The Marlin is an aquatic creature in Stranded Deep. It falls into the shark category and it can only be found in the open sea.

Description[edit | edit source]

Marlins can be identified by their unique and very distinguishable body - a thin, elongated body with a spear-like snout. It is the smallest and fastest interactable shark in the game. Marlins are passive - they will never attack the player and will barely do anything to their raft. They can only be found swimming in the open sea. If damaged enough, it has a chance of running away to avoid death.

Marlins can be killed and skinned using a refined knife. Its large meat does not spoil if not skinned, making it one of the only infinitely lasting food sources along with smoked food.

If killed, it will quickly sink.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Almost no strategy is required due to them being harmless. Crude spears are a recommended use since they are cheap and most of the time do a great job at killing them. Refined spears get the job done as well, although they demand more resources and can be easily lost if the shark decides to flee. Melee weapons and tools can be used, but consuming a shark repellent beforehand is recommended to avoid other sharks.

The main problem the player can have while fighting is the marlin fleeing, nevertheless it sometimes returns if the player waits long enough.

Another risk is a second shark encounter that is aggressive. Seeing 2 sharks in one spot is rare, fortunately, it can easily be countered by using a shark repellent or simply killing the other shark.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Marlin aren't actually sharks but exist in the category for convenience. It is the only member of the billfish family to appear in the game thus far.
  • Marlin used to be aggressive, for unknown reasons it was later changed.
  • As of v0.03.H2, the spawn chance of a marlin has been adjusted from 100% down to 25%.
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