Salmon Run Next Wave

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Salmon Run Next Wave
Salmon Run Next Wave Main Art HQ.jpeg
Salmon Run Next Wave
Type Online Multiplayer
Local Multiplayer
Players 1-4
Ranked
Weapons
Controllers Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date Launch

Salmon Run Next Wave is a co-op multiplayer mode in Splatoon 3 for up to four players. It is a sequel to Salmon Run in Splatoon 2 and was revealed on 9 February 2022 during a Nintendo Direct.

Description

Like in Splatoon 2, each Salmon Run shift consists of three waves; to complete waves, players must collect Power Eggs and Golden Eggs by defeating Salmonids and depositing them at the egg basket. Unless otherwise noted, each Boss Salmonid splatted yields three Golden Eggs. If they are not picked up, a Snatcher flies over after a few seconds to retrieve them.

Each player can carry only one Golden Egg at a time. While carrying a Golden Egg, players can press to perform an Egg Throw. This requires the same amount of ink as a Splat Bomb, and the thrown egg travels in a similar way. Performing the Egg Throw also causes a small explosion of ink around the player that deals 100 damage. If the Egg is thrown directly into the egg basket, it will be collected: otherwise, it will remain on the floor where it lands. Throwing a Golden Egg into the water or at a wall will result in it bouncing back to where it was thrown from. Any player may pick up a Golden Egg as normal after it has been thrown.

Each wave has a quota, which varies depending on the number of players present and their ranks. If the quota is not filled before the wave timer ends or the team is wiped out, their shift is terminated. After a shift ends, players are rewarded Grizzco Points based on the amount of Power Eggs and Golden Eggs collected, which can be exchanged for bonuses. All players' ranks will increase by 20 points after clearing a shift, unless they are playing with a friend with a higher job title than themselves. Similarly, failing a shift will reduce all participants' ranks by between 0 and 20 points based on the number of waves cleared.

Equipment for collecting eggs is provided by Grizzco, including a Grizzco uniform and a lifesaver, as well as a different supplied main weapon for each wave and two uses of a single special weapon for each shift. When players are splatted, their lifesaver appears at their last position and a teammate can revive them by inking them. Ink level and special weapon uses are displayed visually, with the lifesaver serving as an ink tank with markings, and the player's specials appearing as packets on their headgear. Additionally, a notification saying "One player left!" will now appear when three coworkers have been splatted.

Occasionally after a successful third wave, an Xtrawave will occur, with a large King Salmonid and multiple other Boss Salmonids appearing. This only occurs when the Salmometer, a King Salmonid-shaped meter appearing below the player's rank bar fills up completely for any player in a group. The meter will fill with every run, whether successful or not and empties for everyone in the party when the special wave occurs. During this wave, players are supplied with Egg Cannons to shoot Golden Eggs at the King Salmonid to damage it. The Egg Cannon can also be used on regular Boss Salmonids. There is no egg basket during this wave, as it is a timed fight against the King Salmonid. If the players fail to complete the Xtrawave, the overall shift is still considered cleared. Damaging the King Salmonid during an Xtrawave will reward the player with fish scales, a precious resource that has three types, the rarer varieties of which are associated with higher hazard levels[Citation needed]. Fish scales can be exchanged for Splashtag banners, locker room items, and a Grizzco-approved alternate work outfit.[1] The Salmometer resets between different rotations.

Known Occurrences return from Splatoon 2, with new ones being added, such as the Mudmouth Eruption.[2] Additionally, an event called Big Run, where Salmonids invade inhabited cities, will happen once every few months and take place on multiplayer stages, such as Wahoo World.[3]

Rotations

Unlike in Splatoon 2, Salmon Run Next Wave is playable at all times, with Grizzco Industries never closing, so the only times it will be unplayable are during server outages and maintenances.[3]

Loaned weapons

So far, all main weapons are confirmed to be usable in Salmon Run Next Wave.

Unlike in Splatoon 2, there are more than four special weapons available in Salmon Run Next Wave. The special weapons are the Crab Tank, Killer Wail 5.1, Reefslider, Wave Breaker, Booyah Bomb, Triple Inkstrike and Inkjet.

Stages

Image Name Description Release Date
S3 SRNW 09.jpg Sockeye Station Sockeye Station is set in a setting similar to that of Spawning Grounds, but appears to be in the Splatlands. It was first shown off in the first Salmon Run Next Wave trailer.[4] Initial release; 2022
Gone Fission Hydroplant.png Gone Fission Hydroplant Gone Fission Hydroplant is set next to a massive hydroplant in the ocean. Initial release; 2022
S2 Stage Spawning Grounds.png Spawning Grounds Returning from Splatoon 2, Spawning Grounds is set in the Inkadia region, with minimal changes. Initial release; 2022

Wildcard rotation

Wildcard rotations return in Salmon Run Next Wave, the first starting on 1 October 2022 4pm UTC.

Events

Main article: Known Occurrence

There are nine different events in Salmon Run Next Wave, with some having variants. Seven of the events return from Salmon Run in Splatoon 2.

Additionally, a special event known as Big Run will happen once every few months.

Job Title

The Profreshional title has been usurped by Eggsecutive VP, providing a shining new rung on the corporate ladder. Your earning power will increase with a higher title, but the job sites will get more intense too.

We've even recorded a 333% increase in hazard level at the sites where Eggsecutive VPs work.

All job titles from Splatoon 2 return. A new title, Eggsecutive VP[1], has been added following the Profreshional title.

Title / Rank Paygrade (Rank Points 0 - 49) Paygrade (Rank Points 50-99)
Intern (2 tutorials) 100% 100%
Apprentice (0 - 99) 150% 155%
Part-Timer (0 - 99) 160% 165%
Go-Getter (0 - 99) 170% 175%
Overachiever (0 - 99) 180% 185%
Profreshional Part-Timer (0 - 99) 190% 195%
Profreshional +1 (0 - 99) 200% 205%
Profreshional +2 (0 - 99) 210% 215%
Profreshional +3 (0 - 99) 220% 225%
Eggsecutive VP (0 - 999) 230% 235%

At Eggsecutive VP, the pay grade is calculated as 2.3 + floor([Rank Points] / 50) × 0.05. The highest possible pay grade is ×3.25 at Eggsecutive VP 950 - 999. Following Splatoon 2, titles are retained across Salmon Run rotations, but the point ranges are reset to the 40-point mark within the player's current title, including the new Eggsecutive VP title.

Rewards

Completion of a round of Salmon Run Next Wave grants players Grizzco Points, which they can redeem at the exchange desk inside Grizzco Industries for bonuses. The points earned after any run are calculated with the formula (G/100)(E+P/200)+50*C, where G is the pay grade number after any raises or penalties, E is the number of Golden Eggs collected, P is the number of Power Eggs collected, and C is 1 upon completing all 3 rounds successfully, 2 upon successfully defeating the King Salmonid, otherwise 0. All counts are rounded down to the nearest integer. Players will also earn Catalog Points which will increase their catalog level (300 points per wave cleared, including if the Xtrawave is cleared). If the player participates in an Xtrawave and damages the King Salmonid, they will receive fish scales.[1]

Every 100 Grizzco Points (200/400 after reaching 1200/4000 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 main ability of this item is randomly determined when the bonus is redeemed. It usually has up to three randomly filled secondary gear ability slots. If the player receives gear they already have, they can either replace the old gear with the new version or receive ability chunks (equal to the filled slots) instead.

Reward Type 50% 40% 10%
S2 Salmon Run blue capsule.png Blue capsule Drink ticket Cash 5,000. One drink ticket. Four drink tickets.
S2 Salmon Run green capsule.png Green capsule Ability chunks Cash 5,000. Two ability chunks. Four ability chunks.
S2 Salmon Run orange capsule.png Orange capsule Food ticket Cash 5,000. One 1.5× ticket. One 2× ticket.
S3 Gear Headgear Bream-Brim Cap.png Showcased Gear Gear One filled ability slot. Two filled ability slots. Three filled ability slots.
S2 Salmon Run yellow capsule.png Yellow capsule Cash Cash 5,000. Cash 16,000. Cash 32,000.

Normal, non-superbonus capsules have a 50% chance of providing a poor reward, a 40% chance of providing a good reward, and a 10% chance of providing an excellent reward. At 600 and 1200 points, the player earns 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 only earns the current gear until the rotation ends. The capsules of the rewards until the second superbonus are different for every player.

Gear

Gear by Grizzco Industries is obtained from Salmon Run bonus rewards. The main ability for each gear reward is randomly selected from 0 to 2 stars and all abilities that can also appear as secondary abilities. Each gear comes with one to three secondary abilities that are also randomly selected. If the player receives gear they already have, they can either replace the old gear with the new version or swap for ability chunks (equal to the secondary ability slots, but not the main ability slot) instead. There is only one gear reward available so far, however, a new piece of gear will be added each month, similar to Splatoon 2.

Gear Type Release date
S3 Gear Headgear Bream-Brim Cap.png Bream-Brim Cap Headgear September 2022
S3 Gear Headgear Lo-Vis Visor.png Lo-Vis Visor Headgear October 2022

Shop

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By defeating or damaging a King Salmonid, players are rewarded with Fish scales that they can use to purchase work suits, decorations, stickers, or banners. Most items are locked by default, however, the rest are unlocked by spending more scales. The first set of unlockable items requires spending at least 100 Bronze Fish Scale.png bronze and 10 Silver Fish Scale.png silver scales to unlock, while the rest of the items requires spending at least 350 Bronze Fish Scale.png bronze, 40 Silver Fish Scale.png silver, and 4 Gold Fish Scale.png gold scales.


Work Suits

Name Cost Purchasable?
Orange Slopsuit.webp Orange Slopsuit Unlocked by default Initially
Green Slopsuit.webp Green Slopsuit 10 Silver Fish Scale.png Initially
Yellow Slopsuit.webp Yellow Slopsuit 10 Silver Fish Scale.png Initially
Pink Slopsuit.webp Pink Slopsuit 30 Silver Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Blue Slopsuit.webp Blue Slopsuit 30 Silver Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Black Slopsuit.webp Black Slopsuit 100 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
White Slopsuit.webp White Slopsuit 100 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone

Decorations

Name Cost Purchasable?
Scrapper 80 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
Steelhead 5 Silver Fish Scale.png Initially
Smallfry 1 Gold Fish Scale.png Initially
Maws 160 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Stinger 20 Silver Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Chum 4 Gold Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Drizzler 320 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Flyfish 80 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Cohock 15 Gold Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Steel Eel 15 Gold Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Goldie 100 Gold Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone

Stickers

Name Cost Purchasable?
TS-SAL Graffiti 30 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
TS-ALG graffiti 30 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
TS-SWD graffiti 50 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
GCI-DNG poster 50 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
GCI-FRI neon 3 Silver Fish Scale.png Initially
TS-ORBRS graffiti 3 Silver Fish Scale.png Initially
Grizzco Industries logo 1 Gold Fish Scale.png Initially
TS-C0HK graffiti 80 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
TS-RLPL graffiti 80 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
GCI-FSH sticker 80 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
GCI-NMLSMN neon 10 Silver Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
SR-UDTRG sign 10 Silver Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
GCI-WTD poster 3 Gold Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
TS-WHPL graffiti 160 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
TS-SMFR graffiti 160 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
GCI-N0SLMN poster 160 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
TS-LGF8Z graffiti 160 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
GCI-XLSMN neon 50 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
TS-FLT graffiti 50 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
SD0-STR graffiti 50 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
TS-C0HZ graffiti 10 Gold Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone

Banners

Banner Cost Purchasable?
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-07.jpg 10 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-08.jpg 100 Bronze Fish Scale.png Initially
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-09.jpg 2 Gold Fish Scale.png Initially
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-21.jpg 250 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-22.jpg 250 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-25.jpg 5 Gold Fish Scale.png After 1st milestone
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-24.jpg 600 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-23.jpg 600 Bronze Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-27.jpg 999 Silver Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone
Sg-image-splatoon-3-banner-26.jpg 20 Gold Fish Scale.png After 2nd milestone

Quotes

SRL HR dept. here. No, it's not another mandatory seminar about conserving printer toner. Rather, we're confirming that Salmon Run is available 24/7 in the Splatoon 3 game! That means you can work nonstop to climb the corporate salmon ladder - maybe all the way to Eggsecutive VP!

Now, at the end of the day, it's all about that paycheck. And we think Salmon Run workers are handsomely rewarded! Diligent employees who have collected fish scales can trade them in for bonus items like designer work suits. As always, we support a healthy work-splat balance.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[6][7]
Salmon Run is open for business 24/7 in #Splatoon3, and you can team up with friends in private lobbies too! If you defeat the big 'ol King Salmonid, you may earn some rare fish scales that can be exchanged for snazzier uniforms.
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[8]

Gallery

Promotional screenshots

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese サーモンラン NEXT WAVE
Sāmon ran NEXT WAVE
Salmon Run NEXT WAVE
Netherlands Dutch Salmon Run - De nieuwe golf Salmon Run - The new wave
France French (NOE) Salmon Run - La nouvelle vague Salmon Run - The new wave
Germany German Salmon Run - Die nächste Welle Salmon Run - The next wave
Italy Italian Salmon Run - Prossima ondata Salmon Run - Next wave
Russia Russian Salmon Run - Новая волна
Salmon Run - Novaya volna
Salmon Run - New wave
Spain Spanish (NOE) Salmon Run - Nueva ofensiva Salmon Run - New offense
China Chinese 鮭魚跑 NEXT WAVE
Guīyú pǎo NEXT WAVE
Salmon Run NEXT WAVE
South Korea Korean 새먼 런 NEXT WAVE
Saemeon reon NEXT WAVE
Salmon Run NEXT WAVE

References