Parallel Canon

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Parallel Canon
SO Sprite Parallel Canon.png
Species Jelleton
Habitat Boss floors
Hair color
Eye color Red
Location 10F and 20F (Intensifying-Harmony.Floor)
Maximum HP
Other forms
The Intensifying Harmony
Parallel Canon
— Parallel Canon's boss introduction

Parallel Canon is a boss fight featuring humanoid Jelleton enemies in Splatoon 3: Side Order.


Parallel Canon with the center one featuring the "Hipster" hairstyle.

Parallel Canon is a copy of Agent 4's data acquired by Order, with the masked figure being a direct copy of Agent 4 and the helmet wearers being copies of copies.[1] Like Agent 8, they wear the Order Suit, Order Boots, wield one of the Order weapons and are accompanied by a drone.


Parallel Canon is battled in a series of waves, with the exact number of foes per wave varying depending on whether it is fought on 10F or 20F.

  • The first wave is one or two enemies.
  • The second wave is two or three enemies.
  • The third wave is four or five enemies.

Parallel Canon always enters the arena by dropping off from a cage on the side opposite where Agent 8 lands. Each of Parallel Canon's bodies are equipped with one of the following weapon sets:

Main weapon Sub weapon Special weapon
S3 Weapon Main Order Shot 2D Current.png Order Shot S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Triple Splashdown.png Triple Splashdown
S3 Weapon Main Order Dualies 2D Current.png Order Dualies S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb S3 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles
S3 Weapon Main Order Brella 2D Current.png Order Brella S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Ink Storm.png Ink Storm
S3 Weapon Main Order Blaster 2D Current.png Order Blaster S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker
S3 Weapon Main Order Slosher 2D Current.png Order Slosher S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles
S3 Weapon Main Order Roller 2D Current.png Order Roller S3 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb Flat.png Curling Bomb S3 Weapon Special Big Bubbler.png Big Bubbler
S3 Weapon Main Orderbrush 2D Current.png Orderbrush S3 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb Flat.png Splat Bomb S3 Weapon Special Ink Storm.png Ink Storm

Only the enemy with visible hair wields the Order Shot, entering the battlefield by using their Triple Splashdown. They always appear at least once.

The drones lock onto the player at all times, making hiding from them ineffective, but also drawing attention to their location. They can also summon Jelleton reinforcements.

Sub and special weapons that reveal the positions of enemies in online matches, like the Ink Mine or Wave Breaker, can reveal the Parallel Canon enemies' location.


The following text is quoted from the Jelleton Field Guide.

SO Sprite Parallel Canon.png

Habitat: Boss floors
They're tough opponents who
look...a lot like Eight. It goes past
looks too. The more powered-up
your Palette is, the more
resourceful they get.
Don't get caught in a pincer
maneuver! Use the high ground
in the middle to force one-on-
one skirmishes.
They can do Triple Splashdowns
out of nowhere?! Where'd these
biters learn THAT trick?
Pick 'em off one at a time!



  • The Parallel Canon bosses use distorted voice clips from Inklings, both male and female. Their swim forms also identically resemble squids with black ink.
  • Despite ostensibly being enemies to Agent 8, the sounds produced by Parallel Canon are notably associated with teammates in online matches: as they enter battle from their cage, they emit the same alert sound heard from allies Super Jumping to the player's position; and when they are splatted, they emit the voice clips allied Inklings use when they issue an "Ouch..." signal.
  • In Smollusk's top-secret notes, it is implied that Agent 4 was used as the template for the Parallel Canon. An interview with Famitsu confirmed it was a copy of Agent 4's data.
    • If the player has Splatoon 2 save data on their Nintendo Switch and chooses to import that save data, the main Parallel Canon has the same hairstyle as Agent 4 in that file until the player is asked to import that save data. Otherwise, the main Parallel Canon has the "Haircut" hairstyle by default. It should be noted that if the player changes their Inkling hairstyle in Splatoon 2 the change is not reflected when playing against Parallel Canon.
  • Unlike other bosses which are already in the stage, Parallel Canon originally starts in a spawn area similar to Agent 8's.


A canon in a musical composition sense is a technique where an instrument plays a melody then different instruments copy the same melody afterwards. It can also refer to a generally accepted principle or rule, or a group of official sources regarding a work considered part of a franchise's main continuity within its fictional universe. Parallel refers to two lines that are equally distant from one another and never intersect, or two analogous, comparable elements. Parallel is also a term used in science fiction to refer to an alternate version of something, for example, a "parallel universe"; as such, the boss' name alludes to the creatures being a "parallel" version of Agent 8 if Splatoon 2 "canon" had been different, as Team Chaos beat Team Order in the Final Fest.

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese イカイノカノン
Otherworldly Canon
Netherlands Dutch Parallelle Canon Parallel Canon
CanadaFrance French Canon surréel Surreal Canon
Germany German Paralleler Kanon Parallel Canon
Italy Italian Canone Parallelo Parallel Canon
Russia Russian Параллельные мультиканоны
Parallel'nye multikanony
Parallel multicanons
SpainMexico Spanish Canon irreal Unreal canon
China Chinese (Simplified) 异界卡农
Yìjiè kǎnóng
Otherworld Canon

The Intensifying Harmony

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 增殖し共鳴する
Zoshoku shi kyomei suru
Propagate and Resonate
Netherlands Dutch De aanzwellende harmonie The crescendoing harmony
Germany German Eskalierende Harmonie Escalating harmony
Italy Italian L'armonia crescente The growing harmony
Russia Russian Распространяющие гармонию
Rasprostranyayushchie garmoniyu
The ones spreading the harmony