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S3 Tableturf Battle card Maws.png
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run, Salmon Run Next Wave
HP 1,200
Maximum HP
Other forms
This article is about the Salmonid boss in the Salmon Run series. For the Octoboss in Splatoon, see Octomaw.
For the Splatoon mission by a similar name, see The Ravenous Octomaw!.

Maws are Boss Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run and Salmon Run Next Wave in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3.


Maws are large, coral-colored Salmonids that swim through the floor and walls in search of a player. They will not switch targets unless they re-submerge and find someone closer or if their old target is splatted. While underground, they are invulnerable, and a fishing bobber is visible in their place, making them easy to track. Once locked onto a location to jump out of, bright rings will appear. When they emerge, they leave an ink circle and splat any players caught in their jaws. If a bomb is thrown into the ring before they emerge, they will eat the bomb and be defeated. Shooting at it while exposed can splat it, but this is usually time-inefficient.


The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

Basic Information
  • Lurks under the surface of the ink.
  • Can swim in ink to scale walls.
Attack Behavior
  • Appears from directly beneath its prey and swallows it in an instant.
  • You can deal damage by shooting ink at it when it surfaces to attack, but defeating it this way will take some time as it is rather robust.
  • To bring it down in one fell swoop, trick it into swallowing a bomb by placing one at its point of attack.
Supporting Information
  • In order to sustain its large size it must perpetually roam around searching for prey to consume.
  • Uses sonar to detect the location of suitable prey whilst submerged.


See also: Salmon Run data
HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs Golden Eggs
1200 One-hit splat 15 / 3 / 18 3


  • The only weapon capable of damaging a submerged Maws is the Grizzco Splatana with its charged slash, which will destroy it in one hit.
  • The predictable movement of the Maws means it is easily avoided and can be lured to the egg basket, making it a quick source of Golden Eggs.
  • Maws can splat players when they have just taken off with the Inkjet or Booyah Bomb.
  • Players using the Splashdown while Maws are directly below them are splatted if they land in its jaws.
  • It is possible to escape a Maws' jaws if the player is not too close to the center of the Maws and reacts quickly.
    • This is much more difficult in Splatoon 3 as a Maws will now pull the player towards its mouth when it attacks.
      • Sometimes this flings the player over the Maws and can be used to get out of a tricky situation.
    • It is also possible to dodge roll out of a Maws' jaws using dualies.
  • A Maws will still be eliminated if it eats a player as well as a bomb at the same time, which can be used in a desperation situation if a player is unable to escape.
  • Maws cannot swim on grates and will follow the player using the ground below, or switch targets if the player is not reachable. They can, however, swim on uninkable terrain such as that found on Wahoo World during Big Run, and can surface to attack the player there as well.
  • Maws will swim up Fish Sticks to reach their targeted player and will surface to attack if the player is standing at the top.


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run

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

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



  • The Maws may be a reference to the movie Jaws; It's name and when the Maws jump up to splat players they look similar to the movie's iconic main image and title. A Maw is also the name of a hungry person's jaw.
  • When introducing the different Boss Salmonids during the second training mission, Mr. Grizz refers to all of them as "it", except Maws, which he calls "she" and the Flyfish, which he calls "him". This makes them the only two Salmonids with a confirmed gender in the North American version.
  • In the North American version, Agent 8 refers to Maws as "erupting eel", as shown in its mem cake description.
  • Its behavior of leaping up out of ink and swallowing the player, as well as being splatted by swallowing a bomb, is very similar to that of the Octomaw, a boss in the Splatoon solo-player campaign.
  • Maws are the only known Salmonids that swim in ink like Inklings and Octolings.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese モグラ
Netherlands Dutch Snaai From haai ("shark") and snaaien ("to snag, to snack")
CanadaFrance French Gobb From gober ("to swallow")
Germany German Grablax From graben ("to burrow") and Lachs ("salmon")
Italy Italian Boccalone Big Mouth [a]
Russia Russian Жуй-Горбуш
Chewing pink salmon
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Mandíburo From mandíbula ("jaw") and tiburón ("shark")
Spain Spanish (NOE) Fáucex From fauces ("jaws")
China Chinese (Simplified) 鼹鼠鱼
yǎn shǔ yú (Mandarin)
Mole Fish
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 鼴鼠魚
yǎn shǔ yú (Mandarin)
Mole Fish
South Korea Korean 두더지
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Translation notes

  1. Boccalone is also a common nickname for the Largemouth bass