The Shoal is a local multiplayer mode category selection screen of Splatoon 2 where players can choose a game mode to play locally, each player requiring separate consoles and copies of the game in order to play. The player can enter The Shoal from Inkopolis Square or tap on "The Shoal" on the map. There are two game modes available: Private Battle and Salmon Run. The player can either choose to host these modes or search and join other peoples' lobbies. These modes differ slightly from their online counterparts as Private Battles at The Shoal doesn't allow for spectators in local wireless play and there are some extra options for the host, while Salmon Run has different selectable weapons and the host can set the difficulty.
A manual for Salmon Run is also available to read by pressing while on the main screen at The Shoal, where the first page is a short summary of how to play the mode while pressing shows the Salmonid Field Guide.
- A hidden mode of LAN battle is available by holding L and R, and pressing and holding on the left stick.
- It is possible to obtain Crusty Sean tickets if you play using The Shoal on 8 different days.
- In a Local/LAN room, (Salmon Run or a Private Battle) the Salmonids and Squids swimming on the background will be replaced by their pixelated versions respectively.
Weapon selection for Salmon Run in The Shoal.
Names in other languages
|A parody of ika (squid) and "Spo-cha", the sport zone of Round One|
|Dutch||De Flipper||The Flipper|
|French (NOA)||Calmarcade||From calmar (squid) and arcade|
|French (NOE)||Calmarcade||From calmar (squid) and arcade|
|German||Inkcade||From ink and arcade|
|Spanish (NOE)||El Remolino||The Vortex|
Locations in Splatoon 2