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Overview of the Beach.

The Beach is located to the south of Pelican Town. It is a valuable area for Fishing, being the only source for all saltwater Fish. In addition, many shells and forageable items can be found washed up on the beach (especially during Summer 12-14).

During the Summer the Luau and Dance of the Moonlight Jellies festivals are held on the beach. In Winter, the Night Market is held on the pier from the 15th to the 17th.

Features

Elliott's Cabin

Elliott's Cabin is located on the main beach, just east of the entrance. Elliott spends much of his time inside, and much of the remainder standing in front of the campfire south of his cabin.

Fish Shop

The Fish Shop is located on the main docks and is owned and operated by Willy. It sells various Fishing supplies.

Tide Pools

Final location when warping to the beach.

The tide pools are found at the east end of the beach, and are the primary place to find Coral and Sea Urchins. At the start of the game, the wooden footbridge across the river is broken. Until the bridge is repaired (requiring 300 pieces of Wood), the tide pools are inaccessible.

On rainy or stormy days, the Old Mariner stands at the north side of the beach past the tide pools.

Warping

The player can warp to the beach using a Warp Totem: Beach (consumed on use) or a Water Obelisk (reusable). Both methods warp the player to the same location.

Foraging

All items collected at the beach provide 7 Foraging experience points.[1]

Festivals effectively hide all forageable items and artifact spots because they use custom versions of the Beach map. This is particularly noticeable during the Night Market: forageables and artifact spots continue to spawn every night, but all of them appear on the standard (hidden) version of the Beach. Afterwards (on December 18th), the accumulated items from all three nights can be collected.

Standard Foraging

Locations on Beach where forageable items can spawn.

The beach is a rich source for forageable items. Not only does it have several extra sources of forageable items, but also items spawn at a relatively fast rate on the Beach. Most of the forageable items are avaiable year-round; Rainbow Shells and Nautilus Shells are the only season-specific items:[2]

  • Clam.png Clam (56% Spring/Fall, 43% Summer, 24% Winter)
  • Mussel.png Mussel (19% Spring/Fall, 14% Summer, 12% Winter)
  • Oyster.png Oyster (19% Spring/Fall, 14% Summer, 12% Winter)
  • Cockle.png Cockle (6% Spring/Fall, 5% Summer, 3% Winter)
  • Only in Summer: Rainbow Shell.png Rainbow Shell (24%)
  • Only in Winter: Nautilus Shell.png Nautilus Shell (48%)

Possible locations where these items can spawn are shown in red on the map. The locations include nearly any dry sand west of the broken bridge, plus most dry sand east of the bridge. Because 80% of the possible spawn locations are west of the bridge, items are four times more likely to spawn west of the bridge. The large number of spawnable locations at the beach lead to a high average daily spawn rate of 1.1 per night.[3] However, at most six items are possible at one time: this limit includes items on both sides of the bridge, but only includes the standard forageable items listed here (not Coral, Sea Urchins, or Seaweed).

Even though most of the Beach items are not season-specific, they are still removed before the first day of any season, as well as before Sunday morning. This includes the tidepool items and bonus summer items.[4]

Tide Pool Foraging

Several special items appear (normally) only in the tide pool region east of the bridge. These items spawn separately from the standard forage items, and therefore do not count as part of the six item per map limit.

Coral.png Coral and Sea Urchin.png Sea Urchins can spawn throughout the tide pool area (shown in blue on the map). There is no hard limit on the number of either item. The average spawn rate for all tide pool items is 1.2 items per night;[5] unlike standard forageables, this rate does not increase on Sunday mornings or the first day of a season. 20% of all tide pool items will be Sea Urchins, and 80% Corals. Some of the Coral and Sea Urchins that spawn can be overlooked, because they may be present in the semi-obscured tiles behind the bush-like sea anemones found by the tide pools.

Seaweed.png Seaweed can also spawn near the tide pools, but only in a narrow strip right by the shore (shown in green on the map). There is a 3% chance per night of Seaweed spawning.

Summer Bonus Foraging

Extra items are found on the beach on summer 12-14. Some of the bonus items are standard forageables because their spawning rate is slightly higher than usual (1.4/night instead of 1.1/night)[6].

More noticeably, extra Corals and Sea Urchins spawn during these three days, at an average rate of 4/night (20% Sea Urchins, 80% Corals).[7] They can appear nearly anywhere on the beach (white areas on map) -- both east and west of the bridge -- except for the piers. This is only the time of year when Corals and Sea Urchins appear at the west end of the beach.

During these three days, the ocean is distinctly greener than usual.[8] However, the map is otherwise unchanged, and therefore any objects previously placed on the beach (Crab Pots, Chests, Trees, etc.) remain available, unlike during other events on the beach.

Artifact Spots

Artifacts that can be found by digging up Artifact Spots on the Beach are:

Other possible items are:

Note that Rice Shoots are never found at the Beach (either in Artifact Spots, or in Fishing Treasure Chests).

Artifact spots spawn on the beach at an average rate of 0.4 per night, except in winter when the average rate increases to 0.5 per night.[10]

Fishing

Fishing Zones on the Beach

The beach is the only place where you can catch or trap saltwater Fish. All water at the beach is considered to be saltwater, even the section of the river upstream of the bridge (where, in the real world, freshwater fish would be more likely). Therefore, the same fish are available regardless of where on the beach you are fishing (with the exception of the Crimsonfish, one of the five Legendary Fish, that is only available from the east end of the beach).

Visually, the piers seem to provide better access to deep (dark blue) water. However, in terms of fishing mechanics the piers are considered to be land. Therefore casts made from the end of the pier have no inherent advantage over casts made from the shore. Similarly, the light blue (apparently shallow) water color to the east and west of the beach has no actual gameplay signficance.

Bubbles tend to appear at the Beach more often than other locations because such a large fraction of the map is covered in water[11]. However, they also frequently appear so far offshore that they are unreachable, even with high Fishing skill.

During the Night Market, only Trash can be caught when fishing outside on the Beach; fishing is possible from the Submarine, with a custom list of available fish.

Time
 Spring 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Sardine.png Sardine
Flounder.png Flounder
Anchovy.png Anchovy
Herring.png Herring
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Halibut.png Halibut
Eel.png Eel Rainy day only
 Summer 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Octopus.png Octopus
Tilapia.png Tilapia
Red Mullet.png Red Mullet
Red Snapper.png Red Snapper Rainy day only
Tuna.png Tuna
Flounder.png Flounder
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Halibut.png Halibut
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish Sunny day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber
 Fall 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Tilapia.png Tilapia
Red Snapper.png Red Snapper Rainy day only
Sardine.png Sardine
Sea Cucumber.png Sea Cucumber
Anchovy.png Anchovy
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Albacore.png Albacore
Eel.png Eel Rainy day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber
 Winter 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Red Mullet.png Red Mullet
Sardine.png Sardine
Sea Cucumber.png Sea Cucumber
Tuna.png Tuna
Herring.png Herring
Red Snapper.png Red Snapper Rainy day only
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Albacore.png Albacore
Halibut.png Halibut
Squid.png Squid

Notes

Trivia

  • On the northwestern side of the beach there is a suspicious looking opening between two trees. However the path is blocked by a bunch of woodplanks.
  • Although identified as salt water, and therefore dangerous to many plants, you can fill the watering can from the ocean and use the water on any crops.

References

  1. Experience is rewarded by GameLocation::checkAction, based in part on whether an item Object.isForage. Although shells and fish would not normally qualify as forage items, Object.isForage explicitly allows all items found on the beach to be considered forage.
  2. For each forage item, the provided percentage is the average percentage of all standard forage items that will be the specified item for that season. The input data is Locations.xnb, which is processed by code in GameLocation::spawnObjects.
  3. Of the 5200 total tiles at the beach, 647 (12%) are valid spawn locations for standard forage items. 133 of these locations are east of the broken bridge. For more information on forage item spawning, see Foraging.
  4. See game code in Beach::DayUpdate. Note that all extra items are created using GameLocation::dropObject, which gives them the isSpawnedObject flag, causing them to automatically be destroyed at the end of a week/season.
  5. The game code spawning tide pool items is in Beach::DayUpdate. Coral and Sea Urchins are created within a loop that starts with a base 100% chance, then repeats indefinitely, multiplying the chance by 0.5 each time, until one of the tests fail. The actual spawn rate is reduced slightly by valid locations: the code randomly selects any of 300 tiles, but only 212 of the tiles are valid spawning tiles. Seaweed is created within a second loop, where the chance of the first seaweed is 0.025 (0.25*0.1), but multiple loops are also possible. Location selection does not alter the spawning chance, because all 17 possible seaweed tiles are valid spawning tiles.
  6. During summer 12-14, GameLocation::spawnObjects is called six times instead of one: Beach::DayUpdate calls it five times on top of the standard call made by GameLocation::DayUpdate. However, the extra calls to spawnObjects are largely ineffective, because the same locations are tested every time -- the random-number seed (based on game ID and days played) is always the same.
  7. During summer 12-14, the extra Coral and Sea Urchins have 1239 valid spawning tiles out of the 2600 that could be randomly selected.
  8. Beach::resetSharedState changes the water color, adding a green overlay, only on Summer 12-14.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 The chance of finding extra items in Artifact Spots in season-dependent: the chance is 50% smaller in winter. See Artifact Spot for more information.
  10. Of the 5200 total tiles at the beach, 777 are valid spawn locations for artifact spots year-round. See Artifact Spot for more information.
  11. The raw chance of bubbles forming at the beach is the same as on all other maps, see GameLocation::performTenMinuteUpdate, specifically regarding fishSplashPoint. However, the code randomly selects any tile on the map and only creates bubbles if that tile happens to be a "fishable" tile. With 2307 of 5200 (44%) fishable tiles, the Beach has a much higher fraction than other maps.
  12. The code in GameLocation::performTenMinuteUpdate that spawns orePanPoints is skipped on the Beach, but the test does not recognize the BeachNightMarket map.

History

  • 1.4: Added spawning of forageable Seaweed. Can no longer place items at Beach during the Night Market.