How to Win Tableturf Battles in Splatoon 3

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Splatoon 3 has a wide variety of game modes and ways to play. While it may seem like a standard shooter at first, this game is full of puzzles, interesting stories, and creative game modes to keep players busy.

One of the most interesting modes that you can unlock in Splatoon 3 is Tableturf Battles. This game mode is a unique spin on the typical Turf Battles that you can play in the lobby, using a tabletop card game format instead of ink and weaponry.

It’s a lot of fun to play through Tableturf Battles, and there’s heaps of great rewards that you can get for winning these matches, too. It can be a little hard to know how to start, though, as it’s not immediately obvious where to go or how to get cards.

To help you master this game mode, I’ve pulled together this comprehensive guide on how to win Tableturf Battles in Splatoon 3, covering everything from unlocking the game mode and getting your first deck, to challenging other players and tips on how to win matches.

How to Unlock Tableturf Battles

To unlock Tableturf Battles, you’ll need to get to level 4 first.

This doesn’t take too long, and you can do it easily by winning Turf Battles in the lobby. There are a few ways to level up faster in Splatoon 3, though, and I’d recommend checking out the Crab-N-Go food vendor to get some helpful items to speed up the process.

Once you’ve hit level 4, you’ll be able to head to the Tableturf Dojo and start playing.

To get there, head to the main Square in Splatsville.

Then, turn left down the alleyway near The Shoal. It has a red brick wall and will usually have player graffiti on it.

Follow this alleyway through, and you’ll pop out right next to the Dojo. Speak to the NPC to begin, and you’ll get a starter deck and an introduction to the style of play.

After the intro, you’ll be able to battle against NPCs and start battles with players found around the Square who have Tableturf cards as well.

Where to Get Tableturf Cards

It’s not just the starter deck that you can get for your Tableturf card collection. There are heaps of cards to collect, each with their own perks and unique skills.

The best ways to get more Tableturf Cards in Splatoon 3 include;

  • Rolling on the Shell-Out machine for a chance at winning new decks. Remember, the first spin costs 5000 cash but the next ones rise steeply in price.
  • Playing plenty of Tableturf matches. Leveling up in the Tableturf Dojo or against other players is a great way to unlock even more cards for your collection.
  • Checking out the Hotlantis catalog. You can sometimes find cards for sale in the Hotlantis general store, although it’s worth noting that they don’t stock cards that are above a common quality level.

To unbox any new packs of cards that you get, head to the lobby terminal.

Select the ‘Get Stuff’ option and you’ll be able to see all your new cards.

You’ll also be able to unpack any other new rewards, like banners to customize your Splatoon 3 Splashtag with.

How to Build Tableturf Decks

When you start playing Tableturf Battles, you’ll get a pre-made starting deck made from the starter pack of cards. Once you’ve played a few matches and learned the mechanics, it’s worth changing this up to suit your play style.

To build a new Tableturf card deck, open up the main menu with X.

Tab over to the Status section and select Tableturf Battles from the left hand side menu, then select the Card List option.

Here, you’ll be able to check out all the cards that you own and get more information about them e.g. what quality they are. Hit the Y button to open up the deck editor.

There are 16 slots for Tableturf card decks, including the starter deck slot. Select an empty one to begin, then hit edit. You can also rename the deck, change any cosmetic card sleeves over, and copy or delete the deck in question too.

Use the A button to select cards from the menu on the right hand side and add them into your deck. You can sort the cards by number if you hit the L button, and I would advise doing this as it’s a great way to make sure you’ve got a wide variety of cards in your deck.

If you’re unsure about the cards you’ve picked, you can use X to cut individual cards or even hit the plus button to test out the deck against a particular Tableturf map. This is a great way to make sure that your decks are adaptable.

How to Challenge Players to Tableturf Battles

Once you’ve unlocked Tableturf Battles, you’ll be able to start challenging random players that you meet in the Square.

Walk up to a player, and check to see if the Tableturf icon is shown by their name. If it is, you can challenge them by hitting the A button and selecting the Tableturf Battle option.

A screen will pop up with the player’s Splashtag, their Tableturf Rank, their chosen map, and the number of possible points for that match. You can then choose whether to go forward with your challenge or not.

Challenging other players to Tableturf matches is a great way to boost your own Tableturf rank and keep things interesting while you’re on the hunt for new cards.

How to Win Tableturf Battles

As with any game mode in Splatoon 3, there’s no certain way to guarantee that you’re going to win a Tableturf match. Battling against the NPCs gets steadily tougher as you progress with the single player content, and there’s a lot of talented players out there as well.

There are some steps that you can take in order to win more matches, though. These won’t guarantee your wins, but they’ll help you get to grips with the game and outsmart your opponents a lot easier.

Read the Rules

This may sound incredibly simple, but revisiting the rules of Tableturf Battles is a great way to polish up your game and pick up a few extra points. If you’re serious about racking up wins, spend a few minutes going back over the game rules and learning more about it.

The main things that I’d encourage you to read up on are how to get Special points, the value of lower cards for end game plays, and how to rotate your card placements. These small pointers can help you play more efficiently and lead to more wins overall.

Edit Your Deck

The initial starter deck that you get when you start playing Tableturf Battles is fine and it’ll last you a while, but I’d heavily encourage you to switch up your deck regularly. This is a great way to make sure that you’ve optimized your cards, and that you’re not missing out on any new cards that you’ve picked up along the way.

In fact, I personally like to redo my deck or create a new one whenever I get a new pack of cards. This may seem excessive, but it helps me keep on top of what cards I have and makes sure that I have plenty of decks to tab in and out of when needed.

This is especially relevant if you’re getting stuck on a particular bit in the single player Tableturf campaign. Can’t seem to find the last few moves to win against a particular NPC? It might be time to change up your strategy and try out something new.

I’d suggest making sure you have an even split between high cards and low cards, to make sure that you’ve got plenty in your deck for both early game and late game.

Start in the Middle

This technique isn’t applicable for every Tableturf map, but it’s relevant for most of them and is certainly worth trying.

Try to get to the middle of the map as quickly as possible in the early stages of a match, then build up a solid defense and work backwards. Predicting where your opponent is going to move can be very tricky, but establishing a solid base to work from helps a lot.

This technique of pushing forwards quickly and working backwards helps to limit the amount of space that your opponent has, and it often pushes them to use up their Special moves.

Be Mindful of Your Opening Hand

The cards that you start a Tableturf Battle with can make all the difference. They’re randomly picked out from your chosen deck when the match begins, and you can choose whether to hold steady or redraw your opening hand.

It’s worth being mindful of what cards you’ve pulled and which ones remain in the deck, as some cards are typically more useful for early game moves and others are more suitable for the later game stages.

Check your deck before starting a match, and think about what your first play will be when you see your opening hand.

Typically, I like to use higher cards for the opening game stages and fill in the blanks with lower cards later on. It’s not a surefire way to win, but it’s certainly helped with progressing through the campaign and racking up some wins so far.

How have you been getting on with Tableturf Battles? I’d love to hear about your experiences so far, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.


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