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The Shark is a Threat that attacks the player and destroys the raft.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Shark, which also goes by the name "Bruce", is an enemy always present around the player's raft and can be heard as it swims nearby. It will attack the raft every 5-10 minutes. Jumping into the water pauses this timer for the duration that it is targeting you. When the Shark attacks the player's raft, the Shark must be thwarted by dealing three points of damage, or it will break the Foundation or Collection Net it is attacking. The player may repair the Foundation for 50% health per Plank, even while the Shark is attacking. As long as the player has enough Planks, they may repair the Foundation and stall the Shark. If a player enters the water while the Shark is swimming nearby, it will immediately turn around and chase that player, unless the player is too far away, or another player is closer. If killed, the Shark will respawn after about 3 minutes.

If bitten by the Shark, the player takes 30 damage, making the Shark a four-bite killer.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Simple Killing

Hits required to kill
Weapon Hits
Wooden Spear 30
Metal Spear 15
Stone Arrows 15
Metal Arrows 10
Machete 10

Stabbing the Shark

Attacking the Shark while underwater just as it opens its mouth will cause it to turn and swim away, giving the player a few seconds to reach land or the raft.

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Please note that if you are trying to kill the Shark with the spear or machete, you must be swimming at it and strike it on the nose as it opens its mouth. Otherwise, you will take damage from a Shark Bite. Once the player gets used to these, killing the Shark without taking damage shouldn't be a problem. Do note that the window for attacking the Shark without taking damage yourself is much smaller on Hard Mode. While the amount of hits is fairly high, the Shark has a very straightforward attack pattern.


Sharks always lunge at the player just before biting, but they never move above the water surface. This means that a player can swim towards the shark, face on, and slightly before being attacked "bob" out of the water and evade the attack. This works on all game modes and is a great way of returning to the raft after having looted an Island, since the Sharks will almost always be swimming directly at the player.

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Placing Foundation Armor on Foundations and Collection Nets will cause the Shark to not attack the reinforced foundation. Alternatively, throwing Shark Bait into the water will distract the Shark for 80 seconds until it breaks the bait. Damaging the Shark with Weapons will cause him to swim away, later returning to the Shark Bait. If the player is still in the water after attacking a bait-eating Shark, it will return to attack the player.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Shark is named Bruce by the developers, which is likely a reference to the movie Jaws or Finding Nemo.

Gallery[edit | edit source]