Ah, back to the rod in Stormblood, I see? Well, you came to the right place. Hopefully everything in our Fishing Leveling Guide will help you push forward!
First of all, get your quest going into Stormblood Fishing – Whither Wawalago Wanders (Quest from Limsa, gives 3 engineering manuals) in the Fisherman’s Guild.
What next? Well, now all you need to do is buy some bait. Pot Salmon Roe – it comes from many NPC’s but I guess the most generic one is in Rhalgr’s Reach (13,11).
We will start this page by posting the collectible table, as you might want to refer to it often:
Easy Reference: FSH Collectibles and Levequests
|FSH Collectibles (All 60+)|
|60||Velodyna Grass Carp||690||The Fringes||Velodyna River||17||11|
|61||Butterfly Fish||115||Ruby Sea||Shoal Rock||33||7|
|64||Yanxia Koi||451||Yanxia||The One River (East)||20||25|
|64||Killifish||9||Azim Steppe||Nem Khaal||33||30|
|66||Tao Bitterling||49||Azim Steppe||Tao Khaal||16||17|
|66||Samurai Fish||14||Yanxia||Doma Castle||16||9|
|68||Daio Squid||1034||Ruby Sea||Isle of Zekki||9||26|
|68||Cherubfish||267||Yanxia||The Sunken Junk (!)||10||35|
|68||Silken Sunfish||767||The Lochs||Loch Seld Central Lakebed (!)||17||17|
|69||Eternal Eye||40||Azim Steppe||Azim Khaat Eastern Lakebed (!)||25||23|
Fishing Level 60 to 62
References here for easy access:
|FSH 60 Levequests|
|FSH||60||If a Leaf Falls in the Water||S||Fallen Leaves||3||The Fringes||Dimwold||10||28|
|FSH||60||Slow Wash, Rapids Jumper||S||Rapids Jumpers||3||The Peaks||Slow Wash||23||8|
|FSH||60||There can only be one||T||Highland Perch||3||The Fringes||Mirage Creek||28||15|
FSH 60 to 61 getting over the bump
Just for some perspective – I tried to do this in “Serpentskin 3.0 tier” with the L60 Birch Fishing Rod. If your gear is less than that, I suggest picking up the Birch Fishing Rod and Serpentskin Vest.
Your goal is to get away from this “scrubby feeling” ASAP. Which means hitting 61 and getting gear upgrades. So how do we do that? Unfortunately, given your stats, your options are super limited. While I tried various things, here’s the best overall thing I found at the time.
Get your Commercial Survival Manuals. Go to The Fringes – Mirage Creek and farm that fishing hole. You will gather some pile of NQ and a few HQ Highland Perch – which is a fish required for levequests!
HARD STOP ONCE YOU REACH L61:
Unlock SPEARFISHING, and other things
FSH 61 to 62: Nearly there…
Now that you have SOME gear upgrades, you can Fish a little more reliably to get through to 62. Remember, no matter which method listed below that you choose to do, ALWAYS KEEP COMMERCIAL SURVIVAL MANUAL UP. This is the absolute best time to use them. I’ll list 3 decent ways to get EXP.
Rapids Jumper (levequest fish) was the best method I found to push past this mini speed bump. You can catch these straight and off of mooches which is great. You can go back to good ‘ol Highlands Perch but this is what I suggested doing from L61 so you might be sick of it. Overall it’s roughly equal to the Rapids Jumper fishing hole.
Grinding on the Spearfishing Node with Commercial Manuals on is decent EXP and more “active”. At around 80k per node with manuals, you can’t go wrong with this either.
Fishing Level 62 to 64
|FSH 62 Levequests|
|FSH||62||Lighter Wallets||S||Glass Manta||6||Ruby Sea||Tamamizu||28||11|
|FSH||62||In a Pickle||S||Eastern Sea Pickle||6||Ruby Sea||Sui No Sato||18||21|
|FSH||62||Perhaps Not-So-Common||T||Common Whelk||4||Yanxia||The One River S Riverbeds||22||37|
The first thing you should do upon reaching L62 is getting the new rod: Muudhorn Fishing Rod. Pick up 99 Live Shrimp (it’s a new bait) for your stockpile.
Grinding on Common Whelk up in Yanxia is probably the best thing to do. It’s roughly a 50/50 chance with Armored Crayfish. You can fish them up in The One River S Riverbeds (22,37). This is a levequest fish (a triple, too!).
Read the above clicky about Veteran Trade. Now, go back to Yanxia and try the Common Whelks again. If you catch an Armored Crayfish on the 1st or 2nd spear, use Veteran Trade, AND ALL REMAINING GATHERS WILL BE COMMON WHELK (since it’s 50/50, you eliminated the chances for the crayfish).
Value. Do this until you 64.
Fishing Level 64 to 66
|FSH 64 Levequests|
|FSH||64||Catfish Scheme||S||Longhair Catfish||3||Yanxia||The One River (East)||20||25|
|FSH||64||Curtains for Pleco||S||Curtain Pleco||3||Azim Steppe||Hak Khaal||27||22|
|FSH||64||Marooned Minnow||T||Tall Mountains Minnows||3||Azim Steppe||Upper Yat Kal||17||17|
At 64 you unlock Calm Waters, which grants another attempt at spearfishing. You may be familiar with similar skills from BTN and MIN.
You’re better off recycling your method from the previous tier, which is farming Common Whelks and using Veteran Trade on Armored Crayfish… It’s a little unexciting, I know. But it is the fastest way going forward.
I don’t want to spearfish! I want to AFK fish! The best option in this tier is in Yanxia – The One River East (X:20, Y:24) using the bait Nightcrawler. Use Patience > Powerful Hookset as often as you can. I won’t lie though, even though this is the “next best thing”, I still found it garbage tier compared to the Common Whelk spearfishing.
First thing to do once you hit 65: HQ Pine Fishing Rod. Meld Gathering III+ on it, and overmeld it with whatever (trash materia if you must) so it Spiritbonds faster. Your next rod is at 67 and it might not bond in time…
Fishing Level 66 to 68
|FSH||66||Step By Steppe||S||Redfin||6||Azim Steppe||Azim Khaat E Lakebed||25||23|
|FSH||66||Peculiar De-light||S||Sea Lamps||6||Ruby Sea||The Kobayashi Maru||39||8|
|FSH||66||Unbeliebubble||T||Doman Bubble Eye||4||Yanxia||The Sunken Junk||10||35|
66 Truth of Oceans and Stealth XII. While we’re all familiar with Stealth, Truth of Oceans is basically Ephemeral Nodes for Spearfishing. They’re pretty terrible… Don’t worry if you’re confused – it’s part of your L68 class quest and you’ll experience it first hand.
As for leveling up – thankfully we have great Spearfishing Levequests again! Better yet – TWO OF THEM!
STOP ONCE YOU HIT level 67 and pick up the L67 Fishing Rod – Gazelle Horn Fishing Rod. As always, main hand upgrades are amazing. Cheaply meld it with Gathering so it bonds faster.
67 unlocks Salvage: Occasionally finds treasure maps while spearfishing. Meh.
Fishing Level 68 to 70
|FSH||68||Blood in the Water||S||Steelsharks||3||The Peaks||Heather Falls||31||6|
|FSH||68||To the Teeth||S||Tawny Wench Shark||3||Ruby Sea||The Isle of Bekko||33||15|
|FSH||68||Pre-octopied||T||Koromo Octopus||3||Ruby Sea||The Isle of Zekki||9||26|
Before you set out to leveling in this tier, do the optional upgrades and class quest first!
God… that quest was pretty terrible. Let’s go onto leveling again. Finally, in this tier we get a truly valuable STANDARD FISHING METHOD, as well as a nice fallback spearfishing method.
I want to use basic Fishing! Isle of Zekki in Ruby Sea is by far the best grinding spot in this tier. It yields both a levequest fish (Koromo Octopus), and a collectible fish (Daio Squid) using the same bait – Bream Lure.
HOWEVER – you must use Patience II + Powerful Hookset. Using that nets you a ton of Daio Squid and Koromo Octopus. Sadly, the effectivity of this hole sucks without the Patience + Powerful combo so bring Cordials (and maybe watch that series you’ve been wanting to catch up on).
This is a great option, as submitting Daio Squids give Red Scrip, which you’ll be needing quite a bit of.
I want to Spearfish! Then you’ll have to go back to the previous tiers options, Doman Bubble Eye or Sea Lamps. Although I’m pretty sure you’re sick of spearfishing by now. The standard fishing method listed prior is actually really really good.
L69 Skill Nature’s Bounty: I’ll be honest. I have no clue what this does for you in a leveling perspective, given there’s only 1 level left. It’s worded very poorly as well. I ASSUME it helps out with collectability rating?
Well, congrats on hitting L70 Fisher and hopefully our Fishing leveling guide helped you out! The only thing I can improve on is “non spearfishing node options” but they’re simply too good to not use! Have fun reeling!