Bottlenose Ballphin

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Webber Portrait.png
Playful rubber blobs. We'll watch from afar.


Bottlenose Ballphins are Mobs found in the Shipwrecked DLC. They only spawn in the Ocean, and can usually be found swimming next to their Ballphin Palace. When killed, a Ballphin drops two Fish Morsels, a Dorsal Fin, and has a 50% chance to drop an additional Empty Bottle.

Bottlenose Ballphins are considered innocent creatures, and killing one will add 2 (3 if its previous leader is the player) points of Naughtiness, which can summon Krampus (although this cannot occur while riding on a Boat).

Brain.png Behavior

Bottlenose Ballphins generally stay in a single area near a Ballphin Palace during the Day. However, if a Player character ventures near, they will follow them for a relatively short distance, and perform back-flips.

At Dusk, Bottlenose Ballphins will return to a nearby Ballphin Palace. If there aren't any Palaces available, they will continue to wander around as they do during the Day, albeit with a shorter range. At Night, any Bottlenose Ballphins that are not inside a Ballphin Palace will go to sleep.

Bottlenose Ballphins will attack as a herd when angered, similar to Pengulls. Additionally, they will attack any hostile creatures or monsters, such as Stink Rays, Crocodogs and Sea Hounds. Therefore, as Webber is considered a Monster, Bottlenose Ballphins will attack him on sight.

Bottlenose Ballphins will eat any Food item floating on the Ocean, except Vegetables. Bottlenose Ballphins can also be befriended with Fish, except Jellyfish-related Food items, to follow and work for the Player up to 3 days.

Friendly Bottlenose Ballphins will help the player mine coral during the Day. Friendly Ballphins can also be directed to attack anything the Player targets, including other Bottlenose Ballphins. Like Pigs, befriended Bottlenose Ballphins will increase the Player's Sanity by 25 per minute while in range.

While Pigs are afraid of the darkness, Bottlenose Ballphins are instead afraid of Lightning. Any Lightning strike will send every nearby Ballphin into a panic for a short time, either swimming back and forth while screaming, or crowding the nearest source of light if there are any available. This can make it challenging for the Player to keep hired Ballphins pacified during the heavy lightning storms of Hurricane Season.

Similar to a Life Jacket, befriended Bottlenose Ballphins have an 80% chance of saving the player from drowning, resurrecting them to the nearest island with ingredients to make a Log Raft. There is also a very small (1%) chance that 1-4 Bottlenose Ballphins will spawn to assist the player every time a Crocodog hits player's boat.

Sign.png Ballphin Names

Bottlenose Ballphins will have random names assigned to them, similar to Pigs, Bunnymen, and Wildbores.

Possible Ballphin names: 

  • Babel
  • Bait
  • Brian
  • Chips
  • Chum
  • Earl
  • Fin
  • Fishi
  • Flotsam
  • Gilly
  • Jaws
  • Jetsam
  • Marius
  • Miah
  • Miso
  • Neptune
  • Phlipper
  • Poseidon
  • Seabreeze
  • Seadog
  • Seasalt
  • Sharky
  • Sushi
  • Tuna
  • Wanda
  • Wasabi

Gramophone.png Quotes

When finding food

  • Eee?
  • Ee, ee?
  • Eee eee ee?


  • EEEE!
  • EEE, EE?
  • EE!! EE!!

Around light at night

  • "EEEK! EEEK!"
  • "EEK EEK EEK!"

In complete darkness


Day ending, going home

  • Nee! NEe!
  • NEEEEE!!
  • NEE! NEE!

Helping mine Coral

  • "KEEEEEE!"
  • "KEE! KEE!"
  • "KEEE!"

Spear.png Fighting Strategy

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Bottlenose Ballphin when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Number of Hits
Item Bottlenose Ballphin.png
Old Bell.png Reign of Giants icon.png 1 0 0
Obsidian Coconade.png Shipwrecked icon.png 1 0 0
Coconade.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png 1 0 0
Spear Gun Obsidian.png Shipwrecked icon.png 1 - 2 Charged.png 0 - 0 Charged.png 0 - 0 Charged.png
Harpoon.png Shipwrecked icon.png
Blunderbuss.png Hamlet icon.png
1 0 0
Bee Mine.png ≥2 ≥0 ≥0
Spear Gun Battle.png Shipwrecked icon.png 2 as Wigfrid Portrait.png 0 as Wigfrid Portrait.png 0 as Wigfrid Portrait.png
Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png Shipwrecked icon.png 2 0 0
Obsidian Spear.png Shipwrecked icon.png 2 - 4 0 - 0 0 - 0
Blow Dart.png 2 0 0
Electric Dart.png Don't Starve Together icon.png 3 (2 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png)
Dark Sword.png
Glass Cutter.png Don't Starve Together icon.png
3 0 0
Cutlass Supreme.png Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png 3 0 0
Tooth Trap.png 4 0 0
Pew-matic Horn.png Hamlet icon.png 6, 5 or 4 0, 0 or 0 0, 0 or 0
Thulecite Club.png 4 0 0
Ham Bat.png 4 - 7 0 - 0 0 - 0
Obsidian Axe.png Shipwrecked icon.png 4 - 8 - Charged.png 0 - 0 - Charged.png 0 - 0 - Charged.png
Tentacle Spike.png

Cork Bat.png Hamlet icon.png
Cursed Rounds.png Marbles.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png

4 0 0
Slurtle Slime.png 4 0 0
Halberd.png Hamlet icon.png 5 0 0
Morning Star.png Reign of Giants icon.png 5 (3 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png)
Bat Bat.png
Battle Spear.png Reign of Giants icon.png
5 0 0
Bramble Trap.png Hamlet icon.png Don't Starve Together icon.png 5 0 0

Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.pngShipwrecked icon.png
Moon Glass Axe.png Gold Rounds.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

6 0 0
Trident.png Shipwrecked icon.png 6 (2 Toy Boat.png) 0 (0 Toy Boat.png) 0 (0 Toy Boat.png)
PickSlashAxe.png 7 0 0
Machete.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png 7 0 0
Boomerang.png Axe.png Pickaxe.png Brush.png

Tail o' Three Cats.png Malbatross Bill.png Bull Kelp Stalk.png Don't Starve Together icon.png
Gold Pan.png Hamlet icon.png

8 0 0
Stalking Stick.png Hamlet icon.png 10 0 0
Eyeshot.png Shipwrecked icon.png 10 0 0
Saddlehorn.png Hammer.png Pitchfork.png Shovel.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Torch.png

Telebrella.png Don't Starve icon.png
Shears.png Executive Hammer.pngHamlet icon.png
Cactus Spike.png Shipwrecked icon.png Whirly Fan.png Driftwood Oar.png Oar.png Slow-Down Rounds.png Pebbles.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

12 0 0
Lucy the Axe.png 15 0 0
Bug Net.png Fishing Rod.png

Magnifying Glass.png Hamlet icon.png

48 0 0

It takes 2 blasts to freeze a Bottlenose Ballphin with an Ice Staff. It takes 1 Sleep Dart to put Bottlenose Ballphin to sleep.

Prototype.png Tips

  • If the player knows the locations of Ballphins and hears an impending Crocodog attack, it is prudent to sail towards them for protection.
  • Abigail can easily kill an entire pod of Ballphins.
  • Unlike Pigs and Wildbores, allied Ballphins will not move away if approached. This makes them quite useful for sanity restoration, especially if the player has befriended multiple Ballphins.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The player's ability to befriend Ballphins as well as their names, quotes, and the Ballphin Palace were added to the Shipwrecked DLC more than a year after its official completion in the Home Sea Home update, after being tested in a beta branch for several months.
  • Before the Home Sea Home update, Ballphins had less Health (100) and Damage (10).
  • The Bottlenose Ballphin's ability to drop Empty Bottles is a pun on its name.
  • The name Bottlenose Ballphin is a reference to the real world animal, the Bottlenose Dolphin.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • It is possible for the Bottlenose Ballphins to spawn on land. In this case they won't be able to get to the Ocean, and they will be stuck on land.
  • It is also possible to push a Bottlenose Ballphin onto land by colliding one's boat into it while it is directly next to the shore.

Blueprint.png Gallery