Sons of the Forest: Puffton Family Mini Boss Guide

We've finally found the Pufftons!

An all-new mini-boss has been introduced in Sons of the Forest, thanks to its Patch 1 update. Players can now go up against the first mini-boss in the game, which is none other than Edward and Barbara Puffton. You can find the wealthy couple in a dining hall inside the Food & Dining Bunker. However, since they are not your usual Cannibals or Mutants, you will need a proper strategy to defeat the Puffton Family boss in Sons of the Forest.

Key Takeaways
  • Edward Puffton and Barbara Puffton are the two new mini-bosses added in Sons of the Forest.
  • Players can face both of them simultaneously inside the Dining Hall which is located inside the Food & Dining  Bunker.
  • In order to reach the Dining Hall, you will first need to get the Maintenance and VIP Keycards.
  • Out of the two mini-bosses, Barbara Puffton is a little tougher to face since she is quite rapid.
  • Players are advised to have good armor along with the Shotgun at hand before facing the Pufftons in Sons of the Forest.
  • Edward and Barbara Puffton drop a piece of Creepy Armor after getting defeated.

How To Defeat The Puffton Family

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Puffton Family miniboss fight [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Puffton family is the main focal point of Sons of the Forest. Despite being a survival game, it of course comes with a bit of lore. The player is entrusted with finding the missing Puffton family, which comprises Edward, Barbara, and Virginia, right at the beginning. But, as the game goes on and the player is forced to endure the hostile environment of the Island. They ultimately come upon the mutant versions of Edward and Barbara Puffton.

  • The Puffton family mini-boss fight has recently been introduced through the newest patch update in the Sons of the Forest.
  • The bosses appear in the mid-game.
  • They are capable of taking down players with only a few attacks.
  • Hence, you will need a proper battle plan before heading toward their location.

It goes without saying that the Puffton miniboss fight only includes Edward and Barabara Puffton. Virginia Puffton is alive on the island and can even help out the player as a companion, just like Kelvin.


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Food Bunker Location on the map [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Food Bunker, where the Puffton family mini-boss fight takes place in Sons of the Forest, can be found on Site 2 Island. The exact location of the Bunker is marked on the GPS, but it has a somewhat hidden cave entrance that players might miss. Here’s how to access it:

  1. Obtain the Maintenance Keycard and VIP Keycard:

    • The Maintenance Keycard is required to access the Food Bunker.
    • The VIP Keycard is needed to unlock the Dining Hall where the mini-boss fight occurs.
  2. Acquiring the Maintenance Keycard:

    • Head to the Maintenance Hatch located in the northwestern region of the map.
    • To find the Maintenance Hatch, you’ll need a Shovel, which can be obtained after getting the Rebreather and Rope Gun.
    • Visit Digsite Maintenance A, next to where you acquired the Shovel. Look for two golf carts and two lamp posts; this is the spot.
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      Digsite Maintenance – A [Image Credit: eXputer]
    • Stand on the site and use your shovel to dig. You’ll uncover the Maintenance A Hatch under the dirt.
    • Descend the ladder inside the hatch, walk through the hallway, and enter the first room on your right to find the Maintenance Keycard next to a 3D Printer.
  3. Accessing the Food Bunker:

    • With the Maintenance Keycard, you can enter the Food Bunker, also on the northwestern side of the map. Look for a narrow cave entrance, as shown in the image provided.
    • Navigate through the tunnels until you reach a hatch labeled “Food & Dining.”
  4. Unlocking the Dining Hall:

    • Inside the Food Bunker, use the Maintenance Keycard to open a door.
    • Continue through the rooms and corridors until you reach a narrow hallway filled with water, with a closed door at the end.
    • This door leads to the Dining Hall, where the Puffton mini-boss fight occurs.
  5. Obtaining the VIP Keycard:

    • To unlock the Dining Hall door, you’ll need the VIP Keycard.
    • Find the Security Room within the same narrow hallway that leads to the Dining Hall.
    • Swim into the Security room and collect the VIP Keycard from the desk next to a bunch of LCDs.
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The VIP Keycard [Screenshot by eXputer]


Before heading straight to the Dining Hall, there are a couple of things you need to make sure of. As we mentioned earlier, the Pufftons may be considered mini-bosses but they are capable of putting you down with only 2-3 blows. Therefore, it is crucial that you prepare before facing the Pufftons in Sons of the Forest.

  1. Ranged Weapon: Use a ranged weapon like a Shotgun or a pistol. This is crucial for keeping your distance, as Pufftons can inflict significant damage with just a few hits.
  2. Armor: Wear protective armor, such as Tech Armor or Bone Armor, to withstand the Pufftons’ attacks. Without proper armor, you’ll have a tough time surviving.
  3. Medicines: Bring plenty of Medicines with you. These will help restore your health if you get hit during the battle.
  4. Grenades (Optional): While not necessary, keeping a few grenades can be useful in the boss fight.

With these items in your inventory, you’ll be well-prepared to face the mutated versions of Edward and Barbara Puffton.


  1. Unlocking the Dining Hall: Use the VIP Keycard to unlock the Dining Hall door. Inside, you’ll find a large dining area with mutated bodies around a table reserved for Edward, Barbara, and Virginia Puffton.
  2. Initiating the Battle: As you approach the other side of the hall, near the windows, the battle will commence, and the mutated Barbara and Edward Puffton will enter the dining hall.
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    Mutated Edward Puffton [Screenshot by eXputer]


The Pufftons have a few basic moves:

  • Slash Attack: A normal swipe attack that can knock you back and damage you. It may also knock off pieces of your armor.
  • Spin Attack: Primarily performed by Barbara Puffton, she launches herself into the air and spirals toward you, dealing significant damage.


Barbara Puffton is the more significant threat due to her speed, so prioritize her in the battle:

  1. Focus on Barbara: Use your Shotgun to inflict substantial damage and knock her down, keeping a safe distance.
  2. Deal with Edward Later: After Barbara is down, shift your attention to Edward, who is slower and less dangerous.
  3. Headshots and Slug Rounds: Aim for headshots and consider using Slug rounds for your Shotgun to maximize damage.
  4. Stay Mobile: Keep moving to avoid their attacks. Don’t stand still, and be patient while taking shots.
  5. Grenades (if needed): Use grenades if you find yourself in a difficult situation to buy some time.
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    Barbara Puffton during battle [Screenshot by eXputer]


After defeating the Pufftons in the mini-boss fight, you can loot them for a Creepy Armor. Both Edward and Barbara Puffton drop the same item in Sons of the Forest.

About Puffton Family

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Edward Puffton [Image Credit: eXputer]
If you’re interested in the lore that revolves around Sons of the Forest then this bit is for you. Initially, at the start of the game, the protagonist along with his team are tasked to find the Puffton family, who have gone missing on the island for a few months.

Edward Puffton is a wealthy businessman who owns and runs Puffton Industries (PUFF CORP). He successfully bought Site 2 Island after outbidding his competitors. After purchasing the Island, Edward Puffton began to build a resort under the ground of the Island. These can be explored by the player by opening up hatches and bunkers.

Unfortunately because of the exploitations Edward’s company was doing on the Island, the residents began to mutate due to an artifact, found on the island. Eventually, the Pufftons, except Virginia, and the other socialites on Site 2 island either died or turned into mutated creatures.

Wrap Up

So there you have it, a complete guide that covers everything there is to know about the newly added Puffton mini-boss in Sons of the Forest. Players get to face the mini-boss during the mid-game. It is advised that players prepare and acquire weapons like the Shotgun before facing the Pufftons. 

If you’ve just started your journey in Sons of the Forest, then we advise you to go through some of the Best Tips and Tricks. Along with that also make sure to check out the Best Base spots in the game. Since you’ll be going to a lot of dark places the Flashlight is essential to have during your playthrough. For the players who are rounding up their walkthrough, make sure to know all the Achievements which are up for grabs.

Thank you for reading through our detailed Puffton mini-boss guide. Stick around at eXputer for more takes on Sons of the Forest!

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