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Use time15 (Very fast)
Tooltip'It's smiling, might be a good snack'
RarityRarity level: 0
Sell7 SC50 CC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
1 SC (Old-gen console version)
No Value (3DS version)
Research5 required
When out of water
AI TypeSwimming AI
Max Life5
KB Resist50%
BannerGoldfish BannerGoldfish Banner
For the enemy variants, see Corrupt Goldfish and Vicious Goldfish.

Goldfish are harmless Critters that swim in water, and walk on land during Rain. The Goldfish has only 5 health and no defense, and can be damaged by other enemies and players.

The Goldfish can be caught with any Bug Net to be carried around in the inventory and released later, or crafted into animated decorative furniture (Fish Bowl). Once crafted, the Goldfish cannot be released again, unless the furniture item is de-crafted via Shimmer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

The Goldfish can be spawned by the Fish Statue, however statue-spawned critters cannot be caught with any Bug Net, and will disappear in a puff of smoke when the player attempts to do so.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, there is a 1/400 (0.25%) chance for a Gold Goldfish to spawn in place of an ordinary one.

During a Blood Moon, or when hit with Vile Powder or Vicious Powder, Goldfish will turn into Corrupt Goldfish or Vicious Goldfish.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Fish BowlFish BowlBy Hand
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Bowl of SoupBowl of Soup
Cooking PotCooking Pot
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Bowl of SoupBowl of Soup
Fish StatueFish StatueHeavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) and Ecto Mist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Neptune's ShellNeptune's Shell
Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
Nintendo 3DS version only:
Fish BowlFish Bowl
Work BenchWork Bench


  • It is not possible to kill Goldfish by forcing them out of water. They will simply flop around on the ground continuously.
  • Walking Goldfish will not stop walking when the rain ends, unless they re-enter water. They attempt to get off screen, in which case they then despawn.
  • Vile Powder does not work on Goldfish that are walking around during Rain.
  • Goldfish swim backwards and forwards, reversing direction every time they hit a block. If the block they hit, however, is upwardly sloped, they will swim up it, and if the slope continues out of the water, they will swim up and out of the water, at which point they will begin flailing about, unless it is raining.
  • Goldfish spawned via a Statue will not count towards to the Statue spawn limit during Rain, for it turns into a walking Goldfish rather than the standard Goldfish.
  • Goldfish will walk during rain even underground.
  • The most effective way to sell captured Goldfish is by crafting them into Fish Bowls.


(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Goldfish-shaped cloud.
  • While not directly utilizing the trademarked phrase, the Goldfish's tooltip is a reference to the snack food Goldfish ("the snack that smiles back").
  • Previously, killed Goldfish will drop itself as an item, which can then be used as a weak recovery potion (restoring 20 health), which the tooltip is a remnant of.
  • Goldfish have black eyes, but have red eyes when killed. This may be because of the blood that appears when it is killed.
  • The Goldfish, Bunny, Bird, and Penguin are the only four Critters that have banners of themselves.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, a cloud in the shape of a Goldfish can occasionally be seen in the background.
  • Walking Goldfish will spin around as they fall down. This can be best seen by releasing some in Space during rain.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Goldfish: "A seemingly ordinary goldfish, until it decides to rain."


  • Desktop Fixed an issue where walking Goldfish could not be Corrupted/Crimson'd like other Goldfish.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Stack limit was raised from 99 to 999.
    • Goldfish now sell for nothing, instead of 1 SC
    • No longer dropped by kill, but only by use of Bug Net.
    • Now releasable rather than edible.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • No longer generate coins when spawned from statues.
    • They now walk during the rain.
    • Sell price reduced from 2 SC to 1 SC.