Most days Willy wakes up at about 6:10 AM, and fishes at the beach for a few hours before operating his fish shop between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. He'll often do more fishing on the beach after closing up shop until about 10:00 PM. During winter he'll go to the saloon instead of the beach after work. On the 9th of Spring, he has an appointment at the clinic.
Willy's shop is closed on Saturday while he's out fishing unless it's raining in which case he'll keep the shop opened.
His schedule can deviate if there are specific conditions like season, weather, or certain days of the week. Below are his schedule deviations prioritized highest to lowest (for example when it rains that schedule will override all others below it).
Wakes up for the day, goes fishing outside his fish shop.
Willy spends most of his time fishing just outside his shop when not operating the sale counters at his shop. He's often seen at the saloon in the evenings, especially during the winter. He lives close to Elliott; the two of them are the only residents of the beach.
You can give Willy up to two gifts per week (plus one on
birthday), which will raise or lower
friendship with you. Gifts on
birthday (Summer 24) will have 8× effect and show a unique dialogue. For loved or liked gifts, Willy will say
“A birthday gift? That's very kind of you! I love it.”
“You remembered my birthday! Thank you. This is great!”
For neutral gifts, Willy will say
“Oh, a birthday gift! Thank you.”
For disliked or hated gifts, Willy will say
“Oh... It's for my birthday? ... Thanks.”
“This is great! If only me ol' Pappy was around. He'd go nuts for this.”
Willy greets you outside the Fish Shop. He says he needs your help and asks you to come inside. Once inside, you see Crabs run amok, covering the Fish Shop floor. Before you can do anything to help, Gus enters the Fish Shop and offers to purchase all the crabs, minus a discount for the labor involved. Willy agrees, and Gus gathers the crabs. Afterward, Gus turns to you and says he's going to run a special on Crab Cakes for the next few days (but not to tell Willy). The cutscene ends with Willy saying goodbye to his "sweet ladies" as they are taken away to be killed and cooked.
Gus will sell an unlimited amount of Crab Cakes at the Saloon for 550g each starting on the day of the cutscene and for 3 days after. Mayor Lewis will comment that he's smelled crab "all afternoon" the day the event is viewed.
After reaching seven hearts with Willy he will send you a recipe in the mail.
I'd like to share an ol' cooking recipe my pappy used to make. It's important the fish is FRESH.
“Ahoy there! It's nice to see young folk movin' in to the valley. It's not very common these days.”
“Ahoy there, [son/lass]. Looks like decent weather for fishing, eh?”
“Have you had much luck in the local waters? You look like you could be a strong angler if you set your mind to it.”
“A true angler has respect for the water... don't you forget that.”
“Some fish come and go with the seasons. Others only come out at night or in the rain.”
“*mumble* *mumble* ...Eh? I would tell you about my thoughts, but it's a fisherman's secret”
“ There are rumors of some very rare fish in these parts... but only an experienced angler could stand a chance against them. You'll need the finest bait you can get if you want a rare fish to bite.”
“If you really want to get the fish biting, make sure you put some bait on your hook.”
“If the local fishing scene got a bit more lively, I might expand the shop's stock.”
“If you purchase a high quality fishing rod, you'll be able to attach bait and tackle to the line. Bait causes fish to bite faster. Tackle can make your job a lot easier when reeling fish in. There are all kinds of tackle, with different perks. They're usually a little flimsy, so don't be surprised if your tackle breaks after a while.”
“The ol' Man was a fisherman, you know. I grew up sailing between the fern islands, living from catch to catch. The fishing life is tough, but there's something about it that keeps you goin'.”
“How's the fishing life going for ya? I try to fish as often as possible, but it's not easy when you've got a shop to run.”
“Hey, it's my skipper, [Player]! I'd give you a discount on bait if I could afford it.”
"In the night sky of winter, there is a bright star only visible from this valley. No one knows why this is... but in times of old people would come from far and wide to see it.*They believed that anyone who laid eyes on the Winter Star would be blessed with good fortune. Some even claim that the mysterious fruit known as Stardrop is connected to the Winter Star in some way."
Fishing: Willy may randomly request that you catch a certain number of a specific fish from the current season at the "Help Wanted" board outside Pierre's General Store. The reward is 3x the fish's base value (per fish). (You get to keep the fish).
1.4: Fixed bug where all recipes would be sent at 3 friendship hearts. Willy now is neutral towards Dish O' The Sea, Maki Roll, and Sashimi. Fixed bug where skipping intro cutscene would not count towards introductions quest.