Fishing Level 50 to 60 in Ishgard: The Basics
Ehhh so you’ve finally reached the icy grasp of Ishgard! Well, hopefully your grasp on reeling is legit. If not, it’s going to be a long and painful ordeal! Thankfully you’ve found our Fishing Level 50 to 60 guide!
Before you Begin: Check out the FSH Guildmaster in Limsa for your quest. It should lead you to Ishgard. Follow and complete all FSH quests until you have (NPC) waiting in Forgotten Knight for you to reach Level 53. You’ll get 3 Commercial Gathering Manuals, which you should hold on to (Or use them when your sanity is low)
Key information per section:
- Fishing Collectibles per tier (where to catch, how, offsite info)
- Fishing Levequests per tier (“best” leve, where to catch, how, offsite info)
- General notes, important warnings and what I did in that tier.
- IT WONT BE THE SAME FOR EVERYONE! Since Collectibles are ‘random’, experiences may vary.
Fishing Collectibles Reference Table
|FSH Collectible||col||Lv||Best Loc||Bait (Earliest)||Notes of heavenly value||Time?||Help!|
|Glacier Core||310||A1||CWH 33,25 Greytail Falls.||Balloon Bug /|
|Only on SNOW & BLIZZARD. No catch on CLEAR.||24/7||(info)|
|Icepick||???||A2||CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond.||Stonefly Nymph||Any weather but RARE ON CLEAR, Favors COLD.||24/7||(info)|
|Whilom Catfish||459||B1||Forelands 30,21 Whilom River.||Stonefly Nymph||Only in DUST STORM, CLOUDY, FOG.||24/7||(info)|
|Sorcerer Fish||???||B2||CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond.||Stonefly Nymph||Favors SNOW, but ANY is possible.||0800-1900 ET||(info)|
|Bubble Eye||???||C1||Sea of Clouds, 28,34 Voor Sian Siran.||Purse Web Spider (or SFN)||Seemingly ANY weather.||1000-1700 ET||(info)|
|Dravanian Squeaker||158||C2||Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters.||Purse Web Spider (or SFN)||TINY TIMEFRAME, seems ANY weather.||1600-1800 ET||(info)|
|Noontide Oscar||258||D1||Churning Mists, 35,25 Eli Tohm.||Purse Web Spider||Seemingly ANY Weather.||0600-1100 ET||(info)|
|Warmwater Bichir||???||D2||Forelands 24,25. Smoldering Wastes.||Purse Web Spider||Seemingly ANY Weather.||2100-0200 ET||(info)|
|Weston Bowfin||376||E1||Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters.||Goblin Jig||Seemingly ANY Weather.||0800-1200 ET||(info)|
|Illuminati Perch||826||F1||Hinterlands 21,19, Thaliak River.||Goblin Jig||ANY TIME ANY WEATHER||24/7||(info)|
Fishing Collectibles: How to!?
Before proceeding, complete the quest Inscrutable Tastes – this unlocks the collectible system! Upon completion you will gain a skill Collectors Glove. While this status is on (MAKE SURE IT’S ON WHEN YOU NEED IT!) fish that are eligible to be converted to collectibles will be caught as such. These can then be submitted to gain huge EXP. To check what’s in your daily collectibles, check CTRL+U, Rowena’s House of Splendors.
50-51 FSH Gear check
Everyone will come into Heavensward with varying amounts of gear. If you had BiS of the previous tier, you can not bother changing it until 55. When in doubt, use this quick reference to have the “most bang for buck” upgrades.
- Rod: (52) 52 Rod
- Body: (51) 51Body
- Gloves: (51) 51 Gloves
- There’s an entire left-side that’s (51), but most pieces are a small upgrade.
- Helm: (51) 51 Head (If you feel your perception is low)
The above purchases should hold up until level 55, which is the next (And I would say “required”) gear update. I can’t make an all-around recommendation for gear, but if you’re getting a lot of “missed” fish, definitely try to up your gathering stat.
Fishing Level 50 to 52~
FSH 50 Collectibles & Levequest Fish
(50) Glacier Core : CWH 33,25 Greytail Falls : Red Balloon : Only on SNOW & BLIZZARD. No catch on CLEAR : 24/7 (info)
(51?) Icepick : CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond : Stonefly Nymph : Any weather but RARE ON CLEAR, Favors COLD. : 24/7 (info)
What I did in this tier (50):
Again, just reminding you, do all the things mentioned above before proceeding. IE, checking in Limsa FSH Guildmaster for quests, and making sure you’re at the end of the questline. Also, unlocking collectibles. Also check the core gear updates above.
IF YOUR GEAR IS REALLY BAD – You can use one (maybe two) Commercial Fishing Manuals. This and another time way down the line are the best places to use ’em. Just to easily reach 51 when things get smoother.
Glacier Core: Is the intro collectible. They’re only fished up in one place and they’re MUCH EASIER TO CATCH than Icepicks. The EXP per cast is also very decent since there isn’t a low level “trap” (I’m looking at you Abalathian Smelt) mixed in to the possible fish caught. Overall, while Glacier Core is better, Icepick is a necessary evil (as it’s part of 53 class quest).
Icepicks: can be found in South Banepool AND Unfrozen Pond. Each fishing spot has its ups and downs.
- South Banepool: Higher EXP per time spent. Less Abalathian Smelts, chance for Lake Urchins (leves) too.
- Unfrozen Pond: For a higher Icepick catch rate (for FSH 53 quest). But lower overall value.
Unfrozen Pond: also has SORCERER FISH, which is a collectible later on, but it’s very RNG that you’ll be in a position to want to farm both. If you happen to have Sorc Fish in your list, and you need Icepicks – go for it! Even if you never submit an Icepick for EXP, you’re likely to use this info to fish up your own for the quest (or just buy them from the MB, traitor). Remember, for the quest you need HQ NON-COLLECTIBLE ICEPICKS.
South Banepool: Lake Urchin makes Urchin Loaf (It’s also a levequest fish) and Fanged clam makes Clam Chowder. I can’t speak for the usefulness of either as 3.0 comes along, but at least they have SOME value. (Fanged/Chowder being the likely winner here) The OST is damn good so this tier went by really quickly for me.
You CAN pre-emptively farm 3x HQ Icepicks while you’re here. It’s the FSH 53 quest. I’ll remind you again soon.
TLDR; Farming Glacier Cores is more than enough to get you by. If it’s clear skies (Wherein you cannot snag Glacier Core), move on over to South Banepool for a chance to get Lake Urchins (Levefish), Icepick (Collectible) and Fanged Clams (Decent value). Unfrozen Pond is best for Icepicks. There’s almost no reason to deviate from these three spots during this time.
Fishing Level 52 to 54~
FSH 52 Collectibles & Levequest Fish
(52?) Sorcerer Fish: CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond : Stonefly Nymph : Favors SNOW, but ANY is possible : 0800-1900 ET (info)
(52) Whilom Catfish: Forelands 30,21 Whilom River : Stonefly Nymph : Only in DUST STORM, CLOUDY, FOG : 24/7 (info)
IMPORTANT: WHEN I HIT FSH 60 (3.0) this tier was ‘bugged’ or badly designed. I seriously think this will be updated in the near future (or is it already?). WHY? 2/3rds of these fish are pretty much impossible to catch when you’re level 52. I suspect SE overlooked this, so if you got any insights on this tier please let me know vie the Feedback Form since I cannot rewind time to be a non-60 FSH.
What I did in this tier (52):
Consider buying: L52 Rod,
First off, If you’re not buying Icepicks from the MB, check the previous tier and farm up for it since it’s going to be your L53 FSH Class Quest and it should be completed ASAP. Do it now while it still has the maximum value EXP wise. This becomes double value from Unfrozen Pond if Sorcerer Fish is your collectible today.
About the levequest fish: As I said above Three-Lip Carp and Grass Carp are a no-go. You can get them easily later on, but you CANNOT now. The only remaining option is Cloudfish, which is not the worst… around 25% catchrate from . You’ll be getting Cloudfish as ‘colateral damage’ later on. Just ignore the 52 leves while you’re in this tier.
Sorcerer Fish: is pretty much junk in terms of value if it happens to be your collectible upon reaching this tier. Yeah, it’s only value if you’re farming up Icepicks. Unfrozen Pond also contains the absolute marine-garbage called Abalathian Smelt – your arch enemy from the previous tier. If it’s your collectible today – my only advice is, “That’s life, son”.
Whilom Catfish: Comparatively, is the VALUE OF HEAVENS. Any hole you catch these also has Blueclaw Shrimp which is a L50 Levequest fish. You can find these in 3 holes, but we only discuss the two which have the most value:
- Whilom River: Is strictly the best (and listed in the table above) for PURELY CATFISH % CHANCE.
- The Hundred Throes: (Forelands 21,11) Is better for overall value moves, specifically….
pre-emptively farming 3x HQ Shadowhisker while you’re in this tier. It’s the FSH 55 levequest. Which is why I personally chose to begin this tier starting at The Hundred Throes (Forelands 21,11) then once I’m done with Shadowhiskers -proceed to Whilom River. Reeling up a Shadowhisker is a mooch from HQ Blueclaw Shrimp
I was lucky enough to have Whilom Catfish as my collectible when I reached this tier the first time around. But honestly, If Sorcerer Fish is your collectible, IGNORE IT and proceed to The Hundred Throes. Just submit the catfishes when it comes up (hehe, still based on luck). Blueclaw Shrimp is a valuable source of EXP at this time if you so choose. While you need HQ’s to mooch Shadowhiskers, you can save some for submits or just shove NQ ones in the NPC’s face by the truckload (Which you will undoubtedly have).
TLDR; Farm 3x HQ Icepick if you haven’t for L53 quest. Proceed to Hundred Throes (Forelands 21,11) and farm up Whilom Catfish / Blueclaw Shrimp (50 Leve) / 3x HQ Shadowhisker (55 FSH Quest). After whiskers you can ‘revert’ to Whilom River. Ignore the L52 Levequest fish. Try to complete the 53 FSH quest ASAP as well.
**If you finish the FSH 53 Quest you can proceed to the “levequest fish” of the next tier, and just submit them upon hitting 54 (read onwards to see what I’m talking about)
In preparation for FSH 55+
This guide is getting damn long already, and I don’t want page-load warnings so I’ll cut it here. Please note that while the next chunk is for 54 to 56, there is a VERY IMPORTANT GEAR UPDATE AT 55. Which will be discussed in the next page! Good luck! (FSH Level 54 to 60)