Splatoon 2 Splatfest Guide for New and Returning Players

Updated on October 22, 2018
JenniferWilber profile image

Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Guide
Splatoon 2 Splatfest Guide | Source

What is Splatfest?

Splatfest is a special event that takes place in Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch. This event was originally introduced in the first Splatoon game on the Nintendo Wii U. Splatfests are recurring multiplayer events that take place on certain Saturdays in Splatoon 2, where players choose between two different teams and compete to see which team is victorious. The teams change for each event and are based on two different random things pitted against each other, such as Squid vs Octopus or Ketchup vs Mayonnaise. Each Team Battles it out in Turf War for 24 hours to decide the winner.

In Splatoon 2, each Splatfest is hosted by Pearl and Marina from the hip-hop duo, Off the Hook (in the first Splatoon, these events were hosted by the pop duo, The Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie). Pearl and Marina each represent one side during Splatfest. They perform on the main stage in Inkopolis Square, with their ink and outfit colors changed to match the ink color of the team they are representing.

Each upcoming Splatfest is announced before the event begins, giving players time to choose their teams. Upon choosing a team, each player is given a tee shirt featuring their chosen team. You can equip this shirt and begin acquiring abilities to fill its ability slots before each Splatfest begins. You will lose the shirt after Splatfest ends, however.

Pearl and Marina on stage during the Money vs Love Splatfest.
Pearl and Marina on stage during the Money vs Love Splatfest. | Source

The Difference Between Splatfest and Regular Multiplayer Games

During Splatfest, only the Turf War game mode is available. Ranked game modes are temporarily suspended until after the event. The stages rotate between the same stages that are available during regular turf wars, but they take place at night instead of during the day.

There is also a special stage, called Shifty Station, that is only available during Splatfest. This stage changes for each Splatfest, so the only way to experience each Shifty Station variation is to play during each Splatfest.

Prior to the Ver. 4.0.0 update, Splatfest consisted of two game modes; Solo and Team. In Solo, players could play only with randomly selected players online. In team, players were required to form a team of exactly four friends.

The Ver. 4.0.0 update changed some of the Splatfest rules, and replaced the Solo and Team modes with Normal and Pro. Both new game modes introduce a new scoring mechanic known as Clout.

In Normal mode, players can either jump into a game with randomly matched players, or form a team with up to three other people, with random players assigned to bring the total number up to four per team. In Normal mode, your Clout is determined by the amount you ink and your win bonus. If you are on a winning streak, you will also be matched against an opposing team with a similar streak.

Pro mode is for players who want to push themselves to their limits. Pro mode requires players to play solo, and players are rated by their Splatfest Power. In this mode, players can make it into the Splatfest Top 100 if they raise their Splatfest Power high enough. In Pro mode, your clout increases when you defeat an opposing team. Teams with a higher Splatfest Power give you more clout when you defeat them.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest - Shifty Station

My Inkling character representing Love in the "Money vs Love" Splatfest.
My Inkling character representing Love in the "Money vs Love" Splatfest. | Source

Inkopolis Square During Splatfest

Inkopolis Square, the main hub area of the game, is also changed for Splatfest. During Splatfest, Inkopolis Square appears as it would at night, and Pearl and Marina put on a special concert all throughout Splatfest. In Inkopolis Square, you will find Inklings, and now Octolings, dancing and enjoying Off the Hook’s concert.

Inkopolis Square is also filled with artwork from both teams during Splatfest in the form of neon signs and banners. During Splatfest, players can submit artwork especially for their Splatfest team, in addition to regular artwork. This artwork will appear throughout Inkopolis Square and in the multiplayer stages.

My Octoling, Niika, posing with Marina during the Squid vs Octopus Splatfest.
My Octoling, Niika, posing with Marina during the Squid vs Octopus Splatfest. | Source

Pearl and Marina Special Amiibo Support

During Splatfest, the Pearl and Marina Amiibo allow players to take a photo of their Inkling or Octoling character with Pearl or Marina on stage. To do this, go to the giant Amiibo box located at the back of Inkopolis Square and scan your Peal or Marina Amiibo, just like you normally would. Depending upon which Amiibo you used, Pearl or Marina will ask if you'd like to take a picture. Confirm that you want to take a picture and your Inkling or Octoling will appear on stage with the selected character. You can still select from different poses for both your Inkling/Octoling and Marina/Pearl. The main difference between taking a regular photo with your Amiibo and taking an on-stage photo during Splatfest is that the background now features Inkopolis Square during Off the Hooks’ Splatfest concert.

A meme I made during the first Splatoon 2 Splatfest, Mayo vs Ketchup, referencing the fact that most matches were Ketchup vs Ketchup because there weren't enough players on team Mayo.
A meme I made during the first Splatoon 2 Splatfest, Mayo vs Ketchup, referencing the fact that most matches were Ketchup vs Ketchup because there weren't enough players on team Mayo. | Source

Benefits of Participating in Splatfest

All Splatfest participants receive Super Sea Snails after the winners are announced. The number of Super Sea Snails each player receives is determined by their ranking at the end of Splatfest and whether they were on the winning or losing team.

Super Sea Snails are a currency in Splatoon 2 that can be used to upgrade your gear abilities. Super Sea Snails can be given to the character Murch (who replaces Spike from the original Splatoon game), who will add ability slots to your gear, or allow you to reroll for new abilities on gear that already contains a full set of abilities.

You can earn between 2 and 24 Super Sea Snails during each Splatfest, depending upon your final ranking.

You can also have Murch “scrub” your Splatfest shirt for the gear abilities for a discounted rate during Splatfest. It is beneficial to scrub your Splatfest shirt as you fill up its abilities throughout Splatfest so that you can collect these extra ability chunks, since you do not get to keep the Splatfest shirt after the event is over. These ability chunks can then be applied to other gear later.

Splatfest is also a great time to interact with the Splatoon 2 community online and meet other fans of the game. Some fans get incredibly heated over their chosen Splatfest team, making the game more competitive and fun during Splatfest.

Niika the Octoling, at Champion rank. Just a little to go before becoming Octopus Queen.
Niika the Octoling, at Champion rank. Just a little to go before becoming Octopus Queen. | Source

Splatfest Rankings

Prior to the ver. 4.0.0 update, as you played Turf Wars during Splatfest, your Splatfest Ranking increased. You received 3 Rank EXP for winning a match, 1 EXP for earning a score over 200p, and 2 EXP for earning a score over 400p.

After the ver. 4.0.0 update, your Splatfest ranking is determined by your Clout.In Normal mode, your Clout is determined by the amount you ink during a match, as well as your win bonus. Your clout in Pro mode increases when you defeat an opposing team. Teams with a higher Splatfest Power give you more clout when you defeat them.

These rankings are the key to acquiring more Super Sea Snails at the end of each Splatfest. The ranking titles in Splatoon 2 include [Team] Fangirl/Fanboy, [Team] Fiend, [Team] Defender, [Team] Champion, and [Team] Queen/King. The team name is determined by the team you chose for that particular Splatfest.

This is the screen shown when you rank  up after a match.
This is the screen shown when you rank up after a match. | Source

Splatfest Rankings Requirements (Prior to 4.0.0 Update)

Splatfest Title
Points Required from Previous Rank
Total Points Required
Fangirl/Fanboy
0
0
Fiend
10
10
Defender
25
35
Champion
50
85
Queen/King
99
184
If you give Murch Super Sea Snails, he will upgrade your gear.
If you give Murch Super Sea Snails, he will upgrade your gear. | Source

Super Sea Snail Rewards

All players receive Super Sea Snail rewards just for participating in Splatfest. The number of Super Sea Snails each player received is determined by their ranking at the end of Splatfest, as well as whether their team won or lost. Super Sea Snails must be collected before the next Splatfest is announced, or the player will lose any Super Sea Snails they would have won from the previous Splatfest. You will earn between 2 and 24 Super Sea Snails for each Splatfest you participate in.

Super Sea Snail Reward Tiers

Rank Title
Super Sea Snails Awarded to Winning Team
Super Sea Snails Awarded to Losing Team
Fangirl/Fanboy
4
2
Fiend
6
3
Defender
10
5
Champion
16
10
Queen/King
24
18
Even Judd and Lil' Judd get crazy during Splatfest
Even Judd and Lil' Judd get crazy during Splatfest | Source

Ver. 4.0.0 Splatfest Changes and Additions

The Ver. 4.0.0 update to Splatoon 2 introduced several changes and additions to Splatfest, starting with the Retro vs. Modern Splatfest for North America and Europe and the Tsubuan vs. Koshian Splatfest for Japan.

The Ver. 4.0.0 update changed some of the Splatfest rules. This update also replaced the Solo and Team modes with the new Normal and Pro modes.

In Normal mode, players can either jump into a game with randomly matched players, or form a team with up to three other people, with random players assigned to bring the total number up to four per team. Many players were upset that they couldn't play on teams with just one or two friends in Splatfest before the update, and this game mode change fixes that problem.

Pro mode is for players who want to push themselves to their limits. Pro mode requires players to play solo, and players are rated by their Splatfest Power. In this mode, players can make it into the Splatfest Top 100 if they raise their Splatfest Power high enough. This new mode is for those players who complained that Ranked was unavailable during Splatfest prior to the Ver. 4.0.0 update.

Both new game modes introduce a new scoring mechanic known as Clout. In Normal mode, your Clout is determined by the amount you ink and your win bonus. If you are on a winning streak, you will also be matched against an opposing team with a similar streak. In Pro mode, your clout increases when you defeat an opposing team. Teams with a higher Splatfest Power give you more clout when you defeat them.

With this update, lucky players may also find themselves randomly appearing in special 10x battles. If you win one of these special battles, your points will be multiplied by 10. There are also rumors that super rare 100x battles may appear as well.

Splatfest Scoring

Prior to the 4.0.0 update, the final score for determining the winner of each Splatfest was calculated by tabulating the popular vote, and the overall win percentages for both solo and team games.

After the 4.0.0 update, the winner is calculated by tabulating the popular vote, and the total clout earned by each team in both Normal and Pro modes.

To win Splatfest, a team must get the highest score in at least two of these categories.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Results – North America

Splatfest Date
Options
Winner
Final Score
July 15, 2017
Cake vs Ice Cream
Ice Cream
2-1
August 4, 2017
Mayo vs Ketchup
Mayo
2-1
September 1, 2017
Flight vs Invisibility
Flight
2-1
October 13, 2017
Vampire vs Werewolf
Vampire
3-0
November 17, 2017
Sci-fi vs Fantasy
Fantasy
2-1
December 15, 2017
Sweater vs Socks
Sweater
3-0
January 12, 2018
Action vs Comedy
Comedy
2-1
February 17, 2018
Money vs Love
Love
2-1
March 10, 2018
Chicken vs Egg
Chicken
2-1
April 6, 2018
Baseball vs Soccer
Baseball
2-1
May 4, 2018
Ralph vs Leo
Ralph
2-1
May 11, 2018
Mikey vs Donnie
Donnie
2-1
May 18, 2018
Ralph vs Donnie
Donnie
2-1
June 23, 2018
Pulp vs. No-Pulp
Pulp
2-1
July 21, 2018
Squid vs. Octopus
Squid
2-1
August 25, 2018
Fork vs Spoon
Fork
2-1
September 22, 2018
Retro vs Modern
Modern
3-0
October 20, 2018
Trick vs Treat
Treat
2-1

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Results – Europe

Splatfest Date
Options
Winner
Score
July 15, 2017
Cake vs Ice Cream
Ice Cream
2-1
August 5, 2017
Mayo vs Katchup
Mayo
2-1
September 2, 2017
Flight vs Invisibility
Flight
2-1
October 7, 2017
Front Roll vs Back Roll
Front Roll
2-1
November 4, 2017
Warm vs Cold
Warm
2-1
December 9, 2017
Film vs Book
Film
2-1
January 13, 2018
Action vs Comedy
Comedy
2-1
February 10, 2018
Gherk-OUT vs Gherk-IN
Gherk-OUT
3-0
March 10, 2018
Chicken vs Egg
Chicken
2-1
April 7, 2018
Salty vs Sweet
Salty
2-1
May 5, 2018
Ralph vs Leo
Ralph
2-1
May 12, 2018
Mikey vs Donnie
Donnie
2-1
May 19, 2018
Ralph vs Donnie
Donnie
2-1
June 24, 2018
Pulp vs No-Pulp
Pulp
2-1
July 21, 2018
Squid vs Octopus
Squid
2-1
August 18, 2018
Adventure vs Relax
Adventure
2-1
September 22, 2018
Retro vs Modern
Modern
3-0
October 20, 2018
Trick vs Treat
Treat
2-1

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Results – Japan

Date
Options
Winner
Score
July 15, 2017
Pop vs Rock
Rock
2-1
August 4, 2017
Mayo vs Ketchup
Mayo
2-1
September 9, 2017
Fries vs McNuggets
McNuggets
2-1
October 14, 2018
Agility vs Endurance
Endurance
2-1
November 11, 2017
With Lemon vs Without Lemon
Without Lemon
2-1
December 9, 2017
Warm Inner Wear vs Warm Outer Wear
Warm Outer Wear
2-1
January 13, 2018
Action vs Comedy
Comedy
2-1
Fabruary 3, 2018
Champion vs Challenger
Challenger
2-1
March 3, 2018
Flower vs Dumpling
Flower
2-1
March 24, 2018
Latest Model vs Popular Model
Popular Model
2-1
April 21, 2018
Unknown Creatures vs Advanced Technology
Advanced Technology
3-0
May 19, 2018
Hello Kitty vs Cinnamoroll
Hello Kitty
2-1
May 26, 2018
My Melody vs Pompompurin
My Melody
2-1
June 9, 2018
Hello Kitty vs My Melody
My Melody
2-1
July 21, 2018
Squid vs Octopus
Squid
2-1
August 18, 2018
Meiji Mushroom Mountain vs Meiji Bamboo Shoot Village
Mushroom Mountain
2-1
October 20, 2018
Trick vs Treat
Treat
2-1
Inkopolis Square is LIT during Splatfest. I took this screen shot during Mayo vs. Katchup.
Inkopolis Square is LIT during Splatfest. I took this screen shot during Mayo vs. Katchup. | Source

Upcoming Splatfests

Nintendo has confirmed that Splatoon 2 Splatfests will continue for two years after the game’s launch. This means that there will be regular Splatfests until at least the summer of 2019. Perhaps they will continue even longer if there is enough demand from fans.

The most recent Splatfest included the North America, Europe, and Japan regions. This special 48-hour Splatfest was known as Splatoween and took place between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. This Splatfest pitted trick against treat, with treat winning 2-1.

Questions & Answers

  • I was in my first Splatfest this weekend. So, I was on Team Modern and a Champion. How do I get my Splatfest rewards in Inkopolis Square?

    The Super Sea Snails you earned during Splatfest are automatically applied to your account when you go into the game after the Splatfest winner is announced. If you saw Pearl and Marina announce the Splatfest results, you should have automatically gotten your Splatfest reward Super Sea Snails when the game loaded and you got to Inkopolis Square.

  • When is the next Splatfest in Splatoon 2?

    The next Splatfest hasn't been announced yet by Nintendo. This article will be updated as more information is released.

    The last Splatfest took place on July 21st and was a world-wide Splatfest of Squid vs. Octopus. Octopus won the popular vote, but Squid won overall, beating out Octopus in both team and solo turf wars.

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://levelskip.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)