Steel Eel

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Steel Eel
S2 Salmon Run bird's eye view of Steel Eel.jpg
Species Salmonid
Hair Color
Eye Color
Location Salmon Run

Steel Eels are Boss Salmonids that appear in Salmon Run from Splatoon 2.


The Steel Eel consists of a giant steel fish head and inkjets shooting down ink with a Salmonid piloting the machine at the tail. Steel Eels are very long, making it easy to get cornered. The inkjets on its body can instantly kill players with direct hits and block attacks. The only way to destroy this machine is to splat the Salmonid piloting it at the rear.

Salmonid Field Guide

The following text is quoted from the Salmonid Field Guide.

Basic Information
  • A weapon made of connected ink-spraying devices for the suppression of large areas.
  • Locks on to and relentlessly pursues a single target.
Attack Behavior
  • Its extensive length is used to block routes while it rains down ink.
  • Can be neutralized by shooting the driver in the very rear of the Steel Eel.
Supporting Information
  • The driver of the Steel Eel wears a mask to protect itself from the spray generated by the machine.
  • The great length of the Steel Eel is attributable to the large number of interconnected ink-sprayers used to create it.


See also: Salmon Run data
HP Damage  Attack/Defeat/Total Power Eggs Golden Eggs
500 50 13 / 3 / 16 3


  • A Steel Eel only targets one player.
    • The player being targeted should coordinate their movement with the work crew's location, keeping crewmates safe and exposing the Steel Eel's weak point to them.
    • If the targeted player travels behind the Steel Eel, the Steel Eel will do a U-turn and potentially trap the player or a crewmate.
    • The Steel Eel's pilot looks directly at the player it is targeting. Beware if it is looking at you.
    • Steel Eels are tall enough that they are still capable of splatting S2 Weapon Special Inkjet.png Inkjet users. However, players are capable of getting over a Steel Eel if they boost.



  • The mask worn by the Salmonid driver of a Steel Eel is a typical mask worn in Japan when a person is ill.
  • The pilot of the Steel Eel has a reflective marking on its fin that resembles a stylized Golden Egg.
  • The ink sprayers on the machine are gas containers.
  • Its design could be a reference to the real-life Eurypharynx pelecanoides, also known as Pelican or Gulper Eel.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ヘビ
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Staal Steel, but aal also means eel
FlagFrance.svg French Carnacier From carnage and acier (steel)
FlagGermany.svg German Staal From Stahl (steel) and Aal (eel)
FlagItaly.svg Italian Anguilmone From anguilla (eel) and Salmone (Salmon)
FlagRussia.svg Russian Громыхариус
From гром grom (roar) and хариус kharius (grayling)
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Anguiladera From anguila (eel)
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Raspoide From raspa, meaning "fishbone" or "spine"

Characters in Splatoon 2
Lesser Salmonids
Boss Salmonids
Event-specific Bosses