Smallfry (species)

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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 Agent 3's companion 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. A singular Smallfry can also be spawned by a Slammin' Lid.

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 
Smallfry General 40 25 1 / 2 / 3 0
See also: Salmon Run Next Wave data

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


  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