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Splatoon 2 Famitsu Guide - Chinooks.jpg
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run, Salmon Run Next Wave

Chinooks are Salmonids that appear during the Mothership event. They are the only Salmonid that drops Golden Eggs during this occasion and each one drops one Golden Egg. It is the only Lesser Salmonid that can drop a Golden Egg, aside from the Snatcher.


Chinooks are similar in appearance to Chum. They wear metal propeller headlamp helmets that allow them to fly, making them similar to an Octocopter in that regard. They carry large crates from the Mothership that resemble white styrofoam coolers, with a cyan glow under the lid, and do not follow the Mothership when it goes to the egg basket.

Chinooks do not attack. The crates they drop spawn Lesser Salmonids. The crates glow red when they are about to open, and eventually explode. They can be destroyed before doing so.

The crates the Chinook carries deal damage when touched mid-air or when they explode.

After Chinooks drop an enemy crate, they quickly take off.


See also: Salmon Run data
HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs Golden Eggs
50 ? 12 / 6 / 18 1


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  • Relative to its HP (50), the Chinook provides more Power Eggs than any other Salmonid, at 18.


  • The Chinook's name is a reference to the species of salmon of the same name. The name is also, along with its propeller helmet and role of crate transport, a reference to the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, a transport helicopter used to carry heavy loads.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese シャケコプター
Shake koputā
Salmon 'copter
Netherlands Dutch Salmokopter From Salmoniet (Salmonid) and helikopter (helicopter)
France French (NOE) Salmocoptère From Salmonide (Salmonid) and helicoptère (helicopter)
Germany German Kopta From Helikopter (helicopter)
Italy Italian Salmocottero From Salmone (Salmon) (and, of course, from Salmonoide, "Salmonid" in Italian) and elicottero (helicopter)
Russia Russian Геликомуль
From геликоптер gelikopter (helikopter) and омуль omul' (whitefish)
Spain Spanish Salmocóptero From Salmonide (Salmonid) and helicóptero (helicopter)