Trunks and Rum
Old Azeroth's pools may contain more than just fish. All sorts of materials seem to fall from ships and cluster in pools. Any type of pool in Old Azeroth may contain Stranglekelp, trunks, or some "Rumsey" brand rum. However these are most common in wreckage pools.
Since the Cataclysm, the type of trunk caught depends on the pool's name, not the zone it is caught in:
- Iron Bound Trunk - Firefin Snapper School, Greater Sagefish School, Oily Blackmouth School and Waterlogged Wreckage Pool.
- Mithril Bound Trunk - Floating Wreckage Pool and Stonescale Eel Swarm.
- Tightly Sealed Trunk - Floating Debris Pool and School of Deviate Fish.
- Watertight Trunk - Sagefish School and Schooner Wreckage Pool.
Rum type also varies by pool name:
- Rumsey Rum Black Label - Firefin Snapper School, Floating Wreckage Pool, Greater Sagefish School, Oily Blackmouth School, Stonescale Eel Swarm and Waterlogged Wreckage Pool.
- Rumsey Rum Dark - Sagefish School and Schooner Wreckage Pool.
- Rumsey Rum Light - Floating Debris Pool and School of Deviate Fish.
Bloated fish, which often contained gems and other rare items, can no longer be caught from pools ((this was removed by patch 1.11)).
Old Azeroth Pool Contents
I fished 243 pools and recorded their contents ((all with patch 1.11)). These are summarised in the table below. No Deviate, Greater Sagefish, or Tastyfish pools were included. School of Deviate Fish are analysed in the Catching Deviate Fish topic. Pools were fished in many different parts of Azeroth.
|Pool Type||Pools||Average Catches per Pool||Average Items per Pool|
|Firefin Snapper School/Oil Spill||68||4.0||4.3|
|Oily Blackmouth School||50||4.1||4.4|
|Stonescale Eel Swarm||42||3.7||3.9|
|Floating Wreckage Pool||54||2.9||4.1|
The number of items is higher than the number of catches because rum and Stranglekelp are caught in batches of 1, 2 or 3. The above-average number of catches from Sagefish pools is not a glitch. Sagefish pools often last up to 8 catches, while other pool types last up to 6 catches. All pools were fished as they were found. In some cases other fishermen and women may have taken some fish and then moved on, without emptying the pool. This will happen to anyone who fishes pools, so accurately reflects what you are likely to catch.
The table below shows the average number of items caught from fishing one pool of each type. The type of "fish" caught relates to the pool type - for example, all the fish caught from a Firefin Snapper pool will be Firefin Snappers. The type of trunks and rum caught will vary by zone, as described above.
|Firefin Snapper School/Oil Spill||3.3||0.4||0.2||0.3|
|Oily Blackmouth School||3.4||0.3||0.2||0.5|
|Stonescale Eel Swarm||3.2||0.2||0.1||0.3|
|Floating Wreckage Pool||-||1.6||0.7||1.8|
Don't read too much into the precise numbers - not nearly enough pools have been fished to make them accurate. However, we can draw some conclusions from the general patterns: Each pool containing only fish gives just over three fish per pool, with the exception of Sagefish pools which give just over five. Wreckage pools give about four times as many trunks, rum and 'kelp as fish-only pools.
Four types of trunk can be caught from pools. Each trunk contains money (typically some silver coin). Most trunks contain one or more other materials, which vary by type of trunk:
- Tightly Sealed Trunk:
- Light and Medium Leather
- Bolts of Linen and Woolen Cloth
- Minor Mana Potion and Lesser Healing Potion
- Watertight Trunk:
- Medium and Heavy Leather
- Bolts of Woolen and Silk Cloth
- Lesser Mana Potion and Healing Potion
- Iron Bound Trunk:
- Heavy and Thick Leather
- Bolts of Silk and Mageweave Cloth
- Mana Potion and Greater Healing Potion
- Mithril Bound Trunk:
- Thick and Rugged Leather
- Bolts of Mageweave and Runecloth
- Greater Mana Potion and Superior Healing Potion.
All types of trunk may contain items, such common and uncommon equipment and bags, and patterns, plans and similar crafting instructions. None of these are unique to fishing, and may also be carried by monsters.
The contents of 155 different trunks were examined - 56 Watertight Trunks, 23 Iron Bound Trunks, and 76 Mithril Bound Trunks ((all with patch 1.11)). No Tightly Sealed Trunks were looked into. The table below shows the average contents of one trunk. Values are averages. For example, over a series of Mithril Bound Trunks, you should expect to gain half a bolt of Runecloth for each trunk you open: You will not get half a bolt in each trunk. Indeed, the content of trunks is very variable: You are more likely to open four and find two bolts in one trunk, and no bolts in the other three.
|Iron Bound Trunk||-||1.3||0.7||-||-||0.6||0.7||-||0.3||0.3||0.2|
|Mithril Bound Trunk||-||-||1.1||0.5||-||-||0.8||0.5||0.3||0.4||0.1|
- Pools and Schools - Describes how to fish pools such as schools or floating debris, where to find pools, and how to efficiently fish them.
- The Burning Crusade - Fishing changes in the first expansion.
- Wrath of the Lich King Pools - New and changed pools/schools in WotLK.
- Cataclysm Catches - Lists new fish caught in Cataclysm, including cooked dishes, alchemy and supplies, and catch rates.
- 2.3 Changes - Patch 2.3's changes to fishing, including the pool Tracking Journal.
- Cataclysm Old Azeroth Changes - Describes how the Cataclysm changes the waters of Old Azeroth.
- Mists of Pandaria Catches - Describes Mists of Pandaria's fish catches, and where to catch them.
- Pool Appearance - Examines how pools of fish appear, and suggests some basic rules and timings.