WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide

Author: WoWAnalytica
Posted: 12/07/2021
Burning Crusade Classic

WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide

Welcome Adventurer to our new take on the guide to fishing in the Burning Crusade Classic. In this guide we are going to discuss the basics concerning the profession as well as the changes that were introduced in the new stage of the game. Moreover, we are going to provide you with a detailed breakdown of leveling process in Outland for this wonderful secondary profession.

To clarify that last term we used, as you probably know, the professions in World of Warcraft are divided into primary professions, which you can choose two of, and secondary profession, which there are 3 of if we are talking about Classic. These professions are cooking, first aid, and obviously fishing.

At first glance, this profession might not appeal to you, since it isn’t really action-filled in any way, however, it does offer its own rewards and also an interesting alternative to spend some time with your friends in Azeroth and perhaps have an easygoing conversation, while you relax with your fishing pole. Moreover, those fish you catch can be then used in a variety of cooking recipes.

However, that is not all the use it has, the reagents obtained through fishing can be used in many ways, they are certainly not only food, but also necessary for alchemy or even enchanting and tailoring, which also require items obtained from fishing for their recipes.

This profession is especially welcoming to casual players, but even veterans of many battlegrounds will find something for themselves. That is because Fishing as a profession doesn’t have any special requirements other than owning a fishing rod, which can be obtained for a few pennies without problem.

Moreover, it is a way to make some extra money on the side, since there are many events and seasonal fishes, as well as reagents that sell for quite a bit of gold due to their rarity and the demand connected with it, which vastly outgrows the supply.

Fishing in TBC didn’t change much from the way it used to be in Classic, however, many new elements were introduced to the game, which we are going to talk about at length since there are just so many of them.

First of all, starting with a really interesting one. In TBC you can track fishing nodes on your minimap in a similar fashion as you would do with minerals or herbs. However, it is not a skill that will be acquired automatically, or even easily. In order to obtain the skill, you need to get the Weather-Beaten Journal. To get this book there are a few methods, all of them are, unfortunately, largely luck based with no reliable methods found to date. First of all, you can fish from floating wreckage around Windshear Crag in Stonetalon Mountains, or look for Steam Pump Flotsam in Zangarmarsh. Lastly, it sometimes appears as a reward from Old Man Barlo’s dailies (which hide many other treasures that we will cover later).

Secondly, there are many new items that support fishing and despite what you might think, they are going to be very helpful in your fishing activities later. That is because it is possible to actually never fail to reel in fish. Assuming you get an appropriate amount of skill for each zone, which is as follows:

  • 375 - Hellfire Peninsula
  • 400 - Zangamarsh east of Serpent Lake, and The Lagoon
  • 425 - Ghostlands (Zul'Aman) (although in my humble opinion these are the same Classic fish as in other 425 Classic zones like Winterspring and Deadwind.)
  • 450 - Isle of Quel'Danas, Serpent Lake & West in Zangamarsh, Ground level in Terrokkar Forest
  • 475 - Nagrand east of Halaa including Elemental Plateau. Eco-Dome Midrealm in Netherstorm.
  • 490 - Nagrand's Lake Sunspring and Skysong Lake
  • 500 - Terrokar Forest: Slimyr Lake, Blackwind Lake, Lake Ere-Noru & Lake Jorune

Some of the available items are, Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole, which is a +20 fishing pole, that is a reward from a quest in Lower City in Shattrath. Moreover, while there are a few better alternatives it is the only one of them that can be easily obtained by all factions and races without having to commit to an immense effort.

Sharpened Fish Hook is also a new consumable added, which partially allows the fishermen to substitute the Aquadynamic Fish Attractor manufactured by engineers. These also come from the Old Man Barlo’s dailies.

Some other interesting pieces of gear and consumables include items such as:

These aforementioned dailies are given by Old Man Barlo who can be found on the southwest shore of Silmyr Lake in Terokkar Forest. They do not appear in any particular order but are random. These do quests do require quite a bit of skill in Fishing, since only one of those is done in the capital city of your faction, while the reminder requires you to catch fish in Outland.

Each of those quests reward the player with a Bag of Fishing Treasures, that give some items that can be sold for some extra gold, as well as items that give you bonuses to fishing, some of which we have already mentioned, as well as four different companion pets – Chuck's Bucket, Snarly's Bucket, Toothy's Bucket, and Muckbreath's Bucket.

Lastly, as we have said some new fish and items were introduced as well as fishing pools, the newly introduced fish along with the zones they can be found in below:

  • Barbed Gill Trout, which can be caught in all Outland outdoor zones; all Deadwind Pass, Serpentshrine Cavern, The Underbog
  • Spotted Feltail, which appears in the waters of Zangarmarsh, Terokkar, Serpentshrine Cavern, The Underbog
  • Zangarian Sporefish, usually found in Zangarmarsh, Serpentshrine Cavern, The Underbog
  • Golden Darter, that can be seen in Zangarmarsh, Terrokar Fores
  • Figluster's Mudfish, which can only be found in Nagrand, Netherstorm
  • Icefin Bluefish, that can be fished in Nagrand, Netherstorm
  • Furious Crawdad, obtained from Terokkar Forest, from Highland Mixed School pools only in Blackwind Lake, Lake Ere'Noru, and Lake Jorune

All of the aforementioned fish, with the exception of the Barbed Gill Trout, can be also obtained from dedicated pools where only these particular fishes will appear in increased quantity. These new pools are:

  • Sporefish School, which contains mainly Zangarian Sporefish and can be found in Zangarmarsh.
  • Brackish Mixed School, which offers mostly, Golden Darter and Spotted Feltail; these are located in Zangarmarsh and Terokkar Forest.
  • School of Darter, which, as you might expect yields mainly Golden Darter and is usually found in Terokkar Forest.
  • Bluefish School, where players can catch Icefin Bluefish in Nagrand and Netherstorm.
  • Mudfish School, which mainly contains Figluster's Mudfish, and can also be found in Nagrand and Netherstorm.
  • Steam Pump Flotsam, which interestingly doesn’t offer any fish, but gives players either Curious Crate or Heavy Supply Crate, which can contain various useful items. These are generally found in Zangarmarsh.
  • Highland Mixed School, which is one of the more valuable one since it not only provides Furious Crawdad, but more importantly a pet companion – Mr. Pinchy. These are only found in Highlands in Terokkar.
  • Pure Water, which are a special kind of a pool found in Nagrand, that don’t offer fish or crates, but rather Mote of Water.

WoW TBC Classic Fishing leveling guide

Before we start talking about the particular zones and their level requirements and the exact leveling process you should remember to still bring your equipment to Outland, since you still need some items, similarly to Classic. You will want to buy a Fishing Pole, or if you can afford it a Strong Fishing Pole, which is a bit more expensive, but provides a +5 buff, which is especially helpful at the start of your journey.

Moreover, aside from various fishing poles, you also might want to consider getting some lures to help you get started and gain levels quickly in the beginning. We recommend for the purpose of making this WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide a bit faster, that you get some Shiny Bauble or Nightcrawlers, which both provide a 10-minute buff, +25 and +50 respectively.

The activity itself is quite simple, you just need to cast the line and then wait carefully observing the bobber and right-click on it when you see it moving in order to catch the fish.

Having said that, let us move on to the practical part of this WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide. Unlike most professions, all you need to know is which zones you should choose at which points of your leveling, since it does not matter where precisely you are, since the kinds of fishes generally caught in an area are determined by the level of the zone and remain the same throughout the whole zone. Hence, all you need is a body of water in a zone.

Lastly, do note that this part of the guide is devoted solely to Outland and the leveling from 300-375. Those who want to just now begin their journey with fishing are recommended to first have a look at our WOW Classic Fishing Guide. For everyone else, please carry on with this WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide.

Without further ado, first of all, you will notice a rather surprising thing, that the first zone you visit – the Hellfire Peninsula, has no bodies of water, and thus it is not possible to fish there. Hence, you want to head to Zangarmarsh, and go either to the Umbrafen Lake or The Lagoon, where you can get started, however, you will still need about 400 effective fishing skill, that is counting your pole bonus and things like Aquadynamic Fish Attractor and Bright Baubles.

Having reached level 350 there, you ought to head to Terokkar forest and any of its inland waters, except for the flying areas or the lake next to Shattrath City since those require a high level of fishing. You can also just keep fishing in Zangarmarsh for the whole time, although the fish caught won’t be too valuable.

With those two locations you can easily reach level 375, making Fishing one of the easiest professions to level-up. Below you can see the full list of zones and the minimum effective level of Fishing so that you can reliably get fish there:

  • Zangarmarsh, in the area of Umbrafen Lake and The Lagoon the required minimum level is 305.
  • Zangarmarsh, around Marshlight, Sporewind and Serpent Lakes 355.
  • Terokarr Forest, with the exception of the zones mentioned later, requires at least Fishing 355.
  • Nagrand, for the most part requires levl 380.
  • Netherstorm, for the bodies of water in Eco-Dome Midrealm requires 380 Fishing.
  • Nagrand in the Lake Sunspring needs you to have an effective level of 430.
  • Terokarr Forest in the areas of Blackwind Lake, Lake, Ere'Noru, and Lake Jorune needs you to be at least level 430.

Following these brief and general guidelines in this WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide you will quickly reach level 375 and become a full-fledged master Fisherman. Afterwards, your new journey with fishing begins, one where you will be striving for the highest effective level, rather than profession level. Good luck with that and we hope you go there and have a blast.

Fishing Trainer

One of the important things to remember when it comes to professions is that they also have certain ranks, these are: Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert, and Artisan, and now the new Outland Fishing rank – Master, which is going to require visiting special trainers to obtain. This will be especially important if you want to follow our WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide since during the leveling of the profession you do need to upgrade these ranks in order to be able to gain more skill levels:

The new trainers added in the Burning Crusade are:

  • Diktynna, who can be seen on Azuremist Isle, at 61.0, 54.2
  • Erett, who can be found in Exodar, at 41.6, 14.8
  • Drathen, located in Silvermoon City at 76.6, 68.6

Moreover, to learn Master Fishing between level 300-375, you will need to visit the vendor in Cenarion Refuge, who is available for both, Horde and Alliance. He offers to sell a book – Master Fishing - The Art of Angling, which teaches the player Master Fishing, if they have at least 275 fishing skill and are at least level 45. He can be found at 78.0, 66.0 in Zagarmarsh, next to the Umbrafen Lake.

Thank you for taking time and interest in our ultimate WoW TBC Classic Fishing guide and we wish you great adventures, Hero of Azeroth!

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