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Goldfish (NPC)
Goldfish swimming.png Console, Mobile, 3DS version
Type Critter
Environment Water – Rain
AI Type Swimming AI
Damage 0
Max Life 5
Defense 0
KB Resist 50% (swimming)
0% (walking)
Goldfish Banner.png
Internal NPC ID: 55, 230
Goldfish (item)
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Type PotionCrafting material
Tooltip 'It's smiling, might be a good snack'
Rarity Rarity Level: 0
Sell Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin Desktop versionConsole version
Silver Coin Old-gen console version
No Value Mobile version3DS version
Internal Item ID: 261

Goldfish are Critters that swim in water, and walk on land during Rain. They can be caught with the Bug Net and used to craft several items. They can be spawned from the Fish Statue.

During a Blood Moon, or when hit with Vile Powder or Vicious Powder, Goldfish turn into Corrupt Goldfish or Crimtane Goldfish, which have much more health and do attack players. This can be confusing for new or inexperienced players, as Goldfish are seen as passive.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

All versions[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Bowl of Soup.png Bowl.pngBowl Cooking Pot.png Cooking Pot
Fish Bowl.png Goldfish.pngGoldfish Work Bench.png Work Bench
Bottled Water.pngBottled Water
Fish Statue.png Stone Block.pngStone Block (50) Heavy Work Bench.png Heavy Work Bench
Goldfish.pngGoldfish (5)

Old-gen console version, Mobile version, and 3DS version only[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Neptune's Shell.png Soul of Fright.pngSoul of Fright (20) Mythril Anvil.png Mythril Anvil /
Orichalcum Anvil.png Orichalcum Anvil
Coral.pngCoral (15)
Goldfish.pngGoldfish (15)
Shark Fin.pngShark Fin (5)
Soul of Light.pngSoul of Light (5)
Soul of Night.pngSoul of Night (5)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • It is NOT possible to kill Goldfish by forcing them out of water. They will simply flop around on the ground continuously.
  • Walking Goldfish will not stop walking when the rain ends, unless they re-enter water. They attempt to get off screen, in which they then despawn.
  • Vile Powder does not work on Goldfish that are walking around during Rain.
  • Goldfish swim backwards and forwards, reversing direction every time they hit a block. If the block they hit, however, is upwardly sloped, they will swim up it, and if the slope continues out of the water, they will swim up and out of the water, at which point they will begin flailing about, unless it's raining.
  • Goldfish spawned via a Statue will not count towards to the Statue spawn limit during Rain, for it turns into a walking Goldfish rather than the standard Goldfish.
  • Goldfish will walk during rain even underground.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While not directly utilizing the trademarked phrase, the Goldfish's tooltip is a reference to the snack food Goldfish ("the snack that smiles back").
  • Goldfish could previously be killed and then used as a weak recovery potion (restoring 20 health), which the tooltip is a remnant of.
  • Goldfish have black eyes, but when killed have red eyes. This may be because of the blood that appears when you kill it.
  • The way Goldfish walk on land during rain may be a reference to how fish walk on land in several Dr. Seuss books.

History[edit | edit source]

Desktop versionDesktop version
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Stack limit was raised from 99 to 999.
    • Goldfish don't sell for anything now, instead of Silver Coin
    • No longer dropped by kill, but only by use of Bug Net.
    • Now releasable rather than edible.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • No longer generate coins when spawned from statues.
    • They now walk during the rain.
    • Sell price reduced from Silver Coin to Silver Coin.
Console versionConsole version
Mobile versionMobile version
3DS version3DS version
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