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I've no desire to do battle with that thing.


The Malbatross is a Boss Mob exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in Return of Them.

Deep Bass Shoal map icon.

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.

Upon death, the Malbatross drops 7 Meats, 2 Blue Gems plus 30% to get one extra, 5% of a Yellow Gem, one Malbatross Bill, 3 Malbatross Feathers plus two times 30% to get one extra plus 24 minus the amount spawned by hitting the Malbatross, one Blueprint for a Feathery Canvas and the Blueprint for the Winged Sail.

Brain.png Behavior[edit | edit source]

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 Wetness Meter.png 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.

Weapon No. of hits for
Tooth Trap.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 1177
Lucy the Axe.png 368
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png 295
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png Tail o' Three Cats.png 184
Ham Bat.png 85-167
PickSlashAxe.png 164
Spear.png 148
Bat Bat.png Battle Spear.png 118
Electric Dart.png 34 or 56
Morning Star.png 70 or 115
Slurtle Slime.png 100
Tentacle Spike.png 99
Thulecite Club.png 85
Dark Sword.png 74
Blow Dart.png 50
Fire Staff.png Fire Dart.png 34-50
Gunpowder.png 25

It takes 4 blasts to freeze a Malbatross with an Ice Staff and it takes 5 Sleep Darts to put it to sleep.

Placeholder.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Malbatross was introduced in the Salty Dog beta update.
  • The name Malbatross may be a portmanteau of "mallard" and "albatross". Also, the prefix "mal-" means "evil".

Blueprint.png Gallery[edit | edit source]

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