Fish of the Day migrations are clusters of pools around one specific location in Pandaria. As the name suggests, one active Fish of the Day migration may be found somewhere in Pandaria each day. Days start and end at 03:00 (PST for US realms, CET for EU realms, and Australian EST for Oceanic realms). The location of each day's active migration will vary between realms, seemingly at random.
Ben of the Booming Voice (illustrated, who is fishing just east of Halfhill in Valley of the Four Winds) will tell you what and where today's Fish of the Day is. If you ask Ben, he will also mark the current Fish of the Day migration on your map with a red cross.
There are 9 possible Fish of the Day locations, listed and mapped below. Each location has unique pool types, but there are some features common to all migrations:
- Many rapidly re-spawning normal-sized pools, containing the same fish as one of the existing Pandarian pools.
- A single "large"-named pool with a wider diameter, fished to summon a hostile elite Krakkanon.
- A set of travelling Anglers including myself, and sometimes other people who "interact" with the pools. As a result, Fish of the Day migrations are sometimes referred to as the "Anglers' event".
Pools elsewhere in a zone with a Fish of the Day migration appear to continue to spawn as normal - except the zone's regular pools will not spawn at the location of the migration.
Main "Rapid Respawn" Pools
Each Fish of the Day migration features vast numbers of pools with the same name and contents. The contents (catch type and volume) of these pools are the same as existing Pandarian pools, even where their name is different. For example, Sha-Touched Spinefish are identical to Spinefish School. The benefit of fishing Fish of the Day pools is their proximity to one-another and their respawn rate: Fish of the Day pools can be fished continually, without much movement between pool spawning locations.
The Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm bonus still applies to Fish of the Day pools. The vast number of pools in a migration means that not all pools can be fished by standing on the land. Water walking (or a raft) is an advantage at most locations, but likely only needed to sustain fishing Swarm of Panicked Paddlefish at Krasari Falls, where the majority of pools are away from the shore.
Large "Krakkanon" Pools
Single active "Large" Krakkanon pool may be found at each active Fish of the Day location. Large pools take up to 45 minutes to spawn after the start of a new Fish of the Day. Once a Krakkanon has been summoned a second large pool may appear nearby, allowing further Krakkanon to be summoned. The respawn rate of Large pools is much slower than the main pool type.
Large pools contain far more catches than main rapidly respawning pools: Typically almost a hundred fish! Once the pool is emptied a Krakkanon (formerly called an Engorged Sea Monster) appears.
The Krakkanon (illustrated) is a level 90 elite with 20 million health. The Krakkanon will not aggro until attacked. It is not automatically "tapped" by the angler that summons it. The Krakkanon must be fought in the water where it spawns, although ranged attackers can safely engage the creature from the shore. Its main attack is Gurrggggle, which fires a water jet. The Krakkanon should be possible for most classes to solo: The Krakkanon's attack is quite weak (apparently never more than 30K damage at once), but you will probably need to be able to heal yourself during the fight, since the Krakkanon's health is so high the fight will last about 10 minutes. Krakkanon are not tagged when first attacked, so anyone who participates in killing the creature may loot it: Each person gains the same loot drops.
Dead Krakkanon always drop 20 of the regular fish found in the pool the creature was summoned from. In addition, they may yield:
- A rare fish that grants Nat Pagle's Friendship, for example Flying Tiger Gourami. The fish type found is that which may also be caught by fishing the pool.
- Nat's Fishing Journal, which trains 50 fishing skill, bound to account. Nat's Fishing Journal will drop for anglers who do not have the reputation to buy the journal from Nat.
- Pandaria-level profession materials, such as Spirit Dust or herbs (thanks Petty).
The chance of gaining Nat's Fishing Journal is around 20%. The Journal can be used by either the angler or any of their employees ("alts" on the same account). The only other source for Nat's Journal is Nat himself - and you'll need to be at least half-way towards Best Friends with him to buy it at a cost of almost 1,000g. For entirely new anglers, fishing these Large Krakkanon pools could be a viable way to raise your fishing skill.
Fish of the Day Visitors
All migrations (except the Mossgreen Lake) attract a set of Anglers, including: Salty El (illustrated, alongside, er, me); Anglers Dry, In Bo Den, Johnny Rotten, Lin Snowclaw (with pet Lulu) and Scottie; Fisherman Crow, and Old Salty Sullivan (with pet Shelby). These Anglers simply fish, and cannot be attacked or talked to. Perhaps I'm still trying to catch an elusive Tiny Carp?
Some Fish of the Day migrations also include a person or creature that visually replenishes or interacts with nearby pools. None of their events seem to make any difference to the fish caught from affected pools. Unique people or creatures, by Fish of the Day location:
- Binan Village Coast: Oily black bubbles appear on the surface of the water.
- Enchanted Woods of the Lost: Neutral Spirit Darters fly above, who occasionally feed pools with magic dust. This briefly causes the pool to sparkle.
- Fields of Niuzao: Brother Shallowpond, a Grummle, with his Yak, Fishbreath. Both walk round the lake, occasionally stopping and throwing a bottle into a nearby pool.
- Gokk'lok Shallows: Shrimp Stuffed Shark and Shrimp Stuffed Seagull patrol the area. These creatures often eat from, and empty, nearby Tangled Mantis Shrimp Cluster.
- Krasari Falls: Wizak Blastbait and his 4 Blastbait Cronies ride around on Stolen Rafts, throwing dynamite at some of the pools of fish. This clearly panicks the fish!
- Master Snowdrift's Pagoda: Shado-Pan Snowdrift Trainees occasionally cast blue bolts towards nearby pools.
- Sri-La Village: Many Reef Octopus creatures wander around the beaches and piers of Sri-La Village.
- Stormstout Brewery: Hozen Beercatchers wander along the piers. A Hozen Fishnibbler swims around the pools.
Appendix: Ben's Stories
Ben of the Booming Voice introduces each Fish of the Day with stories that help explain why the migration occurred:
Binan Village Coast
"The Jin'yu of Binan Village in Kun-Lai Summit spoke to the water today, and it is TEEMING with Sha. You may already know this, but the Spinefish is a rather aggressive fish. Now, you mix that with a little bit'o that Sha mojo, and you've got a proper frenzy in the make! If you can catch those angry beasties, you may help restore balance to their fragile ecosystem... not to mention gettin' yourself a dream catch of Spinefish."
Enchanted Woods of the Lost
"During a full moon, the sprite darters in The Woods of The Lost in Jade Forest are known to shed their scales. They do it late at night and it's actually beautiful to see. Their scales glow with a bright jade light and fleck off into the water. This attracts Jade Lungfish like you wouldn't believe! like moths to the light! Careful not to disturb those mogu though... they ain't exactly the friendly type."
Fields of Niuzao
"So today I was gathering supplies, I found a wandering sherpa who sold exotic potions and oils. One of the more strange oils he had was known as a 'love potion' for fish. Nevermind how he created it, just know that the stuff REALLY works! It DOUBLED the Redbelly Mandarin population in his pond! I found him at the lake north of Niuzao Temple. You'd probably do some good if you helped even out the population there."
"After a high tide in the Gokk'lokk Shallows in Dread Wastes, sometimes the increased fish activity loosens the kelp along the shore. Shrimp, octopus, and all manner'o'things get tangled up in there. I bet you could get you a small fortune o' Mantis Shrimp if you fished out there a while. Let me know if you need help finding it."
"Do I look Angry? Well it's because I AM! My arch nemesis, Wizak Blastbait, is encroaching pretty close onto my turf. He's a nasty little goblin, who uses... non-conventional means of fishing. Last I saw him, he was at Krasari Falls. You should fish there today if you want Krasarang Paddlefish, I bet he's scaring them up left and right. Maybe if he sees other people fishing there, he'll deem the area overcrowded and leave. Oh, and if you can, make a rude gesture at him. Tell'm old Ben sent'ya." [Ben smirks to himself. El nods sagely.]
Mad Qao-Pao (before patch 5.4)
"Mad Qao-Pao doesn't mean any harm. Truly, he doesn't. He heard that the pond in front of the Mogu'shan Palace granted wishes, you see... like a wishing well. And... well... the poor guy has more gold than wit. Last I heard, he's been dumping gold into the water... hoping to become king of the world! Sadly, Jewel Danio's favourite treats are fireflies that fly low on the water. The glimmer of the coins lures them out in droves. Hopefully the poor things aren't swallowing too many coins. Today's the day to get Jewel Danio if you want, though. You may even find a couple of coins yourself."
Master Snowdrift's Pagoda
"Last night, Master Snowdrift was giving some lessons at the Shado-Pan Monastery in Kun-Lai Summit. He was teaching his students how to cast fists of frost. The good news is, the students did great. The bad news is, hundreds of icy fist balls were cast into the water. This froze the Tiger Gourami living in the surrounding lake! If you're looking to catch some Tiger Gourami today, that's probably your best bet."
Mossgreen Lake (since patch 5.4)
"Some terrible things have happened in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, but the real tragedy is that it's no longer a good place for fishing. All that Jewel Danio! Gone! Fortunately for you, I've heard of an island off the eastern coast where you can still fish Jewel Danio. If the rumors are correct, you should be able to find a lake full of them there."
"The Anglers over at Sri-La Village are reporting an unusually high number of Reef Octopi at their village. I'd wager that it's spawning season, but who knows? The problem is, that the increased octopus influx is damaging the shellfish population... and everyone knows the real money is in shellfish. Dangle your bobber there for a minute or two, I bet you'd walk away with swarms of those octopi."
"Here in Valley of the Four Winds, we have our famous Stormstout Brewery. You may have noticed that a rather destructive bunch of Hozu have decided to make that place their own. Their drunken debauchery is known to get a little out of hand. Sometimes, after a new batch of brew is made, they are known to have beer fights. That's right, gallons upon gallons of brew are wasted and wash away into the Yan-Zhe River. The beer attracts Emperor Salmon, and they swarm like nothin' I've ever seen. They're a bit easier to catch, too... seein' as they've had a few."
- Patch 5.2 - Describes changes to fishing and farming in patch 5.2.
- 5.2: Pool Migrations - News from 29 January 2013. Describes the appearance of large numbers of fast-respawning pools at specific locations in Pandaria, alongside a single larger pool containing a Krakkanon.
- 5.2: El Catching Sea Monsters - News from 24 January 2013. Summoning the Krakkanon, and spotting Salty El.
- 5.4: Jewel Danio - News from 13 June 2013.
- 5.2 PTR: New Fishing Events - Perculia's write-up at Wowhead.
- Also in Pools and Schools: Pool Fishing, Pool Locations, Pool Spawning, Pool Strategies, and Unusual Pools.
Comments about Fish of the Day
Below are readers' comments about "Fish of the Day":
punchingbag, November 2013:
I happened upon a way to store multiple pagle fish. with a flying tiger in a bag, i helped killed 2 of the krakkanons from the large fish of the day pools. They dropped flying tigers but i could not loot them. they were then mailed to my in game mail as recovered items. currently i have turned in a flying tiger, have 1 in my bags, and 2 more in my mail. Thought this might help someone else.
el, November 2013:
Useful, but I believe this will only work with fish sourced from Krakkanon, not fish caught by regular fishing. Pagle fish are treated as unique, so if you already have one in your inventory, you should never see another in the (fishing) catch loot window - so can never loose it, and thus not recover it in the mail.
punchingbag, November 2013:
yep I agree, only works when looking the big K's
epitafio, March 2014:
I just fished a large pool, and the Krakkanon did NOT appear when it finished! This is the first time it's happened to me - has it happened to anyone else?
Enarka, March 2014:
In Kun-Lai summit, you may be phased out of the area due to quests and whatnot =)
epitafio, March 2014:
Total, total bummer.
Aunor, January 2014:
I was just fishing a Large pool in Pandaria for Fish of the Day (happened to be Jade Lungfish) and a horde warlock came and started fishing it too. (I play alliance)
Before Krakkanon appeared, he summoned his Voidwalker and used its shield ability to shield himself. The very next catch, Krakkanon appeared.
Could he have known somehow that there was 1 catch left? If so, how?
I was fishing the large pool before he arrived, so I don't think he could have been counting it himself.
el, January 2014:
During test, so presumably also on live, the number of catches to summon a Krakkanon was not constant - it varied somewhat from pool to pool. That implies it would be impossible to predict the Krakkanon appearing, even if one had been counting.
Aside from pure chance, gut feeling that the pool was about to be emptied, or even accidental button clicks, the most likely explanation of what you saw is lag: Perhaps the Warlock emptied the pool, and thus responded to it disappearing, while your game client continued to see the pool a few seconds longer, making it look like you emptied it.
Aunor, January 2014:
I do sometimes load slowly in Pandaria but I didn't think it was happening then. So that is definitely the most likely cause then. The not being constant would certainly rule out an addon, which I was thinking he was using.
Hibiscus042, April 2013:
Does anyone know if using the Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm while fishing the large Krakkanon pools lessens the time/number of casts required to spawn the Krakkanon? If these pools can typically contain up to 100 fish, would using the charm halve the effort required? Sorry in advance if this question doesn't make perfect sense >.<
el, April 2013:
I'm not sure, but my gut feeling is that the same number of casts are required - that when the Charm "procs" it magically adds a bonus catch that would not otherwise be in the original pool. Unsure, because these pools are naturally very varied in their size.
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