Midnight Squid: Catching, Fish Pond Farming, and More

What is the Midnight Squid in Stardew Valley? What does it do? Why should you catch one? Learn about the benefits of this item in this complete guide.

player with midnight squid at night
You can catch a Midnight Squid from 5pm – 2am.

Fish in Stardew Valley can be found in all bodies of water in the game and even underground. You can catch most of them using a fishing pole, but some may have to be caught using a crab pot. There are different types of fish, and each has varying behavior and difficulty being caught in the game.

The Midnight Squid is considered a fish in the game and can be found in different places under specific circumstances. Keep on reading to find out how to catch this mysterious denizen of the ocean and what it does to make your gameplay better.

What is a Midnight Squid?

It’s a fish that can be found in the ocean’s twilight depths. Its difficulty is at 55 and is a sinker. The smallest Midnight Squid is 8 inches but it can be as big as 26 inches.

Consuming it will have varying restoration effects depending on its quality, which you’ll see in the table below.

You can eat a Midnight Squid to restore your energy and health.

Where to Catch a Midnight Squid?

You can catch the MS at specific times and seasons. You can hook one with a 3.3% chance by using a Magic Bait at The Beach. You can also catch one at any time regardless of the season and weather if you’re using this bait. If you’re using a Curiosity Lure, this chance increases to 6.8%.

Player fishing at midnight for midnight squid stardew valley
Fish at midnight for a chance to hook a Midnight Squid.

You can also use a Curiosity Lure when looking for it in the submarine ride, where you’ll be taken deep-sea fishing, at the Night Market. This gives you a 17% chance.

The following table shows the locations where you can catch this fish.

Submarine Ride at the Night MarketWinter 15-175pm – 2amAny
Southwest corner of The BeachAnyAnyAny
You can catch a Midnight Squid at different locations and times.

Fish Pond

The MS will reproduce in the Fish Pond every three days. The pond’s starting capacity is three fish, which you can increase up to ten once you’ve completed three quests.

Item Requests

The table below shows the increase in capacity for each item request in the quests you’ll have to complete.

Initial CapacityItem RequestedFishing XPImproved Capacity
Three3 Coral or 2 Sea Urchins+35Five
Five2 Sardines+35Eight
Eight1 Ocean Stone+35Ten
Complete these quests to increase the capacity of your fish pond.


MS produces Squid Ink when placed in the Fish Pond. The table below shows your chances of production depending on the population.

ItemPopulationItem PercentageChanceFishing XP
Squid Ink (1)1-220%5-6%+14
Squid Ink (2)1025%24%+14
The chances of producing squid ink from Midnight Squid varies.

Selling Prices

Selling the MS will earn you 100g, but you can increase its value depending on its quality, and with the Fisher Profession (+25%) and Angler Profession (+50%). See the table below for comparison.

QualitySelling PriceWith FisherWIth Angler
Selling prices of Midnight Squid varies depending on its quality and your profession.


MS can also be used in crafting Quality Fertilizer. You’ll get the recipe after Farming Level 9 and you’ll need the following:

  • Sap (2)
  • Any fish (1)

The fertilizer can be sold for 10g at regular quality, but with Qi Seasoning, its value increases to 15g.


MS can be used in the following recipes:

RecipeIngredientsEnergyEnergy with QSHealthHealth with QSSelling PriceSelling Price with QSRecipe Source
Maki Roll• Any fish (1)• Seaweed (1)• Rice (1)+100+180+45+81220g330g• The Queen of Sauce, 21 Summer Year 1• Stardrop Saloon for 300g
Sashimi• Any fish (1)+75+135+33+5975g112g• Linus, Mail at 3 Hearts
These following recipes can be cooked using Midnight Squid.


You can use the MS in the spool of the Sewing Machine to make a Fishing Hat. It also acts as a blue dye at the Dye Pots.


No Villager will like nor love receiving a MS as a gift. Demetrius, Elliott, Linus, Pam, Leo, Willy, and Sebastian feel neutral about it, while Evelyn, Haley, and Pierre hate it. Other NPCs not already mentioned dislike it.


Not used in any quest.


Not used in any bundle.

Meet the author

"Hello, I'm Eena, your freelance companion on the Stardew Valley adventure. Within my game guides, I weave a tapestry of insights and strategies to transform your digital farm into a thriving masterpiece. Join me in unraveling the secrets, embracing the challenges, and savoring the joys of cultivating your pixelated paradise in Stardew Valley."

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