Spectator View

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S2 Spectator Mode LFSRL 1.jpg
A Player spectating a Private Battle
Type Spectating
Players 2-8 (match)
1-2 (watch)
Ranked No
Weapons None
Controllers Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro controller
Release Date Launch
Eureka! We’ve just discovered a breakthrough in squid-observation technology! In Splatoon 2, a new feature called Private Battle Spectator View will allow up to two non-players to spectate a Private Battle. These two people act as camera operators in order capture all the action. This is, of course, in addition to the 8 players who fight in the Private Battle. Outstanding!

Spectator View is a mode in Splatoon 2 that allows up to two players to spectate a Private Battle by moving the camera.


Spectator View allows up to two players to spectate the other eight players by moving their camera around the match. The match starts of with an overview of the whole map, and can move and zoom the camera around the map. Each player on one team is assigned a direction on the Directional buttons or the Button1 DPad.png and each player on the opposing team is assigned either Button1 A.png,Button1 B.png,Button1 X.png or Button1 Y.png. Pressing on any of the assigned buttons will follow the chosen player's character. Each players' assigned button is occasionally displayed above their username, and always displayed on the top HUD. The player can also display a list of all the players playing including their username and their character's face, the button they're assigned, the Main Weapon and Abilities.

Version 4.0.0 added an automatic spectator camera function that switches focus on players automatically. The update also added additional stats for each player on the top HUD. The numbers above the player icons shows the combined total amount of splats and assist to the left, and the amount of specials used on the right for each player. The numbers next to the buttons assigned to the players show the amount of points the players have charged for their specials, which disappears once the special gauge is charged or empty. Pressing the Button1 Minus.png button will toggle the player stats on and off. While waiting in the lobby before the match begins, the spectator has the options to review informations related to controls by pressing the Button1 Plus.png button if the spectator hasn't yet confirmed they are "Ready" on the match lobby screen.


Spectator view Controls

Camera Modes

Top-down camera
Button1 ZL.png + Button1 RS.png up
Player camera
Alpha team: Button1 ZL.png + Button1 DPad.png.
Bravo team: Button1 ZL.png + (Button1 A.png / Button1 B.png / Button1 X.png / Button1 Y.png)
Objective camera
Button1 ZL.png + Button1 RS.png down.
Area left: Button1 ZL.png + Button1 RS.png bottom-left
Area right: Button1 ZL.png + Button1 RS.png bottom-right

Camera Controls

Top-down camera
Button1 ZR.png Zoom ON / OFF
Button1 LS.png Zoomed Move
Button1 RS.png Zoomed Rotate
Objective camera
Button1 RS.png Rotate


Button1 X.png Show map


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese プライベートマッチ観戦機能
Puraibēto Matchi Kansen Kinō
Private Match Spectating Function
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