Midnight Carp: Catching, Fish Pond, and More

Midnight Carp (M.C.) – have you caught this shy swimmer that appears alongside the moon? It doesn’t appear at 12am, but we’ll teach everything about this fish in this guide!

The player holding a Midnight Carp in Stardew Valley.
The Iridium color isn’t reflective of its selling value.

Even when the sun’s down, many players in Stardew Valley will continue fishing for extra profit. That’s because more diverse types will come out regardless of your location. 

Here’s a beautiful sea creature to lure in: M.C. You’ll always see them enjoying their freedom where sunshine is sleeping at night. We’ll teach you about the fish, where to catch them, and their in-game uses in this guide.

What is a Midnight Carp?

This shy fish is the most comfortable at night and is ready for your Iridium Fishing Rod. Its growth ranges from 12-53 inches and has a difficulty and behavior of 55, mixed. Here’s the table of the fish’s restoration effects:


Where to Catch a Midnight Carp?

Using a Magic Bait, it’s possible to lure this sea creature regardless of time, season, and weather. However, it’s expensive to make, so we suggest sticking with conventional methods for this valuable item. Here are the places to catch them:

Cindersap Forest Pond• Fall
• Winter
• 10pm – 2amAny
Non-Standard Farm Maps (Forest, Riverland, Wilderness, and Four Corners)• Fall
• Winter
• 10pm – 2amAny
Ginger Island (North and West)• Fall
• Winter
• 10pm – 2amAny
Mountain Lake• Fall
• Winter
• 10pm – 2amAny

Another merchant sells it for a higher price but removes the hassle for you:

Fish Pond

The Midnight Carp occupying the Fish Pond.
What will it produce?

This exotic catch reproduces once every four days (a slightly longer time versus low-selling fishes) until it reaches the pond’s limit. But like other setups, item quests and fish products appear eventually.

Item Requests

Spoiler: M.C. is one of the easiest fish to maintain for seasoned Stardew Valley players. However, some items you’ll need are only available from geodes. The following are every material you’ll need for capacity expansion:

Initial CapacityItem RequestedFishing XPImproved Capacity
Three• Bug Meat (10)
• Clay (2-3)
• Green Algae (2-3)
• Slime (5)
Five• Common Mushroom (2-3)
• Earth Crystal (1-2)
• Limestone (1)
Seven• Mudstone (1)
• Snail (1)
• Wild Bait (5)


Four days and tons of loots seem unfavorable because Roe is the only drop you’ll get. Not to mention the 90% chance of guaranteed production, instead of the full 100% since it’s already at max population.

ItemPopulationItem PercentageChanceFishing XP
Roe (1)1-1090%21-86%+14

Selling Prices

M.C. sells higher despite its low fishing difficulty and behavior. However, it isn’t that much versus the effort in maintaining the Fish Pond. Its eggs are also available as Aged Roe by loading them into the Preserves Jar.

QualitySelling PriceWith FisherWith AnglerRoeAged RoeWith Artisan


Midnight Carp sells more decently than other common fishes such as Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass, and Herring. But if you want to turn your 150g into a Quality Fertilizer for a better selling price for your crops, here’s the recipe:

ItemCrafting SourceIngredients
Quality FertilizerLevel 9 FarmingMidnight Carp (1)
• Sap (2)


The player holding a Maki Roll, Sashimi, and Seafoam Pudding in Stardew Valley.
Three different dishes, but only one stands out the most.

Aside from common dishes in Stardew Valley, you can also make a Seafoam Pudding – the most potent fishing item. Although this shy swimmer has low selling value, cooking is its primary advantage. Here are all recipes:

RecipeIngredientsEnergyEnergy with QSHealthHealth with QSBuff + DurationBuff + Duration with QSSelling PriceSelling Price with QSRecipe Source
Maki RollMidnight Carp (1)
• Rice (1)
• Seaweed (1)
+100+180+45+81  220g330g• Tuning in to the Queen of Sauce on Year 1 Summer 21
• Stardrop Saloon permanent stock for 300g
SashimiMidnight Carp (1)+75+135+33+60  75g112g• After reaching a three-heart friendship with Linus
Seafoam Pudding• Flounder (1)
Midnight Carp (1)
• Squid Ink (1)
+175+315+78+141+4 Fishing (3 minutes and 30 seconds)+5 Fishing (5 minutes and 15 seconds)300g450g• Level 9 Fishing


In-game screen of the Dye Pots.
Its purpose in dyeing is obvious.

While you can’t create something useful at the spool of the Sewing Machine, you can turn the item into a purple dye at Dye Pots. But profit-wise, you may want to throw it into the Shipping Bin or use it as a cooking ingredient.


Demetrius, Elliott, Leo, Linus, Pam, Sebastian, and Willy feels neutral in receiving this midnight gift. Evelyn, Haley, and Pierre will always hate you for giving this slimy catch. The rest of the villagers wouldn’t like it either.


Here are the following missions you can complete in Stardew Valley:

  • Help Wanted at Pierre’s General Store. During Fall, someone will request a piece for 450g and 150 Friendship points.
  • Aquatic Overpopulation. Demetrius will order ten pieces for the same market value and a Farm Computer recipe.


No worries about consuming the Midnight Carp on one of the most demanding parts in Stardew Valley. The Community Center doesn’t require you the item, so it’s better to stick with selling Seafoam Pudding.

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