Big Shot

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Big Shot
Splatoon 3 Direct Big Shot.jpg
Species Salmonid
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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 Boss Salmonid similar to a Cohock but larger, and wears a turquoise tank top rather than green overalls and has a short lime-green stubby bit of hair on its head. It spawns with a Big Shot launcher near the shoreline and fires a cannonball that will land 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 has considerably high health, but cannot attack directly and merely travels to and from the water to load cannonballs into the launcher. The launcher cannot be broken and will remain till the end of the wave, much like the pillar of the Fish Stick.

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 otherwise Snatchers may steal them before they can be collected.
  • Multiple Big Shots can use the same cannon at once.
  • Big Shots can spawn at cannons where another Big Shot has been defeated.
  • Big Shots will never spawn during High Tide.
  • A full charge from a Heavy Splatling will take a Big Shot down.


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run

Splatting Big Shots a specific number of times in Salmon Run: Next Wave will reward the player with special badges they can use on their Splatshtag.

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

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Movement speed is now about 30% slower than before.
    • In addition to lowering the Big Shot's attack frequency, this also lengthens the amount of time it spends walking on land, increasing the players' window of opportunity to attack.
  • The animation played as the Big Shot's shot comes flying in will be shown for longer than before, making it easier to determine where the shot was fired from.



  • Big Shot is the only Salmonid with a weapon that it does not permanently hold or pilot.


The term "Big Shot" means a person in a higher class or ranking than most, and is also a play on words relating to its cannon and its size.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese テッキュウ
From 鉄球 (iron ball)
Netherlands Dutch Bombarie From bom ("bomb"), bombarie ("uproar")
Canada and France French Gros boulet Big Ball
Germany German Kanonya From Kanone (cannon)
Italy Italian Cannoniere Gunner
Russia Russian Ядровик
From ядро yadro (cannonball)
Spain Spanish Artilleroide From Artillería ("Artillery")
China Chinese (Simplified) 铁球鱼
tiě qiú yú (Mandarin)
Iron Ball Fish
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 鐵球魚
tiě qiú yú (Mandarin)
Iron Ball Fish
South Korea Korean 철 구슬
cheol guseul
From (iron) and 球瑟 (marble)