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Lightning Eel

About Lightning Eel

  • Value (uncooked): Vendor: 10c
  • Cooking:
    • Stormchops:
      • Requires level 55 to eat.
      • Buffs: Charges you with energy, causing lightning to occasionally zap nearby enemies, for 30 minutes.
      • Recipe: Recipe: Stormchops.
      • Ingredients: Clefthoof Meat and Lightning Eel.

Catching Lightning Eel

Where to Catch Lightning Eel
WaterAreasNo-Junk SkillCatch RateCommon Catch
% of CatchSample
Open WaterInland: Blasted Lands (Tainted Forest)250-10% [1]
Open Water3000-10% [2]
Open WaterInland: Un'Goro Crater (General)3750-10% [1]
Open Water4250-10% [1]
Open WaterInland: Deadwind Pass4254%
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Comments about Lightning Eel

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Lightning Eel Woe!

  1. Detri, May 2010:

    Okay, not woe... I'm exaggerating!

    But even so, I'm sat here in Winterspring at 1:36pm Eu Server Time and of the 50+ fish I've caught, ZERO have been Lightning Eel.

    My first thought was that I should consider PDT in America and delay my 12:00 - 18:00 fishing window by the 8 hours difference in time between CA and London... but then I dismissed that as madness.

    Still... I'm fishing in theFrostfire Hot Springs in Winterspring... just north-west of Timbermaw Post.... East of Felwood.. and according to El, I should be on a 25% catch rate, or less.

    But THIS much less?

    If anyone has any tips, then please do pass them on.

    I caught a handful of Lightning Eel last night (around 9pm server time) but maybe that was just conincience.

    Thanks, fellas.

  2. el, May 2010:

    Times should be based on the realm. If you're playing on a US realm, then it'll be rather too early.

    Generally times split into 4x 6-hour blocks: 1 best, 1 dead, and 2 some. The dead time for Lightning Eel is 00:00-06:00. Literally 0 catches. 06:00-12:00 and 18:00-00:00 are times when some Lightning Eel can be caught. But the highest catch rate is 12:00-18:00.

    Having said that, I haven't checked this for a long time, so it may have changed. It would be helpful if you could confirm the realm time (by command /time).

  3. Detri, May 2010:

    Well, I can confirm that my realm time is working and it's indeed correct when I type /time.

    I posted a message on the EU Forums, under professions, so maybe someone can shed some light on it there.

    When I have time, I'll get an addon installed and take some print-screens.

    Perhaps they're affected by Autumn/Spring (Spring and Fall) and it's fliped on it's head at the moment?

    I'll keep you all posted.

    Great site, by the way... it's a great corner of Azeroth you've got here. :)

  1. el, May 2010:

    Tested this just after (EU) midnight, and I'm not seeing any changes.

    One question to you: When fishing in the afternoon, were you catching Raw Sunscale Salmon or Raw Nightfin Snapper?

  2. Trokair, May 2010:

    Could he just catch Lightning Eel faster in Deadwind Pass... or is that also subject to certain time frames?

  3. Detri, May 2010:

    I was testing at 1:13PM. That's the afternoon... just after lunch. :)

    I was catching Sunscale, Whitescale and Redgill.. from memory... But specifically Sunscale, of the two you mentioned.

    (Edit: I think ZA and Deadwind are both static 4% drops.)

  4. el, May 2010:

    I've confirmed that Lighning Eel can be caught in Winterspring at about 14:00. The catch rate seems quite a bit lower than 25% (perhaps 10% - needs much more testing). So maybe there has been a subtle change. Still, that would probably be better than Deadwind Pass/Zul'Aman at that time (just under 5%).

  5. Detri, May 2010:

    Okay, thanks, El! :)

    I'm trying to save up some Stormchops when when I level my Shaman (just for fun in instances) so any help is much appreciated...

    Now for Clefthoof genocide!

  6. Coppernica, November 2010:

    I was fishing in Deadwind Pass just after midnight server time (and local time). After about 25 casts, I got one Lightning Eel. So, the drop rate is very low, but they are dropped between 00:00 and 06:00. I'll try again during other hours and see how it compares. At least I got one Eel for the Stormchop recipe to make for the achievement. Just need 30 more for the Writ quest.

  7. eGaTS, March 2011:

    630 Fishing Skill

    Alternating between
    Frostfire Hot Springs, Winterspring (32, 50)
    Timbermaw Hold, Winterspring (23, 47)
    Snowden Chalet, Winterspring (25, 60)

    Saw no one else fishing the entire time I was in the zone.

    Friday, March 4, 2011
    197 catches between 12:54 and 14:58 realm time

    • 46.70% -- 92 Raw Whitescale Salmon
    • 35.53% -- 70 Raw Sunscale Salmon
    • 12.18% -- 24 Raw Redgill
    • 4.57% -- 9 Lightning Eel
    • / -- 1 15 Pound Salmon
    • / -- 1 Superior Mana Potion
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