This page summarises how to catch Goldenscale Vendorfish.
Catching Goldenscale Vendorfish
- Notes: Rarely caught from any pool in Outland (approximately 1% of the catch). Also from open water in Nagrand, Netherstorm, Terokkar Forest and Zangarmarsh (a fraction of 1% of the catch). This junk-quality item may be caught when your skill is high enough to avoid junk. Catching this does not automatically mean your skill is too low.
- Commentary: I don't recommend specifically trying to catch Goldenscale Vendorfish. It is not a common catch. Just be glad when you come across it while fishing for something else in Outland.
- Achievements: The Limnologist: Catch 42 different freshwater (inland) fish: Albino Cavefish, Barbed Gill Trout, Barrelhead Goby, Blackbelly Mudfish, Bloodfin Catfish, Bonescale Snapper, Crescent-Tail Skullfish, Deviate Fish, Dragonfin Angelfish, Fangtooth Herring, Felblood Snapper, Figluster's Mudfish, Fountain Goldfish, Furious Crawdad, Giant Darkwater Clam, Glacial Salmon, Glassfin Minnow, Golden Darter, Goldenscale Vendorfish, Highland Guppy, Huge Spotted Feltail, Icefin Bluefish, Lavascale Catfish, Mountain Trout, Musselback Sculpin, Nettlefish, Raw Brilliant Smallfish, Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish, Raw Greater Sagefish, Raw Loch Frenzy, Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper, Raw Mithril Head Trout, Raw Nightfin Snapper, Raw Sagefish, Sewer Carp, Sharptooth, Shimmering Minnow, Sickly Looking Fish, Slippery Eel, Spotted Feltail, Striped Lurker and Zangarian Sporefish.
- The Burning Crusade - Fishing changes in the first expansion.
Comments about Goldenscale Vendorfish
Below are readers' comments about "Goldenscale Vendorfish":
Gned, April 2009:
Howdy fellow fisherfolk,
I didn't see this particular catch listed anywhere on this fantastic site. Caught it one time in the Frozen Sea, a non-pool catch.
Nonzor, April 2009:
I've caught a few of these pre-WotLK in the Outland. It's aptly named, eh?
ChefTrotline, April 2009:
I love it! The Goldenscale Vendorfish lives on in Northrend! :)
Gihelle, April 2009:
Goldenscale Vendorfish was a trash from Outland fishing...
Is it on Northrend now?
Trann, April 2009:
That is good to know, I missed that attention to detail that TBC fishing seemed to have.
Malvenue, February 2011:
The Goldenscale Vendorfish can commonly be caught from Steam Pump Floatsam pools in Zangarmarsh. I mention this because it's counts for the Limnologist achievement and currently El's Guide does not mention this.
el, February 2011:
Malvenue - Sounds like you got lucky. I just fished 10 Steam Pump Floatsam pools empty (40 catches) and never saw a single Goldenscale Vendorfish.
Druidmoon, February 2011:
Looks like quite a few have found it a decent source of the Vendorfish reading wowhead comments like this;
I used to catch them all over the pace as a rare drop including open water. Was always a pleasant surprise.
el, February 2011:
As a rough rule, any catch or drop rate below 10% creates "theories": Humans (and gnomes) doing what they do best - looking for patterns, even where there are none. Eric Heimburg provides a good introduction to player reactions to randomness.
Wowhead comments create a pyramid structure of validation for these theories: If a thousand people act on a comment, a few of them will be able to confirm it however rare the catch remains. They appear to validate the theory, so even more people try it, and so on. This seems to be a particular problem for achievement-fish, because new anglers mostly care about catching the first fish, then move on. "It took me 10 catches" is a lot less reliable evidence than "I caught a 100 fish and 10 of them were this".
I don't dismiss these reports without testing, because sometimes things do change, and I'm often reliant on people posting here to know.
In this case Steam Pump Floatsam pools would need to have much higher (5-10%) catch rate for Goldenscale Vendorfish than other pools to be recommended for the Limnologist. Why? Because the pools are only found in a set of 3 different pool types, making Steam Pump Floatsam much harder to find (and fish sustainably). If, as I suspect, all pool types in Outland still have the same chance, fishing just one pool type in Zangarmarsh is a huge waste of time (except perhaps for the gold, which is still low compared to Cataclysm).
sitherial, February 2008:
It's a conspiracy to keep you fishing ah tell ya!!!!
Goldenscale Vendorfish !! i'll be rich
It's moments like this that keep me going.
Thanks for the site El
kathismom, April 2008:
AARGh! I've caught at least 3 of these and ditched them because the name wasn't at least white... 6 G each??? <slaps hand on forhead).
mengor, September 2012:
This doesn't seem to have been mentioned but there is a 4% chance of getting this within the "Barrel of Fish", which you can choose as a reward from the cooking daily given by Rokk in Shattrah.
This will count towards the Limnologist achievement for Golden Vendorfish