How to Get Food Tickets in Splatoon 3

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Food tickets are a valuable currency in Splatoon 3, as they let you buy incredible items from the Crab-N-Go food vendor. These items can vastly improve your experience in Splatoon 3, helping out with everything from leveling up quickly to gaining more cash.

If you’ve not played Splatoon 3 before, it can be hard to know where to get food tickets in the game and which food items to go for. To help you find the tastiest snack, I’ve put together this quick and easy guide looking at everything you need to know about food tickets.

Here’s a full guide on how to get food tickets in Splatoon 3, including the location of the vendor, all the relevant methods of obtaining tickets and a few key notes on the items I’d recommend getting your hands on, too.

Play Through Hero Mode

Hero Mode refers to the main single player campaign in Splatoon 3. This mode is a lot of fun and can be a great source of loot, which includes food tickets.

One of the main ways to use Hero Mode to get food tickets is to try and progress through the stages. You’ll receive rewards and unlockables along the way, and will end up netting a decent portion of food tickets as you go. This can include completing the optional stages.

You can also work with your Smallfry to clear Fuzzy Ooze, using Power Eggs. This is another great way to get your hands on some tickets, and to pick up other goodies like cosmetics to help customize your Splashtag, too.

Try Out Salmon Run

Salmon Run is another game mode that can be a brilliant source of food tickets in Splatoon 3.

To gain access to this particular game mode, you’ll need to hit level 4 and go to GrizzCo. There are some introductory levels to help you get to grips with the play style and the bosses, but they don’t take too long to complete.

If you’re not quite level 4 yet, try hitting up some Turf War battles in the main lobby. It’s a decently quick leveling process, especially if you’re playing Splatoon 3 with friends.

Gamble on the Shell-Out Machine

This method isn’t always successful, but it’s worth trying if you have cash to spare.

The Shell-Out machine is an arcade gumball machine that you’ll be able to find in the main lobby, next to the Crab-N-Go food vendor. It costs cash to have a go on this machine, starting at 5000 for the first spin each day and then sharply increasing.

The Shell-Out Machine has a chance to reward you with any of the food tickets, along with other great items like cosmetic pieces and ability chunks.

Level Up Your Hotlantis Catalog

The Hotlantis catalog is a useful tool that’s tied to the general store in the game, known as Hotlantis. To gain access to this store and get a catalog, you’ll need to be level 4 at least.

Once you’ve got your hands on a catalog, you’ll gain catalog points after every Turf War or Anarchy Battle. Your catalog will level alongside you, although it’s worth noting that there are no XP boosts or upgrade items to speed up this process.

As your Hotlantis catalog levels up, you’ll get a new item as a reward for each new level. Sometimes, this can be a food ticket.

If you’re not sure about what the next level reward is for your catalog, open up the main menu with X, tab over to the status section, and select the catalog option. It’ll show you the next few level rewards.

Where to Find the Crab-N-Go Vendor

If you’ve not been to the Crab-N-Go Vendor before, you’ll be able to find it in the main lobby next to the Shell-Out machine and the vending machines.

There’s a whole host of items to try out here. The food items that the vendor sells include:

  • Crab Trap Sandwich (This increases your battle cash by 50%)
  • Commercial Crab Trap Sandwich (This one doubles your battle cash)
  • The Pescatariat ( This one increases the XP you earn in battles by 50%)
  • The Pescatariat Royale (This item doubles your battle XP)
  • Mega Mountain a la Marigold (This generous item doubles battle cash for everyone in your team)
  • Marigold’s Garden Greens ( This one doubles the XP earned in battle for everyone in your team)

If you’re new to the game and you’re looking to hit the ground running in multiplayer, I would recommend getting the Pescatariat Royale to help you level up quickly. Leveling up fast means you’ll be able to access all of the game modes.

There are plenty of handy drink options available in the next tab, too. These items help with leveling your gear up quickly, and can help it receive a specific ability when it levels. I’ve included the relevant ability next to each name:

  • Main Mega Pucker-Up (Main Ink Saver)
  • Sub Berry Blaster Blitz (Sub Ink Saver)
  • Ink-Well Chiller (Ink Recovery Up)
  • Speedy Gazpacho (Run Speed Up)
  • Cherry Apple Fizz (Swim Speed Up)
  • Ma’s Special Blend (Special Charge Up)
  • Salty Melon Special (Special Saver)
  • Smoothie Especial (Special Power Up)
  • Matcha Reviver (Quick Respawn)
  • Citrus Hip-Hopper (Quick Super Jump)
  • Super Sub Juicer (Sub Power Up)
  • Stompin’ Grape (Ink Resistance Up)
  • Sub Lime (Sub Resistance Up)
  • Actionberry Twist (Intensify Action)

My personal recommendations are to opt for the items that help with ink resistance and move speed abilities, as these are useful no matter which map or mode it is that you’re playing with. They’re also both useful for PVP and PVE content.