Splatoon 3: How to Join Turf War [Quick Guide]

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

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!

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.

  • Objective: Cover the most area with your team’s ink.
  • Rewards: Winning increases catalog level, unlocking badges, splash tags, and titles.
  • Playable Characters: Inklings or Octolings.
  • Evasive Moves: Use squid roll and dive to dodge enemy ink.
  • Play Options: Join random players or invite friends for Private Battles.
  • Starting Strategy: Cover your base with ink at the beginning.
  • Support Items: Use sprinklers and fizzy bombs to refill ink faster.
  • Rank and Rewards: Winning raises your rank on the leaderboard for better rewards.

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!

When it comes to turf wars in Splatoon 3, you have the option to team up with either random players or your friends for a 4v4 battle. The objective once the match begins is to cover as much of the arena with your team’s ink as possible within a three-minute time frame.

  1. Team Up: You can either team up with random players or your friends to form two teams of four players each.
  2. Match Duration: Once the match starts, you have three minutes on the clock to achieve the goal.
  3. Cover the Arena: Your primary goal is to cover as much of the arena with your team’s ink as possible. The team that covers the most ground with their ink wins the match.
  4. Playable Characters: Before the start of the game (not the match), you can select one of two humanoid characters: Inklings (squids) or Octolings (octopuses).
  5. Evasive Maneuvers: During Turf Wars, you can perform evasive maneuvers to gain an edge over your opponents. Skills like squid rolling and diving allow you to move quickly across the map and dodge enemy ink attacks.
  6. Swimming in Ink: You can swim in your team’s ink, including vertical walls, to climb and surprise your enemies from above. However, covering a vertical wall with ink doesn’t count toward your goal.
  7. Respawning: When you get splatted (defeated by enemy ink), you’ll respawn after a few seconds. This brief respawn delay gives you a window of opportunity to paint the floor with your ink.TipsYou can always cover your turf with ink to gain points after the first spawn!
  8. How to Join: To participate in a Turf War in Splatoon 3, you can visit Splatville or join the lobby from the game’s menu.

Remember, in Turf Wars, the goal is not to defeat your opponents but to cover the arena with your team’s ink. So, work together with your team to claim victory by having the most ink-covered ground when the timer runs out.

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.

  1. Regular Battles vs. Private Battles: You have two options when entering the lobby – Regular Battles and Private Battles. Regular Battles are for playing against random players, while Private Battles allow you to play with friends. Playing Private Battles with friends is a great way to practice and improve your skills.Private BattlePlay a Private Battle with your friends!
  2. Inviting Friends: To play a Private Battle with your friends, press the “L” button on the Nintendo Switch while in the multiplayer lobby. This will allow you to invite your friends to a private match. You can either join an existing friend’s lobby or invite them to your lobby.
  3. Cover Your Base: When a match starts, it’s essential to ink your base as soon as possible. Covering your base with your team’s ink not only helps you establish control but also contributes to your overall score when the match ends.
  4. Use Support Tools: Take advantage of in-game support systems such as sprinklers and fizzy bombs. These tools can help you refill your ink quickly and efficiently, allowing you to maintain control of the battlefield.
Map
Know your map before any match!

Final Thoughts

Match
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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