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How to Update Splatoon 2

In this article, you'll learn how to install the update for Splatoon 2.

On 6 January 2020 a new software update for Splatoon 2 became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Additional Information:

  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s online features.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • If the console is connected to the internet, the update will download and install automatically.
  • Updating to the latest version will disable wireless matchmaking for local multiplayer with players using an earlier version.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update Details:

Click the version number below for information about the update. Each update also includes all previous updates.


Ver. 5.1.0 (Released 6 January 2020)

Changes to Multiplayer

  • Specifications for some of the main weapons have been changed.
    Weapon Change
    • Splattershot
    • Tentatek Splattershot
    • Kensa Splattershot
    • Hero Shot Replica
    • Octo Shot Replica
    • Decreased ink consumption by roughly 8%.
    • Luna Blaster
    • Luna Blaster Neo
    • Kensa Luna Blaster
    • Decreased amount of time after firing before being able to take further actions by roughly 4/60 of a second.
    • Decreased ink consumption by roughly 17%.
    • L-3 Nozzlenose
    • L-3 Nozzlenose D
    • Kensa L-3 Nozzlenose
    • Increased ink consumption by roughly 15%.
    • Reduced the effect of the Main Power Up gear ability.
    • Changed the amount of gear ability required to deal up to 33.3 damage from 1.8 times to 2.4 times the amount of the primary gear ability.
    • Each secondary gear ability is worth 0.3 of the primary gear ability.
    • Splat Charger
    • FIrefin Splat Charger
    • Kensa Charger
    • Hero Charger Replica
    • Slightly narrowed the area covered by ink droplets from fired shots.
    • Bamboozler 14 Mk I
    • Bamboozler 14 Mk II
    • Bamboozler 14 Mk III
    • Reduced the effect of the Main Power Up gear ability.
    • Changed the amount of gear ability required to deal up to 99.9 damage from 4.1 times to 4.4 times the amount of the primary gear ability.
    • Each secondary gear ability is worth 0.3 of the primary gear ability.
  • Specifications for the following special weapons have been changed.
    Special Weapon Change
    • Splashdown
    • Extended the area within which damage is dealt upward.
    • This change makes it easier to deal damage to mid-air opponents from even a moderate distance.
    • There is no change to the damage area for opponents standing near but lower than the epicenter of the blast.
    • Increased damage dealt to opponent Ballers by roughly 21%.
    • Baller
    • Decreased duration of active time from roughly 7 to roughly 6 seconds.
  • Points required for using specials have been changed for certain main weapons
    Weapon Before After
    • Tentatek Splattershot
    • Octo Shot Replica
    210 200
    • Octobrush
    • Herobrush Replica
    180 170
    • Enperry Splat Dualies
    210 200
    • L-3 Nozzlenose
    190 210
    • L-3 Nozzlenose D
    180 200
    • Bamboozler 14 Mk I
    180 200
    • Soda Slosher
    200 210
    • Tenta Camo Brella
    200 210
  • Downloading the latest update will prevent matching with players at the Shoal that are using previous update data.

    With this update we have made adjustments to the abilities of certain weapons to effectively hold the line of battle or to ink turf from afar. However, we have limited these adjustments in such a way that they should not affect weapon selection for players experienced with using these weapons.

    Following this update, we plan to consider similar adjustments for many other weapons going forward. Additionally, we will continue to watch for and analyze weapons that appear to have few or no drawbacks, and that also perform well against all other weapons.

    We plan to distribute the next update in late April 2020.


Ver. 5.0.1 (Released 10 October 2019)

  • Changes to Multiplayer
    • Fixed an issue causing players to mistakenly move forward while in mid-air during the first swing of an Ultra Stamp when pressing and holding ZR to swing the stamp repeatedly.
    • Fixed an issue allowing players to jump further than intended when jumping at a specific time while using the Ultra Stamp.
      • These changes fix the issue of players being able to enter areas of certain stages that should have been restricted for them.
    • Fixed an issue causing players with poor internet connections to not appear in the appropriate location on the screens of other players when using certain special weapons at a specific time.
    • Fixed an issue in Starfish Mainstage allowing players to gain access to the opponents' base via a specific grate when jumping while pressing and holding ZR to ink continuously with the Inkbrush or Octobrush.
    • Fixed an issue in Sturgeon Shipyard allowing players to gain access to the opponents' base via a specific grate when jumping while pressing and holding ZR to ink continuously with the Inkbrush or Octobrush.
    • Fixed an issue in Manta Maria allowing players to gain access to the opponents' base via a specific grate when jumping while pressing and holding ZR to ink continuously with the Inkbrush or Octobrush.
    • Fixed an issue in Shellendorf Institute causing players to clip into the stage terrain when moving near a certain wall.
    • Fixed an issue in Shellendorf Institute occurring in Rainmaker allowing players to clip into a specific piece of stage terrain.
    • Fixed an issue in Camp Triggerfish that had previously allowed players to gain access to an Inkrail from an unintended direction by slightly adjusting the rail’s position.
  • Other Changes
    • Play may now be limited for players if they experience frequent connection errors while waiting for remaining players to arrive after joining a Ranked Battle match lobby.

Ver. 5.0.0 (Released 31 July 2019)

  • Changes to Private Battle
    • Turf War (Splatfest) has been added to the modes available in Private Battle.
    • Selecting Turf War (Splatfest) will result in the following changes:
      • Stage music and animations will be those used during a Splatfest.
      • The 24 Shifty Station stages used in previous Splatfests will be available to select as multiplayer stages.
      • Team ink colours can be selected from among the colour combinations used in all previous Splatfests.
  • Changes to Gear
    • Splatfest Tee Replica has been added as new gear.
      • After applying the update you can acquire this gear by pressing A in front of the cardboard box that appears in Inkopolis Square.
      • The Splatfest Tee Replica differs from standard gear in the following ways:
        • As with the Splatfest Tee, the Splatfest Tee Replica’s primary gear ability is Ability Doubler.
        • Its appearance changes to match the ink colour of the player’s team.
        • While playing in Turf War (Splatfest) in Private Battle, if any player has this gear equipped, it will cause their team’s Splatfest Team Name to appear as the match is beginning.
  • Changes to Multiplayer
    • Adjusted the position of clams that appear during a match of Clam Blitz for all stages.
    • Stage terrain and object placement for the following stages has been changed.
      Stage Change
      • Shellendorf Institute
      • Stage terrain has been modified for all game modes.
        • Lowered the height of the central roof.
        • Expanded the area of the open spaces on the left and right, depending on the game mode.
        • Adjusted overall object placement.
      • New Albacore Hotel
      • Stage terrain has been modified for all game modes.
        • Increased the number of inkable walls and made access to higher areas easier from within a team’s base.
        • Adjusted overall object placement.
      • Adjusted specific object placement in Splat Zones and Tower Control game modes.
        • Changed the form factor of crates used to gain access to the centre of the stage.
    • Specifications for some of the main weapons have been changed.
      Weapon Change
      • Sploosh-o-matic
      • Neo Sploosh-o-matic
      • Sploosh-o-matic 7
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • Splattershot Jr.
      • Custom Splattershot Jr.
      • Kensa Splattershot Jr.
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • Aerospray MG
      • Aerospray RG
      • Aerospray PG
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • Splash-o-matic
      • Neo Splash-o-matic
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • Splattershot
      • Tentatek Splattershot
      • Kensa Splattershot
      • Hero Shot Replica
      • Octo Shot Replica
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • .52 Gal
      • .52 Gal Deco
      • Kensa .52 Gal
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • N-ZAP ‘85
      • N-ZAP ‘89
      • N-ZAP ‘83
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 17%.
      • Luna Blaster
      • Luna Blaster Neo
      • Kensa Luna Blaster
      • Expanded the radius within which a shot’s explosion will deal 50.0 damage by roughly 2%.
      • Squeezer
      • Foil Squeezer
      • Decreased ink consumption of first shot fired when pressing ZR by roughly 8%.
      • Carbon Roller
      • Carbon Roller Deco
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 2%.
      • Splat Roller
      • Krak-On Splat Roller
      • Kensa Splat Roller
      • Hero Roller Replica
      • Increased damage dealt to the armour surrounding a player using a Booyah Bomb by roughly 2%.
      • Flingza Roller
      • Foil Flingza Roller
      • Increased the radius of the area ink droplets can fall in when making a vertical swing by roughly 12%.
      • Classic Squiffer
      • New Squiffer
      • Fresh Squiffer
      • Increased the damage dealt by a shot just prior to being fully charged from 70.0 to 80.0.
      • Goo Tuber
      • Custom Goo Tuber
      • Increased the shot range of a fully charged shot by roughly 1%.
      • Due to the above change, shot range of all shots that aren’t fully charged has been increased by a proportionate amount.
      • Tri-Slosher
      • Tri-Slosher Nouveau
      • Decreased gaps around the hit box of the central shot (of the ink blasts fired with a shot from these weapons) to make targets easier to hit, even when angling a shot up or down.
      • Nautilus 47
      • Nautilus 79
      • Decreased shot variance when firing while on the ground by roughly 8%.
      • Dapple Dualies
      • Dapple Dualies Nouveau
      • Clear Dapple Dualies
      • Increased area of ink coverage when shots land by roughly 3%.
      • Glooga Dualies
      • Glooga Dualies Deco
      • Kensa Glooga Dualies
      • Decreased ink consumption from shots fired by roughly 6%.
      • Splattershot Pro
      • Forge Splattershot Pro
      • Kensa Splattershot Pro
      • Decreased the effect of the “Main Power Up” gear ability.
        • Changed the amount of gear ability required to deal up to 49.9 damage from 3.9 times to 4.2 times the amount of the primary gear ability.
        • Each secondary gear ability is worth 0.3 of the primary gear ability.
    • Specifications for the following special weapons have been changed.
      Special Weapon Change
      • Inkjet
      • Increased the speed of shots fired by roughly 5%.
      • Ultra Stamp
      • When swinging the hammer to smash the ground, decreased the amount of time required to complete the first swing, and the time required to raise the hammer overhead for the second swing, by roughly 2/60 of a second each.
    • Points required for using specials have been changed for certain main weapons.
      Weapon Before After
      • Splattershot
      • Hero Shot Replica
      180 170
      • Blaster
      • Hero Blaster Replica
      180 170
      • H-3 Nozzlenose
      180 170
      • Splat Roller
      • Hero Roller Replica
      180 170
      • Splat Dualies
      • Hero Dualie Replicas
      190 180
    • Fixed an issue occurring when the Sub Power Up gear ability was equipped which caused Torpedoes or Fizzy Bombs launched toward a concave corner of stage terrain to clip into that terrain.
    • Fixed an issue causing a Torpedo’s explosion to damage an opponent standing on a thin floor or platform if the torpedo hits the underside of the floor while tracking a target.
    • Fixed an issue in Inkblot Art Academy allowing players to clip inside a specific piece of stage terrain.
    • Fixed an issue in Inkblot Art Academy making a specific wall impossible to climb smoothly depending on the way it had been inked.
    • Fixed an issue in Walleye Warehouse where removing the cardboard from within a portion of one of the glass walls made visibility through the wall different for each team.
    • Fixed an issue in Walleye Warehouse allowing players who moved beneath a certain platform and then used a Splashdown special to pass through the platform and end up on top of it.
    • Fixed an issue in Arowana Mall occurring during Tower Control and Rainmaker modes allowing players to gain access to the opponent’s base via a specific Inkrail.
    • Fixed an issue in Goby Arena allowing a player who Super Jumped to an ally pressed up against a specific piece of stage terrain to clip inside it and remain there.
    • Fixed an issue in Piranha Pit causing player movement to be held up slightly when walking off a specific conveyor belt.
    • Fixed an issue in Piranha Pit occurring in Rainmaker mode allowing players to gain access to the opponent’s base via a specific Inkrail.
    • Fixed an issue in Wahoo World allowing players to clip inside a specific piece of stage terrain.
    • Fixed an issue in Wahoo World making a specific wall impossible to climb smoothly depending on the way it had been inked.
    • Fixed an issue in the Shifty Station stage, The Maze Dasher, where a portion of stage terrain differed from the version of the stage originally released previously as part of a Splatfest.
  • Changes to Salmon Run
    • Specifications for some of the main weapons have been changed.
      Weapon Change
      • Worker’s Range Blaster
      • Reduced ink consumption by roughly 8%.
      • Worker’s Carbon Roller
      • Increased the maximum damage dealt by a horizontal swing by roughly 33%.
      • Increased the maximum damage dealt by a vertical swing by roughly 14%.
      • Worker’s Octobrush
      • Increased the maximum damage done by flinging ink while swinging the brush by roughly 50%.

Version 4.9.1

  • The data for the Final Splatfest has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue causing the player to appear in an unintended location after falling into water while performing a dodge roll with a Dualie weapon equipped.
  • Downloading the latest update will prevent matching with players at the Shoal that are using previous update data.

Version 4.9.0

  • Changes to Multiplayer
    • Specifications for some of the main weapons have been changed.
      Weapon Change
      • Sploosh-o-matic
      • Neo Sploosh-o-matic
      • Sploosh-o-matic 7
      • Increased damage dealt to the umbrella portion of the following weapons by roughly 57%.
        • Ten

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