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S3 Tableturf Card Goldie.png
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run, Salmon Run Next Wave
I can feel it... The Gold One approaches! Find it and ink it until it drops its Golden Eggs!

Goldies are rare Boss Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3. Goldies are Event-exclusive Boss Salmonids that appear as the primary Golden Egg sources during Rush and Goldie Seeking. They may also appear during Fog.


Goldies are shimmering golden Salmonids wearing shiny togas and jewelry that move faster, hit harder, and have higher health than Chums. They have unique swirl-patterned scales and bright eyes sporting unusual "tired" pupils. In Splatoon 2 they wield frying pans as weapons, as do most Lesser Salmonids.

In Fog waves Goldies are hidden among other Salmonids and as of Version 3.2.0, have a chance to drop either one, five, or ten Golden Eggs instead of three after defeating it. Goldies are the only Boss Salmonids that will not have a Boss Salmonid alert when they arrive during Fog waves, but they make a unique eerie screeching sound and have a bright glow that can be seen from a good distance.

During Goldie Seeking, they are the only Boss Salmonid to appear. The aim of the occurrence is to attempt to find the Goldie hiding in the Gushers. When found, the Goldie will attempt to run away on set paths. Given enough time, they will head towards another Gusher and dive into the underground waterways, and the next Gusher it will appear in is randomized. This is the only occurrence where the Goldie will get smaller and grow progressively faster as it loses health. Mr. Grizz refers to them as 'the Gold One' and 'that sneaky Goldie' during Goldie Seeking waves.

During Rush, Goldies are the only Boss Salmonid and will pursue the player surrounded with Glowflies. During this occurrence, they drop three Golden Eggs, however, these Eggs drop scattered around where the Goldie was killed, instead of dropping in a cluster as with other Boss Salmonids' Eggs, making players' collection of them a bit more challenging.



The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

Salmonid Field Guide page detailing Fog
What Happens
  • The area is covered in a dense fog, drastically reducing visibility.
  • Enemies will take advantage of the fog and attack from all directions.
How to Get Golden Eggs
  • Defeat Boss Salmonids.
  • The extremely rare Goldies may appear in foggy conditions.
Advice from Mr. Grizz
  • Try to maintain contact with your teammates at all times while in the fog.
  • Being alone in the fog is extremely dangerous.
Supplementary Information
  • Goldies are extremely rare Salmonids—only one of every 10,000 hatchlings is a Goldie.
  • They live longer than and possess far superior intelligence to normal Salmonid specimens.

Goldie Seeking

Salmonid Field Guide page detailing Goldie Seeking
What Happens
  • Large numbers of Gushers will appear in the area.
  • A Goldie will be hiding in one of the Gushers.
  • You can shoot the Gusher to make it erupt, but chances are a regular salmonid will pop out instead of a Goldie.
How to Get Golden Eggs
  • The Goldie lurking in one of the Gushers will drop loads of Golden Eggs when hit with ink.
Advice from Mr. Grizz
  • Spread out, and find that Goldie FAST.
  • When you find the Goldie, call your buddies over and let loose with all your firepower!
  • The Gushers emit light when you hit them--the brighter the light, the closer you are to that glorious Goldie.
Supplementary Information
  • Salmonids obtained the technology to create Gushers through trade with Octarians.
  • The Goldie loses scales when hit, so it's able to move faster the more you damage it!


Salmonid Field Guide page detailing the salmonid Rush
What Happens
  • Large groups of ferocious Salmonids appear and carry out rush attacks at furious speed.
  • These crazed Salmonids gather in response to the appearance of Glowflies.
How to Get Golden Eggs
  • Take out the Goldie hidden in the school of Salmonids.
Advice from Mr. Grizz
  • Stand your ground with your allies and concentrate your fire on the incoming Salmonids!
  • Watch out for the Glowflies—if they buzz around you, a concentrated attack won't be far behind.
Supplementary Information
  • It is claimed that the Salmonids' increased aggression is tied somehow to gravitational shifts due to the planet's celestial course, but there is still much that is unclear.
  • It is said that in pre-medieval times, before effective defense measures such as long-range ink attacks were available, many cities fell before the rage of the Salmonid rush.


See also: Salmon Run data
Mode HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs Golden Eggs
Rush 500 40 12 / 6 / 18 3
Fog 500 40 12 / 6 / 18 1, 3, 5, or 10
Goldie Seeking 6500 [Sal. 1] Does not attack None min. 16 [Sal. 2]


  1. Taking off 2500 HP will shrink it down to medium size. Taking off 2000 more HP will shrink it down to the smallest size. Finally, depleting 2000 more HP from it while it is in that state will finish it off. Goldies have HP regeneration over time, up to the maximum HP of its current size.
  2. Calculated from (6500/500+3). Goldies can drop more if they are left to recover HP over time.


  • According to the Splatoon 2 Salmonid Field Guide, only one of every 10,000 Salmonids born is a Goldie.
  • Goldies are the only Event-specific Salmonids to appear in more than one type of Event wave.
  • During Fog Waves, Goldies are the only Boss Salmonids that will not have a Boss Salmonid alert when they arrive.
    • Also during Fog Waves, prior to Version 3.2.0 of Splatoon 2, Goldies dropped three Golden Eggs when defeated.
    • Most other Event-specific Salmonids appearances lack the alert as well, but the appearance of standard Bosses in Fog waves do trigger the alert, as if the Goldies are hidden among non-rare Salmonids undetected.
  • Goldies are the only Salmonids known to wear jewelry.
  • Its design could possibly be a reference to Roman dolphin statues, or Roman culture in general, as this Salmonid wears toga-like clothing and its scales have a swirly pattern akin to curly hair.
    • Some Goldies are placed atop Roman/Greek-like columns in concept art.
  • In the Dutch version, Mr. Grizz refers the Goldie as a female, instead of "it" in English.[1]
  • In Splatoon 3, Goldies no longer wield frying pans, instead opting to slap their enemy.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キンシャケ
Kin Shake
Golden Salmon
From (gold) and (salmon)
Netherlands Dutch Goldie Goldie
Canada and France French Dorax From dorade (gilt-head bream) which resembles the word doré (golden)
Germany German Goldie Goldie
Italy Italian Pinna d'oro Golden Fin
Russia Russian Великий Сам О'Нид
Velikiy Sam O'Nid
Great Sam O'Nid (from самонид samonid (Salmonid))
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Orónido From oro (gold)
Spain Spanish (NOE) Salmóreo
China Chinese (Simplified) 金鲑鱼
jīn guīyú (Mandarin)
Golden Salmon
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 金鮭魚
jīn guīyú (Mandarin)
Golden Salmon
South Korea Korean 황금연어
Golden Salmon
From 黃金 (gold) and 鰱魚 (salmon)


  1. Dutch localisation. Mr. Grizz: "Daar is de Goldie! Pak haar eieren!" (There's the Goldie! Take her eggs!) "Die geniepige Goldie heeft zich verstopt! Vind haar!" (That sneaky Goldie has hid herself! Find her!)