Added in patch 1.8, Fishing is a new Crafting skill that anyone can get. It does not count toward your Tradeskill limit.
To begin your Fishing career, talk to your local trainer!
Trainers are neutral and can be used by members of either faction.
You do not have to do the quests to learn fishing. However, the starter quest will award Beginner's Fishing Pole and your first lure recipe. You can train the next skill level from your trainer the same way you would any other tradeskill.
No crafting station is needed to complete a recipe.
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 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 Irresistable 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.
|Irresistable Water Snail||1||Smooth Minnow|
|Improves your catch (reduces your chance to catch trash), 10 charges.|
|Greedy Lure||1||- -||- -||Improves your catch, 10 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 minutes.|
|Ironshell Crab||Scarwood Reach|
|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 (recipe) or Fish Exchange Tacklebox (lure) in Iron Pine Peak, Shimmersand, Stillmoor, or Ember Isle.|
First, complete Fishing Lessons from your trainer to get Beginner's 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!
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. All casts have a (very small) chance to return a random artifact or other item. Sunken treasure can contain coin, a rare item, or a Survivalist recipe.
|Trash||Shallow Water||Deep Water||Sunken Treasure|
|Scarlet Gorge||90|| |
|Scarwood Reach||90|| |
|Lake of Solace||120||ALL||ALL|
|Moonshade Highlands||150|| |
|Iron Pine Peak||180|
|Zone||Faction||NPC||Location||Need 8||Need 3|
|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|
|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. These are listed on the achievement Fishing for Artifacts.
|ZAM would like to thank Hanlin of Seraphim and Sylvax of Wolfsbane for some of the information in this article.|