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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% chance 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.

Brain.png Behavior

The Malbatross is neutral towards players. It does attack hostile mobs that come near it. Fishing deep bass in the shoal when 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.

Number of Hits
Item Malbatross.png
Old Bell.png Reign of Giants icon.png 5 0 0
Obsidian Coconade.png Shipwrecked icon.png 15 0 0
Coconade.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png 20 0 0
Spear Gun Obsidian.png Shipwrecked icon.png 25 - 33 Charged.png 0 - 0 Charged.png 0 - 0 Charged.png
25 0 0
Bee Mine.png ≥32 ≥0 ≥0
Spear Gun Battle.png Shipwrecked icon.png 32 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 50 0 0
Obsidian Spear.png Shipwrecked icon.png 50 - 99 0 - 0 0 - 0
Blow Dart.png 50 0 0
Electric Dart.png Don't Starve Together icon.png 56 (34 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png)
Dark Sword.png
Glass Cutter.png Don't Starve Together icon.png
74 0 0
Cutlass Supreme.png Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png 74 0 0
Tooth Trap.png 84 0 0
Pew-matic Horn.png Hamlet icon.png 148, 112 or 84 0, 0 or 0 0, 0 or 0
Thulecite Club.png 85 0 0
Ham Bat.png 85 - 169 0 - 0 0 - 0
Obsidian Axe.png Shipwrecked icon.png 92 - 184 - Charged.png 0 - 0 - Charged.png 0 - 0 - Charged.png
Tentacle Spike.png

Cursed Rounds.png Marbles.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png

99 0 0
Slurtle Slime.png 100 0 0
Halberd.png Hamlet icon.png 114 0 0
Morning Star.png Reign of Giants icon.png 116 (70 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png)
Bat Bat.png
Battle Spear.png Reign of Giants icon.png
118 0 0
Bramble Trap.png Don't Starve Together icon.png 125 0 0

Moon Glass Axe.png Gold Rounds.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

148 0 0
Trident.png Shipwrecked icon.png 148 (50 Toy Boat.png) 0 (0 Toy Boat.png) 0 (0 Toy Boat.png)
PickSlashAxe.png 164 0 0
Machete.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png 168 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

184 0 0
Stalking Stick.png Hamlet icon.png 246 0 0
Eyeshot.png Shipwrecked icon.png 250 0 0
Saddlehorn.png Hammer.png Pitchfork.png Shovel.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Torch.png

Whirly Fan.png Driftwood Oar.png Oar.png Slow-Down Rounds.png Pebbles.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

295 0 0
Lucy the Axe.png 368 0 0
Bug Net.png Fishing Rod.png
1177 0 0

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

Prototype.png Tips

  • If the player wishes to deliberately hunt down Malbatross, using an Ocean Trawler with Monster Meat/other Meats as bait over a Deep Bass Shoal almost instantly spawns it.
  • Keeping the boat's anchored is strongly recommended, so that Malbatross has substantially more trouble pushing the vessel around.
  • Ensuring Malbatross stays within melee range is the key to winning the fight.
    • Hitting Malbatross 5-6 times before running to the other side of the boat will generally keep it within range, without it damaging the player with its normal attack in the process.
    • In addition to the player's melee weapons, a Pan Flute or enough Blow Darts is recommended for hitting the Malbatross at a range, in order to start the fight or incase it attempts to fly away from the player.
  • The player will likely need a separate boat from their main boat for fighting Malbatross, incase the fight goes badly and the boat is lost or sunk.
    • If this strategy is used, the boat should have an Anchor (but no Mast, as Malbatross may destroy it), a chest with enough Boat Patches and wood for oars/repairing the boat, a Fire Pit for light and warmth, and optionally a Tin Fishin' Bin for bringing back the collected fish from the Ocean Trawler.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Malbatross was introduced in the Salty Dog beta update.
  • The name Malbatross is likely a portmanteau of "marlin" and "albatross" given the Malbatross' blue color and having both fish and bird characteristics.
  • Warly's quote also points out that the first syllable of its name sounds like the french word for "bad" or "evil".
  • It no longer drops an Advert as of the March 2022 QoL update.

Blueprint.png Gallery


  1. Official Klei Stream: Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Salty Dog | Rhymes With Play Dev Cast