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Cohozuna as it appeared upon first reveal.
Species King Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run Next Wave
Maximum HP 40,000
Other forms
That is a Cohozuna. Now, don't get squished by it, or that's going in your file. Oh, and it'll splat you too.

Cohozunas[1] are King Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run Next Wave during an Xtrawave. They are the first King Salmonid introduced in Splatoon 3.


Cohozunas resemble giant, extremely obese Cohocks with red scales on their backs and gray ones on their sides. They have two glowing bulging white eyes, chains around their neck, and a pair of pants with two belts. They have a mohawk similar to that of the mohawk hairstyle used for Smallfry, and have been described as "unfathomably terrifying" and "ginormous".[2][3]


Cohozunas are high ranking Salmonid. They usually sleep at the bottom of the sea, but the strong smell of Inklings invading its territory will awaken them.[4]

A Cohozuna has two attacks. It can jump high into the air and land on teammates, splatting them instantly if they are underneath it, and dealing heavy damage if they are relatively close to its point of impact. This attack is similar to the Splashdown, with the Splashdown landing marker appearing before it lands. It can also attack by falling onto its front, crushing those before it.

Players can attack a Cohozuna by shooting ink at it, or by launching Golden Eggs at it with egg cannons that deal 800 damage per shot. A Cohozuna's size can create problems such as cutting off access to Golden Eggs or trapping teammates in dangerous areas. Despite being an easy target due to the aforementioned size and its sluggish movement, it has massive health and will require a full team concentrating their fire with their main weapons and Specials as well as launching Golden Eggs at it to have a decent chance of defeating it within 100 seconds. The player is rewarded with fish scales by dealing damage to the Cohozuna, with the exact amount rewarded being based on the amount of damage inflicted upon it and the quality of them being based on the current hazard level.

A Cohozuna's health, like other King Salmonids, is linearly correlated to the room's hazard level, using the formula 0.7 * MaxHP + 0.005 * HL(%) * MaxHP, where HL denotes the hazard level percentage (capped at 60) and MaxHP is set at 40,000 for Cohozuna. For example, a team of Apprentice 40/99 (hazard level 8%) will meet a Cohozuna with 29,600 HP. When facing a team of Overachievers 0/99 (hazard level 60%) or above, Cohozuna has the maximum 40,000 HP.[5]


  • All five Splashdown-like attacks are timed (87, 71, 55, 39 and 23 seconds marks) and each lasts for about 3 seconds, so use this information to retreat and heal or deal with surrounding Salmonids while Cohozuna is in the air.
  • Since Cohozuna targets the nearest player, at least one of the short range weapon users should be busy luring Cohozuna closer to the Golden Eggs for other players to shoot at it, as well as stalling the King Salmonid on ledges that it can only climb with its Splashdown-like attacks.
  • Only using Egg cannon against Cohozuna requires many Golden Eggs. On the highest difficulty (40,000 HP) it would take 50 Golden Eggs to defeat it, which could be extremely hard to perform if the team has trouble defeating Boss Salmonids. Despite lower difficulties like Overachiever dealing with a lower HP total, they may also have difficulty relying on Golden Eggs if there are not enough Boss Salmonid spawns (or have trouble defeating them). Because of that, do not forget to use your main weapons against Cohozuna as well. Weapons with high damage per second are exceptionally good for this role.
    • For the Hydra Splatling, Snipewriter 5H, E-liter 4K, Sploosh-o-matic and Dapple Dualies, it is recommended to focus on shooting the Cohozuna because of the main weapon's outstanding damage.
    • It is recommended to use Crab Tank solely on the Cohozuna by firing streams of bullets with , finishing off with one final ball of ink using . If all 111 shots (60 damage per shot) and the final ball of ink (300 direct damage and 150 blast damage) land, it deals the maximum 7,110 damage.
    • All other special weapons help with defeating Boss Salmonids, dealing damage to the King Salmonid, or crowd control, so do not forget to use the one you get.
  • Remember that using the Egg cannon does not cost any ink to deal 800 damage, so do not delay firing an Egg if you have a clear shot at Cohozuna.
    • Likewise, the Egg cannon can defeat many (but not all, check a Boss' page for their HP) of the Boss Salmonids in one shot, potentially trading one Golden Egg for three. It is also useful as an emergency attack against a boss to escape a bad situation. Be careful in considering the risk/reward at any time as that is also 800 damage not being dealt to Cohozuna.


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run

Splatting Cohozunas a specific number of times in Salmon Run: Next Wave will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Cohozuna Badges
S3 Badge Cohozuna 10.png Cohozuna Splats x 10
S3 Badge Cohozuna 100.png Cohozuna Splats x 100
S3 Badge Cohozuna 1000.png Cohozuna Splats x 1,000

Cohozuna figure locker decorations are also available as Big Run rewards.

Decoration Obtain
S3 Decoration base Cohozuna.png Participation
S3 Decoration bronze Cohozuna.png The Top 50%
S3 Decoration silver Cohozuna.png The Top 20%
S3 Decoration gold Cohozuna.png The Top 5%




Cohozuna is a portmanteau of "Cohock" (which in turn is derived from "coho salmon") and "yokozuna", the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling, possibly alluding to the Cohozuna's size.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ヨコヅナ
From 横綱 yokozuna ("Yokozuna") [a] and ツナ tsuna ("tuna")
Netherlands Dutch Sumosalmo From sumo and salmoniet ("Salmonid")
CanadaFrance French Salmotori From salmonoïde ("Salmonid") and tori (from sumotori, Japanese for "sumo wrestler")
Germany German Malmsalm From zermalmen ("to crush, to pulverize") and Salmonide ("Salmonid")
Italy Italian Colossalmonoide From colosso ("colossus") and salmonoide ("Salmonid")
Russia Russian Исполид
From исполин ispolin ("giant, titan") and Самонид Samonid ("Salmonid")
SpainMexico Spanish Salmonote From salmón and the suffix -ote, indicating bigness
China Chinese (Simplified) 横纲
héng gāng (Mandarin)
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 橫綱
héng gāng (Mandarin)
South Korea Korean 천하장사
The Strongest Under the Sky [b]
Translate logo.svg Internal SakelienGiant [6]

Translation notes

  1. The highest rank or the grand champion in sumo.
  2. Refers to champions of the unlimited weight class in the Korean Ssireum Championships.


  1. Mr. Grizz at the start of an Xtrawave: "That is a Cohozuna. Now, don't get squished by it, or that's going in your file. Oh, and it'll splat you too."
    "Fixed an issue where a player would be pushed into stage terrain when attacked by a Cohozuna.", "Fixed an issue where players could avoid taking damage by jumping when a Cohozuna did its jump attack, regardless of whether they were in the attack area or not.", and "Made it so that Cohozunas will not attempt to do jump attacks against players on top of a Fish Stick." In the Version 1.2.0 patch notes
  2. SplatoonNA on Twitter
  3. SplatoonJP on Twitter
  4. Cohozuna, The Art of Splatoon 3 translated by rassicas (pg. 298–299)
  5. LeanYoshi on Twitter
  6. GitHub Leanny on GitHub