From Inkipedia, the Splatoon wiki

Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run, Salmon Run Next Wave
Maximum HP
Other forms
For the Known Occurrence, see The Mothership.

Motherships are Boss Salmonids[1] that appear in Salmon Run in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3.


Flying high above the map far enough to prevent most weapons from hitting them, Motherships carry coolers full of Lesser Salmonids, which are dropped off by smaller flying Salmonids accompanying it called Chinooks. Motherships can also use a vacuum on the Egg Basket to suck up any Golden Eggs inside. Mr. Grizz warns players whenever a Mothership is preparing its vacuum and when it has almost reached the Egg Basket. Destroying the coolers before they open prevents them from deploying their cargo, and the Chinooks themselves can also be defeated before they can drop the coolers. More importantly, they also drop Golden Eggs when defeated. Attacking the Mothership when it reaches the Egg Basket forces it to retreat. While the Mothership is sucking up Golden Eggs from the Egg Basket, players are unable to deposit Golden Eggs until they push it back.

Like several other types of special Boss Salmonids, Motherships are only found in special waves known as Known Occurrences. In this case, this special wave is known as simply The Mothership and consists of only a Mothership, its Chinook escorts, and Snatchers.


The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

What Happens
  • New troops are brought to the battleground from the Mothership.
  • A large number of Chinooks will bring containers of lesser Salmonids from the Mothership to join the fray.
  • Periodically, the Mothership will draw close to the egg basket and try to suck up and reclaim any Golden Eggs inside.
How to Get Golden Eggs
  • Shoot the containers carried by the Chinooks to make them explode.
  • If you manage to blow up the Chinooks as well, they will drop Golden Eggs.
Advice from Mr. Grizz
  • Split up to take out the Chinooks.
  • If the Mothership comes to take back the Golden Eggs, everyone should focus on pushing it back!
Supplementary Information
  • The Mothership is a vital cog in the Salmonid distribution chain.
  • Deploying the Mothership is said to be the last resort of the Salmonid army. When it is dispatched, all troops stationed nearby gather together to see it off.


Splatoon 2

See also: Salmon Run data
HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs  Golden Eggs 
1800 to 3500 [Sal. 1] 0

Mothership container

HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs  Golden Eggs 
50 0


  1. The Mothership has HP regeneration when not attempting to approach the basket. Its HP varies depending on the difficulty level.

Splatoon 3

See also: Salmon Run Next Wave data
Hits to splat Mothership
Weapon Min/Max
Booyah Bomb 4 - 358
Crab Tank 9 - 42
Inkjet 9 - 34
Killer Wail 5.1 2 - 6
Reefslider 4 - 7
Triple Inkstrike 5 - 50
Wave Breaker 6 - 17
.52 Gal 49 - 72
.96 Gal 30 - 46
Aerospray MG 105 - 132
Ballpoint Splatling 72 - 100
Bamboozler 14 Mk I 16 - 42
Big Swig Roller 16 - 50
Blaster 13 - 25
Bloblobber 11 - 42
Carbon Roller 16 - 42
Clash Blaster 30 - 50
Classic Squiffer 9 - 50
Dapple Dualies 56 - 84
Dark Tetra Dualies 84 - 100
Dread Wringer 10 - 20
Dualie Squelchers 84 - 100
Dynamo Roller 7 - 25
Egg cannon 4 - 13
E-liter 4K 5 - 50
Explosher 20 - 34
Flingza Roller 9 - 36
Glooga Dualies 36 - 84
Goo Tuber 9 - 32
Grizzco Blaster 50 - 72
Grizzco Brella 32 - 167
Grizzco Charger 13
Grizzco Dualies 20 - 100
Grizzco Slosher 7 - 17
Grizzco Splatana 3 - 13
Grizzco Stringer 2 - 72
H-3 Nozzlenose 36 - 42
Heavy Edit Splatling 72 - 100
Heavy Splatling 72 - 100
Hydra Splatling 42 - 100
Ink Cannon 7
Inkbrush 63 - 125
Jet Squelcher 63 - 84
L-3 Nozzlenose 63 - 72
Luna Blaster 13 - 25
Mini Splatling 72 - 100
N-ZAP '85 90 - 125
Nautilus 47 72 - 100
Octobrush 42 - 63
Painbrush 17 - 50
Range Blaster 10 - 17
Rapid Blaster 18 - 42
Rapid Blaster Pro 17 - 34
REEF-LUX 450 12 - 74
Slosher 18
Sloshing Machine 15 - 25
Snipewriter 5H 11 - 42
Splash-o-matic 90 - 125
Splatana Stamper 7 - 56
Splatana Wiper 8 - 72
Splat Bomb 14 - 84
Splat Brella 14 - 84
Splat Charger 9 - 50
Splat Dualies 84 - 100
Splat Roller 13 - 36
Splattershot 70 - 84
Splattershot Jr. 90 - 125
Splattershot Nova 84 - 125
Splattershot Pro 56 - 84
Sploosh-o-matic 56 - 84
Squeezer 56 - 100
S-BLAST '92 9 - 17
Tenta Brella 7 - 56
Tri-Slosher 25 - 42
Tri-Stringer 6 - 63
Undercover Brella 17 - 100


  • To minimize failure of not meeting the quota, it is advised to fire the Sting Ray or Killer Wail 5.1 at the Mothership when it is first approaching the basket. However, it is recommended only to use one special weapon and save the second one for the next waves unless it is Wave 3.
    • The preferred timing is around the 66-second mark. Firing sooner may cause Golden Eggs to drop too far to collect efficiently. Firing at its second approach should happen at around 15-14 seconds left on the timer.
    • The main purpose of the Sting Ray and Killer Wail 5.1 is not to repel the Mothership but to cause many Golden Eggs to drop. If the Sting Ray is in use, coworkers should stop attacking the Mothership or risk repelling it too soon. Coworkers should only shoot the Mothership when the Sting Ray has ended.
    • In Salmon Run Next Wave, specials that can achieve a similar effect include the Triple Inkstrike and Booyah Bomb. If timed and aimed well, they can heavily damage the Mothership whilst defeating many of the Chinooks in a single shot. They should be aimed at the base of the Mothership, just like the Sting Ray.
  • The Splashdown can be used to repel the Mothership faster, giving enough time to collect Golden Eggs before the timer runs out.
    • Aim at the bottom of the Mothership, not at the suction tube, so that it penetrates the Chinooks in the ship container.
      • The Triple Inkstrike has a nigh-infinite vertical range, so landing it around the basket instead of at the Mothership directly is most effective.
  • Long-range weapons, such as Explosher, long-ranged shooters, blasters and splatlings, can "farm" the Mothership by aiming straight up and having its projectiles fall and splat the Chinooks.
    • On Salmonid Smokeyard during Low Tide, long-range weapons can shoot the Chinooks above the basket, making Golden Eggs fall right near the basket.
  • Each map has its own area where most of the Chinooks land. Players can locate and use said areas to their advantage.
    • It is advised to go to higher places to have a better angle on it.
    • Additionally, on Marooner's Bay during Low Tide, any weapon with a decent amount of range can go on top of the boat and shoot directly at the Mothership's Chinook spawners.
  • The Mothership's ability to suck eggs out of the basket can make it possible to lose the quota after it has been previously met. When this happens, a distinct audio cue will play.[2]



  • Unlike other types of Boss Salmonids, the Mothership is indestructible by ink and does not attack directly.
  • It is possible to hit and send the Mothership back with long-range weapons when it is heading toward the Egg Basket before managing to latch onto the basket.
    • An example of this is the Hydra Splatling when fully charged and timed well.
  • The Mothership will be jettisoned off of the egg basket and crash into the water, either once it is hit enough with ink the second time it tries to suck up eggs, or when the wave ends.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハコビヤ
From 運び屋 hakobiya ("carrier, mule")
Netherlands Dutch Moederschip Mothership
CanadaFrance French Vaisseau mère Mothership
Germany German Mutterschiff Mothership
Italy Italian Astronave madre Mothership
Russia Russian Нерестилище
Spawning grounds
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Salmonodriza From salmón ("salmon") and nave nodriza ("mothership")
Spain Spanish (NOE) Aerocriadero Air breeder
China Chinese (Simplified) 走私鱼
zǒusī yú (Mandarin)
Smuggle Fish
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 走私魚
zǒusī yú (Mandarin)
Smuggle Fish
South Korea Korean 운반함
 Internal Sakepuncher [3]