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Serpents are aggressive creatures found in Oceans. They are large, aquatic snake-like reptiles with six glowing eyes, spiked dorsal fins and a gaping mouth filled with razor-sharp teeth.

Item 0 Star
Serpent meat.png Serpent meat 6-7
Serpent scale.png Serpent scale 8-9
Serpent trophy.png Serpent trophy 33%


Type Limit Frequency Stars
Anywhere in Ocean during the night time, despawn at dawn 1 Rare No
Anywhere in Ocean during rain or thunderstorm 1 Rare No


See: Aggressive Creature Strategies



  • Their drops are quite valuable and obtainable relatively early in progression. Serpent stew and Cooked serpent meat are some of the best food in the game. Their scales are valuable as they can be crafted into a powerful tower shield.
  • Since the Hearth & Home update serpent meat can no longer be cooked on the cooking station and require the bigger iron cooking station in order to be turned into cooked serpent meat.
  • A player with a Finewood bow or better should be able to kill a Serpent before it destroys a Karve, but not before it would destroy a Raft. Use caution on long ocean voyages with Rafts, as a lone player will not be able to kill a hostile Serpent before it destroys their raft.
  • Serpents are currently the only hostile creatures in the Ocean biome. According to the developer Road Map, this will change in the future.
  • When sailing through a serpent during its roar with a Longship, there is a chance the serpent may get stuck on the ship, becoming defenseless as it is on land. The railings of the Longship prevent the serpent from escaping into the water.
  • When trying to capture a sea serpent to hold it captive, it's recommended to hunt them during day time (with a bad weather). Serpents spawned from night time will despawn during the day.
  • Frostner is extremely effective against a serpent due to its frost damage, and is able to fairly reliably kill a serpent in a three-hit combo.
  • The Serpent is likely based on Jörmungandr from Norse mythology, the giant sea serpent who roams the waters of Midgard.
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