Splatoon 3 Pokémon Splatfest: Release Date, Times, Rewards, And More

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It seems like only yesterday since the last Splatfest in Splatoon 3, and here we are with Nintendo announcing plans for the next event. The first Splatfest kicked off with a bang, and players around the world are eagerly anticipating their next opportunity to come out as the top team.

To top the first Splatfest, Nintendo has revealed this event will be a Pokémon crossover, allowing fans to experience the best of both worlds for a limited time. If you’re excited about the upcoming partnership, here’s everything you need to know, including the release date, theme, and more.

Splatoon 3 Pokémon Splatfest Release Date

If you’re excited to celebrate the release of the upcoming Pokémon titles in Splatoon 3, you’ll be happy to know it begins on November 11, 2022, in the US and on November 12, 2022, in the UK – a week before the launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on Nintendo Switch.

The event will run for 48 hours before ending on November 13, 2022, in the US and on November 14, 2022, in the UK.

What’s The Theme For The Pokémon Splatfest In Splatoon 3?

As with the first Splatfest in Splatoon 3, players will choose one of three options, which will dictate the team they will be representing. Once a decision has been made, you will be locked into this choice, so pick wisely!

In regard to the theme, it’s obviously related to Pokemon, but the choice will regard which starter class you would prefer when beginning the game. As a result, here are the options:

  • Grass
  • Fire
  • Water

Of course, as we’ve mentioned, be 100% sure you’ve made the right choice before stating which class you prefer, as there’s no going back.

What Is Splatoon 3 Splatfest?

Splatoon has been incorporating Splatfest into its games for years now, and Splatoon 3 is no different. For the uninitiated, Splatfest is a limited-time event that sees you pick a team and compete against the other factions.

For the first time, Splatoon 3 has introduced a third tier, meaning the fight is about to become a lot tougher. The winning team is decided based on how many people chose that option, how many Turf War wins the team made, and player Clout, which you’ll earn depending on how much ground you manage to ink during a match.

New for Splatoon 3‘s Splatfest is the introduction of Tri-Color Turf Wars. These pit all three teams against one another in epic paint battles, and will see the leading team composed of a team of four, whilst the other two teams will be made up of two players. It may seem like a three-way battle, the smaller two teams will have to work together to emerge victorious.

You’ll also be gifted a Splatfest tee once you’ve chosen this team, but it’s only available for the duration of the event. By wearing this, you’ll be able to unlock new abilities, and while they’re not permanent, you can head to Murch just outside the lobby and pay for him to “scrub” the shirt. This will reset all the abilities, but also give you an ability chunk based on every ability you’ve gained. These chunks can then be used to upgrade an ability on your own gear.

Something else worth noting for Splatoon 3 is the addition of Conch Shells, which are available before the event starts, so long as the Splatfest booth has appeared in-game. Conch Shells are automatically earned during play and help boost your team’s score. Additionally, they can also be used to purchase items from the Shell-Out machine in the main lobby.

How Do You Join Splatoon 3 Splatfest?

Once the booth has appeared in your game and an announcement has been made that Splatfest is on the horizon, you will easily be able to do this.

Simply visit the booth manned by a jellyfish and speak to them. From here, you will be able to pick your team and begin working on becoming the top squad for Splatfest.

What Does The Winning Team Earn For Splatoon 3 Splatfest?

Nintendo hasn’t announced any specific rewards for this event, past Splatfests have gifted the winning team with Super Sea Snails for the hard-earned effort. While we assume this will also be the case here, due to the crossover event with Pokémon, there may be additional rewards.

While this doesn’t sound too exciting without any context, they’re actually extremely useful. With these items in tow, you will be able to unlock an extra sub-ability slot on your equipment, which is a huge bonus. It’s not just about earning the bragging rights, but also some meaningful rewards in the process.

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