Stardew Valley Dorado: Fish Pond, Uses, and More


Have you seen a Dorado being asked in the Special Orders Board? If you have, you might wonder how to obtain it. Here’s a comprehensive guide discussing its uses, locations, and more in Stardew Valley!

A player with a Dorado in Stardew Valley.
Well, that seemed a little easy.

If you’re just starting your fishing career, you might encounter a Dorado during your first trials in the fishing minigame. It’s not as lucrative as a legendary fish, but they give decent profit for beginners. And with the right bait, tackle,  fishing rod, and knowledge, you’ll get this fish in no time!

This guide can help you get it whether you’re playing from PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, or other platforms. We’ll discuss the best Stardew Valley Dorado locations, uses, and more!

What is a Dorado in Stardew Valley?

It’s a Fishing Pole Fish known to be a fierce orange-scaled carnivore in the Valley. Getting it has a difficulty of 78, and its size ranges from 24 to 33 inches. That’s a pretty massive creature, don’t you think?

Moreover, it’s also known for its mixed behavior, which means that they utilize a basic movement pattern. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can get them effortlessly. It still requires you to put in some effort with your fishing proficiencies!

If you ever obtain one, you can also consume it raw and receive the following healing effects alongside some XP to aid your Fishing Level:


Where to Catch Dorado in Stardew Valley?

A player fishing for Dorado in the Forest RIver in Stardew Valley.
Do you have enough patience?

Here’s the fun part wherein you can hopefully get this fish in-game. It’s usually accessible, and it won’t give you a hard time finding it. You’ll have higher streaks of acquiring it if you’re fishing during Summer in any weather from 6 AM to 7 PM in the Forest River.

Anyhow, you can also purchase this common fish from the Traveling Cart for 300g to 1,000. It’s also available in Krobus’ Shop on Wednesdays for 200g. While having a Magic Bait is truly the handiest item you can use in these situations, as it lures a Dorado at any time.

Fish Pond

A player growing a Dorado Fish Pond in Stardew Valley.
This is not bad for starters.

If you’re looking for a side hustle, you can also place this creature in the Fish Pond. It reproduces every three days, and once it reaches a capacity of three, you’ll need to complete the following quests:

Pond Capacity BeforePond Capacity AfterItems RequestedFishing XP
352 Bream
2 Carp
2 Chub
572 Bullhead
2 Largemouth Bass
7102 Ghostfish
2 Sand Fish
2 Woodskip

What Can You Get from a Dorado?

Owning a Dorado Pond also offers benefits similar to your farm animals. You may even obtain these loots by just reaching the ninth level. Below are the loots you’ll occasionally receive from them in Stardew Valley:

ItemXPPopulation% of ItemsDaily Chance
Roe (1)131 to 8100%23% to 79%
9 to 1095%83% to 90%
Bug Meat (20)109 to 105%4% to 5 %
Nothing01 to 80%77% to 21%
9 to 100%13% to 5%

Additionally, you can place this Orange Dorado Roe in a Preserves Jar and make extra income with it or plainly sell it for 60g. While the Bug Meat can also be crafted into other things that’ll help you catch more fish!


You can also sell it at Willy’s Fish Shop or ship it through the shipping crate. Getting professions like Angler or Fisher certainly helps you earn more gold.

QualityBase Selling PricePrice with Fisher (+25%)Price with Angler (+50%)Artisan ProductRegular With Artisan (+40%)
Base100g125g150gAged Roe160g224g


A player crafting a Quality Fertilizer with a Dorado in Stardew Valley.
Great fertilizers equal great profits!

While producing useful products essential to your farm is also possible with Dorado’s help. You can make a Quality Fertilizer with Sap (2) and any fish such as this creature. Using this item can give you more chances of getting a good quality crop.

Cooking Recipes

Making tasty and loved dishes with it is also possible. It doesn’t belong in many recipes, but here’s the list of meals you can produce with a Dorado in Stardew Valley:

Cooked DishIngredientsSelling Price
Maki RollAny Fish
SashimiAny Fish75g


A Dorado being used in a Sewing Machine in Stardew Valley.
A cute shirt with a small fish!

Like any other item, you can also place it in the spool of a Sewing Machine. You’ll get a black Fish Shirt in return. And fortunately, you can also use it as an orange dye for the Dye Pots in Stardew Valley.


In terms of offering it to villagers, some have neutral feelings about this, but most dislike it. While it’s hated by Pierre, Evelyn, and Haley.


If you’ve visited the new board outside Mayor Lewis’ home, the Special Orders Board, you’ll find the Aquatic Overpopulation Quest. This task involves Demetrius, and he’ll ask you for ten pieces of Dorado.

After completing the mission, you’ll get the same amount of the fish’s selling price alongside the Farm Computer recipe.


Unfortunately, you can’t use it in any bundle in Stardew Valley. But you may refer to its uses above to utilize it well. Every item in this game has a purpose. Hence, good luck finding Dorado!

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