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A Flyfish firing missiles
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run

Flyfish are Boss Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run in Splatoon 2.


They consist of a single Smallfry piloting an S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet-like contraption to fly around. Flyfish will stop to fire a barrage of up to eight missiles; similar to the S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles, these can lock on to up to two players at a time. A direct hit from a missile results in an instant splat. A Flyfish has two launchers that fire the missiles. Players need to throw a S2 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb into each launcher (or by other alternatives shown in Statistics) while the lids are open and the missiles are firing. Once the missile launchers are destroyed, the Flyfish drops its Golden Eggs.


The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

Basic Information
  • Each flank is equipped with missile launchers capable of firing up to four missiles each.
  • Uses jet propulsion technology to hover about.
  • Covered in ink-repelling armor.
Attack Behavior
  • Capable of locking on to two targets and firing up to four missiles from each missile launcher.
  • Throw a bomb into one of the missile launchers to destroy it.
  • Take out both of its missile launchers to bring down the Flyfish.
Supporting Information
  • The latest model of weapon from leading Salmonid engineers.
  • Only the most elite Smallfry are selected to undergo the special training to become Flyfish pilots.
  • Equipped with a space-grade reaction control system on each flank to enable a smooth, stable hover.


See also: Salmon Run data
HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs Golden Eggs
360 [Sal. 1] 150 / 50 / 30 / 15 [Sal. 2] 12 / 6 / 18 3


  1. The Flyfish is destroyed when the baskets on both sides are destroyed by placing a S2 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb or Drizzler Missile in them, shooting in the baskets with an S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet, S2 Weapon Main Explosher.png Explosher or Ink Cannon shot, or by directly hitting the cockpit with a S2 Weapon Special Sting Ray.png Sting Ray or S2 Weapon Main Grizzco Slosher.png Grizzco Slosher.
  2. The missles from the Flyfish deal damage depending on if the player is directly hit or how far away the player is to the impact.


  • Flyfish are one of three Boss Salmonids that can attack players without having close proximity to them, the others being the Stinger and the Drizzler. Due to the long-range threat of these three Boss Salmonids, destroying them should have high priority over destroying other Boss Salmonids. The Flyfish is the greatest threat by far, as its missiles do the most damage and players may not be able to dodge them while also avoiding the attacks of other Salmonids.
  • Players need to coordinate which player will throw a bomb in which missile launcher. This can be done by observing which missile launcher the other player is closer to, and safely assuming that it is the one they will destroy.
    • In freelance where communication is limited, ideally, the teammates stood next to each other should take the respective launchers in front of them.
    • Voice chat also works, such as “You take left, I take right!”
  • In higher hazard levels, it is more effective to only destroy one of the missile launchers to keep the Flyfish alive, as the boss spawn rate is higher and it takes a lot of resources to take down a Flyfish. This may also prevent new Flyfish from spawning, as the game typically allows up to three Boss Salmonids of the same kind to stay in game at any given time.
  • Flyfish can only fire four missiles if one of their missile launchers is destroyed. If there is not enough time to destroy both missile launchers at the moment, destroying one of them is still a good idea.
  • It is possible for a player to quickly destroy a Flyfish in one missile-launch cycle without the assistance of another player. Throw the bomb as soon as the hatch opens, then immediately recharge ink for the second bomb and throw it as soon as possible.
  • Aiming bombs at the missile launchers is not guesswork. While holding Button1 R.png, a line appears on the screen showing exactly where the bomb will go. However, holding the button too long may lead to a missed opportunity as the missile launcher hatches close back up, and at times it may bounce off the rim of the launcher.
  • The S2 Weapon Special Sting Ray.png Sting Ray and S2 Weapon Main Grizzco Slosher.png Grizzco Slosher can eliminate Flyfish if aimed at the cockpit. Ink Cannons, the S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet and the S2 Weapon Main Explosher.png Explosher can eliminate Flyfish if they are aimed at the missile launchers.
    • As of Version 1.2.0, the S2 Weapon Special Splashdown.png Splashdown can also eliminate Flyfish by hitting inside the launchers. However, it can only take out one launcher at a time.
      • When using this technique, it is advised to throw a S2 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb in one of its launchers before using the Splashdown on the other launcher.
    • Caution must be used when using Splashdown or Inkjet near a Flyfish, since both attacks bring the user high enough to come into physical contact with the Flyfish, which inflicts substantial damage on the user.
  • When battlefield conditions prevent the player from waiting for the ink tank to refill, or when there are multiple Flyfish, the specials such as the S2 Weapon Special Splat-Bomb Launcher.png Bomb Launcher or Inkjet should be deployed.


  • The Flyfish's missiles target the players in the direction it is facing, with the red launcher (viewer's right) targeting the closest player in its view, and the blue (viewer's left) launcher's missiles randomly targeting another active player.
  • The Flyfish's S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet-like exhaust may splat a player if they stay under it for too long.
  • When introducing the different Boss Salmonids during the second training mission, Mr. Grizz refers to all of them as "it", except the Flyfish, which he calls "him", and Maws, which he calls "she". This makes them the only two Salmonids with a confirmed gender in the North American version.
    • This could possibly imply by extension that the Smallfry pilots are all male.
  • Flyfish's launchers resemble beverage coolers, while the missiles resemble soft drink bottles or ramune.
    • In the concept artwork, it appears to be more like two recycling bins with pull-tab cans.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese カタパッド
Kata Paddo
Shoulder pads
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Salmodrone From salmoniet (salmonid) and drone
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Dronoïde
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Aéro Ben
FlagGermany.svg German Rakzak
FlagItaly.svg Italian Salmodrone Pun on salmone (salmon) and drone
FlagRussia.svg Russian Некретчик
Possibly from нерка nerka (red salmon) and лётчик lyotchik (pilot)
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Drónido From dron (drone)