Big Shot

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Big Shot
S3 Tableturf Battle card Big Shot.png
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run Next Wave
HP 1,200
Maximum HP
Other forms

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


The Big Shot is a large-bodied Boss Salmonid that wears turquoise overalls and has a short, stubby, lime-green 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 until the end of the wave, similarly to 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.


See also: Salmon Run Next Wave data
Hits to splat Big Shot
Weapon Min/Max
S3 Weapon Special Booyah Bomb.png Booyah Bomb 2 - 172
S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank 4 - 20
S3 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet 4 - 16
S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1 1 - 3
S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 2 - 3
S3 Weapon Special Triple Inkstrike.png Triple Inkstrike 3 - 24
S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 3 - 8
S3 Weapon Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal 24 - 35
S3 Weapon Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal 15 - 22
S3 Weapon Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG 50 - 64
S3 Weapon Main Ballpoint Splatling.png Ballpoint Splatling 35 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I 8 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Big Swig Roller.png Big Swig Roller 8 - 24
S3 Weapon Main Blaster.png Blaster 6 - 12
S3 Weapon Main Bloblobber.png Bloblobber 5 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller 8 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Clash Blaster.png Clash Blaster 15 - 24
S3 Weapon Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer 4 - 24
S3 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies.png Dapple Dualies 27 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Dark Tetra Dualies.png Dark Tetra Dualies 40 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Dread Wringer.png Dread Wringer 5 - 10
S3 Weapon Main Dualie Squelchers.png Dualie Squelchers 40 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller 3 - 12
Egg Cannon.png Egg cannon 2 - 6
S3 Weapon Main E-liter 4K.png E-liter 4K 2 - 24
S3 Weapon Main Explosher.png Explosher 10 - 16
S3 Weapon Main Flingza Roller.png Flingza Roller 4 - 18
S3 Weapon Main Glooga Dualies.png Glooga Dualies 18 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Goo Tuber.png Goo Tuber 4 - 15
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Blaster.png Grizzco Blaster 24 - 35
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Brella.png Grizzco Brella 15 - 80
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Charger.png Grizzco Charger 6
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Dualies.png Grizzco Dualies 10 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Slosher.png Grizzco Slosher 4 - 8
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Splatana.png Grizzco Splatana 1 - 6
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Stringer.png Grizzco Stringer 1 - 35
S3 Weapon Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose 18 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Heavy Edit Splatling.png Heavy Edit Splatling 35 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling 35 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling 20 - 48
S2 Icon Ink Cannon.png Ink Cannon 3
S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush 30 - 60
S3 Weapon Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher 30 - 40
S3 Weapon Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose 30 - 35
S3 Weapon Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster 6 - 12
S3 Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling 35 - 48
S3 Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85 43 - 60
S3 Weapon Main Nautilus 47.png Nautilus 47 35 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush 20 - 30
S3 Weapon Main Painbrush.png Painbrush 8 - 24
S3 Weapon Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster 5 - 8
S3 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster 9 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro 8 - 16
S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450.png REEF-LUX 450 6 - 36
S3 Weapon Main Slosher.png Slosher 9
S3 Weapon Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine 8 - 12
S3 Weapon Main Snipewriter 5H.png Snipewriter 5H 5 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic 43 - 60
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Stamper.png Splatana Stamper 3 - 27
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Wiper.png Splatana Wiper 4 - 35
S Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb 7 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Splat Brella.png Splat Brella 7 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger 4 - 24
S3 Weapon Main Splat Dualies.png Splat Dualies 40 - 48
S3 Weapon Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller 6 - 18
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot.png Splattershot 34 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr. 43 - 60
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Nova.png Splattershot Nova 40 - 60
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro 27 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic 27 - 40
S3 Weapon Main Squeezer.png Squeezer 27 - 48
S3 Weapon Main S-BLAST '92.png S-BLAST '92 4 - 8
S3 Weapon Main Tenta Brella.png Tenta Brella 4 - 27
S3 Weapon Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher 12 - 20
S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png Tri-Stringer 3 - 30
S3 Weapon Main Undercover Brella.png Undercover Brella 8 - 48


  • Load any nearby Golden Eggs in the Big Shot Launcher to fire them toward the basket. The launcher is very useful for getting eggs closer to the basket, but be sure another player is there to pick them up, otherwise Snatchers may steal them before they can be collected.
    • Avoid spending too much time around the Big Shot Launcher, as staying near the shore can be dangerous.
  • Only one Big Shot Launcher will spawn each wave. Keep the location of the launcher in mind in case new Big Shots spawn later during a wave.
  • Big Shots do not spawn during High Tide.
  • Weapons with high DPS should prioritize splatting Big Shots.
    • A full charge from a Heavy or Hydra Splatling will take a Big Shot down.
    • The Dynamo Roller can quickly crush Big Shots by rolling over them.
    • If multiple Big Shots are active at the launcher, consider using a special weapon to splat all of them at once.
  • After the cannon is used, a trail of sparkles will follow the cannonball. Follow the sparkles to where they came from to locate the Big Shot.
  • Big Shots remain vulnerable while their heads are beneath the water. Players should keep firing at them until the Big Shot is splatted.


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run Next Wave

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 Splashtag.

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

Big Shot
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese テッキュウ
From 鉄球 tekkyū ("iron ball")
Netherlands Dutch Bombarie From bombarde ("bombard") and bombarie ("uproar")
CanadaFrance French Gros boulet Big Ball
Germany German Kanonya From Kanone ("cannon")
Italy Italian Cannoniere Gunner
Russia Russian Ядровик
From ядро yadro ("cannonball"), means someone who operates cannonballs
SpainMexico 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 鐵 cheol ("iron") and 球瑟 guseul ("marble")
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Big Shot launcher
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 発射台
Netherlands Dutch Bombariekanon Big Shot cannon
Canada French (NOA) Canon du gros boulet Big Shot Cannon
France French (NOE) Canon du Gros boulet Big Shot Cannon
Germany German Kanonya-Geschütz Big Shot Cannon
Italy Italian Cannone Cannon
Russia Russian Ядромет
Cannonball launcher
SpainMexico Spanish Lanzador Launcher
China Chinese (Simplified) 发射台
Fāshè Tái
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 發射台
Fāshè Tái
South Korea Korean 발사대
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