When it comes to playing Grounded it’s not secret that players are going to want to be very aware of their surroundings, finding all of the mobs they can locate whether they are simply roaming around the world or hidden in a crevice. One of the weirdest mobs, at least for me, to find was the Tadpole.
As many folks know, especially if you watch me play video games on Twitch, is that I hate being underwater especially when players have a time limit to swim before they drown (as they do in Grounded.) Being that I hate spending a lot of time underwater, my husband was actually the one to do the majority of the exploration in the Pond, bringing home resources I didn’t realize existed until I actually took a crack at it myself. One of the resources he brought home was Raw Tadpole Meat which had my mind blown especially because I didn’t expect Tadpoles to exist in the game.
Tadpoles are one of the many mobs that live in the Koi Pond and while admittedly they aren’t really useful for many things, they can be used as a food source and for a way to protect themselves from predators such as the Koi Fish.
Admittedly, players will not want to completely focus on Tadpole farming, they are very useful when players are in a pinch and need some extra food.
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know about the Tadpole, how to locate them and what they are useful for.
WHERE ARE TADPOLES?
As mentioned, Tadpoles are located in the Koi Pond. They tend to aimlessly swim around the waters in groups, though sometimes they can be found alone.
Tadpoles tend to be surface creatures, swimming near the the Lily Pads, meaning that as a players farms Lily Pads for their resources, they should spend a bit of time also farming Tadpoles to get some extra food.
Tadpoles are fairly large, meaning that a player should not visually miss them, however, if players are not the most aware of their surroundings by visuals and would prefer an audio cue, they will be able to tell that a Tadpole is around by hearing a small Chirp coming from it.
Tadpoles will only make chirping noises when they are left alone and if a player attacks one it will quickly speed away and not make any other sounds.
Players can also locate Tadpoles near Diving Bell Spiders and the Koi Fish, however, if either is around (especially the Koi Fish) I would avoid them as these mobs will typically kill the Tadpole for food.
HOW TO KILL A TADPOLE
Admittedly, players don’t have many options when it comes to killing a Tadpole as many Weapons don’t actually work underwater.
Players will want to use one of the following:
Spider Fang Dagger
WHAT RESOURCES DO TADPOLES DROP
Tadpoles only drop Raw Tadpole Meat. This resource is best used when players put it on a Jerky Rack as while players will get less Hunger from this than a Cooked Tadpole Meat, they do not expire and will help players carry on in their adventures.
As stated previously, I wouldn’t go out of your way to farm Tadpoles as my preferred method of making Jerky is by killing Gnats, though players can also use Raw Tadpole Meat to help make themselves Decoy Bait.
Decoy Bate is meant to distract the Koi Fish or other aggressive creatures so they can escape. Admittedly, it’s pretty useless so I simply avoid it, though for players who are newer to the Pond it can be kind of useful.
Admittedly, the Decoy Bait can also work on the land creatures, however, we are unsure whether or not this is intention or will be patched out. I would say it is more useful to use it on land mobs than the underwater ones.