How to Play With Friends in Splatoon 3

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Splatoon 3 is a brilliant Nintendo Switch party game to play with friends and family. It’s fast-paced and challenging in places, yet accessible enough to make it fun enough for gamers of all experience levels.

While Splatoon 3 has arguably the best single player offering in the Splatoon series, it’s hard to deny that this game is a lot more fun with friends. There’s plenty of different ways to play, with almost every game mode having a co-op option.

To help you out with setting up some matches with your pals, here’s a quick and easy guide on how to play with friends in Splatoon 3.

It’s important to note that you’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play online matches in this game, and it’s good to make sure that your Switch is set up to show your online status to your friends.

Set Up a Private Battle in the Main Lobby

One of the simplest ways to play with friends in Splatoon 3 is to head over to the main lobby and set up a private battle, either by walking into the pod or hitting L to bring up the pre-match menu.

When you open this pre-match menu up, it’ll open on the option for regular battles. Scroll up by one, and you’ll be able to hit the private battle tab.

Once selected, you’ll be able to see if your friends are online and already in a match. If so, you can pick from your list of friends and jump straight into a game with them.

You’ll also be able to set up your own room, using the Y button to start. From here, you can pick whether you want to set a password, and whether voice chat will be accessible during the match.

After that’s all set up, you’ll be able to get stuck into the match as if it was a regular turf battle.

It’s worth noting that voice chat with Splatoon 3 requires the Nintendo Switch Online app. If that’s not something you fancy downloading, I’d recommend just using Discord if you’re not all playing in the same room.

Start a Regular Battle With Friends

While private battles can be great as they can fit up to 10 players and 2 spectators, it’s also possible to set up a standard battle with friends in the main lobby, too.

To do this, open up the pre-match menu and hit the left hand button on your D-Pad. The battles will now be set up to bring in your friends, meaning that you can play private battles, regular battles, and both anarchy battle modes.

Setting the game up in this manner instead of a private battle does mean that you can only include 2-4 players at a time, but it’s perfect for people who want a co-op experience instead of a competitive multiplayer experience.

Sign Up for a GrizzCo Shift

If it’s Salmon Run you want to play with your friends, the process is just as quick and easy.

To begin, head to GrizzCo and walk over to Mr. Grizz to start a shift.

The process here is exactly the same as the process for setting up regular battles. You can set up private jobs with friends, or use the D-Pad to switch from solo mode and enter freelancer jobs or private jobs with friends.

If you’re looking to show off your latest achievements and cosmetics to your friends, make sure to customize your Splatoon 3 Splashtag before heading into any of these games.

Check Out the Local Multiplayer Options

If you’re looking to play in a local multiplayer format, you can head to The Shoal for even more options. You can get there quickly by opening up the main menu with X and fast traveling using the drop-down menu.

When you get to The Shoal, speak to the character sitting at the main desk. You’ll be able to access a few key options here.

You can set up private battles with nearby players, where you can choose the mode, stage, and teams before getting started.

There’s also the option to set up a Salmon Run game with local players, where you can alter the stage and the hazard level.