- Fishes for the sake of acquiring Raid Food or making gold by selling the finished, cooked product.
- Fishes because nothing says "dedicated" like gathering 300 Jewel Danio in a day. Or 600.
- Knows where to find the essential fish relevant to his daily raiding and gold-making needs.
- Knows where to find any type of fish, old and current, and knows the most efficient locations to fish em' up.
- Refers to specific catches as "Agility Fish" or "Intellect Fish" based on the Well Fed buff they provide.
- Was a bit disgruntled that The Anglers provided no items of interest for raiding, PvPing or gold-making. Has tried to sell the Tiny Goldfish unsuccessfully many times.
- Was absolutely ecstatic when Nat Pagle was announced as an actual Quartermaster for a faction, and spent hours paddling between Fishing Schools on an Anglers Fishing Raft. And still does.
- Deleted countless Off-Hand heavy fish without thinking on it too much.
- Knows the meaning of fishing out a 103 Pound Mightfish, and cannot give it a monetary value within reasonable bounds.
Obtention difficulty: Easy
Obtention difficulty: Moderate
|Fishing Pole |
Purchasable at Fishing Supplies merchants. This is your mreost faithful friend in times of necessity: when no pole is available, find a merchant and buy one off him. Why not use a wooden stick and a twig, you say? Get some pride, you heathen! Angle or don't, don't dabble in mere fishermanning.
|Pandaren Fishing Pole|
Purchased from Nat Pagle after reaching "Honored" with The Anglers. You'd think after all the damned baited crab pots, the mountains of Viseclaw Fisher Eye and the scavenged Scavenger Hunt they'd give you the thing, eh? Dream on, it's . Comes with a slight discount because you're a friend, but no more.
|Strong Fishing Pole |
Purchasable at Fishing Supplies merchants. One of your first joyful moments will be the acquisition of this rubbish, as you contemplate the fact that you are skilled enough to cast a line in a pond. You will then walk by a bloke with an actual fishing pole, which will make or break your determination: will you, or won't you be among the few, the dedicated, the ANGLERS? This is your crucible.
|Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000 |
Reward from Faction-specific quests: Snapjaws, Mon! for the Horde, and Snapjaws, Lad! for the Alliance. Given to you as a "Thank you" for ridding an area of crazed turtles, this pole should last you well into your advanced years. Commissioned by Nat Pagle himself in his early Angling days, this is but a leftover. The best is yet to come, but only patience and commitment will get you there.
|Staats' Fishing Pole |
Reward from a low level Alliance-only quest: A Taste for Grouper. A few throws are all it takes to realize that Johnathan Staats failed his crucible. He managed, and Sargeras only knows how he did, to make a Strong Fishing Pole worse than it was. I'm going to bet on some frenetic Worgen inclination to chew on sticks. I otherwise have no explanation. Let me know if you figure it out, will you?
|Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole |
Reward from an Outlands quest, Rather Be Fishin'. Considering the age of the boy and his knowledge of seas and oceans and lakes and other watery pools, I think he might've known some fisherman or another before he came through the Dark Portal. Based on what the kid says, he might have had to learn some manual labor back Lakeshire, which could explain the craftsmanship behind this pole. Can't say it would've occurred to me to make a pole out of graphite. Can't even say I knew what graphite was before this pole came up, either.
|Thruk's Fishing Rod |
Lurking in the depths of the very cold and very damp and very dark Blackfathom Deeps, an Ogre lies in wait... Thruk expects you, spiked mace in hand, and fillet knife on the hip. Due to his affiliation to the Twilight's Hammer cult you may want to approach him with caution, but I gather a good whack on the head should suffice to knock him cold! Once that's done, all that's left is for you to surreptitiously borrow his fishing rod, and then leave the area. Without attracting any Murloc's attention. Yep. Good luck with that.
|Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole |
Reward from completing a quest from the self-proclaimed Master himself: Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme. The Quest can take a bit of time to complete, but the reward is guaranteed! You'll be running all over Azeroth to catch some probably-random-fish of Nat Pagle's choice. Once that's done, you'll be going back to the depths of Dustwallow Marsh and give him back the fish. Unspoiled and fresh, at that. So fish fast, move fast, and get lucky!
Obtention difficulty: Hard
|Jeweled Fishing Pole |
- Found in Bag of Shiny Things and Bag of Fishing Treasures, themselves obtained from completing Fishing Daily Quests. Probably co-designed by Marcia Chase and Haris Pilton, considering how exuberant it is. I can't imagine any self-respecting Angler using the pole. In fact, you know what? Just gift it to that lonely soul you want to wed. Might just be understood as a badge of appreciation. But it's really not. Don't let them know, though.
|Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole |
Purchase from Sairuk or Tanaika after reaching "Exalted" with The Kalu'ak. Sole beacon of hope in this world of Anglinglessness, these proud Walrus-like humanoids are among the few beings left to admire. Driven by need and hunger but passionate and understanding, the Kalu'ak are the people I feel all Anglers belong to. Visit them, in Northrend, and learn wisdom from their ways. They have taught me many a thing, the most important of which was "If you wish for a fish, fish for a wish.".
Hm...That might've been from Mr. Pinchy though...
|Bone Fishing Pole |
Found in Bag of Shiny Things and Bag of Fishing Treasures, themselves obtained from completing Fishing Daily Quests. I recall reading somewhere that Undead had Shadow Resistance as a Racial Ability. I also can't help but notice the Shadow Resistance on this pole... It's also made of bone. Need I say more?
|Arcanite Fishing Pole |
One of the two exclusive rewards for the First Place winner of the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. Every Angler's dream, this pole will not only last forever due to being made out of one of the most durable materials out there, but it's also sturdy enough to bash a Krakkanon's scales to bits, or to shatter an aggressive Snapjaw Turtle's shell to bits! And every other Angler out there will be jealous of you...that is, unless they have one of their own!
|Dragon Fishing Pole |
Purchase from Nat Pagle after reaching "Revered" with The Anglers. Carefully crafted and masterfully decorated by Pandaren
slaves blacksmiths, this Fishing pole is among the things you can look forward to from this ancient, forgotten continent. It doesn't breathe fire, but it splashes water! |Darkwood Fishing Pole |
Very, very rarely fished from INLAND waters where Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish is the main catch: Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Northern Stranglethorn, Redridge Mountains, Stonetalon Mountains, Wetlands.
You may be scoffing at the thought that this is rare and valuable, but you just wait until you try to catch it. You...just...wait...
|Big Iron Fishing Pole |
Found by opening Shellfish Trap while on a specific Horde-only Quest: Fish in a Bucket. The pole can be traded afterwards, but the rate at which it is found makes this pole quite hard to acquire.
|Ephemeral Fishing Pole |
If you perservere in throwing a million lines in the murky waters of Draenor, wherever you wish, you may be able to find this beauty amidst the heaps and heaps of smelly Crescent Saberfish. You can then, for a limited time of twenty-four hours, feel excessively skilled in your craft. You really aren't, though. The fish just like shinier poles, and this is the shiniest!
|Savage Fishing Pole / Draenic Fishing Pole|
With Nat's arrival in your garrison (yes, I swear, only yours, no one else's ever before nor after), the time has come to celebrate! In fact, each faction gets access to a little special something of their own. First, however, you must have caught your fair share of Lunkers or, alternatively, have killed your lot of Frostdeep Cavedweller / Lunarfall Cavedweller (also faction-dependent) and acquired some fishy coinage. You'll only need to get yourself some twenty-five Nat's Lucky Coin to trade in for your faction-specific fishing pole. I'm not one to trust gossip, but I heard that Horde stinks, so I'd probably just try to shoot for the Draenic Fishing Pole myself...
Hats & Headgear
Boots & Footgear
|Lucky Fishing Hat |
Fish out a Keefer's Angelfish from a School of Speckled Tastyfish during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and turn it in to Fishbot 5000.
Nobody quite knows how much fish exactly the Bot can collect, but I wouldn't want to be the one cleaning its tank after the contest. Nope, I wouldn't.
|Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots |
Fish out a Brownell's Blue Striped Racer from a School of Speckled Tastyfish during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and turn it in to Fishbot 5000.
After careful examination and content analysis by one of my fellow Gnomes, I learned that the boots' soles were made out of the collected fish's skin. This explains the peculiar, inadvertent slip-ups and slides...
|Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat |
- Found in Bag of Shiny Things and Bag of Fishing Treasures, themselves obtained from completing Fishing Daily Quests.
Once you've obtained the hat, you'll probably realize that its name was chosen well: it's ugly, it's torn apart, and it has a smell you'll never, ever quite be able to pinpoint. They purposely don't mention to whom it belonged, that much I'm sure, for fear we wouldn't take it. Clever, clever quest givers.
|Boots of the Bay |
One of the exclusive rewards for the First and Second Place winners of the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza.
The teleport effect makes for easy visits to that tavern, and I don't think I need to explain to you why that would be interesting, what with all the flowing mead and lager! Did I mention proximity to Duskwood, and thus the Flesh Eating Worm? GLORY!
|Darkmoon Fishing Cap |
Very rare catch from the open waters around Darkmoon Island.
This helmet's effect is fairly straightforward: it amasses nearby garbage in a tiny area, and you can fish that garbage OUT of the water and into the consumer's hands! Environmentally and ecologically sound, the Darkmoon Faire has practical solutions to counterpoint its need to waste away tons of crates and metal scraps for the sake of our entertainment! It only accounts for 1% of the total pollution, but we'll get there eventually. Cast away!
|Nat's Hat |
Purchase from Nat Pagle after becoming Best Friends with Nat Pagle. You do so by turning in your daily load of Mimic Octopus, Spinefish Alpha and Flying Tiger Gourami! Considering the amount of people I've seen walking around with the thing, and based on the seemingly increasing amount of bugs in my vicinity after I equip it, I think they meant to call it "Gnat's Hat". It certainly isn't unique, and you'd be silly to believe it belonged to Nat himself. Let's be real, here. At least you won't have to carry anymore lures with the amount of bugs it seems to attract; fish are drawn to the surface immediately, whether you want them or not.
|Tentacled Hat |
As a result of throwing too many Angler-restricted gatherings Nat Pagle has had to come up with a plethora of flavorful party hats! Sometimes, the damned man goes a bit...overboard. Literally. And that gives him ideas.
This is one such idea. After getting ahold of some of the newer Draenic specimens, he commissioned Marcia Chase to come up with an ergonomic and comfortable head-octopus. Since Angler parties tend to get a little slippery and uncontrollable, some have accidentally even lost their hat! And like any living octopus should, the damned thing just swam away. You may be able to find one of these, once in a while, in the Frostfire Ridge or the Nagrand Hallvalor waters. If you do, cherish it: these species tend to have very short lives outside of their natural habitat... Then again, most would get tired of having an octopus on their head after a week.
But maybe that's your thing. No judgment.
|Hightfish Cap |
Much like the genius idea that was the Tentacled Hat, this is also inspired by Nat Pagle's. This one is a lot more stable. For those of us who prefer more modest fish-made hats, this is arguably the best alternative to the aggravatingly twitchy and wibbly-wobbly octopus. Much like the latter however, the Hightfish has a short life span outside of its waters: one week at best. Of constant exposure to the air, of course, but one week nonetheless. If anything could be qualified as such, this would be, in my humble opinion..."The Crown of Anglers"!
Wear it with pride... if you find it! Where, you ask?
Nagrand, outside of Hallvalor. One hat per area. Nagrand is quite the Angler congregation hub, hm?
|Nat's Drinking Hat |
As you already know, our Angling Lord (all praise Him) Nat Pagle likes to peddle sketchy, smelly wares to unsuspecting buyers for outrageous prices. First, he tried to get us to buy his stinking Nat's Hat, and now THIS!? This is outrageous! And, believe it or not, he wants US to fish out some Lunkers for HIM in return for HIS Nat's Lucky Coin so we can buy HIS Nat's Drinking Hat from HIM! What is this madness!? LET'S PUT A STOP TO THIS, ONCE AND FOR ALL...
Let's buy it for 25 coins, and never deal with the man again.
|Reinforced Fishing Line |
Found by opening Stendel's Bane, a rare catch in Stendel's Pond, in Westfall. It's probably a better line than the one that came on your initial pole, but...not by much. At all.
The Formula can be looted from various Murlocs in Hillsbrad Foothills; the easiest way to get this would be to find a friendly Enchanter and bring him the materials! Preferably one who went out of his way to commit a Murloc genocide, since the Formula is so rare!
|Spun Truesilver Fishing Line|
Found rarely when opening Bag of Fishing Treasures, itself obtained by completing Outlands Fishing Daily Quests. This lightly-threaded Truesilver filament gives off a light blue tinge, attracting fish more readily than your typical, bland line.
The Formula can be found on some Indu'le NPCs in Dragonblight. Much like its lower level counterpart, this would be more easily obtainable by finding an Enchanter and bringing him the materials! If you decide to grind the Formula out, don't feel too bad for the dead Tuskarr, they were insane anyway... but I warn you: prepare for some lengthy time spent amassing Glassfin Minnow for the Ethereal Oil, though. These slippery little fiends! If you're on a generous streak, consider gathering more than you need and selling them for cheap! Other Anglers will be thankful!
|High Test Eternium Fishing Line|
- Found rarely when opening Bag of Fishing Treasures, itself obtained by completing Northrend Fishing Daily Quests.
- Fish out a Dezian Queenfish from a School of Speckled Tastyfish during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and turn it in to Fishbot 5000.
- One of multiple reward choices for the First and Second Place winners of the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza; coming in Third Place grants you one automatically.
Initially commissioned by El when discussing Angling with High Tinker Mekkatorque, this little thing can substitute all the Swim Speed and Water Walking potions you could ever put together! With a nearly 50% uptime, the entire world feels like Vash'jir! FOR GLORY!
|Glass Fishing Bobber|
Contained in Bag of Shiny Things, itself obtained from Azeroth Fishing Daily Quests. This fragile bauble is of limited interest for advanced Anglers, but it can be of some use for the younger, less experienced ones. Despite its low practical utility, its rarity still makes it a coveted item among collectors...which serious Anglers most definitely are.
Purchased from a variety of Trade & General Goods and Fishing Supplies Merchants. It's shiny, and fish are attracted to Shiny things. Then again, Hogger is attracted to Shiny too, so I guess fish aren't all that special.
- Purchased from a variety of Trade & General Goods and Fishing Supplies Merchants.
- Looted from some Ghouls and other Undead corpses.
|Aquadynamic Fish Lens|
Found by opening Stendel's Bane, a rare catch in Stendel's Pond, in Westfall. Not so much to be applied on your line as much as to be used as a tool to see where fish is located, this "lure" can be of some use when fishing especially quick fish. You're still better off using of the classics, though. Nothing beats a good old Attractor, take my word for it!
Purchased from a variety of Trade & General Goods and Fishing Supplies Merchants. Shinier than Shiny Bauble. Don't tell Hogger or you'll be watching over your shoulder for a long, long time to come.
|Flesh Eating Worm|
The ABSOLUTE RAREST lure in the game, and I am not exaggerating by even an iota. If you have this, know someone who has it, used to know someone who had it or SEEN IT at any given point in-game, you are among the very few who ever have. And I bet, until now, you had never realized your luck. It drops from the Rotted One NPCs in Duskwood, albeit at a rate that makes Ashes of Al'ar seem common.
|Aquadynamic Fish Attractor|
- Purchased at various Fishing Supplies merchants; they all hold no more than (1) at a time, so this is a very time-consuming method to acquire them.
- Can be crafted by Engineers at a skill of 150: Aquadynamic Fish Attractor. Make yourself some Engineer friends! Ideally some that are willing to handle worms, because they do need to smack some live Nightcrawlers in metal casing. Not for the faint of heart.
Cooked from Delicate Wing through Recipe: Feathered Lure. The recipe is obtained by exchanging 3 Epicurean's Award at various Cooking Supplies vendors. The flying things you need to slay in order to obtain some of the ingredients are much, much too dangerous for your average Angler. Of course, any Angler makes friends with actual adventurers, so you could commission them to acquire some...
|Sharpened Fish Hook|
Found in Bag of Fishing Treasures, itself obtained from Outlands Fishing Daily Quests. A classic Angler's tool. You've got to be amazed at the fact that it can only be obtained this way. Who would've thought that bent metal hooks could be SO hard to craft?
Found by opening Bag of Fishing Treasures, obtained from Northrend Fishing Daily Quests. If a Bright Baubles and Nightcrawlers had a baby, this would be it. With the ultimate shiny coefficient (1.722, to be accurate) and the most meaty worm taste (I can testify), this is the ideal lure for your most touchy excursions. I advise you keep it close when attempting to lure out The Lurker Below, or when attempting to drag a Krakkanon out of the depths. Or you can, like me, just hoard the thing and show it to impress people.
|Heat-Treated Spinning Lure|
Can be crafted by Engineers at a skill of 510: Heat-Treated Spinning Lure. Initially thought to be required to catch Shatterscale Mightfish out of lava, it quickly became apparent that it did nothing another lure couldn't. It was a sad day for Anglers across the world, and all mourned with tears of blood when it was also found out that the Shatterscale Mightfish was actually never in the game to begin with...
This meaty, tasty beast (yes, I have tasted it for science) is arguably one of the most impressive natural potential baits. This is the absolute best bait for you to get for yourself AND your catches, assuming you truly care about their well-being. Funnily enough, this fleshy piece of supreme vermin is acquired through...fishing. Use shiny lures to attract some of them, then upgrade your Angling by using these to acquire some of the biggest lunkers around. FOR GLORY!
|Captain Rumsey's Lager|
- Brewed by mixing a Skin of Dwarven Stout with a Flagon of Dwarven Mead! You, however, need to be Chef-enough (or know someone who is) to have learned Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager. The recipe is obtained by opening the reward containers from completing Northrend and Outlands Cooking Daily Quests as well as those from Fishing Daily Quests!
- Captain Rumsey is to be thanked for the existence of Rumsey Rum and its darker and lighter counterparts, as well as the famed Rumsey Rum Black Label! Carry some around, and celebrate Rumsey's eternal, liquid glory!
This item, at times, can serve you greatly. Whether you have to delve into deep waters for exploration purposes or have to escape some smelly PvPer (yes, they are smelly), this is your best friend! It is brewed by Alchemists by combining 3xDesecrated Oil together. As a fisherman, you can gather the Spinefish needed, bring it to an Alchemist of your choice and have heaps of the potions made. Plus, you transform into a Jinyu: what's not to love?
|Swim Speed Potion|
As redundancy alongside the Darkwater Potion, this is yet another interesting Angler tool. It may be tailored for explorers more so than for Anglers, but it serves the same purpose, minus the Jinyu transformation. Eww. Jinyus. Available at an Alchemist near you: Swim Speed Potion.
|Elixir of Water Breathing|
Breathing underwater is one of the most undervalued skills ever. You can peek at people, and they don't see you. It also enables a really interesting neverending loop of swimming fun: by breathing underwater for long periods of time, you can gather a lot of Stranglekelp, which in turn can be used to craft MORE Elixir of Water Breathing, which in turn enable even MORE gathering of Stranglekelp! You see where I'm going with this? I thought so. Available at an Alchemist near you: Elixir of Water Breathing.
|Elixir of Greater Water Breathing|
Meant for the most hardcore of waterbreathers out there, this potion gives you gills. You can go and have a talk with some of the most remote fish in Azerothian oceans and lakes, all the while enjoying the scenery. The biggest downside to this potion is the necessity for you to get your hands on some very unusual...Ichor of Undeath. If you've some silver to pay an actual adventurer to gather it, he might do it for you... Available at an Alchemist near you: Elixir of Greater Water Breathing.
|Elixir of Water Walking|
With the advent of the Anglers Fishing Raft and the ability for a lot of classes to walk on water by virtue of their skills, this item has fallen out of fashion dramatically. I would however venture to say that you should always be carrying some around, if only to share with people you meet during your travels. You are, after all, an Angler, and I'll be damned if an Angler can be seen without proper tools! This is generally obtained through the completion of Fishing Daily Quests, but Alchemists can also brew them in a pinch if you're in a hurry: Elixir of Water Walking.
|Sharpened Tuskarr Spear|
A reminder of older times, when your ability to catch fish was deemed worthy of respect, as opposed to worthy of derision. This spear, of the most typical Tuskarr craft, is a fun, effective way to enhance the ornamental value of your favorite fishing spot. Plant it in the ground, and behold the raw might of a huge, impaled fish. Quite raw indeed. Plus, it's inspiring enough to better your fishing ability and that of nearby anglers!
If you want to get your hands on one of these antiques, just get to work with The Anglers and their Daily Quests! It'll take a bit, but...you'll be going there anyway, if you're serious about your fishing!
|Lure Master Tackle Box|
One of the best news since the advent of the line-on-a-wooden-twig, this massive Engineer-produced Tackle Box will allow you to store fish like never before. Starting at level 475, Engineers can work on making you one of these: Lure Master Tackle Box. If you're serious about your Angling, you may need two of them to keep at all times, and another seven for your bank.
DISCLAIMER: Those who would advocate the use of an Advanced Refrigeration Unit are not Anglers, they are Cooks. Be wary of them.
|Anglers Fishing Raft|
A tool of amazing importance and relevance to serious Anglers, this Raft can be purchased from Nat Pagle (the profiteering swine!) after attaining the "Revered" status with The Anglers. This - is - GLORIOUS! PADDLE ON, BRETHREN!
|Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm|
Acquired after speaking to the elusive, lonely Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman. This item makes your Pandarian fishing excursions a LOT more fruitful! Or fishful. Or something. Once the next expansion rolls around, this will be largely obsolete, but it'll always be worth keeping as a memento!
|Hook of the Master Angler|
One of the two exclusive rewards for the First Place winner of the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. You become a fish. You swim fast. You're cool. You're SO cool you can even dual-wield fish
|Azure Silk Belt|
A little known belt with invaluable benefits for those who, like me, love to explore some of the more remote oceanic areas in search of hidden clams, perhaps containing a Golden Pearl or two... Plus, if you fall off your raft, it can help get you back on it faster. Or if a shark is chasing you. Or something. Be creative.
Despite not providing you with any Fishing-related buff whatsoever, this item has the merit of making you look cool. It's dark(ish), and it's for Fishermen. Since we can't get Angler's Gloves, we'll settle for these. Acquired through the completion of BEWARE OF CRAGJAW! for the Horde!
Alliance players instead get the rare Fisherman's Belt from BEWARE OF CRAGJAW!! Hardcore Anglers who can wear Leather CAN, if they so desire, transfer back and forth to acquire both... Quite the hardcoreness, if you ask me!
- Acquired by giving the unique 25-digit Loot Card Code to Landro Longshot. This is the oldest bum-resting furniture piece known to Anglers.
- Acquired by browsing the Black Market and bidding incredibly high amounts of gold when it is listed.
|Nat's Fishing Chair|
Acquired by becoming Nat Pagle's Best Friend. This is a direct mimic of the aforementioned original Fishing Chair. For all we know, maybe Nat designed that one, hm?
Purchased from Ayla Shadowstorm after devoting weeks of grinding to the Molten Front daily quests from the Cataclysm era. This is a more cushy chair than the other two, but it lacks in the beverage-holding department. Watch your lagers!
Every hour, you can immerse yourself in the reality of a fish by going full-on Jinyu mode and breathe underwater. It's a convenient little item, this one, but you've got to earn it: Sahn Tidehunter is the only creature on which you can find it. If you slay it like the adventurer you're not, YOU TOO could be more than a man!
Now that the baseline has been covered and you are..."equipped", let's get onwards to the actual ANGLING portion of this guide!
|The 1 Ring|
This little shiny, reminiscent of some world-treading Hobbit and his adventures, is one of the oldest Fishing-related shiny in the game! It can be caught in a LOT of areas, all of which are fairly low level. Orgrimmar, Stormwind City, Ironforge, Loch Modan, The Wailing Caverns, etc. Fishing your Capital Cities is probably your best bet. You'll never quite know whether yours is a forgery, but...you can always pretend it's as real as my own, eh?
|The 2 Ring|
Sauron's lost ring was apparently found by Old Man Barlo and shoved in some Bag of Fishing Treasures or another...and you'll be the luckiest non-Hobbit bastard if you find it within a year of gathering Crocolisks for that senile Angler. Do all your Outlands Fishing Dailies, and one day you might come to own this little beauty. And then you can retire, stand near a lake and give out Daily Quests, too.
|The 5 Ring|
Nobody will ever know what happened with the 3 and 4 Rings, but I can surely tell you where to find that which ATE them. Go see Marcia Chase, complete her Fishing Dailies, open up your Bag of Fishing Treasures and PRAY you find a Tiny Titanium Lockbox. Once you find THAT, open it and PRAY you see some purple text. Once you SEE purple text, you then PRAY AGAIN that the purple text says "The 5 Ring". Then, you can guarantee that you've got what you wanted. But you probably didn't, so keep fishing! You might even grow to like the darn grind, you wicked you.
Much like the aforementioned The 5 Ring, it is found in Tiny Titanium Lockbox, albeit on a MUCH more common basis. Now if you want to go REALLY Hardcore, you try to get an Lost Ring of each possible Affix roll. Ayep!
|Stendel's Wedding Band|
Much like some previously mentioned items in other sections, this is found by gutting up a Stendel's Bane and digging through its entrails! With your bare fingers, mind you, because it's really tiny, and surely you would not want to miss it by not looking exhaustively enough. Oh, and someone tells me it's only found in Westfall, in Stendel's Pond.
|Dread Pirate Ring|
Yet another Angler-desired item coming from the famed Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. This ring may not be as rare as some other ones, since you can get it for no more than the second place, but it's definitely on your "DO-WANT" list, and not even because it's a Heirloom. Just because it's an Angling item. Get it, polish it, stash it and you'll be one step closer to a full collection!
Much like the Lost Ring, this is found in some of the excessively rare Tiny Titanium Lockbox, and much like the Lost Ring, collecting one of each affix would make you, by far, the most Hardcore Angler ever. Ever...ever.
|Gold Wedding Band|
Cheap and straightforward, this is your baseline "Look at me, I FISH" item. It's unsurprisingly found in bags given to you by completing daily quests for Old Man Barlo in the Outlands!
First of many Stormjewels, this one is known for its solidity. It's tough, it's sturdy, it's solid. Very solid. Yeah. It can be found in the scarcely found Bag of Fishing Treasures, and rarely in a Tiny Titanium Lockbox. I swear, it's really solid
Second of six Stormjewels, this one is known for its rigidity. It's straight, unbending and mule-headed. Nobody can straighten your blades like this guy, so if you feel both lucky AND blade-straightening, open up some Bag of Fishing Treasures!
Last of the blue Stormjewels, this is the type of gem you put in your wine to turn it into champagne. It doesn't give enough Spirit to brew strong alcohol, but it's probably fit to mix with Bottle of Peaked Dalaran Red for the perfect wine.
First of three red Stormjewels, this thickly-hued crimson gem is said to increase your muscular mass by...a lot. Because it's counter-indicated for Gnomes, I never tried it, but I wouldn't doubt the claim now that I think back on Nat Pagle's imposing musculature. Much like the blue jewels, this can be found in a Bag of Fishing Treasures or Tiny Titanium Lockbox!
Another red Stormjewel, this one is fragile. Really, really fragile. I broke six before I could stash one, and I'm soft alright. If you get one of these, I advise you squeeze it between stacks and stacks of Wool Cloth. Just saying. I wouldn't risk having to open a hundred more Bag of Fishing Treasures!
Third red Stormjewel, and BOY DOES THAT THING SHINE. WOOHOO! So shiny. Marcia Chase almost took back the damned thing when I pulled it out, suggesting that she had "given me the wrong Bag of Fishing Treasures". I smacked her on the head fiercely and went off with my booty. I think she's meshing with Goblins or something.
|Eye of the Sea|
First of all the Fishing-related gems implemented in the game, and it used to be REALLY popular because of the value given to "+15 Stamina" gems back in Burning Crusade. The only equivalent was the Solid Empyrean Sapphire, and it was mostly reserved to high end raiders initially. To get this shiny memento, hit up Old Man Barlo and complete his quests every day! It's bound to show up, as it's a lot more common than the damned Stormjewels.
Although it can be contained in Brooding Darkwater Clam or purchased for the moderate cost of 100 x Winterfin Clam, I would still put this in the category of Angler-related shinies. It can be found by opening Marcia Chase's Bag of Fishing Treasures. It's nothing special, but it's also mandatory for a full collection, aye? Do your Northrend Daily Quests! It's not as though you wouldn't otherwise, but...yeah.
And so it came to pass that the Legendary Blade, Ashbringer was never, ever found. I suspect Nat Pagle may have something to do with this, but we will never know. Until the blade is found again, we have her little sister, the Dustbringer. She is a marvelous piece of metal, crimson and emanating power beyond this world! To catch her, simply head to Northrend, and cast away. Good luck. You may be there for, quite literally, years. It is one of the rarest fishing items ever put in the game, and I suspect it will remain so for a long, long time to come. Oh, how many fishermen put this on the Auction House for a few pennies...
|Sack of Starfish|
Directly from the depths of Vash'jir, these cute wannabe ninja stars are quite comforting in the way they stick to you. It's like a warm, wet, squishy feeling of awesome all over the face! You may notice that if you keep them in their bag for too long, they become agitated. If they become TOO agitated, they escape on their own and, believe me or don't, they will try to smudge all their starfish muckiness all over your fishing gear! So throw them well, and throw them often, or you may end up with a very, very rusty pole... To obtain these lovelies, just...scratch a TCG Loot Card or two... ( *cry* )
|Broken Wine Bottle|
You ever wonder what Goblins do in their spare time, hm? Oh, I know, they pollute, they destroy, they salvage, they ruin, they smell. But this little thing here gives you a hint into what they do in their free time: they booze and brawl. That's right. Caught in the nasty Sludge Fens waters, this is a remnant of a fight gone wrong. Or right, depends which perspective you're taking. Either way, beware when handling it: it cuts!
|Strange Engine Part|
Fished in Steam Pump Flotsam in the polluted waters of Zangarmarsh, this Engineering marvel will give you bragging rights among friends, family and anglers! It will prove dedication, because the acquisition of this thing doesn't come easy. Steam Pump Flotsam doesn't show up all that often, since you are forced to fish up other pools to get rid of the excess Zangarian Sporefish and other pest clogging up shore space. There is a chance, once the shores are cleared, that some Naga debris will gather up in a neat little pool of garbage, in which you may find this engine.
WARNING: Members of the Horde will only ever find Broken Engine Part, because their Engineers cannot comprehend the amazing nature of this piece of technology.
WARNING #2: Members of the Alliance will never find a Broken Engine Part unless they manage to get a Horde Angler to sell them one. Good luck with that!
Fishing in ANY Fishing School in the Outlands gives you a chance to strike this beautiful shining non-shiny. Despite its absolute uselessness as far as culinary feats are concerned, it is prized due to its resale potential. A lot of Draenei and Orcs in the Outlands decorate their huts and/or spaceships with these trophies. In fact, it is said that the more Goldenscale Vendorfish one's house contains as decoration, the more luck will be brought to the dwellers of that house. It is, of course, mere superstition, for I have well over nine thousand of them hanging on my walls but have yet to find a 32 Pound Salmon.
Collector value? High! Get a stack of them or you're no real Angler, you hear me!?
|Bloodied Prison Shank|
A prisoner's grim, old best friend. And another prisoner's worst enemy ever. Fished from the waters right outside the Violet Hold, this weapon is not the only one of its kind. One can only shudder at the amount of...bloodied victims.
Found in one of Marcia's Bag of Fishing Treasures, this widget was probably put together by some of the High Tinker's undergraduates and hidden away as far as possible when it was realized to be what it was. It is, by far, one of the most mystifying objects known to me. It makes me dizzy, and then I get the vague feeling that the compass is trying to tell me something. Maybe if I keep spinning it...
|Ornate Drinking Stein|
This lovely tankard, sometimes found in Bag of Fishing Treasures, is to be used as a carrying container for your liters and liters of Captain Rumsey's Lager. At least in theory. Sadly, and Nat Pagle pointed this out at length in the first part of his Nat Pagle's Guide to Extreme Anglin', you cannot both hold the stein AND a fishing pole at once, forcing you to give up the former to keep casting your line. Either way, it does have a classy, silver polish.
|Antique Silver Cufflinks|
Another silvery item found in Bag of Fishing Treasures. Since we, as Anglers, have no alternate Wrist-covering gear, this seems like the only logical choice. I personally don't feel too comfortable walking around with such valuables, especially when I'm visiting some of the Goblin towns a lot, but you go ahead. Feel free to wear them. But don't complain if someone "borrows" them without your consent, will you?
|Razor Sharp Fillet Knife|
If you've ever been on a fishing trip and had to gut one of your catches to delve its entrails in the hopes of finding some specific, I don't know, Stendel's Wedding Band, then you probably wished you had a fillet knife with you. So get your own today! Slave away for the old man, and get yourself a lucky Bag of Fishing Treasures containing your coveted fishingware!
|Battered Jungle Hat|
If you're interested in the newest awful fashion trends, I suspect Marcia Chase might be just the woman for you. She'll not so subtly slip some of her obvious failed creations in her Bag of Fishing Treasures. This is a piece of art in and of itself: leopard skin patched onto a classic Master's Hat. Wonderful. Yo, Nat, we got an artist over here.
Another one of Marcia Chase's creations, which she also distributes in her plentiful Bag of Fishing Treasures. She may think people would not see through her ploy, but she is attempting to make a profit by flipping some armaments that Blacksmiths actually work for: Battle Staff. She slaps some rubbish, Cracked Diamond on it and calls it a day. I see through your game, Marcia, and I will NOT remain silent about it!
|Nat's Fishing Journal|
Written on waterproof paper and bound in rough Krakkanon leather, this booklet contains heaps of information put down by the Master himself. It allows fishermen to bypass the hard, weathering training usually forced upon Anglers. The book can be purchased for after becoming a Friend of Nat Pagle!
I sometimes find dubious the notion that Nat would allow such childish shortcuts to exist, but I then realize that not everyone has the self-control and willpower that we do. A fisherman friend is still better than a non-fisherman friend.
Note: Real Anglers do NOT purchase this from Nat Pagle himself, they crush Krakkanon scales until the damned beast throws one up.
Ever heard the saying "Open a Bucket, Find a Crocolisk"? No? I thought so. Well, it's a new saying, and it's very fitting for Anglers. By completing the Crocolisks in the City quest, you get a bag that might just contain this little guy. He has three brothers that also live in buckets, and you may get THOSE as well! Chuck is by far the most aggressive, though.
Chuck's first brother, Toothy has a bit of a dental problem. Some believe it is due to a neurotic problem triggered by a life lived in a narrow, dark bucket, leading the poor thing to chew on anything and everything. Others, and that includes me, think it's just a matter of intra-species variation. This seems to be the most...relevant hypothesis. Complete your Crocolisks in the City daily from Old Man Barlo, and maybe you'll get this little guy.
Unable to stop growling like a little threatened puppy, this brother of Chuck simply can't stand still. The good thing is that it sounds a lot more threatening than it actually is, so fear not if, by some chance, you hear a constant, squeaky animal growl when opening your Bag of Fishing Treasures!
Last of the Croc-Quatuor, Muckbreath is the smelliest. The roar of this guy isn't feared so much because it sounds scary but rather because it means it will open its tiny, Crocolisk maw, releasing in the process a nauseating breath. This is as close to a non-Dragonkin Breath Attack as you'll ever get. Fear not, of course, if your Bag of Fishing Treasures is giving off weird odors... You always smell like fish anyway, so what's the big deal?
|Giant Sewer Rat|
Fished up from the waters of the Dalaran Underbelly, this little beast is surprisingly a lot cuddlier than you would think! Bigger than his fellow kin, he also seems to have a much more dog-like attitude: on command, he will attack, bite, roll over, and even FETCH! I think he might've eaten one too many of the Magic Eater fish in the sewer waters...
|Magical Crawdad Box|
As you probably know, Mr. Pinchy is a very rare catch found in Highland Fishing Pools in Terokkar Forest, in Outlands. More rare even is when you rub the bugger's lobster belly and he grants you a wish, whereby he promises to assist you in your Pet Battle endeavors! The Magical Crawdad might not be Mr.Pinchy himself, but it surely is as close a relative as you'll find. Smaller, faster, and more readily available! All you need to do is spend days in Terokkar casting away at the pools until the Lord of Lobsters appears!
With the establishment of an official ground for the Darkmoon Faire occurred one of the most unusual events in Angling history. An absolutely massive migration of Wild Seahorse was denoted for a time, leading to the advent of a million millions little Sea Ponies floating around! Take my word for it: when you can't get into the Darkmoon Faire, it's a Sea Horse haven! When the Darkmoon Faire opens up its doors however, they all leave due to the noise generated by Barrel-Shooting Taurens, Steam Tonk-controlling Gnomes, and Cannon-Launching Dwarves, as you can imagine. They mistakenly leave behind some of their young, and it is during that time that they are most ripe for the catching! CAST AWAY! GET THEM ALL! COLLECT ALL THE PONIES!
Slipping surreptitiously inside your Fishing Daily Bag of Shiny Things and Bag of Fishing Treasures, these little crustaceans make for very, very tasty meals. Assuming you opt NOT to eat them and surrender Crawler Meat for the sake of keeping a pet around, know that they are high maintenance pets: they eat of just about anything, but have a slight overeating problem. Within a day, I had already gone through a hundred Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit... Beware, 'ts all I'm sayin'!
Nothing makes a child happier than having a goldfish of their own! Well, some things do, but it's never as AWESOME! If you want to make the gift of bubble-wrapped goldfish, you'll need to complete some daily quests for The Anglers until you're "Honored" with them. If you feel lazy, however, Fishy is a semi-decent alternative. But don't you DARE call yourself an Angler if you go that route. Don't - you - dare...
|Tiny Blue Carp|
With the re-discovery of Pandaria came a plethora of new discoveries, the first of which, for me, was the existence of...colored carps. Now I have found my fair share of the Golden Carp, so much so that I'm tired of them, but once in a while you'll stumble upon some more exotic ones. This azure specimen is best found in the waters of the Timeless Isle as of right now. It used to be more plentiful in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, but I wouldn't venture there, what with all that transpired in recent times... I'm not a big fan of angry Sha and...other stuff, though. Y'know? But hey, that's your call. I play it safe.
|Tiny Red Carp|
Speaking of exotic carps, it'd be hard not to mention the crimson glory that is this specimen! Found in Townlong Steppes waters, most easily near the Niuzao temple, they seem to swim alongside some of the blue carps, albeit never quite "together"! Funny enough, the Redbelly Mandarin schools don't let the red carps in, but they'll always take the blue ones in! You want red carps? Open water's your best bet. You want blue carps? Fish those Redbelly Mandarin schools!
|Tiny Green Carp|
First time I saw it, I thought it was just a big pile of algae. And then I realized it was jiggly and agitated! A GREEN CARP!? I later realized that they were the most common of the carps, because the areas they inhabit are largely overfished. The Jade Forest, Krasarang Wilds and Valley of the Four Winds are some of the most popular areas for...fishermen. Nat only knows if they can appreciate the value of this green swimmer, but I doubt it...
DISCLAIMER: Do NOT cook this fish. It makes the absolute worst Toasted Fish Jerky EVER.
|Tiny White Carp|
Last and most prized of the exotic carps, this ivory beauty lives in a lot of rarely visited Coastal areas. Coastal Dread Wastes (I know right!?), Jade Forest and Krasarang Wilds! The best area to find it though is in the Kun-Lai Summit, in the Shado-Pan Monastery waters! It is a nearly enclosed space, and so the carps are mostly...prisoners of a sort. You will be fishing for a long time no matter what, so you might as well pick a restful area, hm? Nothing says restful like a Monastery. Especially with a Fishing Chair.
If you have explored the wilderness of Draenor, you might've, as a proud Angler, fished up all the schools you came across. In doing so, assuming you already made of Nat Pagle one of your garrison companions, you might've picked up some of the larger fish out there: LUNKERS! Lunkers can be exchanged for Nat Pagle's Lucky Coins. And Nat Pagle will take those coins and exchange them for...stuff of indeterminate value. The Land Shark is one such thing. Rumors say there are tornadoes out there filled with Land Sharks...
Azeroth has a very unique sea fauna, to say the least! Between Makruras (or, Makinni, if you prefer), Nagas, Hydras and Murlocs, you're probably covered in the oddness department. But you haven't seen weird until you've seen lion seals! The most famous of them all, Dog, is the underwhelming Anglers mascot. You can get one of his kin (offspring, perhaps?) by giving Nat Pagle FIFTY of his own Nat's Lucky Coin. Could he have been breeding Dog with some unknown, female lion seal..?
There was an ongoing debate in the Angler community about the existence of a blue-striped orange fish roaming the waters around the Darkmoon Island. This fish, called a Blorp, is named after the sound it makes when it leaps out of the water. In the night, if you listen carefully, you can hear a soft, muffled "Blorp, Blorp, Blorp" out in the distance from the Darkmoon Island docks. The sound haunts me to this day. Only recently did Galissa Sundew find a way to catch them, and she's selling specimens in exchange for 50 x Darkmoon Daggermaw. So get to Angling, boys and girls: fish up the Darkmoon waters, and trade that junk for a glorious Blorp specimen.
PS: Some fishermen claim that "Blorp" isn't the species' name but rather the name of an individual specimen. Truth is that all Blorps are named "Blorp". It is known.
So you've heard about the existence of the mythical, ghastly Ghostcrawler in Vash'jir? It turns out that the uniqueness of the beast was overplayed: Galissa Sundew has, it seems, an inexhaustible number of its offspring, and she's trading them away in exchange for 100 x Darkmoon Daggermaw. The better question though, and I think you must be asking the same question, is WHAT she bred the original Crawler with? And how did it not riot?
Ah, the famed Turtle. He who doesn't know the Turtle is unworthy of the Turtle. The Turtles are the backbone of our universe. We stand on their backs. Exiled daughters of Shen-zin Su, Sea Turtles roam the world of Azeroth in search, not of answers, but of anglers. Anglers worthy of them. Dedicated anglers are distinguished by the ease with which they acquire their faithful Turtle. Casting your line in any Pandarian, Cataclysmic or Northrendish Fishing Pool will give you a chance to fish up this awe-inspiring, friendly, shell-protected guardian of the oceans. For the banal fishermen, those who have not yet seen the true nature of Angling, this wonderful creature has disdain.
It rewards dedication above all else. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of pounds of bait will be used...but one day, you will be worthy.
|Reins of the Azure Water Strider|
As a polar opposite to the magnificent beast mentioned above, this Water Strider is a testament to patience, not dedication. On a daily basis, you can visit The Anglers and complete quests for them, eventually attaining a level of fame among them high enough to be allowed to purchase this mount, assuming you do have the required gold (!). Sadly, and this is regrettable, the Water Strider does not like being used as a Raft, and although it walks on water, you will not be able to cast your line from its back. I don't think you'd want to, anyway, for fear of entangling your line with its long, clumsy legs.
|Reins of the Crimson Water Strider|
Ha, ha! You thought Water Striders only existed in ONE color? Me too, but I was wrong. Nat Pagle has been holding on to these specimens, which you can acquire if you'd like for the moderate effort of...getting 100 Lunkers from Draenorian (Draenic?) schools, turning them in for Lucky Coins, and then exchanging A HUNDRED of those for a Crimson Strider! I wouldn't be surprised if somebody eventually bred both the Crimson and Azure Striders into a...Purple one.
This is the lazy Angler's alternative to the much more valuable Sea Turtle. Truth is that it's uglier, greener and more soft-shelled than its blue counterpart. Plus, you actually have to WORK for the former. I'm not jealous of anyone with this Turtle, I'm not. Not one bit. I'm not jealous that you actually need to have a Loot Code worth a pretty penny from the WoWTCG loot cards, redeem it online and turn in the resulting code to Landro Longshot, and that there's only a limited amount of them out there.
I'm not jealous, because here's a secret... This turtle can drop off of Frostdeep Cavedweller (Horde) and Lunarfall Cavedweller (Alliance) from garrison waters!
Eat that, pay-to-Turtlers!