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Battle for Azeroth Fishing | BFA Profession Review

Hey there, guys! This is Reckles with WTBGold and today we’re talking about Fishing in Battle for Azeroth. If you walk away from this video with one thing, it’s this: in the first week of BFA, if you Fish up and sell 2000 coastal saltwater fish, you won’t have to worry about gold for at least half of the next expansion. Now, fishing and fishing guides are pretty boring to watch so I’ll try to spice this guide up with some explosions here and there. [explosion] If you’ve been watching the rest of this profession overview series, you’ve noticed two trends from blizzard when it comes to professions. First, in BFA there’s a divide between the two factions. Each faction has their own continents, leveling experience, and profession recipes.

Fishing’s no different. Great Sea Catfish is everywhere, but the alliance have three fish unique to their continent Kul’Tiras and horde have three fish unique to Zandalar. [explosion] The next trend, and this is something that’s been happening since Legion, is that everything is simplified, Blizzard has removed unneccessary conversion while maintaining depth of gameplay. What do I mean? There’s no heavy stonehide leather, scribes just use raw pigment, and smelting moved from mining to blacksmithing. But the professions have added depth with the rank system. In Battle for Azeroth, they’ve removed smelting entirely, gotten rid of first aid, and they’ve cleaned up how fishing works. Rule of thumb for fishing from Cata to Legion was that there was one fish found found everywhere, and then each zone had it’s own appropriately named rare fish with a 20-25% catch rate: Highmountain Salmon is in Highmountain.

Stormray is in Stormheim. There are pools for these rare fish. In BFA, this mindset is gone. Ehnnn…kind of. Great Sea Catfish is the freshwater inland fish for every zones. All three of the zones in the alliance continent Kul’Tiras also drop Tirasgarde Perch. For coastal fishing, saltwater, there are two alliance fish, Frenzied Fangtooth and Lane Snapper. You’ll get these about 50/50 and all four of these spawn pools. So, the concepts of “rare fish” and zone targeting are gone. The horde have the same split. Freshwater gives you great sea catfish and redtail loach. I didn’t know what a Loach was. Here’s a picture For horde saltwater, all coastal fishing yields sand sifter and slimy mackerel.

Horde did get shafted a little because Vol’dum is a desert. And I don’t mean like Uldum or the barrens where there’s a happy little oasis in the middle. This is a desert. There is no freshwater here. Ok, so let’s just knock out some commonly asked questions. How long does leveling to 150 take? Well like all BFA professions, everything is seperated by expansion, so to start off, even if you don’t know fishing yet, just go talk to a BFA fishing trainer, and you’re set.. I gave a little misinformation in my mining guide. Where I said everything is 1-100 except for the 1-150 for BFA and a cumulative 1-300. That 1-300 isn’t cumulative, that’s just the how many levels vanilla professions have. So thank you for the correction. But to answer the question for kultiran fishing and zandalari fishing, it takes about an hour and a half to go from 1-150. I had a weird bug where on my premade character, I was getting 1 level every 2 casts.

And on my copied character from live with max fishing, it was every 4 or 5 casts. 200 vs 500 total casts to level. Again, probably a bug, but expect somewhere in that range. What about the Underlight Angler? You can still fish with the angler. The pools don’t give barrels, of course, cause those traits are specific to the legion fish. The golden dragon traits of waterwalking and all that still work. The undercurrent abiltiy only works for Legion pools though. Oh no! No Undercurrent abiltiy?! How am I supposed to teleport between pools?! Don’t worry, we gotchu covered.

In BFA, there’s a 2-3% drop rate rare fish called the Midnight Salmon. This guy is only available between PM and AM server time. He’s available for both factions, in pools and open water, and is a cooking ingredient for the feasts. When you use them directly from your bags, it teleports you to the nearest fishing node. Honestly though, I don’t know why Blizz keeps pushing this abiltiy, I only used it like, twice in legion.

I love the night fishing aspect of this and it’s rare enough that it feels great when you get it, but it doesn’t do anything and that makes it feel like junk. These are going to sell for 100-500 gold each as cooking mats, so I don’t want to sacrifice 500 gold for a 20 yard teleport. The ability should be cool enough that you consider using it. Any other cool stuff we should know? Yah, there a cool water mount. This is a recolor of the Darkmoon Skate. It’s got orange eyes. It’s pretty. You get it from coastal fishing, and you do not have to do pools, so when BFA launches, I recommend you just head to your nearest ocean and fish until you get this. I got it on Beta after 100 casts. If in 45 days people start raging in the comments, then I’ll know I was a little lucky on the drop rate.

Last cool thing is Aromatic Fish Oil. At the start of this guide, I said that they simplify but add depth. This is where that comes in. Every Battle for Azeroth fish can be used to make aromatic fish oil, a reagent for the desert cooking crafts. These deserts are part of the raid feasts. So let’s break one down. Maxed out each Bountiful Captain’s Feast uses 15 Redtail Loach, 15 Frenzied Fangtooth. 15 Stringy Loins, 15 Meaty Haunch, 10 Kul Tiramisu, 10 Mon’Dazi, and 5 Midnight Salmon. So the coastal fish, loach and fangtooth are probably going to be the most expensive. Let’s say you’re alliance and fishing for fangtooth, you’re gonna have a lot of extra really cheap lane snapper because that’s only used in versatility food.

So rather than selling the fish for 10 gold, you turn it into fish oil for 20 gold. In short, this acts as a dynamic price floor. The cheapest fish will always be turned into oil, decreasing the supply, and raising the price until a different fish is the cheapest. It’s a cool system that’s still simple. It’s not WoD fish flesh shenanigans. Anyways, that’s more than enough for now, if I left anything out, let me know in the comments. Oh! Pricing. Last expansion, prices didn’t boom until the raid came out 2 weeks in. Then fish were selling for 25-50 gold. I’m expecting 50-100 per fish for the first couple months.

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