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 do not 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 list of available weapons at the Shoal and the day they were made available is listed below.
|July 21 2017 (Version 1.0.0)|| Splattershot Jr.
|August 23 2017 (Version 1.2.0)|| Aerospray MG
E-liter 4K Scope
|November 24 2017 (Version 2.0.0)|| Inkbrush
Rapid Blaster Pro
Bamboozler 14 Mk I
|April 24 2018 (Version 3.0.0)|| Hydra Splatling
Dark Tetra Dualies
|July 14 2018 (Version 3.2.0)|| Explosher
|September 14 2018 (Version 4.0.0)|| Bloblobber
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 and and pressing and holding in .
- It is possible to obtain Crusty Sean tickets by playing in The Shoal on eight different days.
- In a Local or LAN room, in Salmon Run or Private Battles, the Salmonids and squids swimming in the background of menus will be replaced by pixelated versions.
- According to Marina, The Shoal is not very popular any more.
- The arcade game Squid Beatz 2 is found in an Arcade Machine outside The Shoal.
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, referring to part of a pinball machine and a synonym for 'dolphin'|
|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|
- Dutch localisation of the Retro vs. Modern announcement dialogue.
Pearl: "Ik kan toch niet zomaar Squid Jump vergeten? Die game was mijn jeugd! Daarvoor ga ik nog regelmatig naar de speelhal op het Inkopolisplein."
(I can't just forget Squid Jump, right? That game was my childhood! I go to the gaming hall at the Inkopolis Square regularly because of that...)
Marina: "Die stoffige plek?! Serieus? Daar gaat tegenwoordig niemand meer heen!" (That dusty place?! Seriously? No one goes there nowadays!)