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"Splatoon 2" Splatfest Guide for New and Returning Players

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

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 2 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.

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.

Normal Mode

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

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.

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

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

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.

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, follow these steps:

  1. 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.
  2. Depending upon which Amiibo you used, Pearl or Marina will ask if you'd like to take a picture.
  3. Confirm that you want to take a picture and your Inkling or Octoling will appear on stage with the selected character.
  4. 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.

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.

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.

Splatfest Rankings Requirements (Prior to 4.0.0 Update)

Splatfest TitlePoints Required from Previous RankTotal 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.

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 TitleSuper Sea Snails Awarded to Winning TeamSuper 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

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 DateOptionsWinnerFinal 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

November 17, 2018

Salsa vs Guacamole

Salsa

3-0

December 14, 2018

Heros vs Villains

Villains

2-1

January 4, 2019

Family vs Friends

Friends

2-1

February 9, 2019

Pancakes vs Waffles

Waffles

3-0

March 16, 2019

Knights vs Wizards

Wizards

2-1

April 19. 2019

Hare vs Tortise

Hare

2-1

May 17, 2019

Time Travel vs Teleportation

Teleportation

3-0

June 15, 2019

Unicorns vs Narwhals

Narwhals

3-0

July 18, 2019

Chaos vs Order

Chaos

3-0

"Splatoon 2" Splatfest Results: Europe

Splatfest DateOptionsWinnerScore

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

November 24, 2018

Eat it vs Save it

Save it

3-0

December 14, 2018

Heros vs Villains

Villains

2-1

January 4, 2019

Family vs Friends

Friends

2-1

February 9, 2019

Pancakes vs Waffles

Waffles

3-0

March 16, 2019

Knights vs Wizards

Wizards

2-1

April 19, 2019

Hare vs Tortise

Hare

2-1

May 17, 2019

Time Travel vs Teleportation

Teleportation

3-0

June 15, 2019

Kid vs Grown-Up

Grown-Up

2-1

July 18, 2019

Chaos vs Order

Chaos

3-0

"Splatoon 2" Splatfest Results: Japan

DateOptionsWinnerScore

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

November 10, 2018

Pocky Chocolate vs Pocky Gokuboso

Pocky Gokuboso

2-1

December 14, 2018

Heros vs Villains

Villains

2-1

January 4, 2019

Family vs Friends

Friends

2-1

February 2, 2019

Boke vs. Tsukkomi

Boke

2-1

March 16, 2019

Knights vs Wizards

Wizards

2-1

April 19, 2019

Hare vs Tortise

Hare

2-1

May 11, 2019

Ce (Central League) vs Pa (Pacific League)

Ce

2-1

June 15, 2019

With Pinapple vs Without Pinapple

Without Pineapple

3-0

July 18, 2019

Chaos vs Order

Chaos

3-0

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.

Future Splatfests

The final Splatfest started July 18th, 2019 and lasted three days. In this world-wide Final Fest, players chose between Chaos or Order. While this was the last official Splatfest for Splatoon 2, series creator

Hishashi Nogami announced that a version 5.0 update is coming after the final Splatfest to enable private Splatfests, which will allow players to host their own private mini-Splatfest events with friends.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the next Spatfest topic for January?

Answer: The next Splatfest will take place January 4th, 2019, and the topic is “Who would you rather spend the holidays with: Friends vs Family.”

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: When is the next Splatfest in Splatoon 2?

Answer: 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