Lost Outpost

Lost Outpost

We recommend reading the Quick Guide first that will make things mentioned here easier to follow. Map callout areas have been used for referencing. We have tried to make points that can be applied in Freelance/Squads. However, it can be difficult to apply some points in Freelance.

Walls to Ink

Wave Tutorials

Normal Tide

General Tips

  • Always paint walls and areas around the basket before the wave starts.
  • If mobile bosses spawn at the beginning you can throw bombs or shoot lessers from a distance with long range weapons while you wait for them to get closer to basket.
  • Stalling bosses far away and quota management should be monitored closely. If teammates are stalling bosses either help them splat the bosses to get back to the objective or if there are other bosses from another side use this time to lure and splat them close to basket. With more experience your decision making will improve in these situations and it will be reflected in winning games that previously may have been lost.

Map Specific

  • Always paint the tall wall in the drop area behind the basket. This is a very good fall back spot for safety if things go wrong in a future night wave. Do this as early as possible, if your main weapon is not great at turfing you won't be able to do it when you need it the most.
  • At the start of the wave stand at the doorways, if the first spawn is a Drizzler move back to the basket and the Drizzler will jump multiple times towards the basket. As it approaches for the final jump move in and try and shoot it while it’s in the air.
  • If multiple Steel Eels spawn in make them follow you around the basket so you can swim to the tail and get the splat. Alternatively, lure one out the house and take it the long way around, return to the house and splat one of the others. If you sense a potential snowball or teammates are struggling use Inkjet or Splashdown especially as it can get very crowded in the house and difficult to escape if overwhelmed.
  • Drizzlers can be troublesome on this map as they can settle in areas outside of the house and cannot be seen but their rain will come into the house. If you are outside the house and see a Drizzler it may be best splat it.
  • If Steelheads are approaching the doorways and keep getting activated, it is possible to wall cling to the inner door wall and they will come inside the house. Try and cling toward the top of the wall as Steelheads do not activate if you are above them. See Keivorn's demonstration
  • Stingray can be very crucial on this map, it is good practice using Stingray through the house walls and targeting Stingers without being able to see them. This does take practice and knowing angles, use the white flash as an indicator of hitting your target.
  • Using the windows to shoot bosses, escape situations or throw bombs into Flyfish should be taken advantage of. If you are on the platform behind the basket it is possible to jump through the window above the drop area into the house. Useful when trying to escape a situation or luring a Steel Eel and getting to it’s tail quickly.
  • When splatting Stingers at the docks it is possible to jump between all the docks this is very useful and allows for Stingers to be splatted quickly and escape lessers at the same time.
  • At the furthest right area of the grates it is possible to jump over a gap behind the pillar on to another grate. This can be useful when splatting a Stinger here and escaping from lessers. Using the small inkable tiles to recharge your ink or help escape the area faster using squid mode should be taken advantage of.

Avoid

  • Do not spend too much time at the grates as it gets overwhelmed easily and it’s difficult to escape in kid mode.
  • If teammates are stalling bosses at the bottom and there is no opportunity to lure them help splatting the bosses and avoid being inactive or spamming “This Way!”.
  • Don’t all bunch together in one area as you may miss lures or risk a snowball from the opposite side. Long range or low DPS weapons can stay near the basket.

High Tide

General Tips

  • Listen for the sounds of the tides changing so you don’t die to the rise of the tide.
  • Luring can be a lot more difficult or unnecessary at times here so prioritising slaying can be helpful to avoid snowballing.

Map Specific

  • Luring is fine for Scrappers and Maws, but don't hesitate to splat other bosses outside the house. This small stage heavily punishes overluring.
  • Stingers and Flyfish must be taken down swiftly. Even crippled Flyfish can still be very dangerous on this map.
  • It is not easy due to the stage's layout but Steel Eels should be taken down quickly. A single Steel Eel can easily zone out the basket and other bosses. Two or three Steel Eels zone out each other. Use your aggro to allow yourself and your team a quick splat, otherwise a special may be necessary to clear an upcoming snowball.
  • If a snowball occurs inside the house circle the area outside to drag aggro away from the basket. Try to use the windows to throw a bomb and revive your teammates.
  • If Steelheads are approaching the doorways and keep getting activated, it is possible to wall cling to the inner door wall and they will come inside the house. Try and cling toward the top of the wall as Steelheads do not activate if you are above them. See Keivorn's demonstration
  • Drizzlers can be troublesome on this map as they can settle in areas outside of the house and cannot be seen but their rain will come into the house. If you are outside the house and see a Drizzler it may be best splat it.
  • If a Flyfish spawns at the drop area it is possible to throw bombs from the perch behind the basket without jumping down.
  • Flyfish often spawn from the docks area, use the window if required to throw bombs into the Flyfish baskets.

Avoid

  • Do not get bunched up behind the basket as that area is often used to stay safe, but if everyone is there Flyfish missiles or Stingers can cause a team wipe.

Low Tide

General Tips

  • If you need relief or want the Stingers to target you so teammates can take them out safely, use the back of the map if required.

Map Specific

  • Due to the grates it can be difficult to splat Stingers later in the wave, Stingray or Inkjet should be used in this case if the quota is struggling to be met.
  • Paint the ledge across the water next to the basket. You can use this ledge to quickly climb on to the right side spawn.
  • The Salmonid spawn areas in Low Tide Outpost are extremely dangerous due to being narrow, but there is no reason to head out to the Salmonid spawns except for Stingers. Every other boss, including Flyfish, will reach the basket surroundings given enough time. 
  • If you have a long range weapon try to splat Steel Eels early when possible. Steel Eels are unsafe to splat at the grates and may overrun the basket area if overlured.
  • If a snowball happens, you can momentarily fall back to the mid tide platforms to drag boss aggro away from the basket and lessen the burden on your teammates. Particularly, by distancing yourself, doing this could completely take stinger aggro away from the basket.
  • The Flyfish spawning on the sides will go past the spawn lane into the basket area. The Flyfish in the middle will go to the grates crossing on it's second cycle, but feel free to cripple on the first cycle. Otherwise don't settle for crippling in this stage as Flyfish eggs are fairly easy to run here.
  • If Stingers spawn on the middle lane and the path is blocked but the right lane is clear you can shoot the Stingers from the right lane if your weapon has enough range.

Avoid

  • Do not spend too much time on the grates because it will most likely end with you getting pushed into the water. Grates should only be used to splat Stingers if possible or run eggs in the middle of the grates, avoid the far eggs.
  • When a Flyfish spawns from the right side do not rush out or go beyond it’s final landing spot because it will face away from the basket. Be patient and let it stop so it is easier to splat.
  • Running far Stinger eggs takes a very long time, often you should only run a single egg and ignore the others. Or splat the Stinger and ignore all eggs if they are risky.
  • Do not stall scrappers on the spawn pathways, especially grates. That will either result in a massive waste of time or specials. Always lure Scrappers to the basket.

Goldie Seeking

General Tips

  • Start searching for the Goldie immediately, when there’s any downtime. Not looking for the Goldie quickly enough is one of the main reasons quota fails happen during Goldie seeking.
  • When searching for the Goldie, start with the gushers furthest away from the basket, then work your way inwards. Opening an incorrect gusher causes tons of lesser Salmonids to appear, which causes a lot of problems. Hitting further away Gushers minimizes the damage they can cause.
  • Rollers can be used in front of the Goldie to extract more eggs. Hold ZR and move your stick left and right slowly, especially strong with Dynamo and Flingza rollers. See: Roller Strategy by Marty
  • It can be difficult to meet quota depending on the Goldie RNG and if your teammates are opening all the gushers so specials are important in these scenarios. Bomb Rush, Inkjet and Splashdown can be used to clear out lessers and deal damage to the Goldie. Stingray is not very strong at clearing lessers and does deal decent damage to the Goldie if tracked accurately. Stingray can be useful in opening far gushers, saving you from going out to those gushers and finding the Goldie quicker if quota is struggling to be met.
  • Common practice in Goldie Seeking is to open far gushers alone so if you are in a squad the team should split up and after opening the first gusher the player should use "This Way!" if the gusher is high or "Booyah!" if the gusher is low so teammates on opposite sides can open their gushers. In Freelance this usually isn’t possible unless you are teamed with experienced players. So you will have to rely on yourself and some good luck.
  • To learn Goldie Seeking strategies in a more interactive way visit Gungee's awesome Salmon Learn website.

Map Specific

  • Lost Outpost is the most difficult stage for Goldie Seeking due to bad pathing being common. The last thing you want to do is to make it harder by opening gushers unnecessarily. Make sure to learn the proper gusher opening strategy for freelance.
  • Ideally you want to open the 3 furthest gushers on each side of the map first. Based on whether they are high or low you have an idea of where the Goldie is located.
Normal Tide

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Figure A

It is fine to open either gushers A, D or G first. Based on Figure A if gushers A and G are low then the Goldie is in D, E or F.

Figure B

Based on Figure B if gushers A and D are low then the Goldie is in G, H or I.

Figure C

Based on Figure C if gushers D and G are low then the Goldie is in A, B or C.

High Tide

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Figure D

It is best to open gushers C or H first. Based on Figure D if gusher C is high and H is low then the Goldie is in B.

Figure E

Based on Figure E if gusher C is low and H is high then the Goldie is in I.

Figure F

Based on Figure F if gushers C and H are high then the Goldie is in E.

Avoid

  • Do not open gushers when the Goldie has already been found.
  • If gushers around you are low that indicates the Goldie is further away so do not open more gushers in that area.
  • Do not ignore lessers as it's very easy to get overwhelmed when multiple gushers are open.

Goldie Rush

General Tips

  • Be aggressive and keep shooting the incoming lines of Salmonids when you know you can. The moment the team stops their offensive pressure, the Chums and Goldies can easily overwhelm you and cause a team wipe very quickly. It’s very important to kill the Goldies especially.
  • If you have aggro (Glowflies on you) and you’re noticing that you won’t be able to take out the enemies coming at you alone, Jump onto a nearby painted wall to buy time for yourself and your team to survive, and get eggs in.
  • Roller type weapons should stay near the basket and keep rolling forward slowly to create a wall of defense for the team. This takes out all incoming chums and slows down/weakens Goldies for teammates to finish them off.
  • Splat and Tenta Brella users should launch their shield as much as possible to create a similar defensive wall effect, though slightly more limited.
  • Chargers deal piercing damage so shooting in straight lines can deal good damage.
  • To maximise damage spread from Sloshers, arch your shots a little higher to deal damage using the full range of the sloshes.
  • All four specials are very strong in this mode. If the Salmonids are coming straight on, Stingray is very useful. If you have Inkjet and the glowflies are targeting you this is the best time to use Inkjet as it is possible to splat Salmonids as they come up and move away from the eggs so your teammates can run eggs while you are targeted. Splashdown can be used if there is pile up of Salmonids which can occur especially after a player wall clings to delay their approach. When using Bomb Rush aim to the ground and throw the bombs close together as Salmonids come fast and you can also move around while throwing bombs in short spaces.

Map Specific

  • Long range weapons or low DPS weapons should stand at the back of the perch and target Goldies when possible, as well as help the frontline weapons if Chum flank them or they get overwhelmed.

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Figure A

The perch behind the basket is the safest place to play this wave. The ramp leading up to it functions as a choke point where the Chums are forced to funnel into a single lane. See Figure A

Figure B

If egg running is becoming difficult or teammates are getting splatted in the drop area, there is a long thin wall which should be painted before any wave for this exact event. If the Glowflies are targeting you jump onto this wall, it will allow you to buy some time to let teammates run eggs or revive them. If you paint the part at the top as well, you can move left and right so the Chum move back and forth. See Figure B

Figure C

If you have a Roller weapon, a more advanced strategy to maximise eggs is to position yourself at the doorway that the horde are approaching from. Hold ZR and the Chums will be instantly splatted. When you see a Goldie approach while still holding ZR, quickly angle your roller away to let the Goldie get closer to basket and allow your teammates to splat it and collect the eggs. This would work in an organised squad, however for Freelance the strategy in Figure A is much safer. See Figure C

Avoid

  • Do not go outside the house and splat Goldies.
  • If eggs fall outside of the house ignore them as teammates can get overwhelmed with one less player or the Glowflies could switch to you and get you splatted.
  • Wall clinging should only be used if the Glowflies are targeting you and there are many eggs which the team are struggling to run. It allows them time to run eggs safely and can buy some time to revive splatted teammates. Keep in mind that after wall clinging there is large pile up of Chums/Goldies now. Wall clinging for too long will cause Chums to jump up and splat you instantly.

Cohock Charge

General Tips

  • Make sure at least one person is in a cannon at all times. If no one is in a cannon to shoot the incoming waves of Cohocks, the basket will get overwhelmed extremely quickly.
  • Prioritise Stingers and Flyfish. These bosses have a habit of targeting players in cannons and pinning them down, effectively disabling the use of the cannons altogether. Once the cannons are unusable, the wave is usually lost.
  • While luring in cannons or on the field splat or damage Cohocks but be wary of stunning Scrappers and slowing down the luring too much. If the basket area is getting overwhelmed then ignore luring until it is relatively clear.
  • Egg runners should be aware of Maws and Drizzler balloons so cannon users are protected. If egg runners see mobile bosses spawn you can wait and let them come closer.
  • Often it can be difficult to see a Maws approaching while in cannons so it is important to listen out for the sound that Maws makes as it approaches, jump out of the cannon until you find out who it is targeting. As an egg runner if you see a Maws targeting a cannon user try and splat the Maws with a splat bomb throw and then revive the player after.
  • You may have to give up on cannons to help run eggs if your egg runners are overstaying at the spawns.

Map Specific

  • Egg runners should back up when possible to allow grates bosses to come closer to the basket and allow cannon users to splat them. While waiting egg runners can throw bombs to weaken lessers and cannon users can shoot lessers.
  • Prioritise the cannon on the right. Both cannons can reach every boss but the cannon on the right facilitates luring bosses towards basket.

Avoid

  • If someone is already in cannons do not waste time by fighting over the cannons instead play your role as an egg runner. If you do take up a cannon do not constantly leave the cannon and let bosses and Cohocks pile up.
  • As an egg runner do not guard far eggs or spend too much time far away from the basket as this slows down lures and can cause problems meeting quota.
  • Cannon users should avoid splatting mobile bosses far from basket if possible.

Mothership

General Tips

  • Keep running eggs! In less experienced groups, if even a single player isn’t running eggs consistently, meeting the egg quota can become very difficult. It can become easy for players with longer range to get into a habit of doing nothing but shooting down coolers. This is only effective in very specific scenarios.
  • Split your team up to different parts of the map, to maximise the amount of coolers and eggs the team can handle. If one area isn’t covered by any player, coolers will start to pile up in that area which can cause issues.
  • Some blasters and the explosher can either clip the top of the Mothership or arch their shots on top of the Mothership for extra eggs when it is at basket.
  • As the Mothership is departing the basket and your weapon has enough range if you aim at the highest point in the centre it is possible to shoot a few more coolers.
  • Stingray is the best special for this mode, try and use Stingray when the Mothership is close to basket and ensure you aim for the top of the Mothership so you can splat coolers and damage the Mothership at the same time. Other players should look to protect the Stingray user if they need it and begin shooting the Mothership when the Stingray is about to expire so you get the maximum amount of eggs.
  • Eggs come from splatting the Chinook and not the cooler itself, this can be useful when you are slightly late to a cooler.

Map Specific

Normal Tide
  • Normal Tide has a lot of close Chinook landings on the left side and middle. Not so many on the right. Even so you can occasionally visit another side just to clear crates and prevent lesser snowballs.
High Tide
  • High Tide spawns are similar to Normal Tide, but now some Chinooks also land behind the basket. Keep an eye out for those.
Low Tide
  • Low Tide has most Chinooks land on the U-Turn of the right pathway. Any long range weapon can help immensely by focusing Chinooks in that area.

Avoid

  • When using Stingray aim for the top of the Mothership and not the hose/nozzle.
  • If it is wave 1 or 2 it may be best to Stingray the Mothership when it comes to basket the first time only if the quota can be easily met. So using 2 Stingrays may not be required and become useful in later waves.
  • Do not ignore lessers and let them pile up.
  • Do not use Stingray on the Mothership when it is far from the basket as those eggs will take a long time to run.

Grillers

General Tips

  • It is good to have one cleaner who focuses smallfry. This typically applies to most Brellas, Rollers, and Sloshers. In large numbers, Smallfries can cause massive problems during Grillers, and can stop your team from getting stuns effectively. Weapons with low damage, or rollers should especially be taking on this role.
  • If there are powerful long range weapons like splatling or charger their job is usually to focus stunning/shooting the Grillers. The other weapons can flex but be sure to help each other if smallfry are overwhelming.
  • When using slosher it is possible to arch your shots over the Griller and deal damage to the tail if you aim correctly.
  • If a pile up is occurring or the quota is struggling to be met, specials should be used. Stingray is very strong at stunning and splatting multiple Grillers if they are lined up. Inkjet can be used here and it’s often a good idea to hover over the basket with inkjet for extra elevation, safety and better angles. Splashdown is also strong at helping stun/splat Grillers and clear Smallfry.
  • Grillers can be lured away from basket to give players some time to collects eggs or clear Smallfry. This can also be used if players are getting splatted to give others time to revive them so they don’t get overwhelmed.
  • Always know where the Grillers are. Watch the red laser and who the Griller is targeting. This lets you know where the Griller plans to go, and allows you to avoid its path accordingly. If you lose track of where a Griller is, there’s a decent chance it’ll blindside you and take you out.
  • Keep stunning the Grillers! Don’t let up on the aggression towards the Griller tails and consistently shoot them. If a single Griller gets out of control on high tide, a team wipe or quota failure becomes extremely likely.

Map Specific

  • If you see targeted players in good luring positions you can position yourself ahead of where the Griller will end up and shoot the tail for a quicker stun and push quota. An example is if the Griller spawns from grates or the pier and the targeted teammate is at basket you can stand on the platform by the window next to the doorway and stun the Griller.
 
Griller Positioning

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Figure A

If a Griller spawns from the grates the player that is targeted should stand to the right of the basket so it comes from the right instead of the left. If it is the first Griller it can be splatted in the middle of the house. Later in the wave it may be difficult to adopt the same luring strategy by making Grillers come from the right side however once it gets closer move to the perch and as the Griller passes by shoot the tail. See Figure A

Figure B

If a Griller spawns from the docks the targeted player should stand behind the basket as the Griller is coming up the slope jump to the perch and the Griller will turn away exposing it’s tail for an easy stun. Alternatively behind the basket there is a thin wall that you can wall cling to and as the Griller gets closer jump off onto the perch, stun the Griller when it turns away. Only wall cling to turn the Griller do not hang there and rely on others to shoot the Griller. Wall cling to the left side of that thin wall closest to the basket otherwise the Griller may move up to the perch which you want to avoid. See Figure B

Figure C

If a Griller spawns from the pier the player it is targeting can stay at perch and as the Griller passes by shoot the tail. See Figure C

Avoid

  • Do not lure Grillers outside the house as running those eggs will take much longer.
  • Don’t be too erratic with your movement causing the Grillers to splat your teammates. It is possible to wall cling temporarily to buy some time in certain situations.
  • Do not ignore Smallfry especially if you have the strongest weapon for dealing with them.
  • When shooting the Grillers try to avoid body blocking each other’s shots by strafing or moving too much.

Fog

General Tips

  • Functions very much the same as regular Normal, High and Low Tides just with the addition of Goldies which should be lured to the basket. Try and identify them early and work on the lure while also being proactive with boss or lesser splats.
  • If you move close to the Goldie you can make it switch targets to you to help the luring process.
  • If the game is getting out of hand then don’t worry about luring Goldies and focus on quota and boss management instead.
  • As vision is impaired be on the lookout for Stingers, Flyfish and Drizzler torpedoes.

Map Specific

  • Goldie lures are fairly easy during Normal Tide. If you find a Goldie that’s managed to make it close to the doorways try to lure it if you have time. Alternatively splat it there if there are other bosses to worry about, that’s already close enough to help you get the quota.
  • Goldie lures are easy during High Tide. Don’t splat Goldies until they reach the basket. Due to the closed nature of the house when luring be sure to clear lessers and bosses.
  • Goldie lures can be difficult during Low Tide. Due to the grates and narrow paths the lanes can get busy very fast and often Goldies can be splatted behind Steelheads as you cannot see the Goldie. If the lanes are busy this is fine because it's very easy to snowball on this map so boss control is important.

Avoid

  • Do not splat Goldies far from the basket, lure them at all times unless there is a snowball.
  • Do not spend too much time at the grates as it gets overwhelmed easily and it’s difficult to escape in kid mode.
  • If teammates are stalling bosses at the bottom and there is no opportunity to lure them help splatting the bosses and avoid being inactive or spamming “This Way!”.
  • Don’t all bunch together in one area as you may miss lures or risk a snowball from the opposite side. Long range or low DPS weapons can stay near the basket.