Splatoon 2's Salmon Run mode is here, and acts as a strange sort of Horde mode, where a group of up to four Inkling pals squad up to try and take down a variety of weird and wonderful enemies, all while attempting to grab a number of Power Eggs. In this Splatoon 2 Salmon Run guide, we'll be running down how to get started on the horde mode, as well as all the bosses to watch out for as you try to recover those precious Power Eggs.
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Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Guide
Read on for all the info you need for Splatoon 2's Salmon Run mode, including a rundown of the upcoming dates and times for the next rounds of Salman Run.
Salmon Run Times
Below, we've compiled a list of all the future Splatoon 2 Salmon Run times, along with the corresponding dates. Salmon Run unfortunately isn't available online 24/7, so if you want to play Salmon Run outside of the times listed below, it'll need to be through local play.
Salmon Run US Dates/Times (EST)
- 8/11 2:00 pm - 8/22 2:00 pm
- 8/22 8:00 pm - 8/24 8:00 am
- 8/25 2:00 am - 8/26 2:00 am
- 8/26 8:00 pm - 8/28 2:00 am
- 8/28 8:00 pm - 8/29 8:00 pm
Salmon Run UK Dates/Times (BST)
- 8/21 7:00 pm - 8/22 7:00 pm
- 8/23 1:00 pm - 8/24 1:00 pm
- 8/25 7:00 am - 8/26 7:00 am
- 8/27 1:00 am - 8/28 7:00 am
- 8/29 1:00 am - 8/30 1:00 am
Why Isn't Salmon Run Available all the Time Online?
If you've got a bunch of friends that own Splatoon 2, then you're in luck, as Salmon Run can be played at any time over local co-op. However, the Splatoon 2 Salmon Run mode can only be played online at set times, as dictated by Nintendo through the Stages section of the main menu while in-game.
As you can see, Salmon Run isn't available every day of the week, and at the time of writing, it appears to be available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday this week, all at varying times each day. The times appear to be either 7AM to 5AM, or 1PM to 1AM, and only during these times can you access a game of Salmon Run online, with other Nintendo Switch players anywhere in the world.
If you want to start a local game of Salmon Run, then simply head to The Shoal in Inkopolis Square, where you can either host a lobby room, or join one that's nearby to you. If you want to play Salmon Run online, you'll need to head to Grizzco in Inkopolis Square during opening hours, where you can join random Splatoon 2 players online in taking down the horde.
If it's your first time visiting Grizzco, then Mr. Grizz the bear will ask you to undertake work as an intern, requesting that you do two tutorial missions that will help you get to grips with the basics of Splatoon 2's Salmon Run mode. These tutorials can't be skipped, but they are useful in telling you about level bonuses, time limits, and all the Salmon Run bosses you can encounter.
How does Salmon Run Work in Splatoon 2?
Splatoon 2's Salmon Run is basically a colorful Horde mode for the Inklings to take on, but it has a few new elements to throw into the mix.
- You'll be tasked with collecting a certain amount of Power Eggs from fallen bosses in order to pass the level. Fail this, and you fail the level.
- To grab a Power Egg, simply move into it, then haul it back to the main base point on the map and press A to deposit it.
- It's still Horde mode, so you'll still have to hold enemies at bay while collecting Power Eggs.
- Weapons are assigned to each Inkling randomly, and are changed at the end of every round.
- The leaderboard at the end of the game is based on who collected the most Power Eggs, splatted the most territory, and defeated the most Salmonoid enemies.
- There are three waves to a single Salmon Run game, and you have to meet the quota of Power Eggs in every level in order to win.
- Weather effects in the form of fog and dark clouds can take over the map for a single wave, obscuring your vision and making things considerably more difficult for the wave.
Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Boss Guide - Tips and Tricks
Here's a list of every Splatoon 2 Salmonoid boss you can fight in Salmon Run, as well as solutions on how to easily beat them:
- Standard Salmanoid Boss - These are the glowing Salmanoids, that can be taken down easily with just a small amount of ink.
- Steelhead Boss - This boss fires massive ink bombs at you, but if you can shoot the ink bomb while it forms on the boss’ head, you can take down the Steelhead easily.
- Steel Eel Boss - Avoid the front of the Steel Eel, and skirt round the back of it to take out the small pilot at the rear end of the boss.
- Scrapper Boss - Another boss that is only vulnerable to the rear, you can either shoot the Scrapper till you stun it, or race around to the back of it to attack the pilot and take out the boss.
- Stinger Boss - Race towards the Stinger, and shoot out all the pots underneath it, till the boss is down to your level and you can take it out with just a few shots of ink.
- Maw Boss - The Salmon Run Maw boss hides underground, and then jumps up to eat any poor Inkling unaware of the boss. Follow the head of the boss along the ground, then move just as it's about to pounce, shooting it with ink while the Maw is above the ground, until it goes down.
- Drizzler Boss - Skirt around the Drizzler boss, dodging the missiles that it fires at your Inkling, and shoot the boss as soon as you see its head pop out from underneath the umbrella it hides under.
- Flyfish Boss - Keep an eye on the Flyfish while it moves through the air, then as soon as you see the boss open the boxes either side of it to fire missiles at you, toss a bomb in there quickly, so you can still dodge the missiles coming your way.
If you instead prefer a visual guide to Splatoon 2's Salmon Run, then check out the video just below, as we play our way through the introductory level of Salmon Run.
Salmon Runs Schedule - Dates and Times for Next Salmon Run
Being a Nintendo game, accessing Splatoon 2's Salmon Run was never going to be a simple feat. The mode is only playable online at certain times, although you can play it via local play at any time you want. We've posted the full Salmon Run times just below, but note that these times are in BST, and so they could potentially be 5 hours ahead of the East Coast, and 8 hours ahead of the West Coast.
Splatoon 2 Salmon Run Rewards Guide
For every game of Salmon Run that you successfully complete, you'll gain a certain amount of points based on your performance. Splat more enemy Salmonoids and deposit more Power Eggs, and you'll gain more points towards your next rank, starting at the Intern level and working your way up to Go-Getter and beyond.
You can see in the screen below that Daily and Monthy Superbonuses can be worked towards, giving your Inkling some pretty powerful gear. The Bonus Meter at the bottom tallies your points towards the Superbonuses, but you can always unlock other, lesser bonuses along the way, at every hundred points.
Splatoon 2 Salmon Run New DLC Stages
In a recent datamine of Splatoon 2's files, Reddit users found that new maps could be on the horizon for Salmon Run. The developers are said to be currently testing out new stages called Shakehouse and Threepoints for Salmon Run, but we don't have any more details on these additional stages right now.
What we do have for certain is a new map called Lost Outpost to look forward to. Available on August 22, the Lost Outpost map is actually mostly submerged in water, as you can see for yourself in the trailer just below.
That's all the info you need to start working for Mr. Grizz and taking on the Splatoon 2 Salmon Run mode. If you need help on anything else in Splatoon 2, why not head over to our guide on how to beat the Octo Shower boss, or our guide on the best weapons in Splatoon 2 multiplayer.