Splatfest

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Splatfest
S2 Splatfest Logo.svg
Battle alongside players on your Splatfest team.(NA)[a]
Battle alongside players who voted the same way as you.(EU/OC)[b]
Type Online multiplayer mode (with Turf War being the only mode)
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked No
Weapons All
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
JoyCon
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date Launch (playable only during event)
For the Octo Valley mission of a similar name, see Spreader Splatfest.
Pick a side and battle it out in these special Turf War events. Find out about the latest Splatfests in Inkopolis Plaza, and be sure to pledge allegiance to your favorite side in the week leading up! Then help your side win by competing in Turf War battles!
— Splatoon's official website, [1]

Splatfest, known as Festival or Fes in Japan, is a special event in Splatoon and Splatoon 2 in which Inklings choose between two teams, such as Cats or Dogs, and compete in Turf Wars for Super Sea Snails.

Inkopolis Plaza during the event.

Description

Splatoon

In Splatoon, Splatfest was a recurring event hosted by the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie. During this event, Inklings were able to choose between two teams and participate in battles against each other. Inklings were limited to two colors during the Splatfest, reflecting which side they were on. The clothing section of the equip screen also became locked and all players were forced to wear the Splatfest Tee, which changed in color and design based on an Inkling's chosen team, though they could still change hats, shoes, and weapons. Inkopolis Plaza and all the stages were decorated with a flood of Miiverse posts from the Splatfest/Festival tag on the Splatoon community, some of which took the form of neon signs, banners, and even fireworks. Nighttime also descended over Inkopolis and all Turf War stages. Fireworks went off periodically in the plaza, and specks of light resembling fireflies or fire embers could be seen rising into the sky. Both Callie and Marie danced throughout the entire duration of this event, singing and dancing to Splatfest - City of Color. For the most part, each Splatfest lasted 24 hours, during which time the region involved was isolated and Splatfest players would only face off against players from their own region. Meanwhile, all other regions continued to play amongst each other. A few choice Splatfests deviated from these rules. Super Sea Snails were awarded to participating players upon Splatfest's conclusion.

Splatoon 2

Splatfests return in Splatoon 2, now hosted by Off the Hook's members, Pearl and Marina. Besides this, the structure is largely the same. Although Miiverse is not compatible with the Nintendo Switch, Splatoon 2's exclusive drawing feature allows for players to submit doodles that appear in-game as neon signs, banners, fireworks, or graffiti, as well as uploading doodles to social media accounts. Inkopolis Square is decorated similarly to Inkopolis Plaza in the first games and all areas once again become locked in nighttime as Pearl and Marina perform in Inkopolis Square.

Inkopolis Plaza the day before a Splatfest.

Preparation

Before a Splatfest begins, Inkopolis Plaza and Inkopolis Square experience a variety of visual upgrades to prepare for the event. One week before a Splatfest in Splatoon, a voting booth appears next to the Miiverse Mailbox and the event's theme is announced by Callie and Marie during their Inkopolis News segment. Pearl and Marina similarly announce the event's theme a week prior during their Off the Hook segment in Splatoon 2 while the voting booth appears in the square. Inklings receive a themed Splatfest Tee, a piece of gear that is wearable only until the Splatfest ends, once they join a team. Two days before a Splatfest, neon signs adorned with up-and-down-pointing arrows appear on walls and buildings. The day before it takes place, the Plaza becomes noticeably more crowded and two large trucks supporting stage scaffolding appear in the area's center. In Splatoon 2, one day before the Splatfest, a large performance stage appears in the plaza, above the entrance to the battle lobby. On the tower behind the stage is a screen displaying the two battling teams' mascots.
During a Splatfest, Regular & Ranked Battle options are not available, as they are temporarily replaced by the Splatfest Battle option; however, Private Battles can still be accessed.[2]

Splatfest Power

Splatfest Power Level of the team shown before starting a Splatfest Turf War.
Main article: Splatfest Power

Splatfest Power is a feature introduced in Version 2.6.0 of Splatoon as a way of tracking players' skill during Splatfests, replacing the Vibe meter. While Splatfest matchmaking was previously based on play styles, players are now matched based on similar Splatfest Power levels. It is initially determined by one's Rank and may rise or fall depending on how well one does in battles.

Approximate Rank Initial Splatfest Power
Below Level 10
C
1000
B 1200
A 1400
S 1600
S+ 1700

After each Splatfest Battle, players on the winning team get roughly ten points toward their Splatfest Power, the losing team loses roughly ten, depends on the difference between the two teams' Spaltfest power level, and the player on the winning team with the highest Splatfest Power gains an additional one to two points.

The top 100 players with the highest Splatfest Power will be shown on Splatnet and in the social network sites of Splatoon.

Reward Tiers

Super Sea Snails are awarded to participants based on the size of their team, matches won, and ground covered, which dictate each player's Splatfest Title.

Splatoon

Title Total EXP required Super Sea Snails
Winning team Losing team
[Team Name] Fanboy/Fangirl (NA/EU/OC)[c]
Normal [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)[b]
4 2
[Team Name] Fiend (NA/EU/OC)[c]
Full-on [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)[b]
10 6 3
[Team Name] Defender (NA/EU/OC)[c]
Super [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)[b]
35 10 5
[Team Name] Champion (NA/EU/OC)[c]
Charismatic [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)[b]
85 16 10
[Team Name] King/Queen (NA/EU/OC)[c]
Eternal [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)[b]
184 24 18
Splatfest Power Level Winning points
0-1399 +3
1400-1499 +4
1500-1599 +5
1600-1699 +6
1700+ +7

Splatfest EXP is earned by participating in and winning matches. Winning a match earns you a point based on the Splatfest Power, and your participation bonus is based on how much BP worth of ground you covered in ink during the match. If you cover 200–399 BP worth of ground, you earn 1 bonus participation EXP; if you cover 400+ BP worth of ground, you earn 2 bonus participation EXP, also the player on the winning team with the highest Splatfest Power gains an additional 2. One can earn a maximum of 11 EXP per match if your team wins, you have the highest Splatfest Power among your team, and you cover at least 400 BP worth of ground during the match.

One hour after Splatfest concludes, the results are announced during a broadcast. The results are based on team popularity, the percentage of the vote each team received, and wins, the percentage of matches each team won. Win percentage is worth six times more than the value of popularity. Players are awarded Super Sea Snails based on the Splatfest Title they have earned. Players on the winning team will earn more Super Sea Snails that those on the losing team.

To collect their prize, players must log into Splatoon before the next Splatfest theme is announced. The new Splatfest announcement overrides the announcement of the winners of the previous Splatfest, and no Super Sea Snails will be bestowed.

Splatoon 2

Title Total EXP required Super Sea Snails
Winning team Losing team
[Team Name] Fanboy/Fangirl 3 2
[Team Name] Fiend 10 5 3
[Team Name] Defender 35 9 7
[Team Name] Champion 85 16 13
[Team Name] King/Queen 184 24 21

Victory

The Splatfest theme descends from the heavens via fax machine.

Splatoon

The final score is calculated based both on popularity and on wins. The formula in Splatoon is as follows:

Final Score (out of 700) = Popularity Percentage + (Win Percentage × 6)

When the Squid Sisters announce the results, the highest of the popularity and win percentages are both individually highlighted before the final results are shown.

The formula used to use Win Percentage × 4, but this was changed in Version 2.2.0.

The formula was at first Win Percentage × 2, but this was changed in Version 2.0.0.

Splatoon 2

In Splatoon 2, the final score is a straight tally of how many categories each team has a majority percentage in. There are three categories:

  • Popularity
  • Solo Wins
  • Team Wins

When Off the Hook announces the results, the highest of each category are all individually highlighted before the final results are shown, just as in the previous game.

Upcoming or ongoing Splatfests

The following is a list of upcoming or ongoing Splatfest events and their start times.


Options Region Start Artwork
  Mushroom Mountain   Bamboo Shoot Village FlagJapan.svg 2018-08-18 15:00 JST S2 Splatfest Mushroom Mountain vs Bamboo Shoot Village.png
  Adventure   Relax FlagEurope.svg 2018-08-18 16:00 CEST S2 Splatfest Adventure vs Relax.png
  Fork   Spoon FlagUSA.svg 2018-08-25 00:00 EDT
2018-08-25 14:00 AEST
S2 Splatfest Fork vs Spoon.png

Completed Splatfests in Splatoon

Main article: List of Splatfests in Splatoon

Summary

The following table lists all Splatfests in every region. Bold text signifies a Splatfest victory.

Splatfests in North America
Callie Marie
  Cats   Dogs
  Roller Coasters   Water Slides
  Marshmallows   Hot Dogs
  Autobots   Decepticons
  Art   Science
  Cars   Planes
  Pirates   Ninjas
  Burgers   Pizza
  Naughty   Nice
  Past   Future
  Pokémon Red   Pokémon Blue
  Snowman   Sandcastle
  SpongeBob   Patrick
  Fancy Party   Costume Party
  Early Bird   Night Owl
  Callie   Marie
Splatfests in Europe and Oceania
Callie Marie
  Rock   Pop
  Eating   Sleeping
  North Pole   South Pole
  Singing   Dancing
  Messy   Tidy
  Cats   Dogs
  Zombies   Ghosts
  Pro-pineapple   Anti-pineapple
  Fit   Rich
  Barbarian   Ninja
  Pokémon Red   Pokémon Blue
  Hoverboard   Jet Pack
  SpongeBob   Patrick
  Black Tie Event   Fancy Dress Party
  World Tour   Space Adventure
  Callie   Marie
Splatfests in Japan
Callie Marie
  Rice   Bread
  Red Fox   Green Tanuki
  Lemon Tea   Milk Tea
  Grasshopper   Ant
  Boke   Tsukkomi
  Squid   Octopus
  Love   Money
  Mountain Food   Sea Food
  Red Fox   Green Tanuki
  Perfect Body   Perfect Brain
  Pokémon Red   Pokémon Green
  Go all out!   Focus on healing
  Tuna Mayonnaise Onigiri   Red Salmon Onigiri
  Fancy Party   Costume Party
  Mushroom Mountain   Bamboo Shoot Village
  Callie   Marie

Stages

Main article: List of Splatfests in Splatoon#Stages

Completed Splatfests in Splatoon 2

Main article: List of Splatfests in Splatoon 2

Summary

The following table lists all Splatfests in every region. Bold text signifies a Splatfest victory.

Splatfests in North America and Oceania
Pearl Marina
  Cake   Ice Cream
  Mayo   Ketchup
  Flight   Invisibility
  Vampire   Werewolf
  Sci-Fi   Fantasy
  Sweater   Sock
  Action   Comedy
  Money   Love
  Chicken   Egg
  Baseball   Soccer
  Raph   Leo
  Mikey   Donnie
  Raph   Donnie
  Pulp   No-Pulp
  Squid   Octopus
Splatfests in Europe
Pearl Marina
  Cake   Ice Cream
  Mayo   Ketchup
  Flight   Invisibility
  Front Roll   Back Roll
  Warm Breakfast   Cold Breakfast
  Film   Book
  Action   Comedy
  Gherk-OUT   Gherk-IN
  Chicken   Egg
  Salty   Sweet
  Raph   Leo
  Mikey   Donnie
  Raph   Donnie
  Pulp   No-Pulp
  Squid   Octopus
Splatfests in Japan
Pearl Marina
  Rock   Pop
  Mayo   Ketchup
  Fries   McNuggets
  Agility   Endurance
  With Lemon   Without Lemon
  Warm Inner Wear   Warm Outer Wear
  Action   Comedy
  Champion   Challenger
  Flower   Dumpling
  Latest Model   Popular Model
  Unknown Creature   Advanced Technology
  Hello Kitty   Cinnamoroll
  My Melody   Pompompurin
  Hello Kitty   My Melody
  Squid   Octopus

Stages

Main article: List of Splatfests in Splatoon 2#Stages

Delays

While the first Splatfest event, in Japan, went by flawlessly, the first North American Splatfest was delayed. The reason given was because of matchmaking issues with Japanese players.[3]. The original schedule for the event was from June 20th, 2015 (Sat) at 6 AM PDT to June 21st (Sun) at 6 AM PDT, and some days later, it was revealed that it would be moved to July 4th (Sat) at midnight PT.

The first European Splatfest event, that was meant to start on the 27th of June at midnight CEST, was equally postponed, so that it would take place on the same day as the North American one.

Later, the first Splatfest event held simultaneously worldwide was supposed to have its results announced at the same time across all regions, despite the different start and ending times. Initially, the results were going to be announced on 21st of February 2016 (Sun) at 16:00 JST (18:00 AEST, 8:00 CEST, 2016-02-20 11:00PM PST). However, despite a notification of Callie and Marie's announcement, servers ended up being under maintenance since 15:30 JST, preventing the results from being received. Eventually, at midnight PST (19:00 AEST, 17:00 JST, 9:00 CEST), the servers were running again and players were able to view the results.

Quotes

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Trivia

  • Some randomly selected players are able to join as early as 5 minutes before the official start time for faster matchmaking.[4]
  • If the game takes too long to find an enemy team for Splatfest, members of the same team will battle each other with regular colors. Splatfest EXP can be earned in these matches, but they do not affect the total win percentage for either team.[4][5]
  • In Splatoon, when Judd dances on his box, the pillow he sleeps on disappears. It reappears after the Splatfest when Judd goes back to sleep. In Splatoon 2, he and Li'l Judd are moved to different location while a Splatfest is going.
  • Many characters in both games will bob their head or start dancing while a Splatfest is going, including Cap'n Cuttlefish and Spyke in Splatoon and Marie and Murch in Splatoon 2.
  • The Fox and Tanuki statues in Inkopolis Plaza each represent opposite sides during a Splatfest. The Fox's bib and Tanuki's shirt change color to match their team.
  • The end pose of the dance Callie and Marie do during a Splatfest represents the two teams fighting each other.
  • According to Marina, the Splatfest rules state that the option that won a Splatfest is legally better than the one that lost. This even holds true if Splatfest results contradict scientific consensus, as evidenced by Pearl's comments at the conclusion of the Chicken vs. Egg Splatfest.
    • In the same dialogue, Pearl refers to this rule as article 3, section 2 of Splatfest law.
  • In Japan, Team Hello Kitty and team My Melody were the first two consecutive wins of Pearl, while Marina's first two European consecutive victories occurred in their Splatfest tournament, but in the final round, Donnie, then Donnie again.
  • It is referenced in Off the Hook's dialogue after a Splatfest concludes says that Li'l Judd is tallying the results. In the top left corner during the news announcement for the results, it says "Splatfest results announced, Li'l Judd Exhausted".
  • After Splatfest concludes, the player will default to wearing the S2 Gear Clothing Basic Tee.png Basic Tee in both Splatoon and Splatoon 2 if they are an Inkling, or the S2 Gear Clothing Fresh Octo Tee.png Fresh Octo Tee if they are an Octoling.
  • When the Squid vs. Octopus Splatfest was announced, Marina brings up the potential racist undertones of it as "dangerous" and "confrontational" which Pearl says that it's meant to see in a literal case as when the Splatfest was announced around the Internet first, many people deemed it "the Second Great Turf War" between Inklings and Octolings.
    • It then reveals shows that Off the Hook are simply pretending that Octolings are Inklings with "weird hairstyles" as it showed in Octo Expansion that Inkling society doesn't know that Marina is an Octoling.
  • During the Squid vs. Octopus Splatfest, the players' appearance will match their team only during matches, meaning that all players on Team Squid will be Inklings and players on Team Octopus are Octolings, even if players haven't unlocked Octolings yet. Players will keep the rest of their customization such as gender, eye and skin color, while having the default hairstyle for the character, if a player happens to be the opposite species.
    • The lifetime ink coverage tracked in SplatNet 2 counts the turf inked as the species the player appeared during battle (e.g. it only counts as an Inkling, even if the player was an Octoling appearing as an Inkling on Team Squid.)
  • During the Squid vs. Octopus Splatfest and celebrated on Splatoon 2's 1st anniversary, falling confetti appears at the start of the match, and squid-shaped and octopus-shaped fireworks appear in Shifty Station.

Gallery

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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese フェス
fesu
Fes, short for Festival
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Splatfest Splatfest
FlagFrance.svg French Festival Festival
FlagGermany.svg German Splatfest Splatfest
FlagItaly.svg Italian Festival Festival
FlagRussia.svg Russian Сплатфест
Splatfest
Splatfest
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Festival del Teñido Dyeing Festival
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Festival temático Thematic Festival

Splatfest Titles

FlagUSA.svg English (NOA) FlagUnited Kingdom.svg English (NOE) FlagJapan.svg Japanese
Title Title Title Meaning
[Theme] Fanboy
[Theme] Fangirl
Normal [Theme] Boy
Normal [Theme] Girl
ふつうの [テーマ] ボーイ
ふつうの [テーマ] ガール
Normal [Theme] Boy
Normal [Theme] Girl
[Theme] Fiend Full-on [Theme] Boy
Full-on [Theme] Girl
まことの [テーマ] ボーイ
まことの [テーマ] ガール
True [Theme] Boy
True [Theme] Girl
[Theme] Defender Super [Theme] Boy
Super [Theme] Girl
スーパー [テーマ] ボーイ
スーパー [テーマ] ガール
Super [Theme] Boy
Super [Theme] Girl
[Theme] Champion Charismatic [Theme] Boy
Charismatic [Theme] Girl
カリスマ [テーマ] ボーイ
カリスマ [テーマ] ガール
Charismatic [Theme] Boy
Charismatic [Theme] Girl
[Theme] King
[Theme] Queen
Eternal [Theme] Boy
Eternal [Theme] Girl
えいえんの [テーマ] ボーイ
えいえんの [テーマ] ガール
Eternal [Theme] Boy
Eternal [Theme] Girl
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA)
Title Meaning Title Meaning
Fan van team [thema] Fan of Team [Theme] Novice en [thème] Novice of [Theme]
Bezeten van team [thema] Obsessed by Team [Theme] Spécialiste en [thème] Specialist of [Theme]
Vedette van team [thema] Star of Team [Theme] Expert en [thème]
Experte en [thème]
Expert of [Theme]
Held van team [thema]
Heldin van team [thema]
Hero of Team [Theme]
Heroine of Team [Theme]
Virtuose en [thème] Virtuoso of [Theme]
Koning van team [thema]
Koningin van team [thema]
King of Team [Theme]
Queen of Team [Theme]
Roi en [thème]
Reine en [thème]
King of [Theme]
Queen of [Theme]
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) FlagGermany.svg German
Title Meaning Title Meaning
Novice en [thème] Novice of [Theme] Normalo-[Thema]-Fan Average [Theme] Fan
Spécialiste en [thème] Specialist of [Theme] Volle-Kanne-[Thema]-Fan Full-on [Theme] Fan
Expert en [thème]
Experte en [thème]
Expert of [Theme] Super-[Thema]-Fan Super [Theme] Fan
Virtuose en [thème] Virtuoso of [Theme] Glorreicher [Thema]-Fan Glorious [Theme] Fan
Maître en [thème]
Maîtresse en [thème]
Master of [Theme]
Mistress of [Theme]
[Thema]-Fanclubleiter [Theme] Fan Club Leader
FlagItaly.svg Italian FlagRussia.svg Russian
Title Meaning Title Meaning
Ragazzo comune [tema]
Ragazza comune [tema]
Common [Theme] Boy
Common [Theme] Girl
Новичок Novice
Ragazzo in gambero [tema]
Ragazza in gambero [tema]
Fresh [Theme] Boy
Fresh [Theme] Girl
Энтузиастка Enthusiast
Ragazzo super [tema]
Ragazza super [tema]
Super [Theme] Boy
Super [Theme] Girl
Опытная Experienced
Ragazzo carismatico [tema]
Ragazza carismatica [tema]
Charismatic [Theme] Boy
Charismatic [Theme] Girl
Профи Pro
Ragazzo élite [tema]
Ragazza élite [tema]
Elite [Theme] Boy
Elite [Theme] Girl
Мастер Master
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE)
Title Meaning Title Meaning
Fan [tema] [Theme] Fan Novato [tema]
Novata [tema]
[Theme] Rookie
Devoto [tema]
Devota [tema]
[Theme] Devotee Fanático [tema]
Fanática [tema]
[Theme] Fanatic
Defensor [tema]
Defensora [tema]
[Theme] Defender Guerrero [tema]
Guerrera [tema]
[Theme] Warrior
Protector [tema]
Protectora [tema]
[Theme] Protector Experto [tema]
Experta [tema]
[Theme] Expert
Rey [tema]
Reina [tema]
[Theme] King
[Theme] Queen
Maestro [tema]
Maestra [tema]
[Theme] Master
[Theme] Mistress

Notes

  1. North America
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Europe and Oceania
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 North America, Europe, and Oceania

References