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Wilson Portrait
Looks like a fighter.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
I see fire in its eyes!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Great white! Fight Wolfgang!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
There is the hate of life burning in its eyes!

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
MYTHIC LEVELS OF HATRED DETECTED

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
A white whale! If only there were a book about such a thing!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
It's strong, and very free.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
We meet again.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
It wöuld be an hönör tö kill yöu.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
His eyes burn with hatred!

Webber

Walani Portrait
Do ye spout black blood and roll fin out?

Walani

Warly Portrait
I have seen the devil!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Now ye arr a devil fit ta claim ol'Woodlegs!

Woodlegs


A White Whale is a hostile Animal that has a chance to spawn after the player has tracked it down by examining Suspicious Bubbles, during Hurricane Season or Dry Season. This chance starts at 5% on day 1, and increase as days go by, to a maximum of 33% on day 100. In Mild Season and Monsoon Season, the White Whale will not be encountered regardless of the day counter. They are considered innocent creatures despite being hostile, and killing one adds 6 points to the player's naughtiness level, which can cause Krampus to appear.

Once spawned, a White Whale will attack, at which point it will chase the player until the player gets far enough away or kills it.

A White Whale can't be set on fire.

It drops a White Whale Carcass when killed, which will take 3–5 days to fully bloat (only if the player is nearby). When bloated it can be popped with a Machete and it will explode, dropping 4 Raw Fish, 4 Blubber, 1 Harpoon and 9 other random items.

Brain Behavior Edit

The White Whale will attack the player if the player gets too close. A player can safely kite one with an attack pattern of 5-6 swings, depending on movement speed. If more than one White Whale are close together they will attack each other.

Spear Hunting Edit

By investigating some Suspicious Bubbles, the player can find a White Whale. These can be found randomly in the deep ocean biome and will change locations if ignored for a period of time. Once investigating Suspicious Bubbles three will pop in the same direction, if followed it will lead to another Suspicious Bubbles or the White Whale approximately two screens away. Upon uncovering the final bubble (there can be between 6 and 12 per hunt), the character will alert the player that the creature is close and a White whale will be spawned rather than another bubble. Note there is a 2/3 chance that a Blue Whale will spawn instead. 

Once killed, the White Whale will drop a White Whale Carcass. The carcass will go through 3 stages: Bloated stage 1 (recently killed, withered, and rotting), bloated stage 2 (larger, emits more smell), and bloating stage 3 (severely deformed, shaking softly). During stages 2 and 3, the White Whale Carcass will create a squeaking sound that can be heard from about 8 boat lengths away.


Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a White Whale 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
White Whale
Tooth Trap Fire Staff Immune
Fishing RodBug Net 177
Fire Dart 150
Lucy the Axe 56
Shovel Pitchfork Hammer Torch Umbrella Walking Cane Willow&#039;s Lighter Cactus Spike 45
Eyeshot 38
Axe Pickaxe Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe Boomerang 28
Obsidian Axe 14-28
Machete Luxury Machete 26
Ham Bat 13-25
PickSlashAxe 25
Spear Poison Spear Peg Leg 23
Obsidian Machete 12-23
Trident 8 or 23
Bat Bat Battle Spear 18
Morning Star 11 or 18
Slurtle Slime The &#039;Sea Legs&#039; Icon Tentacle Spike 15
Obsidian Spear 8-15
Thulecite Club 13
Dark Sword Cutlass Supreme 12
Blow Dart Boat Cannon Spear Gun Spear Spear Gun Poison 8
Spear Gun Battle 6
Spear Gun Obsidian 4-5
Gunpowder Harpoon 4
Coconade 3
Obsidian Coconade 3
Old Bell 1

Weapon No. of hits for
White Whale
Tooth Trap Fire Staff Immune
Fishing RodBug Net 177
Fire Dart 150
Lucy the Axe 56
Shovel Pitchfork Hammer Torch Umbrella Walking Cane Willow&#039;s Lighter 45
Axe Pickaxe Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe Boomerang 28
Ham Bat 13-25
PickSlashAxe 25
Spear 23
Bat Bat 18
Slurtle Slime Tentacle Spike 15
Thulecite Club 13
Dark Sword 12
Blow Dart 8
Gunpowder 4

Weapon No. of hits for
White Whale
Battle Spear 18
Morning Star 11 or 18
Old Bell 1

Weapon No. of hits for
White Whale
Cactus Spike 45
Eyeshot 38
Obsidian Axe 14-28
Machete Luxury Machete 26
Poison Spear Peg Leg 23
Obsidian Machete 12-23
Trident 8 or 23
The &#039;Sea Legs&#039; Icon 15
Obsidian Spear 8-15
Cutlass Supreme 12
Boat Cannon Spear Gun Spear Spear Gun Poison 8
Spear Gun Battle 6
Spear Gun Obsidian 4-5
Harpoon 4
Coconade 3
Obsidian Coconade 3

It takes 3 blasts to freeze a White Whale with an Ice Staff and it takes 5 Sleep Darts to put it to sleep.

Possible Random Items Edit

High quality items (low drop chance, rolls up to 2 items):

Coconade Top Hat Thatch Sail Particulate Purifier Sleep Dart Poison Dart Fire Dart Cutlass Supreme

Medium quality items (medium drop chance, rolls up to 3 items):

Cloth Sail Dead Wobster Spear Gun Coconut Boat Lantern Bottle Lantern Spyglass Captain Hat
Pirate Hat Spear Sea Trap Machete Empty Bottle

Low quality items (high drop chance, rolls up to 4 items):

Blubber Raw Fish Bone Shards Seaweed Jellyfish Coral Vine Bamboo

Placeholder Trivia Edit

  • The White Whale is a direct reference to Moby-Dick (written by Herman Melville), an 1851 novel about a hostile albino sperm whale. This is further supported by the Harpoon embedded in the whale's head.
    • Although Moby Dick is a sperm whale, the White Whale does not seem to be one, due to the shape of its chin. Its chin is most likely that of a humpback or a blue whale.
  • The White Whale is the Shipwrecked equivalent of the Varg from Reign of Giants.
  • The Harpoon in the whale's head may have been shot in there by Maxwell, as indicated by his quote "We meet again".

Blueprint Gallery Edit

Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged Bishop) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged Rook) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged Knight) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(BirchnutterPoison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (EwecusGem DeerGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSpider Warrior (Venomous)Sea HoundStink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Bee QueenKlausReanimated SkeletonToadstool Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (Palm TreeguardQuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildboreShipwrecked icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchNo-Eyed DeerWoven Shadow Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (CrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King
(AntlionBernie Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)