Splatoon 3: All new and returning modes explained, from Salmon Run to Tableturf Battle

While Turf Wars may be the star of the show in Splatoon 3, there are tons of new and returning modes to sink your tentacles into. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

After months of waiting, Splatoon 3 has finally arrived! The latest installment of Nintendo’s flagship multiplayer splat-em-up game has plenty of content to enjoy, from new cards until new weapons and all the different modes on offer.

Aside from the usual Turf War, there’s a brand new story mode, a TableTurf card game, Salmon Run, and even Tricolor Turf War battles. So just to give you an idea, we’ve covered all the Splatoon 3 game modes in the game so far.


All Splatoon 3 game modes (so far)

Splatoon 3 Turf War GameplayNintendo

Turf War is the most iconic mode in the Splatoon series.

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Turf War is back and better than ever in Splatoon 3. Two teams of four compete to ink the most turf on the map in three minutes. However, to make the gameplay more exciting, new techniques have been introduced.

For example, the Squid Surge ability allows players to swim up walls in a single burst, while the Squid Roll allows them to jump out of the ink as they turn around. Additionally, when a player’s character glows while performing the move, it also repels ink from opponents.

Anarchy Battles

Aside from Regular Turf Wars where the winning team covers the stage with the most paint, there are also Anarchy Battles. Here, players can compete for the ranking in four different modes, which vary. These modes are as follows:

  • Splat Zones: Players try to cover a zone with ink and try to prevent the other team from taking it.
  • Tower Control: Both teams compete for control of the tower and must move it into the enemy team’s territory to win.
  • Rainmaker: Two teams fight to get the Rainmaker and must bring the special weapon to their enemy’s base.
  • Clam Blitz: Collect mussels scattered around the stage and throw them into the opponent’s goal to score points.

Tricolor Turf War Battles

Tricolor Turf War battles are a new mode that is part of the game’s Splatfests, a special event where players vote for their favorite pick of three in an announced theme. Unlike the regular modes, Tricolor Turf War battles pit three teams against each other at the same time.

Tabletturf Battle

Splatoon 3 Tabletturf BattleNintendo

Tableturf Battle is a new mode that makes its debut in Splatoon 3.

The Tableturf Battle is a new 1-v-1 competitive card battle spin-off of Turf War. It’s here where players can ink different shapes with different cards, charge up power, and unleash it all at once with a special comeback attack. This mode is located in the Dojo on the vacant lot of Splatsville and over 150 cards can be collected.

Splatoon 3 Salmon Run

Splatoon 3 Cohozuna in Salmon RunNintendo

Splatoon 3’s Salmon Run features tons of new boss characters.

Salmon Run returns in Splatoon 3, which requires four players to work together to collect Power Eggs from waves of advancing Salmonids. Here, players can test their might against AI enemies and achieve an ultimate victory over these fishing fiends.

Aside from the usual Salmonid grunts, there are also boss encounters that require even more teamwork to take out. For example, Slammin’ Lid’s new boss crashes to the ground and crushes anything that dares to wander beneath it.

Inklings must jump on top of the flying saucer and defeat the Salmonid pilot to avoid being splashed. There was also the addition of the Big Shot, an enemy that fires paint bombs that explode and deal massive amounts of AoE damage.

By far the biggest threat, however, is the Cohozuna – a giant King Salmonid that appears during later parts of the stage. Not only does it have a huge health bar, but its attacks are particularly ferocious.

Finally, Nintendo has also announced that there will be a Big Run event every few months, where salmonids will invade the town where Inklings and Octolings live. We’ll likely hear more about Splatoon 3’s Salmon Run in the coming weeks, so check back here often.

Splatoon 3 Story Mode

Splatoon 3 characters Nintendo

Splatoon 3’s Story mode is a great way to practice different mechanics.

Splatoon 3’s story mode, also known as Return of the Mammalians, is a completely new campaign. Here, players can try out a variety of weapons and movement mechanics before entering the game’s multiplayer modes.

Expect lots of colorful levels and platform segments as you make your way through waves of Octarians to find the answers behind the Fuzzy Ooze that suddenly begins to appear all over the world.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about each Splatoon 3 game mode. Be sure to check out our Splatoon 3 page for all the latest news and tutorials.

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