Tower Control

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Tower Control
Tower Control Mode.png
Tower Control

Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
Release Date July 1st 2015

Tower Control is a one of the three Ranked Battle modes in Splatoon, alongside Splat Zones and Rainmaker. It was added to the game on July 1st 2015.[1]


In Tower Control, two teams of four Inklings fight to control a central Tower. The Tower is a large blue cube with a stake on top, and a grate that creates an overhang surrounding the entire top surface. Its walls and ground can be inked, but the post and, naturally, the grate cannot.

The Tower moves through a map along a predetermined path that starts and ends at "goal spots" that are located in the same, mirrored spots near each of the team's bases. The Tower starts at the center of the path, and when a player rides on top of it, it begins moving on a rail toward enemy territory. If the player standing on the Tower falls off the platform or gets killed, after a short amount of time, the Tower will begin moving rapidly back to its initial position. Because of this gameplay element, the player on the Tower is a constant target and must be defended by teammates on the ground. The match will end when one team rides the Tower all the way to the opponent's goal spot, or when five minutes are up and overtime is done. Overtime in this mode begins if the current losing team has control of the tower when time ends and finishes once that team loses control of the tower or takes the lead.

The Tower only moves when Inklings are on on top of it, and although roughly unnoticeable, the more Inklings are riding, the faster it goes. The perceived changes in speed are as follows:[2]

Inklings 1 2 3 4
Speed 1.00× 1.20× 1.33× 1.43×


Score is measured by how far into enemy territory a team has rode the tower.

If a team manages to get the tower to the enemy goal spot, then that team will win the match, and achieve a Knockout score. The other team will get 0 points.

If the game timer runs out with the tower in a neutral state, the team that managed to reach the closest to their goal at any point during the match will win. If the game timer runs out and the tower is controlled by the losing team, then the game will go into overtime until that team manages to takes the lead, or until the tower returns to a neutral state. [3]


To help identify the Tower's current position, a pillar made of rings of light shines from the tower's position into the sky. Players can then simply look up and around in order to locate the tower. The two goal spots are also identified with a column on light, but they aren't visible from every point on the map.

While the tower is moving, its path will be shown around the stage, letting players know where the tower will go. The path will lightly glow with the ink of the team that is currently in possession and the glow will follow the path that the tower is taking.

The tower is also visible on the Wii U GamePad which is made visible by the Ranked Battle icon on the map. The tower's path and goal is not shown.

Overtime Rules

Overtime will begin if the losing team currently has control of the tower. At this point, Overtime will end when:

  • The losing team reaches a farther distance with the tower than the winning team, thereby giving the losing team the victory.
  • The winning team regains control of the Tower.
    • It should be noted that all the winning team needs to do to retake control of the tower is to have more of their team on the tower than the losing team, or have one of the winning team's players on the tower if none of the losing players are on it.
  • The losing team loses control of the tower.
    • This is marked by the indicator turning from the losing team's color to the neutral Ranked Battle symbol, and happens some seconds after the tower being empty.

Tower Control is considered to have the hardest Overtime for the losing team, as control of the tower can be very quickly lost.



  • When on the tower, the small pole in the middle can be used to defend the player from enemy attacks. This is good when the opposing team has a charger or a splatling on their side.
  • If the enemies are on the tower, a player should get on the choke points and kill them from afar.

For high-damage, short range weapons (e.g. most Rollers and Blasters)

It is recommended that these players should be the ones to stay on the tower. Rollers and Blasters deal a very large amount of damage, good for close range fighting, especially if an enemy climbs on the tower.

For long-range weapons (e.g. most Chargers and Squelchers):

These players should stay on choke points (not the tower) and snipe those who try to claim the tower.

For mid-range weapons (e.g. most Shooters) and skirmishers (e.g. Inkbrushes):

These players should stay in the area around the tower and destroy those who try to get on. They should only get on the tower when no one else is.

Sub/Special Weapons

  • Ink Mines are effective at keeping others off the tower. In fact, the enemy team can technically kill their comrades. If an opponent gets on the tower and kills you on the opposite side to the ink mine then moves round, and a teammate inks that side, then it will detonate and kill the player on the tower.
  • Killer Wails can be used to blast off whoever is on the tower.
  • The Kraken and Bubbler make the player invincible. However, an Inkling with one of these abilities active will be knocked back when hit with any weapon, so they can be forced off the tower. Care must be taken to avoid getting pushed off the tower into water.
  • Inkstrikes must be shot a distance ahead of the tower on its path, so that it will be effective in reclaiming the tower. Otherwise it will just miss.
  • Splash Walls can be put in front of the tower in times of pain.
  • Suction Bombs stick to the tower and cover a large area, but their slow detonation time means that Inklings riding the tower may be able to protect themselves by moving to the opposite side of the spire. For best effect, try to throw one on the far side of the platform, forcing the riders to move to the side you're on, where they can be attacked with main weapons.
  • Beakons can be used on choke points to force the enemy team off the tower.
    • They can also be used on the tower as weak shields and as a place for your teammates to super jump.

In-game info

The objective of tower control is to ride the tower into the enemy's base. So when the match begins, make a beeline for the tower! The tower will start moving automatically once you climb aboard. Riding the tower makes you an easy target, though, so watch out! If the tower sits idle for too long without anyone riding it, it'll return to its starting position. As the tower approaches the goal, your goal distance will decrease. If the battle ends without either team reaching the goal, the team with the lowest goal distance will win! In this ranked battle, Battle Points are awarded based on goal distance. Riding the tower by yourself is pretty tough, so be sure to work as a team. Knowing when to bail off the tower, using each stage's features to your advantage, and supporting your teammates are the keys to victory!
— In-game info


  • When riding the tower, it will play gentle music similar to an ice cream truck's tones.
  • Tower Control was unveiled during the May 7, 2015 Splatoon-themed Nintendo Direct.
  • The release date of Tower Control was revealed on June 30th, 2015.
  • Tower Control bears a strong resemblance to Team Fortress 2's Payload and Payload Race modes, where a team pushes a cart to the enemy base in order to win the match. Some maps include a custom-version that functions identically to Tower Control, with a cart that can be pushed by both sides.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ガチヤグラ
gachi yagura
competitive watchtower
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Torreón Turret
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Torre Tower
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Expédition risquée Risky Expedition
FlagGermany.svg German Turmkommando Tower Command
FlagItaly.svg Italian Torre Mobile Mobile Tower


  1. Squid Research Lab Splatoon tumblr post unveiling the release date of the game mode
  2. YouTube Demonstrating how the Tower moves faster the more players are riding it
  3. YouTube Nintendo Treehouse: Live with Splatoon Tower Control (6/30/2015)
Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
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