MoP: Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm
Mists of Pandaria adds a rare Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm, which should grant additional fish from pools in Pandaria. Read on for a brief guide to obtaining this charm...
The Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm is a reusable item. It is bound when picked up, so cannot be traded. With the Charm active, 20% of the catch from Pandarian pools will be 2 fish rather than 1 - overall a 20% increase in fish caught.
The Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman (illustrated) sometimes appears on the north side of Cattail Lake, in a small cove facing the center of the lake (map below).
Based on early observations, they spawn when it starts raining. [Confirmed to also spawn when it is sunny, so weather probably makes no difference.] The Fisherman sparkles slightly, but is otherwise almost transparent. Talk to them, and they say:
"Beautiful day for fishing, don't you think? You a fisherman, [name]? I've got this old fishing lure if you'd like it, works wonders in the waters here."
The first person to select the dialogue response, "I'd love it, thank you," gains an Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm. This also awards the achievement Lost and Found (or contributes to the follow-on achievements). The Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman then disappears, so only one angler can gain the Charm per appearance.
For further discussion and sightings, please read this forum thread. Thanks Mirnah.
Comments about MoP: Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm
Below are readers' comments about "MoP: Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm":
Enarka, July 2012:
How FUN would this be : ) ?
I wonder, too, if the extra fish counts towards the "fish in pools" achievements ? I would assume so, but you never know
Can't wait for this!
el, August 2012:
This US forum thread suggests the Ancient Pandaren Fishing Lure [now Charm] is now available somewhere in beta. I've been fishing a lot, but haven't encountered it yet. Any further information is appreciated.
Added: Mirnah sent me a cryptic message,
In Pandaria in the Valley of the Four Winds at the top of Cattail Lake a Spectral Panda will give you what you seek.
Further conversation: It transpires there is a separate item called an "Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm". This item sounds a lot like the Ancient Pandaren Fishing Lure, but is applied to the angler, not the pole. Lasts 1 hour, but is not consumed.
This Charm is given by what appears to be a rare spawn. No quest markers. Ghostly, so presumably hard to see. Rain *may* be a factor (but it rains a lot in that zone).
Location was described at the ground-level of Cattail Lake, center of the lake, northern side (back to Vale of Eternal Blossoms).
Update: The cue is indeed probably rain. When it started raining a Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman appeared, gave the first person to talk to them an Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm, and then de-spawned.
Kiingy, September 2012:
Been camping the spawn.
It started raining yet he did not show up, camped it out till it stopped, still nothing.
Guess weather is not the cue or at least not the only one, there may be a timer as well, so for example, 12 hour respawn, if it's not raining when the timers up, it'll wait till next time it does and likewise if it starts raining before the timers up he wont spawn till it's done.
el, September 2012:
Agreed. I watched the Ghostly Angler appear yesterday, and there was no change in the weather, nor was it raining.
On the plus, side it is possible to fish open water next the spawning point, so camping time is not necessarily wasted.
Kiingy, September 2012:
Any idea on his respawn timer yet?
Edit: He spawned for me at 1pm server time, no weather.
Was around 12 hours after last spawn
nish, October 2012:
So, are people roughly finding it to be a 12 hour timer give or take? I'm having a really hard time finding this guy.
Edit: I logged in extraordinarily fast was the only person in the zone (alliance) and nobody was there (though one logged in about 3 seconds after me). The spawn was not there but at least 1 rare spawn that contributes to that achievement was up. I'm wondering if it's a tossup as to which rares will be up after a restart. It's raining now on my realm and I don't wanna leave this spot. Too many people running around with npcscan =(
Marlburo, October 2012:
I've seen him twice, both at around the same time (never raining), although they were a couple days apart so I couldn't speak to a respawn time with any accuracy. I can however say with certainty its not 24 hours. I did want to give everone an update on my VERY limited experience with the "lure". Seems to proc about 1 out of every 15-20 casts. Seems low but with a larger sample size hopefully I'll come with better news.
nish, October 2012:
I waited after restart yesterday for like 8 hours then fell asleep. Not sure if it respawned but woke up at 10:30pm. If it was 12 hours (or respawned latest before I logged on) it ought to respawn in 2 hours. I've been sitting here for 10 hours and no spawn =( I'm thinking that it may be linked to the picking up of other items around Pandaria.
Ah, well. Even if it doesn't spawn in a 15 hour time span we get a restart after that so another chance.
Edit: Just got it. Waited roughly 10 hours. I guess if it's around 12 hours, it spawned a couple hours before I woke up.
nish, October 2012:
The lure is giving me an extra fish now every 4-5 casts in pools. Wish it worked out of pools -_-
Really nice item imo.
Toabo, October 2012:
I think the actual spawn time may be a bit closer to 12.5 to 13 hours. Again, pure speculation based on a very limited sample, but my hypothesis did pan out, so bear with me.
The Tuesday restart, I logged in virtually immediately, hoping that the Ghostly Pandaren would spawn automatically. No dice. I then camped the spawn point for about 11 hours (dear God, was that boring), and nothing. Had to bail at that point, so I guessed that probably the Ghostly Fisherman would spawn while I was away.
In the meantime, I read some posts on other forums that suggested the respawn timer was a bit longer than 12 hours. As I thought about it, that would make sense. If the timer were exactly 12 hours, then he'd be up at basically the same two times each day, every day. Great if you can play at either of those times, but if not, then a bit harsh. But if it weren't 12 hours, then each day the times would shift.
Anywise, since some of the speculation was ~13 hours, I went with that estimation. I assumed that if the spawn timer started w/ the Tuesday restart (9 AM local time), it'd be 13 hours later that'd the Fisherman would appear, i.e. 10 PM. I couldn't log in for a few days because of work, but I extrapolated from that assumption that the schedule would be something like this:
Tuesday 10 PM
Wednesday 11 AM
Thursday 1 PM
Friday 2 AM
Friday 3 PM
Saturday 4 AM
I hedged my bets by showing up a couple hours early, but sure enough, at 4:12 AM on Saturday, the Ghostly Pandaren fisherman spawned and I got my lure.
Hope this helps. :)
TeaEss, October 2012:
I just found the Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman on Saturday night at 11:44PM. I'm on Stormreaver and I'm central time so my local is the same as server time. The servers go down Tuesdays at 5:00AM and come back up at 10:00AM.
I had checked the spawn area Saturday morning about every half hour between 4-7:00AM as I did my dailys and didn't ever see it spawn, so before I went to bed I checked els again and saw that Toabo found it that morning at 4:12AM (I assume they must be on a different server since I didn't see them in passing) or maybe I just missed it while I was questing.
I tried following Toabo's advice about the ~13 hours tonight (same Saturday as I was idling in the morning) and adjusted their calculations by an hour since they said their server starts at 9 instead of 10 like mine.
I logged on at 3:45PM and waited at the spot on Cattail Lake hoping it would spawn anywhere between 4-7PM since that would have been about 12-13 hours since the spawn Toabo received at 5:12AM my time zone. I waited and waited and waited and never moved from that tiny cove until it finally spawned at 11:44PM. That means I was waiting for about 6 hours past when it SHOULD have spawned before it actually did.
I believe that it's on more of a 9 hour timer or possibly that it has a minimum and maximum respawn time. It COULD be that the minimum respawn is about 6 hours and the maximum is more like 13 or 15 or something.
I finally got it though! Happy fishing and good luck to everyone else that tries!
piezo, October 2012:
He was not at the time of writing in NPC scan. I added him to NPC scan I.D. 64004
Fri ~9:20 p.m. seen and missed
went to bed? did he spawn in the late night/early morning window???? unknown
Clear NPCscan "creaturecache"
Sat ~6:30 a.m. start camping
Sat ~3:20 p.m. 2-3 seconds of heart racing glory, achieves, and a charm... much bragging in /g chat
9:20ish P.M. Fri Night, NPC scan goes off while I was fishing, another person was camping the spawn point. Before I could turn around and take 3 steps, he de-spawned. About 2-3 seconds, would be a guess... I saw him, as I faced my camera and ran, and the watched him de-spawn...
The guy that got is said he had been camping for 11 hours.
Going on the 10-12 hours spawn guesses from various sources... I was back in 9 hours at 6:30a.m.
It was 9 hours later, at 3:20ish p.m. that he spawned. I was fishing till another player started camping the spawn point then I was there at the spawn point with them. He again existed for about 3 seconds... and then was gone. I confirmed with Zuelak, the other guy that they got their charm.
-Spawn times include times up to 18 hours? or less than 9 hours?
-Fish only if you are alone.
-If not alone, you probably should camp the spawn point, and you can barely or not reach deep water fishing from back there.
-You will have about 2-3 seconds to click him and click yes. There is only one option in the text box.
-I confirmed with Zuelak of Access Denied on Area 52, that yes, we did in fact BOTH get the charm.
(Zuelak's name shared with permission)
Piezoshift of Natural Selection, Area 52
erogroth, October 2012:
There have been 2 rolling restarts in the last 2 days. After the first restart he did not spawn. I then camped him for over 13 hours with out seeing him spawn. I was however offline for a short period of time during that so I may have missed him.
Today there was another rolling restart and he did spawn. I did not get him however. NPC scan went off but he was gone before I could click. Really sad considering I am out there all day every day camping by myself and then everyone shows up right before the restart and nabs the spawn from me.
However we can conclude from this that he does not respawn 100% of the time after restarts but it is still very likely that he will. He must be tied into other spawns. Weather it is all spawns belonging to the lost and found achievement or just another spawn in Valley of the 4 Winds I don't know. As to his spawn timer that is tough to say.
From experience of camping other rares I know of several "set" spawn periods for rares. One more popular one is the 6-22 spawn. I have seen reports as low as 9 hours and as much as 18 so he could fall within this. However there is not enough data to know for sure. The 12-13 hour mark seems the most popular. Since today was the first time I have actually seen him and know for sure he spawned I will camp him this evening from the 12-13 hour mark and see what happens. I will let you know my results.
EDIT: Waited around for a while. I was not at my computer all day but I went back and started camping around the 11 hour mark and camped to about the 13 1/2 hour mark with no spawn. So Spawn timer is not 12-13 hour. More likely it is a much larger range. My guess is 6-22 but still not sure.
Durcyn, October 2012:
I personally spent an entire weekend waiting for the ghost to spawn, and I've had several guildmates get it since I did. It appears he's on a variable n*6 timer - every 6 hours he has a chance to spawn. We've seen 6, 12, 24, and 36 hour intervals over the past week, and never off by more than a few minutes from that.
Stash, October 2012:
When we started getting the countdown for the rolling restart this afternoon, I went and parked at his spawn point with about a dozen other people. After some nervewracking "world server down" moments as the server was coming back up, he showed up as my screen was loading. NPCScan went off, I talked to him, and it would appear that all (or at least most) of us that were there were able to get the charm. I counted at least a half dozen of us who spoke up in general chat about it.
Tjalfe, October 2012:
After having parked an alt right next to his spawnpoint every day since mist start and not seeing him, I decided to go for the restart spawn instead. Got him and an invite to Galleon which dropped a nice 496 chest.
Anglers do have to get up early to catch the best stuff. :-)
Enarka, October 2012:
Guess who JUST GOT AN Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm!!!!
Enarka, October 2012:
I would like to point out that the lure's extra fish DO NOT count towards "fish caught from pools" achievements.
Lorixie, October 2012:
Tried camping the spot intermittently while catching my daily Flying Tiger Gourami with no luck. Though my wife only missed him by 3 minutes while camping the spot for me the other day... If you don't have a lot of time to spare, the best method still seems to be logging in first after a server restart. Got my charm after the 5th or 6th restart.
Stash, October 2012:
I haven't done any real testing yet, but over the course of about 5 total hours of fishing schools with the charm, my best guess would be that it procs roughly 20% of the time. I've had schools that don't produce any extra fish as well as pools that have produced extras on 4 out of 5 casts. I definitely consider it worthwhile.