Shifty Station is the title given to a series of multiplayer stages in Splatoon 2. The stages were originally only available during Splatfests, but were made available in Private Battles starting with Version 5.0.0. Only one Shifty Station appeared per Splatfest, except for Chaos vs. Order and Super Mushroom vs. Super Star.
Shifty Stations typically either have parts of the stage moving around and/or Octo Canyon stage gimmicks, such as Ink Cannons and Grapplinks. The only stages that are exceptions to this rule are Sweet Valley Tentacles, The Splat in our Zones, and MC.Princess Diaries. Sweet Valley Tentacles uses a unique gimmick, The Splat in our Zones uses free Splat Zones, and MC.Princess Diaries uses hyperbombs from the Octo Expansion as well as Pearl's Princess Cannon.
List of layouts
|The first variation of Shifty Station features large platforms on the sides of the stage which slide to and from the center.
|Mayo vs. Ketchup; Chaos vs. Order; Mayo vs. Ketchup (2020)
|4 August 2017
The Secret of S.P.L.A.T.
|The Secret of NIMH
|This stage features platforms in the middle which move up and down.
|Flight vs. Invisibility; With Lemon vs. Without Lemon; Raph vs. Leo; Chaos vs. Order
|1 September 2017
|This variant features sponges and Inkrails that help the player reach central points on the stage.
|Fries vs. McNuggets, Front Roll vs. Back Roll, and Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy; Mikey vs. Donnie and Hello Kitty vs. Cinnamoroll; Chaos vs. Order
|9 September 2017
Windmill House on the Pearlie
|Little House on the Prairie
|This variant features four large, rotating platforms.
|Vampire vs. Werewolf, Dexterity vs. Tenacity, and Warm Breakfast vs. Cold Breakfast; My Melody vs. Pompompurin; Chaos vs. Order
|13 October 2017
|This variant heavily features Spreaders, most notably rotating Spreaders in the center.
|Warm Innerwear vs. Warm Outerwear, Film vs. Book, and Sweater vs. Sock; Chaos vs. Order
|9 December 2017
Zone of Glass
|Throne of Glass
|This variant primarily features invisible platforms, as well as long Squee-Gs that move uninterrupted.
|Action vs. Comedy; Chaos vs. Order
|13 January 2018
Cannon Fire Pearl
|Camp Fire Girls
|This variant features Ink Cannons which can be used to fire at distant opponents, and walls that allow players to hide from the cannons.
|The Champion vs. The Challenger, Gherk-OUT vs. Gherk-IN, and Money vs. Love; Chaos vs. Order; Super Mushroom vs. Super Star
|3 February 2018
The Bunker Games
|The Hunger Games
|This variant features large containment chambers which close off parts of the stage over time. Once an area is closed off, a launchpad appears in it, allowing players inside the domes to escape.
|Flowers vs. Dumplings and Chicken vs. Egg; Chaos vs. Order; Chicken vs. Egg (2020); Super Mushroom vs. Super Star
|3 March 2018
|This variant has an element of verticality with Grapplinks being used to quickly reach high points.
|Newest Model vs. Most Popular Model, Baseball vs. Soccer, and Salty vs. Sweet; Chaos vs. Order
|24 March 2018
|This variant features lateral symmetry, as well as Ink Switches that move platforms and walls.
|New Life-Forms vs. Advanced Technology; Pulp vs. No Pulp; Chaos vs. Order
|21 April 2018
A Swiftly Tilting Balance
|A Swiftly Tilting Planet
|This stage is built like a double-beam balance scale, with the weight of players and sub weapons tilting the two large platforms on either side of the stage.
|Raph vs. Donnie; Hello Kitty vs. My Melody; Chaos vs. Order
|18 May 2018
Sweet Valley Tentacles
|Sweet Valley High
|This variant features large, tentacle-shaped dummies that, when splatted, open up gates around the stage.
|Squid vs. Octopus; Chaos vs. Order
|21 July 2018
|This variant features Splat-Switches that move gates around the stage when inked.
|Chocorooms vs. Chococones, Adventure vs. Relax, and Fork vs. Spoon; Chaos vs. Order
|18 August 2018
The Bouncey Twins
|This variant features Bounce Pads that allow players to reach high points on the stage, but are placed above the abyss.
|Retro vs. Modern and Tsubuan vs. Koshian; Chaos vs. Order; Super Mushroom vs. Super Star
|22 September 2018
|The Railway Children
|This variant features ride rails which are the only means of traversing to the raised platform in the center that leads to the opponents' turf.
|Trick vs. Treat; Chaos vs. Order; Trick vs. Treat (2020)
|19 October 2018
|This variant features Gushers which allow players to reach high points, or block off routes for opponents.
|Pocky Chocolate vs. Pocky Gokuboso, Salsa vs. Guacamole, and Eat It First vs. Save It for Last; Chaos vs. Order
|10 November 2018
The Maze Dasher
|The Maze Runner
|This variant primarily features dash tracks, which allow players to quickly hop from one side of the stage to the other.
|Hero vs. Villain; Chaos vs. Order
|15 December 2018
Flooders in the Attic
|Flowers in the Attic
|This variant features Flooders that survey small areas of the stage, as well as Bounce Pads that let players jump on top of the Flooders.
|Family vs. Friends; Chaos vs. Order
|4 January 2019
The Splat in our Zones
|The Fault in Our Stars
|This variant features six "free Splat Zones" which fill up with a team's ink once enough of the zone has been inked a particular color.
|Airhead vs. Wisecracker and Pancakes vs. Waffles; Chaos vs. Order
|2 February 2019
The Ink is Spreading
|The Dark Is Rising
|This variant features Splat-Switches which control the ink color of ten Spreaders placed around the stage.
|Knight vs. Wizard; Chaos vs. Order
|16 March 2019
Bridge to Tentaswitchia
|Bridge to Terabithia
|This variant features an Ink Switch in the center that moves a long strip of turf. The strip of turf moves behind a glass wall, where it becomes no longer accessible.
|Hare vs. Tortoise; Chaos vs. Order
|19 April 2019
The Chronicles of Rolonium
|The Chronicles of Narnia
|This variant features bundles of Rolonium that roll over hills in the stage and can splat opponents in two hits.
|Ce League vs. Pa League and Time Travel vs. Teleportation; Chaos vs. Order; Super Mushroom vs. Super Star
|11 May 2019
Furler in the Ashes
|An Ember in the Ashes
|This variant features Inkfurlers which, when unraveled, allow players to move across the stage. After ninety seconds, the water level drops, similar to Mahi-Mahi Resort.
|Unicorn vs. Narwhal, No Pineapple vs. Pineapple, and Kid vs. Grown-Up; Chaos vs. Order
|15 June 2019
|The Princess Diaries
|The final variant features the Princess Cannon and hyperbombs, and Off the Hook can be seen performing live.
|Chaos vs. Order
|20 July 2019
- Marina claims to have helped make the stage herself, which is shown by her symbol appearing on the stage image.
- As Marina mentions often in the news segments, she was raised around Octarian machinery, which would explain why many of the Shifty Station variants contain at least one of the Octo Valley and Octo Canyon mechanics.
- This is elaborated on further in the Octo Expansion. In Marina's chat room, Pearl mentions how Marina creates these stages all by herself, while Cap'n Cuttlefish notes the Octarian technology used, such as floating rocks, from Marina's time as a combat engineer for DJ Octavio.
- Every Shifty Station's name is a reference to a work in some form of media. The English version references titles of young adult Western novels, while the Japanese version references titles of shōjo manga.
- Shifty Station's name is a reference to the fact that it is different every Splatfest.
- On Wayslide Cool, there is an Inkjet glitch that allows the player to clip through the wall.
- The internal code name for this stage in the game files is "Deli_Octa".
- An unused variant of Shifty Station has the file name "Deli_Octa04", with the code name "Box".
- Between the debut of Shifty Station in Mayo vs. Ketchup (2017) and the final Shifty Station in Chaos vs. Order, November 2017 and June 2018 were the only months not to introduce a new variation.
- The Shifty Stations (except for MC.Princess Diaries) appear to be built in Octarian domes, and share many similarities with them, such as having floating objects and octopus-shaped rocks. However, this has not been confirmed.
- In Private Battles, the four variants that were featured during seasonal Splatfests (Railway Chillin', Flooders in the Attic, Bridge to Tentaswitchia, and MC.Princess Diaries) still have the stickers and graffiti that decorated them during Chaos vs. Order. These stickers are displayed regardless of team ink color.
Names in other languages
|"Deli" most likely stands for Delivery, as these stages were delivered alongside the Splatfest data they appeared on, and were not included in the base game nor were added with game update files (until Version 5.0.0).