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FFXV-Fishing

Noctis catches a fish.

I was hoping to see something epic. A mortal battle between man and fish.
—Prompto

Fishing (釣り, Tsuri?) is a minigame in Final Fantasy XV where the player can gather food ingredients for cooking at camp sites and prize fish that cannot be eaten. The player can catch fish of all sizes in bodies of water, using various different rods and lures. Upon catching new fish, the party can unlock new recipes. Fishing is an optional pastime, but some quests require one to fish.

MechanicsEdit

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A yellow marker denotes a fish in that spot.

How to fishEdit

The fishing game minigame uses button prompts the player must input while reeling in a fish. The fish that appear yellow on the radar are the ones that can be cooked at camp. Quitting fishing and restarting has the fish respawn, so the player can keep trying for the specific fish they want. Sometimes the fish makes splashes on the surface of the water to tip the player to an especially good spot to cast their line.

Fishing requires the player be in possession of at least one usable fishing line and lure. Both lines and lures can be purchased at shops, including tackle shops located near select fishing holes. As Noctis's fishing skill increases, both the speed at which lines deteriorate and the cost of lures decrease. Noctis can acquire new fishing rods and reels, boosting what are classified as his fishing offense and defense.

To start fishing, the player must find a fishing spot in a body of water. They become marked on the map after discovered, and the player can also learn about them beforehand from tipsters and from fishing magazines found lying around in the world. Some fishing spots have signs that say what kind of fish can be caught there, although these tend to not be fully comprehensive. Fishing at different times of day may yield different fish. The player can't fish with Aranea in the party, or in Chapter 14.

When the player begins to fish, Noctis summons a rod to his hand. Entering the menu at this point lets the player choose their fishing equipment.

The player uses the action button to cast the line and the right shoulder button to reel the line. To get the fish to bite one must use a lure, and specific lures work for specific fish; if the player uses an incompatible lure, the fish will simply ignore it. When the lure is near a fish a red bar appears to the top of the screen and a sound cue will play, same as for initiating a battle on the field. The fish pulling on the line wears it down and if it snaps and the fish gets away, the player will lose their lure. The line wear is depicted as a numerical value, and the player should replace their line from the equipment menu when it wears thin.

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Fish jumping.

The player must follow the button prompts that appear on-screen to reel in the fish. The player should not reel when there is no tension on the line that makes the gauge go red, and when there is tension to push the analog stick to the direction the screen prompts to relieve it. At times fish jump out of the water with a button prompt to follow, which lets Noctis reel his catch a little closer.

There is a record of what kinds of fish have been caught. It is possible to catch fish up to one meter in length.

TipsEdit

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A good strategy is to not look at the strength of the line or the progress gauge at the top, as once a fish has been hooked the player is committed to catching it. Instead, the player can watch the fish to anticipate its movement, and move the rod the same way the fish is moving. If a fish is far away, the player can use its wake to determine movement. The camera always moves in the same direction as the fish and can thus also be easier to observe.

It can be a good idea to not reel when the fish is changing direction rapidly, and only reel when it is moving consistently in one direction. When the water splashes and the controller is vibrating, the fish is struggling. Reeling is much more effective when the fish doesn't struggle, and for the big fish it is advised to not reel when they struggle as it creates tension on the line. Tapping the reel button once, rather than holding, when the fish struggles, doesn't deplete from the line strength, but can slightly advance the progress bar at the top. For catching the big fish, repeatedly tapping the reel button rather than holding tends to work better to avoid wearing down the line.

For the superfish like the Mummy Bass in the Windows and Royal Editions that destroy the line fast, one may tap the pause button and adjust the reel/do not reel and direction as needed while paused, although it takes a long time to reel in a big fish this way.

The Booster Pack +, which is included in the season pass, contains the second most powerful fishing rod and reel, making it easier to fish and level up Noctis's fishing skills. This can enable the player to get fishes that yield tremendous status boosts early in the game to gain a huge advantage and level up efficiently as well as leveling Ignis's cooking skills from cooking complex dishes.

Skill levelEdit

The player can level up Noctis's fishing skill via fishing; the fishing experience is added when resting at camp or at lodgings, the same as for EXP. The bonus at each level up will improve the player's chances of catching bigger fish, which in turn improves the chances of getting big AP bonuses from fishing once unlocked in the Ascension. Fishing level carries over when using chapter select.

Level 1: No Bonus
Level 2: Fishing line wears down 25% slower when fish struggle
Level 3: Tackle shops offer a 10% discount
Level 4: Chances of hooking a fish increased by 25%
Level 5: Catch fish up 31.5 inches
Level 6: Tackle shops offer a 30% discount
Level 7: Fishing line wears down 50% slower when fish struggle
Level 8: Chances of hooking a fish increased by 50%
Level 9: Tackle shops offer a 50% discount
Level 10: Catch fish up to 59 inches

Improving fishing level for the first time earns the Angling Rookie achievement/trophy. Maxing it out earns Angling Expert.

Ascension GridEdit

The Exploration grid provides boosts for the fishing minigame.

18
Angler Action
Crystarium Branch 2
333
Reel Experience
84
Item Angler
Crystarium Branch 2
99
Sportfishing
555
Expert Item Angler
Name Effect
Angler Action Gain 1 AP from catching a fish.
Item Angler Double items gained from fishing.
Expert Item Angler Triple items gained from fishing.
Reel Experience Gain EXP for catching fish (each species has its own value).
Sportfishing Gain extra AP for catching big fish (each species has its own value).

Victory scenesEdit

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Noctis catches a small fish.

Upon making the landing, there are four different victory scenes depending on the fish caught:

  • For a small catch, Noctis reels in the fish and hoists it up. The team expresses disappointment for such a small or unappealing catch.
  • For a general catch, Noctis reels in the fish and hoists it up. The team compliments Noctis's catch.
  • For a large catch, Noctis reels in the fish, but kneels over, puts his rod aside and uses both hands to hoist up the catch. The team comes over, and celebrates Noctis's catch.
  • For exceptionally huge catches, Noctis looks over in excitement, and summons Gladiolus to handle the catch, who dives on into the waters to subdue the fish.
    • For the Murk Grouper, the same will happen with the addition of the rest of the team huddles over, Ignis looks over the dock, before Prompto playfully pushes him in to follow through and Noctis playfully kicks Prompto into the water. As the team stands in the shallows, they all hoist up the fish. Prompto pulls out his camera, and the group poses with the catch in celebration for a photo. This will go down in the player's photo gallery for the day.

List of fishEdit

There are over 100 different fish, some fish having small and large variants. Size variations do not alter the appearance of the fish, but do change the values for stamina, power, SP, EXP and AP.

List of luresEdit

There are 48 lures in the game.

List of fishing spotsEdit

List of tackle shopsEdit

Noctis's fishing level affects tackle shop prices.

  • Level 3: Tackle shops offer a 10% discount
  • Level 6: Tackle shops offer a 30% discount
  • Level 9: Tackle shops offer a 50% discount
Bob's Bait Emporium – Galdin Quay
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Poppeck: Chocobo 50
Poppeck: White Chocobo 50
Poppeck: Red Chocobo 50
Sweet Jamming: Custard 50
Sweet Jamming: Flan 50
Sweet Jamming: Mousse 50
Bomber: Bomb 50
Bomber: Ice Bomb 50
Bomber: Thunder Bomb 50
Dory of the Deep – Daurell Spring
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Burrower: Mad Pink Sandworm 200
Burrower: Green Sandworm 200
Burrower: Abyss Worm 200
Whiskers: Pearly Moogle 50
Whiskers: Crystal 50
Whiskers: Chocolate 50
Fatal Roulette: Ahriman 50
Fatal Roulette: Floating Eye 50
Fatal Roulette: Bloody Eye 50
Hell Blaster 3,000
Acubens 4,500
Tabby's Tackle Shop – Rachsia Bridge
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Deadly Waters: Sahagin 200
Deadly Waters: Coraldevil 200
Deadly Waters: Seadevil 200
Hot Breather: Red Dragon 50
Hot Breather: Green Dragon 50
Hot Breather: Blue Dragon 50
Jumbo Tusk: Garula 50
Jumbo Tusk: Green Garula 50
Jumbo Tusk: Garulessa 50
Butterfly Edge 7,000
Galatea 6,800
Bert's Bobbers 'n' Stuff – The Vesperpool – East Bank
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Dragon's Beard 500
Stinker: Malboro 200
Stinker: Malbodoom 200
Stinker: Great Malboro 200
Giant Needle: 10,000 Gigantuar 200
Giant Needle: 10,000 Metal Gigantuar 200
Giant Needle: 10,000 Gold Gigantuar 200
Burrower: Mad Pink Sandworm 200
Burrower: Green Sandworm 200
Burrower: Abyss Sandworm 200
Death Spin 12,000
Nereid 9,600
The Fisherman's Friend - The Archaeon's Mirror
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Dragon's Beard 500
Bomber: Bomb 50
Bomber: Ice Bomb 50
Bomber: Thunder Bomb 50
Needle 1,000: Cactuar 50
Needle 1,000: Metal Cactuar 50
Needle 1,000: Gold Cactuar 50
The Fisherman's Friend – Saxham Reservoir
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Whiskers: Pearly Moogle 50
Whiskers: Crystal 50
Whiskers: Chocolate 50
Fatal Roulette: Ahriman 50
Fatal Roulette: Floating Eye 50
Fatal Roulette: Bloody Eye 50
Burrower: Mad Pink Sandworm 200
Burrower: Green Sandworm 200
Burrower: Abyss Sandworm 200
The Fisherman's Friend – The Maidenwater
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Whiskers: Pearly Moogle 50
Whiskers: Crystal 50
Whiskers: Chocolate 50
Fatal Roulette: Ahriman 50
Fatal Roulette: Floating Eye 50
Fatal Roulette: Bloody Eye 50
Burrower: Mad Pink Sandworm 200
Burrower: Green Sandworm 200
Burrower: Abyss Sandworm 200
The Fisherman's Friend – The Vesperpool - Islet
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Dragon's Beard 500
Deadly Waters: Sahagin 200
Deadly Waters: Coraldevil 200
Deadly Waters: Seadevil 200
Hot Breather: Red Dragon 50
Hot Breather: Green Dragon 50
Hot Breather: Blue Dragon 50
Jumbo Tusk: Garula 200
Jumbo Tusk: Green Garula 200
Jumbo Tusk: Garulessa 200

There are also general stores at various locations that sell leisure goods. Their prices are not lowered by Noctis's fishing level. Leisure Goods are also sold on the Regalia's shop and more inventory becomes available as the player encounters them in other shops.

Mini-Mart – Coernix Station (Alstor)
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Sweet Jamming: Custard 50
Sweet Jamming: Flan 50
Sweet Jamming: Mousse 50
Bomber: Bomb 50
Bomber: Ice Bomb 50
Bomber: Thunder Bomb 50
Mini-Mart – Coernix Station (Cauthess)
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Needle 1,000: Cactuar 50
Needle 1,000: Metal Cactuar 50
Needle 1,000: Gold Cactuar 50
Mini-Mart – Coernix Station Lestallum
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Jumbo Tusk: Garula 200
Jumbo Tusk: Green Garula 200
Jumbo Tusk: Garulessa 200
Burrower: Mad Pink Sandworm 200
Burrower: Green Sandworm 200
Burrower: Abyss Sandworm 200
Mini-Mart – Burbost Souvenir Emporium
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Dragon's Beard 500
Hot Breather: Red Dragon 50
Hot Breather: Green Dragon 50
Hot Breather: Blue Dragon 50
Whiskers: Pearly Moogle 50
Whiskers: Crystal 50
Whiskers: Chocolate 50
JM Market – Cape Caem
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Deadly Waters: Sahagin 200
Deadly Waters: Coraldevil 200
Deadly Waters: Seadevil 200
JM Market - Altissia
Item Cost
Spider Silk 30
Super Baleen 100
Dragon's Beard 500
Stormer: Focalor 200
Stormer: Purple Berry Focalor 200
Stormer: Chert Focalor 200
Invincible Iron Giant 200
Gemlight: Caster Carbuncle 3,000

Fishing questsEdit

Navyth's questsEdit

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Navyth.

Navyth Arlund is a fisherman who travels around the Leide, Duscae and Cleigne region, who gives quests for Noctis to catch particular fish. The fish he requests for can be caught from the fishing spot at which the quest is given, but the player can also catch the fish elsewhere if they wish. If the player has already caught the requested fish, it can be presented to Navyth to complete the quest immediately after accepting it.

NameLocationUnlockReward
Fishing, NaturallyCleigneComplete "Fishing Buddies"2,000 EXP, Butterfly Edge x1
Fishing BuddiesDuscae Alstor SloughReach Chapter 031,500 EXP, Knife T. Tonberry x1
Angler's NightmareGaldin QuayComplete "Navyth's Challenge"5,000 EXP, Tranquility x1

Liege of the LakeEdit

If the player camps near Vesperpool with a full party, Gladiolus will want to go fishing for the legendary Liege of the Lake. The tour is completed once the player catches the Liege; quitting fishing puts them back at camp, but the tour can be restarted at any time by camping at the same haven again. It is possible to catch the Liege outside of the tour when fishing at the same spot.

The "Liege of the Lake" is one of the toughest fish to catch. It is not marked on the radar and lurks in the top left corner of the fishing area. It can be caught with the 10,000 Needles Gold Cactuar lure that can be bought at the shop at the same fishing spot. It is best to use the best fishing line, an upgraded rod and reel, and to have Fishing Level 7 or above. Cooking Kupoberry Cheesecake at camp before the tour that makes a fishing line last 25% longer helps in this quest (available from Moogle Chocobo Carnival). The player only needs to cast their line until the liege bites; any other fish that bite the player can let the fish come off the line to have a fresh line when catching the liege.

Catching the fish yields the Big Blaze Bahamut lure, which is special as it will return even if the line snaps.

NameLocationUnlockReward
Liege of the LakeCleigneCamp in Capitis Haven20 AP

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XVEdit

Monster of the Deep logo

On June 12, 2017, Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV was announced as a PlayStation VR exclusive. It provides an enhanced version of the fishing minigame in virtual reality. It is scheduled to release in September 2017.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Noctis's love for fishing was developed after his appearance in Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo, when the developers were still amid an effort to humanize and flesh out the party.[2]

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

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"Gone Fishin'"


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