Salmon Run
Type Local and Online Multiplayer
Players 4
Ranked No
Weapons Any weapon assigned to the player
Controllers Nintendo Switch

The Salmon Run is a new mode in Splatoon 2 where 1 (not recommended) to 4 players are working a job at Grizzco Industries to collect Power Eggs by fighting and splatting the Salmonids in three waves. The player collects special Power Eggs known as Golden Eggs to add and make the quota in each wave. This mode can be played locally or online.

The players' clothing are colored in orange, green and white, and their ink color is orange, blue, pink or purple, whereas the Salmonids use green-colored Ink.


Salmon Run is a four-player game mode that requires coordinated teamwork and communication to defeat waves of Salmonids. Players are required to bring a selected amount of Golden Eggs by defeating Boss Salmonids to the goal to complete the wave and move to the next wave. Each game is three waves long with varying difficulty ranges based on a percentage scale. The game's difficulty maxes at 100%, which can be reached by winning previous games as percentages increase by increments of 5%.


In this mode, Inklings are provided with Grizzco Industries' personal attire. With it, your Ink bar is in a Life Buoy attached to your back and your only Sub Weapon is the Splat Bomb. You are also provided with one of four different weapon, which can be seen in the Supplied Weapons info box.[1] The weapons are swapped with the other players at each shifts. You also get 2 uses of a set special weapon, which does not change between shifts. The equipment provided grants no abilities. 

Salmonid Field Guide

Lesser Salmonids

Boss Salmonids  (Golden egg carriers)

Defeating one instantly drops three golden eggs;

Known Occurences (can be mixed)

  • Normal boss appearances (all tides, can be night)
  • Water Level changing (High and low Tides )
  • Rush (normal or high tide, always at night)
  • Fog (anytime, anywhere, in addition of the current event)
  • The Griller (high and mid tide only, always night)
  • Cohock Charge (low tide only, at the Shore. Always night)
  • Goldie Seeking (normal or high tide; always night)
  • The Mothership (normal or high tide; always night)

When the night kicks in, all salmonids are a bit faster.

While not considered a real occurence, there are noticeable waves where there are a lot more boss salmonoids than usual. A good name for this occurence would be "boss Salmonoid rush."

Special Weapons

At the start of each day (set of three shifts), all players are provided with two uses of one of these special weapons and it is advised to not use them during the first shift (the easiest one):

  • Bomb Rush - Used to get rid of Flyfish and Maws, as well as in various other situations
  • Splashdown - Can be used when surrounded. Since the 1.2.0 update, this attack can damage the Flyfish's launchers.
  • Inkjet - various uses and occasions, aiming at the inside of Flyfish's baskets will have the same effects as throwing splat bombs.
  • Sting Ray - Leaves you vulnerable, has the ability to pass through walls and armors, allowing the user to take aim at the rear of a Steel Eel, the back of a Scrapper, the head of a Stinger (while not really faster), inside the cover of a Drizzler, the Mothership from afar, Steelheads themselves, the weak spot of a Griller and most importantly, the cockpit of a Flyfish - and to take them down.


Salmon Run takes place in a series of islands located on the irradiated waters outside Inkopolis, in which the Salmonids migrate there every 70 years. At the moment, there are 4 known stages where Salmon Run is held: Spawning Grounds, Marooner's Bay, Lost Outpost (added August 26, 2017), and Salmonid Smokeyard (added November 24, 2017).


  • Intern (2 tutorial stages)
  • Apprentice
  • Part-Timer
  • Go-Getter
  • Overachiever
  • Profreshional

Points allowance

Bonus meter

Endgame ex 1

The points you receive that increases your bonus meter are calculated based on the team's work, not individually, and everyone gets the same amount of base points, or "job score". The job score is the number of golden eggs the team collected, plus the whole number of power eggs divided by 200. This number is then multiplied based on each player's pay grade multiplier to form the final "Grizzco points".

Endgame ex 2

In the example shown on the right, the team collected 48 golden eggs and 1978 power eggs. The whole part of 1978/200 is 9. The job score is thus 48 + 9 = 57.

The upper number in each player's result shows how many times he or she resurrected someone, and the lower one tells how many times the player has been resurrected.

Rank meter

Finishing the first wave early decreases your meter by 20.

Finishing the second wave early decreases your meter by 10.

Finishing the last wave early does not decrease your meter.

Completing a run gives you 20 points.


  • A "salmon run" is when salmon fish jump up rivers to spawn their offspring. Although they die after they reproduce, they also get eaten by predators, such as bears, eagles, wolves, and people. While the real-life salmon run takes place at the end of a salmon's life (usually from 3 to 13 years, depending on the species), the Salmon Run in Splatoon 2 takes place in every 70 years.




  1. Salmon Run Session History