Last weekend, Europe and Japan had their own Splatfests. This weekend will be North America’s turn. The upcoming event has a holiday theme and asks players which boring gift is better (or less awful): sweaters or socks.
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) December 8, 2017
As always, Splatfests are events in which players pick a faction and compete against the opposing team in special Turf War matches. During the competition, players will only team up with others in their faction, though they may fight each other if the opposition lacks members. Each Splatfest also has its own unique map that will appear in the rotation along with two normal stages.
After the event ends and the results are revealed, players will receive special sea slugs based on their performance. Players can exchange these slugs to add slots to their gear, eliminating the need to choose between fashion and function. These slugs are also necessary to change the primary ability of a piece of gear. All participants will get some, but those on the winning team will get more. The popular vote as well as the win rates in team and random match-ups determine which side gets the bonus loot.
While the war goes on, players can only wear the shirt they received for voting. Those who pick early can prepare by racking up experience and earning abilities before the event begins. These shirts also happen to be cheaper to scrub. As such, these events are a great opportunity to farm for ability chunks.
The Splatfest begins at 21:00 (PST) on December 15, 2017. Assuming it follows the trend of previous events, it should last for 24 hours. For more on the game itself, please check out our review.