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 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||40g||Any Fishing Trainer (requires Cataclysm)|
|Zen Master||500||600||60g||Any Fishing Trainer (requires Mists of Pandaria)|
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.
- 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 1-600 Fast, Fishing 1-600 with Gold, 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.
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.
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.