Octo Canyon (mode)

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Octo Canyon
S2 Icon Octo Canyon.png
Type Single-player campaign
Players 1
Ranked No
Weapons Hero weapons
Specific sub weapons (Splat Bomb, Curling Bomb, Autobomb)
Specific special weapons
Controllers Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date Launch
This article is about the mode. For the location by the same name, see Octo Canyon.
For the song, see Octo Canyon (song).

Octo Canyon (also known as Hero Mode) is a single-player game mode in Splatoon 2. It involves the player donning a Hero Suit and venturing into a hidden underground canyon where the Octarians have relocated to since the events of Splatoon, to rescue Inkopolis Square's stolen Great Zapfish, as well as Callie of the Squid Sisters, and re-defeat the Octarian army.

Story

After the Great Zapfish is stolen a second time by the Octarians, Marie recruits Agent 4 to find the Great Zapfish and her missing cousin Callie. Agent 4 travels to the underground lair known as Octo Canyon to recover the Great Zapfish. Eventually, Agent 4 confronts DJ Octavio, who has brainwashed Callie. With Marie's help, Agent 4 frees Callie from Octavio's hypnoshades and defeats him once more.

Gameplay

Octo Canyon functions in the almost exact same way as Octo Valley did, with the addition of new enemies and new mechanics. The player is given many different weapon choices as the story progresses. They are given to Agent 4 from Sheldon, and they include the Hero Shot, Hero Roller, Hero Charger, Hero Dualies, Hero Brella, Hero Splatling, Hero Blaster, Hero Slosher, and Herobrush.

Mechanics

Many mechanics make a return in Octo Canyon that made their first appearance in Octo Valley, with the addition of various new ones. These include ride rails, Inkfurlers, and Bounce Pads.

Missions

Sector 1: Tentakeel Outpost

Sector 2: Suction-Cup Lookout

Sector 3: Beaker's Depot

Sector 4: Slimeskin Garrison

Sector 5: Cephalon HQ

Enemies

Regular enemies

Enemies marked with * are newly introduced in Splatoon 2.

For enemy data, see Octo Canyon data.

Image Name Description Debut
Deluxe Octobomber Screenshot.jpg Deluxe Octobomber* Extremely rare darker variants of Octobombers that can use the rocket thrusters on their helmets to quickly dodge to the side when being attacked. Their attack pattern has not changed, however. #24 Transfer Junction
Deluxe Twintacle Octocopter Render.jpg Deluxe Octocopter* Darker versions of Octocopters that have thrusters attached to their helmets. Although they are no stronger than normal, they can quickly dodge left and right, making them a nuisance to defeat. #18 Towering Heights
Deluxe Twintacle Octotrooper Screenshot.jpg Deluxe Twintacle Octotrooper* Noticeably darker Twintacle Octotroopers. They have the same capabilities as normal Twintacle Octotroopers but with jet thrusters on their machines, making them capable of fast dodges. #22 Underground Expressway
Active Flooder Artwork.jpg Flooder Huge machines on stilts that rain down Octarian ink from under them and move in set patterns. They charge at Agent 4 on sight and can defeat them instantly, but their tops also act as platforms that can hold items and other mechanics. Big Flooders are even taller and harder to scale. #12 Octo-Resort Spring
Industrial Squee-G.jpg Industrial Squee-G* Enormous Squee-Gs that act very similarly to their small versions, except that they can deal fatal damage to both Agent 4 and Octarian enemies on touch. They carry important items on top of them and are often necessary to use as platforms, as they can be directed towards the player's shots. #7 Back-Alley Cleanup
Octoballer.jpg Octoballer* Unrelated to Octoballs, these inky bowling balls populated by Octotroopers spawn infinitely and leave a trail of ink behind them. They can only be destroyed by attacking the Octotrooper. Can also appear in tall stacks that are harder to defeat, while enormous Kingpin Octoballers are near-indestructible except for when using an Ink Cannon. #16 Secret Bowling Alley
Octobomber Splatoon 2.jpeg Octobomber Large flying Octarians similar to improved Octocopters. They hover around and shoot Splat Bombs out of their helmets which detonate fatally one second after landing. However, they are large, slow, and unwieldy, making them obvious targets. #2 Welcome to Octopia
OctoGatling.jpg Octocommander* Large stationary enemies that are very similar to Octosnipers. They can only rotate in place and use giant splatlings to attack quickly over a large range. However, they take a while to recharge, leaving them wide open. #17 Octocommander Fortress
Octocopter1.png Octocopter Flying enemies propelled by their helmets. They hover above the ground and shoot at Agent 4 on sight, but their projectiles and general flying speed are slow, like Octotroopers. #3 Sunset Octocopter
Octodiver Splatoon 2.JPG Octodiver Octotroopers wearing snorkels, which allow them to breathe under their ink. They pop out without warning to attack and can dive to hide like Agent 4. Also appears in Shielded Octotrooper and Twintacle Octotrooper forms. #1 Return of the Octarians
Rolonium Octarian.jpg Octohurler* Large, very rare Octarians with goggles that spit up bundles of Rolonium to attack the player. They are immobile and therefore vulnerable to attack, but the Rolonium can be deflected back at them to defeat them in one hit. #4 Enter the Octohurler
Splatoon 2 Octoling 3D.png Octoling Octarian variants of Inklings that protect Mini Zapfishes, given a new design and more weapons. They can attack with shooters, blasters, rollers and sloshers, as well as hide in their ink and Super Jump. Dark-haired Elite Octolings are much harder to defeat and act similar to human opponents in multiplayer modes. #9 Octoling Strike
Octarian missile.jpg Octomissile* Little explosive missiles with a tentacle in the middle. They spawn infinitely and burst with ink on contact, but can be defeated simply by being attacked. #6 Octozeppelin Invasion
Octopod Splatoon 2.jpeg Octopod Small metallic creatures that run around in sneakers. Octopods jump to attention upon seeing the player. Upon reaching them, they explode in Octarian ink, dealing some damage. They can be attacked to be defused. They appear to be Octorpedoes on legs. #2 Welcome to Octopia
Splatoon 2 Octorpedo Model.png Octorpedo Missiles filled with Octarian ink fired by the Octo Shower. Acting like flying Octopods, they home in on Agent 4 and explode, but can be easily shot down. However, amongst the rest of the boss battle, they can serve as major distractions. #B4 The Octo Shower
Octoseeker.jpg Octoseeker* Extremely rare large flying machines piloted by Twintacle Octotroopers. They use their propellers to rain ink below them and use their searchlights to seek out Agent 4. If they do so, they will slam down fatally like the Octostomp they are modeled after, leaving ink behind and allowing Agent 4 to climb on their backs. #10 Octoseeker Shakedown
Octosniper Splatoon 2.jpeg Octosniper Elite enemies that shoot long, thin, and very powerful shots of ink, similar to chargers, while stationed on unmoving platforms. Like charger users, they have an extremely long line of sight but are mostly incapable of close-quarters fighting, while their shots require some time to charge and are marked with a laser line. #12 Octo-Resort Spring
Octostamp Splatoon 2.jpeg Octostamp Cuboid, machine-like creatures with inky faces. Although they are not fast, they can leap into the air and face-plant the ground, dealing fatal damage. They can only be defeated from behind, which is exposed by their method of attack. #17 Octocommander Fortress
Octarian tank.jpg Octostamp DX* Very rare tank-like robotic Octostamps that are indestructible, unlike their smaller counterparts. They are equally as dangerous and often need to be scaled to collect items. #17 Octocommander Fortress
Splatoon 2 Octotrooper 3D.png Octotrooper The basic grunts of the Octarian army, Octotroopers stand on small machines that allow them to shoot single, very slow ink globules. They have very little health and mobility and so are easily defeated, but may pose a threat in numbers. New Bonbon Octotroopers shoot a duo of shots that bounce along the ground. #1 Return of the Octarians
Octozeppilin.jpg Octozeppelin* Giant airships themed after Octarians with a single tentacle sticking out the top. They spawn infinitely, using their propellers to spray ink behind them, and are invulnerable apart from their tentacle. #6 Octozeppelin Invasion
Shielded Octotrooper Splatoon 2.JPG Shielded Octotrooper Octotroopers with shields in front of their machines. The shield can be destroyed after taking a lot of damage, but their exposed backsides are their weak spots, easily hit after being distracted. Also appears in Octodiver and Twintacle Octotrooper forms. #1 Octotrooper Hideout
Squee-G Splatoon 2.jpeg Squee-G Although incapable of dealing damage, these small robots serve as nuisances, attaching to walls and automatically sucking up Agent 4's ink. They can sometimes carry items and slow down upon being attacked. #2 Welcome to Octopia
Octo Canyon Tentakook.png Tentakook* Rare little Octarians that hide important items and give chase on sight. They use their ink-powered rollerskates to cover their tracks and can drop Splat Bombs behind them. They are very fast and can only be caught by swimming in ink. #11 The Floating Garden
Twintacle Splatoon 2.jpg Twintacle Octotrooper Stronger Octotroopers with two tentacles. These enemies have better mobility than the normal Octotrooper and greater ink-firing capability, similar to a splatling, but are still easy targets. #3 Sunset Octocopter

Bosses

Image Name Description Debut
Octo Oven Model.png Octo Oven* A massive bread oven on wheels full of Octarian loaves. It rotates around a puddle of ink, attempting to use its loaves to damage Agent 4. After missing a few times, it shoots all its loaves out at once and rests, allowing time to scale its sides and attack the weak tentacle on top. Later rounds include it using an ink shower attack and uninkable armor to its bread. #B1 Into the Octo Oven
Splatoon 2 - Octo Samurai.png Octo Samurai* A large humanoid Octarian who rides on a motorcycle-like roller. He attacks with the Octocycle both traditionally and by driving it at Agent 4, meaning he simply needs to be inked like a normal enemy to be weakened. After taking enough damage, he gets splatted, revealing his tentacle. Upon respawning, he begins adding new attacks to his Octocycle move set. #B2 Fear the Octo Samurai
S2 Octo Canyon Missionicon 30.png Neo Octostomp A giant robot with an ink-covered face. Like the first game, he attempts to attack Agent 4 by face-slamming them, leaving ink behind but revealing his weak tentacle on his back in the process. His sides are inkable and must be climbed to reach the tentacle. After the first round, he gains an uninkable coat held by a weak buckle and a splatling attack, while later growing two extra faces to increase his attack range. #B3 The Octostomp Returns
S2 Octo Canyon Missionicon 31.png Octo Shower* A robotic creature kept aloft by a fleet of Octocopters that attacks with showers of ink. It is usually invincible and far out of range, forcing Agent 4 to use the battlefield to shoot down its Octocopters while avoiding its ink attacks and Octorpedoes. When all the Octocopters are splatted, it falls to the ground with its tentacle exposed. Its Octocopters become smarter and better at dodging as the battle progresses. #B4 The Octo Shower
Octobot King MK II.jpeg DJ Octavio, Callie, and the Octobot King II The leader of the Octarians who has stolen the Great Zapfish again and brainwashed Callie. He attacks with a large variety of weapons from the Octobot King II in a static arena, some of which can only be avoided. After returning his giant fist attacks, Octavio falls out and can be attacked, at which point he increases the variety and speed of his attacks. Eventually, Marie and Sheldon help rescue Callie so Agent 4 can finish off Octavio with the Rainmaker on ride rails. #B5 Tide Goes Out

Equipment

Similar to Octo Valley, players wear the Hero Suit and use a wide variety of weapons.

For equipment data, see Octo Canyon data.

Hero Suit

A new Hero Suit is worn by Agent 4. It is primarily neon-yellow and has headphones similarly shaped to that of the first Hero Suit. This suit acts as an armor collectible in that it allows the player to take damage that would normally splat them once - then it needs to regenerate. While regenerating the suit, the player is slowed down. While in certain missions, Agent 4 can find armor. It comes in cases found in various parts of the level. The player can have up to two sets of armor on at a time and it allows them to take damage that would normally splat them. If a mission is finished with any amount of armor on, ten extra Power Eggs are rewarded.

Hero weapons

Each hero weapon can be unlocked by completing the level Sheldon has requested them to use it (excluding the Hero Shot which is the default weapon) and upgraded by using 1500 Power Eggs and 3 Sardinium.

  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Shot Replica.png Hero Shot - The default weapon and a P90-esque shooter-type weapon. It is similar to the Splattershot but fires slower than it when not upgraded. It can be upgraded twice using Power Eggs and Sardinium, increasing the fire rate.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Roller Lv. 2.png Hero Roller - A modified Splat Roller similar to the Carbon Roller. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its damage and fling speed.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Charger Lv. 2.png Hero Charger - A modified Splat Charger. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its charge speed.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Dualies Lv. 2.png Hero Dualies - Modified Splat Dualies. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its firing rate.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Slosher Lv. 2.png Hero Slosher - A modified Slosher. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its firing speed and damage.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Splatling Lv. 2.png Hero Splatling - A modified Heavy Splatling. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its charge speed.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Blaster Lv. 2.png Hero Blaster - A modified Blaster. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its firing rate.
  • S2 Weapon Main Hero Brella Lv. 2.png Hero Brella - A modified Splat Brella. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its durability and brella recovery time.
  • S2 Weapon Main Herobrush Lv. 2.png Herobrush - A modified Octobrush. Can be upgraded once with Power Eggs and Sardinium to increase its flick speed, damage, and mobility.

Ink tank

The ink tank contains the ink consumed when using main weapons or sub weapons. Its ink supply can be replenished by swimming in ink. It can be upgraded twice with Power Eggs and Sardinium, increasing its capacity.

Splat Bombs

S2 Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bombs function like those found in Inkopolis. They are four-sided and look almost identical to those in Octo Valley. They explode a short while after hitting the ground.

Curling Bombs

S2 Weapon Sub Curling Bomb.png Curling Bombs work similarly to the ones before Version 3.0.0. They travel across the ground, bouncing off walls, and explode after a set amount of time. Holding down Button1 R.png makes them travel for a shorter distance before exploding, though unlike the current Curling Bombs, it does not increase the blast radius. They can be unlocked with Sardinium and Power Eggs.

Autobombs

S2 Weapon Sub Autobomb.png Autobombs work just like the ones in Inkopolis. After hitting the ground, they run towards any target they find in a certain radius, then start to explode. If they do not find a target, they start exploding right away. They can be unlocked using Sardinium and Power Eggs. When thrown on a dash track, they start their countdown so you can't use them to search out enemies on the other side of dash tracks.

Special weapons

A variety of Special weapons can be found throughout Octo Canyon in the form of a canned special. Upon collecting a canned special, a certain special weapon is immediately fully charged.
Specials that can be found are:
S2 Weapon Special Tenta Missiles.png Tenta Missiles
S2 Weapon Special Sting Ray.png Sting Ray
S2 Weapon Special Splashdown.png Splashdown
S2 Weapon Special Ink Storm.png Ink Storm
S2 Weapon Special Splat-Bomb Launcher.png Bomb Launcher

Collectibles

Unlike Octo Valley, there are three types of collectibles.

Power Eggs

Power Eggs appear to be small, orange fish eggs that can be found throughout Octo Canyon. They can be collected by killing enemies, destroying crates, and shooting or running near individual ones scattered around the environment. They are used for upgrading equipment and weapons.

Sunken Scrolls

Sunken Scrolls are rolled up pieces of paper that can be found in Octo Canyon. They are long-lost drawings and other pieces of information that depict the history and lore of Inkopolis. One Sunken Scroll can be found in each level of Octo Canyon. If the player has already found the sunken scroll in a mission and finds it again, it will be gray in appearance and instead of acquiring it again, the player will receive 10 Power Eggs.

Sardinium

Sardinium is a new form of collectible in Octo Canyon. One can be found in each level, after each boss, and in each hub area. They are used to upgrade equipment and weapons with the Ammo Knights Enhancifier alongside Power Eggs. If the player has already found the Sardinium in a mission and finds it again, it will be gray in appearance and instead of acquiring it again, the player will receive 5 Power Eggs.

Rewards

After watching the credits, the player unlocks the full set of Hero Suit replica gear pieces - the Hero Headphones Replica, Hero Hoodie Replica, and Hero Snowboots Replicas - for use in online play. After completing all levels with a certain weapon, the player unlocks a replica of that weapon for use online. Once you have fully upgraded all the weapons and the ink tank, you can trade 1500 Power Eggs for 1 random Crust Bucket ticket.

As of Version 3.0.0, Callie also appears within Octo Canyon following the credits; when spoken to, she and Marie share a variety of statistics relating to the player's most recent multiplayer matches, weapon statistics, and Salmon Run jobs as well as a random weapon.

Music

Image Fictional Band Song Name Audio
S2 Icon Marie.png
N/A Low Tide
S2 Band Turquoise October.jpg
Turquoise October Octo Canyon - World 1
Octo Canyon - World 2
Octo Canyon - World 3
Octo Canyon - World 4
Octo Canyon
Octo Eight-Step
The Girl from Inkopolis
Buoyant Boogie
Shooting Starfish
Octarmaments
S Band DJ Octavio.jpg
DJ Octavio feat. Callie Bomb Rush Blush
DJ Octavio feat. Callie vs. Marie Tidal Rush
S2 Band Squid Sisters.jpg
Squid Sisters Spicy Calamari Inkantation
Fresh Start

Trivia

  • If the player enters Octo Canyon as an Octoling, they revert to their latest customization of Inkling they used, and switch back to an Octoling once they return to Inkopolis with the ink color they had in Octo Canyon.
  • The Hero Suit replica gear is not unlocked unless the credits are watched all the way through. Skipping the credits does not unlock the gear, forcing the player to re-watch them to unlock it.
  • The "Mission Failed" jingle that plays when Agent 4 fails a mission has high-pitched vocals resembling an Octoling laughing.
  • Despite not showing it during the mission, the timer in Octo Canyon records in milliseconds. Because of this, it is possible for two weapons to share the record time on a level.

Gallery

Names in other languages

Octo Canyon
Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese タコツボキャニオン
Takotsubo Kyanion
Octopus Pot Canyon
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Octocanyon Octo canyon
FlagItaly.svg Italian Valle Polpo Octo Valley[note 1]
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Cañón Pulpo Octopus Canyon
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Valle Pulpo Octo Valley
Hero Mode
Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ヒーローモード
Hīrō Mōdo
Hero Mode
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Verhaalstand Story mode
FlagItaly.svg Italian Modalità Storia Story Mode
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Modo Historia Story Mode
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Modo Historia Story Mode

Translation notes

  1. While this is the English name of Splatoon's story mode, it is also the Italian name of Splatoon 2's.

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