5.2: Pool Migrations

5.2: Pool Migrations

Patch 5.2's new Sea Monster is part of set of events I originally called "pool migrations", now formally named "Fish of the Day": Large numbers of rapidly respawning pools appear at specific locations in Pandaria, alongside a single larger pool containing a Krakkanon. Each location has some unique features, and anglers.

Below is a detailed description of these migrations. For the latest information, including Ben's stories, see Fish of the Day.

"'Tis strange how I don't know where I already am. But not half as confusing as when I find myself." - El, on first discovering Salty El at Shado-Pan Monastery

Introduction

Fish of the Day Marker
Fish of the Day Marker - Red cross indicates the site of a Fish of the Day migration.
Ben of the Booming Voice's Face
Ben of the Booming Voice's Face - Halfhill.

Fish of the Day 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:

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.

Fish of the Day Locations
NameZoneLocationMain CatchMain Pool TypeLarge Krakkanon Pool Type
Binan Village CoastKun-Lai SummitSouthern Inkgill MereSpinefishSha-Touched SpinefishLarge Pool of Sha-Touched Spinefish
Enchanted Woods of the LostThe Jade ForestWest of Sri-La VillageJade LungfishGlowing Jade LungfishLarge Pool of Glowing Jade Lungfish
Fields of NiuzaoTownlong SteppesNorth of Niuzao TempleRedbelly MandarinCrowded Redbelly MandarinLarge Pool of Crowded Redbelly Mandarin
Gokk'lok ShallowsDread WastesNorth-west coastGiant Mantis ShrimpTangled Mantis Shrimp ClusterLarge Tangled Mantis Shrimp Cluster
Krasari FallsKrasarang WildsEast of Fallsong VillageKrasarang PaddlefishSwarm of Panicked PaddlefishLarge Swarm of Panicked Paddlefish
Master Snowdrift's PagodaKun-Lai SummitNorth side of Shado-Pan MonasteryTiger GouramiTiger Gourami SlushLarge Pool of Tiger Gourami Slush
Mossgreen LakeTimeless IsleMossgreen Lake, center of IsleJewel DanioGlimmering Jewel Danio PoolLarge Pool of Glimmering Jewel Danio Pool
Sri-La VillageThe Jade ForestCoastalReef OctopusReef Octopus SwarmLarge Swarm of Migrated Reef Octopus
Stormstout BreweryValley of the Four WindsSouth side, outside of dungeonEmperor SalmonBrew Frenzied Emperor SalmonLarge Pool of Brew Frenzied Emperor Salmon

Patch 5.4 replaced the Mad Qao-Pao (Vale of Eternal Blossoms) Fish of the Day with a similar event on the Timeless Isle.

Map of Fish of the Day Locations
Map of Fish of the Day Locations

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.

High pool density and rapid pool respawn make Fish of the Day pools the most efficient place to catch any fish they contain. Fish of the Day migrations (very rarely) contain Sea Turtles, like all other Pandarian pools (thanks Jemi). Fish of the Day migrations should be the best place to try and catch a Sea Turtle - if you can survive fishing precisely the same small area of water for hour after hour...

Large "Krakkanon" Pools

Angry Krakkanon
Angry Krakkanon - Krakkanon at Enchanted Woods of the Lost, The Jade Forest. If you were that big, and stuck in a lake that small, you'd be angry.

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.

Dead Krakkanon always drop 20 of the regular fish found in the pool the creature was summoned from. In addition, they may yield:

The chance of gaining Nat's Fishing Journal is reasonably high - probably 25-50%. 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.

Migration Visitors

Els Fishing in Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Els Fishing in Vale of Eternal Blossoms - Both Els fish in The Summer Fields during a Fish of the Dayl migration in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Fish of the Day migrations attract different people: All migrations 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 - at least, not yet.

Specific Fish of the Day locations are described below:

Binan Village Coast (Kun-Lai Summit)

This location's red cross marker is in the middle of Inkgill Mere, between Binan Village and the Inkgill Ritual Island, south-eastern Kun-Lai Summit. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here.

Blessing of the Inkgill allows anglers without a special water-walking ability or raft to fish while standing on the water.

Enchanted Woods of the Lost (The Jade Forest)

The Fish of the Day pools appears in two ponds half-way along the river west of Sri-La Village in The Jade Forest. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here. Neutral Spirit Darters fly above, who occasionally feed pools with magic dust. This briefly causes the pool to sparkle, but there is no evidence it enhances the catch.

Fields of Niuzao (Townlong Steppes)

Brother Shallowpond
Brother Shallowpond - Brother Shallowpond with companion yak, Fishbreath. During a Fish of the Day migration at Fields of Niuzao, Townlong Steppes.

The Fields of Niuzao are close to Niuzao Temple, on one of the large islands in Townlong Steppes. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here. In addition, Brother Shallowpond (illustrated) walks counter-clockwise round the lake. The Grummle is accompanied by his Yak, Fishbreath. Occasionally, he will stop and throw a bottle into a nearby pool, saying one of:

Brother Shallowpond's efforts do not appear to improve the catch.

Gokk'lok Shallows

This Fish of the Day migration appears in coastal waters near the mouth of the river separating Dread Wastes and Townlong Steppes. Fish of the Day pools and visitors may take up to a minute to appear once you arrive at the location. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here. In addition Shrimp Stuffed Shark (hostile, level 90) and Shrimp Stuffed Seagull (neutral, level 90) patrol the area. These creatures often eat from, and empty, nearby Tangled Mantis Shrimp Cluster.

Krasari Falls (Krasarang Wilds)

Wizak Blastbait
Wizak Blastbait - Wizak Blastbait panicks Paddlefish by dynamite fishing from a Stolen Raft. During a Fish of the Day migration at Krasari Falls, Krasarang Wilds.

This Fish of the Day migration appears at the base of Krasari Falls, just east of Fallsong Village, on the north-west side of Krasarang Wilds. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here, but the water is occupied by a set of Goblins: Wizak Blastbait and his 4 Blastbait Cronies ride around on Stolen Rafts, throwing dynamite at some of the pools of fish (illustrated). This is clearly panicking the fish!

This is the second cameo appearance of dynamite fishing in MoP (the first were in The Anglers Fishing Quests). The original semi-accidental inclusion of dynamite fishing was during WotLK.

Dynamite fishing is still not available to individual anglers: Using the Goblin Fishing Pole on a Swarm of Panicked Paddlefish did nothing to change the pool or its contents.

Mad Qao-Pao (Vale of Eternal Blossoms)

Mad Qao-Pao
Mad Qao-Pao - I wish for.. no no no, that is not what I want! Mad Qao-Pao wanders the shores of The Summer Fields during a Fish of the Day migration in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Mad Qao-Pao paces up and down the shore of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms' Summer Fields, next to The Emperor's Burden - Part 8. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here, alongside Mad Qao-Pao. Qao-Pao is a wealthy Pandaren, who is completely blinged out in gold (illustrated). He keeps on making wishes, but he can't decide what he wants, for example:

"Oh wait, I have a better one!" ... "I want a panther encrusted in the world's finest jewels! Wait, doesn't one of my friends already have one of those?" ... "No no no, that's not what I want."

When Mad Qao-Pao makes a wish he throws a coin into a nearby pool. This doesn't appear to make any difference to the pool catch.

Perhaps poor Qao-Pao should stop and read the artefact he passes twice a minute? "...Seeing that all things were connected in an eternal whole, and that his beloved land was more than just the Pandaren Empire, Shaohao at last understood..."

The Mad Qao-Pao pool migration embodies many contemporary Azerothian themes, not least the relentless accumulation of gold and "stuff". Qao-Pao's coin-throwing and wish-making might also finally resolve what happened to Tan Strongpole's (beta) attempt to fish from the Shrine of the Seven Stars' fountain, in the style of Dalaran's fountain.

Unrelated, but interesting: Both with and without an active pool migration, a pair of Blacktalon (Servants of the Black Prince) operatives can be found surveying the same area of water. "Blacktalon Agent examines the waters of the Vale closely." Comments include this exchange:

"Do you think the Pandaren realized what they were sitting on here?" ... "Maybe they've known all along. Maybe that's why they've stayed hidden."

But it seems that these agents have actually been around since the release of Mists of Pandaria, creeping up on unsuspecting anglers when they least expect it... (thanks Eleanor)

Master Snowdrift's Pagoda (Kun-Lai Summit)

Fish of the Day pools occupy the large circular lake on the northern side of Shado-Pan Monastery, in Kun-Lai Summit. Pools are:

Most pools can be fished by standing on chunks of ice in the lake, so there is no need for water-walking or rafts.

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) fish here, alongside Shado-Pan Snowdrift Trainees. The Trainees occasionally cast blue bolts towards nearby pools.

Sri-La Village (The Jade Forest)

Sri-La Village's Fish of the Day migration occurs in coastal waters in front of the village. The village is found on the north-east coast of The Jade Forest, very close to the Enchanted Woods of the Lost location. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) may be found fishing here. Many Reef Octopus creatures wander around the beaches and piers of Sri-La Village during the pool migration.

Stormstout Brewery (Valley of the Four Winds)

This Fish of the Day migration is outside of the Brewery, in Valley of the Four Winds. Pools are:

The standard set of Anglers (Salty El, etc) fish here, alongside Hozen. Hozen Beercatchers wander along the piers. A Hozen Fishnibbler swims around the pools, occasionally spouting gibberish, such as:

"Ookin' slicky just oocked me in the nib tickler!"

Maybe these Hozen should learn to fish with a pole, like the rest of us?

Special thanks to perculia for various hypotheses and confirmations. Perculia's write-up can be found here. For a summay of other fishing (and farming) changes in patch 5.2, see Patch 5.2. For the latest information, including Ben's stories, see Fish of the Day.

  • 29 January 2013
  • Patch 5.2, Krakkanon, Pool Migrations

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5.2: Pool Migrations

  • Kzanol, June 2013

    Have there been any reports of anyone catching the Sea Turtle from the Large Pools (the ones used to summon Krakkanon)? I suppose they should be treated just as normal pools (since they do contain e.g. the Flying Tiger Gourami). I'm focusing on fishing those daily, so I'd like to know if there's any chance of an extra prize (which I've been after for years)...

  • Enarka, June 2013

    I've not caught it personally, but there is no reason it shouldn't be catchable there!

    Any idea, El?

  • Enarka, June 2013

    According to Smeet's post, he found it in a Large Pool!

    I assume this is still accurate =]

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  • Druantis, June 2013

    143,270 catches = 1 Sea Turtle. You read that right, 143k catches. And I caught it while fishing the Large Pool of Sha-Touched Spinefish and right before we had to fight Krakkanon.

    Can be verified by looking at date of today's long awaited achieve "Turtles All the Way Down" (changed name to Druantira with race change during this week's 50% of sale!)

    Catches can be verified by going to wowarmory.com, search for Druantira --> Achievements --> Statistics tab at top --> Skills --> Secondary Skills. Yes, 143,270 catches.

    I defy any other fisher in the world of warcraft to beat this first world problem run of bad luck! If you thought you should have gotten the Sea Turtle mount after your few casts, be grateful from now on you don't have my drop rate (including gear, etc., ask any fellow raider... it's legendary).

  • Enarka, June 2013

    Druantis wrote:

    143,270 catches = 1 Sea Turtle. You read that right, 143k catches. And I caught it while fishing the Large Pool of Sha-Touched Spinefish and right before we had to fight Krakkanon.
    Can be verified by looking at date of today's long awaited achieve "Turtles All the Way Down" (changed name to Druantira with race change during this week's 50% of sale!)
    Catches can be verified by going to wowarmory.com, search for Druantira --> Achievements --> Statistics tab at top --> Skills --> Secondary Skills. Yes, 143,270 catches.
    I defy any other fisher in the world of warcraft to beat this first world problem run of bad luck! If you thought you should have gotten the Sea Turtle mount after your few casts, be grateful from now on you don't have my drop rate (including gear, etc., ask any fellow raider... it's legendary).

    I don't know, eh, I'm nearing the 250k fish catches mark total and I still have 4 of the rare "One That Didn't Get Away!" fish to go!

  • Druantis, June 2013

    Enarka, the number of fish you have caught is half of your total catches. You should start fishing from pools!

  • Enarka, June 2013

    Druantis wrote:

    Enarka, the number of fish you have caught is half of your total catches. You should start fishing from pools!

    For some reason, a LOT if not most of the stuff you catch while attempting to get a 103 Pound Mightfish are not considered "Fish" (*cough* Stonescale Eel/Clams *cough*), and I at least gave 25-30k catches at trying to get the Shatterscale Mightfish back in Cata =[

    That thing DOES NOT EXIST, I only ever got Coal and Melted Cleavers. And some Volatile Fires, but yeah...

    Painful waste of time...

    On a sidenote, El, any idea WHY I'd have SO MANY "Fish and other things" caught? I mean, I do fish FISH primarily, don't I? Do Lobsters count as fish? I never looked!

  • el, June 2013

    There's some discussion of what is considered "a fish" here. That topic includes an explanation by Tigole, who at the time was responsible for (the then new) achievements and statistics.

  • Phrin, June 2013

    I caught it from a large pool.

    Phrin wrote:

    Fished up the turtle today. Was fishing the large pool of jewel danio at the fishing migration at Mogu'shan Palace.
    Had the charm buff on, and the turtle was the second item on the cast. Was fishing pole-less and standing on the raft.
    I have been fishing these migration events for a couple of weeks now, so it is probable I had two thousand or more casts into pools.

  • Enarka, June 2013

    el wrote:

    There's some discussion of what is considered "a fish" here. That topic includes an explanation by Tigole, who at the time was responsible for (the then new) achievements and statistics.

    Considering the time spent catching Mightfish, I think that explains it all.

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