|“||Fill the enemy's clam basket!||”|
Clam Blitz is one of the four Ranked Battle modes in Splatoon 2, alongside Splat Zones, Rainmaker, and Tower Control. Clam Blitz is the only ranked mode introduced in Splatoon 2 that was not in Splatoon.
Clam Blitz was announced on 21 November 2017 when Nintendo released a video showing the updates for the coming weeks.
The objective of Clam Blitz is to pick up clams, which are scattered around the stage, and deposit them into the goal near the opposing team's base. Once a player picks up ten clams, it transforms into a Power Clam, which is used to destroy the barrier around the other team's goal when thrown towards it.
Holding and Throwing Clams
At the beginning of the match, thirty clams are scattered all around the center of the stage and towards the teams' bases. New clams in groups of four appear at set intervals at certain locations in the stage. They can be picked up by going close enough to them. A Power Clam is formed by picking up ten clams. After picking up clams, they start to trail along behind the player in humanoid form and disappear when swimming. When standing still in humanoid form, the clams form a pyramid shape. Clams and Power Clams can be thrown by pressing or . Clams can be passed to any player on the field, but the only team that can pick up a Power Clam-regardless of whether it was formed from ten clams or after a score-is of the color of the Power Clam. A Power Clam, when thrown to the ground, inks the ground. Picking up a Power Clam fumble while holding clams will force the player to drop all of them.
A player can only hold one Power Clam at a time and cannot pick up additional clams while holding one. A player that gets splatted while holding clams drops up to four of them. It is possible to Super Jump to a teammate or a Squid Beakon and keep all held clams intact, but if a player returns to their spawn, all clams they were holding will disintegrate. Throwing clams at the spawn also breaks them. After using the Splashdown or Baller, the player drops all the clams they were holding.
Any clams dropped or Power Clam fumbles disappear after ten seconds if not picked up. After a Power Clam disappears or enough clams have disintegrated, new clams appear in the stage in selected locations at groups of four clams.
Clams on the player's team ink color appear as pulsating circular markers on-screen (even through walls) and as dots surrounded by pulsating circles on the map. Both these markers are shown in the neutral color for the current match.
All players can see the position of both teams' Power Clams at all times on both the screen and the map, shown as a Ranked Battle symbol in white over their appropriate color. Once a player holds a Power Clam, it follows the player and can be seen even when swimming. A dropped Power Clam (or the one that spawns when the barrier regenerates) is similarly shown on all players' maps and screens in inverted colors (team color logo on white background). If the player is holding a Power Clam, or if the opponent's goal is open and the player is holding any clams, a marker shaped like a Power Clam in the opponent's color appears on-screen, showing the location of the opponent's goal.
Any friendly players holding clams have a numbered marker showing how many they are holding above their name. In addition, the scoreboard on the top of the screen shows the total number of clams currently held by each team, with Power Clams counted as ten clams.
Breaking the opponent's barrier with a Power Clam awards twenty points and lifts the team's barrier up, preventing the enemy team to score points. If several Power Clams hit the closed basket simultaneously, these points are awarded for each one. When clams are thrown in the opposing team's open basket, three points are earned for each clam, while a Power Clam is worth twenty. If a team's barrier closes with the exact same point total as the opposing team, the last team to score loses one point, a feature which is done to avoid tied scores.
The barrier stays open for ten seconds, and throwing a clam into it extends the timer by three seconds, but cannot make the remaining time go over ten seconds. Throwing a Power Clam into an open basket resets the timer to ten seconds. When the barrier timer runs out, the enemy team's basket lifts up to regenerate the barrier for ten seconds, while the team's barrier drops immediately, making it easier for a counter-attack. When the player's barrier is open, it is impossible to open the enemy's barrier, as any Power Clam thrown at the goal goes back into the end zone as if the player had dropped it.
If the barrier goes back up before the scoring team gets to 100 points, a penalty of half the points scored, rounded down, is imposed on the team, similar to the penalty for ceding control to the other team in Splat Zones. The total for this calculation includes the twenty points for breaking the barrier, as well as any points that made up for previous penalties. If a point was deducted for the barrier closing with a tied score, the penalty does not change (e.g. if the team only ended up scoring nineteen points, the penalty is still +10). In addition, a Power Clam for the team whose barrier got broken spawns by their goal, and does not time out until picked up. No additional Power Clams spawn if the previous one was not picked up and the barrier got broken and returned again.
Several stages have a bump near the basket with the Sorella logo on marked on them. The bump makes it easier to score and measure the distance needed to score a Power Clam.
|Musselforge Fitness||✓||Walleye Warehouse||✓|
|Starfish Mainstage||✓||Shellendorf Institute||X|
|Humpback Pump Track||✓||Arowana Mall||X|
|Inkblot Art Academy||✓||Goby Arena||X|
|Moray Towers||X||Piranha Pit||X|
|Port Mackerel||X||Camp Triggerfish||✓|
|Sturgeon Shipyard||✓||Wahoo World||X|
|Manta Maria||X||New Albacore Hotel||X|
|Kelp Dome||✓||Ancho-V Games||X|
|Snapper Canal||X||Skipper Pavilion||X|
When time runs out and at least one team has scored, overtime begins when either:
- The losing team has a Power Clam in their possession or on the field.
- The winning team's barrier is open.
- The losing team's barrier is open but they were winning when it was opened.
Overtime ends when:
- The winning team scores.
- The winning team's barrier closes.
- The losing team loses all of their Power Clams before opening the winning team's barrier.
- The losing team fails to open the winning team's barrier within twenty seconds.
- The losing team takes the lead.
If time runs out and neither team has scored, special overtime begins. In this case, overtime ends when either:
- One team manages to score.
- Three minutes of overtime pass.
Inklings playing with a miniature version of the game.
Example of a player with clams returning to spawn. (link to file)
- The Power Clam resembles an American football. It also has clams inside of it.
- The scenario where both teams have broken the opponent's barrier once and have scored no further clams and the last team to score loses one point, and the scenario when eight minutes pass without anyone scoring and one point is given to a random team, are the only instances when a non-zero score can be less than twenty points.
- The maximum number of clams that can be on the field while not held by players is fifty.
- At some time early in development, it appeared that spatting an opponent would have dropped all of their clams, not just a maximum of four. This can be seen during the Version 2.0.0 update trailer, at the 1:05 mark, where the green Inkling is seen dropping six clams.
Names in other languages
|French||Pluie de palourdes||Clam rain|
|Italian||Vongol gol||Clam goal|
|Spanish||Asalto Almeja||Clam Raid|