News about fishing in the World of Warcraft.
Patch 6.1 finally adds the Sea Calf battle pet to Nat Pagle's inventory in Draenor. The pet costs 50 Nat's Lucky Coins. Lunker catch rates scale with skill in 6.1, so Coins should become easier for veteran anglers to obtain.
- 29 January 2015
- Patch 6.1, Minipets, Battle Pets, Nat Pagle, Lunkers
The latest test version of patch 6.1 makes many changes to fishing. The highlights:
- Draenor catches automatically fillet when looted: The original fish still appears in loot window, but converts to Flesh upon looting.
- Lunkers can be caught from pools and coastal waters, in addition to inland open water. Catch rates scale with effective fishing skill.
- Bait items become Unique with a 15 minute duration. Once applied they last 10 minutes. Nat Pagle offers free Bait-like buffs, but Bait can no longer be caught from Garrison waters.
- "Players can now always catch enormous fish from pools, regardless of skill" (via patch notes).
Update: "In 6.1, rather than have fish auto-fillet as you catch them, we're adding a new consumable item called the Bladebone Hook which when used, will enable auto-filleting for one hour. This new item can be purchased from fishing vendors in Draenor." - Crithto
Update 2: "We're reverting the change where bait would spoil. Reverting the change where bait could not be caught in your garrison." - Crithto
Read on for lots more detail, plus minor changes:
Fillet on Loot
Draenor fish still appear in the loot window when fishing, but as soon as you loot the fish, it is converted into Flesh and the Flesh placed in your inventory. Overall there has been no change to the volume of Flesh gained: Small fish yield 1 Flesh, regular sizes 2 Flesh, and Enormous 4. Bonus items (such as Fish Roe) are no longer found in Enormous sizes.
Un-filleted fish stored prior to patch 6.1 can be filleted, but only at a rate of one fish per click.
The fillet-on-loot change will affect the way Eggs are obtained for the Garrison daily fishing quest: Fish stored prior to patch 6.1 can still be filleted to reveal Eggs. Otherwise fish must be freshly caught to obtain Eggs. Eggs become true quest items in patch 6.1, so cannot be stored or traded.
Every type of Lunkers may be caught from pools of the same name - for example Blackwater Whiptail Lunker from Blackwater Whiptail School. Lunkers are the only fish in the loot window when caught from pools, unlike open water, where Lunkers are always bonus catches alongside another fish.
Update: Lunker catch rates vary greatly with effective fishing skill. Overall catch rates on the test realm are exceptionally high, and are likely to be scaled back before patch 6.1 goes live (they remain "Unique (5)" items, so clearly intended to be somewhat rare). However, the test realm should give an indication of how much more likely a Lunker catch is at higher skill. The sample below is from open inland water fishing in Shadowmoon Valley (Draenor). Each data point is calculated from at least 200 catches. That sample is too small to be accurate, but should indicate the broad patterns:
|Fishing Skill||Sample Catches||Lunker Catches||Percentage Lunkers|
These results suggest that every 100 skill points above 600, adds about 7% to the chance of catching a Lunker. With 1100 skill you will catch about 5 times more Lunker than at 700 skill. It is likely that the trend is linear, but that cannot be confirmed: The R-squared of the trend line is only 88% (100% would mean the data fitted the line perfectly).
Update: A sample of Fat Sleeper School catches suggests a very similar (probably identical) pattern of skill and Lunker catch rates applies to pools. Based on 100 catches at each skill, 9% Fat Sleeper Lunker at 700 fishing skill, compared to 24% at 1050 skill.
Bait items are now Unique (you may only hold one at a time) with a 15 minute real time item duration (in the current test version the timer stalls at 0 seconds and the Bait does not disappear). When a Bait is used, it leaves behind a Spoiled Bait in your inventory (which do not yet automatically stack). Once applied, Bait lasts 10 minutes. Bait otherwise has the same effect as before - it increases the chance of catching the water's prize fish.
Bait can no longer be caught from Garrison waters. Anglers who have lured Nat Pagle to their Garrisons may ask Nat for a specific Bait. Nat applies the choosen Bait's buff directly to you. Like regular Bait, this buff lasts 10 minutes. Nat's Bait buffs are free, and there are no limits on how many times you can ask for a buff. Like normal Bait, only one can be applied at once.
Bait is still caught from other areas of open water in Draenor, as before.
- Savage Piranha no longer vary in size. Sets of Savage Piranha do not combine to make Savory Savage Delight. Instead single Savage Piranha can be caught and eaten raw, for the same transformations as before (Savage Flip Out or Yaaarrrr).
- The loot table for Cavedwellers (summoned via Lunarfall Carp or Frostdeep Minnow) has changed, to include a random Draenor fish Flesh, and a reduced chance of Worm Supreme. Social fish such as Awesomefish may no longer drop. There is still a very high chance of obtaining certain items of Fishing Gear, such as the Tentacled Hat.
- Nat Pagle (at the Anglers Wharf or at your Garrison in Draenor) sells Nat's Fishing Chair for 80c to those that are eligible to own it (who would normally receive it in the mail upon reaching Best Friends).
- Unconfirmed: Open water catch rates for Equipment (such as certain Lures and Fishing Poles) and social fish (such as Awesomefish) have been lowered.
- New +125 buff stat fish-based dishes, as described in 6.1: Cooking.
- 24 January 2015
- Patch 6.1, Fillet, Lunkers, Bait, Garrison, Nat Pagle, Ashran, Pools
Patch 6.1 (currently being tested) adds 6 new cooking recipes that use fish: Buttered Sturgeon, Jumbo Sea Dog, Pickled Eel, Salty Squid Roll, Sleeper Sushi and Whiptail Fillet. Each dish offers a +125 buff in one stat - the best possible food.
Recipes are sold by the Cook at your Garrison for 10g each. Each recipe uses 12 of a specific Draenor inland water catch Flesh plus 6 Crescent Saberfish Flesh. At maximum Cooking skill only 1 or 2 dishes are produced with each cook. In comparison, the original Draenor recipes use fewer ingredients to cook more dishes.
There should be greater demand for Draenor's inland fish in 6.1 than 6.0. There are no new recipes that use Sea Scorpion, but the catch should remain valuable because it is commonly used in First Aid.
- 22 January 2015
- Patch 6.1, Cooking, Buff Food
El's Anglin' has been updated for Warlords of Draenor:
- Quickstart: 10 Things to Know about WoD Fishing
- Methods: Draenor Fishing in general, Bait and Fillet, Size and Skill
- Fish: Catches in general, Fish Finder zones and additions
- Training 1-700: Fast with Gold, with Cooking, or with First Aid
- Garrison: Garrison Fishing, Draenor Angler achievement, Lunkers/Nat Pagle
- 11 November 2014
- Warlords of Draenor
Only minor changes are expected to fishing in patch 6.0.2:
- Stats on cooked buff food are squished. Bugs causing Cataclysm dishes to provide better buffs than MoP will be "corrected shortly".
- Thruk's Fishing Rod, a new +3 skill pole, drops from Thruk in Blackfathom Deeps.
- Impeccably Sharp Tooth becomes a level 100 item and moves to Draenor, so is unavailable for the next month.
Please let us know of any other fishing changes in 6.0.2.
- 14 October 2014
- Warlords of Draenor, Patch 6.0
WoD: First Aid－ 10 September 2014
WoD: Rubber Ducks－ 05 September 2014
WoD: Cooking－ 01 September 2014
WoD: Duration Skill Gear－ 22 August 2014
WoD: Savory Savage Delight－ 14 August 2014
WoD: Social Catches－ 08 August 2014
WoD: Lunkers－ 27 July 2014
WoD: First Aid and Pagle's Return－ 25 July 2014
WoD: Bait and Fillet－ 07 June 2014
WoD: Fishing Shack Specializations－ 22 May 2014
WoD: Provisional Fish Tiers－ 05 April 2014
WoD: Mumper on Garrison Fishing－ 03 April 2014
5.4: Jewel Danio－ 13 June 2013
Introducing El's Extreme Philosophy－ 01 April 2013
5.2 Fishing－ 05 March 2013
5.2: Darkmoon Catches Vary by Skill－ 10 February 2013
5.2: Pagle Reputation and Catch Changes－ 05 February 2013
5.2: Pool Migrations－ 29 January 2013
5.2: Pandarian Junk Changes－ 26 January 2013
5.2: El Catching Sea Monsters－ 24 January 2013
5.2: Tiny Carp Battle Pets－ 23 January 2013
5.2: Darkmoon Fishing Cap－ 22 December 2012
5.1 Fishing－ 27 November 2012
5.1: Stranglethorn Extravaganza－ 04 November 2012
5.1: Contests－ 21 October 2012
5.1: Portable Refrigerators－ 11 October 2012
Anglers Fishing Raft Cooldown－ 04 October 2012
MoP: Fishing Essentials－ 20 September 2012
Contests Disabled－ 20 September 2012
Cross-Realm Zone Contest Changes－ 12 September 2012
5.0.4 Fishing－ 28 August 2012
MoP: Realm First Angler－ 20 August 2012
MoP: Chairs and Crates－ 17 August 2012
MoP: Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm－ 12 August 2012
MoP: Poleless Fishing?－ 03 August 2012
MoP: Achievements and Tillers－ 28 July 2012
MoP: Patch 15851－ 14 July 2012
MoP: Cross-Realm Fishing Contests－ 08 July 2012
MoP: Patch 15799 Roundup－ 30 June 2012
MoP: First Pools－ 21 June 2012
MoP: Patch 15762 Roundup－ 14 June 2012
MoP: Anglers Wharf Dailies－ 08 June 2012
MoP: Nat's Fishing Journal－ 06 June 2012
MoP: Banquet Buffs－ 04 June 2012
MoP: Pandaria Revealed－ 02 June 2012
MoP: Nat's Fishing Chair－ 12 May 2012
MoP: Sri-La Village－ 12 May 2012
MoP: Cooking Specializations－ 11 May 2012
MoP: Patch 15668 Roundup－ 09 May 2012
MoP: Nat Pagle－ 02 May 2012
MoP: Account-Wide Achievements－ 01 May 2012
MoP: Anglers Rewards－ 27 April 2012
MoP: Dragon Fishing Pole－ 25 April 2012
MoP: Anglers Preview－ 25 April 2012
MoP: Patch 15589 Roundup－ 13 April 2012
MoP: New Catches－ 07 April 2012
MoP: First Catches－ 03 April 2012
MoP: First Anglin' Data－ 22 March 2012
MoP: Pandarian Anglers－ 19 March 2012
Deepsea Sagefish Schools (News)－ 17 December 2011
Catches Halved to Level Fishing－ 01 December 2011
Ghostcrawler Promised Me A...－ 06 November 2011
Darkmoon Faire Fishing－ 06 November 2011
Mists of Pandaria QandA－ 28 October 2011
4.3 Minor Fishing Changes－ 28 September 2011
4.2 Fishing Chair and Daily Achievements－ 05 May 2011
4.1 Fishing Highlights－ 26 April 2011
4.1 Azeroth Daily Fishing Quests－ 08 April 2011
4.1 Undercity Daily Quests－ 04 April 2011
4.1 Glass Fishing Bobber－ 26 March 2011
Oceanographer: Summer Bass－ 20 March 2011
Stendel's Bane (News)－ 06 March 2011
4.1 Oceanographer/Limnologist Bloated Fish－ 24 February 2011
4.0.6 Fishing (Live)－ 08 February 2011
Fishing Chair Winner－ 03 February 2011
Fishing Chair Give-Away－ 12 January 2011
4.0.6 Fishing－ 06 January 2011
Cataclysm Turtles－ 09 December 2010
Cataclysm Fishing (News)－ 06 December 2010
The Shattering－ 23 November 2010
Cataclysm Guides－ 05 November 2010
Cataclysm: Patch 13189－ 15 October 2010
4.0.1 Fishing－ 12 October 2010
Cataclysm: Arcanite Fishing Pole－ 28 September 2010
Cataclysm: Pools－ 27 September 2010
Cataclysm: Fishing Achievements－ 18 September 2010
Cataclysm: Mount Hyjal, Uldum, and...－ 02 September 2010
Cataclysm: Cooking－ 21 August 2010
Cataclysm: Beta－ 01 July 2010
Dynamite Fishing－ 17 June 2010
Cataclysm: Fishing Preview－ 12 May 2010
Cataclysm: Aquarium Preview－ 01 April 2010
Weather-Beaten Hat and Line Enchants－ 23 March 2010
3.3.3 Fishing－ 19 February 2010
3.3 Fishing－ 08 December 2009
3.3 Saturday Kalu'ak Derby－ 04 November 2009
3.3 Derby Rewards and Pool Skill Change－ 26 October 2009
3.3 Kalu'ak Fishing Derby (Update)－ 24 October 2009
3.3 Kalu'ak Fishing Derby－ 21 October 2009
3.3 Cooking Skill-Ups Faster－ 13 October 2009
BlizzCon 2009 Fishing－ 22 August 2009
3.2 Hrothgar's Landing－ 22 July 2009
Gone Fishin' Give-Away Winner－ 29 June 2009
Your cast didn't land in fishable water－ 24 June 2009
3.2 Fishing Changes－ 18 June 2009
Gone Fishin' Give-Away－ 22 May 2009
3.1.2 Northrend Food Changes－ 01 May 2009
3.1 Fishing Finds－ 15 April 2009
3.1 Fishing－ 14 April 2009
3.1 Junk Catches－ 11 April 2009
Fishing Bobber Distribution－ 03 April 2009
Gnobbers－ 01 April 2009
3.1 Sea Turtle－ 25 March 2009
3.1 Fishing Roundup Part 2－ 13 March 2009
3.1 Role of Fishing Skill－ 13 March 2009
3.1 Fishing Guides－ 08 March 2009
3.1 Fishing Roundup－ 25 February 2009
New Salty Achievement Guides－ 09 February 2009
3.0.8: Glassfin Minnow for Alchemists－ 09 January 2009
Fish Feast and Pool Suckerfish－ 17 December 2008
Dark Herring and Dustbringer－ 22 November 2008
Salty World Firsts－ 14 November 2008
Realm First Anglers－ 13 November 2008
WotLK Fishing Essentials－ 11 November 2008
El's Anglin' Updated for WotLK－ 09 November 2008
Cross-Faction Fishing (News)－ 23 October 2008
Fish Counts－ 22 October 2008
Patch 3.0.2－ 15 October 2008
News and Inscription Forums－ 14 October 2008
WotLK: Dalaran Fishing Movie－ 28 September 2008
WotLK: Fishing Skill-Up Catches Slashed－ 26 September 2008
WotLK: Requires Fishing－ 19 September 2008
WotLK: Dalaran Fishing Guide－ 13 September 2008
WotLK: Giant Sewer Rat－ 12 September 2008
WotLK: Magic Eaters－ 11 September 2008
WotLK Round-Up: Cooked Fish and Titles－ 01 September 2008
WotLK Round-Up: Northrend Pools and Grand Master Fishing－ 23 August 2008
Northrend Fish－ 14 August 2008
Pygmified!－ 14 August 2008
More Interactive Fishing?－ 12 August 2008
El's Inscription (News)－ 04 August 2008
Wrath Round-Up: Master Anglers and Teeming Pools－ 29 July 2008
Wrath of the Lich King Fishing Preview－ 18 July 2008
Fishing Pre-Preview (WorldWide Invitational)－ 29 June 2008
Random Catches (News)－ 27 June 2008
New Movies－ 15 June 2008
Power-Leveling Fishing?－ 23 April 2008
Extreme Anglin' Discoveries－ 23 April 2008
2.4: Undocumented Changes－ 08 April 2008
2.4: Daily Quests, Darters, Quel'Danas and More－ 25 March 2008
Fish Finder Catch Rates－ 22 February 2008
Golden Darter easier to catch in 2.4－ 15 February 2008
2.4 Fishing Changes－ 11 February 2008
Upcoming 2.4 Changes－ 08 February 2008
Forums, Fish Finder comments, and RSS news feed－ 24 January 2008
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