As with all other gold critters, it can be caught with a Bug Net and sold for 10. It can also be used as bait, and along with the other golden bait critters, it has a bait power of 50%, the highest usable value among bait.
It is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer or its upgrades.
- The Bestiary entry for the Gold Water Strider: "Rarely, critters are found coated entirely in gold! They are worth great coin to shopkeepers and fish absolutely love golden bait!"
- Desktop 18.104.22.168: Introduced.
- Mobile 22.214.171.124.0: Introduced.