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Any and all information about fish location, drop rate and their quality (now green, blue and yellow, in the future also orange) is outdated as of the 10th of October 2018 after the overhaul of this Life Skill.

A fisherman can make a good amount of silver from the bountiful waters of Black Desert. There are plenty of areas to fish, inland and in the sea. There are also a variety of fish to discover in both fresh water and salt water. Fish have a variety of uses including cooking, alchemy and trading, provided the fish is rare enough.

The Basics

To fish, you must first obtain a Fishing Pole. You can get one from a Fisher merchant (some Otters at water sources sell them), a Material Vendor or as quest rewards. You can also craft one via Workers in a tool workshop or buy one in the Marketplace.

You can fish from any body of water as long as it's not shallow. Whenever you equip a fishing rod near a suitable water source it will show you the abundance of fish. If there are visible schools of fish they usually bite quickly. If the resources are exhausted, they will bite only rarely. Fish resources can be exhausted from a region due to popularity, so it's best to fish in different areas from time to time. As time progresses and your skill gets better you will find it easier to catch rarer fish. While fishing you gain EXP for your fishing skill as well as your overall level. A higher fishing skill will give a chance to not use rod durability upon cast.

Fish, as in real life, will spoil if enough time has passed (usually 24h) and will become unusable. Their value will gradually decrease over time till they expire. To allow fish to last longer you must dry them out. A dried fish will have much less value than a fresh one, but will not expire. The higher your processing skill, the more dried fish you will obtain (but the maximum is 3). Since you can use fish in cooking and one fresh fish equals 2 dried white ones as ingredient, that means that drying increases your yield. Another advantage is that dried fish stack while fresh ones don't. Dried fish can be converted into trade goods on a fishing workbench as well.

Besides using fish for cooking it can be sold for money to Trade Managers like trade goods or sold for higher profits to the Imperial Fishing NPC (see below). Remember that dried fish cannot be sold like this; only fresh fish.

Fishing Mini-Game

After equipping a fishing rod of your choice, approach a body of water and press the space bar to begin fishing. Once a fish has taken the bait you have to hit the space bar while the moving indicator is in the blue range. If you're successful you will next need to correctly enter a sequence of the "WASD" keys in the order shown within a limited timeframe to successfully catch the fish. Depending on the rarity of the fish, some may have longer sequence than others.

Auto Fishing

When you hook a fish and do not manually catch them, you will begin to Auto Fish. This is great when you have to leave for a little bit, but still wish to make some extra money. The type of fish and speed at which you fish will depend on your current stats.

You do not need to enter the command as you progress auto fishing. Not everything you catch will be useful, so if you're worried about your inventory space you can always click the ‘throw away useless items caught during auto-fishing’ tick box to put you at ease.[1] As of the 10th of October 2018 all white quality fish has been updated to green and all types of fish are caught even with the 'throw away useless items'.

Every cycle of auto fishing usually has a time limit of 3 minutes.

Fishing Rods

There's a multitude of rods to choose from, each have their own fishing skill level requirement and durability.

Icon Rod Name Level Requirement Effect Durability Repairable
Old Fishing Rod N/A 10 No
Fishing Rod N/A 30 No
Triple-Float Fishing Rod Skilled Lv. 5 Multiple Fish Per Catch 30 No
Thick Fishing Rod Beginner Lv. 10 Fishing Speed +1 Lv. 40 No
Mediah Fishing Rod Artisan Lv. 1 Increases chance to catch better fish in Freshwater. 50 Yes
Balenos Fishing Rod N/A Auto-fishing Time -10% 50 Yes
Epheria Fishing Rod N/A +5 more durability per enhancement (10 total) 50 Yes
Calpheon Fishing Rod Professional Lv. 1 Increases chance to catch better fish in Saltwater. 50 Yes
Steel Fishing Rod Skilled Lv. 5 Fishing Speed +2 Lv. 65 No
Golden Fishing Rod Artisan Lv. 1 Fishing Speed +3 Lv. 100 No

Balenos, Calpheon, Epheria and Mediah fishing rods can be enhanced up to +10. Enhancing will increase their efficiency and increase their max durability by 5. They have no safe enhancement level and can degrade past +7, so it is recommended to force after this stage.

Other Fishing Equipment

You can use bait (Cooking or quest reward) to increase the speed of fish biting. Fishing clothes will increase your fishing skill and stop monsters (except scout types) from attacking you while fishing or squatting. Boats and rafts can be used to fish away from the coast, extend your inventory and be equipped with items that increase the chance for certain fish types.

Fishing Reward

Species

Different locations provide different fish. If an area is "exhausted" it is very unlikely to catch any fish but one will usually instead catch useless (sell) loot or items like Silver Keys or Ancient Relic Crystal Shards. Check the following page for a complete list of all fish species that can be caught in the different locations of the game.

List of Fish Species & Locations

Bycatch

A lot of time you will receive items that are not any living water creature but bycatch. Sometimes this is sell loot but sometimes those are quite valuable (keys for treasure chests, Ancient Relic Shards to make combine into scrolls for boss mobs etc.). Even the Bycatch that is marked as sell-loot can be useful since quests require it sometimes.

Fishing Quests

There are quite a few fishing quests which either tell you to fish and bring certain fish or turtle or such - or items which contaminate lakes and oceans.

  • Holio (West of Heidel): Fertilzer Sack, Washed-Up Laundry, Tattered Boots
  • Baggio (stream near Western Guard Camp): Broken Hooks and Broken Bottles
  • There is a daily quest from the NPC near the Western Guard Camp bridge for a hook but she takes tattered nets.
  • Jiro (on the bridge close to Bradie Fortress): asks you to bring him 5 tattered boots - if you have finished the quest "special fish" and the Apprentice Fisher uniform in your inventory.

Imperial Fishing

There are seven Imperial Fishing Delivery NPCs, one in each territory of the continent. They buy certain amounts of blue and yellow quality fish (but no rare yellow fish). They will buy fish at 250% of the value regardless of their age, as long as they are not expired and yield for yellow quality fish Shiny Calpheon Fishing Seal. The latter exchange for special items.

Since they only accept a certain amount of each type, they might refuse to buy yours especially if the fish is local. In that case you can travel to the next one, wait 3 hours for the reset or switch channels to try another one.

Imperial Fishing Delivery NPCs
NPC Name City Region Notes
Karon Velia Balenos On the dock
Dius Port Epheria Calpheon On the dock
Rai Glish Serendia Near the trade manager
Hirio Splashing Point Mediah On the road near the entrance to the town
Falleve Grána Kamasylvia Near the storage keeper
Balleo Valencia City Valencia Outside the castle on the east side of the city
Kubo Duvencrune Drieghan Found in Global Lab Testing. Not released in the main game outside Korea.

List of fish and their locations

Outdated as of the 10th of October 2018. To be updated.

Show fish
Name Location(s)
Freshwater fish
Salmon icon Salmon
Carp icon Carp
Crucian Carp icon Crucian Carp
Catfish icon Catfish
Freshwater Eel icon Freshwater Eel
Snakehead icon Snakehead
  • Rivers and lakes near Trent
Cherry Salmon icon Cherry Salmon
link= ? (second fish, page 4 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 5 in fish guide)
Mandarin Fish icon Mandarin Fish
Lenok icon Lenok
Arowana icon Arowana
Sweetfish icon Sweetfish
Bass icon Bass
  • Rivers and lakes near Trent
Dace icon Dace
  • Rivers and lakes near Trent
link= ? (second fish, page 8 in fish guide)
Perch icon Perch
Notch Jaw icon Notch Jaw
  • Rivers and lakes near Trent
Mudfish icon Mudfish
  • Rivers and lakes near Trent
Goby Minnow icon Goby Minnow
Bitterling icon Bitterling
Bleeker icon Bleeker
Yellowfin Sculpin icon Yellowfin Sculpin
Leather Carp icon Leather Carp
Striped Shiner icon Striped Shiner
Barbel Steed icon Barbel Steed
link= ? (first fish, page 14 in fish guide)
Bubble Eye icon Bubble Eye
Pacu icon Pacu
Yellow-Head Catfish icon Yellow-Head Catfish
link= ? (first fish, page 16 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 16 in fish guide)
Roundtail Paradisefish icon Roundtail Paradisefish
  • Rivers and lakes near Trent
link= ? (second fish, page 17 in fish guide)
Spotted Barbel icon Spotted Barbel
Miho Spine Loach icon Miho Spine Loach
Diamond Minnow icon Diamond Minnow
link= ? (second fish, page 19 in fish guide)
Common Minnow icon Common Minnow
Stumpy Bullhead icon Stumpy Bullhead
Golden Siniperca icon Golden Siniperca
link= ? (second fish, page 21 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 22 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 22 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 23 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 23 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 24 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 24 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 25 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 25 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 26 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 26 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 27 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 27 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 28 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 28 in fish guide)
link= ? (page 29 in fish guide)
Saltwater fish
link= ? (first fish, page 1 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 1 in fish guide)
Mudskipper icon Mudskipper
link= ? (second fish, page 2 in fish guide)
Beltfish icon Beltfish
link= ? (second fish, page 3 in fish guide)
Amberjack icon Amberjack
link= ? (second fish, page 4 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 5 in fish guide)
Rockfish icon Rockfish
link= ? (first fish, page 6 in fish guide)
Trout icon Trout
link= ? (first fish, page 7 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 7 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 8 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 8 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 9 in fish guide)
Mackerel icon Mackerel
link= ? (first fish, page 10 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 10 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 11 in fish guide)
Filefish icon Filefish
link= ? (first fish, page 12 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 12 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 13 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 13 in fish guide)
Sea Eel icon Sea Eel
link= ? (second fish, page 14 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 15 in fish guide)
Flatfish icon Flatfish
Grunt icon Grunt
Herring icon Herring
Sardine icon Sardine
Round Herring icon Round Herring
Whiting icon Whiting
Dolphinfish icon Dolphinfish
Striped Catfish icon Striped Catfish
link= ? (second fish, page 19 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 20 in fish guide)
Nibbler icon Nibbler
Siganid icon Siganid
Bluefish icon Bluefish
link= ? (first fish, page 22 in fish guide)
Blackfin Sweeper icon Blackfin Sweeper
link= ? (first fish, page 23 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 23 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 24 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 24 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 25 in fish guide)
Sandfish icon Sandfish
link= ? (first fish, page 26 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 26 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 27 in fish guide)
Fourfinger Threadfin icon Fourfinger Threadfin
Grayling icon Grayling
link= ? (second fish, page 28 in fish guide)
Rock Hind icon Rock Hind
Butterflyfish icon Butterflyfish
Clownfish icon Clownfish
Blue Tang icon Blue Tang
link= ? (first fish, page 31 in fish guide)
Pomfret icon Pomfret
link= ? (first fish, page 32 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 32 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 33 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 33 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 34 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 34 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 35 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 35 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 36 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 36 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 37 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 37 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 38 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 38 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 39 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 39 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 40 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 40 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 41 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 41 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 42 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 42 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 43 in fish guide)
Moray icon Moray
Tilefish icon Tilefish
Porcupine Fish icon Porcupine Fish
link= ? (first fish, page 45 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 45 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 46 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 46 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 47 in fish guide)
Dollarfish icon Dollarfish
Sandeel icon Sandeel
link= ? (second fish, page 48 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 49 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 49 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 50 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 50 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 51 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 51 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 52 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 52 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 53 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 53 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 54 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 54 in fish guide)
link= ? (first fish, page 55 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 55 in fish guide)
Coelacanth icon Coelacanth
Crustaceans
link= ? (first fish, page 1 in fish guide)
link= ? (second fish, page 1 in fish guide)
Terrapin icon Terrapin
Crawfish icon Crawfish
Other
link= ? (first fish, page 1 in fish guide)
Jellyfish icon Jellyfish
link= ? (first fish, page 2 in fish guide)
Starfish icon Starfish


References

  1. https://wiki.blackdesertonline.com/index.php?title=Fishing#Auto_Fishing