Saltspray Rig is an ocean-based oil rig, with pipes, crates, and suspended platforms resting over a large body of water.
Saltspray Rig is shaped like a squid, with two Spawn Points leading into a series of pathways and drop-offs. 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 Respawn 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 from the teams' Respawn Points. It is normally the last area to be claimed, due to its distance from the spawnpoints. It features a tall structure in the middle, which is heavily contested in the later parts of the game, in order 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 Respawn 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's 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 to one of their teammates, or to a Squid Beakon. There is abyss surrounding the stage as a hazard for players who fall in.
Ranked Battle Terrain
In Ranked Battle, 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" 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've taken the tower or vice versa. This means that the action on this map is condensed to a small area, making the Top and Bottom Areas go almost completely unused.
The Rainmaker weapon 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 less crates than in the final version.
The Wii U GamePad map of Saltspray Rig.
Saltspray Rig was released with launch of Splatoon.
A match of Splat Zones on Saltspray Rig.
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.
An Inkling in the Top Area, next to the moving grated platform.
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- Saltspray Rig was one of the two playable maps during the Splatoon Global Testfire, alongside Walleye Warehouse.
- Unlike every other stage in Splatoon, Saltspray Rig does not feature rotational symmetry; for this reason, teams have different views of the map from their Spawn Points, and because of this layout, the Wii U GamePad's map does not look the same for both teams, like it does in other stages. Another map of this type would not appear in the franchise until Shifty Station Layout #10 in Splatoon 2, followed by Skipper Pavilion.
- An evening variant of this map exists in Octo Valley in the mission Octoling Onslaught.
- Saltspray Rig is currently the only map whose name is not related to a marine organism.
- Some people consider this stage to be unfair in competitive play. The team on the left has more viable right-side peeking points. (Inklings are right-handed, so they can peek around a wall and be mostly protected while left-peeking fully exposes them leaving them open for attack). Also, the team on the left is able to use the 2 moving platforms faster to go up at the start of a match.
- The internal codename for this stage in the game files is "Seaplant".
Saltspray Rig is derived from the nouns Saltspray and Rig. Saltspray is salt that comes from the ocean waves, and 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 (point where two ocean currents meet) and Oil Field, Oil field is deep underground the ocean for it to be drilled or extracted.
Names in other languages
|Shionome (point where two ocean currents meet) 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|
Locations in Splatoon