This page summarises how to catch Sea Pony.
Catching Sea Pony
- Notes: Rare catch from open water around Darkmoon Island, apparently caught regardless of your fishing skill and expansion. The Sea Pony is also reported to be rarely caught from Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon). The pet is summoned in a spout of water, and then hovers inside a translucent bubble. It cannot be mounted - not even by a gnome!
- Commentary: It took me just over 700 casts before catching my first Sea Pony, and then about 30 to catch my second. As Milli Featherwhistle says, your mileage may vary. It may take cast several hundred times to catch this. Most of the coastline of Darkmoon Island is contested, however the Boardwalk is a sanctuary, where the factions are not at war. There are no hostile high-level creatures on the island, so the Sea Pony can be safely fished at low level. Darkmoon Island is only available during Darkmoon Faire week, which starts on the first Sunday of the month. There is no evidence that the catch rate from pools is higher, however it certaintly takes much longer to fish Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon) than open water, because there are few pools, spread along a lenghty coastline. Unless you plan to fish the pools for the valuable items contained in Sealed Crates, I recommend fishing open water for the Sea Pony.
- History: 4.3: First caught.
|Water||Areas||No-Junk Skill||Catch Rate||Common Catch|
|% of Catch||Sample|
|Open Water||Coastal: Darkmoon Island||25||<1%||-||-|
|Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon)||Coastal: Darkmoon Island||1||<1%||120|
- Minipets and Mounts - Companions and mounts found by fishing - including the Magical Crawdad, 'Bucket Pets', and Sea Turtle.
- Darkmoon Skill Tiers - Describes how personal fishing skill determines the set of fish you may catch from open water around Darkmoon Island.
- Sea Pony! - Quintessence's catch, including pet video.
- Call Upon The Sea Ponies - Shoo be doo shoop shoo be doo!
- There's a Darkmoon on the Rise - The Daily Blink comic.
Comments about Sea Pony
Below are readers' comments about "Sea Pony":
NiceBloke, December 2011:
So, I settled myself down to cast the new Sea Pony in the Darkmoon Faire.
18 casts later, it drops.
Early night for me now then. Pet number 185.
Raax (Steamwheedle Cartel - EU)
el, December 2011:
I caught my second (live) Sea Pony very fast as well. Of course the first people to post always do...
GormanGhaste, December 2011:
Caught mine in 29 casts on live. Also fished up one Message in a Bottle, which contained a scroll.
el, December 2011:
There are a few reports of the Sea Pony being caught from Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon). Any confirmations? I fished from rather a lot of those pools during testing, and never caught it, so I doubt the catch rate is higher than open water. Unfortunately the contents of those pools are quite valuable, and the total number of spawn points rather low, so it is proving hard to intensively farm Shipwreck Debris.
Robbingo, December 2011:
I think I was very unlucky with this, It took me 656 casts to get the Sea Pony, but well worth it, Love this little guy in his bubble :D
carisana, December 2011:
I can confirm that alt rogue caught the sea pony on her first cast into the Shipwreck Debris. Now for hours I've been casting into the debris with my main Warlock and nothing... open water cast count is 234 and nada so far.
carisana, December 2011:
Ah, 399 in open water was the winning number - got my Sea Pony :)
Rabb, December 2011:
I just fished up my Pony Today. it took me 17 casts. I just fished in open water no pools.
amber_missy, December 2011:
This is my first post and I can confirm I got this on my 350th cast, from a "Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon)" where I got both a Sealed Crate and the sea pony from one cast!
I was stunned as I was only fishing the debris for the shineys in the crates!
210 x Raw Rainbow Fin Albacore
90 x Oily Blackmouth
28 x Firefin Snapper
2 x small locked chest
4 waterlogged crates (I think these said they were venture co - they had 1 pile of blasting powder in each!)
16 x sealed crates
1 x sea pony! :D
I hope this helps - I didn't think to do a screen-print or anything - I was just so chuffed to get it as it was 1am and I still needed to hand in the fishing and cooking quests and do any of the dailys! :(
amber_missy, December 2011:
I also saw one of my guildmates get a Steelscale Crushfish while fishing there! /jealous! :P
Gwyn, December 2011:
170 casts here. I caught mine at the bottom of the ramp from the boardwalk. :)
Druegar, December 2011:
caught mine after 47 casts in open water
KaliopeLlane, December 2011:
I got this in just over 70 catches - open water right at the dock area.
Harbin, December 2011:
I was on Killrogg EU and here's my stats
49 Raw Rainbow Fin Albocore
13 Firefin Snapper
2 Message In a Bottle
1 Secured Trunk
32 Oily Blackmouth
1 Cute little Sea Pony
fairy777, December 2011:
got it in 10 casts today after 5 hours of fishing yesterday!! It is so adorable!! I got it in open water
Veylen, December 2011:
163 Raw Rainbow fin albacore
61 oily blackmouth
18 Firefin Snapper
2 message in a bottle (both contained scroll of agility 2)
1 sea pony =D
1 steelscale crushfish =D
I really hope we can transmog with the crushfish heh
GormanGhaste, December 2011:
2nd catch on an alt
189 casts in open water
other non fish catches:
2 Waterlogged Crates and
1 Small Locked Chest
priestvito, December 2011:
Caught the Sea Pony on 64th cast, open water.
Also caught a Steelscale Crushfish on approx 35th cast so it is possible to complete the rare fish achievement at Darkmoon Island.
Pahonix, December 2011:
~475 casts here (can't remember the exact number since I'm at work).
I'm going to also get it on my other main, different server and hopefully it won't take me as long.
Isis, December 2011:
701 casts, 30 other people around and I finally said I will try again tomorrow.
HootzJnr, December 2011:
there is this special vasj'ir style cove of the eastern side of darkmoon near this wreaked ship i read about it and went there there was 50 other people i tryed fishing there and in 10 casts i got 4 of the rare fish for one that didn't get away and 3 sea ponys is this some kind of special drop rate spot
el, January 2012:
For reference, the cave is half way along the eastern coast. The entrance is in a V-shaped indentation in the sea wall (the undersea edge), close to the point at which fatigue starts, directly below a ship wreck.
I don't know if this area has a higher chance of rare catches. I caught one Sea Pony there fairly quickly, but that may just be chance. May try some more casts later.
Airowird, January 2012:
Either this is the first time I got lucky or that cave does have a higher rate,
managed to get the Sea Pony in 33 catches.
Total fish caught was:
18 Rainbow Fin Albacore
9 Oily Blackmouth
9 Firefin Snapper
2 Waterlogged Crate
1 Sea Pony
Statisticly not a very accuraote pool (heh - pool), but worth considering if you aren't having any luck on the boardwalk.
acadiana, January 2012:
I'm afraid Blizz nerfed this location. (74,43 when standing in cave)
Lvl 85, skill 525 (563 with buffs)
102 rainbow fin albacore
29 oily blackmouth
8 firefin snapper
and a few misc. (message in a bottles, waterlogged crates, small locked chest)
no rares, no pony yet.
I don't know if it matters that the location is technically in the great sea?
grantz, January 2012:
Wierd.... I was fishing on the boardwalk for like 2 hours.
I swam to this location and picked it up in 2 casts. Maybe dumb luck (which I doubt since it took me like 8 months to get my sea turtle and I'm far from lucky.)
It's wierd but there may be something to this.
Valkien, January 2012:
I think it took me less than 2 trips around the island just fishing from Shipwreck Pools, which now have me hooked as I love the random goodies contained inside. Depending on the other people fishing, it may take longer to catch from the pools, but ut certainly makes up for it in profitability. I made over 1000 gold just fishing for my pony.
Dashwood, January 2012:
So, I set out, with 115 Fishing Skill with a why not attitude, and got the Sea Pony in 1 cast.
Please don't hate me. To post what others posted,
Level 78, 114 Skill.
Came with a Oily Blackmouth.
/played 6 days.
Maybe this adds to the theory that low level'd characters get it faster? I don't know much other than I am ridiculously lucky.
Paela, January 2012:
I have 12 days played and 525 fishing, was using the Jeweled rod. I was fishing off that square floating dock with the ramp up to it. I didn't keep track of what fish I caught, but it was much less than 100 casts before I caught it. I was probably there 15-30 minutes. I don't have any of the other rare fish achievements.
I was fishing in those pools of wreckage previously, but didn't see the sea pony there out of maybe a dozen. But made a lot of money off the items in the crates. There's usually a lot of competition on the pools of wreckage, though.
Paela, January 2012:
Just to clarify the Underwater Cave thing. My coordinate thing said 75,34 on the Great Sea. Like it's been said, it's about 1/3 to 1/2 way down the East coast of the island when looking from the North, look for the 'V' in the outline of the island. You'll see an underwater shipwreck if you're diving. You start getting fatigue as you swim down, but it ends when you enter the cave.
I didn't have any special luck there, but I didn't stay for long. Lots of Rainbow Fin Albacore and Oily Blackmouth, same as everywhere else on the island. No one was there, but no one was along the east coast of the island either.
Just to mention it. Pools of Wreckage do spawn along the eastern shore. I saw two on my way up from the docks. Hardly anyone goes there, but they're really spaced out compared to the ones around the docks.
Darn. Drowned while making this post. Heh. Maybe I should have gotten to shore first. :D
nanok88, November 2012:
I'd like to comment as well on this cave:
After fishing for over 250 casts on the boardwalk I checked out this page for more help and found out about this cave, I went there and got the sea pony on my 4th cast. I suggest you try it if, might still be worth trying it.
SgtSuperman, December 2012:
I fished for about 100 casts on the boardwalk, and then went to the cave. Got it on my 50th cast.
My real intention was to get the rare fish to finish my Salty title, but unfortunately the sea pony popped up too soon.
Tikicarol, December 2012:
So after reading about this cave I decided to give it whirl, so me on my trusty turtle mount paddle on out to what I thought was the spot, and start to descend. I remembered reading about the "fatigue" so I didn't pay it much mind feeling certain I'd find the cave entrance any second, any second now, ...ummmm.....dead.
So, I run back from the grave yard and see on my map where my waterlogged corpse is; that I am way off, but I figure when I reach my body I'll rez and swim to the dive spot.
I get right on top of where my lifeless bod is and can't dive down, you know, being a ghost n all.
So kids, be sure to take the rez sickness from the Death Angel, unless of course there is a trick to the "diving in water as ghost thing" that I am currently unaware.
So now I'm back to life and at square one again. This time I decide to raft out. May be quicker, ya know? So I raft to the coordinates, and looking down I can see the ship wreak. Ooooooo right spot. Yay for me!
Now to jump off raft.
I have a special "dismount" macro for such situations.
Your right, It didn't work.
Now what. I'm new to this raft thing just having acquired it the other day. I happen to see it's icon upper right of screen.
Yay I'm in the water.
I had decided before hand to give the spot a full 2 hours, so fishing I start.
Caught Sea Pony around 1 Hour 20 Min.
Here my catches:
104 Raw Rainbow Fin Albacore
50 Oily Blackmouth
17 Fire Fin Snapper
3 Water Logged Crates
1 Small Locked Chest
1 Sea Pony (of the "uncommon" variety)
Crates yielded: 1 Coarse Blasting Powder / 1 Blasting Powder / 1 Broken Modulator (1 item ea. crate)
The small locked chest yielded: 1 Bolt of Woolen Cloth.
So, Here I sat having Just gotten the pony and of couse I wanna check it out, so I go into my Mounts tab and... wait what? No PONY!
Heart sick I scroll through log and find that it's a pet.
Hay, news to me. I just assumed it was a mount. I mean I caught the turtle (mount) right?
So I finished fishing out the rest of the 2 hours with Ed, (that's the name of my Sea Pony, Ed,
Get it?) and there was nothing else notable to report.
The above fish count is in fact for the 80 odd minuets or so fishing before I found Ed.
Now you might be thinking that this is a WHOPPER of a fish tale, but I assure you it's true.
Just ask Ed. He was watchin' the whole time I'm sure.
Basill, December 2012:
Did about 20 pools.. no luck..
went into cave ^^ 24 cast.. a blue sea pony .. ;)
fuzzy, March 2013:
Cave is definitely a good spot. Got the pony in 34 casts on alt with 600 skill. Catches are congruent with your fishing skill. 600 skill caught carp, shrimp and octopus. Lures appear to have no effectiveness here. Alt with 220 skill took much longer to catch the pony, about 120 casts. This cave appears to be a good place to level your fishing if you want to spend the time. Leveled from 220 to 425 in about 2 1/2 hours, including time to run back to the pier and train. Guild does have Working Overtime Perk which may have helped this fast leveling though.
You do not have to swim out to the fatigue area to get to the cave. It it about 1/2 way up the East coast.Just a bit South-East of the spot that juts out on the map. Look for the ship under water and dive right behind the bow. If you are as crazy as me, run up the hill at the end of the beach. If you go to the spot that juts out the furthest and jump off, you will land in the water aimed for the spot you need to dive.
dakender, May 2013:
Not sure if it means anything but here is my take on the subject.
Using the addon fishing buddy, I noticed that there are two locations withint inches of each other along the shore.... Some say "Darkmoon Island: Darkmoon Island" and the other Darkmoon Island: The Great Sea" Looking at statistics on the addon, i have over 600 catches on Darkmoon Island with NO sea pony. But on the list for The Great Sea, I have 3 Sea Pony's ... Just a thought...
Selka, May 2013:
I just found the cave and between checking facebook, signing in here and doing other things in the past ten minutes I fished up http://www.wowhead.com/item=93732/darkmoon-fishing-cap no pet yet but I am focused lol
Aestu, December 2011:
The Sea Pony, based on anecdotal evidence, seems to have much greater variation in its drop rate than most drops seen up to this time. Furthermore, there are an unusual number of anecdotes from players on this and many other sites citing extremely protracted drop rates on mains and surprisingly quick drops on alts - often serially.
Based on these anecdotes, my hypothesis is: the drop rate for the Sea Pony is scaled negatively against certain character statistics. Possible candidates that are relevant, objective, and consistent with this general pattern include:
- /played time
- Fishing skill
- Total fish caught
- Player level
Heading off the inevitable "random loot is random," I would point out it is not always that simple, and the WoW Dev Team has demonstrated an increased preference for curving over the years. Quest items, for example, used to have drop rates based on simple probability; today, the chance that most quest items will drop off applicable mobs scales directly with the number of applicable mobs previously looted. Although it is provably untrue that past results influence future performance, it is human nature to so believe, and it may well be good game design to corroborate this human attitude.
Rather than be content with what is a simple assumption, I think it most intelligent to collect data to corroborate or debunk my hypothesis.
To my knowledge, no automated tool exists to simultaneously collect and collate said data regarding character statistics and drop rates. Therefore, I can think of no better approach than for interested parties to simply post their data in this thread. From this, perhaps we can notice patterns (or the absence thereof).
Values, December 2011:
525 fishing. Roughly 550 after buffs (Had my fishing pole equipped, jeweled one).
lv85, 170 days in /played
Total fish caught around 10k.
11k achievement points
Got it after ~240 casts. Another tidbit is I also got the rare fish (Steelscale Crushfish) around 200 casts in.
Katecia, December 2011:
525 fishing, 555 after buffs (Kalu'ak pole)
Level 85, 160 days played
4035 fish caught (5943 fish and "stuff")
10500 achievement points
700 casts and I haven't seen it yet.
Enarka, December 2011:
45k fish caught
Level 85, 12 days played
1860 achievement points
525 Fishing, 615 after buffs
Renetta, December 2011:
Not to spoil the hypothesis, but I think this is clearly wrong. I got the seapony on my... first cast. And yes this is my main with plenty of fishing on it.
27k fish caught
10290 achievement points
Level 85, 125 days played.
525 fishing 637 buffed.
I think this is just yet another case of reporting bias. People who get it quickly on their main say nothing yet people who don't get it quickly on their main but faster on an alt, report that as odd. Hence it looks as if there is something, when in reality it's just the same old RNG doing its thing.
rameymj, January 2012:
I'm starting to believe your hypothesis. Seems the closer I get to Salty, the longer I have to work for achieves. I got "Old Ironjaw" fairly early between 500-600 casts). I'm nearing 1,000 casts for the sea Pony.
My alt with few fishing achieves got a Sea Pony in under 100 (about 53 IIRC).
Of course it just just be random luck.
----- 15 minutes later -----
Well, I just got my sea pony west of the boardwalk between 800-900 casts. Sever time was about 11:20 a.m. Fishing skill 645 (just pole + hat + hat's lure). I think the real key is to bitch on this board about how hard it is. Still need my Giant Sewer Rat. :)
Bedbug, January 2012:
7k fish caught
110 days played
Got mine off the Boardwalk on my 26th cast.
Awesome! Thanks for making this site, el. It's helped me and many others so much!
stormbear, February 2012:
Got the sea pony in open water on the north tip of Darkmoon Island on my 168th cast.
Jaghine, February 2012:
Sub-L10 Rogue Banking alt. trained for fishing AT Darkmoon Faire & got Sea Pony with 52nd cast after handing in the Fishing 'monthly'... Yup; fishing skill level 52.
Random is random, end of...
Lightwell, February 2012:
I finally got off my butt and fished up the Sea Pony at this last Faire. I was expecting something completely unreasonable (1600+ casts in IF, and still no Ironjaw), but I had the Sea Pony after 167 casts. The numbers will be a little off since the Faire was a couple weeks ago, but they haven't changed much (I've been fishing on my alts more).
128 days played
Fishing (525) + Kalu'ak Pole (30) + Fishing Line (5) + Fishing Hat (5) + Lure from Hat (75) + Angler Glove Enchant (5) + Boots of the Bay (15) = 660
5462 Fish Caught
After seeing everyone else's "Fish Caught" it makes me think I have to start working harder. I guess it's time to get that Sea Turtle, Sewer Rat, and Ironjaw. :)
Lightwell, February 2012:
Aestu's theory might have some weight to it. I don't want to hijack the thread, but I'd like to at least mention a few things that make me believe there's something more to it than pure randomness. I really almost believe in the fabled "Luck" stat, because ever since I started carrying a stack of Rabbit's Feet, I've since stumbled upon the TLPD twice and Aeonaxx once while doing dailies after a 6 month absence. Or maybe I'm just crazy.
I've done the STV Extravaganza 86 times so far, and I've never won. My first attempt at the Kalu'ak Derby, though -- I had the Blacktip Reef Shark after 2 casts.
My first attempt at the STV Extravaganza this weekend on my paladin that I barely started playing again -- I won. O.o
White Polar Bear
I've also done the Brunnhildar daily where the White Polar Bear comes from on my main over 400 times. We're looking at at least every other day for the last 2-3 years, with some burnout time included (ha). All Greta thinks my main deserves is snowballs and yak cheese.
My daughter hadn't done the daily for over a year (and even then, had only done the daily maybe 30 times), and decided to stop by on the way to an Ulduar achievement run, and the White Polar Bear drops.
My main barely got it during a daily a couple weeks ago (yup -- first Fishing daily after I got back). There are many, many more unlogged casts than my 5462 Fish Caught from before they started tracking these stats.
My noob lock? Fished him up when he hit Fishing 8. Yes -- 8.
So yes -- I'd be inclined to believe that extended absences, newer toons, and even "Luck" might affect our fishing.
robin183, May 2012:
Took me 35 casts (total in the Darkmoon zone) to catch my Sea Pony, even though I've got pretty high statistics;
140 days played
Fishing (525) + Kalu'ak Pole (30) = 555
5805 Fish Caught
Siken, September 2012:
I don't think there is anything to this hypothesis, it's just random. Then again, so might my result be:
245 days /played
567 Fishing skill = 525 + 40 (STV Pole) + 2 (Line)
6681 fish, 8565 fish + things
107 casts to catch the Sea Pony
Selka, May 2013:
I did fish up http://www.wowhead.com/item=93732/darkmoon-fishing-cap while trying for the pet!
edited to add after 10 seconds of posting this I got the sea pony. Took me 30 minutes in the cave!