Squad Battle

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Squad redirects here. For the music band, see Squid Squad.
Squad Battle
GameMode SquadBattle.png
Play a ranked battle with your squid squad!(NA)
Play a Ranked Battle in a squad with your friends!(EU/OC)
Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 6-8 (3-4 vs. 3-4) (2-4 players per squad, 2-player squads teamed up with another 2-player squad, 3-player squads treated as a 4-player squad)
Ranked Yes
Weapons N/A
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
Release Date August 6th (Version 2.0.0)

Squad Battle is a mode in Splatoon made available as part of the Version 2.0.0 DLC. Squad Battle allows groups of up to four friends to participate together in Ranked Battle with other squads. A squad will always battle together on the same team, and players who are rank S or S+ will not gain or lose rank points.


When forming a squad, players can create a Quad Squad (four members), a Tri Squad (three members), or a Twin Squad (two members). Squad Battles are always either 4v4, 4v3, or 3v3 battles, since Twin Squads cannot fight alone - they are paired up with another Twin Squad for a four-player team, and their opponents will also be a pair of Twin Squads. A Tri Squad, however, is treated as a Quad Squad, to their disadvantage when facing actual Quad Squads. However, if they are matched against a Quad Squad, the Tri Squad members are granted a quicker respawn.


If necessary, a squad can be protected by a four-digit password, allowing the creator of the squad to limit it to just invited friends. However, the friends-only rule still stands, so even if someone knows the password to a squad, they cannot join unless they are friends with the person who created it.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese タッグマッチ
Taggu Macchi
Tag-Team Match
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Combate en equipo Team Battle
FlagFrance.svg French Match en groupe Group match
FlagGermany.svg German Teamkampf Team Battle
FlagItaly.svg Italian Partita di gruppo Team Battle


  • There is an Easter Egg in this mode as well as in Private Battles: you can play one of the Squid Sisters' songs, Calamari Inkantation, using the sounds produced from the individual digits when you set up a password.
Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
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