In preparation for the games first Splatfest, a major flaw in Splatoon 3 is affecting the ability of inklings and octolings to earn points.
Those who have not yet joined a team for the upcoming Splatfest may lose these Conch Shells from their inventory if they do not meet these requirements, and they will not be counted towards the final Splatfest results.
[Notification] Players who have not yet picked a Splatfest team will still receive conch shells. These shells may be gone and will not be counted towards Splatfest results. Please ensure you have picked a Splatfest team to avoid this issue.
Before Splatfests begin, only players who have chosen a team may earn Conch Shells. They serve as a way for players to modify the Splatfest results before the event starts, before being taken into account in their own category when calculating final results. The Conch Shells may then be used in the Shell-Out Machine in the lobby, a capsule machine that awards players with Splashtags and locker items at random.
Nintendo has announced that players should select a team for the upcoming Splatfest in order to avoid this bug that will invalidate any Conch Shells they earn. The first post-launch Splatfest in Splatoon 3 will have players choose whether they would bring gear, grub, or fun to a deserted island.
This Splatfest will be held from September 23 to September 25, and will once again feature a Tricolor Turf War for the final few hours of the event. Conch Shells may only be purchased prior to the Splatfest, and only if players have chosen a team.