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Species Salmonid
Hair Color
Eye Color
Location Salmon Run

Snatchers are a type of Salmonid that appears in Salmon Run in Splatoon 2.


If a Golden Egg stays on the ground for long, a Snatcher spawns; it will then pick up to three nearby Golden Eggs and try to escape with them. Players can splat these Egg bandits to get them to drop the Eggs, but new ones will reappear unless the Egg is claimed. Before they take the Eggs, they let off a distinct giggle that serves as an audio warning.

A single Snatcher is assigned to each "drop" of Golden Eggs (normally, the three Eggs that are dropped from one Boss Salmonid), and will not take Eggs from other "drops". For example, if two bosses were splatted, and the players took two Golden Eggs of the three that each one dropped, two Snatchers will appear, and neither of the Snatchers will try to get the other Golden Egg. If a Snatcher is splatted, another will be spawned after a while and will target the same Golden Eggs, until either the wave ends or all remaining Golden Eggs have been collected by players or by the Snatcher. If all three Eggs have been collected, the Snatcher will turn back and return into the ocean without collecting any Golden Eggs.

During Mothership waves, a "drop" consists of the single Egg dropped when splatting a Chinook. During Goldie Seeking waves, a "drop" is a single Egg that falls off the Goldie. In these two Known Occurrences, Snatchers will only ever carry a single Golden Egg.

Snatchers are the only type of Salmonid that are passive since they come in the stage empty-handed only to take Golden Eggs, which is distracting for players.

Snatchers are almost identical in appearance to Chums. The only difference is that Snatchers have a purple mohawk instead of a red one, making them easier to pick off.

Salmonid Field Guide

The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

Basic Information
  • Tasked with procuring Golden Eggs, Snatchers will emerge from the sea when Golden Eggs are present, and try to seize them and return them to the depths.
  • Any snatched Golden Eggs can be retrieved by defeating this Salmonid before it returns to the water.
Attack Behavior
  • Not known to attack directly.
  • Can be neutralised relatively easy with a direct hit of ink.
Supporting Information
  • New recruits usually start as Snatchers to give them a taste of the battlefield.
  • Provided they demonstrate sufficient aptitude at collecting Golden Eggs, they will be allowed to join the front lines.


See also: Salmon Run data
HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs Golden Eggs
100 N/A 3 / 3 / 6 up to 3


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese タマヒロイ
Ball picker
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Zammel From zalm (salmon) and verzamel (collect)
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Barboteur Splasher
FlagGermany.svg German Samko
FlagItaly.svg Italian Razziatore Raider
FlagRussia.svg Russian Умыкумжа
From умыкнуть umyknut' (to steal, to snatch) and кумжа kumzha (brown trout)
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Hurtón From hurtar (to steal)
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Rastrerone Trawler

Characters in Splatoon 2
Lesser Salmonids
Boss Salmonids
Event-specific Bosses