The Shoal

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Inside The Shoal.

The Shoal is an amusement arcade in Splatoon 2. It is found to the right of Inkopolis Square.


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.

Version Weapons available Amount
July 21 2017 (Version 1.0.0) S2 Weapon Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.
S Weapon Main Splattershot.png Splattershot
S Weapon Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller
S2 Weapon Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger
S2 Weapon Main Splat Dualies.png Splat Dualies
S2 Weapon Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher
S Weapon Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Blaster.png Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Slosher.png Slosher
S2 Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush
August 23 2017 (Version 1.2.0) S2 Weapon Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG
S Weapon Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal
S2 Weapon Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose
S2 Weapon Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose
S Weapon Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal
S Weapon Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85
S2 Weapon Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic
S Weapon Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro
S Weapon Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller
S Weapon Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller
S2 Weapon Main Flingza Roller.png Flingza Roller
S2 Weapon Main E-liter 4K.png E-liter 4K
S2 Weapon Main E-liter 4K Scope.png E-liter 4K Scope
S2 Weapon Main Goo Tuber.png Goo Tuber
S2 Weapon Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope
S2 Weapon Main Dapple Dualies.png Dapple Dualies
S Weapon Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Clash Blaster.png Clash Blaster
S Weapon Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher
November 24 2017 (Version 2.0.0) S2 Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush
S2 Weapon Main Dualie Squelchers.png Dualie Squelchers
S2 Weapon Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic
S2 Weapon Main Splat Brella.png Splat Brella
S2 Weapon Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer
S2 Weapon Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine
S2 Weapon Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster
S2 Weapon Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro
S2 Weapon Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I
S2 Weapon Main Tenta Brella.png Tenta Brella
April 24 2018 (Version 3.0.0) S2 Weapon Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling
S2 Weapon Main Squeezer.png Squeezer
S2 Weapon Main Undercover Brella.png Undercover Brella
S2 Weapon Main Glooga Dualies.png Glooga Dualies
S2 Weapon Main Dark Tetra Dualies.png Dark Tetra Dualies
July 14 2018 (Version 3.2.0) S2 Weapon Main Explosher.png Explosher
S2 Weapon Main Ballpoint Splatling.png Ballpoint Splatling
September 14 2018 (Version 4.0.0) S2 Weapon Main Bloblobber.png Bloblobber
S2 Weapon Main Nautilus 47.png Nautilus 47

A manual for Salmon Run is also available to read by pressing Button1 Minus.png while on the main screen at The Shoal, where the first page is a short summary of how to play the mode, while pressing Button1 A.png shows the Salmonid Field Guide.


  • A hidden mode of LAN battle is available by holding Button1 L.png and Button1 R.png and pressing and holding in Button1 LS.png.
  • 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.[1]
  • The arcade game Squid Beatz 2 is found in an Arcade Machine outside The Shoal.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese イカッチャ
A parody of ika (squid) and "Spo-cha", the sport zone of Round One
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch De Flipper The Flipper, referring to part of a pinball machine and a synonym for 'dolphin'
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Calmarcade From calmar (squid) and arcade
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Calmarcade From calmar (squid) and arcade
FlagGermany.svg German Inkcade From ink and arcade
FlagItaly.svg Italian Branco School
FlagRussia.svg Russian Стайка
Small school
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) El Remolino The Vortex


  1. 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!)

Shifty Stations
Salmon Run Stages