Tiger Shark

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Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark
2500
100 and 225 (100+125) Divebomb to player
200 and 450 (200+250) Divebomb to mobs
3
Attack Range
4
8
12
Special Ability
AoE attacks, and can travel both on land and in the sea.
Raw Fish.png ×8, Eye of the Tiger Shark.png ×1-2, Shark Gills.png ×2-4
"tigershark"
Wilson Portrait.png
Well that's terrifying.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
My nightmares have come true!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
I will take you to POUND!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
Orange striped death on water!

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
WHY WOULD NATURE MAKE THIS TERROR?

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Selachii Felidae. A very large one!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Might be cute if it didn't want to eat me.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
Aptly named.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
Take me tö Valhalla, devil öf the sea!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Out of the water!

Webber

Walani Portrait.png
I'll never complain about regular sharks again!

Walani

Warly Portrait.png
I wish you were a tiger shrimp instead!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait.png
Come at me ye striped devil!

Woodlegs


The Tiger Shark is a pseudoneutral boss mob found in the Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC. It is a giant orange and black shark with stripes, as the name would suggest. It drops Raw Fish, Eye of the Tiger Shark, and Shark Gills when killed. It is only hostile to the player if one of its Sharkittens is attacked or if the player is near the Sharkitten Den. In Monsoon Season, it appears near the den. It cannot be frozen with an Ice Staff and takes 4 Sleep Darts to be put to sleep.

Despite being a towering mass of teeth, claws, and cat fur, Tiger Shark will not drain Sanity, unlike most other boss mobs.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

The Tiger Shark can spawn in any season, triggered by certain player actions while on the ocean (in a boat). These actions and their Season dependent chance to spawn Tiger Shark is summarized in the table below. When it spawns, unless it is near the den, it will be passive towards the player; this frequently results in it not being seen at all. Once reduced to 10% health, it will retreat towards the den. If it gets too far away, it despawns. After despawning, it cannot spawn again (either by actions or by approaching the Sharkitten Den during Monsoon season) for a certain cooldown. If it dies (not despawns), it cannot spawn again for 10 days (same for all the seasons).

Action Spawn chance
Mild Hurricane Monsoon Dry
Respawn Time 7 days 5 days 3 days 10 days
Fishing Rod.png Fishing 1% 1% 2% 1%
Fishing Rod.png Reeling 1% 1% 2% 1%
Fishing Rod.png Catching 1% 1% 2% 1%
Spear.png Attacking 0% 1% 2% 0%
Sea Trap.png Baiting 1% 3% 6% 1%
Bug Net.png Netting 1% 3% 6% 1%
Meatballs.png Eating 0% 3% 6% 0%
Wave.png Riding a wave 0% 1% 5% 0%

Brain.png Behavior[edit | edit source]

Every now and then, the Tiger Shark will give some Bile-Covered Slop to its Sharkittens.

The Tiger Shark will not attack small creatures, the player or Packim Baggims if they stay away from its den. However, it will attack everything else like Wildbores, Spiders, Snakes, Sea hounds, etc. on sight. It might be a good idea to bait these to the Tiger Shark if the player is having troubles with them. The Tiger Shark will also attack Abigail, if playing as Wendy.

When fighting on land, the Tiger Shark will run directly towards its targets and will try to bite them, which will deal area damage. It will also use a ground pound attack if its target is too far, that will also destroy structures. The impact place is easy to spot as it makes a huge shadow on the ground. This attack is also used when the Tiger Shark goes from water to land.

When fighting in the sea, it will keep the bite attack but will now have a dive attack similar to its ground pound, where it will jump into the sky and dive directly on its target. This attack makes a huge shadow when both jumping and landing it, making it very easy to spot. Tiger Shark's attacks will create lots of big waves which may make the fight for the player difficult due to the waves damaging the boat and getting the character wet.

The Tiger Shark can't hurt Sharkittens when attacking and is immune to Tooth Traps as the traps do not activate.

If the Tiger Shark is away from it's den, or any mob it naturally targets, the Tiger Shark will remain idle. In Ocean, the Tiger Shark will be completely motionless, and on land, it will walk around aimlessly. It will also eat any sort of Meat item on the ground or ocean, including Crock Pot dishes.

Spear.png Fighting Strategy[edit | edit source]

Characters with default damage multipliers could tank the Tiger Shark on land by using a high damage weapon, such as Cutlass Supreme, with a full durability Football Helmet and Log Suit or better armors. It can also be easily kited on land. The attacks can be dodged by moving away at the moment of Tiger Shark opening its mouth for an attack. After the bite animation is complete, the players can get 2-3 hits in before its next attack. If it happens to roar after biting, this is a good opportunity to hit it an additional 2-3 times, as it will not flinch when roaring. The belly flop attacks deal a lot of damage, and should be dodged to increase the chance of survival.


Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Tiger Shark 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
Tiger Shark.png
Tooth Trap.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 589
Lucy the Axe.png 184
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Cactus Spike.png 148
Eyeshot.png 125
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png 92
Obsidian Axe.png 46-92
Machete.png Luxury Machete.png 84
Ham Bat.png 43-84
PickSlashAxe.png 82
Spear.png Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.png 74
Obsidian Machete.png 37-74
Trident.png 25 or 74
Bat Bat.png Battle Spear.png 59
Morning Star.png 35 or 58
Slurtle Slime.png The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png Tentacle Spike.png 50
Obsidian Spear.png 25-50
Thulecite Club.png 43
Dark Sword.png Cutlass Supreme.png 37
Blow Dart.png Boat Cannon.png Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png 25
Fire Staff.png Fire Dart.png 17-25
Spear Gun Battle.png 20
Spear Gun Obsidian.png 13-17
Gunpowder.png Harpoon.png 13
Coconade.png 10
Obsidian Coconade.png 8
Old Bell.png 3

Weapon No. of hits for
Tiger Shark.png
Tooth Trap.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 589
Lucy the Axe.png 184
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png 148
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png 92
Ham Bat.png 43-84
PickSlashAxe.png 82
Spear.png 74
Bat Bat.png 59
Slurtle Slime.png Tentacle Spike.png 50
Thulecite Club.png 43
Dark Sword.png 37
Blow Dart.png 25
Fire Staff.png Fire Dart.png 17-25
Gunpowder.png 13

Weapon No. of hits for
Tiger Shark.png
Battle Spear.png 59
Morning Star.png 35 or 58
Old Bell.png 3

Weapon No. of hits for
Tiger Shark.png
Cactus Spike.png 148
Eyeshot.png 125
Obsidian Axe.png 46-92
Machete.png Luxury Machete.png 84
Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.png 74
Obsidian Machete.png 37-74
Trident.png 25 or 74
The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png 50
Obsidian Spear.png 25-50
Cutlass Supreme.png 37
Boat Cannon.png Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png 25
Spear Gun Battle.png 20
Spear Gun Obsidian.png 13-17
Harpoon.png 13
Coconade.png 10
Obsidian Coconade.png 8

The Tiger Shark is immune to the Ice Staff and it takes 4 Sleep Darts to put it to sleep.

Prototype.pngTips[edit | edit source]

It is advised to kill the Tiger Shark at least once to get a Dumbrella, to keep the player dry and protect the player from Overheating in the Dry Season.

Placeholder.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The creature's design is a pun originated on the actual Tiger Shark, as it appears as a shark that can walk on land and has the patterns of a tiger on it.
  • According to Wickerbottom its scientific name is Selachii Felidae. In biological taxonomy, "Selachii" is the order of Sharks, and "Felidae" is the family of cats.
  • This mob seems to share characteristics with the Moose/Goose, such as the Sharkittens, that are equivalent to the Moslings. It also has some of Bearger's qualities, such as collecting and eating food.

Blueprint.png Gallery[edit | edit source]