This wowhead entry has someone claiming they got one from the daily cooking quest in the Barrel of Fish reward...
[Fishing] Darkwood Fishing Pole sighting?
Indeed. Yet nobody has been able to confirm that comment, even though the quest has been completed tens of thousands of times each day for the last 3 months... Strange, huh?
I'm inclined to believe some of the comments that it drops in certain level 10-20 zones, because a couple of people have told me that over the years... But then, those zones are continually being run through by alts, yet none of the main database sites have drop statistics for it. And nobody has ever been able to provide a screen-shot of the pole dropping. Strange, huh?
One theory is that the Darkwood Fishing Pole is coded as random junk, but with an almost infinitely low chance of a drop. For example, intended to be a 1/1000 drop, but actually coded as 1/1000 * 1/1000.
(I think 1/1000 is the worst possible drop chance that should exist within the game for any item. Partly because that fits with the theory that drops are randomised using the server's millisecond time value at mob creation... I digress.)
I am not an avid fisherman, but i was looking up some information and noticed the comment about the Darkwood Fishing Pole. I didn't realize it was so rare or I would've taken a screen shot but I can prove I have one if need be. I fished it up in the lake right by Tarren Mill.
Can you post your character's armory link and log out wielding the pole for a few days? That would be the best proof, as screenshots can be faked.
I think I speak for all of us when I say *please pretty please post up a screenshot of this item in your inventory*.
Even a link to a screenshot will work. I forsee a lot of people hanging out at Tarren Mill if what you say is truth...
Here ya go. I also saw another post from someone on wowhead from a couple days ago about finding it in the lake outside tarren mill as well.
Thanks! Great to see the mystery finally cleared up. I wonder if the 2.4 patch changed the drop rate; El has previously theorized that the pole's extremely low drop rate was unintentional. Some items were silently changed in the patch -- combat dragonlings changed from a 1 hour cooldown to 20 minutes, for example.
Its hard to say based on my find whether it was ultimately lucky or the result of changes in the patch. I haven't fished on this toon in over a year. I just decided to level it up a bit. I got the pole on my second cast at 100 fishing and a nightcrawler lure. Just happened upon this site looking for suggestions for the fastest way to level fishing and saw the lack of information about the pole. Good luck to those of you who try and fish it up.
Indeed. Thanks for posting. I wonder whether the pole is unique to that location, or common to the whole zone or other zones...
Since profiles change, here's a screenshot.
Wow. It actually exists!? It's not April 1st yet. ;)
It must be a 2.4 change.
After all this time I was sure it was a development item that was left out of the game but left in the database.
I assumed past claims of people getting it were hoaxes or mistakes.
I'm off to Hillsbrad to fish for it.
I assume you mean the pond just south of Tarren Mill before the road?
Hmm, I don't remember seeing Sagefish schools in this pond before.
Can you clarify whether you got it from a school or from plain water?
Did you reel it in with another fish? In place of a fish or in a trunk?
I was fishing from the boat in the center of the lake. From plain water. It was a catch by itself. First cast was a fish, second was the pole. (I guess specifying the boat confirms which lake by TM it is.)
Is this a white item just like the Big Iron Fish Pole? If so it would be worth trying for as I could pass it to each alt as they reached the minimum requirements. This pole requires level 15 and 50 fishing skill. The BIFP requires level 25 and 100 fishing skill. So it would be useful for the ten levels and 50 fishing skill gap between the two poles.
Yes, it's a white pole, so you can sell it or pass it on to alt. If it's still a very rare pole, Krosa/mdsmith2483 could probably sell it for a ridiculous amount of money.
I actually came accross this piece of Fishing Pole yesterday. It took my breath away when I saw it drop, while fishing ofc. I was in Stonetalon Mountains fishing a wreckage off the Goblin place.
So far I've read reports that the Darkwood Pole can be caught from inland open water in Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills and Stonetalon Mountains. Logically that means it should also be caught in inland open water in Duskwood, Redridge Mountains and Wetlands (which share the same skill requirement and catches). Anyone else had any luck catching it?
I’ve spent several hours leveling my fishing in the pond next to Tarren Mill after reading this thread. I’ve been fishing the pools when they appear and the regular water when they’re absent. Thus far no luck.
I did see a darkwood pole for sale in the AH on the alliance side of Blackhand. It was bid only at about 50s when I first saw it. I wasn’t on line when it sold. The last bid I saw was 20 gold. If there was a bidding war it most likely went for much more.
Though I would very much like to have the pole, I’m not going to pay a lot for it. There’s only a ten level gap when it would be useful for a character. I can use a strong fishing pole until I can use the big iron fishing pole for any of my up and coming fishers. I have several BIFPs floating around on various bank alts. On the other hand, if I need to raise my fishing skill I may as well do so in an area where I might loot a darkwood pole of my very own.
Only inland reported so far?
Wouldn't mind leveling my fishing in one of the places on my alt, shame the fish suck so much at inland places compared to coastal. Would like the rod though so I'll give it a go.
Well, a few hours of fishing later and I'm 225 fishing so capped my alt.
Fishing off the docks at lakeshire:
200 Fish Caught
-Bristle Whisker Catfish: 135 (67.5%)
-Longjaw Mud Snapper:61 (40.7%)
Fishing Buddy Screenshot
Fishing at the Stonewatch Falls in the east:
150 Fish Caught
-Bristle Whisker Catfish: 86 (57.3%)
-Longjaw Mud Snapper:65 (32.5%)
-17 Pound Catfish: 1 (0.7%)
-Healing Potion: 1 (0.7%)
-19 Pound Catfish: 1 (0.7%)
Fishing Buddy Screenshot
No sign of the pole but probably due to unluckiness. However since I only caught random stuff in the small pool perhaps only small bodies of water can have the armour fished up? I've only ever found armour in small lakes before and that lake near tarren mill is one. Going to try there as soon as I can level fishing again.
I wonder if the darkwood pole can be fished up from the Sludge Fen in the Barrens. I used to fish there from time to time trying to fish up a broken wine bottle (http://wow.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?witem=6651;source=live). If so that might motivate me to level up fishing on all my alts. But from the zones El listed the Barrens might be too low level.
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