Big Shot

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Big Shot
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
Booyah Bomb 2 - 172
Crab Tank 4 - 20
Inkjet 4 - 16
Killer Wail 5.1 1 - 3
Reefslider 2 - 3
Triple Inkstrike 3 - 24
Wave Breaker 3 - 8
.52 Gal 24 - 35
.96 Gal 15 - 22
Aerospray MG 50 - 64
Ballpoint Splatling 35 - 48
Bamboozler 14 Mk I 8 - 20
Big Swig Roller 8 - 24
Blaster 6 - 12
Bloblobber 5 - 20
Carbon Roller 8 - 20
Clash Blaster 15 - 24
Classic Squiffer 4 - 24
Dapple Dualies 27 - 40
Dark Tetra Dualies 40 - 48
Dread Wringer 5 - 10
Dualie Squelchers 40 - 48
Dynamo Roller 3 - 12
Egg cannon 2 - 6
E-liter 4K 2 - 24
Explosher 10 - 16
Flingza Roller 4 - 18
Glooga Dualies 18 - 40
Goo Tuber 4 - 15
Grizzco Blaster 24 - 35
Grizzco Brella 15 - 80
Grizzco Charger 6
Grizzco Dualies 10 - 48
Grizzco Slosher 4 - 8
Grizzco Splatana 1 - 6
Grizzco Stringer 1 - 35
H-3 Nozzlenose 18 - 20
Heavy Edit Splatling 35 - 48
Heavy Splatling 35 - 48
Hydra Splatling 20 - 48
Ink Cannon 3
Inkbrush 30 - 60
Jet Squelcher 30 - 40
L-3 Nozzlenose 30 - 35
Luna Blaster 6 - 12
Mini Splatling 35 - 48
N-ZAP '85 43 - 60
Nautilus 47 35 - 48
Octobrush 20 - 30
Painbrush 8 - 24
Range Blaster 5 - 8
Rapid Blaster 9 - 20
Rapid Blaster Pro 8 - 16
REEF-LUX 450 6 - 36
Slosher 9
Sloshing Machine 8 - 12
Snipewriter 5H 5 - 20
Splash-o-matic 43 - 60
Splatana Stamper 3 - 27
Splatana Wiper 4 - 35
Splat Bomb 7 - 40
Splat Brella 7 - 40
Splat Charger 4 - 24
Splat Dualies 40 - 48
Splat Roller 6 - 18
Splattershot 34 - 40
Splattershot Jr. 43 - 60
Splattershot Nova 40 - 60
Splattershot Pro 27 - 40
Sploosh-o-matic 27 - 40
Squeezer 27 - 48
S-BLAST '92 4 - 8
Tenta Brella 4 - 27
Tri-Slosher 12 - 20
Tri-Stringer 3 - 30
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.
    • Eggs can also be fired from the cannon during an Xtrawave, functioning the same as a normal wave. This allows players to relocate groups of eggs to the basket if needed.
  • 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. The Crab Tank is one of the best specials for dealing with multiple Big Shots with its rapid-fire mode.
  • 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. As of Version 7.0.0, this is no longer possible.


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
Big Shot Splats x 100
Big Shot Splats x 1,000
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")
 Internal SakeArtillery [2]

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
 Internal SakeArtilleryCannon [2]