Flounder Heights

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Flounder Heights is a multiplayer stage in Splatoon and Splatoon 3. It is a map set on an apartment complex with many high vantage points and low, corner-based areas. It is a vertical stage with many inkable walls, allowing for several navigation options.


The center of Flounder Heights contains two towers connected by a grated bridge. This is where most fighting occurs, as the only way to get to the other side of the map is by going over the towers or through the alley beneath the bridge. Two alleys separate each team's base from the central towers, which each consist of one tree for cover. The bases in Flounder Heights resemble the starting areas in Saltspray Rig; the other team cannot reach the higher part of the plaza, and there are four ways of exiting into the low alleys. On both sides of the stage is a map that shows the layout of ink on the stage from a top-down perspective. However, the Gamepad GamePad map renders these mostly redundant.

Ranked Battle terrain

In Ranked Battles, specifications for the terrain or placement of objects are different between the modes; these changes create new paths or new objects to take cover behind.

Splat Zones

This stage includes two Splat Zones. Each zone is located on one of the two roofs of the central towers. The high ground is the main battlefield of this mode and using the buildings' walls can make for great access to either zone.

Tower Control

The Tower is located at the center of the stage, in the lower path between the two main buildings. When ridden, the Tower travels over the divider wall and travel down through the low alleys before traveling into the lower part of the rivals' starting plaza. The goal points are at the center of each sandlot in both starting plazas.


The Rainmaker in Flounder Heights is located on top of the grated bridge in the center of the map. The goal is located outside of the opposing team's base in the sandlot below the spawn point. Three stacks of boxes have been added to help the attacking team get inside the enemy team's starting plaza.


Flounder Heights

Flounder Heights

Introduced 20 August 2015
Total area 2,375p
Hazards Abyss

Flounder Heights was revealed during a Japanese promotional trailer depicting new updates on 24 July 2015. It was released on 20 August 2015.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • In addition to changing the stage layout in Rainmaker, other adjustments have been made to prevent users from taking certain shortcuts in all modes and to prevent the attachment of Suction Bombs in certain places.
  • Adjustment made to prevent players from taking unintended shortcuts in Tower Control mode.




Flounder Heights was available in the following Splatfests in Splatoon:

Splatoon 3

Flounder Heights

Flounder Heights

Introduced 1 December 2022
Total area 2,581p
Hazards Water, Abyss

Flounder Heights was announced to return in the 10 August 2022 Nintendo Direct and arrived in the game at the start of Chill Season 2022. The complex has been redeveloped in collaboration with the local government and industry academics, "going greener" in the process.[1] The stage's overall elevation was lowered, allowing for easier movement across the stage. The spawn region was also overhauled, being made much larger and more open. The walls near the Splat Zones are also no longer climbable, and the grated walkway was mostly removed.

Version history

Version Adjustments




Click to view the quotes for Flounder Heights. View the quotation page.


  • The stage's name is a reference to the real-life flounder.
  • This stage was featured in some promotional imagery for the release of the Rainmaker mode before it was released.
  • This stage's name was accidentally shown in a GameXplain YouTube preview video long before it was properly revealed.
  • Cicadas can be heard singing from the trees throughout the stage. The audio used is similar, if not identical, to that of the Brown Cicada, Walker Cicada and Robust Cicada in the Animal Crossing series.
    • The cicadas will also sound agitated if their tree is inked.
    • During Splatfests, which took place at night, crickets could be heard instead.
  • According to Callie, the battles on Flounder Heights occur in the afternoon at sunset.
  • Near the end of a match, the horn of a tofu seller can be heard.
  • The internal codename for this stage in the game files is from the Japanese 城壁 (じょうへき), "Castle wall".
  • In Splatoon 3, a ghost can be seen in a window of one of the apartment buildings.[2]
  • For a split second in the YouTube "Return of the Mammalians" trailer for Splatoon 3, an image depicting a water tank found in Flounder Heights can be seen in a black-and-white filter, around 1:10-1:11. It appears to be taken from the stage thumbnail for Splatoon.[3]

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ヒラメが丘団地
Hiramegaoka Danchi
Flounder Hill Housing Development
Netherlands Dutch Baleinbuurt Baleen neighborhood
Canada French (NOA) Appartements Filament Filament Apartments
France French (NOE) Lotissement Filament Housing development named "Filament"
Germany German Schollensiedlung Plaice (a type of flounder) Estate
Italy Italian Cime sogliolose Sole Heights, sogliolose comes from sogliola. Might be referencing "Cime tempestose"
Russia Russian Микрорайон «Камбалово»
Mikrorayon «Kambalovo»
Microdistrict «Flounder»
Spain Spanish Complejo Medusa From complejo de edificios (building complex) and medusa (jellyfish)
China Chinese (Simplified) 比目鱼住宅区
bǐmùyú zhùzháiqū (Mandarin)
Flatfish Residential Area
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 比目魚住宅區
bǐmùyú zhùzháiqū (Mandarin)
Flatfish Residential Area
South Korea Korean 넙치 언덕 단지
Neobchi eondeog danji
Halibut Hill Apartment Complex


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