a progression system that notches up the difficulty just when you think you're a master, Salmon Run is a satisfying and challenging alternative to the other modes on offer. 

A big change that's difficult to discuss is the new way Splatfests work. Now a three-way conflict, these special Splatoon 3 events add a short window where you can participate in Tricolor Battles with three teams of different colors. This is certainly a way to make these events feel special, but it begs the question: why are these battles not in the game in the first place?

After five years, it's easy to see how this kind of shake-up is the type of new twist Splatoon was aching for. Nintendo's tendency to introduce its best Splatoon ideas in these limited-time events is frustrating. 

There are other new features around the edges, as well. You can save outfit loadouts (called "Fits" in Splatoon lingo) now. Fashion in Splatoon is something to take seriously, especially since Splatoon 3 adds a way to copy outfits from other players and buy them for yourself, which brings us to just how much of a social experience Splatoon 3 is — something that shouldn't be a surprise for veterans of the series.

All of these modes are brought together in Splatsville, Splatoon 3's hub area. Here, you can run around from building to building, accessing each separate mode. You can conveniently hop to almost anything from the menu, which is fantastic, but exploring Splatsville is worth it to see the Splatoon community on display. Just get used to a chunky, inconsistent 30fps in Splatsville compared to the smooth, steady 60fps of the rest of the game.

On the streets of the hub, you can see player outfits and Graffiti messages in a social aspect of Splatoon that began in the first game's MiiVerse. These drawings are consistently impressive, funny, and respectful. Splatoon 3's community has won me over. 

Splatoon 3 Review — The Bottom Line


  • Matches are as snappy as the gameplay.
  • Excellent weapon variety and balancing.
  • New single-player is challenging and inspired.
  • Player expression is at an all-time high with Fits and Graffiti. 


  • Framerate suffers in Splatsville.
  • Tricolor Battles only in Splatfests. 
  • Other competitive modes limited to Anarchy Battle.

Splatoon is Nintendo's best new IP of the last two console generations, and Splatoon 3 is the most polished version of the concept yet. While it doesn't break any new ground, Splatoon 3 is still a unique joy within the shooter genre. There are the typical Nintendo design quirks built into the online experience, but they don't spoil the thrilling combat loop at the game's heart. 

More approachable than ever, Splatoon 3 is exhilarating family-friendly mayhem for competitive and co-op gamers alike. 

[Note: Nintendo provided the copy of Splatoon 3 used for this review.]

Splatoon 3: Gear Abilities Explained and the Best to Pick https://www.gameskinny.com/n0xyh/splatoon-3-gear-abilities-explained-and-the-best-to-pick https://www.gameskinny.com/n0xyh/splatoon-3-gear-abilities-explained-and-the-best-to-pick Fri, 16 Sep 2022 10:55:49 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

Splatoon 3 gives you plenty of ways to customize your splat. From a huge list of weapons that will take you hours to collect to a steady cycle of new fashionable outfits and plenty of hairstyles, the game's shops have you covered in terms of both form and function. But choosing what you wear in Splatoon 3 is about a lot more than just looks, it's also about the abilities attached to your gear.

Every piece of gear you equip comes with one inherent ability tied to that specific item. Each article of clothing also has slots for up to three additional abilities. But what are abilities in Splatoon 3 and which ones are the best? 

What are Gear Abilities?

Splatoon 3 gear abilities are passive bonuses attached to your headgear, clothes, and shoes. Each piece of gear comes with one default ability and up to three additional ones you can unlock by using it in multiplayer.

These abilities add in-game benefits like helping you conserve ink, reducing cooldown timers, and making powers stronger. 

Having optimal abilities in all three slots is ideal in Splatoon 3, but not all gear comes with all slots unlocked by default.

You will get better gear to drop by playing Salmon Run mode, but most of what you'll get in Splatoon 3 can be upgraded and modified. To upgrade your gear's rarity and customize its abilities you'll need multiple forms of in-game currency

How to Unlock More Gear Ability Slots

To unlock more slots for abilities on your gear, you'll need to increase its star rating. This can be done one of two ways.

  • From the shops, you can upgrade any piece of 0-Star Gear to 1-Star Gear for 10,000 Cash as long as it is currently in rotation.
  • You can also go to Murch and give him Conch Shells (earned through Splatfests) to boost your star power.  
How to Scrub, Re-Roll, and Add Abilities to Your Gear

You can pay Murch Cash to scrub your gear and remove all its abilities, allowing you the chance to try for better traits a second time.

Murch also lets you pay him Conch Shells to re-roll slots. However, to add the abilities you want to clothing with empty slots, you'll need Ability Chunks. You must give Murch 10 of these chunks to add an ability to an empty slot.

How to Get Ability Chunks

Ability Chunks can be earned in a couple of ways. They will drop as a reward in Green Capsules during Salmon Run, the most reliable way to farm chunks.

You will also be rewarded with Ability Chunks whenever you tell Murch to scrub an item. This essentially allows you to (with some additional Cash charge) transfer abilities from one piece of gear to another using this system.

Best Gear Abilities in Splatoon 3

Here are the eight passive abilities we've found to be most useful while splatting others in Splatoon 3 multiplayer.

  • Ink Saver (main) — Decreases amount of ink consumed by your main weapon.
  • Ink Recovery Up — Increases ink-tank refill rate. 
  • Ink Resistance Up — Reduces damage taken and improves mobility when walking through enemy ink.
  • Special Charge Up — Increases special-gauge fill rate.
  • Special Saver — Reduces special-gauge decrease after getting splatted.
  • Quick Respawn — Reduces respawn time after getting splatted repeatedly without splatting any opponents.
  • Quick Super Jump — Increases Super Jump (allows you to spawn on other players) speed.
  • Swim Speed Up — Increases movement speed swimming through ink.

And that's everything you need to know about gear abilities in Splatoon 3. Now that you have the best ones, you'll win matches left and right. Check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more advice on how to get the most out of the game's Splat-tastic multiplayer mayhem, like how to get Hero Gear or Sheldon Licenses

Splatoon 3: How to Get Sheldon Licenses https://www.gameskinny.com/n536t/splatoon-3-how-to-get-sheldon-licenses https://www.gameskinny.com/n536t/splatoon-3-how-to-get-sheldon-licenses Tue, 13 Sep 2022 19:01:49 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

The wacky, inventive weapons of Splatoon, many of which take clever inspiration from household items, have always defined the series. Splatoon 3 has more weapons than ever and introduces new tool categories to splat your opponents with. To get more of them, you'll need certain tickets called Sheldon Licenses.

This Splatoon 3 guide will tell you everything you need to know about getting your hands on more Sheldon Licenses than you'll know what to do with. 

Sheldon Licenses Explained

Sheldon Licenses are a currency/type of ticket earned by:

Leveling Up Your Character

Every level you earn in Splatoon 3's Turf War competitive multiplayer mode will reward you with 1 Sheldon License. You can then go to Sheldon's shop at Ammo Knights to redeem them under "Weapons" in the menu. 

Increasing Weapon Freshness

You earn or lose weapon Freshness depending on your in-game performance, but when you hit a new rating, you can no longer dip below that. Similar to how ratings work in Salmon Run. Every time you hit a new Freshness rank for a weapon, you will earn a Sheldon License.

Every time you level up, Sheldon will unlock more new weapons — three per level to start. This means there will always be more options than you have Sheldon Licenses for. Not until you've spent dozens of hours playing will you have every variant of every weapon type and the tickets necessary to purchase them.

But Splatoon 3 lets you try weapons before you buy them, ensuring you aren't going to waste a Sheldon License on something you hate. 

How to Try and Test New Weapons

While you must use Sheldon Licenses to purchase new weapons for use in matches, there is a way to try out weapons you haven't yet paid tickets for.

Once you have reached a new level and unlocked a new weapon (and buttoned through Sheldon's spiel), that weapon will become available in Sheldon's testing arena. When you are in the shop, simply press Y, and you'll be transported to an arena with dummies, where you can try out new weapons and their corresponding loadouts. 

From this arena, you can press + to change your gear. This will open up a menu of all the weapons available for purchase in the shop with Sheldon Licenses. You can equip any of them here (primary or special) to test them out.

That's everything you need to know about Sheldon Licenses in Splatoon 3. We've got plenty more on the latest game in the popular franchise, including a list of every hairstyle available for Inklings and Octolings, every way to play multiplayer matches, and the skinny on Hero Gear. For even more tips on the game, visit our guides hub and get a few legs up on all the other Inklings out there.

Splatoon 3: How to Get & Upgrade Hero Gear https://www.gameskinny.com/kzoe0/splatoon-3-how-to-get-upgrade-hero-gear https://www.gameskinny.com/kzoe0/splatoon-3-how-to-get-upgrade-hero-gear Tue, 13 Sep 2022 19:48:07 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

The single-player Hero Mode in Splatoon 3 is the most in-depth and expansive campaign the series has produced yet. Playing as the yellow ink splattering Agent 3, you are sent on a mission by some Splatoon 2 fan favorites. This is where you will be able to use and upgrade your Hero Gear. 

Hero Mode is a series of stages, each of which contains a set of missions. With the help of your little salmon buddy Smallfry, you'll use the Power Eggs you earn to clear the Super Mario Sunshine inspired fuzzy ooze that impedes your progress throughout each of the stages.

Hero Gear is an upgradable Hero Suit given to you in this mode, and that's where it stays. This unique loadout can be used in all the Hero Mode missions, but Hero Gear can't be used elsewhere (sorry, no multiplayer or Salmon Run for this one). Most importantly, collecting resources and gaining experience allows you to upgrade your Hero Suit and tackle the more challenging missions in the late game without breaking a sweat. 

Where to Get the Hero Suit

The Hero Suit is a piece of Hero Gear given to you by Cuttlefish, who you encounter when you first begin playing Splatoon 3's single-player component. You'll watch a brief cutscene where the old fish enlists you on a mission and gives you a yellow Hero Suit. 

Hero Gear Upgrade Tree

After you play through the Crater section (the opening 30 minutes or so) and hit the Squid Sisters camp, you'll be able to access the Hero Gear upgrade tree. This skill tree contains a list of passive traits and active abilities you can unlock as you progress through Hero Mode. The full list of Hero Gear upgrades is listed below (some appear twice):

  • Smallfry HP Up
  • Ink Resistance Up
  • Better Hero Shot
  • Ink-Tank Capacity Up
  • Smallfry Quick Respawn
  • Get Splat Bombs
  • Suit Recovery Up
  • Smallfry Ink Saver
  • Get Sensor
  • Ninja Squid
  • Get Burst Bombs
  • Better Hero Shot
  • Get Curling Bomb

How to Upgrade Hero Gear

To upgrade your Hero Suit and Hero Gear in Splatoon 3, there are a couple of things you need to do. First, and most simply, play the mode. The more missions you complete and fuzzy oozes you clear, the more upgrade points you gain. These upgrade points are one of the two resources needed to improve in single-player, and luckily, they're plentiful.

It's the other part of the equation that can slow down your progress through the skill tree. 

Where to Find Sardinium

To upgrade Hero Gear, you need Sardinium. This resource is rare, and each island of the six-stage campaign only has a handful of the stuff. While some Hero Gear skills are easily accessible, others are locked away and require you to use Sardinium to access them. Only after you've unlocked a section using Sardinium are you able to put your upgrade points into those nodes.

Sardinium is most often found on the islands themselves, either in crates or hiding under fuzzy ooze. Being a completionist about ooze removal is the best way to get more Sardinium quickly. 

Sardinium also drops from boss fights. There are only a few of these in the whole game at Sites 2,4, and 6, but each drops multiple chunks of the resource for Hero Gear upgrades.

You can blow through the areas without even confronting a boss, so make sure you do the extra legwork to carefully examine the area and clear your way to the boss fight. If you are unsure where one is on a given stage, remember you can always go to the birds-eye-view icons, which allow you to see the level from above by pressing and holding ZL

And that's everything you need to know about Hero Gear, upgrade points, and Sardinium in Splatoon 3. If you're wondering how to get Food and Drink Tickets, we've got you covered there. Looking for a list of every hairstyle in the game? Click over here. For more guides to mastering all the modes the game has to offer, follow our Splatoon 3 guides hub

Splatoon 3: All Hairstyles for Inklings and Octolings https://www.gameskinny.com/af0vc/splatoon-3-all-hairstyles-for-inklings-and-octolings https://www.gameskinny.com/af0vc/splatoon-3-all-hairstyles-for-inklings-and-octolings Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:43:00 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Splatoon 3 hairstyles come in two dozen shapes and sizes, and better still, there’s (almost) no limit to what style you can pick. Every Inkling or Octoling can choose from whatever hairdos are available to their respective species, regardless of gender.

While the character selection screen limits you to a scant few choices for Inkling and Octoling, more options open up as soon as you arrive in Splatsville. This Splatoon 3 guide collects all of the cuts available, as well as how to change them. 

How to Change Hairstyles

Though you pick your hairstyle during character creation before ever setting foot in Splatsville (whether you've transferred your data or not), you can change it at any point after you arrive in the city, too. 

  • Open the menu by pressing the “+” button.
  • Navigate to the “Other” menu (the one with the amiibo symbol).
  • Choose the “Style” tab.

Here, you can change your hairstyle, eyebrow shape and cut, and your pants style – everything you choose at the start of the game, in other words.

Can You Change Hair Color?

What you can’t alter is your hair color. Hair color changes automatically every time you log into the game and then again at the start of the match, where it always matches your team’s ink color.

All Splatoon 3 Hairstyles

There are 24 hairstyles to choose from in Splatoon 3 – 16 Inkling (squid kids) and eight Octoling (octo kids). There are no gender options, so you can pick whatever hairstyle you want and change it at will.

Take note of the cuts you really want. If you start with an Inkling style, you can’t swap to Octoling hair at all. You’re only option is to create a new character, which means starting from square one again.

So far, no additional hair options show up in Splatoon 3, though the chance always exists that Nintendo may add more in future updates.

Inkling Hairstyles








Messy Bob

Half Braid


Slicked Back





Double Bun

Octoling Hairstyles








Double Ponytails

Those are all of the current hairstyles in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including how to play multiplayer with friends and how to unlock Salmon Run mode.

Splatoon 3: How to Transfer Data https://www.gameskinny.com/erejg/splatoon-3-how-to-transfer-data https://www.gameskinny.com/erejg/splatoon-3-how-to-transfer-data Mon, 12 Sep 2022 15:06:44 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Figuring out how transfer data in Splatoon 3 seems straightforward after the fact, but the game makes little effort to tell you how to do it. The data transfer process is fast and painless, and the benefits it unlocks make it more than worth the few seconds of your time it costs to complete the process. Just make sure you get your user accounts in order before you start playing.

Transferring Your Data Explained

Moving data over to Splatoon 3 just requires you to walk into the lobby, which is at the top of the stairs in Splatsville’s central square. Once you step inside the lobby, a message will pop that asks if you want to transfer your Splatoon 2 data. It then displays your Splatoon 2 data information, including your rank and the amount of time you played.

You must be playing Splatoon 3 with the same user account as you used for Splatoon 2 for the transfer message to pop. How long you played Splatoon 2 or what rank you reached in that game doesn’t matter. You get the same rewards – 3 Gold Sheldon Licenses and access to Anarchy Battles – regardless of whether you were a total newbie or a seasoned veteran.

Instant access to Anarchy Battles is ideal if you’re keen on Splatoon 3’s ranked matches. Anarchy is the same as ranked in Splatoon 2, but normally, you can’t access the mode until you reach Level 10, so you won't have to farm Food and Drink Tickets as much. 

What are Gold Sheldon Licenses For?

Gold Sheldon Licenses are the real reward for transferring your data. These are slightly different than regular Sheldon Tickets because they let you purchase any weapon from Sheldon’s emporium, regardless of your current level. This is your chance to get the best available version of a favorite weapon or unlock new toys – the Splat Stringer or Splatana, for example – well before you could normally get them.

So far, no other way to obtain Gold Sheldon Licenses exists, so make sure to choose wisely. You can still get silver licenses every time you rank up, though you have to abide by the level gating system. Even if you have five silver tickets, you can’t get the Bloblobber, for example, until you hit the right level.

Make sure to test a weapon before buying it by pressing “Y” while you’re looking at the weapon you want. You warp to a test arena with a large open space and training dummies to target, and you can clean the arena to start again as many times as you want.

That's all you need to know about how to transfer data in Splatoon 3, but make sure to check out our other Splatoon 3 guides for more tips and tricks, including how to play multiplayer locally and online and how to unlock the popular Salmon Run mode.

Splatoon 3: How to Get Food and Drink Tickets https://www.gameskinny.com/w7cqb/splatoon-3-how-to-get-food-and-drink-tickets https://www.gameskinny.com/w7cqb/splatoon-3-how-to-get-food-and-drink-tickets Mon, 12 Sep 2022 15:44:57 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

When you first start Splatoon 3, you'll notice the Crab-N-Go shop in the Lobby. Here you can purchase temporary boosts for your gear and experience, but to do so, you'll first need to find some Food and Drink Tickets. 

Splatoon 3 doesn't tell you how to get Food Tickets, but there are many ways. The vouchers aren't plentiful, so you'll want to use them sparingly once you do find them. These are the best and fastest ways to make sure you always have Food Tickets when you need a little XP boost.

Best Ways to Find Food and Drink Tickets

There are four ways to earn Food Tickets in Splatoon 3. The first is by simply leveling up your Catalog to Level 4. This will earn you your first Food Ticket. 

The second is simple but unfortunately the least reliable. Next to the Crab-N-Go, there is a Shell-Out machine. At this capsule vending machine, your first pull of any given day will cost you 5,000 cash. Any additional attempts per day cost a whopping 30,000. While tickets aren't the only item that you can get from the Shell-Out machine, one pull from it every day will give you consistent chances to get more tickets. 

The most reliable way to earn Food Tickets is by playing the single-player Hero Mode campaign. They can be found both in the overworld — where fuzzy ooze will be hiding one occasionally — and in the levels themselves. Vouchers will sometimes drop from enemies or be found in crates, and some optional missions even list Tickets as a reward in addition to Power Eggs. Be sure to keep your eye out for those. 

Lastly, some of the capsules that drop as reward for good Salmon Run performance can be exchanged for Tickets. Red Capsules will guarantee you at least a common Food Ticket and Purple Capsules always hold at least one Drink Ticket. 

So in review, get Food and Drink Tickets by

  • Increasing your Catalog to Level 4.
  • Interacting with the Shell-Out machine once a day. 
  • Playing the Hero Mode campaign (which also gives Hero Gear). 
  • Exchanging Salmon Run capsules:
    • Red for Food Tickets. 
    • Purple for Drink Tickets.

How to Use Food and Drink Tickets

Food Tickets allow you to purchase consumables that give you bonus experience or bonus cash from matches. Drink Tickets let you purchase items that give bonus XP to your abilities. 

You can exchange your vouchers for these bonuses at the Crab-N-Go shop inside the Lobby. It is to the right of the Shell-Out machine. Every boost you can buy here lasts 20 multiplayer matches. You don't have to do those all at once either. You can log off and the benefits of your active Food and Drink Tickets will still be there when you return. Just know that when you buy a ticket, it immediately becomes active for your next 20 games. 

When you log back in, you can check how many matches you have remaining on your active tickets by opening the match menu. Here you can see the number displayed next to your total Cash and Conch Shells.

That's everything you need to know about Food and Drink Tickets in Splatoon 3. For more on the tiny details that Splatoon 3 doesn't explain to you, such as how to transfer your data for Gold Sheldon Tickets, keep refreshing our dedicated guides page. We've also got a handy list of every Inkling and Octoling hairstyle if you want to view them all in one place.

Splatoon 3: How to Unlock and Play Salmon Run https://www.gameskinny.com/to6rh/splatoon-3-how-to-unlock-and-play-salmon-run https://www.gameskinny.com/to6rh/splatoon-3-how-to-unlock-and-play-salmon-run Mon, 12 Sep 2022 10:22:55 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

One of the highlights of Splatoon 2 was the cooperative, wave-based mode Salmon Run. The mode was also frustrating because of how it worked: you could only play it at certain times of day. That isn't the case in Splatoon 3.

Salmon Run, still located in Grizzco, is available to play at any time, with maps cycling in and out on a timer exactly like the competitive modes. However, this multiplayer mode isn't available from the get-go. You'll need to take some time to get used to the basics before it unlocks. It's also worth pointing out that you won't be able to use your Hero Gear here — sorry!

How to Play Salmon Run

To play Salmon Run online in matchmaking, you'll need to spend some time with Splatoon 3's Turf War mode and reach Level 4 by playing multiplayer. It's also a good way to get Sheldon Licenses, which you'll need anyway. Once you've hit the appropriate level, Grizzco will be unlocked, letting you matchmake in Salmon Run games. 

The first time you visit Grizzco either by traveling there from your menu or going to the building in Splatsville, you'll have to complete a quick Salmon Run tutorial. Afterward, you'll be able to search for private and public games from this area. You'll also be able to earn bronze, silver, and gold fish scales (more below) to spend in the mode's shop. 

Though unlikely, if you're playing Splatoon 3 locally with other Switch owners and none of you have reached Level 4, you can still play Salmon Run. You'll need to have at least made it to Splatsville. From there, go to The Shoal, and you can host and join local games of Salmon Run from here. 

Golden Eggs Explained

Collecting Golden Eggs and depositing them in your Egg Basket is the goal of each wave of Salmon Run. In the campaign and Salmon Run modes, you collect many orange Power Eggs. The Golden Eggs you find in Salmon Run are a rarer variety of this item only dropped by boss Salmonids.

One or more of these powerful enemies will spawn during each wave and usually drop three Golden Eggs. Some bosses drop more

If an Egg isn’t collected in time, a “Snatcher” appears to grab each Egg that’s missed. You can splat the Snatcher to grab your hard-earned loot back. Once you have a Golden Egg, you can either run it back to your Egg Basket or throw it in using the A button on the Joy-con or Pro Controller. Learning how to quickly snatch up and deposit Golden Eggs is the key to becoming an essential teammate in Salmon Run.

Fish Scales Explained

The last part of Salmon Run you need to be aware of is Fish Scales. In Splatoon 3, bronze, silver, and gold Fish Scales can be used to purchase premium collectibles and cosmetic items. You aren't guaranteed to earn them every run, though.

To get Fish Scales in Splatoon 3, you have to be lucky enough to get an Xtrawave after the regular final (3rd) wave of Salmon Run. This wave will spawn a King Salmonid and give all teammates an egg cannon loaded with Golden Eggs. To get Fish Scales, you need to damage the King Salmonid with the Golden Eggs. 

The King has a chance to drop any of the three types of scales after being shot. These encounters are limited-time battles with the goal of grabbing as many scales from the King as possible before time runs out. 

Now you know how to dominate Salmon Run, get Golden Eggs, and use them to grab Fish Scales. For more guides on Splatoon 3 and all its modes — or articles like our complete Inkling and Octoling hairstyles list — check out our guides hub for Nintendo's latest smash hit.

Splatoon 3: How to Play Online & Local Multiplayer With Friends https://www.gameskinny.com/r1t0l/splatoon-3-how-to-play-online-local-multiplayer-with-friends https://www.gameskinny.com/r1t0l/splatoon-3-how-to-play-online-local-multiplayer-with-friends Sat, 10 Sep 2022 15:58:04 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

When you first boot up Splatoon 3, you won't be able to jump into multiplayer right away. You'll first need to create a character, go through a tutorial, and reach Splatsville, the game's hub, before the local and online multiplayer options become available and you're able to play with friends or anyone else. 

Luckily, this shouldn't take you very long. Once you've arrived, there are various ways to play with friends. This Splatoon 3 guide will tell you how to get to Splastville and how to enter a multiplayer match. 

How to Reach Splatsville

After creating your custom Inkling or Octoling, you'll be thrown into the tutorial stage of Splatoon 3. This shouldn't take you longer than 10 or 15 minutes to complete, and it will help you become familiar with the basics of Splatoon if you are a newcomer to the series. 

You'll then get thrown into the central square of Splatsville and directed toward starting a multiplayer match. You can also go talk to the old squid by the sewers to get a head start on the single-player content, which you could knock out before even touching the multiplayer if you really wanted to.

From here, the game will keep the kid gloves on for just a little bit longer, but you now have a variety of ways to enter multiplayer matches. 

Splatoon 3 Multiplayer Explained

Once you're in Splatsville, there are a couple of places you'll to become familiar with.

The Lobby

The first area of note is in the building with the intersecting arrow logo. This is the Lobby, where you can search for online multiplayer matches. You'll be limited to regular Turf War and Private Battle modes until you reach Level 10.

In the Lobby, you can also access a quick multiplayer menu by pressing L (left bumper). This will bring you to the same list of online options as going in the tube does. From this menu, you can also:

  • View your win-loss record.
  • Access the message center
  • View a list of friends actively playing Splatoon 3

The Shoal

To the right of the Lobby building, you'll find another building with two arrows making an infinity sign. This is the Shoal, where you're able to play local multiplayer with other Switch players nearby. From here, you can access private competitive battles and Salmon Run matches for local splatting mayhem.

Note: Much of the game's customization doesn't unlock until you reach Level 4. This softer cap is where the game begins to open up, and it's also when Salmon Run becomes available. 

How to Join a Multiplayer Session

These are the steps you need to take to join a public multiplayer session in Splatoon 3.

  • Go to the lobby (either by accessing it from your menu or walking there).
  • Pull up the multiplayer match menu by pressing L.
  • Select Regular Battle or Anarchy Battle. 

To join an online friend's game, you will want to repeat the first two steps but instead:

  • Select Private Battle, or use the d-pad to toggle "with friends" on and select a mode.
  • From here you will be able to join any friend in a Splatoon 3 lobby.

To join a local game

  • Go to the Shoal.
  • Open the match menu.
  • Select Private Battle or Salmon Run.
  • Open rooms will populate if they are available to join locally.
How to Create a Room and Match

To create a room for your friends to join in Splatoon 3 you have to follow these steps. 

  • Go to the Lobby.
  • Open the match menu.
  • Select Private Battle.
  • Press Y to Create a Room.
  • Set a password (optional).

You are now hosting a session. From here, you can set the mode and stage while you wait for players to join. You can also turn Recon Mode on and off by hitting ZL. You can repeat this process for local multiplayer, just go to the Shoal instead of the lobby. 

How Many Players Can be in a Single Multiplayer Session?

Like its predecessor, Splatoon 3 features 4v4 action, with sessions topping out at eight players. A full team of eight is required for a match to start and the session will end regardless of mode if someone drops out of the session. The co-op Salmon Run mode can be played with 2-4 players.

That's everything you need to know about Splatoon 3 multiplayer, joining sessions, and creating lobbies. For more on Nintendo's latest splat-tastic release, such as how to get Sheldon Licenses, why Food and Drink Tickets are important, or how to upgrade your Hero Gear, stay tuned to GameSkinny and our guides hub page for Splatoon 3.

Enter the Splatlands When Splatoon 3 Releases in September https://www.gameskinny.com/kqugy/enter-the-splatlands-when-splatoon-3-releases-in-september https://www.gameskinny.com/kqugy/enter-the-splatlands-when-splatoon-3-releases-in-september Fri, 22 Apr 2022 15:23:49 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Summer 2022 is a broad window, and Nintendo will wait until it's almost over to release Splatoon 3. With the recent announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 launching in July, it seemed likely the launch of the upcoming third-person shooter would come sometime after. And that is indeed the case. Splatoon 3 will take fans to the Splatlands on September 9. 

Nintendo announced the new release date in an April 22 blog post alongside an almost 4-minute gameplay trailer, showcasing the new Eeltail Alley map and "the stringer — a new bow-shaped weapon type that enables you to sling ink sideways and vertically. 

While there are still some things we don't know about Splatoon 3, it is clear that the vibrant shooter will involve the series' staple four-versus-four paint-soaked matches across new and old arenas alike. Inklings and Octolings return, of course, along with a single-player campaign and a co-op Salmon Run Mode. 

To celebrate the new release date announcement, Nintendo is giving away Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion DLC for free. The catch is that you'll need to be a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack member to get it (so it's kind of free).

Splatoon 3's development was announced near the beginning of 2021. Stay tuned for more on the shooter as we approach September.  

Splatoon 3 is Real, but We'll Have to Wait Until 2022 https://www.gameskinny.com/brddh/splatoon-3-is-real-but-well-have-to-wait-until-2022 https://www.gameskinny.com/brddh/splatoon-3-is-real-but-well-have-to-wait-until-2022 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:48:49 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Splatoon 3 is in production, and it's coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022. Nintendo announced the third entry in the endless war between Inklings and Octolings during the February Nintendo Direct and unveiled a first look at it.

Splatoon 3 takes place in a brand-new area, the "sun-scorched Splatlands" and the city of Splatsville. Something terrible has happened, and the Inklings and Octolings make their way to Splatsville in the aftermath, looking for a new life — and plenty of new fights.

We don't know much about Splatoon 3 yet, but the trailer description says there will be new moves, new weapons, and much more.

There's also a detailed character creation screen at the start of the game, offering several skin, eye, and hair options plus a chance to customize the strange little creature that accompanies the protagonist Inkling.

Nintendo broke its long-standing rule of not revealing games more than a year away, but it promised more Splatoon 3 information over the coming year.