Splat Zones

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Splat Zones
Splat Zones Splatoon 2 promo image 2.jpg
Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date 1 June 2015
Control the zones!

Splat Zones is one of the four Ranked Battle modes in Splatoon and Splatoon 2, alongside Tower Control, Rainmaker, and Clam Blitz. Splat Zones was the first Ranked Battle mode introduced in the series.

History

Splatoon

Splat Zones was announced on 23 March 2015 when video game journalists from around the world were invited to a Nintendo event in Seattle, Washington. It was revealed that this mode would not be available at launch, but would instead be released at a later, unspecified, date. Splat Zones, along with the Ranked Battle section of the lobby, was added to the game on 1 June 2015 after enough players reached Level 10.

Splatoon 2

Splat Zones was first confirmed to return for Splatoon 2 on 2 June 2017 in a Nintendo YouTube video.[1]

Description

Splat Zones plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode in other video games. It revolves around a number of "zones", usually one single zone in the center of a map, which players must attempt to cover in their team's ink. Once a team has covered about 75% of a zone in their ink, the zone is "captured" by the team. When all of the zones have been captured by a team, that team is "in control" of the zones and their respective countdown clock begins to count down from 100. The opposing team must try to capture the zones in the same manner. After five minutes, the team who remains in control of the zone(s) and gets their countdown clock lowest wins a match; if a team's clock reaches 0, the game ends instantly as a knockout win for the winning team.

Controlling all of the zones causes the team's countdown clock to start. The team will lose control of a zone when 50% of it is covered in the opposing team's ink. Losing control of one or more zones causes the team's countdown clock to stop. If the opposing team then takes control of all of the zones, a penalty is given to the team that was previously in control. Upon retaking all zones with a penalty, the penalty clock will tick down first, before the team's main countdown timer resumes.

The timer counts down at a rate of 1 point per 40 frames, which translates to 1.5 points per second.

The total time for a team to win a match after they control the zone without additional penalty or losing control is 66.7 seconds, given by 100 * (40/60).

Overtime Rules

Overtime will begin if the losing team (with a higher timer count) has full control of all zones at the moment of the end of regulation. After this point, Overtime will end when:

  • The losing team lowers their timer below the winning team's timer, thereby giving the losing team the victory.
  • The losing team loses control of a Splat Zone (i.e. Splat Zone neutralized), and cannot regain control within ten seconds.
    • On maps where there are two Splat Zones, the winning team need to neutralize (or capture) at least one for ten seconds to win the match.
  • The winning team retakes control of the Splat Zone.
    • On maps where there are two Splat Zones, the winning team has to take both of the two Splat Zones in control to end the match immediately.

In-game Info

In Splat Zones teams battle for control of a stage's Splat Zones. Each stage has one or two zones. To gain control of a Splat Zone, just splatter it with ink! Once your team controls a zone, try to hold it for as long as possible. Your team's timer will start once you control all of the zones in a stage. If your timer reaches zero, your team wins! But if you lose control of a single zone, your team's timer will stop. There's also a penalty for losing control of all the zones to the enemy, so guard them with all your might! If the battle ends without a winner, the team with the lowest count on its timer will claim victory! In this ranked battle, Battle Points are awarded based on your timer. Oh, and here's a pro tip for ya: if you lose control of a Splat Zone, wait for your team to regroup instead of trying to be a hero!
— In-game Info

Penalty

The penalty assigned to a team is dependent on how long the team has held the zone for in one go. The opposing team's progress is not taken into account. Teams only make progress when holding the zone for a long period of time.

Formula

The penalty for losing control of the zone is calculated as follows:

  • start = points including penalty remaining when the team gains control
  • end = points including penalty remaining when the zone was captured by the opposition
  • penalty applied = 0.75 × (start - end)

The penalty value is rounded to the nearest integer and added to any existing penalty. If the starting points is 100, 1 is added after rounding.

The full formula in spreadsheet format is:

  • ROUND(0.75*(start-end)) + IF(start=100, 1, 0)

Values are calculated when gaining control from the other team, and not from when a zone is in its neutral state.

Examples

Start End Penalty Final Total
100 100 +1 101
100 70 +24 94
100 50 +39 89
100 20 +61 81
100 1 +75 76
99 97 +2 99
81 71 +8 79
81 1 +60 61
76 1 +56 57

Demonstration

Trivia

Gallery

Splatoon

Splatoon 2

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ガチエリア
gachi eria
competitive area
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Spetterzones Splatter zones
FlagFrance.svg French Défense de zone Zone defense
FlagGermany.svg German Herrschaft Reign/Domination
FlagItaly.svg Italian Zona splat Splat Zones
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бой за зоны
Boy za zony
Battle for the zones
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Pintazonas Paintzones

References