Turf War battles in Splatoon 3 take some practice (trust us, based on our first week performances, we know this to be true). While it may take a while to get to grips with the motion controls or ink consumption, one of the easiest things that you can do to improve your game is to get an understanding of the different stages.
As the third entry in the franchise, Splatoon 3 now has 12 different stages as the main setting for Turf War battles - seven return from previous games in the series, while five are brand new. The playable stages rotate every two hours, so it is a good idea to have a good all-round knowledge of the maps so you are never caught off guard.
Below, we have assembled a list of each of the stages (old and new), letting you know where they originated as well as giving a crisp snapshot of what each looks like.
Have a read and get revising on the intricacies of your next battleground!
Splatoon 3 Stage List
This bridge connects greater Inkopolis to the Splatlands. After lots of construction work, it's finally open! Thanks to the bridge, transit to and from Greater Inkopolis is much easier.
Inkblot Art Academy
Inkblot Art Academy returns to the franchise after first appearing in Splatoon 2.
Mahi Mahi Resort
Yet another returning stage from Splatoon. Here's an official summary from the Splatoon 3 Direct:
A luxury resort in Greater Inkopolis. Pay close attention to the platforms that sink as the battle goes on. There will be more areas to ink afterwards, so don't forget to splat 'em!
Makomart returns to Splatoon 3 after making its franchise debut in Splatoon 2.
The Splatoon 3 Direct summarised this returning stage with the following information:
Battles here take place in the central courtyard of this modern museum. Take special note of the rotating wall.
A returning stage for Splatoon 3, Sturgeon Shipyard first appeared in the franchise's second entry.
Wahoo World first appeared in Splatoon 2 and is the final returning stage in Splatoon 3's initial line-up.
A new stage for Splatoon 3, the stage was introduced with the following statement on the game's official Twitter account:
Notice how the central bridge is a focal point of the action—it'll be fascinating to see what strategies emerge from this feature.
This new stage saw its debut in the Splatoon 3 Direct, where it was concisely summarised as follows:
A pier filled to the bream with vibrant street vendors. The stuff here looks fishy though...
One of the new stages added to Splatoon 3, the map was introduced by the following round-up on Twitter:
The facility was made FROM scrap metal in order to make MORE scrap metal. Also, there was a sea here that evaporated. Surely unrelated to heavy industry!
This canyon-set stage is new to Splatoon 3, joining the four other maps to make up the game's initial original stages.
Undertow Spillway's appearance in Splatoon 3 was first announced on Twitter with the following guide:
A former flood bypass that’s now used for Turf War battles! This abandoned facility is another shining example of upcycling, as the varied terrain lends itself to strategic and hard-fought skirmishes among Splatsville locals.
More To Come...
Apart from the 12 stages that came with Splatoon 3's initial release, the Direct announcement confirmed that there are more to come: 'More stages will be added in free post-launch updates.'
The announcement was accompanied by the above image, detailing two of the stages that we are likely to see come to Splatoon 3 in later updates. While both stages are currently unannounced, the left image appears to resemble Flounder Heights from Splatoon - though this title is yet to be confirmed.
So there you have it, every stage that you can currently find in Splatoon 3 as well as some that look to be added soon. We will update this guide as soon as we catch wind of new stages so be sure to keep an eye out if you want to stay ahead of your opponents with your map-specific knowledge.
What is your favourite stage in Splatoon 3 so far? Let us know your battleground bias in the comments below!
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