Tuna: Catching, Fish Pond Farming, and More

Jared Nathaniel

Have you ever dreamed of reeling in a giant Tuna in Stardew Valley? How about its uses in different in-game mechanics? We’ll teach you everything with this item guide!

The player holding a Tuna in Stardew Valley.
It’s bigger than you’ll expect!

During your first days of Stardew Valley, fishing could be one of the best ways to earn some decent extra. It’s also the perfect time killer once you have your first fishing rod. 

The first go-to place is Ocean: an open area near Willy‘s Shop with countless fishes. One of them is Tuna – a large creature that can grow enormously! How to catch it, and what can you do with it? We’ll also discuss it in this comprehensive item guide.

What is a Tuna?

This species prefers the ocean and can grow from 12 to 61 inches! However, they’re reasonably easy to catch after scaling your Fishing level. Its difficulty and behavior are 70 and Smooth. Here are the restoration effects upon consumption:

QualityEnergyHealth
Normal+38+17
Silver+53+23
Gold+68+30
Iridium+98+44

Where to Catch a Tuna?

There are different bodies of water to catch this fish in Stardew Valley. But a Magic Bait will let you reel them anytime, regardless of season, weather, and time. However, they’re not cheap to make, but the decision is yours.

LocationSeasonTimeWeather
Beach• Summer
• Winter
• 6am – 7pmAny
Ginger Island (West, South, Southeast, Pirate Cove)AnyAnyAny

Moreover, there are two more sources if you need this item:

  • Garbage Cans – any time and weather during Summer or Winter.

Fish Pond

The player standing near the Tuna Fish Pond in Stardew Valley.
Tuna in the Fish Pond.

Tuna reproduces once every three days after filling the Fish Pond. Although it has three initial capacities, reaching a population of ten is possible by donating their requested items. Moreover, you’ll get loots daily, depending on the pond’s size.

Item Requests

Fulfilling the Tuna’s Fish Pond Quests are somewhat less challenging and resource-demanding. The majority are junk items and foraged goods that you’ll find anywhere in Stardew Valley. Here’s everything you’ll need to expand the population:

Initial CapacityItem RequestedFishing XPImproved Capacity
Three• Driftwood (3);
• Frozen Geode (1);
• Seaweed (1-2)
+35Five
Five• Clam (2);
• Coral (2)
+35Seven
Seven• Aquamarine (2);
• Mussel (1);
• Sea Urchins (2)
+35Ten

Loots

Roe is the only available product even after achieving population ten. Since the sea creature is less demanding (and has lower maintenance), the same goes for the reward. However, you won’t get any product since a bigger guarantee won’t happen until reaching higher populations. 

ItemPopulationItem PercentageChanceFishing XP
Roe (1)1-470%16-33%+13
Roe (1)5-10100%55-95%+13

Selling Prices

Putting any fish at the Shipping Bin or trading with Willy in Stardew Valley has type-dependent value. However, this one doesn’t sell much, but you can turn their eggs into Aged Roe at the Preserves Jar.

QualitySelling PriceWith FisherWith AnglerRoeAged RoeWith Artisan
Normal100g125g150g80g160g224g
Silver125g156g187g   
Gold150g187g225g   
Iridium200g250g300g   

Crafting

You can make a Quality Fertilizer with the fish:

ItemCrafting SourceIngredients
Quality FertilizerLevel 9 Farming• Sap (2)
Tuna (1)

This tier two fertilizer increases any plant’s value by raising the quality to Iridium. With that said, they’ll give you more health and energy and will sell higher.

Cooking

The player presenting three dishes: Maki Roll, Sashimi, and Fish Taco.
Which cuisine should we pick?

After your first Farmhouse upgrade, you’ll get the Kitchen – a place to prepare dishes in-game. However, the Cookout Kit is another alternative if you want to cook anywhere. Here’s every tasty recipe to make with and without Qi Seasoning:

RecipeIngredientsEnergyEnergy with QSHealthHealth with QSBuff + DurationBuff + Duration with QSSelling PriceSelling Price with QSRecipe Source
Fish Taco• Mayonnaise (1)
• Red Cabbage (1)
• Tortilla (1)
Tuna (1)
+165+297+74+133+2 Fishing (7 minutes)+3 Fishing (10 minutes and 30 seconds)500g750g• From Linus after reaching seven-heart Friendship
Maki Roll• Rice (1)
• Seaweed (1)
Tuna (1)
+100+180+45+81  220g330g• The Queen of Sauce, Year 1 Summer 21
• Stardrop Saloon for 300g
SashimiTuna (1)+75+135+33+60  75g112g• From Linus after reaching a three-heart Friendship

Tailoring

In-game Sewing Machine and Dye Pots in Stardew Valley.
An attractive fish creates this apparel similar to its level.

You can combine it with a piece of Cloth at the spool of the Sewing Machine to create a Sailor Shirt. It has blue color as represented by the sea creature. Moreover, you may use it as a blue dye at the Dye Pots.

Quests

There are two quests you can complete with this item:

  • Help Wanted. Demetrius or Willy will request one to four pieces during Summer or Winter. You get to keep the fish alongside 300g and 150 Friendship points.

  • Aquatic Overpopulation. In Summer, Demetrius will request ten pieces from the Special Orders Board. You’ll get the Farm Computer recipe and its market price equivalent upon completion.

Bundles

Normal quality is needed to finish the Ocean Fish bundle at the Fish Tank. However, its remixed version demands one gold quality at the Quality Fish bundle. Finishing this set will enable Copper Panning.

meet the Author

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Jared Nathaniel
I've been playing Stardew Valley for almost five years, and it's the best game ever created in the universe!

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