Splatfest

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Splatfest
S2 Splatfest Logo.svg
Battle alongside players on your Splatfest team.(NA)
Battle alongside players who voted the same way as you.(EU/OC)


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.

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

Based on the team's Splatfest Power Level, the average of the four members of the team's Splatfest power, upon victory will gain more EXP points towards higher titles for bigger Super Sea Snails award, for example: If the player has 1688 Splatfest Power and the average Power Level of the team is more than 1700, and wins a Splatfest battle, the player will get +9 EXP, +7 winning points based on the team's power level and +2 bonus for winning.

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)
Normal [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)
4 2
[Team Name] Fiend (NA/EU/OC)
Full-on [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)
10 6 3
[Team Name] Defender (NA/EU/OC)
Super [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)
35 10 5
[Team Name] Champion (NA/EU/OC)
Charismatic [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)
85 16 10
[Team Name] King/Queen (NA/EU/OC)
Eternal [Team Name] Boy/Girl (EU/OC)
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 in the August Update.

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

No upcoming Splatfest events announced


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.

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

Stages

Main article: List of Splatfests in Splatoon#Stages

Completed Splatfests in Splatoon 2

On each event in the tables, the first choice is always sided by Pearl while the second is sided by Marina.

North America and Oceania

Options Start Winner Loser Score
Option Pop. Solo Team Option Pop. Solo Team
Ink
Cake
Ink
Ice Cream
2017-07-15 15:00 PT
2017-07-16 08:00 AEST
Ice Cream 76% 51% 47% Cake 24% 49% 53% 2-1
Ink
Mayo
Ink
Ketchup
2017-08-04 21:00 PT
2017-08-05 14:00 AEST
Mayo 27% 52% 51% Ketchup 73% 48% 49% 2-1
Ink
Flight
Ink
Invisibility
2017-09-01 21:00 PT
2017-09-02 14:00 AEST
Flight 49% 55% 52% Invisibility 51% 45% 48% 2-1

Europe

Options Start Winner Loser Score
Option Pop. Solo Team Option Pop. Solo Team
Ink
Cake
Ink
Ice Cream
2017-07-15 18:00 CEST Ice Cream 76% 51% 47% Cake 24% 49% 53% 2-1
Ink
Mayo
Ink
Ketchup
2017-08-04 16:00 CEST Mayo 34% 51% 51% Ketchup 66% 49% 49% 2-1
Ink
Flight
Ink
Invisibility
2017-09-02 16:00 CEST Flight 49% 55% 52% Invisibility 51% 45% 48% 2-1

Japan

Options Start Winner Loser Score
Option Pop. Solo Team Option Pop. Solo Team
Ink
Rock
Ink
Pop
2017-07-15 17:00 JST Rock 52% 48% 51% Pop 48% 52% 49% 2-1
Ink
Mayo
Ink
Ketchup
2017-08-04 15:00 JST Mayo 56% 51% 49% Ketchup 44% 49% 51% 2-1
Ink
Fries
Ink
McNuggets
2017-09-09 15:00 JST McNuggets 29% 51% 51% Fries 71% 49% 49% 2-1

Stages

In Splatoon 2, Splatfest stages change every two hours with two being any random stage and the third being Shifty Station. Shifty Station's layout changes per Splatfest. The Splatfest World Premiere had only two stages per two hours. Since the Word Premiere lasted four hours, only four stages were available.

World Premiere stages (all regions)
Starfish Mainstage Inkblot Art Academy Moray Towers Humpback Pump Track

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

Splatfest/Quotes

Trivia

  • In Splatoon, 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 join and battle 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.

Splatoon 2 superlatives

  • For the second Splatoon 2 Splatfest, Mayo vs. Ketchup, the colors white/cream and red were used. This is the first time that these colors have been used internationally in the entire Splatoon series; the Japanese Lemon Tea vs. Milk Tea featured white ink for Milk Tea and the European Barbarian vs. Ninja featured red ink for Barbarian.

Gallery

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View the gallery.

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 Rank Names

English (NTSC/PAL) Japanese Dutch French (NTSC) French (PAL)
[Team Name]
Fanboy/Fangirl
ふつうの [Team Name]
ボーイ/ガール
Fan van team
[Team Name]
Novice en
[Team Name]
Novice en
[Team Name]
[Team Name]
Fiend
まことの [Team Name]
ボーイ/ガール
Bezeten van team
[Team Name]
Spécialiste en
[Team Name]
Spécialiste en
[Team Name]
[Team Name]
Defender
スーパー [Team Name]
ボーイ/ガール
Vedette van team
[Team Name]
Expert(e) en
[Team Name]
Expert(e) en
[Team Name]
[Team Name]
Champion
カリスマ [Team Name]
ボーイ/ガール
Held(in) van team
[Team Name]
Virtuose en
[Team Name]
Virtuose en
[Team Name]
[Team Name]
King/Queen
えいえんの [Team Name]
ボーイ/ガール
Koning(in) van team
[Team Name]
Roi/Reine en
[Team Name]
Maître(sse) en
[Team Name]
German Italian Russian Spanish (NTSC) Spanish (PAL)
Normalo-
[Team Name]-Fan
Ragazzo/Ragazza
comun [Team Name]
Новичок
Novichok
Fan
[Team Name]
Novato/Novata
[Team Name]
Volle-Kanne-
[Team Name]-Fan
Ragazzo/Ragazza
in gambero [Team Name]
Энтузиастка
Entuziastka
Devoto/Devota
[Team Name]
Fanático/Fanática
[Team Name]
Super-
[Team Name]-Fan
Ragazzo/Ragazza
super [Team Name]
Опытная
Opytnaya
Defensor/Defensora
[Team Name]
Guerrero/Guerrera
[Team Name]
Glorreicher
[Team Name]-Fan
Ragazzo carismatico/Ragazza
carismatica [Team Name]
Профи
Profi
Protector/Protectora
[Team Name]
Experto/Experta
[Team Name]
[Team Name]-
Fanclubleiter
Ragazzo/Ragazza
élite [Team Name]
Мастер
Master
Rey/Reina
[Team Name]
Maestro/Maestra
[Team Name]

References

Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
Local Arcade Machine · Battle Dojo · Octo Valley · amiibo