Splatoon 3: How to Join Turf War [SOLVED]

In this guide, we'll show you how you can play with your friends and random players online through turf wars.

Splatoon 3 How to Join Turf War

So you just got back from the store with a brand new Splatoon 3 game disc, and you can’t figure out a way to play multiplayer mode. As you already know from our guide’s name, we’ll teach you how to join a turf war in Splatoon 3!

Key Takeaways

  • Turf War is the multiplayer mode in Splatoon 3, where four players on each team battle to cover the most area with their ink.
  • Winning Turf Wars can increase your catalog level, unlocking new rewards like badges, splash tags, and titles.
  • Inklings and Octolings are the playable characters in Turf War, and you can perform evasive maneuvers like squid roll and dive to dodge incoming enemy ink.
  • You can join Turf Wars with random players or invite your friends for Private Battles through the lobby menu.
  • To win in Turf War, it’s essential to cover your base with ink at the beginning of the match and use in-game support items like sprinklers and fizzy bombs to refill ink faster.
  • Winning Turf Wars will increase your rank on the leaderboard and earn you more rewards.

Not only can you play against random people, but you also have the option to join turf wars with your friends! That’s one of the reasons that make Splatoon 3 fun to play.

Multiplayer mode is called a turf war, and it’s a fight between four players on both sides of the team. Defeating the opposing team comes with a reward. You can increase your catalog by winning turf wars and, in return, get more rewards for reaching higher catalog levels.

The rewards I’m talking about are exciting new badges, splash tags, titles, and more! There are a hundred catalog levels you can clear, and it takes three months for them to update. With that amount of time on your hands, you’ll have no problem reaching the catalog level cap!

If you don’t know how to change your banners, splash tags, and titles, we already have a detailed guide on How to Change Banners in Splatoon 3.

How to Join Turf War In Splatoon 3

Regular Battle
Play a Regular Battle with random players!

As we spoke about turf wars, you can either team up with randoms or your friends to partake in a 4v4 battle. Your goal, once the match starts, is to cover as much of the arena with your ink as possible. You have three minutes on the clock to reach the goal before the timer runs out. 

The team with the highest ground covered with ink wins the match. The game offers two humanoid characters that you can select before the start of the game, not the match!

These playable characters are known as Inklings and Octolings. Both are fun to play with, but if you regret choosing the wrong character, you can read our Splatoon 3 How to Change Character guide. Inklings are squids, and Octolings are an octopus.

You can also perform evasive maneuvers during turf wars to get an edge over your opponents. Furthermore, skills like squid roll and dive can help you travel faster across the map and also let you dodge incoming enemy ink!

You can always cover your turf with ink to gain points after the first spawn!

The dive lets you swim in your ink and across vertical walls to climb and surprise your enemies from above. Remember, your goal is to cover the arena with your ink. However, hitting a vertical wall does not count. Moreover, you can also aim toward the enemy and have them respawn a few seconds later.

That gives you a few seconds of a window of opportunity to paint the floor with ink. To join a turf war in Splatoon 3, you can visit Splatville or join the lobby from the menu.

Invite Friends

Entering from either lobby will give you two options; Regular and Private battles. If you want to play against random players, then you can click on Regular Battles.

I’d suggest playing Private battles with your friends because it gives you a lot of room to practice and improve your game.

Private Battle
Play a Private Battle with your friends!

Press L on the Nintendo Switch while in the multiplayer lobby to invite your friends to a private match. Once the main menu pops up, you’ll notice two squid icons. Clicking on them will have you invite available friends in your lobby and play a “With Friends” match.

You can choose to join an existing friend’s lobby by following the same method or invite them over to your lobby. Here are a few tips you can use to win any turf war!

Know your map before any match!

You should ink your base as soon as possible when you spawn in the arena when a match starts. It will help you cover the floor with your ink and count as a score when the clock runs out.

Many players make the mistake of ignoring their base and covering the enemy ground with ink. Use the in-game support system to your advantage. For instance, sprinklers and fizzy bombs help you refill ink much faster!

Final Thoughts

Enjoy playing turf wars!

Winning turf wars will rank you on the leaderboards and reward you with exciting items such as splash tags, titles, badges, and more.

Showing higher on the leaderboards will pose a threat to anyone unlucky to be on the other side of the team.

Why do you think that? It’s because owning unique and exciting splash tags and titles will provoke the enemy, and you’ll be recognized as a professional player.

Aside from that, character customization also plays a huge role in Splatoon 3. If you don’t know how to change your skin or customize your character to stand out, you can check out our guide on How to Change Skin Color in Splatoon 3!

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