Chum Bucket

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Chum Bucket
  • Chum Bucket item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Use time19 (Very fast)
TooltipToss in water up to 3 times to increase fishing power
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell5 SC
Research25 required
Projectile created
  • Chum
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Blood Eel(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Blood EelBlood Eel(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)7–1050%
Dreadnautilus(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Dreadnautilus.pngDreadnautilus(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)7–1050%
Hemogoblin Shark(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Hemogoblin Shark.pngHemogoblin Shark(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)7–1050%
Wandering Eye Fish(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Wandering Eye Fish.pngWandering Eye Fish(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)4–650%
Zombie Merman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Zombie Merman.pngZombie Merman(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)4–650%
Not to be confused with Chum Caster.

The Chum Bucket is a consumable item that increases fishing power when thrown into a liquid. It is dropped with a 1/2 (50%) chance from Blood Moon enemies: the Wandering Eye Fish and Zombie Merman drop it in stacks of 4–6, and the Hemogoblin Shark, Blood Eel, and Dreadnautilus in stacks of 7–10. These enemies have a chance to spawn while fishing during a Blood Moon.

The fishing power bonus depends on how many Chum Buckets are present on the water's surface. A single bucket used will increase fishing power by 11, two for a total of 17, and finally three for a total bonus of 20. This bonus is added after all other fishing factors and so is not influenced by time factors like other fishing gear are. See the relevant section on Fishing for details.

Each bucket lasts up to 10 times reeling in the line, even if nothing is on the line or if the line breaks.


  • Chum Buckets do not affect the chances for fishing up enemies during Blood Moons, but fishing using the Chum Caster doubles the chance.
  • Using a Sonar Potion alongside Chum Buckets is recommended, as it allows the player to save reels for more valuable fishing catches.


  • The tooltip is a reference to Plankton, the main antagonist of the American animated comedy television series SpongeBob SquarePants, who owns a restaurant named "The Chum Bucket", which quite literally resembles a bucket itself and sells the namesake chum.
  • In real life, chum is a common bait composed of fresh chunks of fish meat and bone, and is used by fishermen to lure and catch large game fish and sharks.