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Inklings and Octolings – it’s been seven years of Turf Wars and Ranked Battles in the Splatoon series. While most of us have been spending our time in Splatoon 2 (and gearing up for Splatoon 3), all that hard work and ink (so much ink) will pay off in Splatoon 3.

Missing from today’s Splatoon 3 Direct, yet tucked away on the Splatoon 3 site, Nintendo has confirmed that there are save data bonuses for Splatoon 3. All you need is your Nintendo Account, Splatoon 2 save data, and Splatoon 3 (when it’s available). After that, get ready for the following:


Save data bonuses

If there’s save data from Splatoon 2 on your system, part of it can be transferred to Splatoon 3. There are even some in-game rewards for doing so:

  • Receive three Gold Sheldon Licenses that you can exchange for main weapons, regardless of player level
  • Join Anarchy Battles from the beginning of the game, regardless of player level
  • Start the game with a higher rank, depending on your rank in Splatoon 2
  • Get matched against players with similar skill levels from Splatoon 2

Five out of five Squid Research Lab scientists recommend transferring data from Splatoon 2 if you have it.

You can transfer save data once per Nintendo Account by launching Splatoon 3 or entering the lobby while connected to the internet. In order to transfer, save data from Splatoon 2 must be on the same system with the same user account.


Now you have almost a month to build up your rank in Splatoon 2’s Ranked Battles and add a few more levels to your Inkling or Octoling. After that, enjoy these bonuses when Splatoon 3 launches on Friday, September 9th! Secure your pre-order today (and any pre-order bonuses) with our pre-order guide too!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)