Guide – Splatoon 2 save data bonuses for Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 is finally here! With a new location, story, maps, add-ons, and more, the one thing that isn’t set in stone is a fresh start. For Splatoon 2 players, all that hard work you do with Turf Wars, Rank Battles, League Battles, and more can be taken into account thanks to moving your Splatoon 2 save data to Splatoon 3.

After you turn on Splatoon 3 and go online for the first time (head to the lobby!), you’ll have the option to transfer your Splatoon 2 save data. The prompt will list your level and playing time in hours (NB: Your level does not move further). If you decide to transfer your data, you will get the following rewards:

If you have played the Octo Expansion DLC and got to the plot point where you can modify the appearance of Agent 3, then the appearance you gave them in Splatoon 2 will carry over to Splatoon 3.

  • 3 Golden Sheldon licenses (you can use them to unlock any 3 weapons of your choice currently offered by Sheldon)
  • Unlock chaos battles from the start
    • If you have a B-rank or higher in the Rank Battle of Splatoon 2, you will start with B-rank in Anarchy Battles from Splatoon 3.
  • Your MMR rating (also referred to as strength) is transferred and used to calculate your base MMR for Splatoon 3.
    • Specifically, your MMR is selected from your highest power in any Splatoon 2 mode and adjusted to a range from 1600 to 2000.
  • Get a brief Salmon Run tutorial if you complete the Salmon Run tutorial in Splatoon 2
Also, spoilers for Splatoon 2’s Octo expansion (click here for details).

If you update Splatoon 3 to version 1.1.0 and reach a specific point in the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2, the factor 3 customization options you selected in Splatoon 2 will be carried over to Splatoon 3.

With that complete, have fun in The Splatlands!

Written by Jennifer Burch

Photographer, designer, writer and a big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with the N3DS on hand 24/7. As the eldest of the three, she’s survived several sessions of Mario Party, Super Smash Bros, and Mario Kart as well as getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)