Fishing

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Fishing minigame GUI.png

To be able to start fishing, one only needs to obtain a fishing rod, available exclusively from the Lighthouse Keeper. After either bringing him a small collection of moths to obtain the 'starter' rod or purchasing one of the three he sells, simply approach any of the five fishing spots found throughout the world and cast out a line. At first glance, there will be multiple unknown potential targets at each location, each target governed by a percentage chance; there are several variables that determine what chance the player has at catching any particular fish.

Fishing itself is a minigame; after selecting a bait, hold 'E' to commit to a cast and browse each of the three sub-areas unique to each location, releasing 'E' in order to cast the line into a desired sub-area. Occasionally, the fishing float (bobber) will move vertically, signaling a bite and requiring the player to left-click at that precise moment in order to hook a fish. Completely missing this time-window will only inflict a energy penalty based on cast-cost, while a failed attempt will end the cast and use-up the bait. Once the fish is hooked, the player, by either pressing 'E' or left-clicking, is then required to keep a weighted yellow bar over an animated fish in order to eventually reel it in, the progress of which is indicated by a green bar. The species of fish, the quality of that fish, and the type of fishing rod used by the player will all affect how difficult this process will be.

As of v1.027, the in-game clock stops while fishing, allowing the player to fish at length during a desired time of day, without having to worry too much about active effects timing out or various daily visits. Interestingly, this does not stop various cooldowns, such as the Teleportstone, or passive movement, such as zombie workers. Note that this includes the donkey who will drop off a corpse earlier than the normal time of sundown, and that corpses still decay while fishing.

Fishing Rods[edit | edit source]

While any fishing rod is the only requirement to fish, the type of fishing rod chosen will determine several things, including the size of the yellow bar during the minigame; the better the rod, the larger the bar, the easier it is to reel in the fish. It will also impact what species of fish are available, and often influence the odds of catching specific tiers of fish, as well as their inherent quality. For example, lower tiers of fish - such as the Gudgeon and Tilapia - will generally respond well to a lower tier rod, while potentially ignoring the high tier. Vice versa, higher tiers of fish - such as the Salmon and Gold crucian - will prefer, if not require, a high tier rod, while ignoring the low tier. Lastly, there are a few fish - such as the Perch and Bream - that generally have no preference when it comes to rods, in which case other variables, such as the chosen bait and sub-area competition, will have a greater influence.

Types of Fishing Rods
Item Source Price Description Notes

Simple fishing rod
Lighthouse Keeper Silver Coin2 Tool Efficiency: 75%
Energy consumption: -energy1
Ideal for lower-tiered fish
-energy3 per cast / missed bite

Good fishing rod
Lighthouse Keeper Silver Coin3 Tool Efficiency: 90%
Energy consumption: -energy1
Able to catch the most fish
-energy2 per cast / missed bite

Excellent fishing rod
Lighthouse Keeper Silver Coin5 Tool Efficiency: 100%
Energy consumption: 0energy
Ideal for higher-tiered fish
-energy1 per cast / missed bite

Bait[edit | edit source]

While a particular fishing rod may provide the potential to catch certain fish, the choice in bait is often the greatest determining factor in regards to the chance in catching a particular fish. Similar to the various types of rods, all fish have certain preferences in regards to bait, and will often ignore an attempt made with an undesirable choice. This can prove challenging, in either finding the particular bait that a certain fish might require, or determining which bait a desired fish prefers over another fish in the same competitive sub-area. Bait can be equipped during the casting screen using the left and right arrows at the bottom.

Lures
Item Source

Lure with a gem
Lighthouse Keeper

Steel lure
Lighthouse Keeper
Fish-bait
Item Source

Anchovy
Fishing

Gudgeon
Fishing
Insect-bait
Item Source

Butterfly
Daytime Flowers

Maggot
Compost

Moth
Nighttime Flowers
None
Item Source
Inverse additem.pngNo Bait Inherent

Effects[edit | edit source]

A simple way to gain a temporary advantage during fishing is by consuming white-fish food, purchased from Horadric or crafted through cooking, the recipe for which can be unlocked after talking with the Lighthouse Keeper. For more information on helpful buffs, see effects.

Effect Source Time Description Notes
Unknown1 effect.png
Fast reflexes

Fish nuggets
2:00 You have additional time to hook a fish. While fishing, increases the 'bob' threshold
from ~1 second to ~2 seconds.
Fish effect.png
Good fisherman

Fish soup


Baked fish
2:00 You don't let fish off the hook easily. While fishing, decreases the rate of descent
regarding the green progress bar.

Fish[edit | edit source]

There are currently sixteen(16) different species of fish to be found in-game. They each have different preferences when it comes to fishing rods and types of bait, and are only available at certain locations. They can also be roughly categorized into low, mid, and high tiers, based mostly on their preferred rod, difficulty to reel-in, processed materials, and the tier at which they're sold to the Lighthouse Keeper.

Low-Tier
Fish Materials Bait Rod Location Notes


Frog.png

Frog
3:1x
Raw sliced meat


I moth.png


I butterfly.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png
Village /
Swamp


I fish gudgeon.png

Gudgeon
1x
White fish fillet


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png
Village /
Waterfall
Fish-bait


I fish anchovy.png

Anchovy

1x
White fish fillet


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Sea Fish-bait


I fish tilapia.png

Tilapia
2x
White fish fillet


I moth.png


I maggot.png


I butterfly.png


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png
Village /
Swamp


I fish perch.png

Perch
3x
White fish fillet


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


I moth.png


I maggot.png


I butterfly.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Village /
Waterfall
Prefers Daytime


I fish eel.png

Eel
3x
White fish fillet

2x
Electric powder


I maggot.png


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Sea /
Swamp
@Sea;
Requires Daytime
Ignores Good Rod
Decomposes
via Alchemy
Mid-Tier
Fish Materials Bait Rod Location Notes


Bream.png

Bream
1x
Quality fish fillet


I bait steel.png


I maggot.png


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 0.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Waterfall
/ River


I fish sardine.png

Sardine
2x
Quality fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


I maggot.png


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Sea


I fish tuna.png

Tuna
2x
Quality fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Sea Prefers Daytime
Prefers Anchovy
over Gudgeon


I fish pike.png

Pike
3x
Quality fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


I maggot.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
River Prefers Daytime
Prefers Gem Lure
over Steel Lure


I fish crucian silver.png

Silver Crucian
3x
Quality fish fillet

1x
Silver nugget


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Village Requires Nighttime
High-Tier
Fish Materials Bait Rod Location Notes


I fish carp.png

Carp
1x
Blue fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I moth.png


I maggot.png


I butterfly.png


Inverse additem.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Waterfall


I fish sturgeon.png

Sturgeon
2x
Blue fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


I moth.png


I butterfly.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Waterfall
/ River


I fish salmon.png

Salmon
3x
Blue fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I bait steel.png


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


I maggot.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Sea /
Waterfall
Prefers Gem Lure
over Steel Lure
@Waterfall;
Ignores Maggot


I fish crucian gold.png

Gold Crucian
4x
Blue fish fillet

1x
Gold nugget


I fish anchovy.png


I fish gudgeon.png


I fishing rod 1.png


I fishing rod 2.png
River 16% Day vs
9% Night


I fish goldfish.png

Goldfish
4x
Blue fish fillet


I bait gem.png


I fishing rod 2.png
Sea 2% Day vs
5% Night

Locations[edit | edit source]

There are a total of five(5) fishing spots found in-game. The following is an extensive breakdown of each location, by species of fish, maximum achievable chance, recommended equipment for that chance, and any relevant notes in regards to each particular fish at each specific location.

Village Pond[edit | edit source]

In the north-eastern part of the village, there is a small pond with a fishing pier.

Village fishing zones.png
Available Fish:
Frog
/
Gudgeon
(x3) /
Tilapia
/
Perch
/
Silver crucian

Useless Items: N/A
Unnecessary Items:
Simple fishing rod
/
Lure with a gem
/
Anchovy
/
Gudgeon
Fish Max Chance Recommended Items Notes


Frog.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngI moth.pngI butterfly.png No dis/advantage when compared to Swamp location.


I fish gudgeon.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngNo Bait No dis/advantage when compared to Waterfall location.
Competition with the Tilapia complicates Mid sub-area.


I fish tilapia.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.png
I moth.pngI maggot.pngI butterfly.png
Small advantage when compared to Swamp location.
Competition with the Gudgeon complicates 'No Bait'.


I fish perch.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.png
I fish gudgeon.pngI fish anchovy.pngI moth.pngI maggot.pngI butterfly.png
Large advantage when compared to Waterfall location.


I fish crucian silver.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.pngI bait gem.pngI bait steel.png No alternate location.
Only available during the night.
Top 3 most valuable fish.
Summary: Aside from the crucian, all these fish can be caught west of the river, assuming one has repaired the stone bridge. Thus, unless it's convenient, or farming a specific fish like the silver crucian, this location doesn't stay relevant for long, though does remain pleasantly straight-forward and uncomplicated.

Sea[edit | edit source]

The sea requires you to travel east all the way through the village to the beach, north of the lighthouse.

Sea fishing zones.png
Available Fish:
Anchovy
(x3) /
Eel
/
Sardine
/
Tuna
(x2) /
Salmon
/
Goldfish

Useless Items:
Moth
/
Butterfly

Unnecessary Items:
Steel lure
/
Anchovy
/
Gudgeon
Fish Max Chance Recommended Items Notes


I fish anchovy.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngNo Bait No alternate location.
Competition with other fish complicates higher-tier rods.


I fish eel.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI maggot.png Large disadvantage when compared to Swamp location.
Only available during the day.


I fish sardine.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI maggot.png
I fishing rod 2.pngI bait gem.pngI bait steel.pngI fish anchovy.pngI fish gudgeon.png
No alternate location.
Competition with the Anchovy complicates 'No Bait'.
Competition with the Eel may complicate Maggot bait.


I fish tuna.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.png
I bait gem.pngI bait steel.pngI fish anchovy.pngI fish gudgeon.png
Pro-Tip; see Goldfish below.
No alternate location.
Competition with the Anchovy complicates 'No Bait'.
Prefers the daytime, when competing (<100%).
Prefers Anchovy bait, over Gudgeon.


I fish salmon.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.pngI maggot.png Pro-Tip; Guaranteed Silver QualityQuality when using Maggot.

Guarantee Gold Star (on catch) with Anchovy bait. (night only?)
Arguable dis/advantage when compared to Waterfall location.


I fish goldfish.png
5% I fishing rod 2.pngI bait gem.png No alternate location.
Prefers the nighttime; 2% chance otherwise.
When farming, 95% chance of Tuna.
Top 3 most valuable fish.
Summary: One of the more complex locations, with a lot of competition, and of the six available fish, four are unique and one is quite rare. Also includes some odd percentages, a few relating to changes in day/night.

Waterfall[edit | edit source]

The waterfall can be found by traveling directly north after crossing the stone bridge west of the graveyard.

Waterfall fishing zones.png
Available Fish:
Gudgeon
(x2) /
Bream
/
Perch
/
Carp
(x3) /
Sturgeon
/
Salmon

Useless Items: N/A
Unnecessary Items:
Simple fishing rod
Fish Max Chance Recommended Items Notes


I fish gudgeon.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngNo Bait No dis/advantage when compared to Village Pond location.
Competition with the Bream complicates Near sub-area.


I fish bream.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngI bait steel.pngI maggot.png Small disadvantage when compared to River location.
Competition with the Gudgeon complicates 'No Bait'.
Competition with the Carp complicates Excellent Rod.


I fish perch.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fish anchovy.pngI fish gudgeon.png
I fishing rod 1.pngI moth.pngI maggot.pngI butterfly.png
Small disadvantage when compared to Village Pond location.
Competition with the Carp complicates Excellent Rod.
Prefers daytime, when competing (<100% chance).


I fish carp.png
100% I fishing rod 2.png
I bait gem.pngI moth.pngI maggot.pngI butterfly.pngNo Bait
No alternate location.
Competition with other fish complicates Steel Lure.


I fish sturgeon.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI bait gem.pngI bait steel.pngI moth.pngI butterfly.png
I fishing rod 2.pngI fish anchovy.pngI fish gudgeon.png
Small advantage when compared to River location.
Competition with the Carp may complicate some bait.


I fish salmon.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI bait gem.pngI bait steel.png Pro-Tip; Guaranteed Gold QualityQuality when using lures.
Arguable dis/advantage when compared to Sea location.
Competition with Perch complicates fish-bait.
Competition with other fish complicates Excellent Rod.
Summary: A highly competitive location, that is thankfully balanced out by strong preferences, such as the Carp's requirement for - and the Gudgeon's hatred of - the excellent fishing rod. There is some interesting variance in competition, due to variables such as day/night, though they don't factor into the fish already at 100% chance.

Swamp[edit | edit source]

The swamp is found across the stone bridge to west of the graveyard. The fishing spot is south-west of the witch's hut.

Swamp fishing zones.png
Available Fish:
Frog
/
Tilapia
/
Eel
(x2}
Useless Items:
Lure with a gem
/
Steel lure
/
Anchovy
/
Gudgeon

Unnecessary Items:
Simple fishing rod
Fish Max Chance Recommended Items Notes


Frog.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngI moth.pngI butterfly.png No dis/advantage when compared to Village Pond location.


I fish tilapia.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngI moth.pngI butterfly.png Small disadvantage when compared to Village Pond location.
Competition with the Eel complicates 'No Bait' and Maggot.


I fish eel.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.png
I maggot.pngNo Bait
Large advantage when compared to Sea location.
Competition with the Tilapia may complicate Mid sub-area.
Summary: A very straight-forward location, perfect for those starting out, as these are all low tier-fish without much competition. The only downside is the limited selection and usefulness of the fish and its remote location.

River[edit | edit source]

After removing mountain-pass blockages, either north-west of your home or by following the path west on the other side of the river, one can access this spot by following the river north through the forest.

River fishing zones.png
Available Fish:
Bream
/
Pike
(x2) /
Sturgeon
/
Gold crucian
(x2)
Useless Items: N/A
Unnecessary Items:
Simple fishing rod
/
Lure with a gem
/
Steel lure
Fish Max Chance Recommended Items Notes


I fish bream.png
100% I fishing rod 0.pngI bait steel.pngI maggot.png
I fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.pngNo Bait
Small advantage when compared to Waterfall location.
Competition with the Pike complicates other bait.


I fish pike.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.pngI bait gem.pngI maggot.png Pro-Tip; see Gold Crucian below.
No alternate location.
Competition with other fish complicates most bait.
Prefers the daytime, except when competing with Gold Crucian.
Prefers Gem Lure, over Steel Lure.


I fish sturgeon.png
100% I fishing rod 1.pngI fishing rod 2.pngI moth.pngI butterfly.png Small disadvantage when compared to Waterfall location.
Competition with other fish complicates most bait.


I fish crucian gold.png
16% I fishing rod 2.pngI fish anchovy.pngI fish gudgeon.png No alternate location.
Prefers the daytime; 1-9% chance otherwise.
When farming, 84% chance of Pike.
Top 3 most valuable fish.
Summary: Despite a relatively simple appearance, this location can be particularly volatile regarding competition, especially due to changes in day/night, impacting most of the fish - in particular the prized gold crucian. However, despite containing a mere four fish, 2 are unique and one is rare, making this location a high-priority among most fishing enthusiasts.