Only 25% of the Deep Bass shoals with a map icon can spawn the Malbatross when visited. After 3 days, the Malbatross despawns and again, 25% of the Deep Bass shoals are randomly selected to spawn the Malbatross. The Malbatross also has a 10% to spawn when a player hooks a Deep Bass. The Malbatross respawns 5 to 15 days after dying.
The Malbatross is neutral towards players. It does attack hostile mobs that come near it. Fishing deep bass in the shoal the Malbatross spawns in will cause it to become aggressive.
When not fighting, it moves around and dives to catch Ocean Fishes, creating a circle of waves. Waves will push away a Boat and apply 9 to player.
The normal attack of the Malbatross deals 75 damage to players and 150 to Mobs. If the Malbatross is over a boat, the attack also does 5 damage to the boat and pushes it away. If the Malbatross is over the Ocean the attack also creates 3 waves. Each hit on the Malbatross can drop up to 4 Malbatross Feathers, each feather having a 5% chance of dropping.
When the Malbatross' health goes below 66%, it will dive and run away from the player, creating a circle of waves. When the Malbatross' health goes below 33%, it can swoop over the player, destroying every Mast in its wake. Each Mast destroyed spawns 3 Malbatross Feathers plus two times 30% to get one extra.
Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Malbatross when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.
No. of hits for
34 or 56
70 or 115
It takes 4 blasts to freeze a Malbatross with an Ice Staff and it takes 5 Sleep Darts to put it to sleep.