Swordfish are hostile Mobs found in the Shipwrecked DLC. They spawn in the Deep Ocean from an invisible spawner. Once the location of the spawner is found, it can be marked by Items that have Map markers, like any one of the Backpacks or Boats as well as a Buoy. It spawns in the same spot every 60–120 seconds, as long as the spawner is nearby.
Despite being hostile, they are considered innocent creatures and killing one adds 4 points to the Player's naughtiness level, which can cause Krampus to appear.
When a Swordfish is killed it becomes a Dead Swordfish. It can be eaten to restore 1 and 25 . If cooked at a Campfire, Fire Pit, Chiminea, or Dwarf Star, it will produce Fish Steak. Dead Swordfish can be used to craft the Cutlass Supreme. It can also be dried to get Jerky, or be traded to Yaarctopus for Dubloons. A Dead Swordfish cannot be used to cook in the Crock Pot.
When a Dead Swordfish is left to spoil, it will turn into a Spoiled Fish.
Fighting Strategy Edit
Swordfish cannot be stun locked, however it is possible to kite them using a fast boat. A Cargo Boat with a Snakeskin Sail is fast enough, a Row Boat or an Armoured Boat with any Sail is faster. Sailing close to the Swordfish will cause it to attack, which can be dodged by sailing in the opposite direction after the Swordfish pauses before the attack. Then players will be able to land 1 or 2 hits with a melee weapon depending on their overall boat speed. After which the player still has enough time to dodge the next attack.
The player can also dock near a herd of Water Beefalo and let the Swordfish attack the Beefalo. The Beefalo, fighting in groups, will usually win, resulting in the Swordfish's death. However, the player needs to actually get on land for this strategy to work, as the Swordfish will not attack other mobs while chasing the player.
Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Swordfish when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.
- There is code in the game files that would allow using alive Swordfish in the Crock Pot, counting as 1 unit of Fish and 0.5 units of Meat. However, there is no method implemented that would make capturing Swordfish alive possible.
- Warly refers to the item Swordfish as "Grand Poisson", which means "great fish" in French.