The Hoverfish is a small, passive, herbivorous fauna species. It resides mainly in the Kelp Forest, where it slowly swims around the Creepvines or hovers above patches of seagrass.


The Hoverfish' has a teardrop-shaped body with six legs, three on each side. On its head are two black eyes, two small nostrils and a broad mouth, resembling the face of a frog. The legs each have a small, circular pad surrounded by a thin, transparent membrane along the edges.

The Hoverfish's body is mostly a light green in color, except for its back, which features blue-white speckles. Its legs are pale turquoise and its pads are yellow. The dorsal speckles, along with its padded appendages, are capable of emitting bright bioluminescent glows.


As its name implies, the Hoverfish "hovers" in the water currents between the Creepvines, and "swims" rather slowly. When approached by the player, the creature will not flee.

The Hoverfish will approach other fish and push them around. It will also do this to the bodies of deceased fish.

The Hoverfish appears to show the most emotion compared to other edible fauna, as it will blink, wiggle and shake its head in fear when being held.

Hoverfish can be found around Reefbacks, usually in groups of two or three.

Uses in Crafting

HoverfishArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Cooked Hoverfish

HoverfishSalt DepositArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Cured Hoverfish

Energy Value

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Future Plans

  • The concept art for the Twisty Bridges Biome suggests that Hoverfish will spawn there; however, it is not confirmed.

Data Bank Entry


A small, cautious herbivore, commonly found in kelp-rich environments.

  1. Charged Footpads:
    Six unique limb appendages feature charged pads capable of ionizing the surrounding water. The hoverfish uses this ability to maintain its position against the current as it feeds from kelp and lichen.

Assessment: Edible



  • A message displayed by the PDA upon the player first acquiring a cooked Hoverfish suggests that the flavour of the meat leaves something to be desired.
  • Hoverfish slightly resemble real-life water skimmers.