Added in patch 1.8, Fishing is a new Crafting skill that anyone can get. It does not count toward your Tradeskill limit. As of patch 2.1 #4, Fishing and Survival skill of 1 is automatically granted to all characters. There is no need to train to start.
Trainers are neutral and can be used by members of either faction. Look for the Fish Exchange NPC's icon. Except for Ember Isle, the trainers will be very near them.
You do not have to do the quests to learn fishing. However, the starter quest will award Old Fishing Pole and allow you to train your first lure recipe. You can train the next skill level from your trainer the same way you would any other tradeskill.
Patch 1.9 introduced Daily quests for Fishing and Survival.
With Patch 2.1 #3, the Fish Exchange turn-ins have been changed to a daily quest for each type of fish that was previously used for exchange.
No crafting station is needed to complete a recipe.
Patch 1.9 added vendors with new recipes.
To use a lure, right-click on the lure in your inventory, then left-click on your fishing pole (just like applying a rune). The fishing pole tooltip indicates the number of charges or length of time remaining.
Each lure does something different, so you never really outgrow them. Even after you have left the first zone, you will need to replenish your supply of Irresistible Water Snail lures. Therefore, use your first few Smooth Minnows and Forest Pondleapers to make Snail lures, use the next 9 to get your Survival up to 10, and then use the rest to make as many Snail lures as you can. You will use them all.
|Irresistible Water Snail||1||Smooth Minnow|
|Improves your catch (reduces your chance to catch trash), 10 charges.|
|Greedy Lure||1||- -||- -||Keeps you from fishing up gray items, 20 charges; available from Spirit Joralur for 75 Molten Gold Ingots (1.8 Event merchant).|
|Fish Lure||75||Lesser Crystalfish|
|Guarantees you catch only usable aquatic items, 10 charges.|
|Timed Magnetic Lure||150||Steelscale Thrasher||Scarlet Gorge||Triples your chance to catch Artifacts, 10-min duration.|
|Ironshell Crab||Scarwood Reach|
|Timed Trophy Lure||180||Aestivating Nautilus|
|- See Notes -||Triples your chance of fishing up trophy fish and treasure; 10-minute duration. From sunken treasure in Moonshade Highlands and Droughtlands, or Fish Exchange Tacklebox in Ember Isle.|
|Rare Fish Lure||225||Burrowing Crab||Droughtlands||Increases your chance to catch Rare fish, 5 charges.|
|Rare Artifact Attractor||300||Brown Perch|
|- See Notes -||Greatly improves your chance of fishing up rare collectible artifacts; 2 charges, 5-hr cooldown. From sunken treasure or Fish Exchange Tacklebox in Iron Pine Peak, Shimmersand, Stillmoor, or Ember Isle.|
|Rare Brevanic Fish Lure||325||Kraken Hatchling|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 51. Guarantees you catch uncommon, rare, or epic fish; 6 charges. Applicable to Lucky or better fishing pole. Only useful in Brevane and Dusken.|
|Enduring Magnetic Lure||350||Sharpfin|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 54. Triples your chance of fishing up collectible artifacts; 15-min duration. Applicable to Lucky or better fishing pole.|
|Enduring Trophy Lure||350||Sharpfin|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 54. Triples your chance of fishing up trophy fish and treasure; 15-min duration. Applicable to Lucky or better fishing pole. Recipe from sunken treasure or Fish Exchange Tacklebox.|
|Emerald Flycatcher Lure||355||Quick Minnow (8)|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 50, Lucky or better pole and proper location. Significantly increases your chance to catch Emerald Flycatcher, 90 second duration.|
|Coldflare Octopus Lure||355||Empyrean Dragonfish (8)|
Giant Pondleaper (2)
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 50, Lucky or better pole and proper location. Significantly increases your chance to catch Coldflare Octopus, 90 second duration.|
|Dusken Eel Lure||365||Banded Puffer (8)|
Veiled Octopus (2)
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 50, Lucky or better pole and proper location. Significantly increases your chance to catch Dusken Eel, 90 second duration.|
|Kraken Hatchling Lure||365||Mottled Flatfish (8)|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 50, Lucky or better pole and proper location. Significantly increases your chance to catch Kraken Hatchling, 90 second duration.|
|Rare Brevanic Artifact Attractor||375||Diving Ouzel|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 60. Guarantees you fish up uncommon or rare collectible artifacts; 2 charges, 6-hr cooldown. Applicable to Brevanic Fishing Pole. Only useful in Brevane and Dusken. Recipe from sunken treasure or Fish ExchangeTacklebox.|
|Twisted Lure||375||Silt Eel|
|- See Notes -||Requires Level 60 and Omen/Quantum Sight. Quest available from Survivalist and Fisher Recipes merchant. Guarantees you fish up Twisted artifacts.; 3 charges, 6-hr cooldown. Applicable to Lucky or better fishing pole. Only useful in Mathosia.|
First, complete the quest FIshing Lessons from your trainer to get Old Fishing Pole. The pole is usable from inventory but it is much easier to make a hotkey on your action bar. Find a body of water and you're ready to fish!
Too close, too far or not water
You are on-target for a rare fishing object
Schools greatly increase the chance of getting a skill-up, from 5 above the zone minimum to about 30 above (when it changes from orange to yellow)! Periodically, a common school may cycle into another type. This will generally last for no more than 60 seconds, after which it will return to a common school.
NOTE: Sparkles do NOT rise from a Sunken Boat. If it is totally submerged you will not see it from above except by watching for the mouseover.
Fishing in a specific zone requires a certain skill level, so don't expect to fish in a top-end zone immediately. See the table below for the types of fish and minimum skill level required for each zone.
Different fish are found in different types of water and zones! Some are found in Shallow water while others are in Deep water. Deep water is considered to be swimming depth, whereas Shallow water would be wading depth. Note to Dwarves: Deep water is based on human size.. sorry!
Each zone has Trash, Common, Uncommon and Rare fish in Shallow and Deep water. Trash and sunken treasure can be found in both Shallow and Deep water. Sunken treasure can contain a BOP dimension item; Artisan Marks, a consumable or artifact, or a Survivalist recipe in Ember Isle, Shimmersand, or Stillmoor. Turning in a Fish Exchange quest can alternately reward a recipe.
Even with the best pole and the best lure, there is always a chance to catch trash. Critical fail is always a possibility.
|Trash||Shallow Water||Deep Water||Fishing Cache|
|Iron Pine Peak||120|
|Lake of Solace||120|
|Tempest Bay||270+||Only trash can be caught within Tempest Bay.|
|All zones in Brevane||270+|
|All zones in Dusken||270+|
Introduced with Storm Legion, this daily quest is available at Grandmaster Fishing skill at The Canals in Tempest Bay. The objective is to catch 20 fish within 60 minutes in a specific zone. These uncommon fish are available only on the day of the quest, and can be found in both Shallow and Deep water. Rewards include coin, Artisan Marks, and Crystalized Insight. See Quest List for "Fishing Derby"
Each zone faction offers a Major Fishing Reward or a Tacklebox for three, six or eight fish within that zone. As of Patch 2.1 #3, these turn-ins have been converted to a Daily quest.
|Zone||Faction||NPC||Location||Need 8||Need 3||Need 6|
|Silverwood||Quicksilver Scholars||Vadivy||Argent Glade||Silverwood Angel|
|Freemarch||Freemarch Wardens||Xelos||Kelari Refuge||Normal-Eyed Guppy|
Deep March Eel
|Gloamwood||Gloamwood Waykeepers||Rositha||Gloamwood Pines||Gloam Eel|
|Stonefield||Granite Falls||Sualuune||Granite Falls||Fantail|
|Scarlet Gorge||Quarry Rats||Jayne|
Scarwood Lift Base
|Scarwood Reach||Iron Claw Trappers|
Red Scar Trackers
|Moonshade Highlands||The Runeguard||Toren||Acrid Basin||Grassland Pondleaper|
|Droughtlands||Arcane Hand||Ashor||Lantern Hook||Aestivating Nautilus||Desert Greenling|
|Iron Pine Peak||Icewatch||Tomin||The Chancel of Labors||Coldwater Seabug||Icebiter|
|Shimmersand||Dragonslayer Covenant||Raelin||Fortune's Shore||Sand Nautilus|
|Stillmoor||Order of Mathos||Keldan||Zareph's Return||Moorleaper|
|Ember Isle||The Farclan||Eara||Fort Zarnost||Amphibious Jelly|
|Ember Isle||Kelari Expedition||Ramel||Talos Landing|
|Ember Isle||The Keepers||Naro||Ashen Fault|
|Kingdom of Pelladane||Necropolis Caretakers||Lou Vennade||Tuldio Retreat||Emerald Flycatcher|
|Cape Jule||Eternal City Survivors||Johry Vennade||Tulan||Coldflare Octopus|
|Apprentice Fisherman||Catch 100 Fish.|
|Rare Catch||Catch a Rare Fish.|
|Rarer Catch||Catch 10 Rare Fish.|
|The Rarest Catch||Catch all Rare Fish.|
|Sunken Treasure||Fish up Sunken Treasure.|
|Trophy Catch||Catch a Trophy Fish.*|
|Master Trophy Angler||Catch all Trophy fish.|
|A Collection of Trophies||Complete all Trophy Fish artifacts sets.|
|Fishing for Artifacts||Complete all Fishing artifact sets.|
|Freemarch Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Freemarch.|
|Silverwood Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Silverwood.|
|Gloamwood Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Gloamwood.|
|Stonefield Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Stonefield.|
|Scarlet Gorge Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Scarlet Gorge.|
|Scarwood Reach Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Scarwood Reach.|
|Droughtlands Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Droughtlands.|
|Moonshade Highlands Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Moonshade Highlands.|
|Iron Pine Peak Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Iron Pine Peak.|
|Shimmersand Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Shimmersand.|
|Stillmoor Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Stillmoor.|
|Ember Isle Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Ember Isle.|
|Marvelous Angler of Telara||Catch one of every fish in Telara.|
|Supreme Angler||Become a fully skilled master in Fishing.|
|Ultimate Angler||Complete all Fishing achievements.|
Although artifacts from every zone and collection can appear as a rare fishing result, there are 15 collections that are specific to Fishing in Mathosia. These are listed on the achievement Fishing for Artifacts.
|Journeyman Brevanic Fisherman||Catch 500 fish in Brevane.|
|Dedicated Brevanic Fisherman||Catch 1,000 fish in Brevane.|
|Supreme Brevanic Fisherman||Catch 10,000 fish in Brevane.|
|Journeyman Dusken Fisherman||Catch 500 fish in Dusken.|
|Dedicated Dusken Fisherman||Catch 1,000 fish in Dusken.|
|Supreme Dusken Fisherman||Catch 10,000 fish in Dusken.|
|Brevanic Castmaster||Catch 10 rare fish in Brevane.|
|Dusken Castmaster||Catch 10 rare fish in Dusken.|
|Brevanic Fish Whisperer||Catch 100 rare fish in Brevane.|
|Dusken Fish Whisperer||Catch 100 rare fish in Dusken.|
|Brevanic Trophy Angler||Catch 5 Trophy fish in Brevane.*|
|Dusken Trophy Angler||Catch 5 Trophy fish in Dusken.|
|Catch 10 Trophy Fish in Brevane||Catch 10 Trophy fish in Brevane.|
|Catch 10 Trophy Fish in Dusken||Catch 10 Trophy fish in Dusken.|
|New World Shallows Fisherman||Catch one of every shallow-water fish in Brevane and Dusken.|
|New World Deeps Fisherman||Catch one of every deep-water fish in Brevane and Dusken.|
|Brevanic Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Brevane.|
|Dusken Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Dusken.|
|Ultimate Brevanic Angler||Complete all Fishing achievements in Brevane.|
|Ultimate Dusken Angler||Complete all Fishing achievements in Dusken.|
|Pierless Angler||Complete all Fishing achievements in Brevane and Dusken.|
Credit for some content on this page to Hanlin of Seraphim and Sylvax of Wolfsbane.