Splatoon 3 Conch Shells: How To Get And Use

Splatoon 3 conch shell
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Splatoon 3 conch shells are unique and interesting items that players can acquire over the course of playing the game. This item type is new to the Splatoon franchise and, while it might not be incredibly obvious how to get them or what their uses are, they can actually be quite valuable to players who uncover them. Here’s everything players need to know about how to get and use conch shells in Splatoon 3.

How To Get Splatoon 3 Conch Shells

The Shell-Out Machine, where players can spend Conch shells in Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 conch shells are exclusively available during a period of time known as the Splatfest Sneak Peek. A Splatfest Sneak Peak begins after a Splatfest theme is announced and lasts until that Splatfest officially begins. After picking a team for the Splatfest, players will be eligible to receive conch shells.

The only way players can obtain conch shells is by raising the level of their in-game catalog. In turn, there are two main methods for raising the catalog level. The first method is simply to participate in online battles. Players can also raise their catalog level by taking on shifts in Splatoon 3 Salmon Run Next Wave.

Splatoon 3 Conch Shells: How To Use Them

An Inkling next to a decorate Splatoon 3 locker

By collecting conch shells, players can earn points for their team in Splatoon 3 Splatfests. Since the conch shell count is its own category when it comes to scoring Splatfests, collecting these items allows players to contribute points to their team’s score even if they don’t actually play any matches during the Splatfest. Players also do not need to worry about taking extra steps to earn these points, since their conch shells will automatically be accounted for.

Meanwhile, conch shells also function as an in-game currency that players can spend at the Shell-Out Machine. There, players can purchase cosmetic items that they can then use to decorate their lockers or Splashtags. Notably, spent conch shells will still count toward the Splatfest score. However, the conch shells disappear once the Splatfest is over. As a result, players will have a limited window to actually spend their conch shells at the Shell-Out Machine.

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