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WoD: Lunkers

Lunkers are the largest size of fish caught in Draenor. To catch Lunkers you will first need to gain Nat Pagle as a follower. Catching Lunkers with Nat Pagle describes the process.

  • 27 July 2014
  • Warlords of Draenor, Nat Pagle, Lunker, Follower, Garrison
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WoD: First Aid and Pagle's Return

Data-mining (not yet confirmed by anglers) from the latest WoD test version suggests:

  • 25 July 2014
  • Warlords of Draenor, First Aid, Nat Pagle, Fishing Poles
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WoD: Bait and Fillet

WoD uses an entirely new method to determine what fish is caught, and how anglers can influence the catch. For an introduction to Bait, fish sizes, and filleting in Draenor, read Bait and Fillet. Update: For detailed analysis of the relationship between fishing skill and fish size, read Size and Skill.

Other parts of the Warlords of Draenor section have been updated with the latest fishing discoveries from the alpha test, including Garrisons and training. To hear about discoveries as they happen, follow .

  • 07 June 2014
  • Warlords of Draenor, Bait, Flesh, methods
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WoD: Fishing Shack Specializations

Data-mining (not yet confirmed by anglers) suggests WoD's Garrison Fishing Shack may have 3 specializations. Choice of specialisation is expected to depend what you want from your Fishing Shack - pure angling, supplies, or combat:

A number of fish-named eggs have also been data-mined. Update: Mumper simply notes, "The eggs are for a quest."

  • 22 May 2014
  • Warlords of Draenor, Garrison
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WoD: Provisional Fish Tiers

Initial data mining suggests WoD fish will be tiered by both areas (zone/water) and angler experience (skill/bait). Like previous expansions, caught fish will be cooked. These patterns have not yet been confirmed in-game, so read on with caution.

Areas (Zone/Water)

The pattern of fish catches appears to be similar to previous expansions: A trash fish that is "caught throughout Draenor", a single prize (main) catch fish per zone inland waters, and a single prize catch fish from all coastal waters around the continent:

No fish have been data-mined specifically from inland Tanaan Jungle. There are no references to Draenor pools yet.

Experience (Skill/Bait)

For each fish type, there are at least 4 sizes of fish:

  1. Flesh (Segment, Tentacle) - presumably the main usable contents.
  2. Small - "requires little skill to catch."
  3. Large - presumably the default catch.
  4. Enormous - "only caught by experienced anglers."

All sizes except Flesh are reported as having contents - "Click to Open" - although "gutting" may be a more accurate term: It is likely that the Small, Large and Enormous sizes will contain different volumes of Flesh, and that Flesh will be used in cooking recipes. ALT-ernative offers further speculation.

Each fish type (except Crescent Saberfish) has a specific named bait, which can apparently only be used in the appropriate zone. The purpose of this bait is currently unclear: Will bait be required to catch certain fish? Does it increase the chance of catching larger fish? Or might it only be of use to lower-skilled anglers? The descriptions for Flesh-sized fish (except Crescent Saberfish) note they are, "most often caught when using the appropriate bait."

Catching Enormous-type fish may require more than just skill - the criteria for being an "experienced angler" is less clear.

In addition to the fish-specific baits mentioned above, Fragrant Pheromone Fish can be used to grant Fish Pheromones to "a friend": A bonus of +100 fishing skill for 5 minutes. Each unused Fragrant Pheromone Fish item is reported to have a 1 minute duration, so is intended to be used on an angler one is already fishing with. Currently the only social fishing bonus is the Sharpened Tuskarr Spear, which requires all anglers to remain in the same place, not merely together.

Cooking

There is no reliable information on cooking recipes yet. However, based on the names alone, there appear to be cooking recipes associated with each fish:

Feast of the Waters sounds like a fish-based group meal - Feast of Blood presumably being the equivalent (non-angling) meat-based feast.

Alchemists will use an ingredient called Crescent Oil. This "can be made by Alchemists or purchased from vendors." The (manufactured) oil will use Crescent Saberfish Flesh. Crescent Saberfish is Draenor's trash fish, so will be plentiful.

For the latest information, see the Warlords of Draenor chapter.

  • 05 April 2014
  • Warlords of Draenor, Fish, Skill, Cooking
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Older News

Non-fishing news from 2008 to 2011 is now archived at El's Professions. There is no archive of news before 2008 (which was limited to single line announcements on the front page).