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The Steelheads are one of the various types of Boss Salmonids that are fought in Salmon Run.


Steelheads attack by throwing bombs that grow from the top of its head. The bombs resemble green inflatable bags. The bombs instantly splat Inklings, and the blast radius is wide-reaching compared to other bombs. Steelheads can be splatted by attacking their bombs to detonate them before they are launched. When the bomb blows before being launched, the Steelhead will be destroyed, and any Salmonids next to it will be splatted as well, including other Steelheads if they are clumped together. The bombs can only be harmed while on the Steelhead's head. The Steelhead moves very slowly, and will not start throwing bombs until close to a player.

Tips & Strategies

  • Due to its slow movement, Steelheads can be ignored for a while if there are higher-priority Boss Salmonids on the battlefield.
  • New bombs made by the Steelhead retain any damage that was done to previous bombs it launched.
  • The bomb is very small and is located high up compared to other Boss Salmonid weak points.
    • Short-range weapons are not suited to attacking the Steelhead.
    • Chargers, Splatlings, and Sloshers are the most appropriate weapons for dealing with the Steelhead.
      • Chargers and Splatlings can quickly and reliably splat the Steelhead from a distance.
      • Sloshers deal damage quickly and reliably enough to splat the Steelhead before it successfully launches the bomb.
  • It is safe to stay right next to the Steelhead, because it cannot directly attack players near it. Its only method of attack is the bomb that it throws.
    • Rollers deal variable damage based on distance from the target. So, roller players should get close to the Steelhead and jump before every attack to deal the most damage.


  • According to the Grizzco manual, Steelheads are the “company commanders” of Salmonid troops.
  • Steelheads were the first Boss Salmonid type announced.
  • Steelheads get their name from the seagoing form of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
    • Despite their name, rainbow trout are part of the Pacific salmon genus, Oncorhynchus.