After downloading the new update, players will have access to a huge amount of new features including the introduction of X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, weapon balance adjustments, and the return of Callie!
X Rank is an extremely challenging Ranked Battle experience targeting the best-of-the-best players. Players who are S+10 in the current Splatoon 2 ranking system will automatically be registered as X Rank after downloading the update.
Players who are X Rank will battle for an X Power level. Players with similar X Power levels will be matched together even within the same X Rank. Once a month, 500 players with the highest X Power level for each of the four different Ranked Battle modes will be announced within SplatNet 2.
X Power levels reset every month. During the reset, players whose X Power level ends up lower than a set threshold will rank down to S+9. The first X Power reset is currently scheduled for May 31, and any future resets will take place on the final day of that month. As part of these periodic resets, the rotation of selected stages in Ranked Battle, the addition of new weapons, and the introduction of new stages will also occur!
In addition to X Rank when Version 3.0.0 goes live, this new update adds more than 100 pieces of gear—some new, some returning from the original Splatoon—as well as new songs from Chirpy Chips, a popular in-game chiptune-style band featured in the first game. The update will also include some weapon balance adjustments, bug fixes, and other changes.
The update also marks the long-awaited return of Callie! Once you meet a certain condition after downloading the update, Callie will appear in Tentakeel Outpost in Octo Canyon with her sister Marie. As exciting as it is to see the Squid Sisters reunited, Callie will also offer recent news and fun in-game stats about Agent 4.
For detailed notes about the update, visit the Game Updates page.