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Maw Up Close.JPG
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run, Salmon Run Next Wave

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


Maws have fishing gear with them; when they are still in the ink, Maws have a fishing bobber poking out of the ink.

Only their upper body can be seen, but they appear as massive salmon with buckteeth who are a dull pink color.


Maws attack by leaping mouth-first out of ink, splatting Inklings and Octolings in their path. Maws move fast enough to keep up with swimming Inklings and Octolings and their attack is an instant splat. They are also very persistent when compared to other Salmonids and can also travel up and down walls. When it prepares to attack, a circular light gives away its position; if a bomb is thrown at that spot, it eats the bomb and is instantly splatted. The fishing bobber it carries floats above the ink, allowing players to track its movements before it strikes.

The predictable movement of the Maws means it can be avoided easily and can be lured to the egg basket, allowing players to quickly collect the three Golden Eggs it will drop when splatted.

Situational behavior and phenomena

  • Maws target the player closest to it and do not switch targets until it leaps out of the ink, at which time it pursues another player if they are closer than its original target.
  • Maws can eat players when they have just taken off with the Inkjet.
  • Players using the Splashdown while Maws is 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 the player reacts quickly.
    • It is also possible to dodge roll out of a Maws' jaws using dualies.


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.
  • Maws will also be eliminated if it eats an Inkling as well as a bomb at the same time, which can be used as a desperation maneuver, if an Inkling is unable to escape.
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


Main article: Badge#Salmon Run

Defeating Maws a cumulative number of times in Splatoon 3 will reward the player with special badges.

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 name 'Maws' may be a reference to the movie Jaws; when the Maws jump up to splat players they look similar to the movie's iconic main image.
  • 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 Splatoon.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese モグラ
Netherlands Dutch Snaai From haai (shark) and snaaien (to steal/eat)
France French Gobb From gober (to swallow)
Germany German Grablax From graben (to burrow) and Lachs (salmon)
Italy Italian Boccalone Big Mouth, but also a common nickname for the Largemouth bass
Russia Russian Жуй-Горбуш
Chewing pink salmon
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Mandíburo From mandíbula (jaw)
Spain Spanish (NOE) Fáucex From fauces (jaws)