Challenge

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Challenge
S3 Icon Challenge.svg
Test yourself with limited-time battles!
Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 1-4
Ranked No
Weapons
Controllers Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date 3 June 2023 (playable only during event)

Challenge mode is an event mode which was added in Sizzle Season 2023. Officially a replacement for Splatoon 2's League Battle,[1] Challenges are limited-time competitions of standard modes with unique in-match conditions. They can be played solo or with a team, and feature a two-hour ranked play window similar to League Battle, but unlike League Battle's constant rotations, the windows only occur at a few specific times during a season. Winning five games in a Challenge awards the player with a Shell-Out Token.

Description

Challenges are limited-time competitions of standard modes with unique in-match conditions. They can be played solo or with a team, and feature a two-hour ranked play window similar to League Battle, but unlike League Battle's constant rotations, the windows only occur at a few specific times during a season. The monthly event battles that appeared in Splatoon 2's League Battle mode were confirmed to return as Challenges.[1] Winning 5 games in a Challenge awards the player with a Shell-Out Token. Just like Anarchy Battles, Challenges unlock when a player reaches Level 10.

List of Challenges

As of Version 6.0.2, there are 23 known challenge modes. Challenges usually occur once per week, with the Monthly Challenge occurring once per month, and the New Season Challenge occurring at the start of each season.

Challenge Mode Description Game Modes[a]
S3 icon Turf War.png S3 icon Splat Zones.png S3 icon Tower Control.png S3 icon Rainmaker.png S3 icon Clam Blitz.png
New Season Challenge The first challenge to occur after the launch of a new Season. Players play a game of Turf War on the new stages released for the season. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Too Many Trizookas! Players are only able to use weapons with Trizooka as its special weapon. Their special will charge significantly faster in this mode and will fill even if the player is not inking turf. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
The Sheldon Sampler Challenge Players are given a random weapon at the start of the game, regardless if they own the weapon or not.
Monthly Challenge No additional modifiers are added to this mode. Players are encouraged to achieve the highest power possible.
Foggy Notion The stage is covered with fog that varies in strength throughout the duration of the match.
Duel of Dynamic Duos Players queue up as a team of two. Respawn time is shortened.
Art Battle for the Ages Players are only allowed to use weapons within the Roller or Brush weapon classes.
Extreme Jump Battle Players jump height is significantly increased. Spawn armor is also increased. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Zip-to-it Zipcaster Challenge Players are only able to use weapons with Zipcaster as its special weapon. Their special will charge significantly faster in this mode and will fill even if the player is not inking turf. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Work the Angles Players are only able to use weapons with Angle Shooter as its sub weapon. The Angle Shooter's damage will be greatly increased in this mode as well as its ink consumption. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Tournament Test Run (Japan) A practice run for future tournaments in the Japan region. Players can participate, regardless of whether they want to participate in future tournaments or not.
Swim It to Win It Players swim speed is significantly increased. Swim Speed Up gear abilities have no effect. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Tournament Qualifiers (Japan) A Challenge to qualify for a tournament in the Japan region. Players can participate, regardless of whether they want to participate in tournaments or not.
Inkjets for Everyone! Players are only able to use weapons with Inkjet as its special weapon. Their special will charge significantly faster in this mode and will fill even if the player is not inking turf. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Modded Rainmaker Test-Fire The Rainmaker is modified to shoot three balls of ink instead of the usual one. Additionally, the holder receives the Tacticooler buff while they hold it. The Rainmaker's explosion timer lasts 30 seconds instead of 60.
Sheldon's Dress-Up Showdown Players are given a random weapon and set of amiibo gear at the start of the game, regardless if they own any of them or not.
Barrel of Splats Players are only allowed to use weapons within the Splatling class.
Reefslider Rally Players are only able to use weapons with Reefslider as its special weapon. Their special will charge significantly faster in this mode and will fill even if the player is not inking turf. Only primary abilities are allowed in this mode.
Oh My Gush Gushers are spread around the stage.
Fastest Blasters Players are only allowed to use weapons within the Blaster class.
Towering Tower Control The Tower Control tower appears in a different form with more space for players.
Making It Rain...Here? The Rainmaker weapon appears in other modes than Rainmaker.
Fully Charged Players are only allowed to use weapons within the Charger class.
  1. Game modes available as of 5.0.0

Rankings

All three timeframes per Challenge feature a list of the Top 100 Teams, Duos and Solo players respectively.

List of rankings:

Social media announcements

S3 Regarding Social Media Announcements for Special Challenges NA.jpg

After a special Challenge has concluded, social media channels of three regions will generally announce the teams that placed first, second, and third with the highest Challenge Power for a certain timeslot. They will also announce the team with the middle ranking among all teams as the Average Roe award. The announcement is accompanied by in-game screenshots of the teams posing on the stages that were available for the Challenge.

The special Challenges that have gotten these announcements are New Season Challenge and Monthly Challenge. To be eligible for announcements on social media, participants have to join and play as a group of 3 to 4 players where half or more have set their Splatfest region to one that matches one of the social media channels.

Challenge Rush

"Summer Holidays Challenge Rush"
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Things may have an official name in another language, but currently have no official English name.
English translations of these names are unofficial.

A "Challenge Rush" is a rerun of past Challenges with largely the same stages and modes scheduled for three consecutive days. These reruns are solely announced as such on Japanese social media and while they are meant to be a way for players who missed these past Challenges to still experience them, anyone can participate in them.

Past "Challenge Rushes"

Quotes

Ballistics aside, we have an update about the League Battle feature from Splatoon 2. A similar feature is coming in Sizzle Season with a new name - Challenges! These are an exciting new way to battle with special rules for a limited time, and you can join solo or with friends.
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[1]
A new mode - Challenge - is coming to #Splatoon3 in Sizzle Season 2023! Look forward to monthly challenges and events with special rules. Test your Turf War talent on a brand new stage in the first event, taking place 03/06!
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[5]

Dialogue

Click to view the quotes for Challenge. View the quotation page.

Badges

Badges are available for reaching each tier of high score in any Challenge.

Image In-game description
S3 Badge Challenge Top 50 Percent.png Top 50% in a Challenge!
S3 Badge Challenge Top 20 Percent.png Top 20% in a Challenge!
S3 Badge Challenge Top 5 Percent.png Top 5% in a Challenge!

Gallery

Promotional images

In-game

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese イベントマッチ
Ibento Matchi
Event Match
Netherlands Dutch Eventgevecht Event Battle
France French (NOE) Matchs Challenge Challenge Match
Germany German Event-Kampf Event Battle
Italy Italian Partita evento Event match
Russia Russian Бой-событие
Boy-sobytie
Event battle
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Combate especial Special battle
Spain Spanish (NOE) Combate evento Event battle
China Chinese (Simplified) 活动比赛
huódòng bǐsài
Event match
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 活動比賽
huódòng bǐsài (Mandarin)
wut6 dung6 bei2 coi3
(Cantonese)
Event match
South Korea Korean 이번트 매치
Ibeonteu maechi
Event match
Translate logo.svg Internal League [6]

References