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Saltspray Rig is an ocean-based oil rig, with pipes, crates, and suspended platforms resting over a large body of water.
Unlike most other stages in the Splatoon series that feature rotational symmetry, Saltspray Rig's stage layout is laterally symmetrical, with the exception of the obstacles in the top area. Saltspray Rig is shaped like a squid, with two spawn points leading into a series of pathways and drop-offs. The spawn point area is not accessible to the enemy team, except in Rainmaker mode. There are two elevators located in the middle of the map to quickly move from the bottom area to the top area. Pathways stemming from each spawn point cannot be accessed by the other team, and branch off into smaller trails that lead to the top area and bottom area.
The top area is located opposite the teams' spawn points. It is normally the last area to be claimed due to its distance from the spawn points. It features a tall structure in the middle which is heavily contested in the later parts of the game to claim the surrounding turf. There is also a moving platform that a player can use to claim turf quickly, but in turn, exposes the player, as the player will fall through the platform if they turn into a squid.
The bottom area is located between the team's spawn points. It is often the first area that is claimed but is typically forgotten towards the end of the game, due to the battle shifting towards the top area. In the last minute, it is easily claimable. The starting areas in Saltspray Rig cannot be reached on foot by the opposing team, so there is a lot of turf that can be easily claimed during the game. A team with a charger, splatling, Inkstrike or Inkzooka, though, may be able to claim some turf if the opposing team is not paying attention. Both areas contain paths leading to the bottom area and top area. If a team is not careful, the opposing team may launch an Inkstrike in the area near the end of a battle, claiming some turf which the players cannot claim after leaving their starting area. The only way a player can get back up their team's starting area is to Super Jump to their team's respective spawn or one of their teammates, or a Squid Beakon. There is an abyss surrounding the stage as a hazard for players who fall in.
This stage puts the Alpha team at a slight disadvantage. The Bravo team has more viable right-side peeking points, as Inklings are right-handed, so they can peek around a wall and be mostly protected. Peeking to the left, on the other hand, fully exposes them, leaving them open for attack. Additionally, the Bravo team can use the two moving platforms faster at the start of a match.
Ranked Battle terrain
In Ranked Battles, specifications for the terrain or placement of objects are different between the modes; these changes create new paths or new objects to take cover behind.
The Splat Zone for Saltspray Rig sits just below the top area, just inside the "entrance" and before the ramp. It can be easily taken by players shooting ink on ledges on the opposing sides, but if the front of the zone is not protected, the opposing team can easily take control of the zone.
The Tower starts at the bottom of the T-shaped section just before the top area. When taken, the Tower briefly travels around the T and down the pathway towards the enemy base before turning and going down the side of the map. It then begins traveling on the lower pathways that lead to the bottom area. Each team's goal zone is directly below the exit opposite from the bottom area when going there. Boxes have been added so that players can easily attack the other team if they have taken the Tower or vice versa. This means that the action on this stage is condensed to a small area, making the top and bottom areas go almost completely unused.
The Rainmaker starts on the middle platform that the elevators rise to. Platforms containing the Rainmaker goal pedestals are built next to the spawn point. Walls have been added so that a team can reach their opponents' base. Walls block off the far side alley, forcing players to leave the spawn area through more direct routes.
Saltspray Rig underwent a series of changes between its development period and release.
The pre-release version included many differences, such as:
- There were much fewer vertical pipes to swim up.
- The spawn points were closer together.
- Four small areas were located near teams' bases, accessed by thin, curved walkways.
- The bottom area was not present.
- The routes that currently allow players to access the top area from either side were much less detailed.
- Most edges were secured by presumably grated fences.
- The top area had fewer crates than in the final version.
Saltspray Rig was released with the launch of Splatoon.
Far in the background of Saltspray Rig, a large bridge can be seen. There are also a few seagulls flying around.
Jellyfish on a tower at Saltspray Rig.
An isometric view of the north of Saltspray Rig, during a Splatfest.
Promo for Zink at Saltspray Rig.
A Inkling Girl fires a Custom E-liter 3K in the top middle of Saltspray Rig.
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- Saltspray Rig was one of the two playable maps during the Splatoon Global Testfire, alongside Walleye Warehouse.
- Saltspray Rig, Skipper Pavilion, Zappy Longshocking, and Bridge to Tentaswitchia are the only stages that have lateral symmetry.
- Saltspray Rig is the only stage that is not truly symmetrical in the Splatoon series; the obstacles in the top area are not arranged symmetrically.
- An evening variant of this map exists in Octo Valley in the mission Octoling Onslaught.
- Saltspray Rig is the only stage in Splatoon whose name is not related to an aquatic organism.
- Saltspray Rig along with Urchin Underpass and Bluefin Depot are the only stages in Splatoon to not return in a sequel.
Saltspray Rig is derived from the nouns 'saltspray' and 'rig'. Saltspray is salt that comes from the ocean waves, and a rig is a structure housing equipment used to drill or extract oil from underground.
シオノメ油田 Shionome Yuden is derived from 'Shionome' (the point where two ocean currents meet) and 'oil field', an area deep underground in the ocean for oil to be drilled or extracted.
Names in other languages
|Shionome Oil Field|
|French (NOA)||Plate-forme Mouette||Seagull Rig|
|French (NOE)||Station Doucebrise||Fresh Breeze Station|
|German||Bohrinsel Nautilus||Nautilus Oil Rig|
|Spanish||Plataforma Gaviota||Seagull Rig|