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Bottlenose Ballphin

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Bottlenose Ballphin
Bottlenose Ballphin
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Fish Morsel.png ×2, Dorsal Fin.png,
Empty Bottle.png 50%
Spawns from
Ocean
Ballphin Palace
"ballphin"
Wilson Portrait.png
Such a round, rubbery fellow.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
You don't look particularly flammable.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Come and fight with me, sea-friends!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
What a chipper little fellow. Does he know life has no meaning?

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
STOP BEING FRIENDLY. IT'S REPELLANT

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
What an adorable cetacean!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Hey buddy, you know any tricks?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
They're much craftier than they appear at first glance.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
A blöw struck may simply böunce öff.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Playful rubber blobs. We'll watch from afar.

Webber

Walani Portrait.png
My surfing buddies!

Walani

Warly Portrait.png
Chipper fellows.

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait.png
These devil's really have a ball.

Woodlegs

Bottlenose Ballphins are Mobs found in the Shipwrecked DLC. Ballphin pods (groups of Ballphins) are found in random places on the Ocean. Each pod contains 12 members. Ballphins will spawn 15 to 16 days after a new world creation. If some members of the pods are killed, remaining Ballphins will spawn new members during the Mild Season. When killed, a Ballphin drops two Fish Morsels, a Dorsal Fin, and has a 50% chance to drop an additional Empty Bottle.

Brain.png Behavior

Bottlenose Ballphins travel in packs and generally stay in a single area. However, if a player character ventures near, they will follow them for a relatively short distance, and perform back-flips. Additionally, they will attack any hostile creatures or monsters, such as Stink Rays, Crocodogs and Sea Hounds. Therefore, as Webber is considered a Monster, Bottlenose Ballphins will attack him on sight. If the rest of a ballphin's pod have been killed, the survivor will follow the player to a new area of the ocean and stay there, although relocating it can be a time-consuming process, as it can easily become distracted along the way.

Players can befriend Ballphins with food items like Fish, as players can mouse over the item to them to show 'give item'. Unlike Pigs, Ballphins will not run away when approached.

Similar to a Life Jacket, befriended Bottlenose Ballphins have an 80% chance of saving the player from drowning, resurrecting them to the nearest island with ingredients to make a Log Raft. They will also help the player mine coral, similar to how Pigs will help chop trees and Wildbores will help chop trees and hack Bamboo Patches. They can be commanded to attack other mobs.

A Bottlenose Ballphin spawned from a Ballphin Palace will come out during the day and behave like homeless Ballphins, but will go home at dusk. Homeless Bottlenose Ballphins will instantly fall asleep wherever they are during the night.

Home Sign.png Ballphin Names

Bottlenose Ballphins will have random names assigned to them, similar to Pigs, Bunnymen, and Wildbores.

Possible Ballphin names: 

  • Babel
  • Bait
  • Brian
  • Chips
  • Chum
  • Earl
  • Fin
  • Fishi
  • Flotsam
  • Gilly
  • Jaws
  • Jetsam
  • Marius
  • Miah
  • Miso
  • Neptune
  • Phlipper
  • Poseidon
  • Seabreeze
  • Seadog
  • Seasalt
  • Sharky
  • Sushi
  • Tuna
  • Wanda
  • Wasabi

Gramophone.pngQuotes

Idle

  • Eee?
  • Ee, ee?
  • Eee eee ee?

Allied

  • EEEE!
  • EEE, EE?
  • EE!! EE!!
  • EE EEE EE

Found food

  • EEEK! EEEK!
  • EEEEEEEEH!!
  • EEK EEK EEK!

Going home at dusk

  • Nee! NEe!
  • NEEEEE!!
  • NEE! NEE!

Spear.png Fighting Strategy

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Bottlenose Ballphin 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
Bottlenose Ballphin.png
Tooth Trap.png Fire Staff.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 24
Fire Dart.png 20
Lucy the Axe.png 8
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Cactus Spike.png 6
Eyeshot.png 5
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png 4
Obsidian Axe.png 2-4
Machete.png Luxury Machete.png 4
Ham Bat.png 2-4
PickSlashAxe.png 4
Spear.png Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.png 3
Obsidian Machete.png 2-3
Trident.png 1 or 3
Bat Bat.png Battle Spear.png 3
Morning Star.png 2 or 3
Slurtle Slime.png The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png Tentacle Spike.png 2
Obsidian Spear.png 1-2
Thulecite Club.png 2
Dark Sword.png Cutlass Supreme.png 2
Blow Dart.png Boat Cannon.png Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png 1
Spear Gun Battle.png 1
Spear Gun Obsidian.png 1
Gunpowder.png Harpoon.png Coconade.png Obsidian Coconade.png Old Bell.png 1

Weapon No. of hits for
Bottlenose Ballphin.png
Tooth Trap.png Fire Staff.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 24
Fire Dart.png 20
Lucy the Axe.png 8
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png 6
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png 4
Ham Bat.png 2-4
PickSlashAxe.png 4
Spear.png 3
Bat Bat.png 3
Slurtle Slime.png Tentacle Spike.png 2
Thulecite Club.png 2
Dark Sword.png 2
Blow Dart.png 1
Gunpowder.png 1

Weapon No. of hits for
Bottlenose Ballphin.png
Battle Spear.png 3
Morning Star.png 2 or 3
Old Bell.png 1

Weapon No. of hits for
Bottlenose Ballphin.png
Cactus Spike.png 6
Eyeshot.png 5
Obsidian Axe.png 2-4
Machete.png Luxury Machete.png 4
Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.png 3
Obsidian Machete.png 2-3
Trident.png 1 or 3
The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png 2
Obsidian Spear.png 1-2
Cutlass Supreme.png 2
Boat Cannon.png Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png 1
Spear Gun Battle.png 1
Spear Gun Obsidian.png 1
Harpoon.png 1
Coconade.png 1
Obsidian Coconade.png 1

It takes 2 blasts to freeze a Bottlenose Ballphin with an Ice Staff and it takes 1 Sleep Dart to put it to sleep.

Prototype.png Tips

  • If the player knows the locations of Ballphins and hears an impending Crocodog attack, it is prudent to sail towards them for protection.
  • Abigail can easily kill an entire pod of Ballphins.
  • Unlike Pigs and Wildbores, allied Ballphins will not move away if approached. This makes them quite useful for sanity restoration, especially if the player has befriended multiple Ballphins.
  • The player can command Ballphins to attack Jellyfish to obtain food. It only takes two hits from a Bottlenosed Ballphin to kill a Jellyfish. The allied Ballphin can be commanded to kill 20 jellyfish before dying from the Jellyfish shocks. It is better to use an allied Ballphin to attack Birds that are at sea. Birds won't fly away when a Ballphin approaches them, Birds die from a single attack and won't deal any damage to the Ballphin.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The player's ability to befriend Ballphin, their names, quotes and spawn location, the Ballphin Palace, were added to the Shipwrecked DLC more than a year after its official completion in the Home Sea Home update, after being tested in a beta branch for several months.
  • The Bottlenose Ballphin's ability to drop Empty Bottles is a pun on its name.
  • The name Bottlenose Ballphin is a reference to the real world animal, the Bottlenose Dolphin.
  • Two of their names, Neptune and Poseidon are the names of the sea gods in Roman and greek mythology.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • It is possible for the Bottlenose Ballphins to spawn in on land. In this case they won't be able to get to the Ocean, and they will be stuck on land.
  • It is also possible to push a Bottlenose Ballphin onto land by colliding one's boat into it while it is directly next to the shore.

Blueprint.png Gallery