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Palia – The Complete Bug Catching Guide (Updated)

Palia is the latest cozy massive multiplayer online game and if you’re a fan of multiplayer Stardew Valley, then you’ll be happy to know that Palia is out now in open beta. In the world of Palia you’re one of the first reborn humans in centuries and you’re going to learn to live in this world of fantasy. Build your home, plant your crops, make friends with the elven villagers and more.

There are currently eight main skills that you can do in Palia to get by. They are: Foraging, Gardening, Hunting, Cooking, Mining, Fishing, Insect Catching and Furniture Making. To get started on any of these skills simply follow the quests that you’re assigned to at the beginning of the game and then keep working on them to level up. Whatever you do more of the higher that skill rank will reach.

In this Palia guide, we’ll go through the ins and outs of catching bugs and insects around the world. This includes how to catch those critters, where they can be found and more.

Disclaimer: This article has been updated with new information since its original release in August 2023.

   

How To Start Bug Catching

To start catching insects in Palia you’re going to need the Makeshift Belt. You’ll get this in the mail on your first day in Palia in the “Welcome to Palia” Quest. A letter from Auni will have the Makeshift Belt enclosed and later when you speak to Auni, he’ll give you 20x Standard Smoke Bombs to use with it.

Much like hunting, catching bugs will involve you sneaking up on these critters in the wild. You can often find grasshoppers and butterflies floating about in the field. Try not to run after them at once, just casually go nearby and with your Belt equipped and select which bomb you’d like to use with the RMB. Then hold down your LMB to aim and toss it at a bug.

If you’re successful a small area of smoke will appear with an angry red mark above the bug. The bug will be a bit dazed out and remain still at this time, then you can head over to pick them up. Do note that some insects will require several bombs to knock them out so just keep tossing them until they stop moving.

Tip: Aim slightly above the insect instead of at the groundm especially for hopping bugs.

 

Levelling Up Your Insect Catching Skill

You’ll gain experience in your insect catching skill by catching insects. The type of insect you catch will also influence the amount of experience you earn to level up your insect catching skill. As you level up, you can unlock more features and benefits. Once you meet specific level requirements, you can go back to Auni and check if he has upgraded items, and equipment such as bait, and cooking recipes.

Bugs can be grouped into five main categories that describe their movement patterns as they flee:

RunningGround insects that move along the ground in a straight line away from the player, but may change direction when encountering obstacles.
FlyingAirborne insects that fly in a straight line away from the player, but may change direction when encountering obstacles.
DashingFlying insects that quickly dash in a straight line away from the player before pausing for several seconds.
JumpingGround insects that hop a short distance away from the player before pausing for several seconds.
IdleInsects that do not attempt to flee.
 

Insect Catching Upgrades

As your Insect Catching skill level increases, you’ll have access to a host of new insect catching upgrades including better – Belts, Bombs and other Consumables that will help you in your Insect Catching journey.

Belts

You’ll be able to craft better and more efficient bug catching belts ad your level increases. Just check in with Auni when you’ve reached the specific skill level to get the belt recipes.

BeltInsect Catching LvlRecipe Cost In StoreCrafting Recipe
Standard BeltLvl. 3250g1x Makeshift Belt
4x Leather
3x Copper Bar
Fine BeltLvl. 61500g2x Fabric
3x Iron Bar
1x Standard Belt
Exquisite BeltLvl. 93000g2x Silk
1x Palium Bar
1x Fine Belt
 

Bombs

BombsInsect Catching LvlRecipe Cost In StoreCrafting Recipe
Standard Smoke Bomb1x Clay
1x Sundrop Lily
Sneaky Smoke BombLvl. 3100g1x Clay
1x Sundrop Lily
1x Chapaa Fur
Sticky Smoke BombLvl. 6500g1x Clay
1x Fabric
1x Sweet Leaf
Supreme Smoke BombLvl. 93000g1x Clay
1x Pearl
1x Silk
 

Consumables

ConsumableInsect Catching LvlDescriptionRecipe Cost In StoreCrafting Recipe
Smoke CandleLvl. 5“Emits a soothing smoke that lasts prevents you from alerting bugs”1000g
or
5 Bug Catching Medals
1x Any Meat
1x Emerald Carpet Moss
1x Coral
Honey LureLvl. 7“When placed on the ground, lures more insects for a short period of time.”2000g1x Gold Bar
1x Dragon’s Beard Peat
4x Apple
Buzzy JarLvl. 8“Allows you to track rare insects for 15 minutes.”2500g3x Uncommon Bug
2x Glass Bulb
2x Silk Thread
 

Insect Locations

 

Bahari Coast

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Bahari CrabAll DayRunningCommon1624
Garden SnailAll DayRunningUncommon3654
Paper Lantern BugEvening, NightFlyingCommon1624
Spineshell CrabAll DayRunningUncommon4669
Stripeshell SnailEvening, NightRunningRare120180
 

Bahari Fields

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Azure StonehopperAll DayJumpingRare150225
Bahari BeeAll DayDashingUncommon3958
Bahari GlowbugEvening, NightFlyingRare145217
Cerulean CicadaMorning, DayFlyingUncommon6090
Common Bark CicadaMorning, DayFlyingCommon2131
Common Blue ButterflyMorning, DayFlyingCommon1218
Common Field CricketAll DayJumpingCommon1624
Fairy MantisAll DayJumpingEpic360540
Garden LadybugAll DayRunningUncommon4669
Kilima Night MothEvening, NightFlyingCommon1218
Lunar Fairy MothEvening, NightFlyingUncommon3451
Rainbow-Tipped ButterflyMorning, DayFlyingEpic360540
Scintillating CentipedeAll DayRunningRare120180
Spitfire CicadaMorning, DayFlyingRare145217
Spotted StinkbugAll DayRunningCommon1421
 

Bahari Forest

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Ancient Amber BeetleAll DayRunningEpic360540
Bahari BeeAll DayDashingUncommon3958
Brighteye ButterflyMorning, DayFlyingRare110165
Cerulean CicadaMorning, DayFlyingUncommon6090
Common Bark CicadaMorning, DayFlyingCommon2131
Common Blue ButterflyMorning, DayFlyingCommon1218
Hairy MillipedeAll DayRunningRare120180
Kilima Night MothEvening, NightFlyingCommon1218
Leafstalker MantisAll DayJumpingRare120180
Lunar Fairy MothEvening, NightFlyingUncommon3451
Paper Lantern BugEvening, NightFlyingCommon1624
Scintillating CentipedeAll DayRunningRare120180
Spitfire CicadaMorning, DayFlyingRare145217
Spotted StinkbugAll DayRunningCommon1421
Stripeshell SnailEvening, NightRunningRare120180
 

Bahari Ponds

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Brushtail DragonflyAll DayDashingCommon1319
Inky DragonflyAll DayDashingUncommon4973
 

Bahari Rivers

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Brushtail DragonflyAll DayDashingCommon1319
Inky DragonflyAll DayDashingUncommon4973
 

Caves

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Scintillating CentipedeAll DayRunningRare120180
 

Cliffs

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Jewelwing DragonflyAll DayDashingEpic360540
 

Daiya Family Farm

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Raspberry BeetleAll DayRunningRare145217
Spotted StinkbugAll DayRunningCommon1421
 

Dragon Shrine

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Duskwing ButterflyMorning, DayFlyingUncommon3451
Spotted MantisAll DayJumpingRare120180
Spotted StinkbugAll DayRunningCommon1421
 

Flooded Fortress

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Spineshell CrabAll DayRunningUncommon4669
Vampire CrabEvening, NightRunningRare145217
 

Kilima Fields

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Common Blue ButterflyMorning, DayFlyingCommon1218
Common Field CricketAll DayJumpingCommon1624
Firebreathing DragonflyAll DayDashingRare125187
Garden LeafhopperAll DayJumpingUncommon4973
Garden MillipedeAll DayRunningUncommon3654
Golden Glory BeeMorning, DayFlyingRare125187
Gossamer Veil MothEvening, NightFlyingRare110165
Kilima Night MothEvening, NightFlyingCommon1218
Proudhorned Stag BeetleAll DayRunningUncommon4669
Spotted StinkbugAll DayRunningCommon1421
 

Kilima Lake

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Brushtail DragonflyAll DayDashingCommon1319
Garden MantisAll DayJumpingUncommon3654
Princess LadybugAll DayRunningRare145217
 

Temple of the Gales

InsectTimeBehaviourRaritySell Price★ Price
Ancient FlowbugAll DayFlyingLegendary
 

Palia

Palia by Singularity 6 is a free-to-play cosy fantasy MMORPG inspired by Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. The game will be out on PC for closed beta on August 2nd 2023 and open beta on August 10th 2023, sign up here to get registered!

The game is expected to come out on the Nintendo Switch in Winter 2023.

 

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