The Splatfest Tee is clothing in Splatoon and Splatoon 2.
In Splatoon, it is a 3-star item produced by SquidForce and comes with the primary ability Special Saver. It is only available between the announcement and conclusion of a Splatfest, and requires the players to pick a side in the Splatfest.
In Splatoon 2, it is a 3-star item produced by SquidForce and comes with the primary ability Ability Doubler. It is only available between the announcement and conclusion of a Splatfest, and requires the players to pick a side in the Splatfest. It cannot be ordered through Murch.
In Splatoon 2, the Splatfest Tee Replica became available for all players to wear at any time from Version 5.0.0 onward after the end of Splatfests; it is made by the same brand and has the same main ability as the regular Splatfest Tee.
The Splatfest Tee took on a variety of appearances depending on the Splatfest for which it was worn and the team the wearer was on. Its UI icon used a default design that was also applied when viewing players in Inkopolis Plaza or Square for a Splatfest in another region or after a Splatfest has ended.
Its basic structure was always the same: a short-sleeved shirt that is primarily one solid color with an illustration of the wearer's chosen team on both the front and back, accompanied by a light-colored plastic wristband worn on the right wrist. On the wristband is the SquidForce logo in white, and at the left side of the hem is a small white tag with the same logo in black. On the upper back of the shirt is SquidForce's name in white Inkling text, which glows in the dark in Splatoon 2. The wristband changed color to match that of the wearer's ink, allowing it to be a different color from the Tee when worn before a Splatfest.
The Splatfest Tee also had a "generic" model, with the design shown in the item image. This model was shown when the specific team version could not be loaded. Other than hacking, there are two situations when this could happen:
- If matched with a player using a copy of the game from another region where a Splatfest was upcoming, and that player was wearing the Splatfest Tee. It was also possible to see this during the other player's Splatfest if they joined in Salmon Run, as their character would appear near the Grizzco Industries entrance.
- After a Splatfest, any characters in the Plaza or Square who had not played since the end of the Splatfest would wear the default Splatfest Tee.
The wristband for the generic Splatfest Tee has no set color, and always roughly matches that of the wearer's ink.
The Splatfest Tee comes with Special Saver as a main ability. As a 3-star item, the Splatfest Tee has three additional slots for secondary abilities. Since it is made by the SquidForce brand, it has a higher chance of rolling Damage Up and a lower chance of rolling Ink Saver (Main) to fill its secondary ability slots.
The Splatfest Tee comes with Ability Doubler as a main ability, which, being exclusive to the main slot of Clothing, prevents the wearer from also having Haunt, Ninja Squid, Respawn Punisher, or Thermal Ink. As a 3-star item, the Splatfest Tee has three additional slots for secondary abilities. Since it is made by the SquidForce brand, it has a higher chance of rolling Ink Resistance Up and a lower chance of rolling Ink Saver (Main) to fill its secondary ability slots.
Upon choosing a team at the Pledge Box in Inkopolis Plaza or Inkopolis Square, the Splatfest Tee was automatically put into the player's inventory. On the days leading up to the Splatfest, it could be equipped and unequipped at will, but was automatically worn for the duration of the Splatfest itself and could not be switched out during that time. Jelonzo and Jelfonzo would comment on this, informing the player that they could not equip any new clothing bought. Once the Splatfest ended, the Splatfest Tee was removed from the player's inventory; when the player returned to the Plaza or Square at the end of the Splatfest or upon starting the game, they automatically wore the Basic Tee or Fresh Octo Tee. Because of this, having Spyke or Murch re-roll its abilities is not recommended.
In Splatoon 2, scrubbing the Splatfest Tee with Murch costed only 2,000 rather than the standard 20,000, making it an effective way to build up ability chunks quickly. Starting in Version 4.0.0, the Splatfest Tee continued to gain experience after filling all three slots, awarding a random ability chunk every 7500 points - this only occured during the Splatfest itself and not in the period of time following the announcement before the event.
- Variants of the Splatfest Tees worn for the Japanese Splatfest, Mountain Food vs. Sea Food, were available for purchase in real life from online magazine Clip!SAGA, as Saga Prefecture collaborated with Splatoon.
- Splatfest Tees for the Sanrio-sponsored Japanese Splatfests are also available for purchase in real life, featuring Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, and Pompompurin.
- Splatfest Tees for Chaos vs. Order were also able to be purchased internationally via the My Nintendo Store in the days leading up to the Splatfest.
- Additionally, Splatfest tees for Super Mushroom vs. Super Star were also available to purchase internationally starting the day the Splatfest was announced, during the Super Mario 35th Anniversary direct.
- Splatfest Tee designs have been reused five times:
- Europe and Oceania's Cats vs. Dogs Tees had the same designs as the North American ones.
- Japan has used Red Fox vs. Green Tanuki twice, with the same tees in both instances.
- Every repeat Splatfest after Chaos vs. Order used the shirt design from the Splatfests they repeated, those being Mayo vs. Ketchup, Chicken vs. Egg, and Trick vs. Treat.
- The promotional images for Splatfest Power show the Cats vs. Dogs and Rice vs. Bread Splatfest Tees and ink colors, despite it having not existed when these Splatfests occurred.
- In Splatoon, the logo on the default Splatfest Tee is similar to the Squid Sisters' outfits. In Splatoon 2, the default logo is an icon representing Pearl and Marina, with Inkling text resembling the Japanese word "fesu" (フェス), short for "festival".
- The wristband glows in the dark. In Splatoon, this could only be seen during Splatfests themselves, as they took place at night. In Splatoon 2, the glow could also be seen during the day if the wearer was in the shade.
- When an amiibo was used in Splatoon 2 to save a gear loadout that included the Splatfest Tee, it was replaced by the Basic Tee once that Splatfest Tee was no longer available. This is because the Basic Tee is the only piece of clothing that every player is guaranteed to own.
- In Splatoon 2, Splatfest Tees originally needed 4000, 8000, and 12,000 experience points to level through the three slots, for a total of 24,000. However, some players were scrubbing only after filling the first slot, getting a new chunk every 4000 XP. To encourage full slot leveling, this was changed in Version 1.3.0 to three equal tiers of 7500 each, for a total of 22,500.
- In Splatoon 2, jellyfish have a sleeveless version of the Splatfest Tee (which is inaccessible to players) in addition to the original style.
- According to The Art of Splatoon, the Splatfest Tees are government-funded since Inklings tend to donate coins as they do not want to deal with the leftover change.
- The Splatfest Tees for the Splatoon 2 Squid vs. Octopus Splatfest feature writing that is similar to the kanji for squid (烏賊) and octopus (蛸), despite the fact that in-game, the terms "squid" and "octopus" when referring to Inklings and Octolings are written in katakana (イカ and タコ, respectively). This could be because the Splatfest was regarding "ancient creatures" (with squids and octopuses now evolved into Inklings and Octolings) as seen in the opening dialogue.
- Something similar happened in the Chaos vs. Order Splatfest, which featured writing similar to English, with CHAO (Chaos) and ORDR (Order). This and Squid vs. Octopus were the only ones that had some sort of human writing on the shirt.
- The writing on the back of the shirt differs from Splatfest to Splatfest. If it was worn when a Splatfest is not going on, the shirt reads 'Which do you like'.
The SquidForce name on the back of the Splatfest Tee glows in the dark in Splatoon 2.
The short-sleeved style for jellyfish.
Names in other languages
|Fes (short for "festival") Tee|
|French (NOE)||T-shirt festif||Festval T-shirt|
|Italian||T-shirt festival||Festival T-shirt|
|Spanish (NOE)||Camiseta festiva||Festive T-shirt|
Clothing in Splatoon
Clothing in Splatoon 2