There are a lot of different mechanics in Splatoon 2, but one that is rarely used is rail grinding. Found on only a few maps, the various rail grind sections allow players to quickly move across large gaps. This can give teams additional flanking routes to cut off their routes or apply pressure in a big push. However, it’s not as simple as just jumping onto them, as you’ll need to make sure you to splat the machine with your gun.
What you want to look for are small black orbs that look like mini-cannons that are stationed around the map. These will be inactive at the start of the map, so to get them working simply spray them with ink to create an ink rail in your color. Then just walk up to the machine and hold down the left trigger to ride the rail in squid form. Once you’re on the rail you can either change directions via the movement stick or jump off the rail. This allows you to quickly move to other areas and spray ink behind enemy lines.
If an enemy is in control of a rail grind station simply spray the machine and area around it with your team’s colors. It will take a few seconds before it switches over, but it’s important to be in control of these special movement options. Controlling as many flanking routes as possible will make your job incredibly easy, especially if you are looking to push towards the enemy spawn.
You can also use these Rail Grinds as a way to juke opponents or escape tricky fights. If you’re under attack consider jumping onto a rail to quickly escape across large gaps. Players can also jump off the rail midway and pounce on opponents below them. Try to think of the rails as more than just a way to get from point A to B. Understanding and mastering this mechanic will help you easily win more battles and claim more territory in Splatoon 2.