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The World is filled to the brim with the most outlandish kinds of fish!

The Angler

Fishing in action.

Fishing is an activity accomplished by using a Fishing Pole at a body of liquid (water, honey, or lava) while having bait in the player's inventory. While near the body of liquid, pressing the Use / Attack button on a point over the liquid will cast a line into the liquid. Pressing the button again when the bobber moves up and down will reel in the line and often an item will come up with the line. The Angler NPC provides daily fishing quests and rewards their completion with an assortment of equipment, coins, potions, and vanity items.

Fishing provides an assortment of game resources: Crafting materials for potions and food, a variety of very useful items such as the Reaver Shark, Rockfish, and Sawtooth Shark, which provide a pickaxe, hammer and chainsaw to last all or most of the way until Hardmode, mobility improvements such as a Frog Leg or Balloon Pufferfish, and even a pet Zephyr Fish. Through crates, fishing also provides an alternative source for ores, coins, many chest items (Sailfish Boots can replace Hermes or Flurry Boots) and some specialties such as the powerful Falcon Blade.

While fishing is not strictly necessary for game progression, some of the Angler's quest rewards (the Fish Finder components) are required to complete the Cell Phone. Fishing is also required to fight the boss Duke Fishron. To summon the boss, a Truffle Worm must be used as fishing bait in an Ocean biome.

For pre-Hardmode players, fishing can be a good way of getting money and equipment; by mid-Hardmode, it is less competitive with other money-making options, enemy drops, and advancing equipment.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Surface width is determined first (green rectangle), then the depth below those tiles (arrows). Tiles falling outside the originally calculated surface width are not counted (red areas).

75 connected tiles of liquid are required (1,000 for Oceans, 50 for honey) in order for fishing to work. The width of the top row of continuous liquid tiles (the row where the fishing bobber sits) determines the calculated pond width, and then the depth directly below those is counted. If the pond becomes wider at lower depths, that additional width is not counted. The player may successfully fish in a 1 tile-wide pond, as long as it's 75 tiles deep. The distance of the bobber to the shoreline does not matter.

It is not possible to fish when the player is submerged in liquid, even partially, and even within a completely disconnected body of water. Fishing can, however, be done while moving, flying, while grappled to blocks, sitting on a chair, while floating on water with the Slime Mount, or while standing on top of the water, eg. using Water Walking Boots. Fishing can be done in Lava, but will only work with the Hotline Fishing Hook, a Lavaproof Fishing HookDesktop Version, or by using a Magma SnailDesktop Version, LavaflyDesktop Version, or Hell ButterflyDesktop Version (which can be caught using a Lavaproof Bug NetDesktop Version or Golden Bug NetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions). It can take much longer to get a bite in lava, but the chances are better with at least two of these sources.

Fishing quests[edit | edit source]

For a list of quest fish, see Angler § Quest list.

Catching a quest fish for the Angler NPC requires fishing in the proper biome, and height for the day's current quest, which can be determined by talking to the Angler. Quest fish cannot be caught if the player already has that particular quest fish in their inventory, or if the quest fish was already turned in that day. However, if the player puts the Quest fish in a safe/bank then they may catch another Quest Fish. The player can then transfer the Quest Fish to a chest if they wish. The Angler gives out special rewards when a proper quest fish is turned in. The player does not need to speak with him beforehand, nor have even encountered him, but the chances of finding the correct area to fish for a quest are much lower without speaking to him first.

Factors[edit | edit source]

Given the prerequisites for fishing are fulfilled, some factors influence the quality/rarity of the caught item. There is a variety of relevant equipment:

  • Seven accessories are useful. All but one are quest rewards from the Angler (The quest rewards are combined into just two, at the Tinkerer's Workshop.)
  • Three potions help with fishing, all of which can be crafted or received from the Angler.
  • Fishing Poles can be crafted, received as Angler rewards, bought from other NPCs or found in chests.
  • Bait comes from multiple sources: Captured Critters, Angler rewards, Crates, and even crafting.
  • Desktop Version Chum Buckets can be dropped by enemies spawned by Blood Moon fishing.

All the factors are combined into a total Fishing Power that determines the chances of higher-quality catches. Fishing Power is calculated by starting with adding these three basic factors:

After the above three kinds of factors are added, bonuses (or penalties) are applied, as follows:

  • The time the player is fishing, as a multiplicative percentage applied to the previous factors.
  • Desktop Version The number of Chum Buckets used on the water's surface, as a flat bonus.
  • The size of the lake. Lakes with fewer than 300 tiles incur a Fishing Power penalty, as a multiplicative percentage applied to the previous factors.
  • When fishing without the High Test Fishing Line, or Angler Tackle Bag, there is always a 1 in 7 chance that the fishing line will break on reel-in, forfeiting the caught item. Chances of consuming bait remain the same even if the line breaks. With the High Test Fishing Line equipped, the line never breaks.

Amounts in the tables below that influence fishing power are marked green or red. Because some of the bonus factors are percentages, the fishing power amounts given by any of the three basic factors can seem to vary depending on e.g. time of day or weather. (For example, when fishing during rain, the Angler Earring can appear to provide more than just +10 Fishing Power.)

Fishing Power Boost Gear
Item Effect Source
Angler Tackle BagAngler Tackle BagDesktop VersionConsole Version +10 Fishing Power Angler Earring + High Test Fishing Line + Tackle Box
Angler EarringAngler Earring +10 Fishing Power Random Angler quest reward
Angler armorAngler armor +5 Fishing Power per piece 10th, 15th, & 20th Angler quests
Fishing PotionFishing Potion +15 Fishing Power (8 min) Bottled Water + Waterleaf + Crispy Honey Block
Chum BucketChum BucketDesktop Version +11/+17/+20 Fishing Power [fb 2](10 uses) Blood Moon fishing enemy drop
Other Fishing Gear
Item Effect Source
High Test Fishing LineHigh Test Fishing Line Line never breaks Random Angler quest reward
Tackle BoxTackle Box -5% bait consumption chance Random Angler quest reward
Crate PotionCrate Potion +10% Crate chance (3 min) Bottled Water + Amber + Deathweed + Moonglow (Console VersionMobile Version3DS Version)

Bottled Water + Amber + Moonglow + Shiverthorn + Waterleaf (Desktop VersionOld-gen console version)

Sonar PotionSonar Potion Shows hooked item name
before reel-in (8 min)
Bottled Water + Waterleaf + Coral
Fisherman's Pocket GuideFisherman's Pocket GuideDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Shows current Fishing Power Random Angler quest reward
Weather RadioWeather RadioDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Displays current weather Random Angler quest reward
SextantSextantDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Shows moon phase Random Angler quest reward
Fish FinderFish FinderDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Shows weather, moon phase, fishing power Fisherman's Pocket Guide + Weather Radio + Sextant
Lavaproof Fishing HookLavaproof Fishing HookDesktop Version Allows fishing in lava regardless of bait or rod used. Obsidian Crates, Hellstone Crates
Time
Factor Effect
Cloudy or Overcast +10%
Rain +20%
4:30 AM – 6:00 AM +30%
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM -20%
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM +30%
9:18 PM – 2:42 AM -20%
Full moon +10%
Gibbous moon +5%
Crescent moon -5%
New moon -10%
Blood Moon +10%[fb 3]
Lake Size [fb 4]
Water Tiles Effect
75 -75%
100 -66.6%
125 -58.3%
150 -50%
175 -41.6%
200 -33.3%
225 -25%
250 -16.6%
275 -8.3%
300+ no penalty
  1. % Bait Power also means % Fishing Power, and is combined with all other Fishing Power factors, such as the Fishing Pole's power and the Time factor, etc. Bait Power additionally determines the chances that the Bait item will be consumed from the player's inventory. Items with higher Bait Powers will tend to last through more fishing attempts: Higher Bait Power means lower chance of consumption.
  2. Chum Bucket bonuses are determined by how many are present on the water at once. One bucket used will give +11, two for +17 and three for a max of +20. These bonuses are not affected by previous factors (i.e. armor, accessories, potions, bait, pole, time, or weather), and are only affected by lake size. Also note that reeling in nothing or having the line break counts towards one of the 10 uses.
  3. On Desktop version Desktop version, fishing during a Blood Moon has a significant chance of spawning any of several exclusive and difficult enemies. See the relevant section in this article for more details.
  4. Lake sizes listed here are example numbers to illustrate the lake size effect, and are not thresholds. The penalty is actually determined by an equation: (tiles / 300) * Fishing Power. In effect, a lake n times smaller than 300 tiles (200 for honey) results in n times less Fishing Power. Any increase or decrease in total tiles between 75 and 300 will alter the lake size penalty.

Hidden factors Desktop Version[edit | edit source]

Desktop version Desktop-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop version of Terraria.

There are two factors which affect Fishing Power that are hidden from the player (e.g. they never affect the numbers displayed in the UI by the Fisherman's Pocket Guide or related accessories):

  • The first is Luck. If the player has bad (negative) Luck, there is a chance (determined once every catch attempt) that their Fishing Power will be reduced. Similarly, good (positive) Luck gives a chance of increasing their Fishing Power.
    • If a player has total Luck less than zero, then there is a (-100 * Luck)% chance per catch attempt that the player's Fishing Power will be reduced by -10% to -40%.
    • If a player total Luck greater than zero, then there is a (100 * Luck)% chance per catch attempt that the player's Fishing Power will be increased by +10% to +40%.
    • Actual fishing rewards are not influenced by Luck beyond fishing power.
    • Crates, Oysters, and other grab bags are not affected by Luck. [Citation needed]
  • The second is Fishing Power Scaling. This mechanic reduces high Fishing Powers, such that increasing the player's Fishing Power past a certain limit has a decreasing effect. The following table shows the effects of Fishing Power Scaling on a player's Fishing Power. Each row represents a reduction equation that is applied to the player's fishing power if it is over a given threshold:
    • The first column indicates the threshold that your Fishing Power must be greater than in order for the reduction to apply.
    • The second column gives the reduction rate that is used - the amount of Fishing Power above the threshold is reduced by this percentage. (For example: Under the first rule, 65 Fishing Power becomes 50 + ((65 - 50 = 15) * 0.95 = 14) = 64 Fishing Power.)
    • The full equation for each rule is given in the third column.
    • The fourth column gives the equivalent minimum displayed Fishing Power to which the rule applies. That is, if the player's displayed Fishing Power is at least the value in the fourth column, then that rule applies to their FP.
    • Note that each of these reductions are applied sequentially[hfp 1] - e.g. if the player's Fishing Power is displayed as 100, both of the first two reductions will be applied.
Fishing Power Scaling Effects[1]
FP Threshold Reduction % Full Reduction
Equation[hfp 1]
Minimum
Displayed FP[hfp 1]
50 -5% FP = 50 + (FP - 50) * 0.95 51
75 -10% FP = 75 + (FP - 75) * 0.9 78
100 -15% FP = 100 + (FP - 100) * 0.85 107
125 -20% FP = 125 + (FP - 125) * 0.8 143
150 -25% FP = 150 + (FP - 150) * 0.75 187
175 -30% FP = 175 + (FP - 175) * 0.7 244
200 -35% FP = 200 + (FP - 200) * 0.65 329
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fishing Power is rounded down after each reduction is applied.

Fishing Poles[edit | edit source]

Fishing Poles are used with bait for fishing. Some are craftable, while others are either sold by NPCs, found in Chests, or are awarded by the Angler.

  • Fishing Pole Source Fishing
    Power
    Velocity Sell Rarity Notes Projectile
    Created
    Wood Fishing Pole Wood Fishing Pole
    Internal Item ID: 2289
    Crafted: 8 Wood ( @ Work Bench ) 5% 9 60*60 0*Rarity level: 0 Bobber (Wood) Bobber (Wood)
    Internal Projectile ID: 360
    Reinforced Fishing Pole Reinforced Fishing Pole
    Internal Item ID: 2291
    Crafted: 8 Any Iron Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 15% 11 2400*24 0*Rarity level: 0 Bobber (Reinforced) Bobber (Reinforced)
    Internal Projectile ID: 361
    Fisher of Souls Fisher of Souls
    Internal Item ID: 2293
    Crafted: 8 Demonite Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 20% 13 24000*240 1*Rarity level: 1 Bobber (Fisher of Souls) Bobber (Fisher of Souls)
    Internal Projectile ID: 363
    Fleshcatcher Fleshcatcher
    Internal Item ID: 2421
    Crafted: 8 Crimtane Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 22% 13.5 31200*312 1*Rarity level: 1 Bobber (Fleshcatcher) Bobber (Fleshcatcher)
    Internal Projectile ID: 381
    Scarab Fishing Rod Scarab Fishing RodDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4442
    Obtained from Oasis Crate and Mirage Crate 25% 15 20000*2 1*Rarity level: 1 Bobber (Scarab) Bobber (Scarab)
    Internal Projectile ID: 775
    Chum Caster Chum CasterDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4325
    Dropped by Wandering Eye Fishes and Zombie Mermen 25% 15 20000*2 2*Rarity level: 2
    • Increased chance to fish up enemies during a Blood Moon.
    Bobber (Bloody) Bobber (Bloody)
    Internal Projectile ID: 760
    Fiberglass Fishing Pole Fiberglass Fishing Pole
    Internal Item ID: 2292
    Can be found in Jungle Shrines, Living Mahogany Trees, or Jungle Crates 27% 14 10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Bobber (Fiberglass) Bobber (Fiberglass)
    Internal Projectile ID: 362
    Mechanic's Rod Mechanic's Rod
    Internal Item ID: 2295
    Sold by Mechanic during Hardmode (200000*20) during a waning crescent moon Moon phase 4 (Waning Crescent) 30% 15 40000*4 2*Rarity level: 2 Bobber (Mechanic's) Bobber (Mechanic's)
    Internal Projectile ID: 365
    Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole Sitting Duck's Fishing PoleDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 2296
    Sold randomly by Traveling Merchant (350000*35) 40% 16 70000*7 2*Rarity level: 2 Bobber (Sitting Duck's) Bobber (Sitting Duck's)
    Internal Projectile ID: 366
    Hotline Fishing Hook Hotline Fishing Hook
    Internal Item ID: 2422
    1/75 chance of being obtained in Hardmode from the Angler after 25 quests 45% 16.5 100000*10 3*Rarity level: 3
    • Can fish in Lava.
    • Can be obtained only in Hardmode, but quests finished before also count.
    Bobber (Hotline) Bobber (Hotline)
    Internal Projectile ID: 382
    Golden Fishing Rod Golden Fishing Rod
    Internal Item ID: 2294
    Angler reward after exactly 30 Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions / 50 Old-gen console version3DS Version quests, or 1/250 chance after 75 quests 50% 17 200000*20 3*Rarity level: 3 Bobber (Golden) Bobber (Golden)
    Internal Projectile ID: 364
  • Bait[edit | edit source]

    If the player has multiple bait items in their inventory, they are used in order from the top down, then left to right. Bait can be placed in ammo slots, and bait placed there will be used first Desktop Version / used last Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version. To have the best results from fishing in lava, lavaproof bait should be placed before other bait.

  • For more information, see Bait.

    Bait Items
    Item Power Rarity
    Apprentice Bait Apprentice Bait
    Internal Item ID: 2674
    15% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Journeyman Bait Journeyman Bait
    Internal Item ID: 2675
    30% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Master Bait Master Bait
    Internal Item ID: 2676
    50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Black Scorpion Black Scorpion 15% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Buggy BuggyDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 40% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Hell Butterfly Hell ButterflyDesktop Version 15% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Julia Butterfly Julia Butterfly 25% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Monarch Butterfly Monarch Butterfly 5% 0*Rarity level: 0
    Purple Emperor Butterfly Purple Emperor Butterfly 35% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Red Admiral Butterfly Red Admiral Butterfly 30% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Sulphur Butterfly Sulphur Butterfly 10% 0*Rarity level: 0
    Tree Nymph Butterfly Tree Nymph Butterfly 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Ulysses Butterfly Ulysses Butterfly 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly 15% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Black Dragonfly Black DragonflyDesktop Version 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Blue Dragonfly Blue DragonflyDesktop Version 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Green Dragonfly Green DragonflyDesktop Version 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Orange Dragonfly Orange DragonflyDesktop Version 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Red Dragonfly Red DragonflyDesktop Version 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Yellow Dragonfly Yellow DragonflyDesktop Version 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Enchanted Nightcrawler Enchanted NightcrawlerDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 35% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Firefly Firefly 20% 1*Rarity level: 1 Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    0*Rarity level: 0 Old-gen console version3DS Version
    Glowing Snail Glowing Snail 15% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Gold Butterfly Gold ButterflyDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Gold Dragonfly Gold DragonflyDesktop Version 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Gold Grasshopper Gold GrasshopperDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Gold Ladybug Gold LadybugDesktop Version 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Gold Water Strider Gold Water StriderDesktop Version 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Gold Worm Gold WormDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Grasshopper Grasshopper 10% 0*Rarity level: 0
    Grubby GrubbyDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 15% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Blue Jellyfish Blue Jellyfish 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Green Jellyfish Green Jellyfish 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Pink Jellyfish Pink Jellyfish 20% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Ladybug LadybugDesktop Version 17% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Lavafly LavaflyDesktop Version 25% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Lightning Bug Lightning Bug 35% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Maggot MaggotDesktop Version 22% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Magma Snail Magma SnailDesktop Version 35% 2*Rarity level: 2
    Scorpion Scorpion 10% 0*Rarity level: 0
    Sluggy SluggyDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 25% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Snail Snail 10% 0*Rarity level: 0
    Truffle Worm Truffle Worm 666% 3*Rarity level: 3
    Water Strider Water StriderDesktop Version 17% 1*Rarity level: 1
    Worm Worm 25% 1*Rarity level: 1
  • Catches[edit | edit source]

    Fish[edit | edit source]

    These items can be caught at any time. Most can serve as crafting material for Food (Cooked Fish) and other Potions. Some can also craft other item types. Jellyfish can be used as bait. Most can be sold to NPCs.

     
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    Quest fish[edit | edit source]

    Quest fish are items that can be caught only when their particular quest is active and serve no purpose other than acquiring quest rewards. The player can determine the day's quest by speaking to the Angler NPC. There are 41 distinctive variants of quest fish.

     
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    Usable items[edit | edit source]

    These items can be used directly without further crafting. Most are Tools or Weapons, many of which are best-in-class for large parts of the game. There are also a couple of Accessories offering jump boosts, an improvement on Healing Potions, a Pet, and in Hardmode a mount summon. The Angler's rewards fill out the set somewhat, with an early mount, a top-tier (Pre-Hardmode) Hook, and several items to help with fishing.

     
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    Crates[edit | edit source]

    Crates are stackable grab-bag type items that each contain random loot including potions, bait, useful items, coins, metal bars, and even ores. They can be right-clicked from within the player's inventory, which will unload their contents. Rarer Crate types contain more valuable loot. The biome crates can provide items otherwise found only in the matching biome chests, including Crimson Hearts/Shadow Orbs and the items found in Dungeon chests. (Not all biomes or special chests have matching crates.) Crates are one of the major sources for "alternate" metals and ores.

  • See crates for additional information.
    Pre-Hardmode Type Hardmode Type Desktop Version Sell Rarity Biome Catch Quality Chest
    Wooden CrateWooden Crate
    Internal Item ID: 2334
    Pearlwood CratePearlwood CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3979
    1000*10 1*Rarity level: 1 Any Plentiful Surface, Underground
    Iron CrateIron Crate
    Internal Item ID: 2335
    Mythril CrateMythril CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3980
    5000*50 2*Rarity level: 2 Any Uncommon n/a
    Golden CrateGolden Crate
    Internal Item ID: 2336
    Titanium CrateTitanium CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3981
    20000*2 3*Rarity level: 3 Any Very Rare
    Extremely Rare
    n/a
    Jungle CrateJungle CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 3208
    Bramble CrateBramble CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3987
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Jungle Rare Ivy Chest
    Sky CrateSky CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 3206
    Azure CrateAzure CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3985
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Sky Rare Skyware Chest
    Corrupt CrateCorrupt CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 3203
    Defiled CrateDefiled CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3982
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Corruption Rare Shadow Orb
    Crimson CrateCrimson CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 3204
    Hematic CrateHematic CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3983
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Crimson Rare Crimson Heart
    Hallowed CrateHallowed CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 3207
    Divine CrateDivine CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3986
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Hallow Rare n/a
    Dungeon CrateDungeon CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Internal Item ID: 3205
    Stockade CrateStockade CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 3984
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Dungeon Rare Locked Golden Chest
    Frozen CrateFrozen CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4405
    Boreal CrateBoreal CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4406
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Snow/ Ice Rare Frozen Chest
    Oasis CrateOasis CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4407
    Mirage CrateMirage CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4408
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Desert Rare Sandstone Chest
    Obsidian CrateObsidian CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4877
    Hellstone CrateHellstone CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 4878
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Any (caught in LavaLava) Plentiful [c 1] Shadow Chest
    Ocean CrateOcean CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 5002
    Seaside CrateSeaside CrateDesktop Version
    Internal Item ID: 5003
    10000*1 2*Rarity level: 2 Ocean Rare Water Chest
    1. Obsidian CratesDesktop Version and Hellstone CratesDesktop Version are technically a Plentiful catch, but occur only 1 in 5 successful crate catches. This makes the lava crates technically 5x rarer than other crates, but because there are no lava catches in the Plentiful, Common, or Uncommon quality slots, lava crates are not actually much more rare than (and, depending on the player's Fishing Power, they could be much more common than) other crates in their respective environments.
  • Junk[edit | edit source]

    These items have no use or coin value. They can each be stacked up to 99 in a single inventory slot. The player will only "catch" these if a lake is too small or if their Fishing Power is too low. When a lake is at least 300 tiles (200 for honey) in size or the player's total fishing power is at least 50 the player will no longer catch junk.

    Type Value Rarity Height Biome
    Old ShoeOld Shoe
    Internal Item ID: 2337
    0 -1*Rarity level: -1 Any Any
    SeaweedSeaweed
    Internal Item ID: 2338
    0 -1*Rarity level: -1 Any Any
    Tin CanTin Can
    Internal Item ID: 2339
    0 -1*Rarity level: -1 Any Any

    Note that the Seaweed junk item should not be confused with the SeaweedSeaweed pet summon item, which is found in Jungle Crates and Bramble Crates fished up in the jungle, as well as Jungle shrines and Living Rich Mahogany Trees.

    Enemies Desktop Version[edit | edit source]

    Desktop version Desktop-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop version of Terraria.

    During a Blood Moon event, fishing can cause several Blood Moon themed enemies to spawn. These enemies are:

    Upon retracting the line during a Blood Moon, there is a 1 in 6 chance (1 in 3 with the Chum Caster) that one of these enemies will spawn. This will be signified with the entity's name in red while using the Sonar Potion, giving players a second or two to prepare for the oncoming attack. In pre-Hardmode, the only enemies that can appear are the Zombie Merman and the Wandering Eye Fish, with an equal chance of each. In Hardmode, the Dreadnautilus has a 10% (1 in 10) chance of appearing, and the other four enemies have equal remaining chances of appearing (22.5%, or 9 in 40). Each of these enemies have a chance to drop Chum Buckets used to further increase fishing power. Note that fishing power has no effect on this mechanic, nor does the use of Chum Buckets.

    Crafting[edit | edit source]

    Used in[edit | edit source]

    ResultIngredientsCrafting station
    Blue Jellyfish JarBlue Jellyfish JarBy Hand
    Green Jellyfish JarGreen Jellyfish Jar
    Pink Jellyfish JarPink Jellyfish Jar
    Cooked FishCooked FishCooking PotCooking Pot
    or
    CauldronCauldron
    Cooked FishCooked Fish (Console versionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version)
    Cooked ShrimpCooked Shrimp
    Seafood DinnerSeafood DinnerDesktop Version
    Ammo Reservation PotionAmmo Reservation PotionPlaced BottlePlaced Bottle
    or
    Alchemy TableAlchemy TableDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Calming PotionCalming Potion
    Endurance PotionEndurance Potion
    Heartreach PotionHeartreach Potion (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
    Heartreach PotionHeartreach Potion (Old-gen console version3DS version)
    Inferno PotionInferno Potion
    Lifeforce PotionLifeforce Potion
    Love PotionLove PotionDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions
    Potion of ReturnPotion of ReturnDesktop Version
    Rage PotionRage Potion
    Recall PotionRecall Potion (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
    Recall PotionRecall Potion (Old-gen console version3DS version)
    Stink PotionStink Potion
    Summoning PotionSummoning Potion
    Teleportation PotionTeleportation Potion (Console versionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version)
    Teleportation PotionTeleportation Potion (Desktop version)
    Warmth PotionWarmth PotionDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions
    Wormhole PotionWormhole PotionDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
    Wrath PotionWrath Potion
    SashimiSashimiWork BenchWork Bench
    SashimiSashimi (Console versionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version)
    total: 49 row(s)

    Mechanics[edit | edit source]

    Catch frequency[edit | edit source]

    When fishing, there is a hidden catch counter which tracks the player's progress toward making a catch. The counter normally starts at 0 and increases over time. When it exceeds 660, there is a ((75 + fishing power) / 2) % chance that a fish will bite, capping out at 125 fishing power. The counter then resets to 0, regardless of whether or not there was a bite.

    When fishing in lava with at least two of lava-proof bait, a Hotline Fishing Hook or a Lavaproof Fishing Hook, the counter starts and resets to 240 instead.

    The catch counter increases every tick (there are 60 ticks per second) according to these factors:

    • 1-2 points by default (average 1.5 points per tick)
    • A 1 in 60 chance of 60 points (average 1 point per tick)
    • Fishing power / 30 points per tick (e.g. 1.667 points per tick at 50 fishing power)
    • A (fishing power / 3) % chance of increasing an additional 1-2 points (1.5 * fishing power / 300 points per tick)

    Therefore, a formula for the average catch rate would look like this:

    {\frac{660~\frac{points}{bite}}{(1.5+1+\frac{fishing~power}{30}+1.5*\frac{fishing~power}{300})~\frac{points}{tick}}~\div~60\frac{ticks}{second}}

    or simply:

    {
\frac{11}{2.5+\frac{23}{600}*fishing power}~\frac{seconds}{bite}}

    For example, with a fishing power of 125, the player can expect to catch a fish around once every 1.5 seconds:

    {\frac{11}{2.5+\frac{23}{600}*125}~\frac{seconds}{bite}~\approx~1.5~\frac{seconds}{bite}}

    Biomes[edit | edit source]

    A player can be eligible for catching fish from multiple biomes at once; however, certain biomes take priority over others. The priority order is:

    Biome Standard Priority Crate Priority
    Desktop Version Console VersionMobile Version Desktop Version Console VersionMobile Version
    LavaLava 1 1 1 -
    HoneyHoney 2 2 - -
    Dungeon 3 - 2 4
    Corruption 4 [bp 1] 3 [bp 1] 4 1
    Crimson 4 [bp 1] 3 [bp 1] 5 2
    Hallow 5 4 6 3
    Snow 6 5 8 6
    Jungle 7 6 7 5
    Glowing Mushroom 8 7 - -
    Ocean 9 8 3 -
    Desert (OasisDesktop Version) 10 - [bp 2] 9 - [bp 2]
    Sky (Forest) 11 9 10 7
    Underground/Cavern (Forest) 12 10 - -
    Surface (Forest) 13 11 - [bp 3] - [bp 3]
    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 When in both Corruption and Crimson, there is a 50% chance of each (except for crates, where Corruption has higher priority).
    2. 2.0 2.1 Console VersionMobile Version No fish or crate is caught solely or especially in the Desert.
    3. 3.0 3.1 No crate is caught solely or especially in the Forest biome, however, there are crates which can be caught in any biome (including Forest). See the Crate Mechanics section below for further details.

    Notes[edit | edit source]

    The player can "borrow" the Forest lake for the mushroom biome.
    • The background and music playing have a different priority order, and will not necessarily match which biome is used for generating fish; for example, if Jungle music is playing but there is enough Snow nearby, the player will not be able to find Jungle quest fish and will get Snow catches instead.
      • Additionally, Mushroom Biome catches require 200 mushroom tiles nearby, which is more than is needed to display the mushroom biome background and music.
    • A lake can be shared between multiple biomes; what matters is what biome(s) the player is in. Remember that the lake size is figured from the bobber's row of liquid, downwards. In the image, the single top row of water makes the Forest lake fishable from the Mushroom biome. The fishing-shack across the lake is in the Forest biome, but is just where the sky starts to darken from the nearby Mushroom biome.
    • If a player is in multiple biomes but the higher priority biome does not generate a fish, the game will proceed to check for fish in subsequent biomes. The exceptions are that Corruption and Crimson biomes will skip over Hallow in subsequent checks, and also on the Desktop version Desktop version, Ocean and Desert (Oasis) biomes will skip all other biomes in subsequent checks. This also does not apply to fishing in Lava or Honey, where the player will only catch the fish listed for that fluid. Because of these exceptions, some fish (e.g. Bass) can never be caught in Lava or Honey, nor at the Ocean or Desert.

    Layers[edit | edit source]

    The height requirement (Sky/Surface/Underground/Cavern) is set by the height of the surface of the water, not by the position of the player. This can be taken advantage of by creating two adjacent pools of water on different layers. This allows the player to fish in either while standing at the same spot.

    There are five height zones for fishing (see Layers):

    Zone Height
    Sky Fishing Surface > ~50% above Surface Level to the top of the world
    Surface Surface Level < Fishing Surface ≤ ~50% above Surface Level
    Underground Cavern layer < Fishing Surface ≤ Surface Level
    Caverns 300' above world bottom < Fishing Surface ≤ Cavern layer
    Underworld Fishing Surface ≤ 300' from the world bottom

    The height requirement for Sky catches listed above is a rough estimate. On the Desktop version Desktop version of the game, the Fishing Surface must be at or above 386' for small worlds, 536' for medium worlds, and 704' for large worlds.

    Fishing power examples[edit | edit source]

    If the player has the Golden Fishing Rod, Master Bait, full Angler set and Angler Earring equipped, with the buff of the Fishing Potion, and it's Raining, at 5:00 am, at New Moon, their fishing power will be 196, calculated like this:

    1. Add the fishing power of the Fishing Rod, Bait, Equipment and buff, so it's 50+50+(5+5+5+10)+15=140.
    2. Apply the influence of the weather: 140*(1+20%)=168.
    3. Apply the influence of the time: 168*(1+30%)=218.4, round down to 218.
    4. Apply the influence of the Moon Phase: 218*(1-10%)=196.2, round down to 196.

    The maximum possible Fishing Power is 303:

    Equipment bonuses add to 150:

    • 50% for Golden Fishing Rod
    • 50% for Master Bait (inter alia)
    • 10% for Tackle Bag
    • 10% for Angler Earring
    • 15% for full Angler Armor
    • 15% for Fishing Potion

    The weather and time-based bonuses multiply that:

    • 20% for rain: 150 × 120% = 180
    • 10% for cloudiness: 180 × 110% = 198
    • 30% for time-of-day: 198 × 130% = 257.4
    • 10% for Full moon: 257.4 × 110% = 283.14, round down to 283

    The Chum BucketDesktop Version add further bonuses:

    • +11 for one bucket: 283 + 11 = 294
    • +6 for a second bucket: 294 + 6 = 300
    • +3 for a third bucket: 300 + 3 = 303

    Behind the scenes, LuckDesktop Version has the potential to further increase this: With +1.0 Luck, 303 FP can become anywhere between 333 and 424 effective Fishing Power. However, Desktop version Desktop-only scaling then reduces this to 219 effective Fishing Power at most.

    Catch quality[edit | edit source]

    Desktop Version Chance of successful roll for each catch quality slot at a given displayed Fishing Power, as of version 1.4.0.1. Assumes LuckDesktop Version modifiers have already been applied (or Luck = 0). Sharp changes are due to integer rounding.
    Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version Chance of successful roll for each catch quality slot at a given displayed Fishing Power, for versions before 1.4.0.1. Sharp changes are due to integer rounding.

    There are 6 different catch quality slots for catches, each with its own associated probability:

    Catch Quality Probability Chance at 100 FP[cq 1] Chance at 300 FP[cq 1]
    Desktop Version Console VersionMobile Version3DS Version Desktop Version Console VersionMobile Version3DS Version
    Plentiful Default catch
    Common 1 in (150 / fishing power), capped at 1 in 2 1 in 2 1 in 2 1 in 2 1 in 2
    Uncommon 1 in (300 / fishing power), capped at 1 in 3 1 in 3 1 in 3 1 in 3 1 in 3
    Rare 1 in (1050 / fishing power), capped at 1 in 4 1 in 11 1 in 10 1 in 5 1 in 4
    Very Rare 1 in (2250 / fishing power), capped at 1 in 5 1 in 23 1 in 22 1 in 11 1 in 7
    Extremely Rare 1 in (4500 / fishing power), capped at 1 in 6 1 in 47 1 in 45 1 in 23 1 in 15
    1. 1.0 1.1 Displayed Fishing Power. On the Desktop version Desktop version, certain hidden factors influence the Fishing Power; this is represented here in the Desktop version Desktop columns. These examples also assume LuckDesktop Version = 0.

    The denominators are rounded down. A fishing power of 85, for example, would have a 1 in 52 chance of an Extremely Rare catch.

    When a new fish is generated, each different catch quality is checked for success, separately from one another. For example, the Uncommon, Rare, and Very Rare rolls might all succeed, while the Common and Extremely Rare rolls fail. Then, depending on which roll(s) succeed as well as factors such as height and biome, the game will generate a fish.

    With some exceptions, the highest catch quality roll that succeeded will take priority over lower catch quality slots in determining which fish a player receives. However, not every catch quality slot will contain a fish that can be caught; in that case, the game will move on to checking lower catch qualities. Success at the higher catch quality roll will not carry down to lower quality slots. For example, if the Rare roll succeeded but there is no Rare fish available to be caught, the game will move on to checking whether or not the Uncommon roll succeeded; if the Uncommon roll failed, it will move on to checking Common.

    Each biome has a list of available biome-specific fish that can be caught there, based on the catch quality rolls and other factors. If no biome-specific fish is generated, the game will move on to checking subsequent, lower priority biomes. Many of the fish available in catch quality slots vary based on randomness, so succeeding at a catch quality roll in a specific biome does not guarantee that the player will get a specific fish of that quality, or any fish of that quality at all. If no fish is selected for the slot, the game will proceed to check more common slots instead and move on to subsequent biomes if and only if none of those slots contain fish either.

    When fishing in the water, a successful Extremely Rare roll will always check for a special catch first (Frog Leg, Balloon Pufferfish, and Zephyr Fish, in that order). If none of these checks succeed, the game will then check for biome-specific fish.

    All quest fish occupy the Uncommon slot, except the Mirage Fish and Pixiefish, which are Rare.

    There are only four Plentiful fish: Bass, Trout, FlounderDesktop Version, and Rock LobsterDesktop Version. If all other checks fail and the player is fishing in the water, they will catch one of these by default: Trout if fishing in the Ocean, Flounder or Rock Lobster if fishing in the Desert or Oasis on Desktop version Desktop version (with Rock Lobster being half as common as Flounder), and Bass otherwise.

    Crate Mechanics[edit | edit source]

    There is a separate roll to determine if a Crate is caught, defaulting to 10% (or 20% with a Crate Potion active). An Extremely Rare or Very Rare catch will generate a Golden Crate, a Rare catch will generate a biome-specific crate (if applicable, otherwise it will generate an Iron Crate), an Uncommon catch will generate an Iron Crate, and a Wooden Crate otherwise. In Hardmode on the Desktop version Desktop version, the crate will be the Hardmode-equivalent crate.

    Fishing in honey will never generate a crate. Also, fishing in lava can only generate crates on the Desktop version Desktop version, and those crates will be either Obsidian Crates or Hellstone Crates.

    Stack sizes[edit | edit source]

    Stackable fish (i.e. Bomb Fish and Frost Daggerfish) generate in stacks that vary based on the player's fishing power. These can vary significantly, with higher fishing power levels generating higher minimum stack sizes as well as significantly higher maximum stack sizes.

    Notes[edit | edit source]

    • Fishing for Scaly Truffles remains a decent money-maker into Hardmode, and even after getting or beating all the fishable equipment, the player may still need to restock potion ingredients and (via crates) ores/metals.
    • There are a total of 16 different fishing locations that can yield distinct catches.
    • There is no overlap between "fishable" fish and critters or enemies: The player may fish up a Golden Carp or Tropical Barracuda, but never a goldfish or piranha. Even if the player can see a goldfish in the water, they need a Bug Net rather than a fishing rod to capture it.
    • The bobber will move two or three times per bite, after which the fish will go away, but the line will remain cast. As long as the reel-in occurs before this animation ends, the timing of the click doesn't affect the quality of the catch.
    • It is possible to catch a day's quest fish without having asked the Angler about it.
    • Time must pass naturally from 04:29 to 04:30 (the start of a new day) before another quest begins.
    • Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version Crate contents are determined upon opening them. Crates caught in pre-Hardmode can, therefore, yield Hardmode items after defeating Wall of Flesh. Stocking up on crates before Hardmode can let the player get an early supply of Hardmode ores without breaking altars.
    • Ocean-only catches, including quest fish, cannot be caught from a Hallowed or Corrupted Ocean shoreline. They may be catchable further out towards the map edge, where Corrupted or Hallowed sand is farther from the water surface. When the Ocean Biome music plays, Ocean fish can be caught.
    • On the 3DS version 3DS version, the player can catch many different fish in the Ocean Biome, even those not native to it.
    • The minimum height for Sky fishing in all world sizes is higher than that for generating floating lakes. Because of this, a floating lake can be generated too low to be counted as Sky, and will only yield surface fish and crates.
    • Fishing can be done on reverse gravity (using the Gravitation Potion or the Gravity Globe); the bobber would fall "upwards" into the water, and fish can be caught as usual.

    Tips[edit | edit source]

    For tips about efficiently collecting bait, see Bait § Tips.
    • Make sure the Truffle Worm is not the upper-leftmost bait item, unless the player is trying to summon Duke Fishron at the Ocean.
    • The player can defend themselves while fishing without breaking the line using any of the following; a Shield of Cthulhu, any Summon (as long as they are summoned before the player throws out their line), Solar Flare Armor's Solar Radiance, or any thorns effect such as a Thorns Potion.
    • Desktop Version Considering the difficulty of obtaining Chum Buckets early on and the lowered bonus given by the second and third buckets, using a single bucket might be preferable early game.


    Sonar Potions allow players to reel in only their chosen catches. For honey or lava, this is hardly worth it, as the player only has a few possibilities, and all of them useful and salable.

    • Using Sonar Potions can be more bait-efficient, but slower:
      • The additional time spent waiting for undesirable catches to change (with a Sonar Potion) can be longer than the time between bites (without a Sonar Potion).
      • On the other hand, bait is only consumed on whichever catches the player actually want.
      • If a player is well-stocked on bait and is interested in catching more than just a specific few possibilities, it could be significantly faster (especially with high Fishing Power) to forego Sonar Potions.
      • A player can use Sonar Potions and, in case an unwanted catch appears, quickly swap between items equipped on the hotbar. This results in no chance to consume bait, while still go as fast as blindly reeling.


    The Angler gives six different accessories as rewards, but with the Tinkerer's Workshop those can be combined into one functional and one informational accessory:


    A quest fish cannot be fished or picked up when the player already has one in inventory, but it is easy enough to stash the fish in a Chest or Piggy Bank and collect multiples.

    • Saved quest fish can be turned in the next time that quest fish comes up.
    • Similarly, the same daily quest fish will be asked of all players on a world, so one player can supply the day's quest fish for the others. However, if a player of the same name as one who has already turned in a quest tries to turn in a quest, they will be rejected.
    • Note that quest fish do not stack, but 3 chests will suffice to hold 3 copies of each quest fish.
    • A player cannot catch more of a quest fish after having turned one in for the day.


    Fishing in long stretches can be tedious, and is also not very efficient. It is better to fish in smaller stretches, and cherry-pick the times (moon, weather, luck) when the player has bonuses:

    • Any time 3 AM or 3PM approaches. the player should check conditions: With overcast/rain, a full moon, or a lucky event (ladybug swarm or Lantern Night), if the other two factors are at least neutral, then it's worth trying for a fishing session.
    • Even if the player isn't primarily fishing for crates, the 3-minute duration of a Crate Potion makes a good benchmark. Even one potion will usually give more than enough time to collect several crates, and several copies of a quest fish if one is available.
    • Starting a fishing session between 3:00-4:30 AM or 4:30-6:00 PM will allow the Crate potion's duration covering one of the "prime times" noted above, while avoiding the following "dead time". If conditions are still good when the first potion runs out, a second potion may be worthwhile even if it runs into dead time, and it may even be worth finishing out the Sonar potion's duration.
    • A portable storage item allows a quick-change into and out of fishing gear, including swapping armor for the Fishing set.


    Lava fishing can begin pre-Hardmode, with the following routine:

    1. If the player does not have a Golden Bug Net, they will need to make a Lavaproof Bug Net.
    2. Then they can catch Hellbait in the Underworld, and collect lava to build their own lava-fishing spot somewhere safer than the Underworld. It can be at any height, but preferably in a biome that has Biome Torches.
    3. Use that to catch Obsidian Crates (or Hellstone Crates). The first goal is a Lavaproof Fishing Hook, though there will also be other useful items caught and found in the crates. If the player has no Shadow Key, they can save the Obsidian Lock boxes can be saved until they get one (in the Dungeon).
    4. This accessory will allow using any bait and rod to fish in lava. However, also using Hellbait or (in Hardmode) the Hotline Fishing Hook, will produce catches much faster. This will be especially useful when fishing for the rare Lava Charm.

    When to stop fishing[edit | edit source]

    Console versionMobile version3DS version Console/Mobile/3DS-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Console, Mobile, and 3DS versions of Terraria.

    Angler reward chances generally rise over time, but after the 150th Angler quest, most of the reward chances go back to their initial odds and stay there. Once a player has their Golden Bug Net, Golden Fishing Rod, Fish Finder, and Angler Tackle Bag (with perhaps a spare Angler Earring), it may be wise to leave off Angler quests until Hardmode, and hopefully avoid hitting the deadline before getting the Hardmode rewards. Fishing without the Angler can still be profitable, and stockpiling crates for Hardmode has its uses (although on the Desktop version Desktop version it cannot be used to stockpile Hardmode ores, as Crates fished before Hardmode will only contain pre-Hardmode items, even after entering Hardmode).

    After Hardmode, there are only a couple more weapons and a mount to catch (Toxikarp or Bladetongue, Crystal Serpent, Scaly Truffle), and a few more useful Angler rewards: The Bottomless Water Bucket and Super Absorbant Sponge for water handling, and the Hotline Fishing Hook for fishing in lava. That last can provide the makings for Inferno potions, and a short-but-deadly spear (the Obsidian Swordfish). Once a player has all that, they're done with the Angler Quests. Fishing can still provide potion resupply, metals (especially the alternates), and money (the Scaly Truffle is a good target), but no new items after this point.

    Trivia[edit | edit source]

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop 1.3.0.4: Loot from fishing is now properly highlighted in the new items highlight system.
    • Desktop 1.2.4.1:
      • Fixed bug where repeated clicks after your line broke would nevertheless produce a catch.
      • Fixed bug causing Seaweed (junk) to turn into Seaweed (pet item) if in the inventory of a dying Mediumcore character (the Seaweed now simply disappears).
    • Console 1.0.750.0: (PS4)
      • Added Jungle, Sky, Corrupt, Crimson, Hallowed, and Dungeon Crates.
      • Sky Quest Fish can no longer be caught on the Surface.
      • Reduced the number of water tiles needed to fish successfully in the sky.
    • Mobile 1.3.0.7:
      • Bobber mechanics updated to match Desktop 1.3.0.1.
      • Added Jungle, Sky, Corrupt, Crimson, Hallowed, and Dungeon Crates.
      • Sky Quest Fish can no longer be caught on the Surface.
      • Reduced the number of water tiles needed to fish successfully in the sky.
    1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method FishingCheck() in Terraria.Projectile.cs