X Battle

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X Battle
S3XBattleLogo.png
"X Battles will be the true testing ground for the highest-ranking players around."
Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Con
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Release Date 1 December 2022
Test your limits against the best of the best in extreme battles.
— The in-game description when choosing a mode
For the Splatoon 2 rank, see Rank X.

X Battle is a multiplayer mode in Splatoon 3. It was originally announced as one of two battle modes to be added in free post-launch updates (along with League Battle) and launched on 1 December 2022 as part of the Chill Season 2022 update.[1]

Description

X Battles are similar to X Rank in Splatoon 2's Ranked Battles and use many of the same mechanics, such as X Power. However, while Splatoon 2 featured rank progression from S+ to X within the Ranked Battle game mode, Splatoon 3 offers X Battle as a separate mode from Anarchy Battles. In X Battle, players have season-long (three-month) sessions to play matches against other skilled players to increase their X Power. There are five placement matches at the beginning of the season to determine starting X Power. After placement, players take on series of matches which end after 3 wins or 3 losses, with X Power points being gained or lost at the end depending on the outcome.[2] Players in the top 500 will also be recognized. As of update 6.0, players that have an X Power above 2000 will only play against other players with an X Power of above 2000 in X Battles.

X Battles are separated into two divisions, each sponsored by a gear brand:[3][4]

  • Takoroka Takoroka Division covers players from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand
  • Tentatek Tentatek Division covers players from North America, South America, and Europe

Players choose their division the first time they play X Battles in a given season, and are unable to change the division until the next season.[2] It is unknown if sponsors will change in later seasons.

Ranks

To play X Battles, one must have a rank in Anarchy Battle of S+0 or higher. Players will need to keep this in mind with the rank reset mechanic. If a player wants to play X Battles at the beginning of the new season, they must have an Anarchy Battle Rank of S+10 or higher before the old season ends, since all ranks S+10 and above are reset to S+0 each season, while S+9 and lower are reset below the S+0 threshold.

Unlike Anarchy Battle, which has a single rank for all ranked game modes, X Battle features separate rankings for each of them. X Power is tracked separately for Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker, and Clam Blitz.

List of modes

Mode Description Games
Splatoon 3 "3" icon.svg
S3 icon Splat Zones.png
Splat Zones
Plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode from other video games. It revolves around a central "zone" or "zones", which players must attempt to cover in ink. Whoever retains the zone for a certain amount of time wins.
S3 icon Tower Control.png
Tower Control
A player must take control of a tower located in the center of a map and ride it towards the enemy base. The first team to get the tower to their enemy's base wins.
S3 icon Rainmaker.png
Rainmaker
A player must grab and take the Rainmaker weapon to a pedestal near the enemy team's spawn point, stopping at checkpoints along the way. The team who carries the Rainmaker furthest towards their respective pedestal wins.
S3 icon Clam Blitz.png
Clam Blitz
Players pick up clams scattered around the stage and try to score as many points as they can by throwing the clams in their respective goals. The team who created the most power clams at the end of the match wins.

Quotes

Don't forget about X Battles, coming in a future update! Not only do you have to reach an elite rank to join an X Battle but you'll have to risk X Power as you fight your way up the leaderboard. Our Tactical Research team is still investigating the details - stay tuned for more.
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[5]
X Battles are coming in #Splatoon3's Chill Season 2022! Players ranked S+0 or higher can get in on some action that is decidedly not chill. You'll need to join one of two divisions sponsored by local gear brands. Europe and the Americas play in the Tentatek Division.
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[4]

Rewards

Locker trophies and badges are available as rewards for X Battle. The trophies are based on an in-game mode and are given to players when their final X rank standings and catalog levels are revealed.

Badges

Main article: Badge#Battle

Reaching certain positions will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

X Battle milestones
Top <Number> in X Battle! Note
3,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 3000.png [6]
500 S3 Badge X Battle Top 500.png [6]
10 S3 Badge X Battle Top 10.png [6]
Hit 2,000+ Power in <Brand> Division
Tentatek S3 Badge 2000 Power X Battles Tentatek.png
Takoroka S3 Badge 2000 Power X Battles Takoroka.png
Won <Number> Straight Battles with X Power at 2,000+
Tentatek Takoroka
15 S3 Badge Straight 2000 Power X Battles Tentatek 15.png S3 Badge Straight 2000 Power X Battles Takoroka 15.png
70 S3 Badge Straight 2000 Power X Battles Tentatek 70.png S3 Badge Straight 2000 Power X Battles Takoroka 70.png
350 S3 Badge Straight 2000 Power X Battles Tentatek 350.png S3 Badge Straight 2000 Power X Battles Takoroka 350.png
Top <Number> in <Brand> Division
Tentatek Takoroka
50,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 50000 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 50000 Takoroka.png
30,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 30000 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 30000 Takoroka.png
10,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 10000 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 10000 Takoroka.png
5,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 5000 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 5000 Takoroka.png
3,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 3000 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 3000 Takoroka.png
1,000 S3 Badge X Battle Top 1000 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 1000 Takoroka.png
500 S3 Badge X Battle Top 500 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 500 Takoroka.png
10 S3 Badge X Battle Top 10 Tentatek.png S3 Badge X Battle Top 10 Takoroka.png

X Battle data

The following pages contain the X Battle rankings of past seasons:

Gallery

Trivia

  • With the post-launch addition of X Battle joining Anarchy Battle (Series) and Anarchy Battle (Open), Splatoon 3 achieved a first for the series by making three different ranked rotations available simultaneously to solo players.

Names in other languages

X Battle
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Xマッチ
X Matchi
X Match
Netherlands Dutch X-gevecht X Battle
CanadaFrance French Match X X Match
Germany German X Kampf X Match
Italy Italian Partita X X Match
Russia Russian Бой Х
Boy X
X battle
SpainMexico Spanish Combate X X Combat
China Chinese (Simplified) X比赛
X bǐsài (Mandarin)
X battle
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) X比賽
X bǐsài (Mandarin)
X battle
South Korea Korean X 매치
X maechi
X Match
X Rankings
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Xランキング
Netherlands Dutch X-ranglijst
CanadaFrance French Classement de matchs X
Germany German X-Rangliste X-Rank list
Italy Italian Classifica X
Russia Russian Разряд X
SpainMexico Spanish Clasificación del rango X
China Chinese X排名
South Korea Korean X 랭킹
Translate logo.svg Internal XRanking [7]
Division
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese グループ
Netherlands Dutch Competitie
CanadaFrance French Division
Germany German Gruppe Group
Italy Italian Gruppo
Russia Russian Группа
SpainMexico Spanish División
China Chinese (Simplified) 组别
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 組別
South Korea Korean 그룹
Translate logo.svg Internal XRegionGroup [7]
Takoroka Division
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese グループ・ヤコ
gurūpu yako
Group Takoroka [a]
Netherlands Dutch Takoroka-competitie Takoroka competition
Canada French (NOA) Division Pionic
France French (NOE) Division Pionic
Germany German Kalamati-Gruppe Takoroka Group [a]
Italy Italian Gruppo Sepia
Russia Russian Группа «Рыбок»
Gruppa «Rybok»
«Takoroka» group [a]
Mexico Spanish (NOA) División Pulpioka
Spain Spanish (NOE) División Sepioca Takaroka Division [a]
China Chinese (Simplified) 组别·暇古
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 組別‧暇古
South Korea Korean 그룹・라이즈
그룹 라이즈

geulub laijeu
Group Takoroka [a]
Translate logo.svg Internal Pacific_Short_Plain [7]
Tentatek Division
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese グループ・アロメ
gurūpu arome
Group Tentatek [b]
Netherlands Dutch Tentatek-competitie Tentatek competition
Canada French (NOA) Division Tentatek
France French (NOE) Division OculR Division Tentatek [b]
Germany German Tentatek-Gruppe Tentatek Group [b]
Italy Italian Gruppo Arome Tentatek Group [b]
Russia Russian Группа «Щуччи»
Gruppa «Shchuchchi»
«Tentatek» group [b]
Mexico Spanish (NOA) División Tentáctica
Spain Spanish (NOE) División Arome Tentatek Division [b]
China Chinese (Simplified) 组别·艾洛眼
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 組別‧艾洛眼
South Korea Korean 그룹・아로메
그룹 아로메

geulub alome
Group Tentatek [b]
Portugal Portuguese Divisão Tentatek[Citation needed] Tentatek Division
Translate logo.svg Internal Atlantic_Short_Plain [7]

Translation notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 From this language's respective name for Takoroka
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 From this language's respective name for Tentatek

References