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Fishing is a hobby where adventurers take a fishing road and bait to a body of water and fish! Oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, streams and ponds across Vana'diel are all fishable areas. Fishing has it's own guild with it's headquarters located in Port Windurst. There is also a fishing competition which keen anglers can take part in!

Table of Contents:

How to Fish | Fishing Tips and Info | Fishing Messages
Guild Locations | Fishing-Related NPCs | Guild Point Items
Fishing Guides

Fish by Level:
1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50
51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100

How to Fish

First, equip a fishing rod and bait in your ranged and ammo slots. Then, find a body of water, place yourself at the edge, and type /fish, or choose Fish from the menu. It is also possible to set a macro by simply typing /fish into an empty macro slot.

Unlike other crafts, fishing requires a certain degree of interaction in order to achieve results. Wait a few seconds for a bite. When a bite comes, the fish's stamina bar will appear over your head. Arrows will appear at your left and right. Hit the directional keys or move the controller's toggle within the time limit of the arrows appearance to lower the fish's stamina (its HP bar), stop pressing anything when the fish's stamina hits zero (The fish will not thrash if you aren't pressing anything), and press enter (or confirm) to reel it in. If you continue to press a directional key after the fish's stamina hits zero (the stamina bar will go dark), there is a chance that it could regain a sliver of health and break your line upon attempting to reel it in

Fishing Tips and Info

  • Silver arrow (normal icon) shows which direction depletes your catch's stamina. Gold arrow (special icon) depletes more stamina than silver arrow.
The likelihood of anglers receiving these golden opportunities depends on factors such as characters' fishing skills, the skill differential between characters and their prey, the phase of the moon, time of day, the affinity of prey for one's rod, moglification, and equipment.

  • Bait or lures can be used as fishing tackle. One piece of bait is expended each time you get a bite on the line, regardless of the results (with one exception; see below). Lures can be used indefinitely, but they will disappear from your inventory if you get a line snap or a rod break. The type of rod used also determines how well it can withstand potential lost catches, line snaps, or rod breaks; along with fishing skill. The type of bait used determines what kinds of things will bite on the line.

  • Fishing skill ultimately determines the depletion and recovery rates of the stamina bar. A higher fishing skill also reduces the chances that the rod will break, a line will snap, or the catch is lost due to skill, after the stamina bar is diminished. If a fish's skill cap is significantly higher than the player's fishing skill level, it will slowly recover stamina while it's on the hook, without any player input. On the flip side, if the fish's skill cap is significantly lower than the player's fishing skill, it will take minimal effort to drain the stamina bar. Unlike other crafts, fishing skill level has far less impact on your actual ability to catch the fish. It is entirely possible to hook and catch fish 50 levels above you, or even more. It will just be increasingly difficult to obtain a fish, the more distant it is from a player's fishing skill level.

  • You only have a limited amount of time to attempt to land your catch. This time varies primarily on the type of rod being used, and in some rarer cases, the bait and potential catch on your line. When you receive the warning "You don't know how much longer you can keep this one on the line..." you have exactly 7 seconds remaining to attempt to land the catch, or it will be automatically lost.
  • Time is a serious factor when attempting to catch Gugrusaurus or Lik, the two primary fish needed for the quest Indomitable Spirit. These fish are very strong and are designed to not allow you enough time to weaken and catch them under normal circumstances. In order to catch them you must take other measures that normally aren't required for other fish, such as finding and using the special baits Drill Calamary and Dwarf Pugil along with purchasing the key item Mooching, or finding and using the special Penguin Ring and Albatross Ring.

  • When the target's stamina is reduced properly before attempting to catch, the catch rate is usually 100%. However, if the fish is too strong for the rod being used, there is a chance for lost catches, or even line/rod breaks, any of which will result in failure to catch the target. A rod break will cause you to lose your lure or bait and leaves your rod in a broken, unusable state until it is repaired, usually via Woodworking or Alchemy. A line break will only cause the loss of your lure or bait. A lost catch will only cause the loss of bait; lures are retained. It is also possible to get lost catches if you are trying to catch small fish using a rod specifically designed for big fish, such as a Composite Fishing Rod. Even if the catch is not successful, as long as you made an attempt for it and weakened the fish's stamina properly before reeling in, you will still be eligible for skillups (assuming the would-be catch was a high enough level to give you any skillups).

  • Most types of unstackable fish will have a tag in its item description, similar to signed items made by HQ crystals, indicating the fish's size in ilms (Im) and weight in ponzes (Pz). These statistics are utilized in Fish Ranking contests. They do not affect the item's performance during synthesis, when eaten as food, or used in any other such manner.

  • You may cancel your fishing attempt at any time. You will lose any bait you are using, but not lures, and you will not break your rod.

  • It is possible to catch "items", things that are generally classified as neither fish nor monsters, such as Rusty Buckets or logs used in Woodworking. If you hook one of these using bait and successfully catch the item, the bait is retained. Any other result (such as canceling the cast with Esc key) results in losing your bait.

  • It is important to note that you will lose bait whether you cancel or fish up a monster when caught. (Needs verification!)



  • Items and monsters do not possess a fishing skill cap, and therefore cannot yield skillups upon being caught.

Fishing bonuses during certain times/moon phase:

  • Full Moon Fishing results improve (-4 second on bite rate).
  • New Moon Fishing results improve (-4 second on bite rate).
  • From 5:00 to 5:59 and 17:00 to 17:59 -1 second to bite rate


Fishing Messages

You will receive two messages upon getting a bite which will indicate the size and type of your potential catch. The first message are as follows:

           Small fish: "Something caught the hook!"
           Large fish: "Something caught the hook!!!"
           Non-fish targets: "You feel something pulling at your line."
           Monsters: "Something clamps onto your line ferociously!"



For the second message or your "gut feeling", you will receive one of the following:

  • "You have a (good/bad/terrible) feeling about this one!" = The fish is 7 levels or less higher than your skill+gear or you're above its skill cap. The bad/terrible messages seem to only happen if you're below skill cap and indicate a higher chance of your line or rod breaking if you aren't both using a rod that doesn't break to the fish and depleting stamina to zero. You can ignore it if you do both of those.
  • "(You're fairly sure you don't/You don't know if you/You're positive you don't) have enough skill to reel this one in." = The fish is 8+ levels above your skill+gear. You can still reel it in until about 30+ above your level, where even if you deplete its stamina, it might cancel out with something along the lines of "your skill is too low to reel this one in".
  • "Your keen angler's senses tells you that this is the pull of X." = A critical bite. You get Angler's Discernment, the fish recovers less stamina for incorrect button presses, and most buttons will be gold.
  • "This strength... You get the sense that you are on the verge of an epic catch!" = This message typically means a high level legendary fish, but has a rare chance of showing up on lower level fish. It doesn't change anything about catching the fish.


Guild Locations

Zone Pos Notes
Port Windurst C-8 This is where you sign up to be a Fisher, and turn in Rank and Guild Point items.
Aht Urhgan Whitegate H-11 Synthesis Support and Guild Merchant only.
Selbina H-9 Guild Merchants only.
Bibiki Bay H-7 Guild Merchant only.
Ferry - Mhaura/Selbina --- Guild Merchant only.
Ferry - Mhaura/Al Zahbi --- Guild Merchant only.
Ferry - Nashmau/Al Zahbi --- Guild Merchant only.

Guild Test Items

Level Item Requested Rank Acquired
8-10  Moat Carp  Recruit
18-20  Cheval Salmon  Initiate
28-30  Giant Catfish  Novice
38-40  Gugru Tuna  Apprentice
48-50  Monke-Onke  Journeyman
58-60  Bhefhel Marlin  Craftsman
68-70  Bladefish  Artisan
78-80  Three-eyed Fish  Adept
88-90  Gigant Squid  Veteran

Fishing-Related NPCs

Note: The Fishermens Guild is open 3:00 - 18:00 and is closed on Template:Lightning.

Port Windurst C-8

Name Purpose
Thubu Parohren Guild Master
Fennella Guild. Union Rep.
Degong Synth. Image Support
Erabu-Fumulubu Synth. Image Support
Panja-Nanja Adv. Synth. Image Support
Babubu Guild Merchant

Selbina H-9

Name Purpose
Graegham Guild Merchant
Mendoline Guild Merchant

Bibiki Bay H-7

Name Purpose
Mep Nhapopoluko Guild Merchant

Aht Urhgan Whitegate H-11

Name Purpose
Kemha Flasehp Synth. Image Support
Adv. Synth. Image Support
Wahnid Guild Merchant

Ferry: Mhaura / Selbina

Name Purpose
Rajmonda
Lokhong
Guild Merchant

Ferry: Mhaura / Al Zahbi

Name Purpose
Cehn Teyohngo
Pashi Maccaleh
Guild Merchant

Ferry: Al Zahbi / Nashmau

Name Purpose
Jidwahn
Yahliq
Guild Merchant

Guild Point Items

Points Item Req. Rank Notes
 1,500 Robber Rig Novice A fishing apparatus comprised of several luminescent hooks. The hooks are designed to latch on to the fish's scales.
 30,000 Frog Fishing Novice This special technique requires the use of a live fly on your line. It is perfect for catching amphibious prey.
 10,000 Fisherman's Belt Apprentice A belt that has Enchantment: Fishing Support. Hidden: (-1 second to bite time)
 70,000 Waders Journeyman A pair of shoes that gives +2 to your Fishing skill.
 100,000 Fisherman's Apron Artisan An apron that reduces your chances of fishing up items.
 95,000 Serpent Rumors Adept A compilation of data retrieved from sightings of a giant snake-like beast living in the depths of Vana'diel's waters. There is enough information here to shed light on where you may find it...
 100,000 Mooching Veteran Mooching is a legendary technique used by anglers across Vana'diel. It involves using live fish as bait to attract those more "finicky" big targets.
 150,000 Fishing Hole Map Veteran A piece of Furniture that gives Moghancement: Fishing Skill.


Fish by Level

1-10

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Phanauet Newt 4
Cobalt Jellyfish 5


  Will Possibly Break:

Denizanasi 5
Crayfish 7


  Will Possibly Break:

Bastore Sardine 9


  Will Possibly Break:

Hamsi 9
Muddy Siredon 18


  Will Possibly Break:

11-20

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Moat Carp 11


  Will Possibly Break:

Greedie 14


  Will Possibly Break:

Copper Frog 16


  Will Possibly Break:

Gurnard 26
Yellow Globe 17


  Will Possibly Break:

Quus 19


  Will Possibly Break:

Forest Carp 20


  Will Possibly Break:

Tiny Goldfish 20

21-30

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Cheval Salmon 21


  Will Possibly Break:

Fat Greedie 24


  Will Possibly Break:

Nebimonite 27


  Will Possibly Break:

Tricolored Carp 27


  Will Possibly Break:

Blindfish 28
Pipira 29


  Will Possibly Break:

Tiger Cod 29


  Will Possibly Break:

Elshimo Frog 30

31-40

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Giant Catfish 31


  Will Possibly Break:

Lungfish 31
Moorish Idol 26
Bibikibo 8
Dark Bass 33


  Will Possibly Break:

Crystal Bass 35


  Will Possibly Break:

Ogre Eel 35


  Will Possibly Break:

Veydal Wrasse 35
Shining Trout 37


  Will Possibly Break:

Nosteau Herring 39


  Will Possibly Break:

Coral Butterfly 40


  Will Possibly Break:

41-50

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Gugru Tuna 41


  Will Possibly Break:

Lakerda 41
Istakoz 46
Gold Lobster 46


  Will Possibly Break:

Black Eel 47


  Will Possibly Break:

Yilanbaligi 47
Cone Calamary 48
Kalamar 48


  Will Possibly Break:

Zafmlug Bass 43


  Will Possibly Break:

Giant Donko 50


  Will Possibly Break:

Icefish 49


  Will Possibly Break:

Sandfish 50


  Will Possibly Break:

51-60

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Monke-Onke 51


  Will Possibly Break:

Vongola Clam 52
Istiridye 53
Kaplumbaga 53
Red Terrapin 53


  Will Possibly Break:

Shall Shell 53


  Will Possibly Break:

Bluetail 55


  Will Possibly Break:

Uskumru 55
Gold Carp 56


  Will Possibly Break:

Sazanbaligi 56
Elshimo Newt 59


  Will Possibly Break:

61-70

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Bhefhel Marlin 61


  Will Possibly Break:

Trilobite 59
Kilicbaligi 62
Rhinochimera 72
Noble Lady 66


  Will Possibly Break:

Betta 68
Crescent Fish 69


  Will Possibly Break:

71-80

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Bladefish 71


  Will Possibly Break:

Zebra Eel 71


  Will Possibly Break:

Kayabaligi 75
Tavnazian Goby 75
Silver Shark 76


  Will Possibly Break:

Three-eyed Fish 79


  Will Possibly Break:

Jungle Catfish 80


  Will Possibly Break:

81-90

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Gavial Fish 81


  Will Possibly Break:

Bastore Bream 86


  Will Possibly Break:

Mercanbaligi 86


  Will Possibly Break:

Ahtapot 90


  Will Possibly Break:

Grimmonite 90


  Will Possibly Break:

91-100

Fish Skill Cap Location Bait Rods
Gigant Squid 91


  Will Possibly Break:

Emperor Fish 91


  Will Possibly Break:

Morinabaligi 94
Black Sole 96


  Will Possibly Break:

Dil 96
Turnabaligi 104
Pterygotus 99


  Will Possibly Break:

Armored Pisces 108
Cave Cherax 130


  Will Possibly Break:

Giant Chirai 110


  Will Possibly Break:

Gugrusaurus 140


  Will Possibly Break:

Kalkanbaligi 105
Lik 140


  Will Possibly Break:

Mola Mola 135


  Will Possibly Break:

Ryugu Titan 150


  Will Possibly Break:

Sea Zombie 100


  Will Possibly Break:

Takitaro 101


  Will Possibly Break:

Titanic Sawfish 125


  Will Possibly Break:

Titanictus 101


  Will Possibly Break:

Tricorn 128

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