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Small and cute, until it explodes in your face!
8 (10)
Explode (20)
Poison (10*5)
Beginner Poison-Puffer Hunter!
Intermediate Poison-Puffer Hunter!
Expert Poison-Puffer Hunter!
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Poison-Puffers are enemies in Raft. They are one of multiple threats to the player.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Poison-Puffer is a small, yellow fish that only lives underwater at certain Large Islands. The Poison-Puffer attacks by swimming towards the player, and when it is close enough, it will explode into a large cloud of poison gas, dealing immediate damage and poisoning the player. Once defeated, it is advisable to collect any arrows from the corpse before looting, as the arrows are not looted with the Poison-Puffer. The Poison-Puffer drops a Poison-Puffer Head, which is used in the Recipe "Head Broth". The Poison-Puffer also drops one Explosive Goo, with a 33% chance of dropping a second. These can be used to make Explosive Powder. Poison-Puffers can typically be spotted just below the surface as they emit small bubbles that rise and pop at the surface. Once a Poison-Puffer detects the player, it will follow them for as long as the player remains in the water. As a result of this mechanic, players can sometimes find themselves being pursued by multiple Poison-Puffers resulting in a stressful fight.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

To kill the Poison-Puffer, a Metal Spear or a Bow is recommended, although the bow is definitely the safest. It takes six Stone Arrow hits (seven on hard), or three Metal Arrows hits (four on hard) to kill the Poison-Puffer. If engaged with multiple fish at a time, swim in circles a few times in order to center the fish and then take them out one at a time using any of the methods below. If using arrows, remember these have a shorter despawn timer than the body of the fish, so consider looting them during the fight to avoid losing them.


When finding a Poison-Puffer, start the fight by luring it by swimming near it. Back away until ready to attack, then move forward, stab it and immediately move back again in a fluent motion. Repeat.

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Once being chased by the Poison-Puffer, begin backing up and start firing arrows. Keep in mind that arrows travel much slower underwater, so try to not swim too far ahead of the fish before shooting. It is also possible to lead the fish to shallow water. Lure the fish to shallow water and exit the water. The fish will turn around and start to swim away. Once the fish is a safe distance, re-enter the water. The fish will swim either left or right to turn around to attack you. Shoot the fish with the arrows and exit the water when it becomes too close. It is possible to shoot the fish multiple times by repeating this.

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Avoiding the Poison-Puffer[edit | edit source]

  • The Poison-Puffer emits a slow, continuous stream of bubbles that can be heard on the surface. When planning to dive near large islands, listen for the unique sound, and avoid the area.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Poison-Puffer As Seen From the Side
Poison-Puffer As Seen From the Front

History[edit | edit source]

Early Access
Update 7Poison-Puffer added to the game.