Fishing Pre-Preview (WorldWide Invitational)
El had a chance to fish in Northrend for the first time, at Blizzard's Paris 2008, WorldWide Invitational. Like other professions, very little has been added yet, and what has been added may still change.
4 zones were available for play (regrettably I cannot include a map):
- The Borean Tundra and Grizzly Hills currently contain "no fish" in their waters.
- The Howling Fjord has fish, but the area required more than a single point of fishing skill to cast, so I do not know what fish.
- Dragonblight currently has a very low skill requirement (probably 25 to avoid get-aways). Its waters contain... Giant Sunfish. Let's hope something more interesting swims there in future.
The only pools found were along the east coast of the Grizzly Hills. These were not labelled, and could not be fished. Visually they looked like School of Red Snapper.
Fishing Trainers are in the main points of entry to Northrend - at least Valiance Keep (Alliance) and Vengeance Landing (Horde). Much like Outland, it looks like the aim is to allow professions to be improved the moment we set foot in Northrend. The Fishing Trainers currently only offer Apprentice and Journeyman ranks, like Fishing Trainers elsewhere in Azeroth. It is not known how the new rank of Fishing (logically "Grand Master" in line with other professions) is trained.
Death Knights only start with one secondary profession, First Aid (currently at 270/300). (Curiously, they also start with Riding 75, but the Death Knight's standard mount still travels at epic speed - 100%.) So expect Death Knights to develop their fishing skills from nothing, like everyone else.
At least one fishing-related quest exists, in the Alliance village of Wildervar, in the north-east of the Howling Fjord. The quest requires "Northern Barbfish". The quest-giver suggests these are collected from plants on the bottom of the nearby lake. They might also be fishable (I could not check), or the quest might follow the same pattern as Seth's quest for Pristine Shimmerscale Eels: Logically you should be able to catch the fish by fishing, but actually you can't.
The Tuskarr (Kalu'ak) best fit the role of a "fishing faction". Currently their Fishmongers sell 2 cooked fish - Fillet of Icefin and Poached Emperor Salmon. These foods are level 65 and 75 respectively.
But the Tuskarr are not the only faction that fish. The Murlocs of Northrend are very civilised. And they enjoy fishing too. With a pole, line and bobber. Just like the rest of us. RwlRwlRwlRwl...? Oh; I think I'm in love.
(Out of respect, I have not been posting leaked/hacked information from the Alpha. There are a few things that I know about, which haven't yet been published - and are more tangible than "random" spell names which turn out to be insignificant in the end (like "net fishing" in The Burning Crusade, which transpired to be used for just one quest). All the information here was seen with my own eyes, at an official event. I assume I am completely free to document this here.)
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