Shellendorf Institute

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Shellendorf Institute is a multiplayer stage in Splatoon 2. It takes place inside a history museum. A large glass roof stretches over the stage's center, giving players high ground but limiting their navigation options when they stand on it.


Shellendorf Institute overview.

Shellendorf Institute is a suspended upper floor of a large museum with many different displays of historical artifacts. The distinguishing feature of the stage is the two-layered dynamic of the inkable lower floor and the glass ceiling suspended above. The upper layer can only be accessed from the left path immediately in front of the spawn point, the one inkable display on each team's right side, or the Inkrail right before entering the central plaza. Going to the left path from the spawn gives a vantage point over enemy coming in from the narrow hallways in that direction, while the glass ceiling makes up the rest of the upper ground. The center area dips down to a long open hallway with the only obstacle being a stone sarcophagus at center stage.

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.

Splat Zones

The Splat Zone of the stage is located horizontally at the center of the stage and spans much of the center area, with the sides on the inclining slopes. The stage received a significant change during this mode, most notably the glass ceiling being separated, so teams are no longer able to access the opposing team's side from the upper route. Several blocks have been added to the narrow hallways, however. The addition of these blocks gives a potential access point for the opposing team to climb into the upper area of their enemy. An Inkrail is added to the left of spawn to get to the Glass ceiling quicker.

Tower Control

The layout of the stage is adjusted with the glass ceiling being separated and a block added in the tower's path which makes pushing more difficult. The Tower is located at the center of the stage in place of the stone sarcophagus. The Tower weaves around a few blocks added to the center stage, traveling left into the side area, before rising above a wooden block, added to wall off the side area. It then descends from the other side and makes a right turn, reaching its destination where the opposing team would drop off into the battlefield.


  • The first checkpoint is located in the central area just before it goes up the ramp to the side area.
  • The second checkpoint is located on top of the newly added hill in the side hallways.
  • The third checkpoint is located immediately after the hill is cleared and just left of the goal.


The Rainmaker is located center stage on top of the stone sarcophagus. The goal is located in front of the enemy base, one level up from the lower area. When approaching from the left, ramps have been added which allow players to reach the upper floors and some uninkable stairs have also been added immediately in front of the goal. There are three ways to reach the goal: to the left, up the ramps, which leaves them right above the goal; straight to the goal, up the uninkable stairs; or the upper route which leads the player to the right and directly to the platform where the goal is (The upper route can be accessd by climbing up the walls or taking an Inkrail left from the starting position of the Rainmaker).

Clam Blitz

The baskets are located at the far ends of the central area in the center between the opposing team's upper paths. While players can access the goals from above, scoring from the glass roof is very precise, meaning that players will likely have to jump down to the lower level to throw clams into the basket. Blocks have been added to allow more options to get onto the glass ceiling.

Splatoon 2

Shellendorf Institute

Shellendorf Institute

Introduced 12 January 2018
Total area 2,052p
Features Inkrails, sponges
Hazards Abyss

Version 2.1.1 to 4.9.1

Shellendorf Institute was released on 12 January 2018 at 02:00 UTC.

Version 5.0.0 onwards

The image released on social media announcing changes to Shellendorf Institute.

On 22 July 2019, an announcement was posted on the official Japanese Splatoon Twitter account stating that from 29 to 31 July 2019, Shellendorf Institute would be "closed for renovations", similar to the announcements made for Starfish Mainstage in Version 4.0.0, The Reef in Version 4.2.0, and Blackbelly Skatepark in 4.3.0.[1] The announcement included a blueprint of the stage with the planned changes drawn over it. The changes were released in Version 5.0.0 on 31 July 2019.

Changes included:

  • Elevation of the glass roof and side routes being modified.
  • An additional ramp being placed on the right side of the stage.
  • Areas on the sides of the stage gaining additional turf.
  • The removal of Inkrails from the stage in favor of sponges in Turf War.
  • The movement of the baskets to be centered in Clam Blitz, making it significantly more difficult to toss Power Clams from the roof when combined with the roof's new height.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Adjusted the lighting in Shellendorf Institute so the brightness doesn't blow out depending on how light is reflected into the camera.
  • Fixed an issue on Shellendorf Institute in which, when certain uninkable walls are hit with ink, the game would show the same animation as inking an inkable wall.
  • Fixed an issue on Shellendorf Institute in which bombs thrown at certain walls would disappear without exploding.
  • Fixed an issue on Shellendorf Institute in Splat Zones and Tower Control in which players could briefly through the surface of certain areas of terrain.
  • Fixed an issue on Shellendorf Institute in Turf War, Splat Zones, and Clam Blitz in which the box in the center would not be displayed on the Turf Map.
  • Fixed an issue when playing Splat Zones in Shellendorf Institute where certain obstacles were only appearing on one team's side of the map.
  • Fixed an issue on Shellendorf Institute in which a player climbing a pillar near the center of the map would pass through the terrain and fall.
  • Fixed an issue on Shellendorf Institute in which, when the player throws a bomb at the edge of a glass roof, the bomb would go into the roof and get stuck.
  • Made it so that the top of exhibit displays within Splat Zones are not counted towards zone control in Splat Zones on Shellendorf Institute.
  • Fixed an issue where certain animations did not display correctly when viewed through specific panes of glass.
  • Stage terrain has been modified for all game modes.
    • Lowered the height of the central roof.
    • Expanded the area of the open spaces on the left and right, depending on the game mode.
    • Adjusted overall object placement.
  • Fixed an issue causing players to clip into the stage terrain when moving near a certain wall.
  • Fixed an issue occurring in Rainmaker mode allowing players to clip into a specific piece of stage terrain.


Prior to Version 5.0.0



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  • Shellendorf Institute was initially shown in the Version 2.0.0 announcement video that was released on 21 November 2017.
  • As the name suggests, it is perhaps owned or founded by Ammoses Shellendorf. However, this connection is only made in the English name of the stage and not in any other language.
  • One of the exhibits includes what appears to be three DNA strand models, each with a sign on the bottom left depicting a pair of headphones and a smartphone displaying a symbol. This is a reference to the concept of a song being contained in the DNA of every Inkling, which has been mentioned in Sunken Scroll 23 from Splatoon and in the liner notes of Splatune.
  • The stage shares similarities to Hammerhead Bridge from Splatoon. There are multiple levels, with the top level having hardly any inkable surfaces.
  • The institute appears to be a museum, with exhibits, skeletons and signs everywhere showing the prohibitions, including what seems to be photography, drinks and kissing.
  • One of the large banners to the left of spawn advertises a Dogū figure with Inkling hair. The actual clay figures can be seen in the center exhibits.
  • According to The Art of Splatoon 2, the museum is 120 years old and its exhibits holds the largest number of collections in the countries.
  • The insects and fossils in the exhibits are identical to the models used in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
  • The internal codename for this stage in the game files is "Tunnel".
  • As of Version 3.1.0, an advertisement for this location is one of the rotating ads on the left-side jumbotron in Inkopolis Square.
  • In one of her English quotes, Pearl mentions Temnodontosaurus (albeit spelt 'Temnodontasaurus'), a genus of Ichthyosaur from the early Jurassic period in Europe.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese デボン海洋博物館
debon kaiyō hakubutsukan
Devon (Devonian) Oceanographic Museum
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Vistorisch museum Fish-storical* museum
FlagFrance.svg French La Galerie des Abysses The Abyss Gallery
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Galerie des abysses Abyss Gallery
FlagGermany.svg German Abyssal-Museum Abyss Museum
FlagItaly.svg Italian Museo paleontonnologico Paleontological Museum
FlagRussia.svg Russian музей «Мезозой»
Muzey "Mezozoy"
Mesozoic Museum
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Galería Raspa Fishbone Gallery