Fishing is a relaxing substitute to questing and grinding, it's a fairly good way to obtain rare items and it's also a necessity for completely the Guild Creation Quest, so make sure you understand the basic aspects of fishing before you do so.
Fishing requires two things, namely a Rod, and Bait; though players who are used to fishing in other games with different baits like warms or bugs, will be surprised by it's bait system.
These are the regular Rods that can be purchased from Robert in the fishing map area.
This is the cash Shop Rod:
As far as I remember you get a Willow Fishing Pole in the tutorial, that's obviously the most basic of fishing rods. The better the rod - the higher your chance will be of catching a fish.
So make sure to start your new character in the tutorial Zone so you don't have to worry about not having a Rod at the beginning, but if you happen to skip the tutorial zone, just visit Robert inside the Fishing Zone and buy one.
Note: Rod type does not factor in quality of the catch, thats the baits job, which we'll discuss in a little bit.
In each town theirs a Fishing NPC that you have to talk to in order to be redirected to the fishing map, so let's go to him first.
This is what the Fishing NPC looks like.
So, by now you should have a Fishing Rod, and be at the fishing spot. I'll explain how exactly you fish.
a) Get close to the water, you need be turned towards the water.
b) Open your Inventory and double click your Rod, a window like this should pop up:
I'll explain the bars in a sec, let's move for now.
c)Bait! I bet you now wonder "what am I supposed to put there". Well, this is the confusing part, fish in Rohan feed on...Armors,Weapons and Accessories xD Yes, put any piece of equipment in the "Bait" box and press 'Start"
d)"The Big Green Bar"? It's to indicate you are using an invalid item as bait, just simply press the pause button before the green tint reaches the bottom of the gauge and switch out the invalid item with the proper item(s).
I mean this green bar that is highlight in red in the image below, just to make things clear.
e) Ok, so the green bar went down and the bar on the left started moving! What now? The marker will go up and down really fast and the little piece of the green bar will also move vertically. To catch a fish you need to press [ SPACE BAR ] but it DOES matter where you do it. If you press space outside the "little green bar" you'll get a normal fish from which you most likely will acquire something completely useless (Potions,Etc items) . now, you need to focus on stopping the marker in the middle of the gauge "the small light green area". That's the premium fish area. Premium fish can get you some really neat stuff (Rares,Pieces of Equipment with bonus stats and even better stuff, you just need to be a lucky bastard). By now you probably noticed the the "big green bar" is going down. it's the time you have left before this fishing attempt ends.
NOTE: From what I noticed you CAN'T fail in fishing, you always get a fish no matter what.
f) So you finally got your first fish but what now? The fish have different quality types ranging from RED to NO COLOR.
- RED - Lowest Rank
- NO COLOR - Highest Rank
Each type contain 7 (need confirmation on this) Ranks ex. Rank:0, Rank:1 etc. I believe that the higher the value the better items you can get.
To receive your reward, just open your inventory and Double click the fish and you'll receive a random item.
Keep in mind that fish can drop off of you if your killed by either a player or a monster outside the Fishing zone, so make sure your careful.
NOTE: The bait quality matters, if you're gonna fish with NPC items you'll mostly get low ranked fish but if you'll use some better equips(with bonus stats or rares) you'll have a much bigger probability of getting a high ranked fish.
Important If you happen to be lucky enough to get a Sweetfish, DO NOT double-click it, keep these in your bank because they are a item requirement in the Guild Creation Quest.
Another; yet some-what wasteful way to obtain Items is through the lottory.
This is a random lottery with no equal chances on each slot, it works a bit like the roulette in the casino, the pointer can go back and forth, not only in one direction. I'll explain each reward slot now going from Top (12 o'clock):
- 12:00: Random - N/A
- 1:30: Random Weapon - Normal, Rare, not sure about other types
- 3:00: Random Enchant Stone(?) - Didn't get this yet so I'm not sure
- 4:30: Random Armor
- 6:00: Random item - Miscellaneous items
- 7:30: Random potion
- 9:00: Random Slot(?)
- 10:30: Random Shield
- Extra Tips by golladan
The Rainbow Trout is a special fish that you have a very low chance of getting. It has no level because the only thing it can give are option stones or skill stones.
The item at 12 o'clock are option stones.
Each item belongs to a rank. Ranks can go up to 44. Maybe higher. When you use an item for fishing, that rank will be used as base.
If you catch the lowest level fish(the one that will show the rank in Red), you will get an item that is 1 rank lower than the one you put in. Basically, you'll get an item that is worst. The next 4 fishes will give you an item of the same rank. You might even get the same item you put in, but with different(maybe better, maybe worse) magical stats. The next 2 fishes will show the rank as Green, and will give you an item that is 1 rank higher than whatever you put in. You'll get a better item. Then the next fish will show the rank as Yellow, and will give you an item that is 2 ranks higher than whatever you put in. You'll get an even better item. The very last fish, like I said before, is a special rank-less fish that will only give option or skill stones.
Also, most ranks can end up just giving you potions(and potions can't be used for fishing), so you might end up loosing your item you could say.
Lately, I've noticed a lot of people selling fish for you to try your luck.
- Warning* Before buying fishes from other people, check what Rank the fish says. Rank 0 Fishes will ALWAYS give the brown items that have absolutely no use other than selling to NPCs for very little money. Rank 1 Fishes will only give the lowest level weapons and armors(beginner weapons and leather armor). Elven equipment and stuff around that level doesn't start appearing until Rank 4 or 5.
Original Guide Written and Image Compliment By: Kentaro
Other various Credits go to: golladan For the extra Tips and Ashura from Aetherius Network for Hosting the guide.
Some content was edited/condensed to keep the guide a bit cleaner looking, as well as some work replacements for better direction.