X Battle

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Test your limits against the best of the best in extreme battles.
— The in-game description when choosing a mode

X Battle
"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
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]


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.

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

  • Takoroka Takoroka Division will cover players from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand
  • Tentatek Tentatek Division will cover 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.[5] It is not yet clear if the brand sponsorships will have an in-game effect, nor whether the sponsors will change in later seasons.


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
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.


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[6]
Also, quick reminder that X Battles are coming in Chill Season! Players ranked S+0 or higher can get in on some action that is decidedly NOT chill. You'll have to put your own X Power on the line to take part, but don't worry - Anarchy Battles will still be available as well.

If you do decide to take the plunge into X Battles, you'll need to join one of two divisions sponsored by local gear brands. The Takoroka Division covers Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, while the Americas and Europe play in the Tentatek Division.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[7][8]
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]



  • 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.
    • After the future addition of League Battle to Splatoon 3, all four ranked modes will be available simultaneously, though League Battle cannot be played solo.

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
Canada and France French Match X X Match
Germany German X Kampf X Fight
Italy Italian Partita X X Match
Russia Russian Бой Х
Boy X
X battle
Spain 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
Takoroka Division
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese グループ・ヤコ
gurūpu yako
Group Takoroka[note 1]
Netherlands Dutch Takoroka-competitie Takoroka competition
Germany German Kalamati-Gruppe Takoroka Group[note 2]
Russia Russian Группа «Рыбок»
Gruppa «Rybok»
«Takoroka» group[note 3]
South Korea Korean 그룹・라이즈
그룹 라이즈

geulub laijeu
Group Takoroka[note 4]
Tentatek Division
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese グループ・アロメ
gurūpu arome
Group Tentatek[note 5]
Netherlands Dutch Tentatek-competitie Tentatek competition
France French (NOE) Division OculR Division Tentatek[note 6]
Italy Italian Gruppo Arome Tentatek Group[note 7]
Russia Russian Группа «Щуччи»
Gruppa «Shchuchchi»
«Tentatek» group[note 8]
Spain Spanish (NOE) División Arome Tentatek Division[note 7]
South Korea Korean 그룹・아로메
그룹 아로메

geulub alome
Group Tentatek[note 9]
Portugal Portuguese Divisão Tentatek Tentatek Division

Translation notes

  1. ヤコ yako is Takoroka's Japanese name.
  2. Kalamati is Takoroka's German name.
  3. Рыбок is Takoroka's Russian name.
  4. 라이즈 laijeu is Takoroka's Korean name.
  5. アロメ arome is Tentatek's Japanese name.
  6. OculR is Tentatek's French (NOE) name.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Arome is Tentatek's Italian and Spanish (NOE) name.
  8. Щуччи is Tentatek's Russian name.
  9. 아로메 alome is Tentatek's Korean name.