An introduction to skill ranks and training, from Apprentice to Illustrious. On this page:
"Now, I'm not saying you need to fish for 30 years or catch every fish in the sea to become a master fisherman. I reckon you just need to be determined - determined enough to sit on your duff for hours at a time, doin' nothin'." - Nat Pagle
There is a maximum skill level that you may achieve at each profession rank. You will need to improve your professional rank to advance beyond each maximum skill level. The highest rank you can ultimately train depends on your expansion. All ranks, except Draenor Master (see below), can be trained at character level 5 or above. The table below summarises the requirements of each rank.
|Rank||Minimum fishing skill||Maximum fishing skill||Cost||How to train|
|Apprentice||-||75||1s||Any Fishing Trainer|
|Journeyman||50||150||5s||Any Fishing Trainer|
|Expert||125||225||1g||Any Fishing Trainer|
|Artisan||200||300||2g 50s||Any Fishing Trainer|
|Master||275||375||10g||Any Fishing Trainer (requires The Burning Crusade)|
|Grand Master||350||450||15g||Any Fishing Trainer (requires Wrath of the Lich King)|
|Illustrious||425||525||25g||Any Fishing Trainer (requires Cataclysm)|
|Zen Master||500||600||30g||Any Fishing Trainer (requires Mists of Pandaria)|
|Draenor Master||-||700||-||Fishing Guide to Draenor (see below, requires Warlords of Draenor)|
Costs assume no reputation-related reductions. Fishing trainers can be found in all capital cities and starting zones (except The Wandering Isle) - just ask a guard for directions. There are also some fishing trainers in other zones, but do not expect to find a trainer in every zone. Profession trainers can be marked on your minimap.
Since patch 4.0.1, all fishing trainers know all (pre-Draenor) ranks - there is no need to travel to learn higher ranks. Patch 3.1 removed Expert and Master rank books. Artisan fishing is no longer taught by a quest (the old artisan quest now rewards Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole).
The Dreanor Master rank is not taught by Fishing Trainers. Instead it is learned from a scroll called Fishing Guide to Draenor:
- Use: Teaches Draenor Master Fishing rank
- Requires level 90
- Unique, Binds when Picked Up
- "Outlines the fish of Draenor and how to catch them"
The scroll does not require any prior Fishing ranks to be learnt. It does require level 90 and cannot be traded. The scroll is a guaranteed first catch from most open water in Draenor (to catch it you will need at least Apprentice rank trained). In addition, there is a small chance of looting the scroll from creatures in Draenor.
- The Role of Skill (Revised) - Considers the role skill plays in fishing, including how skill changes the proportion of junk items caught.
- Fishing Trainers - Full list on the official site.
- Also in Training: Developing Your Fishing Skill, Fishing 1-700 Fast with Gold, Draenor Cooking, Draenor First Aid, Cooking 1-600, and Fishing and Cooking 1-525.
Comments about Ranks
Below are readers' comments about "Ranks":
Daggor, July 2010
Im thinking of going for the realmfirst illustious angler achivement.
How is this best achived? Well i guess no one really knows for sure but im thinking of doing it this way:
The day cataclysm hits, login and go to the nearst fishing trainer and just start fishing until i, hopefullt, get the achivement.
any other throughs/ideas concerning this?
el, July 2010
As far as I know, there are no Cataclysm "realm first" achievements yet. Indeed, Illustious angler rank can't even be trained.
In WotLK, a lot depended on timezones and how you purchased the expansion. If the expansion was (somehow) mailed to you a day early, installed and ready, you stood a reasonable chance. If you visited a store in a country 2 or 3 hours (timezones) behind other parts of your realm's region, you might get online just in time to see someone else had reached the maximum skill. Perhaps there were realms with fewer anglers, where a late starter might be lucky. But since the achievement could be completed almost immediately, it generally was!
Hazmat9000, July 2010
Being that I am in AZ and wont be getting the expansion for several hours after everyone else in the entire world *huff* I don't have any dreams of becoming the first illustrious angler on my server. That being said, I do have a question. What is the purpose of achieving such things first? Aside from pure bragging rights? Is there something that denotes your account? Is it a Feats of Strength achievement? Or is it simply like the fishing contest and your name gets yelled across the server? Any of those would be cool.
Expand 2 more commentsfrom "Realmfirst illustious fisherman - possible?".
el, July 2010
It was a Feat of Strength. Like the other realm firsts, it was yelled across the realm and also appeared on the Armory realm first list. There were no special items, titles, or anything like that.
Xellros, July 2010
Well, those of us who downloaded our games, instead of purchasing a physical game itself, are pretty much screwed then. T.T Surly people will be getting the games before they release the game on the site.
Replyto "Realmfirst illustious fisherman - possible?".
annieb, December 2010
I am assuming the answer is yes. Amazon messed up and my collector edition boxes are floating around somewhere in space. I'm actually contemplating buying a digital upgrade for one of my accounts, then calling CSR to upgrade the upgrade when the CE boxes finally arrive.
I would rather not pay the extra for useless upgrade that's going to be upgraded when the CE boxes get here...
The problem is that I'd really like to try for the realm first fishing achievement of strength.
So, the question is: Do I need Cata upgrade to train my fishing to be able to fish to 525?
I'm so annoyed at Amazon... SOOOO annoyed.
Trokair, December 2010
Yes, you have to have the Cataclysm expansion installed and live (12:01 PST tonight) before you can train the next level of fishing past 450.
Replyto "Cata needed to _train_ 525?".
Comments are posted on the forums. To comment you can reply to one of the topics above, or start a new topic: Use the page's name (Ranks) as the topic title, or tag the topic with that name. To edit a comment, view the original forum thread (while logged in), and make changes there. New comments or changes take a few minutes to appear here.