Ranked Battle

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Ranked Battle
Mode Icon Ranked Battle 2.png
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
Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Cons
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date Splatoon
2 June 2015
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Ranked Battle is one of the multiplayer mode categories in the Splatoon series.

These battles can last for five minutes, instead of the three-minute-long Turf Wars. The battle can be shorter or longer depending on the outcome of the game. It features several modes and is accessible once a player hits Level 10. The modes included in this category require a higher level of strategy compared to Regular Battle, and wins and losses are counted toward players' ranks which are used for matchmaking.



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
Splatoon "S" icon.svg Splatoon 2 "2" icon.svg Splatoon 3 "3" icon.png
Mode Icon Splat Zones.png
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
Mode Icon Tower Control.png
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
Mode Icon Rainmaker.png
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
Mode Icon Clam Blitz.png
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 boots 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.

Current Ranked stages

Timespan Splat Zones Tower Control Rainmaker Clam Blitz
1 April 2021 - 30 April 2021

Previous Ranked stages since 3.0.0

Timespan Splat Zones Tower Control Rainmaker Clam Blitz
25 April 2018 - 31 May 2018
1 June 2018 - 31 June 2018
1 July 2018 - 31 July 2018
1 August 2018 - 31 August 2018
1 September 2018 - 30 September 2018
1 October 2018 - 31 October 2018
1 November 2018 - 30 November 2018
1 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
1 January 2019 - 31 January 2019
1 February 2019 - 28 February 2019
1 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
1 April 2019 - 30 April 2019
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
1 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
1 July 2019 - 31 July 2019
1 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
1 September 2019 - 30 September 2019
1 October 2019 - 31 October 2019
1 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
1 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
1 January 2020 - 31 January 2020
1 February 2020 - 29 February 2020
1 March 2020 - 31 March 2020
1 April 2020 - 30 April 2020
1 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
1 June 2020 - 30 June 2020
1 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
1 August 2020 - 31 August 2020
1 September 2020 - 30 September 2020
1 October 2020 - 31 October 2020
1 November 2020 - 30 November 2020
1 December 2020 - 31 December 2020
1 January 2021 - 31 January 2021
1 February 2021 - 28 February 2021


Main article: Music


Album Art Song Name Fictional Band
Lobby N/A
Battle Victory N/A
Battle Defeat N/A
S Band Bob Dub.jpg
Dubble Bath Bob Dub
S Band Squid Squad.jpg
Splattack! Squid Squad
Ink or Sink
Kraken Up
Now or Never!
S Band Chirpy Chips.jpg
Shellfie Chirpy Chips
Split & Splat
S Band Hightide Era.png
Hooked Hightide Era
Sucker Punch

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Album Art Song Name Fictional Band
Without a Dop Doubt N/A
Dubble Bath (DIY Remix) Bob Dub
S2 Band Wet Floor.jpg
Inkoming! Wet Floor
Rip Entry
Endolphin Surge
Don't Slip
Now or Never!
Turf Master
Ink Another Day
S2 Band Bottom Feeders.jpg
Shipwreckin' Bottom Feeders
Fins & Fiddles
Seafoam Shanty
S2 Band Ink Theory.jpg
Broken Coral Ink Theory
Riptide Rupture
S2 Band Chirpy Chips.jpg
Blitz It! Chirpy Chips
Wave Prism
S2 Band Diss-Pair.jpg
Seasick Diss-Pair
S2 Band SashiMori.jpg
Chopscrewey SashiMori

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


  • 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.



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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ガチマッチ
Gachi Matchi
Competitive Match
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Profgevecht
Pro battle
Ranking list battle
FlagFrance.svg French Match pro Pro Match
FlagGermany.svg German Rangkampf Rank battle
FlagItaly.svg Italian Partita pro Pro Match
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бой элиты
Boy elity
Elite battle
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Combate competitivo Competitive Combat


  1. North America
  2. Europe and Oceania