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Fishing is an activity of the character to gain Materials by standing next to Water, Honey, or Lava and tossing a line into the water by left clicking while holding a Fishing Pole. Fishing is also the first mechanic to be used in Quests handed out by the Angler NPC. It was added in 1.2.4.
While the line is in the water, and the character has "Bait" in their inventory, the line will eventually get a "tug" (slight movement of the float and a sound effect) indicating that the character has caught something. Left clicking immediately will retract the line, potentially with a reward. Waiting too long to pull will retract the line with nothing.
The water being fished must be about 75 tiles. To avoid getting junk, the pool of water from which you fish needs to be at least 200 blocks in size. Quest fish can still be obtained with water sizes less than 200 and more than the minimum. 300 blocks of water are optimum. In the ocean the minimum is 1000. In honey the minimum is 50 and the maximum is 200. Nothing will be caught if the character is standing in water, whether it be the same water hole the character is fishing in or a different pool. Only the Hotline Fishing Hook can fish in lava. The Golden Fishing Rod cannot catch fish in lava. Fishing potions help at times of day or moon phases when there is a penalty to fishing skill. The best times to fish are from 4:30 AM - 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Both give a +20% bonus to fishing skill. Rain adds another +20%, and a full moon another +10%. Fishing from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM incurs a -10% penalty, as does a new moon. Fishing in various biomes and with different baits will result in catching different rewards.
Left clicking any time after casting will retract the line. Performing any action other than movements will retract the line. Grappling, dashing, flying, swimming and other movements are all allowed, but only to a distance of monster spawning. Being damaged in any way does not retract the line.
The game calculates how many blocks are in the body of water you are fishing in by first checking how many blocks of liquid there are to the left and right. Then it calculates how many blocks of liquid there are underneath each of those blocks. The amount of blocks of water in total will determine how likely you will pull up a good fish.
|Fishing area size penalty|
|Water Blocks in fishing area||Penalty to fishing power|
|States that add a bonus/penalty to fishing power|
Rewards from Fishing
Many things can be gained from fishing, including a boss summoning. Some things will be useless.
Quest Item Fish can be gained without first talking to the Angler. Only one Quest can be gained in a day. When the Angler gives a quest, logging out and back into that world appears to reset the day's quest. While a Quest Fish is in a character's inventory, another quest fish cannot be caught in the same biome (needs confirmation). Placing a Quest Fish in a Piggy Bank or Safe seems to allow for more Quest Fish. Angler Rewards can be gained at any time and must be completed before 4:30am. All players in a Multiplayer game will have the same quests.
|Amanitia Fungifin||Glowing Mushroom||I found this spectacular place draped in giant glowing mushrooms! Everything was blue! I was picking some of the mushrooms I found next to a glistening blue lake, when one of the mushrooms snapped at me and swam away! I want to give it a taste of its own medicine, and give it a good chompin'! What I mean is, you gotta get it for me!|
|Angelfish||Forest||Did you know there's magical islands that float up high in the sky? Bet you didn't! They say angels live in the sky, and I believe those angels have fins and gills and swim around! I believe you must catch one for me!|
|Batfish||Underground||Na na na na na na na Bat-FISH! That means go digging underground, fetch it, and bring it to me!|
|Bonefish||Underground||Normally I could care less if I see fishbones floating in the water underground, but this one was swimming! What, you thought that only human skeletons still flailed about in <World Name>? Get it for me so I can stick it in someone's bed!|
|Bloody Manowar||The Crimson||Ow! Don't get near me! I got stung by a Bloody Man-O-War! In case you're not smart enough to know what that is, it's the most menacing jellyfish in all of <World Name>! Go to that rotten crimson and catch it if you dare!|
|Bumblebee Tuna||Hive||The subterranean jungles of <World Name> have the weirdest things! Like, there's this fish I saw that looked just like a giant bumblebee! I'm allergic to bees, so you have to catch it for me! I bet it'd taste like a tuna and honey sandwich!|
|Bunnyfish||Forest||Out in the forest, I was fishing right? Well guess what! A bunny hopped up to me! Then another one hopped up, and another... suddenly I'm surrounded by bunnies! One even swam up to me from the water, but it had no legs! I fell outta my chair in surprise and all the bunnies scurried off! I want that bunny fish as a pet, so you better catch it for me! Pronto!|
|Cap'n Tunabeard||Ocean||Yarr matey! Shiver me timbers! Avast, scallywags! There's a pirate captain who once had a pet fish named Cap'n Tunabeard, but during a big storm the fishbowl fell overboard! It has a hook for a tail, and an eyepatch and everything! You need to fetch me that fish, so I can be as cool as a pirate! Obviously it's out in the ocean somewhere! Duh!|
|Catfish||Jungle||I finally found a jungle cat that likes water! I think it's because it's also part fish. I don't know why this happened, and I don't want to know. I just want it in my hands, and make it snappy!|
|Cloudfish||Floating Islands||There's a rumor going around that there are islands that float high up in the sky, and that they have amazing treasure! Who cares about that though, what's even cooler is that sometimes lakes form in the clouds, and in those lakes are fish made out of clouds! I wanna know what it tastes like, so you better go catch it for me!|
|Clownfish||Ocean||I saw this bright orange and colorful fish by the ocean, and it was looking around frantically as though it was seeking a lost family member! Go catch it for me, so that another one will show up looking frantically for him instead!|
|Cursedfish||The Corruption||There's a cursed fish swimming in the waters of the deepest corruption! It was forged of the cursed flames that spread from the fallen horrors that lurk down there. They say not even water can put out this fire, and that it can burn forever. I can think of some awesome things I can do with a fish like that! You gonna go get it for me, or are you too chicken!?|
|Demonic Hellfish||Underground||I hear in the underworld, that the King of all demons is actually a fish! Just imagine the absolute power I would have if you caught it for me!|
|Derpfish||Jungle||Those Derplings in the jungle are the most scary creatures I've ever seen! Good thing is, sometimes they don't have legs! These ones live in the water and are a lot less scary! Catch me one now so I can see what they taste like without being scared half to death!|
|Dirtfish||Forest||I was reeling in the big one when this funny talking zombie burst out of the forest lake and started rambling on about this 'ferocious' species of fish made out of dirt! He says it could suffocate ten blokes his size, or something like that... I want it! NOW!|
|Dynamite Fish||Forest||The demolitionist was raising cane about losing a stick of dynamite in the lake out in the forest. He has like, so many, so why does one matter? Apparently, because it grew fins and started swimming away! I don't know where he gets his materials to make those things, but that one is clearly possessed! Reel it in and bring it to me, I always wanted a suicide bombing fish! Don't ask why...|
|Eater of Plankton||The Corruption||I bet you're not brave enough to find the Eater of Plankton. A corrupt fish that was mutated from a severed piece of the Eater of Worlds itself! Capture it and bring it to me, and prove to me you're not a wuss!|
|Fallen Starfish||Forest/Sky Lakes||I love collecting those bright yellow stars that fall from the sky! I love it even more when they land on someone's head. But.. but.. nothing beats a star that falls in a foresty lake and turns into a fish! That's just totally rad, and you're just rad enough to get it for me!|
|The Fish of Cthulhu||Forest||Apparently, Demon Eyes can sometimes be amphibious. They don't fly, they swim! I want to see the look on someone's face when they find it in their bathtub! They hang around the same areas. That means you reel one in for me!|
|Fishotron||Underground||I don't know what's worse, a bone fish or a bone fish with HANDS. This Fish-o-Tron deep in the caverns really freaks me out! I think it's possessed by the same evil spirits that possessed that old man by the dungeon! I double duck dare you to go catch it!|
|Fishron||Underground Snow||There's a legend of a mighty being known as the Fishron! It's part pig, part dragon, and part FISH! I hear it hangs around in the frozen subterranean lakes of the coldest part of the world! I'm not going there, so YOU go catch it and makes sure it lands in my hands! I'm so excited!|
|Guide Voodoo Fish||Underground||Those demons in the underworld really like voodoo dolls, but I think there's a doll out there who was blasted with way too much magic! It turned into a fish and it does stuff on its own. I dare you to go down and get me one! I'd watch out for the boiling lava, because it burns you to death and that won't get me my fish!|
|Harpyfish||Forest||I was trying to sleep by the hill lakeside when this fish swooped down at me. It was flying! It also had the face of a lady and had feathers! I think I screamed louder than she did! Hey you, go make her pay for scaring me like that!|
|Hungerfish||Underground||There's a piece of the Hunger that morphed from the Wall of Flesh into a small fish-like thing that swims around aimlessly in the underworld and it's gross and it's yucky and I want it now!|
|Ichorfish||Underground Crimson||Did you know deep in the crimson, some of those creatures make this gross yellow stuff? I overheard a crazy story about a pool of it having melted together into a shape of a fish and it swims around and everything! Fetch it for me, so I can stick it in someone's toilet!|
|Infected Scabbardfish||The Corruption||A really long fish that looks like a sword's sheath swims in the murky waters of the corruption! It looks a lot like ebonstone, so don't let it fool you! That's right, you. You're catching it, not me!|
|Jewelfish||Underground||Oooooohhh, I'm going to be SO rich! Deep in the caverns, there is a fish made out of gemstones! Don't ask me how, I don't know, all I know is that this fish is totally awesome and you're going to catch it for me!|
|Mirage Fish||Underground Hallow||There's some interesting critters to be found in the deeper Hallows, I tell you! They glow this crazy purple color and it messes with my eyes! It's totally wild, so I want you to catch a fish like that for me!|
|Mudfish||Jungle||Watch your step when wading through jungle waters! Why? No, not because I care about you being eaten by piranhas. I care because you'll step on one of my favorite kinds of fish, the Mud Fish! I also care a lot that you're going to grab me one as a pet!|
|Mutant Flinxfin||Underground Snow||What's white and tan and fluffy and lives in a frozen underground lake? A mutant flinxfin! I wasn't telling a joke, you know, there really is a mutated variety of Flinx that is more adapted to an aquatic lifestyle! I want it to adapt to my fishbowl, so make sure that happens!|
|Pengfish||Snow||It's a whale! It's a dolphin! No, it's a penguin fish! Oh, and look, it's you! You get to bring me one! You do know they only like cold water, right?|
|Pixiefish||The Hallow||There's a really really rare type of pixie that's born with so many wings that it can't actually fly! It swims with the fishes in the lakes surrounded by that blue colored grass. My fish tank needs a lamp, so I want you to catch me that pixie!|
|Slimefish||Forest||In the forest, the slimes are kinda gross. Slimefish are even more so! I don't want to swim with slimes, so yoink one out of the water for me!|
|Spiderfish||Underground||I saw a fish that had eight legs! Nope! Not happening! You're fishing it for me, so it's not alive when I hold it! That's the last time I go fishing so deep in the cavern!|
|Tropical Barracuda||Jungle||Piranhas and sharks are ugly! Soooo ugly! Did you know there's a fish that looks very pretty and still can eat your face off? I would pay 2 platinum to see that happen, by the way... To the point, though, you catchy for me. Just make sure I have it before you lose your face!|
|Tundra Trout||Snow||You ever wonder why the lakes on the surface of the snowy areas of [World's Name] never ice over? I don't. The fish, however, do! A fish made out of ice would make a great offering to the mighty and amazing [Angler's Name]! Go, my loyal subject, and bring me this Tundra Trout with haste!|
|Unicorn Fish||The Hallow||Unicorns and rainbows are absolutely great! They're everywhere, even in water. No, really, I actually saw a unicorn fish in a Hallowed lake! Your job is to reel it up and let me have it as a pet!|
|Wyverntail||Forest||I know something youuuuu don't! Fine, I'll tell you, there's a terrifying creature that flies among the stars! I'm not making this up! It's called a Wyvern! But, but, you knew that already, right? Well what you don't know is that they are born and raised as tadpoles! So, they're actually like.. well, a frog! Hop to it and get me one!|
|Zombie Fish||Forest||You won't believe it! I caught a fish in a forest at night that was already dead! Then it tried to eat me! I threw it away and ran! Now I want to stick it in someone's dresser to see what happens, so go fish it back up for me will ya?!|
Most fish are used as various ingredients.
|Salmon||Forest (in 1000 blocks of water.)||Material||Common|
|Atlantic Cod||Snow Biome||Material||Common|
|Princess Fish||The Hallow||Material||Common|
|Pink Jellyfish (Bait)||Ocean||Material; 20% bait power||Uncommon|
|Green Jellyfish (Bait)||Underground||Material; 20% bait power||Uncommon|
|Blue Jellyfish (Bait)||Underground||Material; 20% bait power||Uncommon|
|Zephyr Fish||Any||A non-combat pet||Rare|
|Neon Tetra||Jungle||Sell only||Common|
|Chaos Fish||Underground Hallow||Material||Uncommon|
|Variegated Lardfish||Underground Jungle||Material||Common|
|Golden Carp||Underground||Sell only||Rare|
|Crimson Tigerfish||The Crimson||Material||Common|
|Frost Minnow||Snow Biome||Material||Common|
|Flarefin Koi||Underworld, Lava||Material||Uncommon|
|Scaly Truffle||Underground Hallow||Mount||Rare|
Some rewards are not fish, but may be found while fishing. Some are useless.
|Wooden Crate||Any||Contains a surprise||Common|
|Iron Crate||Any||Contains a surprise||Uncommon|
|Golden Crate||Any||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Corrupt Crate||Corruption||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Crimson Crate||Crimson||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Dungeon Crate||Dungeon||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Sky Crate||Sky Lakes||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Hallowed Crate||The Hallow||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Jungle Crate||The Jungle||Contains a surprise||Rare|
|Frost Daggerfish||Snow||Throwable Weapon||Common|
|Swordfish||Underground, Ocean||Melee Weapon; Spear||Uncommon|
|Obsidian Swordfish||Underworld, Lava||Melee Weapon; Spear||Common|
|Frog Leg||Any||Equippable; Increases jump speed and fall resistance||Rare|
|Purple Clubberfish||Corruption||Melee Weapon; Broadsword||Uncommon|
|Bladetongue||Hard Mode Crimson||Melee Weapon; Broadsword||Rare|
|Crystal Serpent||Hallow||Magic Weapon||Rare|
|Summon Duke Fishron||Ocean||To fight a boss||100%|
To begin fishing, first acquire a fishing pole. Each pole has a different "fishing power" (percentage, like axes and pickaxes).
|Image||Fishing Pole||Fishing Power||Obtained From:|
|Wood Fishing Pole||5%||Crafting: 8 Wood|
|Reinforced Fishing Pole||15%||Crafting: 8 Iron/Lead Bars|
|Fisher of Souls||20%||Crafting: 8 Demonite Bars|
|Fleshcatcher||22%||Crafting: 8 Crimtane Bars|
|Fiberglass Fishing Pole||25%||2% chance in Jungle Shrines.|
|Mechanic's Rod||30%||Mechanic during Waning Crescent Moon in Hardmode|
|Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole||40%||Purchase from the Travelling Merchant|
|Hotline Fishing Hook||45%||Angler Quest Reward|
|Golden Fishing Rod||50%||Angler Quest Reward (From the 50th Quest)|
A character must also have bait in their inventory. Each bait has a different "bait power" that determines how often it is consumed. A higher percentage means it is consumed less often, and therefore allow more casts per piece of bait.
Some Potions are very useful and exclusive to fishing.
- Main Article: Potions
- Sonar potion Detects hooked fish
- Fishing Potion Increases fishing skill
- Crate Potion Increases chance to get a crate
There are equippable items to help with Fishing.
- Main Article: Category:Accessories
- High Test Fishing Line Fishing Line Will Never Break
- Angler Earring Increases Fishing Skill
- Tackle Box Decreases Chance of Bait Consumption
The clothing of an angler will help with Fishing. They give no armor bonuses.
- Main Article: Angler Clothes
- Angler Hat Increases Fishing Skill
- Angler Vest Increases Fishing Skill
- Angler Pants Increases Fishing Skill
- Some of the fish have names of creatures. (Mutant Flinxfin, Derpfish, Harpyfish, etc.)
- All fish for quests have the exclusive 'Amber' tier.