Recon (mode)

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This article is about the stage preview mode. For the Ability, see Recon.
Rainmaker Prohibited Areas Flounder Heights.jpg
Recon in Rainmaker mode

Type Practising / Exploration single-player mode
Players 1
Ranked No
Weapons All
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
Release Date Launch

Recon is a single player mode that allows players to explore a stage of their choice, from the current rotation. It can be accessed from the Battle Lobby by pressing Button1 Y.png when selecting either the Regular Battle or Ranked Battle options.


This is useful to find new vantage points, turf, or just to try out a new map.

It functions exactly like the gamemode from which it was selected with a few exceptions:

  • There is no one on the opposing team and you are the only member of your team.
  • You cannot end a ranked mode early by meeting the knockout criteria.
    • In Splat Zones, players can cover the zones with Ink when the zone is captured, or completely covered in ink, but there is no count down.
    • In Tower Control, Players can ride the Tower to the opposing side without any trouble, but when the tower gets to the winning area, the player stays in the map and the music stops.
      • Since there is no players to go against, the Tower will never get any closer to the players side of the map, unless if the tower is going back to the center of the map.
    • In Rainmaker, if the player brings the Rainmaker to the hill or slant on the opposing side, instead of placing the Rainmaker on it, the Inkling will remain holding the Rainmaker.
      • There is a way to get the opposing ink laying in the map, Touching The Shield repeatedly will harm the Inkling. Plus, Carrying the Rainmaker for too long will also Splat the Inkling.
  • You can end any mode early through a pause menu, which itself is impossible in multiplayer.
  • The 8 music themes that play in an online battle do not play.


  • Since there is no music in recon mode, different sounds can be heard such as cars whizzing past in Blackbelly Skatepark or the sounds of jellyfish testing video games in Ancho-V Games. It is also easy to hear the sound from your weapon.
  • In Saltspray Rig, the player will only start at the right side of the map.
  • Due to the mode being single player, the player can explore the stage without any lag and have much smoother movement with their Inkling.
  • If a player chooses Recon mode during a Splatfest, the stage will be able to be viewed at night; although this is no longer possible due to the lack of future Splatfest events.
  • In Multiplayer, the score of Ink covered is counted when a match has ended naturally, but while in recon mode, the Ink Turfed score of the main weapon is not updated after leaving recon mode.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese さんぽ
FlagGermany.svg German Rundgang Tour
FlagItaly.svg Italian Perlustra Scour
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Explorar Explore
Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
Local Arcade Machine · Battle Dojo · Octo Valley · amiibo