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5 Things You Need to Know About Splatoon 3’s Splatfest

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Splatoon 3's Splatfest is a sensationally splat-filled event. Pitting the player base of Splatoon games against each other based on an answer to a series of questions. Splatfest manages to make the most of its time for this limited-time event. While it may be recurring throughout the lifetime of the Splatoon series. Splatfests have garnered much attention from a very avid player base. With the third iteration in the Splatoon series, Splatfests seems to have gained the most attention from the players of the game.


What is Splatfest?

Taking place over the course of a few weeks, Splatfests have become a series staple. At the beginning of the event, players will participate in 4v4 Turf War Battles. The winners of which will go on to achieve victory in the first half of the Splatfest. It is after this that the players will reach Halftime. Halftime in Splatoon 3 is marked by players breaking up into three teams for the Tri-Color Challenge. This mode is a 4v2v2 game mode. The two teams that are facing the victorious team are picked at random.

Players are competing to earn Conch Shells for their faction. These Conch Shells serve as a way to track which team is in the lead overall. This lends itself toward comradery among players as well as animosity amongst enemies. The players seeking to earn the most for their faction will be able to do so by competing in various Online Battles. There is also the Shell-Out Machine that can be accessed through the multiplayer lobby. The teams which you pick from for each respective Splatfest as chosen by three different answers to a question breaking the player base into three teams.


When Do Splatfests Take Place?

Splatfests take place at various times during the lifecycle of each Splatoon game. In Splatoon 3, the first Splatfest was held on September 23rd, 2022, till September 25th, 2022. Players seeking to swag out their inklings will find it easier to do so within this time period. Simply playing for the team, you have pledged your ink to will offer a chance to level up as well as help the overall goal. Players are to be choosey about who they side with as this is a permanent decision within each respective Splatfest.

This is not strictly a numbers game however, in certain cases where players of a team shine above the competition, teams with fewer players can win. This cannot be easily accomplished, however, and takes a lot of coordination and consistent victory. Players who happen to choose an alliance that is lacking, however, will be glad to know that there exists a catch-up mechanic. This catchup mechanic takes place during the Halftime of the event and allows struggling teams to catch up. After which, players will be able to compete in a Tri-Color Turf War in which the three factions will do battle. Doing so and achieving victory for your team will net your team a lot of Conch Shells, a currency that is used for each respective team.


How to Help your Team Win Splatfests

Helping your team win in whichever Splatfest you are taking part in is rather simple. This can be achieved by winning matches. Winning matches for your specific faction will result in winning the Splatfest for that season. Players can obtain Conch Shells to use as currency for winning through the Turf Wars and other modes they take part in. Conch shells practically act as an overall score for each faction. Therefore if you represent your faction well, then you will be victorious in the overall standings.

There are many tips one can apply from regular play to utilize for Splatfests. Namely, Playing the objective, Painting the Field, and knowing how to frag enemies. Knowing your class and playstyle will surely help with this. Playing the objective in Splatoon requires great team communication and synergy. Whether it is helping a teammate out in a team fight or giving them supplies via your abilities. Painting the field is vital to your team's victory. Regardless of which weapon you choose to wield, using it to cover the field is instrumental to your victory in Splatoon 3. Fragging enemies is also very helpful in that it keeps your opponents from being able to cover the field in their ink.


What are the Rewards for Splatfests?

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Players that seek to gain rewards from their play during Splatfest need to look no further. Super Sea Snails are your ultimate goal. Relinquished to the player at the end of the Splatfest, these can be spent by going to Murch following the end of the Splatfest. Doing so will obtain the victorious team more Super Sea Snails than the other teams. These can be used to reassign abilities to specific pieces of gear. This is the ultimate goal of Splatfest, as it serves to progress the player in a way that they would otherwise be unable to.

Another reason to participate in these Splatfests is strictly for the bragging rights of being in the faction that is victorious over the others. As some gamers that are competitive are sure to find out, this can get more serious than it appears. All of this is serving the greater purpose of dripping out your character. As the Splatoon fanbase is constantly tweaking every bit of its aesthetic, this is sure to be popular among fans.


How to Sign Up for Splatfest

Now in closing, the most important tidbit. How to Sign up for Splatfest, this can be achieved by speaking with the person in the pledge box in Splatsville plaza. Doing so will require players to make their decision as to which faction they want to play for. In the most recent Splatfest, the questions are what would you bring to a deserted island? These are divided into Team Gear, who would bring gear; Team Grub, who will bring food; and last but not least, Team Fun bringing the whimsy to the island. Which side will you choose, and who will emerge victorious? Are you going to participate in the upcoming Splatfest? Let us know

So, what do you think of our Splatfest tips? Do you agree with our top five picks? Are there any games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.   

Jessica is a resident otaku and Genshin-obsessed writer. Jess is an industry veteran who takes pride in working with JRPG and indie developers. Along with gaming, you can find them collecting anime figures and having too much faith in Isekai anime.