Terraria fishing guide

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Just like in many other video games, fishing is a skill/mechanic that allows you to use a fishing rod to catch fish in bodies of water, or in case of Terraria – lava and/or honey. Fishing requires to have two items – bait and a fishing pole. A fishing pole can be crafted with 8 pieces of wood. Bait is a bit harder to come by, but still relatively easy compared to some other items. You have to buy a bug net and break rocks with a pickaxe to catch some worms coming out. These will be your bait. Now you’re setup – let’s go fishing!

When you’re near a body of water, equip the fishing pole to your right hand and bait in the inventory. LMB to throw the hook in the water and now you have to wait. This usually doesn’t take very long, so don’t be discouraged, but once you see the hook moving and shaking, press LMB again to catch the fish. Other games require lots of skill for fishing, but in Terraria it’s quick, fun and very satisfying. In different bodies of fishable liquids, you’ll find different fish to catch, so we’ll leave that for you to find out and let’s now move on to the general tips and tricks in fishing.

Bait is important and you can start up a jungle farm to get more of it. Break the plants and collect the bait. You can also make some money by selling the bait to merchants. The best time and environment/odds for fishing are: rain, a large area of water, the time is 4:30-6:30 in the morning or 6:00-8:00 PM, fishing potion or sonar potions are consumed, angler armor and earring are equipped.  In general, Fishing factors (things and aspects that affect your fishing) are the key suspects for your results when catching fish. The factors are: the time of fishing, size of the lake, bait and fishing powers of the bait used and the fishing pole respectively and a few others. The time it takes to catch one fish is determined mostly by these factors and your fishing skill, let’s say your fishing skill is 85, expect to catch a fish every ~2 seconds. This period shortens to about 1.5 seconds once your skill reaches 125. There are also five zones for fishing:

  • Sky
  • Surface
  • Underground
  • Caverns
  • Underworld

Each differs from one another in some ways. And of course there is the quality of the catches:

  • Plentiful
  • Common
  • Uncommon
  • Rare
  • Very Rare
  • Extremely Rare

What is more worth noting, a good way to fish is to talk with the angler. He gives you quests on fishing for rare fishes in exchange for hefty rewards.

All in all, it’s a great skill to level up and profit from. You can upgrade your inventory and your skillset along with having fun, so why not? We can’t find reasons not to fish in Terraria, so have a go at it and get some extremely rare catches and share your experiences with us. Cheers!

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