Quick Guide

Strategy

  • Inking: Before the wave starts use that time to ink the map. Walls and areas around the basket are most important.
  • Anticipation: Before the wave starts go to basket and look where bosses are spawning from. If they are mobile bosses stay close to basket and let them come to basket.
  • Awareness: Sometimes while refilling your ink tank assess what is around you and try to manage the most dangerous bosses and work out what is the best way to fulfil the quota. Also assess your team and pinpoint their intentions based on their movements and positioning.
  • Role: Understand the weapon set and see where you can be most useful in different scenarios depending on your weapon.
  • Taking Risks: Avoid tunnelling bosses, ignoring lessers and be flexible. If something looks too risky often you can wait for a better opportunity and focus on something else in the meantime.
  • Basket eggs: If you splat a boss at basket those eggs can often be run later or left for teammates and you can focus on other bosses.
  • Snowball: This is when waves overflow with bosses and lessers. You want to avoid these as much as possible. This usually comes with experience and improved game sense. The best way to prevent snowballs is to keep up with spawn directions and splat high-threat enemies like Flyfish, Stingers, Steelheads, and Steel Eels early. Be aware of Drizzler torpedoes. If you have time based on the quota splatting Stingers or making them target you so teammates can fulfil the quota can help. Don’t be afraid to use specials, it doesn’t always have to be an ideal situation for using specials.

Mentality

  • It can be a bad habit to blame losses on teammates, bad RNG or other excuses. This can lead to lack of progression in your own play by not taking accountability. After every game, win or lose focus on your own gameplay first and analyse what you could have done better. Think back on what walls you inked and in what order, how you kept up with spawn changes, how you moved and positioned when splatting enemies and running eggs, when and where you splatted by certain bosses and when and where you used your specials.
  • You can quantify some aspects of your individual play by downloading the Nintendo Switch Online mobile application: Google Play Store or App Store and analyse statistics such as amount of boss splats, eggs run, death rate etc.
  • Don’t get too stressed as a positive mindset will help you stay focused and result in better gameplay and avoid auto-pilot/tunnelling.

Game Management

  • Flexibility: In Freelance especially be flexible in your gameplay and take responsibility for managing the game and meeting quota. Running the most eggs and splatting the most bosses doesn’t always result in wins.  Adapt to the map, composition (weapons and specials), teammates, quota, hazard level, shift RNG (wave types), wave RNG (spawn directions, bosses), and more.
  • Stay Alive: Staying alive is very important, don’t take too many risks or tunnel vision eggs/bosses. Sometimes it is best to splat a boss and ignore the eggs. There are plenty of eggs to be run during the 100 seconds so dying far away from the basket, you may not get revived after a long period causing a snowball of bosses when you are back. Play as if you are the most important player on the team, always. Prioritize yourself, even if at the cost of your team. Your safety allows you to keep splatting and therefore keep the rest of the team safe. While it may seem unintuitive should every player on the team adopt this style of thinking, having all four players evasively on threat control will mean enemies die fast, leaving plenty of time for two to three people to run eggs.
  • Specials: Do not be afraid to use specials even during Wave 1 or 2. Especially if there are many bosses or you feel the quota may not be met. Specials can be used to save yourself, prevent snowballs, cull snowballs, and patch holes in the weapon composition’s ability to deal with certain threats.
  • Luring: Lure whatever bosses you can to the basket especially bosses with quick movement such as Scrappers and Maws. Avoid splatting these bosses in particular far away from basket if possible. If a lure gets (repeatedly) broken, work with your team even if they won’t work with you. Generally, being the closest to a boss as it is spawning, moving or attacking will make it aggro you next, but there are many (many) nuances to this. Still, the closer the eggs, the less time it takes to run and the more time egg-runners spend at basket. Force your teammates into this role by performing well as a slayer and you will see success.

Weapons

  • Knowing your weapon’s capabilities is very important, always try and play to the strengths of your weapon and understand it’s weaknesses.
  • Short range: Deal a good amount of damage and have great mobility so focusing lessers or going out to far bosses is great for these weapons. Steelheads may be a problem so you may have to rely on teammates to help or put yourself in a position where you have some high ground or jump and shoot to deal some damage.
  • Mid range: Very similar to the above but Steelheads aren’t an issue so this is usually a good flex weapon.
  • Long range: Specific chargers or splatlings should try and stay near basket when possible and splat bosses using their high DPS and range if the basket area is getting crowded.
  • Rollers: Very strong at dealing with lessers as you can roll over them to clear the basket area effectively. Weak against Stingers so only go for these if nobody else is and the path is relatively clear.
  • Sloshers: One of the weakest classes, good for dealing damage to lessers if you aim upwards to maximise the slosh range and spread. Regular slosher is weak against Stingers so only go for these if nobody else is and the path is relatively clear.
  • Brushes: They have great mobility so can fulfil a similar role to short range shooters. If in trouble use the speed of brushes running to weave to safety or revive teammates. Be very aware of bomb opportunities and your ability to move on grates.
  • Brellas: If you hold ZR long enough you can release the brella shield for Splat and Tenta Brellas, good for dealing damage to a horde of lessers. The knockback and damage dealt by the canopy opening as well as its tendency to get stuck on walls can knock enemies down elevations forcing them to take long paths back.
  • Grizzco: Grizzco Charger and Grizzco Slosher are the 2 most powerful weapons in Salmon Run. Grizzco slosher deals piercing damage through any boss so maximise this, also one shot splats Flyfish if you aim for the pilot in the centre. Grizzco Slosher can one-shot a Stinger using the steep drop-off property of its shots and Grizzco Charger has many special properties such as E-Liter range, extremely high pierce, and no range/damage scaling.

Team Play

  • Helping each other is important as bosses are splatted quicker and it keeps each other alive. Certain weapons struggle against specific bosses try and identify situations where you can help in these cases.
  • If a teammate goes to splat a far Stinger and the path is busy try and help them clear a safe path. However it may be best to do this from a distance and let them splat the Stinger but you return to basket and work on basket bosses or the quota.
  • Regularly check how many teammates are alive as waves can snowball fast and having 4 players alive is important. When going to revive a teammate try not to rush or take big risks that jeopardise your own life.

Lessers

  • Lessers are categorised as Smallfry, Chum and Cohocks. Be aware of these and if you are luring bosses to the basket you can throw splat bombs from a distance to weaken or splat lessers so they don’t cause problems later.
  • One of the most difficult things to manage is splatting lessers when you are focused on splatting a boss instead. It is very easy to ignore lessers, patience can pay off if you clear lessers first and then go for the boss.
  • Chargers deal piercing damage so if lessers are lined up Chargers will deal damage to all the lessers within that line of sight and range. If chargers are struggling to splat smallfry help them out.

Bosses

  • Steelheads: If possible lure them close to the basket and splat. Long range weapons with high DPS should be aware of Steelheads. By moving close to a Steelhead it will target you, lure it if possible. If the basket area is crowded splat earlier to avoid a snowball. You can also lure them closer by being above them, either via elevation or wall-clinging. They clear enemies next to them with their burst if they are splatted, although this can fail. Steelhead bombs can be lured away from the team/high traffic areas/into water.
  • Maws: Should be lured close to basket at all times, if it is targeting you swim to the basket and then wait for it to appear. If a Maws is targeting another player and it pops up but is not splatted get close to the Maws and it will target you, now lure it to the basket. Shooting or rolling into a Maws is a valid strategy with the correct weapon (Dapples, Sploosh, Hydra, Grizzco Charger, Dynamo, combination of damage such as Splashdown + almost any other weapon). Bomb Rush is recommended if there are 3 active
  • Steel Eel: Lure close to the basket if possible. Analyse who the Steel Eel is targeting and anticipate its movement. If you are the target move in a manner that doesn’t cause the Steel Eel to coil and become very difficult to splat.
  • Scrapper: Lure close to basket, shoot the front and move so the Scrapper rear end is facing teammates so they can get the splat and you can focus other bosses. If there are several Scrappers lined up Stingray can be very useful. Scrappers chase nearby players but will target players who hit them last, so lightly tagging a Scrapper to have it follow you.
  • Stinger: Important to splat these early if possible. If multiple Stingers spawn Inkjet or Stingray should be used if the paths to them are busy with lessers and other bosses or if your weapon cannot handle them. With long range weapons you can splat Stingers, ignore the eggs and get back to basket. Using a Bomb to soften Stingers allows a lot of weapons to remove pots much faster than otherwise. Stingers target the farthest player upon spawning and stopping a firing volley. Stingers have pre-set locations that they remain (for the most part) so learning these will make it easier to Stingray them without a line of sight.
  • Flyfish: Ideally splat Flyfish when possible if it is risky then cripple the Flyfish at the bare minimum. If missiles are targeting you don’t move too erratically which may get teammates splatted also avoid bringing missiles to the basket.  Inkjet shots aimed into the canisters and Stingrays aimed at the cockpits can splat the Flyfish. Explosher can take out canisters with normal shots. Flyfish have pre-set paths and firing locations. When Flyfish fire, reticles appear on the ground where missiles try to land (unless intercepted) and a ring appears around the targeted player with indicators of where the Flyfish is firing from. Flyfish fire missiles can splat targets on walls and under ceilings if you are positioned for too long.
  • Drizzler: Can be lured close to basket if you move away from them. Anticipate which way the Drizzler torpedo and position yourself so you are able to direct the torpedo back at the Drizzler to splat it. If you wish to shoot the Drizzler directly point it away from the basket area so the rain falls elsewhere.

Specials

  • Inkjet: Best use case is for multiple Stingers or Flyfish. Also very useful if a snowball occurs as it can clear many bosses or lessers while being relatively safe. Be mobile so you don’t get splatted by missiles or rain. Inkjet can also be used to clear out Steelhead squads and stall Glowflies and Grillers with safety. See: Awesome Inkjet spots by Marty
  • Splashdown: Very useful at clearing small areas and helping reduce snowballs. Great for splatting multiple bosses such as Steelheads, Steel Eels and Scrappers just anticipate the timing.
  • Stingray: Great for splatting far Stingers that would take a teammate very long to reach and return to basket from. Position yourself safely if possible and try and line your Stingray to splat multiple bosses and lessers if possible. You can re-adjust the Stingray and your position while using the ray to stay safe as sometimes it’s not possible to get full value and that is okay. You can take out Flyfish by aiming for the cockpit. Concentrated fire can take out Steelheads as well. You can revive teammates through walls and at maximum range with this too.
  • Bomb Rush: Use to clear the basket area of lessers. If there are multiple Flyfish or Stingers close by this can be very effective to clear them and surrounding lessers. Hold the throw button to launch a Bomb very far. This can be used to safely take out far Flyfish and other such threats. Multiple Maws can be countered efficiently with this and it is good for revives.

Waves

  • Normal Tide – At the beginning of the wave see where bosses are spawning from and if they are mobile bosses lure them if possible. If there is a mix of both or only static bosses go out to the area and splat the bosses. Quota can be an issue on Normal Tide shifts so always keep an eye on quota and it may be easier to cripple far Flyfish. If you do lure bosses you can also be effective in opposite areas. Sitting and waiting can cause a snowball so try and be productive during lures.
  • High Tide – Try and stay together as you’re going to get bosses in tight spaces so slaying here is more important than luring. For high mobility weapons you will want to keep an eye on Stinger spawns and get to them quickly if possible.
  • Low Tide – Similar to Normal tide stay back and see where bosses are coming from and adopt a similar strategy as mentioned above to begin. You can utilise the space behind the basket to help you lure, use stingray or get to safety. Often it’s difficult to get the eggs after splatting far bosses so it may be best to leave those eggs and stay alive.
  • Grillers –Good to have one cleaner who focuses smallfry, this is usually for weapons with good spread, ink efficiency or mobility. If there is a powerful long range weapon like splatling or charger their job is usually to focus stunning the Grillers. The other weapons can flex but be sure to help each other if smallfry are overwhelming. Anticipate the Griller paths and lure them in straight lines. If you have enough eggs at basket but they can’t be run because of Grillers if the grillers are on you lure them away from the basket area so your team can run eggs.
  • Goldie Seeking – This is the most strategic wave of all and it is recommended to check the more detailed information provided in the Tutorials section. The general rule is to open further baskets first and if the gusher is high the goldie is close by. If the there are many gushers open use specials to clear lessers. You can also use stingray to open far gushers if required. Good rule is if you open a far gusher and it is low press Booyah! and if it is high press This Way! So your team knows where to go.
  • Goldie Rush – Staying close together is important, getting singled out alone will often lead to death. Stay close to basket and weapons with fast fire and high DPS should try and be the first line of defence. Slower weapons should stay back and shoot from a distance and prioritise shooting the Goldies. If it becomes difficult to run eggs there are certain walls you can cling too so you can lead the chum away from the basket for a short time or stay safe until you can revive your teammates. There are pre-set egg drop locations, so eggs sometimes fly to unusual places. There are ideal places to splat Goldies but it is absolutely not necessary. Stingray can spawn-kill Chum and Inkjet can stall. Splashdown deals enough damage to splat Goldies of any health.
  • Mothership – Spread yourselves so you can maximise the amount of eggs collected. If there are 2 players in the same area you can rotate so while one is running an egg the other splats coolers and when they return you run your egg. 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. Remember eggs come from splatting the Chinook and not the cooler itself, this can be useful when you are slightly late to a cooler.
  • Cohock Charge – Usually better if heavy weapons use cannons as they have slow swim speed. Cannon users should not splat mobile bosses too far from basket as it takes a long time to run those eggs, be patient. 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. It is possible to have only one cannon user however if you see them.
  • Fog – To maximise this wave’s potential do not splat Goldies far from basket, you can move close to a Goldie so it targets you and lure it. As vision is impaired be on the lookout for Stingers, Flyfish and Drizzler balloons. It can be easy to tunnel eggs when you pop 10 egg Goldies but be aware of being bunched up and potentially getting wiped. Bosses do not spawn in groups in Fog. Always be aware of where the next few enemies are coming from, because they will come from everywhere. Identify far threats by their lights (Scrappers have green headlights, Steel Eels have red).

Don’t do!

  • Guard eggs: Do not guard eggs in general but especially not ones that are far away from the basket while spamming This Way! There are plenty of eggs to be run during the wave so prioritise ones that can be run closer to basket instead of wasting precious time.
  • Mobile bosses: Mobile bosses should be brought to basket especially Maws as this is the easiest boss to splat at basket and run 3 quick eggs. Do not splat too many far away from the basket as you will have problems fulfilling the quota.
  • Waste special: Do not waste specials for no reason as they can be useful later in the wave or other waves. Saving specials especially Stingray to celebrate with after wave 3 is pointless and not appreciated by your teammates.
  • Only run eggs: If you win and run the most eggs that doesn’t exactly mean you “carried” the shift. Splatting bosses, reviving teammates and clearing lessers is just as important.
  • Spam commands: Spamming This Way! or Booyah! for no reason doesn’t help anything.
  • Getting splatted: Constantly getting splatted can hinder the objective especially if you do this far away from the basket. If you are struggling try and make safer choices and use the high ground if possible.

  • Inking: Before the wave starts use that time to ink the map. Walls and areas around the basket are most important.
  • Anticipation: Before the wave starts go to basket and look where bosses are spawning from. If they are mobile bosses stay close to basket and let them come to basket.
  • Awareness: Sometimes while refilling your ink tank assess what is around you and try to manage the most dangerous bosses and work out what is the best way to fulfil the quota. Also assess your team and pinpoint their intentions based on their movements and positioning.
  • Role: Understand the weapon set and see where you can be most useful in different scenarios depending on your weapon.
  • Taking Risks: Avoid tunnelling bosses, ignoring lessers and be flexible. If something looks too risky often you can wait for a better opportunity and focus on something else in the meantime.
  • Basket eggs: If you splat a boss at basket those eggs can often be run later or left for teammates and you can focus on other bosses.
  • Snowball: This is when waves overflow with bosses and lessers. You want to avoid these as much as possible. This usually comes with experience and improved game sense. The best way to prevent snowballs is to keep up with spawn directions and splat high-threat enemies like Flyfish, Stingers, Steelheads, and Steel Eels early. Be aware of Drizzler torpedoes. If you have time based on the quota splatting Stingers or making them target you so teammates can fulfil the quota can help. Don’t be afraid to use specials, it doesn’t always have to be an ideal situation for using specials.

  • It can be a bad habit to blame losses on teammates, bad RNG or other excuses. This can lead to lack of progression in your own play by not taking accountability. After every game, win or lose focus on your own gameplay first and analyse what you could have done better. Think back on what walls you inked and in what order, how you kept up with spawn changes, how you moved and positioned when splatting enemies and running eggs, when and where you splatted by certain bosses and when and where you used your specials.
  • You can quantify some aspects of your individual play by downloading the Nintendo Switch Online mobile application: Google Play Store or App Store and analyse statistics such as amount of boss splats, eggs run, death rate etc.
  • Don’t get too stressed as a positive mindset will help you stay focused and result in better gameplay and avoid auto-pilot/tunneling.

  • Flexibility: In Freelance especially be flexible in your gameplay and take responsibility for managing the game and meeting quota. Running the most eggs and splatting the most bosses doesn’t always result in wins.  Adapt to the map, composition (weapons and specials), teammates, quota, hazard level, shift RNG (wave types), wave RNG (spawn directions, bosses), and more.
  • Stay Alive: Staying alive is very important, don’t take too many risks or tunnel vision eggs/bosses. Sometimes it is best to splat a boss and ignore the eggs. There are plenty of eggs to be run during the 100 seconds so dying far away from the basket, you may not get revived after a long period causing a snowball of bosses when you are back. Play as if you are the most important player on the team, always. Prioritize yourself, even if at the cost of your team. Your safety allows you to keep splatting and therefore keep the rest of the team safe. While it may seem unintuitive should every player on the team adopt this style of thinking, having all four players evasively on threat control will mean enemies die fast, leaving plenty of time for two to three people to run eggs.
  • Specials: Do not be afraid to use specials even during Wave 1 or 2. Especially if there are many bosses or you feel the quota may not be met. Specials can be used to save yourself, prevent snowballs, cull snowballs, and patch holes in the weapon composition’s ability to deal with certain threats.
  • Luring: Lure whatever bosses you can to the basket especially bosses with quick movement such as Scrappers and Maws. Avoid splatting these bosses in particular far away from basket if possible. If a lure gets (repeatedly) broken, work with your team even if they won’t work with you. Generally, being the closest to a boss as it is spawning, moving or attacking will make it aggro you next, but there are many (many) nuances to this. Still, the closer the eggs, the less time it takes to run and the more time egg-runners spend at basket. Force your teammates into this role by performing well as a slayer and you will see success.

  • Knowing your weapon’s capabilities is very important, always try and play to the strengths of your weapon and understand it’s weaknesses.
  • Short range: Deal a good amount of damage and have great mobility so focusing lessers or going out to far bosses is great for these weapons. Steelheads may be a problem so you may have to rely on teammates to help or put yourself in a position where you have some high ground or jump and shoot to deal some damage.
  • Mid range: Very similar to the above but Steelheads aren’t an issue so this is usually a good flex weapon.
  • Long range: Specific chargers or splatlings should try and stay near basket when possible and splat bosses using their high DPS and range if the basket area is getting crowded.
  • Rollers: Very strong at dealing with lessers as you can roll over them to clear the basket area effectively. Weak against Stingers so only go for these if nobody else is and the path is relatively clear.
  • Sloshers: One of the weakest classes, good for dealing damage to lessers if you aim upwards to maximise the slosh range and spread. Regular slosher is weak against Stingers so only go for these if nobody else is and the path is relatively clear.
  • Brushes: They have great mobility so can fulfil a similar role to short range shooters. If in trouble use the speed of brushes running to weave to safety or revive teammates. Be very aware of bomb opportunities and your ability to move on grates.
  • Brellas: If you hold ZR long enough you can release the brella shield for Splat and Tenta Brellas, good for dealing damage to a horde of lessers. The knockback and damage dealt by the canopy opening as well as its tendency to get stuck on walls can knock enemies down elevations forcing them to take long paths back.
  • Grizzco: Grizzco Charger and Grizzco Slosher are the 2 most powerful weapons in Salmon Run. Grizzco slosher deals piercing damage through any boss so maximise this, also one shot splats Flyfish if you aim for the pilot in the centre. Grizzco Slosher can one-shot a Stinger using the steep drop-off property of its shots and Grizzco Charger has many special properties such as E-Liter range, extremely high pierce, and no range/damage scaling.

  • Helping each other is important as bosses are splatted quicker and it keeps each other alive. Certain weapons struggle against specific bosses try and identify situations where you can help in these cases.
  • If a teammate goes to splat a far Stinger and the path is busy try and help them clear a safe path. However it may be best to do this from a distance and let them splat the Stinger but you return to basket and work on basket bosses or the quota.
  • Regularly check how many teammates are alive as waves can snowball fast and having 4 players alive is important. When going to revive a teammate try not to rush or take big risks that jeopardise your own life.

  • Lessers are categorised as Smallfry, Chum and Cohocks. Be aware of these and if you are luring bosses to the basket you can throw splat bombs from a distance to weaken or splat lessers so they don’t cause problems later.
  • One of the most difficult things to manage is splatting lessers when you are focused on splatting a boss instead. It is very easy to ignore lessers, patience can pay off if you clear lessers first and then go for the boss.
  • Chargers deal piercing damage so if lessers are lined up Chargers will deal damage to all the lessers within that line of sight and range. If chargers are struggling to splat smallfry help them out.

  • Steelheads: If possible lure them close to the basket and splat. Long range weapons with high DPS should be aware of Steelheads. By moving close to a Steelhead it will target you, lure it if possible. If the basket area is crowded splat earlier to avoid a snowball. You can also lure them closer by being above them, either via elevation or wall-clinging. They clear enemies next to them with their burst if they are splatted, although this can fail. Steelhead bombs can be lured away from the team/high traffic areas/into water.
  • Maws: Should be lured close to basket at all times, if it is targeting you swim to the basket and then wait for it to appear. If a Maws is targeting another player and it pops up but is not splatted get close to the Maws and it will target you, now lure it to the basket. Shooting or rolling into a Maws is a valid strategy with the correct weapon (Dapples, Sploosh, Hydra, Grizzco Charger, Dynamo, combination of damage such as Splashdown + almost any other weapon). Bomb Rush is recommended if there are 3 active
  • Steel Eel: Lure close to the basket if possible. Analyse who the Steel Eel is targeting and anticipate its movement. If you are the target move in a manner that doesn’t cause the Steel Eel to coil and become very difficult to splat.
  • Scrapper: Lure close to basket, shoot the front and move so the Scrapper rear end is facing teammates so they can get the splat and you can focus other bosses. If there are several Scrappers lined up Stingray can be very useful. Scrappers chase nearby players but will target players who hit them last, so lightly tagging a Scrapper to have it follow you.
  • Stinger: Important to splat these early if possible. If multiple Stingers spawn Inkjet or Stingray should be used if the paths to them are busy with lessers and other bosses or if your weapon cannot handle them. With long range weapons you can splat Stingers, ignore the eggs and get back to basket. Using a Bomb to soften Stingers allows a lot of weapons to remove pots much faster than otherwise. Stingers target the farthest player upon spawning and stopping a firing volley. Stingers have pre-set locations that they remain (for the most part) so learning these will make it easier to Stingray them without a line of sight.
  • Flyfish: Ideally splat Flyfish when possible if it is risky then cripple the Flyfish at the bare minimum. If missiles are targeting you don’t move too erratically which may get teammates splatted also avoid bringing missiles to the basket.  Inkjet shots aimed into the canisters and Stingrays aimed at the cockpits can splat the Flyfish. Explosher can take out canisters with normal shots. Flyfish have pre-set paths and firing locations. When Flyfish fire, reticles appear on the ground where missiles try to land (unless intercepted) and a ring appears around the targeted player with indicators of where the Flyfish is firing from. Flyfish fire missiles can splat targets on walls and under ceilings if you are positioned for too long.
  • Drizzler: Can be lured close to basket if you move away from them. Anticipate which way the Drizzler torpedo and position yourself so you are able to direct the torpedo back at the Drizzler to splat it. If you wish to shoot the Drizzler directly point it away from the basket area so the rain falls elsewhere.

  • Inkjet: Best use case is for multiple Stingers or Flyfish. Also very useful if a snowball occurs as it can clear many bosses or lessers while being relatively safe. Be mobile so you don’t get splatted by missiles or rain. Inkjet can also be used to clear out Steelhead squads and stall Glowflies and Grillers with safety. See: Awesome Inkjet spots by Marty
  • Splashdown: Very useful at clearing small areas and helping reduce snowballs. Great for splatting multiple bosses such as Steelheads, Steel Eels and Scrappers just anticipate the timing.
  • Stingray: Great for splatting far Stingers that would take a teammate very long to reach and return to basket from. Position yourself safely if possible and try and line your Stingray to splat multiple bosses and lessers if possible. You can re-adjust the Stingray and your position while using the ray to stay safe as sometimes it’s not possible to get full value and that is okay. You can take out Flyfish by aiming for the cockpit. Concentrated fire can take out Steelheads as well. You can revive teammates through walls and at maximum range with this too.
  • Bomb Rush: Use to clear the basket area of lessers. If there are multiple Flyfish or Stingers close by this can be very effective to clear them and surrounding lessers. Hold the throw button to launch a Bomb very far. This can be used to safely take out far Flyfish and other such threats. Multiple Maws can be countered efficiently with this and it is good for revives.

  • Normal Tide – At the beginning of the wave see where bosses are spawning from and if they are mobile bosses lure them if possible. If there is a mix of both or only static bosses go out to the area and splat the bosses. Quota can be an issue on Normal Tide shifts so always keep an eye on quota and it may be easier to cripple far Flyfish. If you do lure bosses you can also be effective in opposite areas. Sitting and waiting can cause a snowball so try and be productive during lures.
  • High Tide – Try and stay together as you’re going to get bosses in tight spaces so slaying here is more important than luring. For high mobility weapons you will want to keep an eye on Stinger spawns and get to them quickly if possible.
  • Low Tide – Similar to Normal tide stay back and see where bosses are coming from and adopt a similar strategy as mentioned above to begin. You can utilise the space behind the basket to help you lure, use stingray or get to safety. Often it’s difficult to get the eggs after splatting far bosses so it may be best to leave those eggs and stay alive.
  • Grillers –Good to have one cleaner who focuses smallfry, this is usually for weapons with good spread, ink efficiency or mobility. If there is a powerful long range weapon like splatling or charger their job is usually to focus stunning the Grillers. The other weapons can flex but be sure to help each other if smallfry are overwhelming. Anticipate the Griller paths and lure them in straight lines. If you have enough eggs at basket but they can’t be run because of Grillers if the grillers are on you lure them away from the basket area so your team can run eggs.
  • Goldie Seeking – This is the most strategic wave of all and it is recommended to check the more detailed information provided in the Tutorials section. The general rule is to open further baskets first and if the gusher is high the goldie is close by. If the there are many gushers open use specials to clear lessers. You can also use stingray to open far gushers if required. Good rule is if you open a far gusher and it is low press Booyah! and if it is high press This Way! So your team knows where to go.
  • Goldie Rush – Staying close together is important, getting singled out alone will often lead to death. Stay close to basket and weapons with fast fire and high DPS should try and be the first line of defence. Slower weapons should stay back and shoot from a distance and prioritise shooting the Goldies. If it becomes difficult to run eggs there are certain walls you can cling too so you can lead the chum away from the basket for a short time or stay safe until you can revive your teammates. There are pre-set egg drop locations, so eggs sometimes fly to unusual places. There are ideal places to splat Goldies but it is absolutely not necessary. Stingray can spawn-kill Chum and Inkjet can stall. Splashdown deals enough damage to splat Goldies of any health.
  • Mothership – Spread yourselves so you can maximise the amount of eggs collected. If there are 2 players in the same area you can rotate so while one is running an egg the other splats coolers and when they return you run your egg. 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. Remember eggs come from splatting the Chinook and not the cooler itself, this can be useful when you are slightly late to a cooler.
  • Cohock Charge – Usually better if heavy weapons use cannons as they have slow swim speed. Cannon users should not splat mobile bosses too far from basket as it takes a long time to run those eggs, be patient. 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. It is possible to have only one cannon user however if you see them.
  • Fog – To maximise this wave’s potential do not splat Goldies far from basket, you can move close to a Goldie so it targets you and lure it. As vision is impaired be on the lookout for Stingers, Flyfish and Drizzler balloons. It can be easy to tunnel eggs when you pop 10 egg Goldies but be aware of being bunched up and potentially getting wiped. Bosses do not spawn in groups in Fog. Always be aware of where the next few enemies are coming from, because they will come from everywhere. Identify far threats by their lights (Scrappers have green headlights, Steel Eels have red).

  • Guard eggs: Do not guard eggs in general but especially not ones that are far away from the basket while spamming This Way! There are plenty of eggs to be run during the wave so prioritise ones that can be run closer to basket instead of wasting precious time.
  • Mobile bosses: Mobile bosses should be brought to basket especially Maws as this is the easiest boss to splat at basket and run 3 quick eggs. Do not splat too many far away from the basket as you will have problems fulfilling the quota.
  • Waste special: Do not waste specials for no reason as they can be useful later in the wave or other waves. Saving specials especially Stingray to celebrate with after wave 3 is pointless and not appreciated by your teammates.
  • Only run eggs: If you win and run the most eggs that doesn’t exactly mean you “carried” the shift. Splatting bosses, reviving teammates and clearing lessers is just as important.
  • Spam commands: Spamming This Way! or Booyah! for no reason doesn’t help anything.
  • Getting splatted: Constantly getting splatted can hinder the objective especially if you do this far away from the basket. If you are struggling try and make safer choices and use the high ground if possible.