Fish Stick

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Fish Stick
S3 Tableturf Card Fish Stick.png
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run Next Wave

Fish Sticks are Boss Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run Next Wave in Splatoon 3.


A Fish Stick is a tall, tower-like pillar that is carried by group of Smallfry wearing propeller hats greatly resembling those of Octocopters. The spout where an Octocopter would normally shoot ink now resembles a megaphone strapped over their mouths, to increase the range of their voices.

The flying Smallfry will fly inland, from where they spawns in the air by the shoreline, and will place the small tower on the ground via a drill on the bottom of the tower. After planting the pillar, the Smallfry fly in a circle and slowly rain down ink to cover the surrounding area. A Fish Stick can defeated by splatting the Smallfry above it, either by using nearby high ground or by taking advantage of the blind spot directly around the pillar to ink it and climb up. Once all the Smallfry have been splatted, the Fish Stick will drop three Golden Eggs on the top of the pillar. If the Smallfry are splatted before they can plant their pillar, the pillar is destroyed; otherwise, it remains where it was placed until the end of the wave and can be used as high ground against other Salmonids.


We have proudly classified an entirely new Boss Salmonid known as a "Fish Stick." As the name implies, flying Salmonids have been observed planting a large "stick" to gain a tactical advantage. Could it be exploited somehow? Our research continues.
— @SplatoonNA[1]


The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.[2]

Basic Information

  • It's a squad of flying Smallfry carrying a massive pillar.
  • They plant the pillar in the ground, then fly around above the pillar, spraying ink and generally being a nuisance.
  • After you splat them, the pillar will stick around.

Attack Behavior

  • Several Smallfry fly in circles above the pillar, spraying ink.


  • Splat all orbiting Smallfry with ink shots.
  • Climb the pillar, and aim from the top to splat in relative safety.

Supporting Information

  • They train to increase their lung capacity, and some are even recruited to become Stingers.
  • As they fly in circles, they sing a cheerful tune to encourage their fellow Salmonids in battle.


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run

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

Fish Stick Badges
S3 Badge Fish Stick 100.png Fish Stick Splats x 100
S3 Badge Fish Stick 1000.png Fish Stick Splats x 1,000
S3 Badge Fish Stick 10000.png Fish Stick Splats x 10,000


  • Although using the pillar as high ground can be useful, the player is vulnerable to many Boss Salmonids, such as the Maws, Stinger, Drizzlers and Flyfish.
  • The Fish Stick will only land at predetermined locations on any map, so experienced players can plan ahead for exactly where one will spawn.
  • Fish Sticks that land at crucial locations, such as near the basket, should be dealt with quickly. The ink they spray has a wide range and can severely hinder players' movement, leaving them vulnerable to bosses such as Flyfish, Maws, Scrappers, and Steelheads.
    • Fish Sticks that land in less important locations can be ignored as long as the crew can deal with other bosses effectively.



  • The song that plays when the player is near a Fish Stick is an interpolated version of the melody of Completion, sung by the Smallfry that make up the Fish Stick.
  • It is possible to be damaged by the Fish Stick. When it plants the pillar, the screw will deal damage if the player is under it and the ink the Smallfry spray can also hit a player, although this is unlikely.


Fish sticks are a food made using fish, fitting with the Salmoids' wish to look tasty and them seeing their death by being eaten as a way of being one with the world. It also refers to the pillar the Fish Stick use.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハシラ
Netherlands Dutch Salmonoliet From Salmoniet ("Salmonid") and monoliet ("monolith")
Canada and France French Pylônoïde From "pylône" (pylon) and "salmonoïde" (salmonid)
Germany German Mobelisk From Obelisk
Italy Italian Trivellaccio From "Trivella" (Drill)
Russia Russian Бурмонид
Drillmonid. From бур bur (drill) and salmonid
Spain Spanish Viga Beam
China Chinese (Simplified) 柱鱼
zhù yú (Mandarin)
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 柱魚
zhù yú (Mandarin)
South Korea Korean 기둥