Nintendo is revealing the weapon loadouts and map rotation for tomorrow’s free Splatoon 2 multiplayer Splatfest demo. With the Splatfest lasting only four short hours, preparation is key for Splatoon 2 fans who want to make the most of the event. Splatoon 2‘s launch is still a week away after all, so every Splatfest hour matters all the more. Just one missed match might make the difference between Pearl’s Cake winning or losing to Marina’s Ice Cream.
Saturday’s Splatfest will feature two two-hour blocks, each with their own two maps. That means the Splatfest will feature four maps in total, with the map selection randomized between the two available in the current block.
For reference, this information comes from Nintendo UK. It’s possible that the UK weapons and map rotation are region exclusive, but it’s much more likely that North America’s Splatfest will have the same content. There’s also the possibility that the map rotation is different in each region.
Here’s Splatoon 2‘s map rotation for this weekend’s Splatfest, with each block taking up two hours each:
- First Block: Starfish Mainstage + Inkblot Art Academy
- Second Block: Moray Towers + Humpback Pump Track
Starfish Mainstage, Inkblot Art Academy, and Humpback Pump Track are all new maps in Splatoon 2. Moray Towers is a returning map from the original Splatoon, released as DLC for the game post-launch.
Splatoon 2‘s first Splatfest will feature four different weapon loadouts to choose from. A loadout, as Splatoon fans will recall, includes the main weapon, a sub-weapon, and a special weapon. Players who have already downloaded the Splatfest on their Nintendo Switch can go ahead and switch to their loadout of choice right now, no waiting required.
Here are the four different weapon loadouts players can choose from this weekend:
- Set 1: Tentatek Splattershot, Splat Bomb, and Inkjet
- Set 2: Splat Roller, Curling Bomb, and Splashdown
- Set 3: Splat Charger, Splat Bomb, and Sting Ray
- Set 4: Splat Dualies, Burst Bomb, and Tenta Missles
Heavy Splatling and Slosher have both been confirmed for Splatoon 2 previously, but won’t be featured in the Splatfest. As for any other weapon types, like Blasters, fans will have to wait for the official Splatoon 2 launch to find out if they’re available.
For those who need a refresher, Splatoon 2‘s Cake vs. Ice Cream free Splatfest demo is already available to download in the Nintendo Switch eShop. Players can even start up the demo and walk around in the game’s city center right now, but multiplayer won’t activate until the Splatfest officially starts this Saturday. It will run from 3:00pm to 7:00pm PDT on July 15. Prospective players should pre-load the Splatfest now, as it’s the only chance left to try out Splatoon 2 before launch.
Splatoon 2 launches exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 21.