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Creature / Food
Species Crustacean
Health 0 (can be killed with a spear)
Usages Restores 1 Hunger bar
Cook Time 1 minute

The crab is a crustacean found in Stranded Deep. Crabs can be found in abundance in and around crab holes found on the island.


Crabs vary in size and continue to grow as they age. Female crabs are identified by their light greenish color whilst male crabs are of a darker brown. There is one family of crabs in each crab nest.

Crabs can be dragged when alive or dead, but can only be picked up and placed in the player's inventory when dead.


At random times a new crab will be born for every female crab, provided that there is a male crab in the nest. It is possible to exterminate a nest of crabs by killing all of the females and letting the males die out, or vice versa.

Food SourceEdit

Crabs are found in abundance. They are easy to catch while using a crude spear or a pocket knife to kill them and can be cooked using a campfire. One cooked crab provides one bar of hunger. Consuming raw crabs can induce vomiting. Stone tools are an efficient tool to use to kill crabs, as they have infinite durability, and the player will be able to conserve their knife and/or axe durability.


Bugs Edit

  • Despite the crab's size, after a crab has been killed and placed into the player's inventory, once thrown back onto the ground, the crab will change size to the default crab size.

Version HistoryEdit

Version Release date Summary of changes
0.03.H2 Apr 30, 2015 Fixed "immortal crabs" bug - crabs now die when cooked alive.
0.03 Mar 21, 2015 Fixed a bug where crabs weren't being parented to the right node for re-centering and saving.
0.02 Feb 14, 2015 Adjusted population amounts; adjusted crab calories vs. coconut calories; adjusted cooking times.
0.01 Jan 23, 2015 Added to the game.