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How to Play Salmon Run in Splatoon 3

Here's how to play Salmon Run in Splatoon 3.

Salmon Run was a pretty popular PvE mode back in Splatoon 2, and it’s back in the third game as well. Players will be able to team up with each other, slave away for Grizzco, and work to bring back some Golden Eggs. Here’s how to play Salmon Run in Splatoon 3.

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Playing Salmon Run in Splatoon 3

Salmon Run is a mode in Splatoon 3 that gets unlocked fairly early on in the game. You just need to complete the initial tutorial stage first.

  1. Finish creating your character and complete the tutorial.

  2. Take part in Turf War matches until you reach level 4.

  3. Press X to bring up the menu, then select Grizzco to fast travel there.

  4. Complete the Salmon Run tutorial.

    You only need to do the basic tutorial where you learn what the rules are. The subsequent tutorials about individual bosses can be skipped.

  5. Go back to Grizzco, then select Freelance or Private Job to start a match.

    Freelance will matchmake you with random players online, while Private Job lets you start a private room to play with friends.

Goals and Objectives in Salmon Run

The Salmon Run mode is split up into waves. Each wave will spawn various Salmonids and bosses that come up to shore to attack you, and your goal is to fend them off while collecting Golden Eggs.

Only bosses will drop Golden Eggs, and the game will inform you whenever a boss spawns. Take them down quickly to get them to drop Golden Eggs, then pick them up, and deposit them into the container with the A button.

However, each player can only carry one Golden Egg at a time, and your movement will get slowed down a little when you have an Egg in your possession. You’ll need to work together as team to collect as many Eggs as possible while watching each other’s back.

Your goal here is to hit the Golden Egg quota for each wave, while also surviving the Salmonids.

Splatoon 3 Salmon Run Tips

The trickiest thing about Salmon Run is that teams will be given four different weapons to use, and you won’t always get a weapon type that you’re necessarily familiar or comfortable with. We definitely recommend experimenting with all sorts of weapons as you level up, just so you’ll at least have a basic understanding of how each one works whenever you’re in Salmon Run.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

  • Be familiar with all weapon types.
  • Throw the Golden Egg towards your base so you can move faster, and give teammates the chance to pick it up and deposit it.
  • Pair up and cover different sides of the base in the later waves.
  • Communicate with the d-pad to let each other know how you’re doing or if you need help.

Doing well in Salmon Run definitely takes a lot of practice, so don’t worry if you feel like you’re doing really poorly in your early matches.

That’s all you need to know about how to play Salmon Run in Splatoon 3. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and tricks on the game, including how to save weapon loadouts, and how to create art posts.

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Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.