Salmon Run

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Salmon Run
Salmon Run logo.png
S2 Salmon Run 1.png
Type Online multiplayer mode
Local multiplayer mode
Players 1-4
Controllers Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro controller
Release Date Launch

Salmon Run is a co-op multiplayer mode available in Splatoon 2 for up to four players. It can be played via local multiplayer (local wireless or LAN) at The Shoal, or online via Grizzco Industries during certain time slots. The online version requires the player to be at least level 4 to be able to play.


Each Salmon Run consists of three waves; to complete waves, players must collect Power Eggs Power Eggs and Golden Eggs Golden Eggs by defeating Salmonids and depositing them at the egg basket. Each Boss Salmonid splatted yields three Golden Eggs; if they are not picked up, a Snatcher will appear after a few seconds to retrieve them. Each player can carry only one Golden Egg at a time.

Each wave has a quota, which varies based on the number of players present. If the quota is not filled before the wave timer ends or if all players are splatted, they will fail the run. Completing a run will increase the player's pay grade, which also determines the difficulty of runs. If they fail, players are still paid for the Golden Eggs they collected, but their pay grade may be reduced.

Highest possible quota is 21 - 23 - 25 for wave 1, 2 and 3 respectively, when the difficulty is at its highest. This happens when the squad's average rank is Profreshional 600 or above. A message will appear on screen at the start of such shift stating "Hazard Level MAX!!".

Inklings and Octolings in this mode are equipped with special gear that allows them to be revived if they are splatted. When splatted, a lifesaver will appear at their last position after a few seconds. By inking it, a teammate can revive them and they come back with a short period of invulnerability. If they collected a Golden Egg before being splatted, it will not be lost. Additionally, if they did not have a Golden Egg before being splatted, they may pick one up while in a lifesaver. However, eggs cannot be deposited in the egg basket until they are revived.

Each player is provided a different main weapon for each wave, and two uses of one special weapon to last all three waves. These include the S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet, S2 Weapon Special Sting Ray.png Sting Ray, S2 Weapon Special Splashdown.png Splashdown and S2 Weapon Special Splat-Bomb Launcher.png Splat Bomb Launcher. There are also various special waves called Known Occurrences, such as Fog and Rush.[1]

In Salmon Run, Inklings' and Octolings' Ink level and special weapon uses are displayed visually. The lifesaver on their back obscures their Ink Tank, but fills up to reflect their Ink level. Their special weapon stock appears as two silver packets strapped to their hat, which disappear as special weapons are used.

When one of the squad is down, or when there are fewer than four active players, the box surrounding the squid or octopus icons will glow in orange to alert this.

When the counter reaches 30, the timer number will start to appear in yellow and if the quota is not yet met, the box surrounding the timer and quota will glow in orange as a warning. During the last 10 seconds a separate countdown will appear in the middle of the screen as an overlay, with the color of the numbers being orange if quota is not met, or green if quota is met.


Salmon Run is not always playable online, as the Grizzco Industries building can sometimes be closed. It opens in an irregular pattern, but can be expected to be available every other day. Each Salmon Run rotation features one random stage and four random weapons to be assigned to players.

The stages menu shows the opening times of the next five Salmon Run rotations, with the stages and weapons shown for the next two. Due to the rotations being laid out in advance, newly-added stages and weapons may not appear for some time.

Loaned weapons

All main weapons aside from variants can appear in a Salmon Run rotation.

Main weapons and some special weapons loaned to players have different stats than their standard multiplayer counterparts. For these stats, see Salmon Run data.


There are currently four stages available for Salmon Run:

Image Name Description Release Date
S2 Stage Spawning Grounds.png Spawning Grounds Spawning Grounds features a wide variety of terrain on each corner of the map. A multilayered slope leading to three small piers are located just behind the basket. To the right is a grated walkway overlooking the lower grounds. To the left are slopes down to small sandbar. During lowtide, the sandbar will expand exponentially revealing three protruding landmasses. Initial Release
S2 Stage Marooner's Bay.png Marooner's Bay Marooner's Bay features a large ship marooned on a sandbar with it's stern having three ramps down onto the beach where there are three piers on the starboard side. During low tide, a sandbar will rise behind the ship, revealing a large ring of land and one smaller protrusion. Initial Release
S2 Stage Lost Outpost.png Lost Outpost Lost Outpost features a walled off building surrounded by various docks. Directly in front of the building lies a completely netted area. To the right is an uneven slope down to the water. To the left, are three varying docks. During lowtide, another dock behind the building will reveal itself, consisting of various walkways and grated paths. 23 August 2017
S2 Stage Salmonid Smokeyard.png Salmonid Smokeyard Salmonid Smokeyard is a small island with two lone structures. Ramps on each structure will lead down to the sandbar while propeller platforms connect the two structures. During lowtide, a large docks will reveal itself to the side of the island. 24 November 2017

Wildcard rotation

A wildcard rotation as it appears in the schedule.

There are two types of wildcard rotation: During the first kind, the weapons loaned to all four players are random and not known until the start of a wave. During the second kind, three weapons are pre-set, and the fourth is a wildcard slot. Rare weapons appear only at the random slot(s). There are no limits as to how many players can be using the same weapon at once (including rare weapons and repeats of the pre-set weapons in a partially wildcard rotation), and the player can receive the same weapon multiple times in a game (again, including rare weapons).

For a history of wildcard rotations, see Salmon Run data.

Rare weapons

A rare weapon being loaned to a player during a rotation with randomized weapons.

During wildcard rotations, one of Mr. Grizz's personal weapons will be accidentally added to the mix.[2] Grizzco weapons are tweaked versions of normal weapons with much more powerful stats. The following weapons have been available:

Series Description Debut Date
S2 Weapon Main Grizzco Blaster.png
Grizzco Blaster
A rapid-fire Blaster with moderate damage. It appears to be an illegally modified S2 Weapon Main Blaster.png Blaster. The firing rate is much higher than even the S2 Weapon Main Clash Blaster.png Clash Blaster. 16 September 2017
S2 Weapon Main Grizzco Brella.png
Grizzco Brella
A rapid-fire Brella with moderate damage. It appears to be an illegally modified S2 Weapon Main Splat Brella.png Splat Brella. There is no canopy on this Brella, so it cannot open. Instead, holding down the trigger fires rapidly, similar to the S2 Weapon Main Undercover Brella.png Undercover Brella but with a superior fire rate. 15 October 2017
S2 Weapon Main Grizzco Charger.png
Grizzco Charger
It appears to be an illegally modified S2 Weapon Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 MK I. The weapon is an instant charging Charger weapon with powerful shots and extremely long range. The weapon's charge speed is instantaneous and the damage it deals is not lost due to its fast charge rate. 29 April 2018
S2 Weapon Main Grizzco Slosher.png
Grizzco Slosher
It appears to be an illegally modified S2 Weapon Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine. The weapon has a very slow wind up time and projectile speed, as well as consuming a large amount of ink. However, it also possesses notably large projectiles, a unique projectile trajectory, and the unique ability to pierce through armor. 17 June 2018

These weapons cannot be accessed when playing Salmon Run at The Shoal.

Rare weapon-only rotation

On occasion, a wildcard rotation will have Random Rare golden question marks instead of the normal Random green ones. This signifies that the supplied weapons will all be rare weapons. The first such rotation took place on 14 July 2018, and was announced in a Tweet citing a message from Mr. Grizz saying he could not get the weapons ready on time, so the shift will take place using only his personal belongings.[3]


Main article: Known Occurrence

There are currently 7 different events in Salmon Run, with some having variants.


There are 6 possible rank titles in Salmon Run, with Profreshional having 4 additional ranks depending on the player's point range introduced in version 2.3.0.

The title's point range goes up by 20 points when a player makes quota for all three waves. The point range goes down by 20 points if the first wave is failed, or by 10 points if the second wave is failed, or remains the same if wave 3 is failed. As the point range increases, players are awarded titles. Titles are retained across Salmon Run rotations, but the point ranges are reset to the 40-point mark within the player's current title across Apprentice to Profreshional (0 - 99). If the player meets Profreshional 100, they will have their rank reset to the previous checkpoint of 100 points up to 400.

The Pay Grade will increase by 5% after every 20 point increase up to Profreshional 980 - 999.

Title / Rank Pay Grade Title / Rank Pay Grade
Intern (2 tutorials) 90% Profreshional 300 (300 - 399) 265% - 285%
Apprentice (0 - 99) 90% - 110% Profreshional 400 (400 - 499) 290% - 310%
Part-Timer (0 - 99) 115% - 135% Profreshional 400 (500 - 599) 315% - 335%
Go-Getter (0 - 99) 140% - 160% Profreshional 400 (600 - 699) 340% - 360%
Overachiever (0 - 99) 165% - 185% Profreshional 400 (700 - 799) 365% - 385%
Profreshional (0 - 99) 190% - 210% Profreshional 400 (800 - 899) 390% - 410%
Profreshional 100 (100 - 199) 215% - 235% Profreshional 400 (900 - 999) 415% - 435%
Profreshional 200 (200 - 299) 240% - 260%


Completion of a round of Salmon Run grants players Grizzco Points, which they can redeem for bonus prizes at the window outside Grizzco. The reward amount is based on the number of Golden Eggs Golden Eggs and Power Eggs Power Eggs collected and the player's current pay grade. The player's Job Score is equal to one point per Golden Egg plus one point for every 200 Power Eggs (rounded down), and the final reward is the Job Score times the player's Pay Grade (rounded down).

Every 100 Grizzco Points (200 after reaching 1200 points in a rotation) earns the player one bonus "capsule," which come in different colors representing the type of the contents, or a piece of gear. The gear is selected from a list of items available only through Salmon Run, and is rotated every calendar month. The main ability of this item is randomly determined when the bonus is redeemed. It usually has three blank slots for sub abilities, but there is a random chance that the sub ability slots may come already filled. The pink capsule can contain any Grizzco gear that has been released, including gear from previous months. If the player receives gear they already have, they can either replace the old gear with the new version, or receive Cash cash (if the new gear has no slots filled) or ability chunks (equal to the filled slots) instead.

The most unclaimed bonuses a player can have at a time is 99; once the limit has been reached, any new bonuses will be lost.

Bonus capsules can contain cash, meal or drink tickets, ability chunks, or Grizzco gear.

The question mark capsule seen in local multiplayer.
Reward Type 50% 40% 10%
S2 Salmon Run blue capsule.png Blue Capsule Cash 4,000. One drink ticket. Three drink tickets.
S2 Gear Clothing Anchor Life Vest.png Gear No slots. One slot. Three slots.
S2 Salmon Run green capsule.png Green Capsule Cash 4,000. Two ability chunks. Four ability chunks.
S2 Salmon Run orange capsule.png Orange Capsule Cash 4,000. One 2x ticket. One 2.5× ticket.
S2 Salmon Run pink capsule.png Pink Capsule (gear) No slots. One slot. Three slots.
S2 Salmon Run yellow capsule.png Yellow Capsule Cash 4,000. Cash 16,000. Cash 32,000.

At 600 and 1200 points the player will earn a superbonus, which always contains the 10% chance reward. The type of superbonus capsule is fixed for the length of a rotation. After 1200 points the player will only earn gear, alternating between the current monthly gear and gear from previous months, until the rotation ends.


Gear by the Grizzco Industries is obtained from rewards and new piece of gear arrives on the first of every month.

Gear Type Brand Availability Ability Rarity Release date
S2 Gear Clothing Squiddor Polo.png Squiddor Polo Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png Initial Release
S2 Gear Headgear Headlamp Helmet.png Headlamp Helmet Headgear Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 August 2017
S2 Gear Clothing Anchor Life Vest.png Anchor Life Vest Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 September 2017
S2 Gear Clothing Juice Parka.png Juice Parka Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 October 2017
S2 Gear Headgear Dust Blocker 2000.png Dust Blocker 2000 Headgear Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 November 2017
S2 Gear Shoes Angry Rain Boots.png Angry Rain Boots Shoes Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 December 2017
S2 Gear Clothing Garden Gear.png Garden Gear Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 January 2018
S2 Gear Headgear Welding Mask.png Welding Mask Headgear Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 February 2018
S2 Gear Clothing Crustwear XXL.png Crustwear XXL Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 March 2018
S2 Gear Headgear Oceanic Hard Hat.png Oceanic Hard Hat Headgear Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 April 2018
S2 Gear Shoes Non-slip Senseis.png Non-slip Senseis Shoes Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 May 2018
S2 Gear Headgear Cap of Legend.png Cap of Legend Headgear Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 June 2018
S2 Gear Clothing Record Shop Look EP.png Record Shop Look EP Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 July 2018
S2 Gear Headgear Octoleet Goggles.png Octoleet Goggles Clothing Grizzco Grizzco Salmon Run Salmon Run S2 Ability Locked.png Random Star-full.pngStar-full.pngStar-full.png 1 August 2018

Local mode

There's an option to play and host a Salmon Run locally at The Shoal, requiring other players having a separate console and copy of Splatoon 2 to participate. Local play is independent from the online Salmon Run rotation, thereby being available at all times. The host of a local Salmon Run has the ability to select which maps are played and set the hazard levels (not to be confused with the Pay Grade), which range from 5-100% at start of a play session. If the players clear a match set at the highest hazard level, then the host gains option to increase the difficulty by 10% with 200% being the max limit. A hazard level of 100% is the equivalent to Profreshional 100, having a Pay Grade of 215%, meanwhile a hazard level of 120% equals to Profreshional 200 with a Pay Grade of 240%. Matches played in the local mode doesn't affect the rankings and battle records of the online version.

The following is a table over the different Hazard Levels' corresponding Job Title:

Title Hazard Level
Apprentice 5% - 15%
Part-Timer 20% - 35%
Go-Getter 40% - 55%
Overachiever 60% - 75%
Profreshional 80% - 200%

Instead of Mr. Grizz a character known as "Raspy Voice" comments during matches, having the same dialogue as Mr. Grizz. At the end of the result screen, there aren't any dialogue present compared to the online version of Salmon Run.

Players are also able to choose the weapon that they'll will play with during a match, with a selction screen similar to the Equip screen. There's also an option to choose a random weapon. The weapons that are available to use aren't tied to the weapons that are purchased in Ammo Knights, having its own seperate weapon selection.

The following is a list of all available weapons in local Salmon Run.

Version Weapons available Amount
1.1.1 S2 Weapon Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.
S2 Weapon Main Splattershot.png Splattershot
S2 Weapon Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher
S2 Weapon Main Blaster.png Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller
S2 Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush
S2 Weapon Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger
S2 Weapon Main Slosher.png Slosher
S2 Weapon Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Splat Dualies.png Splat Dualies
10 initial weapons
1.2.0 S2 Weapon Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic
S2 Weapon Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG
S2 Weapon Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal
S2 Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85
S2 Weapon Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro
S2 Weapon Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal
S2 Weapon Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Clash Blaster.png Clash Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster
S2 Weapon Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose
S2 Weapon Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose
S2 Weapon Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller
S2 Weapon Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller
S2 Weapon Main Flingza Roller.png Flingza Roller
S2 Weapon Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope
S2 Weapon Main E-liter 4K.png E-liter 4K
S2 Weapon Main E-liter 4K Scope.png E-liter 4K Scope
S2 Weapon Main Goo Tuber.png Goo Tuber
S2 Weapon Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher
S2 Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies.png Dapple Dualies
21 additional weapons
2.0.0 S2 Weapon Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic
S2 Weapon Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro
S2 Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush
S2 Weapon Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer
S2 Weapon Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I
S2 Weapon Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine
S2 Weapon Main Dualie Squelchers.png Dualie Squelchers
S2 Weapon Main Splat Brella.png Splat Brella
S2 Weapon Main Tenta Brella.png Tenta Brella
10 additional weapons
3.0.0 S2 Weapon Main Squeezer.png Squeezer
S2 Weapon Main Glooga Dualies.png Glooga Dualies
S2 Weapon Main Dark Tetra Dualies.png Dark Tetra Dualies
S2 Weapon Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Undercover Brella.png Undercover Brella
5 additional weapons
3.2.0 S2 Weapon Main Ballpoint Splatling.png Ballpoint Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Explosher.png Explosher
2 additional weapons



  • On 21 July 2018, Splatoon 2's one-year anniversary, a Salmon Run shift took place in Spawning Grounds with S2 Weapon Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr., S2 Weapon Main Splat Dualies.png Splat Dualies, S2 Weapon Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller and S2 Weapon Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger. This is identical to the first ever Salmon Run Rotation, that took place on 21 July 2017
    • The same stage and weapons were also used in a shift that took place on 24 December 2017, for Christmas.
  • All rare weapons, except for the Grizzco Slosher, have prescription medication containers attached to them.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese サーモンラン
sāmon ran
Salmon Run
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Salmon Run Salmon Run
FlagFrance.svg French Salmon Run Salmon Run
FlagGermany.svg German Salmon Run Salmon Run
FlagItaly.svg Italian Salmon Run Salmon Run
FlagRussia.svg Russian Salmon Run Salmon Run
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Salmon Run Salmon Run

Salmon Run Rank Names

English (NTSC/PAL) Japanese Dutch French (NTSC) French (PAL)
Intern けんしゅう
Kenshū (Trainee)
Stagiaire Apprenti
Apprentice かけだし
Kakedashi (Beginner)
Uitzendkracht Débutant
Part-Timer はんにんまえ
Han'ninmae (Part-timer)
Parttimer Connaisseur
Go-Getter いちにんまえ
Ichininmae (Full-timer)
Vaste kracht Semi-pro Semi-pro
Overachiever じゅくれん
Jukuren (Skilled)
Leidinggevende Pro Pro
Profreshional たつじん
Tatsujin (Expert)
Baas Prodige Prodige
German Italian Russian Spanish (NTSC) Spanish (PAL)
Aushilfe Ragazzo principiante
Ragazza prinicipiante
Ragazzo apprendista
Ragazza apprendista
Aprendiz Aprendiz
Lehrling Ragazzo tirocinante
Ragazza tirocinante
Mitarbeiter des Monats
Mitarbeiterin des Monats
Ragazzo carrierista
Ragazza carrierista
Старший бригадир
Starshiy brigadir
Supervisor Capataz
Führungskraft Ragazzo promessa
Ragazza promessa
Зам. Начальника
Zam Nachal'nika
Gerente Gerente
Boss Ragazzo professionista
Ragazza professionista

Rare weapon

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese レアブキ
Rea buki
Rare weapon
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Zeldzaam wapen Rare weapon
FlagItaly.svg Italian Arma rara Rare weapon
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Arma poco común Uncommon weapon

Hazard Level MAX!!

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese キケン度MAX!!
Kiken-do MAX!!
Degree of Danger MAX!!*
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Max. risiconiveau! Max(imum) risk level!
FlagGermany.svg German Maximale Gefahr! Maximum Danger!
FlagSpain.svg Spanish ¡Riesgo máximo! Maximum Risk!

See also