Smallfry (species)

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Splatoon 2 Direct Three Smallfry.png
Species Salmonid
Hair color
Eye color
Location Salmon Run, Salmon Run Next Wave
HP 40
Maximum HP
Other forms
This article is about the enemy type that appears in Salmon Run. For the playable character's companion appearing in Splatoon 3, see Smallfry (character).

Smallfry[1] are a type of Lesser Salmonid that appear in Salmon Run and Salmon Run Next Wave in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3.


Smallfry broadly share their appearance and body type with other lesser Salmonids, although with a different hairstyle. Owing to their diminutive size, they also wield spoons as their weapon of choice rather than the typical lesser Salmonid frying pans.

They behave in much the same manner as other lesser Salmonids as well, charging at Inklings and Octolings while leaving a thin trail of ink behind them. They have low health, but are fast and hard to hit due to their small size. Smallfry are incapable of doing a large amount of damage at once, but this shortcoming is addressed with their swarming tactics; they normally spawn in groups of three, except for Griller waves, during which they spawn in larger groups and are the only lesser Salmonid that spawns.

In Splatoon 3, one Smallfry appears alongside the player character. They can be customized with different hairstyles and assist the player in the game's Hero Mode. The Smallfry is unaffected by Fuzzy Ooze and can eat it. However, other Smallfry still appear as enemies in Salmon Run Next Wave.

The Boss Salmonids known as the Flyfish and the Fish Stick are both Smallfry (or in the case of the Fish Stick, a group of Smallfry) with their combat abilities boosted by weapons tech. Splatoon 3's Salmonid Field Guide also reveals that Stingers are in fact highly-trained Smallfry that have honed their lung capacity to a great degree.


The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

Basic Information
  • They tend to appear in groups rather than alone.
  • Defeating them will earn you Power Eggs.
Attack Behavior
  • They use their sense of smell to locate and close in on targets who have entered their territory.
  • Once they close in on a target, they perform close-range attacks using frying pans or other cookware.
  • Can be neutralized relatively easily with a direct hit of ink.
Supporting Information
  • They inhabit a restricted ocean zone, and any unauthorized contact with them is expressly forbidden by law.
  • The Smallfry might be weak, but they're very fast. They often ambush their targets from below.
  • On their own, they don't pose a significant threat, but ignore them and you may quickly find yourself surrounded.


Splatoon 2

Name Mode HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs  Golden Eggs 
Smallfry General 40 25 1 / 2 / 3 0
See also: Salmon Run data

Splatoon 3

Name Mode HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs  Golden Eggs 
S3 Icon Smallfry.png Smallfry General 40 25 1 / 2 / 3 0
See also: Salmon Run Next Wave data

Hits to splat Smallfry
Weapon Min/Max
S3 Weapon Special Booyah Bomb.png Booyah Bomb 1 - 6
S3 Weapon Special Crab Tank.png Crab Tank 1
S3 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet 1
S3 Weapon Special Killer Wail 5.1.png Killer Wail 5.1 1
S3 Weapon Special Reefslider.png Reefslider 1
S3 Weapon Special Triple Inkstrike.png Triple Inkstrike 1
S3 Weapon Special Wave Breaker.png Wave Breaker 1
S3 Weapon Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal 1
S3 Weapon Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG 2 - 3
S3 Weapon Main Ballpoint Splatling.png Ballpoint Splatling 2
S3 Weapon Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I 1
S3 Weapon Main Big Swig Roller.png Big Swig Roller 1
S3 Weapon Main Blaster.png Blaster 1
S3 Weapon Main Bloblobber.png Bloblobber 1
S3 Weapon Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller 1
S3 Weapon Main Clash Blaster.png Clash Blaster 1
S3 Weapon Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer 1
S3 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies.png Dapple Dualies 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Dark Tetra Dualies.png Dark Tetra Dualies 2
S3 Weapon Main Dread Wringer.png Dread Wringer 1
S3 Weapon Main Dualie Squelchers.png Dualie Squelchers 2
S3 Weapon Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller 1
Egg Cannon.png Egg cannon 1
S3 Weapon Main E-liter 4K.png E-liter 4K 1
S3 Weapon Main Explosher.png Explosher 1
S3 Weapon Main Flingza Roller.png Flingza Roller 1
S3 Weapon Main Glooga Dualies.png Glooga Dualies 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Goo Tuber.png Goo Tuber 1
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Blaster.png Grizzco Blaster 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Brella.png Grizzco Brella 1 - 3
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Charger.png Grizzco Charger 1
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Dualies.png Grizzco Dualies 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Slosher.png Grizzco Slosher 1
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Splatana.png Grizzco Splatana 1
S3 Weapon Main Grizzco Stringer.png Grizzco Stringer 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose 1
S3 Weapon Main Heavy Edit Splatling.png Heavy Edit Splatling 2
S3 Weapon Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling 2
S3 Weapon Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling 1 - 2
S2 Icon Ink Cannon.png Ink Cannon 1
S3 Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster 1
S3 Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling 2
S3 Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85 2
S3 Weapon Main Nautilus 47.png Nautilus 47 2
S3 Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush 1
S3 Weapon Main Painbrush.png Painbrush 1
S3 Weapon Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster 1
S3 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster 1
S3 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro 1
S3 Weapon Main REEF-LUX 450.png REEF-LUX 450 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Slosher.png Slosher 1
S3 Weapon Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine 1
S3 Weapon Main Snipewriter 5H.png Snipewriter 5H 1
S3 Weapon Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic 2
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Stamper.png Splatana Stamper 1
S3 Weapon Main Splatana Wiper.png Splatana Wiper 1 - 2
S Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Splat Brella.png Splat Brella 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger 1
S3 Weapon Main Splat Dualies.png Splat Dualies 2
S3 Weapon Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller 1
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot.png Splattershot 2
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr. 2
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Nova.png Splattershot Nova 2
S3 Weapon Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main Squeezer.png Squeezer 1 - 2
S3 Weapon Main S-BLAST '92.png S-BLAST '92 1
S3 Weapon Main Tenta Brella.png Tenta Brella 1
S3 Weapon Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher 1
S3 Weapon Main Tri-Stringer.png Tri-Stringer 1
S3 Weapon Main Undercover Brella.png Undercover Brella 1 - 2



  • Smallfry, along with other Lesser Salmonids, are able to jump to unlimited heights when they are chasing a player in an unreachable location.
    • When jumping, Lesser Salmonids flail their arms and tail fin around like a real salmon does when leaping out of the water.


"Small fry" is a term for a small or immature fish or a grouping thereof. It is also often used idiomatically as a term for small or insignificant persons or things, befitting the nature of Smallfry as the weakest type of Salmonid that must group up in order to attack.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese コジャケ
Small salmon
Netherlands Dutch Salmini From Salmoniet ("Salmonid") and mini
CanadaFrance French Salmioche From Salmonoïde ("Salmonid") and mioche ("kid, brat")
Germany German Salmini From Salmonide ("Salmonid") and mini
Italy Italian Salmonello From "salmone" ("salmon") and "-ello" (diminutive suffix) or "monello" ("brat"); possible pun with Salmonella
Russia Russian Малетчик
From малёк malyok ("whitebait") and налётчик nalyotchik ("raider")
Mexico Spanish (NOA) Escamita Little fish scale
Spain Spanish (NOE) Cenutrín From cenutrio ("twerp, brat")
China Chinese (Simplified) 小鲑鱼
xiǎo guīyú (Mandarin)
Small Salmon
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 小鮭魚
xiǎo guīyú (Mandarin)
Small Salmon
South Korea Korean 꼬마연어
Little Salmon
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  1. The plural of Smallfry is Smallfry, as indicated by the Salmonid Field Guide, as well as the "smallfry" locker decoration sold at Grizzco Industries which depicts multiple Smallfry.
  2. GitHub Leanny on GitHub