Moonglow Bay beginner's guide

Build your business and the community smart with our guide

Moonglow Bay is a new Xbox exclusive indie game from Bunnyhug and Coatsink. Players are charged with reviving the main character's fishing business, and the community of Moonglow Bay at large. To do this, you play a Stardew Valley-esque life sim that focuses heavily on fishing and cooking. Like other games in this genre, there are a lot of mechanics to keep track of and ways to spend your time in Moonglow Bay. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by it all, or just want to streamline the start of your Moonglow Bay experience, our beginner's guide can help.

Moonglow Bay beginner's guide

Moonglow Bay beginner's guide © Coatsink
Moonglow Bay beginner's guide © Coatsink

At the start of Moonglow Bay, your main objective is going to be using the skills you learned in the tutorial section to progress the story and open more mechanics. To make this part easier, check out these tips.

Get familiar with the map

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© Coatsink

There's a lot to do and people to see in Moonglow Bay, and the day will tick by with or without you. To streamline your questing, get used to opening your map frequently and do your best to get as familiar as you can with the layout of Moonglow Bay. This will be helpful both on land and when you're sailing. 

Complete Bulletin Board requests

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© Coatsink

In the early game, River will introduce you to the community of Moonglow Bay's bulletin board. This is where the residents post notes asking for certain food items, fish, or help with a task. These are timed, and each request has a different amount of time you can complete it in. It's a great idea to finish as many of these as you can because they help the NPCs within the community, and they pay pretty well, which will help with our next tip. 

Cook before you leave

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© Coatsink

If you have spare fish you're able to cook, it's a good idea to use them to whip something up everyday before you leave. This way you can fill up your ice box/vending machine before you leave to run your other errands or go fishing, and collect shells while you're at it.

Repair your boat ASAP

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© Coatsink

Your character's boat, The Two Cats, completely changes the game in terms of fishing. It allows you to explore the different ocean climates that surround the bay, which gives you access to all kinds of new species you can turn into the Aquarium. Using the boat, you can kill several early-game birds with one stone; with it, turning new fish in is much easier, you can get more food to sell, and you can complete quests and bulletin board notes faster.

Utilize your net

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© Coatsink

The rod isn't your only fishing equipment in Moonglow Bay. Fairly early on, you also get a net you can throw out into the ocean to snag all kinds of things, including fish, bait animals, and trash to clean up the bay. The net is another tool that can be used to clear multiple objectives at once. You can use it to catch way more fish than just using the fishing rod alone, and there are some fish/sea creatures that can only be caught with it. Additionally, there's a resident who will ask you to help get trash out of the bay, and your net is the way to do it. 

Play local co-op

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© Coatsink

Moonglow Bay features couch co-op, and your second player can do everything you can. If you have someone local to play with, this can make it a lot easier to fish and complete other tasks. For more Moonglow Bay features and guides, check out our game hub.

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