Eel in Stardew Valley.

Stardew Valley: Complete Eel Guide

There's a lot to know about that slippery little fish.

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Key Takeaway

You can catch Eel at the Beach between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. when it’s raining during the Spring or Fall.

The Eel is a difficult Fish to catch in Stardew Valley, but it’s in high demand. The eel sells for a decent price and is a required item for tailoring, a quest, and various recipes.

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    Eel Basics

    Eel is a bit difficult to catch, especially early during the game when you only have a basic rod. However, catching Eel early in the game is a good investment of time, as it will quickly net you some much-needed cash.

    GradeBase PriceFisher (+25%)Angler (+50%)

    It’s also good to have handy when exploring the Mine, as it is a good source of energy and contains healing properties.

    GradeHealing Effect
    • +30 Energy
    • +13 Health
    • +42 Energy
    • +18 Health
    • +54 Energy
    • +24 Health
    • +78 Energy
    • +35 Health

    When, Where, and How to Catch Eel

    The Eel is an ocean-dwelling Fish, so you can only catch it at the Beach. Additionally, Eel only appear between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. on rainy days during the Spring and Fall. If you have at least the Fiberglass Rod, you can attach bait to it to increase the frequency of a bite–something that’s important since there’s only a small window of opportunity to catch Eel.

    With a bit of luck, you can also find Eel for sale at the Traveling Cart for 255-1000g or in a Trash Can during the Spring or Fall.

    Recipes That Require Eel

    There are two recipes that strictly require Eel. However, there are three other recipes that accept any Fish, so you can use Eel for those recipes, as well. In total, you can use Eel in five different recipes.

    Fried Eel
    • Eel (1)
    • Oil (1)
    Greasy but flavorful.
    Spicy Eel
    • Eel (1)
    • Hot Pepper (1)
    It's really spicy! Be careful.
    Maki Roll
    • Any Fish (1)
    • Seaweed (1)
    • Rice (1)
    Fish and rice wrapped in seaweed.
    Quality Fertilizer
    • Any Fish (1)
    • Sap (2)
    Improves soil quality, increasing your chance to grow quality crops. Mix into tilled soil.
    • Any Fish (1)
    Raw fish sliced into thin pieces.

    Gifting Eel

    You should avoid gifting Eel to villagers in Stardew Valley. Most villagers either dislike or hate Eel, with Demetrius, Elliot, Leo, Linus, Pam, Sebastian, and Willy feeling neutral toward it. No villager likes or loves Eel.

    Eel in Fish Ponds

    You can place Eel in a Fish Pond. The initial capacity is 3 Eel, though you can increase this capacity by completing certain quests. You’ll earn 35 Fishing XP for each quest you complete. Here’s what you can expect.

    Capacity Before QuestCapacity After QuestQuest Item (One of):
    • Driftwood (3)
    • Frozen Geode (1)
    • Seaweed (1-2)
    • Clams (2)
    • Coral (2)
    • Aquamarine (2)
    • Mussel (1)
    • Sea Urchins (2)

    When it comes to produce, Eel will only produce Roe (1).

    Other Uses of Eel

    Eel has many other uses in Stardew Valley, as well. For starters, Eel is required for the Night Fishing Bundle in the Community Center. Eel is also randomly requested on the “Help Wanted” board outside of Pierre’s General Store. This request will only appear during the Spring or Fall.

    Interestingly enough, you can also use Eel to tailor the Sailor Shirt. Throw it in the spool and get to sewing.