Everything announced in the latest Splatoon 3 trailer – new weapons, photo mode and 3-player Territory Wars

Nintendo’s August Splatoon 3 Direct was jam-packed (or should it be ink-filled?) with new stuff, announcements, previews, and more for the upcoming splatter shooter, and if you’ve got it missed – or just need a refresher on what was announced – then we’ve got you covered, little squid!

Here’s the VOD stream in case you missed it:

Now let’s get to this delicious new content!

Everything is announced in The Splatoon 3 August Direct

photo mode

Players can now enter photo mode to take snapshots of their characters and the environment. These photos can be shared on social media, sent to friends or used as decor in the customizable lockers.

New technics

Influx of squid

Players can use Squid Surge to quickly ascend walls in a single burst.

Squid roll

A technique designed for quick 180 turns, the Squid Roll also includes a brief i-frame that pushes ink away when the character glows.

New Battle Stages

New stops include Eeltail Alley, Scorch Gorge, Mincemeat Metalworks, and Undertow Spillway. There are 12 stages available at launch, including some that are returning, but more stages will be added in post-launch updates.

New weapons

Regular weapons

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The Tri-Stringer

An arc-shaped weapon that can fire in three directions at once, with the ability to fire charged shots that freeze and then explode.

The Splatana wiper

Part katana, part windshield wiper, the Splatana Wiper is a long-range weapon that can shoot ink in wide arcs using centrifugal force. Charge it to release vertical slices that can help squid kids swim up walls easily.

Special weapons

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The Tacticooler

A vending machine that provides up to four players with in-game drinks to boost their stats and abilities. Drop it at the start of a match for a tactical advantage!

The Reefglider

A shark pool float that zooms around the arena, blasting the enemy with ink.

The wave breaker

A tactical post that releases waves of energy, identifying enemy positions and dealing damage to them. You can jump over the waves to avoid it!

Return content


  • Alfonsino Museum
  • Hammerhead Shark Bridge
  • Mahi Mahi Resort


  • Tenta Missiles
  • Inkjet
  • ink storm
  • Ultra Stamp
  • Booyah Bomb

New and returning amiibo

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Three new amiibo will be released this winter:

  • Idea (yellow) – $15.99
  • Octoling (Blue) – $15.99
  • Small fries – $15.99

The amiibo can be scanned to access exclusive gear, take pictures with them, and save your character’s gear combinations to Fresh Fits.

Select Splatoon 2 amiibo will restock alongside the new ones:

  • Set of 2 Callie and Marie – $24.99
  • Set of 2 pearls and marina – $24.99

deep cut

Replacing Splatoon 2’s Splatsville hosts Marina and Pearl are a new trio (yes, trio) Deep Cut: Frye, Shiver and Big Man, who is a stingray. They’re still musicians, so expect to see them perform some of the new music in Splatoon 3, like Anarchy Rainbow. Their music seems decidedly more festival-themed than the poppy and hip-hop stuff of previous games.

splash party

Splatfest returns on August 27, two weeks before Splatoon 3 launches on September 9. Instead of two sides, this time there will be three…

Three Player Territory Wars

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Nintendo seems to have run out of bilateral battles to pit Splatoon players against each other, as the new Turf Wars gimmick in Splatoon 3 is three-sided battles. Turf Wars will now be split into two halves: the first consists of regular 4v4 battles between the three teams, which determine who starts from the center of the map in the second half, where the three teams will face off in the Tricolor Turf . War battle in match 4-v-2-v-2.

The first Turf War, part of the August 27 Splatfest, will allow players to choose between Rock (Shiver’s team), Paper (Frye’s team), and Scissors (Big Man’s team).

Customizable splashtags and lockers

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Many online multiplayer games have some sort of customizable badge system to show off your colors, and now Splatoon 3 is getting in on it with Splashtags. These appear before a match and can be customized with a title (like Animal Crossing: New Horizons titles), background, and badge. You can also change the emote your character does when winning a match.

Your locker, which will appear in the lobby of players you’ve recently played with, can also be customized to display weapons, items, photos, and more. You can also change the color of the locker.

Customization options will appear in the Hotlantis catalog, which will feature new items on a regular, seasonal basis every three months for the next two years.

SplatNet 3 app

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Splatoon 3 is getting a companion app, called SplatNet 3. It’s accessible through the Nintendo Switch Online app on your phone, which you’ll need a subscription for.

SplatNet 3 will give you access to the Battle Archive, unique app-only gear, and something called Crusty Sean’s Wandercrust, which appears to be the ability to fund Crusty Sean’s hiking trip using inked points earned by gaining territory in combat.

New mini-game: Battleturf Battle

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A new mode in Splatoon 3, where players can drop ink for cards. Tabletturf Battle is a competitive 1v1 game where cards are played to “ink” a grid-based battlefield, with over 150 cards to collect.

anarchy battles

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Anarchy Battles is the new name for Splatoon 2’s Ranked Battle mode. The four rotating “rules” – Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker, and Clam Blitz – are back, and players will be able to compete for top rankings in these blast-based explosions. objectives.

If you are looking to play with friends, you can join Anarchy Battle (Open). But, if you plan to go it alone, there’s also Anarchy Battle (Series).

Lobby ghosts and training dummies

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You can now see your friends in the lobby as ghosts, allowing you to join their matches, watch what they’re up to, and play with them before a match starts. There’s also a practice area in the lobby, which you and your ghost friends can use to test out weapons and tactics beforehand.

The lobby also allows you to replay recent battles with the Memory Player. You can fast forward, switch character views, and send clips to friends.

Post-launch updates

The catalog of customization options for lockers and splashtags will be released every three months from launch for two years and is available for free to all players. New weapons will be added at the same time.

New stages will also be added to the 12 available at launch.

Other planned updates include X Battle and League Battle, which allow high-ranked players to compete against other players that match their abilities.

Downloadable content

Although we don’t have specifics, Nintendo is planning “large-scale paid DLC” in the future.

Miiverse is coming back (sort of)

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Splatoon 3 will give players the ability to draw little cartoons (or write words or post memes) and make them visible in Splatsville for other players…just like Miiverse did. And this time you can also make vertical art!

salmon race

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Up to four players can battle salmonids in the Salmon Run mode, which can now be played whenever you want.

Salmonid bosses have been added, such as Slammin’ Lid and Big Shot, and a super giant King Salmonid called Cohozuna, which can spawn at the end of a match. Players can defeat this big boy using the new Egg Cannon, which fires golden eggs to deal massive damage.

The Splatoon 3 Direct also promised a new mode called Big Runs in the future, which sees salmonids invading Splatsvile itself…

Story Mode: Return of the Mammals

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The single-player story mode is perfect for new players to learn about the Ink Ropes, and it’s about the Octarian Army, a group of weird, hairy fish. You play as the New Squidbeak Splatoon’s newest recruit, Agent 3, tasked with uncovering Alterna’s secrets, the Fuzzy Ooze.

That’s all for now, but check back with us for all the Splatoon 3 news as it comes. If you’re already sold on Splatoon 3 and/or the amiibo, be sure to check out our pre-order guide:

And if you missed the stream, you can read our live blog while watching the video and it will be as if you were there:

What was your favorite Splatoon 3 Direct announcement today? Tell us in the comments!

Jack C. Nugent