Big Shot

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Big Shot
Species Salmonid
Hair color
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Location Salmon Run Next Wave

Big Shots are Boss Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run Next Wave in Splatoon 3.


The Big Shot is a Salmonid similar to a Cohock but larger and wearing a turquoise tank top. It spawns with a Big Shot launcher near the shoreline and fires a cannonball near the egg basket. The cannonball then bounces up and down in a similar fashion to the Wave Breaker. However, the projectile sends off two shock waves before breaking, while the Wave Breaker emits three. The Big Shot itself cannot attack directly and merely travels to and from the water to load cannonballs into the launcher.

Even before the Big Shot is defeated, players can use its Big Shot launcher to fire Golden Eggs toward the egg basket. If multiple Big Shots spawn in a wave, they will all use the same launcher.


The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.[1]

Basic Information

  • These set up a Big Shot launcher near the shore. The Big Shot launcher is loaded with cannonballs carried in from the sea, which it then fires.
  • The attending Salmonid itself is not aggressive—it just passively goes back and forth between the sea and the Big Shot launcher.
  • The Big Shot launcher can be used to load and fire Golden Eggs.
  • After the Big Shot is defeated, the Big Shot launcher will stick around until the next wave.

Attack Behavior

  • It will fire its cannonballs in the direction of the egg basket.
  • When a cannonball lands, it creates two shock-wave attacks.


  • Take out the Salmonid operating the Big Shot launcher.

Supporting Information

  • Among muscle-bound Salmonids, those with belligerent personalities tend to be assigned as Steelheads, while those with calmer dispositions are assigned to Big Shots.
  • On Salmonid holidays, Big Shot workers like to launch special fireworks in place of cannonballs to make things more festive.


  • Load Golden Eggs in the cannon whenever any are near the shore. The cannon is very useful for getting eggs closer to the basket, but be sure another player is nearby to pick them up, as Snatchers may steal them otherwise.


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run

Defeating Big Shot a cumulative number of times in Splatoon 3 will reward the player with special badges.

Big Shot Badges
S3 Badge Big Shot 100.png Big Shot Splats x 100
S3 Badge Big Shot 1000.png Big Shot Splats x 1,000
S3 Badge Big Shot 10000.png Big Shot Splats x 10,000



The term "Big Shot" means a person in a higher class or ranking than most.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese テッキュウ
Iron ball
Netherlands Dutch Bombarie From bom ("bomb"), bombarie ("uproar")
Germany German Kanonya From Kanone (cannon)
Italy Italian Cannoniere Gunner
Russia Russian Ядровик
From ядро yadro (cannonball)
Spain Spanish Artilleroide From Artillería ("Artillery")

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