This page continues the separate Alliance and Horde Fishing and Cooking 1-525 guides. It assumes you have reached cooking skill 300, with fishing skill of 330. It is highly recommended you read the appropriate first part of the guide before reading this part.
This page continues to catch fish from open water. For an alternative method that cooks fish caught from pools, read Fishing and Cooking 300-525 from Pools. Pool fishing helps reach 525 cooking skill quickly - useful if you do not need 525 fishing skill immediately. It also helps complete Achievements such as That's A Lot of Bait.
Fishing skill-ups become very variable (random) during this part of the guide. Suggested fishing skill ranges are given for each location, but you should primarily aim to catch the number and type of fish shown. Once you have met the requirements for leveling cooking, move on to the next stage in the guide. Your "luck" should average out over the whole leveling process.
Prepare by purchasing these recipes - either by visiting the vendor in Outland, or via the auction house:
- Location: Terokkar Forest - any water except Lakes Blackwind, Ere'Noru, Jorune and Silmyr (which have a higher no-junk skill). The small lake near the Shattrath graveyard, east of the city, is ideal, since it is close to trainers. Remember to train Master Cooking first.
- Training: Trainers are found in Shattrath City: Kylene, the barmaid in the inn on the north-east side of the Shattrath's Lower City, trains cooking. Scryers-faction (or Scryers/Aldor neutral) anglers will find a training bookcase labelled "Fishing" on Shattrath's Scryers' Tier. Aldor-faction anglers will need to visit Juno Dufrain, by the lake in Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh for Fishing training. Train Master Cooking at the start of this stage. At cooking skill 320, visit Kylene to train Stewed Trout. Grand Master Fishing and Cooking should be learned at the end of this stage, but may be more convenient to train in Northrend.
- Catch: Fish open water from fishing skill 330 to 365. Catch 10 Spotted Feltail, 50 Barbed Gill Trout, and 15 Golden Darter.
- Cook: Cook the remaining Baked Salmon (from the Blasted Lands stage). Learn Recipe: Feltail Delight and cook Feltail Delight. If your cooking skill is still below 320, learn Recipe: Blackened Trout and cook Blackened Trout - but only until cooking skill 320. Train Stewed Trout (from Kylene), and cook all the remaining trout as Stewed Trout. Learn Recipe: Golden Fish Sticks and cook Golden Fish Sticks. Your cooking skill must reach 350.
- Luring Options: 450 fishing skill is required to stop catching junk here, so strong Lures (and any Fishing Gear you have) can be used here throughout to reduce junk catches. The method above assumes around 40% of catches will be junk. Reducing this will allow cooking to be leveled with fewer casts.
Anglers who are not feeling the Wrath of the Lich King should stop following the guide here. You can continue to fish and cook up to 375 skill. Try buying and learning Recipe: Spicy Crawdad (sold by Biribi for Alliance, Rungor for Horde), and then fishing the elevated lakes of Terokkar Forest for Furious Crawdad. Kylene will also be able to teach a few extra recipes for off-hand fish (such as Fisherman's Feast) at 350 cooking skill.
- 3 Epicurean's Awards cooking awards, to buy Recipe: Imperial Manta Steak. Epicurean's Awards are gained from completing Old Azeroth and Dalaran Cooking Quests, or by turning in a Waterlogged Recipe. Waterlogged Recipes are sometimes gained via the Northrend Daily Fishing Quests.
- About 50 Northern Spices, to cook Imperial Manta Steak. The easiest source is the auction house. They can also be found in the reward from Dalaran Cooking Quests (Small Spice Bag) or purchased with Epicurean's Awards (10 spice per award).
The fish required for this stage can be caught before gaining these items, so don't worry if it takes more than a day to gain everything you need. It is possible to level cooking without these items, but you must use extra non-fish ingredients. The "at low level" box below contains a method that does not use Awards.
- Location: Alliance recommendation: Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra. Horde recommendation: Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord. You must fish from "named" coastal waters (where the location name is not the same as the zone name). If you catch Bonescale Snapper, you are in the wrong place. The same catches can be caught from "named" coastal open water in these zones: Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, Hrothgar's Landing, Icecrown and Storm Peaks. Trainers may not be available in those zones.
- Training: Alliance trainers - Old Man Robert (Fishing Trainer) and Rollick MacKreel (Cooking Trainer), both with the other profession trainers, on the southern side of the Keep. Horde trainers - Angelina Soren (Fishing Trainer) on the docks, and Thomas Kolichio (Cooking Trainer) in the center of town. Train Grand Master Fishing and Cooking at the start of this stage. Train Illustrious Fishing between fishing skill 425 and 450, and Illustrious Cooking at the end of this stage. Train Baked Manta Ray, Dalaran Clam Chowder, and Smoked Rockfin at the start. Train Black Jelly at cooking skill 400. Finally, Recipe: Imperial Manta Steak is sold in your faction's Dalaran inn - from Derek Odds (Alliance) or Misensi (Horde) - cost 3 Epicurean's Awards, as described above.
- Catch: Fish open water from fishing skill 365 to 475. You must fish from "named" coastal waters. Catch lots of Rockfin Grouper (only about 60 will be needed), 35 Darkwater Clam (open for Succulent Clam Meat), 70 Imperial Manta Ray, and 70 Borean Man O' War.
- Cook: Cook Smoked Rockfin until cooking skill 375 (when the recipe goes grey). Cook all the Succulent Clam Meat into Dalaran Clam Chowder (requires 2 meat per dish). Then cook some Baked Manta Ray until cooking skill 400. Stop cooking Manta, and keep the remaining Imperial Manta Ray. Train and cook Black Jelly (requires 3 fish per dish). Your cooking skill should reach about 415. Now learn Recipe: Imperial Manta Steak, and with Northern Spices (described above), cook Imperial Manta Steak until cooking skill 450. You must reach 450 cooking skill. If not, consider fishing extra Imperial Manta Ray from Imperial Manta Ray School, found along most of the coast of Northrend.
- Luring Options: 475 fishing skill is required to stop catching junk here, so strong Lures (and any Fishing Gear you have) can be used here throughout to reduce junk catches. The method above assumes around 20% of catches will be junk. Reducing this will allow cooking to be leveled with fewer casts.
All fish-based Cataclysm dishes are cooked with recipes that are purchased with Epicurean's Awards. Epicurean's Awards are gained by completing Old Azeroth or Dalaran daily cooking quests, which were described earlier in the guide. Without Awards you will be able to catch fish, but not cook them. This guide assumes 5 recipes are purchased. These are purchased from Bario Matalli (in Stormwind City) for Alliance, Shazdar (in Orgrimmar) for Horde:
- Recipe: Lightly Fried Lurker or Recipe: Lurker Lunch (your choice)
- Recipe: Pickled Guppy
- Recipe: Delicious Sagefish Tail or Recipe: Severed Sagefish Head (your choice)
- Recipe: Fish Fry
- Recipe: Baked Rockfish
- Location: Twilight Highlands. First fish inland, later coastal waters.
- Training: No nearby trainers. Before travelling to the Twilight Highlands, train Illustrious Fishing and Cooking (either in Northrend, or in a city en route, such as Ironforge or Undercity).
- Catch: Fish open inland water from fishing skill 475 to 510. Catch 35 Striped Lurker, 15 Highland Guppy, and 60 Sharptooth. Cook these fish as described below. Then fish open coastal water from fishing skill 510 to 525. Catch 15 Deepsea Sagefish and 10 Algaefin Rockfish. Murglesnout are not used to level cooking. Fishing skill-ups are is very variable here, so you may reach 525 fishing with far more, or far less, fish. I recommend you cook fish in batches, soon after you catch them, so you don't waste time catching more fish than you need to level cooking.
- Cook: Learn Recipe: Lightly Fried Lurker or Recipe: Lurker Lunch, and cook Lightly Fried Lurker or Lurker Lunch. Your cooking skill must reach 475. Learn Recipe: Pickled Guppy and cook Pickled Guppy. Learn Recipe: Fish Fry and cook Fish Fry (requires 3 fish per dish). Your cooking skill should reach about 505. Now switch to coastal fishing. Learn Recipe: Delicious Sagefish Tail or Recipe: Severed Sagefish Head, and Recipe: Baked Rockfish. As you catch batches of coastal fish, cook them into Delicious Sagefish Tail, Severed Sagefish Head, or Baked Rockfish. All recipes turn grey at 525 cooking skill, so if you are unlucky, the last few points can require a lot of dishes to be cooked.
- Luring Options: 650 fishing skill is required to stop catching junk here, so strong Lures (and any Fishing Gear you have) can be used here throughout to reduce junk catches. The method above assumes around 35% of catches will be junk. Reducing this will allow cooking to be leveled with fewer casts.
The cooking recipes used are listed below for quick reference. The vendor/trainer shown is the one recommended in the guide above. Some recipes are sold or trained by several other people.
The cooking skill each recipe "changes color" is shown. Recipes are normally orange when learned. Orange recipes will always grant a skill point when you cook the dish. Yellow recipes have a high chance of a skill-up, green a low chance. Once the recipe has "turned grey", there is no chance of gaining skill from cooking it.
- The Burning Crusade - Fishing changes in the first expansion.
- Wrath of the Lich King - Fishing changes in Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion to World of Warcraft.
- Cataclysm - Preview of fishing changes in Cataclysm.
- Dalaran Cooking Quests - How to complete the Dalaran daily cooking quests.
- Cooking Skill - List of cooked fish foods by cooking skill.
- Cooking Trainers - Full list on the official site.
- Fishing Trainers - Full list on the official site.
Comments about Fishing and Cooking 1-525 Part 2
Below are readers' comments about "Fishing and Cooking 1-525 Part 2":
KimWhZiv, January 2011:
Awesome guide, but the last part relative to Cataclysm could be done by another easier way.
Two key items are to realize that in Twilight Highlands there are schools for Highland Guppy inland, and for Algaefin Rockfish coastal. By the time you reach this level, you will surely have "find fish" to help locate such pools if needed, but even if not they are not hard to find. Pools are awesome as there is NO trash, etc. - only the target fish is caught.
The significance of this is that when you reach 475 Cooking with Striped Lurker cooking, you can then make it to 500 with only Highland Guppy; no need for random fishing, just use the inland Guppy pools if needed - they are concentrated at Loch Verrall. The minute you hit 500 Cooking this way, STOP and proceed directly to coastal areas, and catch ONLY Algaefin Rockfish in the pools there. This method will very rapidly move you from 500 to 520 or so, when the Rockfish recipe goes Green; still relatively easy to finish to 525.
A key difference in recipes is that with this method the Baked Rockfish becomes mandatory, and the Sagefish ones optional as you would have no need for the latter.
discreetheart, January 2011:
I started to level one of my character's fishing and cooking.
For the part of the topic you mentioned for Wrath of the Lich King and Dalaran Cooking awards I notice that you do not need these anymore.
From any cooking trainer you can buy all the recipes you mentioned above from Wrath and some other additional ones from the Cooking trainer!
Which is very convenient!
Here are the recipes I got from the Cooking trainer but I am not sure which ones require cooking rewards.
Fisherman's Feast, Hot Buttered Trout, Spicy Crawdad
Baked Manta Ray, Dalaran Clam Chowder, Grilled Sculpin
Mammoth Meal, Pickled Fangtooth, Poached Nettlefish
Rhino Dogs, Roasted Worg, Shoveltusk Steak
Smoked Salmon, Worm Delight
Anyways yeah! Thanks for the guide, this helps alot !
Adak, March 2011:
Everything has been good until the cooking recipes for Golden Darter, Barbed Gill Trout, and Spotted Feltail. They require level 55.
el, March 2011:
You don't need to eat them - just cook them.
jcochran, August 2011:
Love the site. Although with the guild achievement "That's A Lot of Bait", it's a good idea to do as much fishing as possible from pools. And still get your cooking maxed out. Unfortunately, it's not possible to pool fish from level 1 and provide materials for your cooking at the same time. However, once your cooking is up to skill 300, it's possible to go the rest of the way to 525 using nothing but fish obtained from pools.
The Spotted Feltail from Brackish Mixed School can be cooked starting at skill 300 and can carry you all the way to skill 330 before they turn green. But at skill 325, you can learn how to cook your Golden Darter of which you should have plenty of since they can also come from the same Brackish Mixed School. And the Darters will carry your cooking up to 355 before they turn green as well.
At 350, Northrend opens up and the cooking skill ups there are easy. Just get Imperial Manta Ray from the Imperial Manta Ray School that litter the southern coast of Northrend. Cook Baked Manta Ray until your skill reaches 400. And then cook Imperial Manta Steak from that point until your skill is at least 450.
The next place to go is Mt Hyjal for Mountain Trout. Cook them until your skill reaches 475. At 475, head over to Twilight Highlands and get Highland Guppy for the materials to get you to skill 500. Then for the final push to 525, decide if you want to cook Algaefin Rockfish, Blackbelly Mudfish, or Fathom Eel depending upon which cooks up into something most useful to you.
mednik, September 2012:
"Learn Recipe: Golden Fish Sticks and cook Golden Fish Sticks. Your cooking skill must reach 450."
Should obviously be 350.
"Cook Smoked Rockfin until cooking skill 475 (when the recipe goes grey)."
And again 375.
el, September 2012: