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How To Catch Pufferfish In Stardew Valley

Pufferfish are spiky but cute. They're also a rare catch in Stardew Valley, so find out how to get it with this guide.

Stardew Valley’s waters are full of cute fishies that are yours to catch as long as a set of conditions are met. Not all fish swim in the same waters, during the same seasons, or at the same time of the day.

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As a matter of fact, catching some fish requires a higher fishing level unless you’re an absolute pro and can slay that mini-game. Pufferfish, for example, are really picky when it comes to spawn conditions. And even if you find them, there’s no guarantee you’ll catch them since their floater swimming type can be tricky to master.

Where To Catch Pufferfish in Stardew Valley

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Pufferfish spawn in Pelican Town’s Beach during summer from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., but only when the sun is shining. If it’s rainy, it’s time for plan B: look for it in trash cans.

Alternatively, pufferfish can be caught in Ginger Island’s south area and Pirate Cove during any season, not only in summer.

If it’s not summer or sunny, and you haven’t unlocked Ginger Island yet, give the Traveling Cart a try. A Pufferfish can cost between 600 and 1000 gold. Or, if you’ve got a Magic Bait, you can skip all of the above and just head to the beach.

All Uses for Pufferfish in Stardew Valley

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After catching this rare fish, there are a couple of things you can do with it. Pufferfish contributes to completing the Specialty Fish Bundle in the Fish Tank. It can also be used to tailor the Sailor Shirt in Emily’s Sewing Machine. It can also be used for recipes or gifting, but I’d argue it’s safest to place them in a fish pond for reproduction.

All Pufferfish Recipes in Stardew Valley

  • Maki Roll: Bream (or any other fish), Seaweed, and Rice.
  • Sashimi: Bream (or any other fish)

All Villagers Who Like Pufferfish in Stardew Valley

Abigail loves Pufferfish, so it’s the perfect gift for befriending or romancing her. Here is a list of all other villagers who feel neutral about Pufferfish:

  • Demetrius
  • Elliott
  • Leo
  • Linus
  • Pam
  • Sebastian
  • Willy

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Though Cande started her journey in the video game industry as a localization specialist six years ago, she soon realized that her true calling was to annoy NPCS, smash virtual pottery, and complete every side quest available in RPGs. Throwing that useless degree out of the window, she has been writing professionally for the past three years ever since. Her passion for games dates to 2006, when she mounted a Chocobo for the first time. Under Nintendo and Square Enix's chokehold, she will willingly pour hours upon hours into reaching 100% completion in the longest roleplaying games ever made. But hey, who needs fresh air and sunlight when you can just live in Ivalice?