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Salmon Run: The Ultimate Guide

Everything you need to know about the basics, enemies, events and more.

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    Overview
    Waves
    Objective
    Completion/failure
    Revival
    Weapons
    Ink tank/special packets
    Ranks
    Rewards


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    Salmonids are the main enemies in Salmon Run. There are 4 different types.

    • Chums: The most common enemy. Will chase and attack the nearest player with their frying pan.
    • Cohocks: Chums that are larger, slower, sturdier and more powerful.
    • Smallfry: Chums that are smaller, faster and weaker.
    • Snatchers: Blue-haired Chums that do not attack, but steal Gold Eggs left on the ground and run away.

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    Boss Salmonids are special, powerful Salmonids that give 3 [​IMG] Golden Eggs when defeated. There are 7 different types to be encountered during a standard wave.
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    Flyfish are flying Boss Salmonids that will hover around, then stop, before locking onto two players and firing Tentamissiles at them.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Toss a bomb into each open crate when the Flyfish stops to fire.
    You can also Sting Ray its center or fire cannons into its crates.

    • It is possible to take one out in one go on your own.
    • Help teammates and stand to one side to make it obvious which side you'll be throwing your bomb to.
    • Alternatively, wait for your teammates to throw their bombs first to ensure both crates are destroyed.
    • Sting Rays are very useful to kill Flyfish from afar; aim for their center, the only vulnerable part.
    • Bomb Rush can also be used to kill one quickly in a pinch.
    • Watch out for its exhaust!
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    Stingers are Boss Salmonids sitting atop a tower of pots who fire accurate Sting Rays.

    HOW TO KILL:

    Shoot the pots until the Salmonid on top falls onto the fire at the bottom.

    • Blasters and rapid-fire weapons are best suited for taking these out.
    • Stingers lock their ray onto one person at a time.
    • They always stay at the edges of the map, meaning you may have to go out of your way to get them.
    • Sting Rays are good at taking these out from afar.
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    Steelheads are armored Boss Salmonids who toss large bombs from their heads; the bomb is their only vulnerable point.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Shoot the bomb while on its head.
    • Any damage you deal to a Steelhead's bomb is retained even after it throws it.
    • Chargers, Splatlings and Sloshers are best suited for killing these.
    • Since they move slowly, they can be considered low-priority targets.
    • Steelheads cannot damage a player very close to it.
    • They aim their bomb at the closest target.
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    Drizzlers are Boss Salmonids with indestructible umbrellas they use to fly from point to point. While landed, they fire a missile that creates an Ink Storm, becoming vulnerable after doing so.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Reflect the missile it fires back onto itself.
    Shoot it while it's exposed.

    • The most efficient way to kill a Drizzler is by reflecting the missile it fires; this kills it instantly and neutralizes the missile. To do this, the missile and Drizzler must be lined up in your view.
    • They are vulnerable in 2 positions: 1) after shooting a missile, and 2) from underneath while flying.
    • Even if you can't reflect a missile, it's always good to shoot one away and prevent a storm.

    Reflecting the Drizzler's missile.
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    Scrappers are Boss Salmonids that drive in armored cars. They can be temporarily stopped, fully stopped, and shot from behind.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Shoot its vulnerable back .
    • To kill a Scrapper solo, shoot its front until the car breaks down, then move to its back and shoot.
    • You can also have one teammate keep it stopped in front while another shoots its back.
    • Scrappers often come in groups, so be careful.
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    Maws are Boss Salmonids that swim under the ink, visible by their bobber. When near a player, the Maws will stop, a green ring will appear, and then it will jump up and eat any players atop it.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Toss a bomb onto the green ring that appears before it surfaces.
    Not recommended: Shoot the Maws when it surfaces.

    • Maws are most easily killed by throwing a bomb onto its green ring; shooting it when it surfaces will take much more time since it's so sturdy.
    • If it's following you, try to lure it as close to the basket as possible before killing it for easy egg delivery.
    • It is sometimes possible to escape its jaws in the air by holding the control stick away.
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    Steel Eels are Boss Salmonids piloted from the tail, with a damaging steel head and ink raining down from its back.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Shoot its tail.
    • If it's following you, try to go for its tail in a wide loop so you don't get tangled up in it.
    • Steel Eels follow one person at a time.
    Event-specific enemies will be included in the next section.


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    There are 3 different possible water levels in Salmon Run.
    At the beginning of each wave, check the bottom of the screen - the height of the black waves will indicate the tide.
    • Low Tide: A large area of land normally underwater will become exposed and the egg basket will move to it. Cohock Charge is available only in this tide.
    • Mid Tide: The normal amount of land will be available.
    • High Tide: Only a small amount of land will be available. Be careful!
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    A thick fog will cover the area, decreasing visibility. A special Boss Salmonid, the Goldie, appears in this event. Any tide.

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    Goldies are golden Chums that are faster, stronger and sturdier. They also get faster the more damaged they are.
    • "This way!" becomes even more crucial in this event; use it when you find a group of bosses or [​IMG] Golden Eggs.
    • Don't forget that Goldies are more dangerous than regular Chums.
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    Two cannons will appear, along with a swarm of Cohocks and bosses. Low Tide only.
    • Swim into the cannon and use ZR to fire powerful, long-distance shots and take out numerous enemies from afar.
    • Have weapons with poor mobility (Chargers, Dynamos, etc.) take the cannons so faster teammates and go in and grab the eggs.
    • If you are in the cannon, watch out for bosses, especially Flyfish and Maws, which can easily go unnoticed.
    • You can kill Flyfish from a cannon by shooting into their open crates.
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    A large ship will appear in the sky, and Salmonids carrying crates will float down. Shoot airborne crates to get a [​IMG] Golden Egg. When the Mothership descends to the egg basket, shoot and repel it before it can steal your eggs. Any tide.
    • Shooting as many crates as you can is beneficial here (while fulfilling quota, of course); shooting ones that have already hit the ground prevents Chums and Cohocks from coming out and overwhelming the area.
    • Pay attention to Mr. Grizz; he will tell you when the Mothership is descending.
    • Shooting the Mothership as it descends will cause [​IMG] Golden Eggs to fall from it; long-ranged weapons, especially Splatlings, are great for this. You can also use a Sting Ray.
    • Very short-ranged weapons such as the Sploosh and Inkbrush generally shouldn't even bother to try and repel the Mothership; stick to destroying crates and delivering eggs.
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    Gushers will appear around the area, a Goldie hiding in one of them. Shoot the correct gusher to find it. Mid/High Tide.
    • Your team should fan out as soon as this event begins.
    • The closer you are to the Goldie, the taller and brighter the gushers will be; use this like hot-and-cold to find it.
    • As soon as you find the Goldie, call "This way!".
    • Having two teammates chase and shoot the Goldie while the other two defend the dropped eggs from Snatchers tends to work well.
    • Try to deliver all the eggs the Goldie drops in one chase; if you can do this, it should only take 2 finds to fill quota.
    • Minimalizing the amount of gushers opened is key; if the first gusher you open is low and dull, go far in the opposite direction and search; don't open any gushers after the Goldie is found.
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    A swarm of Glowflies will surround one player at a time, drawing a mad rush of rabid Chums to that player. The player they surround switches often. Goldies can be found among the rush. Mid/High Tide.
    • Stick together during this event! Best near the basket.
    • Watch out; red-eyed Chums are much faster and more dangerous than normal.
    • The [​IMG] Golden Eggs from the Goldies you kill will spread further than usual; often it's not worth it to retrieve ones that fall far out of reach.
    • If you need to retrieve a faraway egg, it's best to do it right as the Glowflies switch onto someone else, so they don't switch onto you while you're astray.
    • Rollers are amazing for mowing down Chums here.
    • DO NOT go out to retrieve eggs if you have the Glowflies! Stay near the basket.
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    The deadly Griller Boss Salmonid only appears in this event, locking onto and chasing one player at a time. Along with them come swarms of Smallfry. Later, multiple Grillers can appear. Kill the Grillers to retrieve [​IMG] Golden Eggs. Mid/High Tide.

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    Grillers are large, fast, Flooder-like enemies that lock onto and chase one player. Getting run over by one is an instant splat.

    HOW TO KILL:
    Shoot the vulnerable tail near the top to stun it, then shoot the exposed weak points to kill it.
    • Teamwork is key in this event.
    • If the Griller is on you, try to find a location high and far away from it, so your team has plenty of time to shoot it before it reaches you.
    • You can also lead the Griller back and forth by repeatedly swimming back and forth over a ledge.
    • Smallfry are deadly here, but only shoot them if they are directly impeding you killing the Griller.
    • Rollers are very well suited to getting rid of Smallfry.
    • Accurate Chargers and Splatlings are great for quickly stunning.
    • A full team is very important, so try to revive dead teammates quickly.
    • Inkjets can be used to evade and shoot Grillers; Sting Rays can also be used to kill them, but can be risky should the Griller lock onto you.

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    Thank you for reading! Happy splatting!!

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Recent Reviews

  1. Squidify
    Squidify
    5/5,
    A perfect guide for all leveled players!
  2. MotorGamer
    MotorGamer
    5/5,
    Good guide in general with tons of info
  3. ThatOneGuy
    ThatOneGuy
    5/5,
    Very well organized, with a visually pleasing layout. The guide also details about every possible wave, for a second, I thought this was the Grizzco Employee Handbook. Great Guide.
  4. Sun
    Sun
    4/5,
    Very informative, detailing all the possible scenarios that could happen during a shift, as well as providing methods for defeating bosses.
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