Ranked Battle

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For the similar mode in Splatoon 3, see Anarchy Battle.

Ranked Battle

Face off in more competitive battles.(NA)[a]
Face off in a more competitive battle.(EU/OC)[b]
Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Splatoon
width=auto GamePad
Splatoon 2
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date Splatoon
2 June 2015
Splatoon 2

Ranked Battle is one of the multiplayer mode categories in Splatoon and Splatoon 2. Unlike Regular Battles, which only feature Turf Wars, Ranked Battles come in multiple different modes that cycle along with stages. Ranked Battles can last for up to five minutes, unlike the unchanging three-minute time limit in Turf Wars. Ranked Battles are accessible only once a player reaches level 10. Wins and losses in Ranked Battles are counted toward players' ranks, which are used for matchmaking in the mode. Squad Battles in Splatoon and League Battles in Splatoon 2 are variants of Ranked Battles that can be played with friends and a different ranking system. In Splatoon 3, Ranked Battles are replaced by the similar Anarchy Battles.



Ranked Battle was released when a large amount of Splatoon players reached Level 10 on 2 June 2015. Ranks originally ranged from C- to A+. On 6 August 2015, version 2.0.0 increased the rank cap. Ranks then ranged from C- to S+.

Splatoon 2

Ranked Battles were available at launch with Splatoon 2, though players still must obtain Level 10 to play. All modes were kept from the previous games, with minor improvements made. Along with version 2.1.0 on 13 December 2017, a new mode called Clam Blitz was added. A new rank, Rank X, was added on 25 April 2018 with version 3.0.0.

List of ranked modes

Mode Description Release date (UTC) Games

Splat Zones
Plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode from other video games. It revolves around a central "zone" or "zones", which players must attempt to cover in ink. Whoever retains the zone for a certain amount of time wins. 2 June 2015

Tower Control
A player must take control of a tower located in the center of a map and ride it towards the enemy base. The first team to get the tower to their enemy's base wins. 2 July 2015

A player must grab and take the Rainmaker weapon to a pedestal near the enemy team's spawn point. The team who carries the Rainmaker furthest towards their respective pedestal wins. 15 August 2015

Clam Blitz
Players pick up clams scattered around the stage and try to score as many points as they can by throwing the clams in their respective goal. 13 December 2017

Stage schedule


Stages rotate out every four hours along with the stages from Turf War, at 02:00, 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, and 22:00 UTC. The change in stages is accompanied by an announcement from the Squid Sisters. This announcement also kicks all players out of the lobby after they finish their current match. The mode also rotates between Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker at the same time.

Splatoon 2

Similar to Splatoon, Splatoon 2 features stage rotation every two hours, where Off the Hook gives an announcement when the stages and mode change. Players can also view the stage schedule from their smart device using SplatNet 2 on the Nintendo Switch Online app. However, since Version 3.0.0, the stages chosen each come from a list of eight stages per Ranked Battle mode that change every month with the X Power reset.

Monthly Rotations

The rotations in the last year since the stages were revamped have been being recycled so here they are by month below:

Month Splat Zones Tower Control Rainmaker Clam Blitz
Previous Ranked stages since 3.0.0

The rotations for a given month are the same month-on-month, as described above. However when a stage is newly released or changed, the rotation for the month also changes to show it off:

Month Splat Zones Tower Control Rainmaker Clam Blitz
May 2018

New Stage: Camp Triggerfish

Camp Triggerfish

June 2018

New Stage: Wahoo World

Wahoo World

July 2018

New Stage: New Albacore Hotel

New Albacore Hotel

August 2018

New Stage: Ancho-V Games

Ancho-V Games

September 2018

Stage Rennovation: Starfish Mainstage

Starfish Mainstage

October 2018

New Stage: Skipper Pavilion

Skipper Pavilion

November 2018

Stage Rennovation: The Reef

The Reef

December 2018

Stage Rennovation: Blackbelly Skatepark

The Reef

August 2019

Stage Rennovation: Shellendorf Institute

Shellendorf Institute


Main article: Music

Unlike in Regular Battles, the music in a Ranked Battle does not change to Now or Never! when there is one minute left.


Fictional Band Song Name Audio
N/A Inkopolis Lobby
Bob Dub
Dubble Bath
Squid Squad
Ink or Sink
Kraken Up
Now or Never!
Chirpy Chips
Split & Splat
Hightide Era
Sucker Punch
N/A Victory! – Jingle
Battle Victory
Defeat – Jingle
Battle Defeat

Splatoon 2

Fictional Band Song Name Audio
N/A Without a Dop Doubt
The Shoal
Bob Dub
Dubble Bath (DIY Remix)
Wet Floor
Rip Entry
Don't Slip
Endolphin Surge
Now or Never!
Bottom Feeders
Fins & Fiddles
Seafoam Shanty
Ink Theory
Broken Coral
Riptide Rupture
Chirpy Chips
Blitz It!
Wave Prism
Wet Floor
Victory! – Jingle
Turf Master
Defeat – Jingle
Ink Another Day


  • Once a player's rank changes after a match, a message saying "RANK CHANGED! Re-enter the lobby to pit your skills against players closer to you on rank!" appears and the player is forced to exit.
  • Certain stages had stopped appearing in the stage rotation pool for Ranked Battles, as well as other online modes featuring Ranked modes. However, these stages are still playable in Private Battles.
    • In Splatoon, data spanning from August 2015 - December 2016 shows the following stages hadn't appeared in those modes for a long period:[1]
      • Saltspray Rig Tower Control (October 2015 - November 2016) and Rainmaker (October 2015 - November 2015, February 2016 - December 2016)
      • Blackbelly Skatepark Rainmaker (October 2015 - December 2015, February 2016 - November 2016)
      • Piranha Pit Rainmaker (February 2016 - December 2016)
      • Port Mackerel Tower Control (October 2015 - November 2016)
  • There was a scrapped Ranked mode, 8-Ball. Much like in the Octo Expansion, teams would shoot a ball and try to get into the enemy's goal.
    • It also seems that extra walls and ramps were added, to prevent the ball from falling off the stage.
  • In Splatoon 2, a player's weapon will shine at the beginning of a Ranked Battle if they are on a winning streak.[2]



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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ガチマッチ
Gachi Matchi
Competitive Match
Netherlands Dutch Profgevecht (Splatoon 2)
Ranglijstgevecht (Splatoon[3])
Pro battle
Ranking list battle
CanadaFrance French Match pro Pro Match
Germany German Rangkampf Rank battle
Italy Italian Partita pro Pro Match
Russia Russian Бой элиты
Boy elity
Elite battle
SpainMexico Spanish Combate competitivo Competitive Combat
Portugal Portuguese Batalha competitiva[4] Competitive battle


  1. North America
  2. Europe and Oceania