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Splatoon 2: Salmon Run boss strategies

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During a Salmon Run match in Splatoon 2, the important enemies are the boss salmonids that occasionally show up. You’ll have to fight other salmonids, but they won’t drop the golden eggs you need to collect. There’s more to fighting them than just shooting them a lot. Mr. Grizz walks you through the tricks to fighting them during the second phase of your training, but you don’t get a lot of time to practice and you can’t come back to retry these fights, so let’s break them down here.

Steelhead

Get up close and shoot the bomb.
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Steelheads wear a suit of armor, so they can take a ton of abuse. But they also carry around bombs on their head.

How to beat a Steelhead: Get up close and shoot the bomb.

Steel Eel

Get behind it to ink the pilot.
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A Steel Eel is an eel-like vehicle that hovers on a bunch of ink jets. They spread a ton of ink around and can kill you in a hurry if you get run over. They are just vehicles, though, piloted by a relatively unprotected salmonid.

How to beat a Steel Eel: Swim to the side to avoid getting run over, then come up behind to ink the pilot.

Scrapper

Stun it, then run around the back and shoot the boss salmonid’s exposed tail.
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A Scrapper drives around in a little armored car that spreads a swath of ink behind it. They’re slow, so you can get behind them pretty easily.

How to beat a Scrapper: Shoot it until it’s stunned, run around the back and shoot the boss salmonid’s exposed tail.

Stinger

Shoot the pots until the Stinger is on the ground, then shoot it in the face.
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Stingers are snipers that sit on top of a tower of pots. The sniper part makes them a pain, the tower of pots part makes them vulnerable.

How to beat a Stinger: Shoot the pots until the Stinger is on the ground, then shoot it in the face.

Maw

Drop a bomb in the ring and run away. With an emphasis on the run away part, which we didn’t pull off.
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Maws are giant worm-things that sneak around under the ink and pop up under you to ruin your day. They telegraph where they’ll pop up with a flashing ring.

How to beat a Maw: Drop a bomb in the ring and run away.

Drizzler

Wait until they pop their heads out and shoot them.
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Drizzlers are umbrella wielding, rocket launching salmonids. The rockets deal a lot of splash damage, but Drizzlers can’t help but admire their handiwork and poke their heads out around their armored umbrellas.

How to beat a Drizzler: You have two choices to deal with them. You can shoot the rockets out of the air so they fly back at them, or you can just wait until they pop their heads out and shoot them.

Flyfish

Toss bombs into the open launchers. Just don’t stand still for too long afterwards.
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Flyfish fly around on jets of ink launching missiles at you. The ink they float on makes running around hard and the missiles aren’t much fun either. After they fire off their missiles, though, they just sit there with the launchers tantalizingly open.

How to beat a flyfish: Toss a bomb into the open launcher. You’ll have to do this twice — once for each missile launcher.