If you don’t know me, you don’t know how much I dread Fishing in every single game I play. In the years that I have been a gamer, the only games I somewhat had the patience for Fishing in were Trove and FFXIV because I could do them passively while working.
Although I was well aware of the fact that players could fish in V Rising as I saw the Fishing Pole in Woodworking Bench, I really couldn’t be bothered to try it out until I was in the mid-game since I was too busy trying to progress the main mission and get enough resources to carry me into the late-game.
Fishing is an interesting task to complete in V Rising as it can provide players with various tiers of resources for players, including early game, mid-game and late-game resources. Quite frankly, Fishing is going to be one of the most important tasks that players must perform in V Rising, but you wouldn’t expect it due to the lack of focus on it.
Admittedly, Fishing is still quite boring in my opinion, but if players manage to do so while they are travelling around the world, this is going to be the best option for them.
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know when it comes to Fishing in V Rising.
HOW TO GET THE FISHING POLE
Players will not be able to begin Fishing until they have taken down Rufus the Foreman. Luckily for players, Rufus the Foreman is a very early V Blood that is only level 20, so you’re going to have access to the Fishing Pole relatively quickly.
Rufus the Foreman is located in the Bandit Logging Camp, though players will be able to track him using a Blood Altar.
Unlike many other Weapons in the game, there are no mobs that drop a Fishing Pole so players will have to craft one themselves, though this doesn’t take very many resources.
Upon unlocking the recipe for the Fishing Pole, players can head to the Woodworking Bench, which is a new Crafting Station and will need the following resources:
4 Copper Ingots
4 Coarse Threads
Luckily for players, all these resources are relatively easy to obtain and even if a player forgets to repair their Fishing Pole they should be able to craft another one in no time. As a side note, you will never need a Servant to carry a Fishing Pole as they do not interact with this tool.
WHERE DO YOU FISH?
Unfortunately, players will not be able to Fish in every location in the game as there are only specific spots that a player can fish in. A player will be able to tell if there is a Fish nearby where the water is bubbling. There is quite a distinct difference between bubbling water and still water, so players should not be confused.
When players see bubbling water they must equip their Fishing Pole and begin fishing. After players cast their Fishing Pole, they will hear a prompt that lets them know that a fish is ready to catch.
As is with most other games players must make sure that they try to reel in their fish as soon as they hear the prompt, doing so will raise the chances of catching a fish. Unfortunately, if failed players will not receive a Fish and instead will simply lose durability on their Fishing Pole.
Players are going to want to be aware of their surroundings as when fishing players will be susceptible to taking damage from other players or from mobs around them, so make sure that you are in a safe place.
For players on a PVP server, you may want to Fish while in the “Offline” server mode, though this isn’t always a possibility depending on what server you are on.
In most cases, the Fish that is caught will go directly into your inventory, though I have to admit that every time I’ve caught a Fish it ends up on the ground. This honestly isn’t much of an issue, though it should only happen if your inventory is full.
LOCATIONS FOR EACH FISH
The various types of Fish are actually bound to different locations on the map, so if players are trying to find a specific Fish for a recipe or for particular rewards I would strongly recommend bookmarking this page to refer to:
WHERE ARE FAT GOBY’S IN V RISING
Fat Goby are located in the Farbane Woods, Dunley Farmlands, Hallowed Mountains, and Cursed Forest.
WHERE ARE FIERCE STINGERS IN V RISING
Fierce Stinger are located in the Farbane Woods, Dunley Farmlands, and Hallowed Mountains.
WHERE ARE RAINBOW TROUT IN V RISING
Rainbow Trout are located in the Farbane Woods, Dunley Farmlands, and Cursed Forest.
WHERE ARE TWILIGHT SNAPPERS IN V RISING
Twilight Snappers are located in the Farbane Woods, Dunley Farmlands, Hallowed Mountains, and Silverlight Hills.
WHERE ARE SAGE FISH IN V RISING
Sage Fish are located in the Dunley Farmlands and Silverlight Hills.
WHERE ARE BLOOD SNAPPERS IN V RISING
Blood Snappers are located in the Cursed Forest and Silverlight Hills.
WHERE ARE GOLDEN RIVER BASS IN V RISING
Golden River Bass are located in the Silverlight Hills.
WHERE IS “THE FISH” IN V RISING
“The Fish” is only found in the Cursed Forest and is considered to be one of the best Fish in the game as it can be utilized to provide you with only Fish drops and cannot be used in any other way. Admittedly, “The Fish” is extremely rare, so don’t get your hope up too high as many players will complete the game before they even find it.
FISHING DROP RATES
Unfortunately, there is a bit of RNG when it comes to Fishing, though this can actually be good since some of the rewards you can get from Fishing are higher-tier rewards that will help progress your item progression and crafting.
The current known drop rates are as follows:
50-60% chance of getting a Fish
5-15% chance of getting Metal Ingots
10-15% chance of getting a Gem for Crude Gems
5-10% chance of getting a Fish Bone
5-10% chance of getting a fully completed Crafting Item, such as Whetstone
1-5% chance of getting a Research Book
1-5% chance of getting a Cosmetic Hat
As is with most other things in V Rising, Fish also have quality much like Blood Quality in regards to Blood Type.
While players should be happy to get any Fish, the higher quality fish have a better chance to get more items or better items. Players will be able to hover over the object to see what resources they will receive for salvaging them.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH FISH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
Fish must be broken down using the Devourer and can provide players with the following resources:
Fish Bones are used to creating Rats in Vermin Nests. They don’t really have much of another use, but this is an extremely cheap and efficient way of fueling the Vermin Nest.
Fish Oil is only used to make Pristine Leather. While not utilized in many crafting recipes, players are going to need a decent amount of this to get the gear that they need to progress.
FAT GOBY AND TWILIGHT SNAPPER
Both the Fat Gobby and Twilight Snapper drop Scales.
Scales are the most important resource to get in the game as they will help players craft the highest tier of Armour.
I have to say… you’re going to need a lot of these Scales, so get to Fishing, because it’s going to be quite annoying. When I say a lot of these Scales, I truly mean at least 200 for one piece of Gear. You’re welcome.
Admittedly, when you are in the Cursed Forest you should be able to collect a good amount of Scales simply by killing mobs. You may want to save your Scale farming for this, especially because there can be some good uses for Fish in the late game that you didn’t expect. I will cover this later.
GOLDEN RIVER BASS AND BLOOD SNAPPER
Golden River Bass and Blood Snapper will provide players with the resources that allow them to craft Spiderlings and Mosquitoes. Both of these can help the player to change their blood type to one that they want, being a pretty overpowered resource in the game.
SWAMP DWELLER AND FIERCE STINGER
Swamp Dwellers and Fierce Stingers are the Fish that provide players with the resources they need in order to make the Potion of Rage and Witch Potion, which are going to be necessary to defeat bosses in the late game.
As there is a limit to how strong a player can be with their Gear, players are going to need potions throughout to help make sure that they can secure a kill against a V Blood.
USING FISH FOR RECIPES AND SERVANTS
When I first posted this article I have to admit I wasn’t in the very end game of V Rising and I feel like I did a disservice by not being aware of all of the uses. Although players are going to need Scales mid-game, depending on how many Fish you have in the mid-game you may want to save a few of them for their End Game recipes.
The following are all the uses of Fish in V Rising:
When players have Servants they are going to want to make sure they have some Fat Goby on them as the Fat Goby will return them to 100% Health after they have taken Blood from them.
Rainbow Trout are somewhat unnecessary, though players may want to save them to ensure that they can reduce a Servant’s Misery by 5-10%.
Sage Fish are much better than Rainbow Trout as they will provide the Servant with 30-70% health as well as 15-30% misery reduction when fed to a Servant.
You honestly only need one Twilight Snapper in the game as it is used to summon the V Blood Putrid Rat which can be used to get Rat Form.
This is done in the Vermin Nest.
GOLDEN RIVER BASS
Golden River Bass can be combined with 20 Scales to summon 3 Spiderlings which can drop Silk Worms.
This is done in the Vermin Nest.
Blood Snappers can be combined with 20 Highland Lotus to summon 3 Mosquitos which can drop Scales.
This is done in the Vermin Nest.
The Swamp Dweller is used for the Witch Potion that can be used to provide players with 8 Spell Power for 1,200 seconds. This is the best Potion for Spell Damage, so players are going to want to make sure that they have enough Swamp Dwellers in End Game as the final few V Blood are really tough without one.
The Fierce Stinger is used for the Potion of Rage which can be used to provide players with 8 Physical Power for 1,200 seconds. This is the best Potion for Physical Damage, so players are going to want to make sure that they have enough Fierce Stingers in End Game as the final few V Bloods are tough without it either.
So while Fishing can be quite daunting and boring, admittedly it doesn’t take too long to do and should be done while making their way around the map.
While players can look up the locations of all the fishing points, I’ll be honest… it’s not the most helpful as there is always a chance that a Fish is not currently spawned there.
I personally recommend that players simply check the water whenever they see it.
Fishing is going to be very important and long-winded, especially if players are hoping to make the best gear in the game. Start as early as you can and make sure you always have some inventory space available.