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Turf War battles in Splatoon 3 take some practice (trust us, based on our first few weeks of play, 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.

Splatoon 3 was launched with 12 different stages as the main setting for Turf War battles - seven returning from previous games in the series, while five were brand new. This has since grown with each season, which adds more stages every few months.

The playable stages rotate every two hours, so it is a good idea to have a strong all-round knowledge of the courses 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

Returning Stages

Flounder Heights

Splatoon 3 Flounder Heights
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This stage made up the only Turf War returner to appear as a part of the Chill Season 2022 update. First appearing in Splatoon, Flounder Heights was summarised on Twitter by @SplatoonNA with the following caption and video:

Hammerhead Bridge

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The return of a classic stage, Hammerhead Bridge first appeared in Splatoon. Released at the game's launch, here's how the stage was summarised at the Splatoon 3 Direct:

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.

Humpback Pump Track

Splatoon 3 Humpback Pump Track
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This stage came as a part of the Sizzle Season 2023 update, returning to the franchise after initially making its debut in Splatoon 2.

Inkblot Art Academy

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Inkblot Art Academy made up one of the game's launch stages, returning to the franchise after first appearing in Splatoon 2.

Mahi Mahi Resort

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Yet another returning stage from Splatoon at launch. 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!


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Makomart returns to Splatoon 3 as a launch course after making its franchise debut in Splatoon 2.

Manta Maria

Splatoon 3 Manta Maria
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The Manta Maria Stage joined the Splatoon 3 mix as a part of Fresh Season 2023 after first appearing in Splatoon 2.

Museum d'Alfonsino

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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.

Sturgeon Shipyard

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A returning stage for Splatoon 3's launch pack, Sturgeon Shipyard first appeared in the franchise's second entry.

Wahoo World

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Wahoo World first appeared in Splatoon 2 and was the final returning stage in Splatoon 3's initial line-up.

New Stages

Barnacle & Dime

Splatoon 3 Barnacle & Dime
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Part of the Sizzle Season 2023 roster, the Barnacle & Dime stage sees you battling it out in the middle of a shopping mall, surrounded by water.

Brinewater Springs

Splatoon 3 Brinewater Springs
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The only original stage of the Chill Season 2022 update, Brinewater Springs initially appeared in the season's teaser trailer before being expanded on with the following tweet:

Crableg Capital

Splatoon 3 Crableg Capital
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A brand-new stage for Drizzle Season 2023, Crableg Capital sees you battling it out on a skyscraper building site. Nintendo summarised it on Twitter with the following message:

Granted, the site is still under development, but what a hot location! Smack-dab in the heart of the financial district, this new stage offers all kinds of strategic opportunities. If you're not afraid of heights!

Eeltail Alley

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A new stage for Splatoon 3 at launch, Eeltail Alley 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.

Hagglefish Market

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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...

Mincemeat Metalworks

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One of the new stages added to Splatoon 3 from launch, 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!

Scorch Gorge

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This canyon-set stage was new to Splatoon 3, joining the four other maps to make up the game's initial original stages.

Shipshape Cargo Co.

Splatoon 3 Shipshape Cargo Co.
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Added to Splatoon 3 in Drizzle Season 2023, this Manta Maria-like sees you battling it out on the high seas. You can get a brief tour of the stage in the following video from Nintendo:

Um'ami Ruins

Splatoon 3 Um'ami Ruins
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This stage was introduced as a part of Fresh Season 2023, after being originally teased way back in the Splatoon 3 Direct.

Undertow Spillway

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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.

So there you have it, every stage that you can currently find in Splatoon 3. 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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