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White Whale
White Whale
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White Whale Carcass.png
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White Whale Carcass
White Whale Carcass
Raw Fish.png×4 Blubber.png×4 Harpoon.png
"Other Random Items" ×3-9
"whale_carcass_white"

Wilson Portrait.png
Looks like a fighter.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
I see fire in its eyes!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Great white! Fight Wolfgang!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
There is the hate of life burning in its eyes!

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
MYTHIC LEVELS OF HATRED DETECTED

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A white whale! If only there were a book about such a thing!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
It's strong, and very free.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
We meet again.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
It wöuld be an hönör tö kill yöu.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
His eyes burn with hatred!

Webber

Walani Portrait.png
Do ye spout black blood and roll fin out?

Walani

Warly Portrait.png
I have seen the devil!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait.png
Now ye arr a devil fit ta claim ol'Woodlegs!

Woodlegs

A White Whale is a hostile Animal that has a chance to spawn after the player has tracked it down by examining Suspicious Bubbles, during Hurricane Season or Dry Season. This chance starts at 5% on day 1, and increase as days go by, to a maximum of 33% on day 100. In Mild Season and Monsoon Season, the White Whale will not be encountered regardless of the day counter. They are considered innocent creatures despite being hostile, and killing one adds 6 points to the player's naughtiness level, which can cause Krampus to appear.

Once spawned, a White Whale will attack, at which point it will chase the player until the player gets far enough away or kills it.

A White Whale can't be set on fire.

It drops a White Whale Carcass when killed, which will take 3–5 days to fully bloat (only if the player is nearby). When bloated it can be popped with a Machete and it will explode, dropping 4 Raw Fish, 4 Blubber, 1 Harpoon and 9 other random items.

Brain.png Behavior

The White Whale will attack the player if the player gets too close. A player can safely kite one with an attack pattern of 5-6 swings, depending on movement speed. If more than one White Whale are close together they will attack each other.

Spear.png Hunting

By investigating some Suspicious Bubbles, the player can find a White Whale. These can be found randomly in the deep ocean biome and will change locations if ignored for a period of time. Once investigating Suspicious Bubbles three will pop in the same direction, if followed it will lead to another Suspicious Bubbles or the White Whale approximately two screens away. Upon uncovering the final bubble (there can be between 6 and 12 per hunt), the character will alert the player that the creature is close and a White whale will be spawned rather than another bubble. Note there is a 2/3 chance that a Blue Whale will spawn instead. 

Once killed, the White Whale will drop a White Whale Carcass. The carcass will go through 3 stages: Bloated stage 1 (recently killed, withered, and rotting), bloated stage 2 (larger, emits more smell), and bloating stage 3 (severely deformed, shaking softly). During stages 2 and 3, the White Whale Carcass will create a squeaking sound that can be heard from about 8 boat lengths away.


Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a White Whale 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
White Whale.png
Tooth Trap.png Fire Staff.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 177
Fire Dart.png 150
Lucy the Axe.png 56
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Cactus Spike.png 45
Eyeshot.png 38
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png 28
Obsidian Axe.png 14-28
Machete.png Luxury Machete.png 26
Ham Bat.png 13-25
PickSlashAxe.png 25
Spear.png Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.png 23
Obsidian Machete.png 12-23
Trident.png 8 or 23
Bat Bat.png Battle Spear.png 18
Morning Star.png 11 or 18
Slurtle Slime.png The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png Tentacle Spike.png 15
Obsidian Spear.png 8-15
Thulecite Club.png 13
Dark Sword.png Cutlass Supreme.png 12
Blow Dart.png Boat Cannon.png Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png 8
Spear Gun Battle.png 6
Spear Gun Obsidian.png 4-5
Gunpowder.png Harpoon.png 4
Coconade.png 3
Obsidian Coconade.png 3
Old Bell.png 1

Weapon No. of hits for
White Whale.png
Tooth Trap.png Fire Staff.png Immune
Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png 177
Fire Dart.png 150
Lucy the Axe.png 56
Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png 45
Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png 28
Ham Bat.png 13-25
PickSlashAxe.png 25
Spear.png 23
Bat Bat.png 18
Slurtle Slime.png Tentacle Spike.png 15
Thulecite Club.png 13
Dark Sword.png 12
Blow Dart.png 8
Gunpowder.png 4

Weapon No. of hits for
White Whale.png
Battle Spear.png 18
Morning Star.png 11 or 18
Old Bell.png 1

Weapon No. of hits for
White Whale.png
Cactus Spike.png 45
Eyeshot.png 38
Obsidian Axe.png 14-28
Machete.png Luxury Machete.png 26
Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.png 23
Obsidian Machete.png 12-23
Trident.png 8 or 23
The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png 15
Obsidian Spear.png 8-15
Cutlass Supreme.png 12
Boat Cannon.png Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png 8
Spear Gun Battle.png 6
Spear Gun Obsidian.png 4-5
Harpoon.png 4
Coconade.png 3
Obsidian Coconade.png 3

It takes 3 blasts to freeze a White Whale with an Ice Staff and it takes 5 Sleep Darts to put it to sleep.

Possible Random Items

High quality items (low drop chance, rolls up to 2 items):

Coconade.png Top Hat.png Thatch Sail.png Particulate Purifier.png Sleep Dart.png Poison Dart.png Fire Dart.png Cutlass Supreme.png

Medium quality items (medium drop chance, rolls up to 3 items):

Cloth Sail.png Dead Wobster.png Spear Gun.png Coconut.png Boat Lantern.png Bottle Lantern.png Spyglass.png Captain Hat.png
Pirate Hat.png Spear.png Sea Trap.png Machete.png Empty Bottle.png

Low quality items (high drop chance, rolls up to 4 items):

Blubber.png Raw Fish.png Bone Shards.png Seaweed.png Jellyfish.png Coral.png Vine.png Bamboo.png

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The White Whale is a direct reference to Moby-Dick (written by Herman Melville), an 1851 novel about a hostile albino sperm whale. This is further supported by the Harpoon embedded in the whale's head.
    • Although Moby Dick is a sperm whale, the White Whale does not seem to be one, due to the shape of its chin. Its chin is most likely that of a humpback or a blue whale.
  • The White Whale is the Shipwrecked equivalent of the Varg from Reign of Giants.
  • The Harpoon in the whale's head may have been shot in there by Maxwell, as indicated by his quote "We meet again".

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