One again, back into the fishing holes! Welcome to the Shadowbringers tier, for fishing L70 to 80! Without further ado, let’s go!
Fishing L70 to 80 – Reminders
I’ll just post some useful info here for you to easily refer to if you need it.
|L||Collectable Fish||Bait||Map||Fishing Hole||X||Y||#||Slap/Trade?||Note|
|79||Rak’tika Goby||Small Gig||Raktika Greatwood||North Lake Tusi Mek’ta||5||26||59||Viis Ear||Shadows|
|79||Elder Pixie||Medium Gig||Il Mheg||Central Longmirror Lake||30||26||128||Blue Mountain!?||Shadows|
|78||Winged Hatchetfish||Robber Ball||Kholusia||Upper Watts River||27||15||11||Any…||Precision|
|76||Diamond Pipira||Robber Ball||Raktika Greatwood||The Red Chalice||10||21||440||Any…||TIME 12p-7p|
|76||Eryops||Robber Ball||Raktika Greatwood||Lake Tusi Mek’ta||9||30||690||Cannot!||Mooch C. Tetra|
|75||Bothriolepis||Large Gig||Lakeland||Southeast Source||12||38||865||Little Bismarck!?||Shadows|
|74||Little Bismarck||Large Gig||Lakeland||Southeast Source||12||38||750||Bothriolepis!?||Shadows|
|74||Golden Lobster||Marble Nymph||Il Mheg||Saint Fathric’s Temple||34||26||208||Skipper/Loach||Precision|
|72||Weedy Seadragon||Moyebi Shrimp||Kholusia||Eastern Kholusian Coast||37||27||135||Cod>>Any||Precision|
|70||Albino Caiman||Fruit Worm||Lakeland||Rift of Sighs||32||15||760||Candy>Snail||Powerful|
|L||Facet Fish||Bait||Map||Fishing Hole||X||Y||Slap/Trade?||Note|
|80||HQ Prospero Eel||Moyebi Shrimp||Tempest||Norvrandt Slope||31||15||Storm>>Syco||Precision|
|78||Amber Monkfish||Desert Dessert Frog||Amh Araeng||The Hills of Amber||17||15||Crab>Dust||Powerful|
|77||HQ Calico Trout||Fruit Worm||Il Mheg||Longmirror Lake||13||15||Loach>Skipper||Precision|
|75||Brightmirror Clam||Moyebi Shrimp||Il Mheg||The Spoiled One||28||15||Loach>Skipper||Precision|
|73||Creamy Oyster||Moyebi Shrimp||Kholusia||Western Kholusian Coast||14||32||Cod>Flounder||Precision|
|70||Eigheyes Eel||Fruit Worm||Lakeland||Rift of Sighs||32||15||Candy>Snail||Precision?|
|70||The Source of the Problem||Purple Ghost||Small Gig||Lakeland||Northeast Source||6(18)||Glass>Goby||14||30||Triple||–|
|70||Needs More Egg||Sand Egg||Desert Dessert Frog||Amh Araeng||The River of Sand||3||Crab>Dustfish||31||13||Single||Precision|
|70||Eco-Warrior of Light||Xanthic Bass||Fruit Worm||Lakeland||The Source||3||Candy>Skipper||20||26||Single||Precision|
|72||Aetherquake||Finned Eggplant||Large Gig||Lakeland||The Isle of Ken||6(18)||Carp>Warden||8||33||Triple||–|
|72||Jelly Salad||Blood Cloud||Moyebi Shrimp||Kholusia||Eastern Kholusian Coast||3||Cod||33||27||Single||Poweful|
|72||Full of Fish||Geayi||Medium Gig||Lakeland||Southeast Source||6||Cod/Noble||12||38||Single||–|
|74||A Cherry-red Herring||Cherry Herring||Marble Nymph||Il Mheg||The Spoiled One||3(9)||Skipper/Loach||28||15||Triple||Precision|
|74||The Bride Aquatic||Little Flirt||Medium Gig||Il Mheg||North Lyhe Ghiah||6||Tear/Shade||21||13||Single||–|
|74||Faerie Fish||Lemonfish||Marble Nymph||Il Mheg||Handmirror Lake||3||Skipper>Pixie||3||27||Single||Precision|
|76||Fish for Days||Hucho Taimen||Robber Ball||Kholusia||Upper Watts River||3(9)||Any||27||15||Triple||Poweful|
|76||Magic Mushrooms||Paradise Crab||Small Gig||Il Mheg||Thysm Lran||6||Deala>Ire||30||30||Single||–|
|76||Crab Corps||Gourmand Crab||Medium Gig||Rak’tika Greatwood||North Lake Tusi Mek’ta||6||Pleco||5||25||Single||–|
|78||A Feast for the Senses||Stippled Eel||Short Bill Minnow||The Tempest||Where the Dry Return||3(9)||Storm>>Caliban||37||5||Triple||Precision|
|78||Short-term Gains||Black Tri-star||Robber Ball||Rak’tika Greatwood||The Rotzatl||3||Any||15||21||Single||Precision|
|78||Deep-sea Diving||Azure Sea Spider||Short Bill Minnow||The Tempest||Purpure||3||Stormbfish||32||30||Single||Precision|
Fishing L70 to 71 – The DEADZONE
The first level of any expansion is usually a “deadzone”, and Shadowbringers is no exception. This is due to many things, but MAINLY due to LOW or “RANDOM” gear levels.
Luckily, Custom Deliveries and the new Facet quest system gives us tons of scrip to buy this gear!
Getting out of the Deadzone
Here’s all the practical ways of getting EXP to beat the deadzone. But, first and foremost you have to unlock your new “class quest”…
UNLOCK CRYSTARIUM DELIVERIES
Shadowbringers gives us “Crystarium Deliveries“, which is oddly named since it’s nothing like the other delivery systems. It’s essentially a new type of “class quest”.
It’s a 2 quest process to unlock this:
- 1st Quest: The Crystalline Mean (L70) – Area: The Crystarium
- Requires: MSQ “The Crystarium’s Resolve (L72)”.
- 2nd Quest: Well Eel be Damned (L70) – Area: The Crystarium
- Requires: The Crystalline Mean (the 1st quest listed above)
You have SIX submissions per tier PER FACET. After six submissions your esteem goes up and you need to fish up a new set of six items at L73, 75, and 78 respectively.
For the L70 Fishing facet quest, head on over to Lakeland – Rift of Sighs (32 15) using Fruitworm bait. Remember to have your collectable catching on! Fish on the river at the bottom of the valley/cliff.
I mention this NOW because this gives some pretty chunky EXP. Now whether you can catch Eighteyes Eel or not, I don’t know. You can try if you’re desperate. If you can’t, farm and submit them when you’re L71.
Other ways of gaining EXP & BEating the Deadzone!
Keep in mind many of these apply even PAST the deadzone. First of all, SCRIP GEAR IS THE EASIEST WAY – It’s pretty worth it, especially if you’re leveling all 3 DoL classes. There are pieces you don’t really want though…
The easiest ways to punch through are getting the Facet fish Eigheyes Eel if you have the gear, or blowing your custom deliveries on it!
Reminder: Patience II Rotation
This “rotation” greatly increases your chances to land the various collectables, Facet fish and some levequest fish. I will refer to it in this guide as the “Patience Rotation”.
- Wait until GP is full and Cordial available
- Use Patience II (Patience I if you’re feeling lucky)
- Use Cordial right after.
- Reel in using the appropriate Hookset.
Fishing L71 to 72
A lot happens upon reaching L71, most critical of which are Surface Slap, possible gear updates, and how to level up once you’re past the dead zone.
FSH L71 Gear Update!
If you have the scrip gear, you can use that too! But not every scrip gear is okay. Here’s a summary of what your gear SHOULD look like going forward.
Crafted means “HQ w/ Materia V/VI (you can safely unslot them)
Here’s a SOLID pile of items to bring going forward. The most important points to remember at this level, going forward…
- Landking (scrip) Weapon and Chest are far superior than L71 crafted.
- Accessories should be L71 HQ crafted melded with Perception V or VI.
- All the other body slots are “roughly equal”, L71 crafted with melds being “slightly better” or “slightly worse” – meaning the easily obtainable Scrip gear is preferable to a vast majority of people.
|Slot||Item||Source||Cheap Meld||Cheap Meld|
|Weapon||Landking’s Fishing Rod||Scrip||NA||NA|
|Belt||Landking’s Survival Belt||Scrip||NA||NA|
|Acc||HQ Smilodonskin Acc||Crafted||Perception V or VI||Any / None|
The crafted accessories with melds are HUGE. I would never use the scrip accessories.
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, the crafted gear “slightly edges out” the scrip gear – but wether it’s worth it or not is up to you. Scrip gear is simply “cheaper” in the sense that scrip is rather easily obtainable. If you’re rich, or don’t have scrip, here’s how the L71 gear compares:
!!! There’s no excuse to not get the Landking (scrip) weapon and chest !!!
ALL NON-CHEST NON-WEAPON HQ L71 CRAFTED GEAR is, roughly, 2 to 5% stronger than their scrip counterpart. It’s really miniscule and negligible, but an option if you don’t have scrip.
But, as the table in the previous tab suggests, HQ L71 Smilodonskin Accessories are a great investment since you can meld Perception in them.
I’d rather save money for the future optional upgrades.
Fishing L70 Levequests
|L70 FSH Levequests|
|Levequest||The Source of the Problem||Needs More Egg||Eco-Warrior of Light|
|Fish||Purple Ghost||Sand Egg||Xanthic Bass|
|Bait||Small Gig||Desert Dessert Frog||Fruit Worm|
|Hole||Northeast Source||The River of Sand||Sullen|
L70-72 FSH Collectable Reference
What do to in this tier?
After you sort out your gear, farm/submit the Eighteyes Eels if you haven’t already at Lakeland, Rift of Sighs (32,15) with Fruit Worm. Put your Collect on, as you can get Albino Caiman collectable too. The Patience rotation is a little weird here since Precision hooks in Eels, and Powerful hooks in Caimans.
Honestly the above process is a pretty good way to level up to 72. Albino Caiman is pretty easy to catch, and try to get as many HQ Eighteye Eels. The levequests in this tier felt bad…
But if you insist on using leves… I would advise AGAINST this tiers triple. The levequest I prefer is Xanthic Bass. Check out the notes in the box.
Fishing L72 to 74
Fishing L72 Levequests
|L72 FSH Levequests|
|Levequest||Aetherquake||Jelly Salad||Full of Fish|
|Fish||Finned Eggplant||Blood Cloud||Geayi|
|Bait||Large Gig||Moyebi Shrimp||Medium Gig|
|Hole||The Isle of Ken||Eastern Kholusian Coast||Southeast Source|
L72-74 FSH Collectable Reference
What do to in this tier?
You got two choices in this tier. If you wanna fish normally, “Blood Clouds & Seadragons”. If you’re a fan of spearfishing, the “Geayi > Bismarck Rotation” is for you.
Set up your rod at Eastern Kholusian Coast (33, 27), since there are two possible catches here – Blood Cloud (for levequests), and Weedy Seadragon (collectables). Use the Patience II Rotation.
This method ain’t so bad, as I got a decent amount of both, and having the advantage of being “relaxed”. While Seadragon collectability is an issue, doing it on the patience rotation is reliable.
Risky process that might test your stats a little…
I’ll just explain it step by step… This method is strong but your stats may or may not be enough depending on what gear you decided on.
- Go to Southeast Source (spearfishing area) (12 38)
- Equip Medium Gig Head.
- Fish hear, only VETERAN TRADE COD if it’s the first thing you caught. You’re okay to get either Geayi (Levefish), or Noblefish (spawn shadows).
- Once the node spawns, EQUIP LARGE GIG HEAD BEFORE YOU BEGIN. Make sure COLLECT IS ON.
- Both catches from large gig are ‘future’ collectables. Little Bismarck (min 750). and Bothriolepis (a future collectable which you are unlikely to reach the collectability for).
Admittedly, the collectability is difficult to get. If you want, you can surface slap Bothriolepis since you might be too weak right now.
If you cannot get the collectability ratings for Little Bismark, its not so bad as you’ll be getting a lot of Geayi levefish in the process.
Both felt okay, depends on what method you prefer.
Once you’re L73, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING, and fish up the new Facet quest fish – Creamy Oyster. It’s found at Kholusa, Western Kholusian Coast (14 32) using bait Moyebi Shrimp. The Patience rotation with precision will get you the 6HQ ones you need very quickly.
If fore some reason you’re not 74 after submitting those, do the ALBINO CAIMAN COLLECTABLE WITH MARBLE NYMPH BAIT – unless you’re having luck with the Geayi > Bis/Bothrio rotation.
Fishing L74 to 76
FSH L74 Optional Gear Check
Fishing L74 Levequests
|L74 FSH Levequests|
|Levequest||A Cherry-red Herring||The Bride Aquatic||Faerie Fish|
|Fish||Cherry Herring||Little Flirt||Lemonfish|
|Bait||Marble Nymph||Medium Gig||Marble Nymph|
|Map||Il Mheg||Il Mheg||Il Mheg|
|Hole||The Spoiled One||North Lyhe Ghiah||Handmirror Lake|
L74 FSH Collectable Reference:
What do to in this tier?
Wow… so many choices… Well you have 2 mainstream choices here that felt great.
As mentioned above, either of the levequest fish felt amazing to gather. It’s simple, you only have 2 sub-choices here.
- You like triple leves? Fish up Cherry Herring.
- Single leves? Lemonfish.
I HEAVILY FAVOR single leves in ShB fishing since there is a massive difference in “EXP per Fish ratio”.
The new collectable, Golden Lobster seemed to have an ABSURD catch rate with or without the Patience rotation. (I honestly don’t remember if this unlocked at 74 or 75 – please let me know if you don’t see this at 74).
Revisitng an old collectable with new bait, Marble Nymph to catch good ‘ol Albino Caiman. The success rate is surprisingly good.
You can, again, try for the good old Geayi > Little Bismarck rotation. Always great.
There’s no shortage of things to try! Either way at L75 you get a new facet quest, which asks for Brightmirror Clam, at Il Mheg (The Spoiled One – 28,15… same place as Cherry Herring). Use Fruit Worm and Snagging! They were easy to catch with or without the Patience rotation.
After you gather your 6x HQ clams and submit ’em, I’m going to imagine you’ll be 76. If not, repeat any of the methods outlined above.
Fishing L76 to 78
Finally, we get to do something OP. It’s time to catch crabs. Wait…
Fishing L76 Levequests
|L76 FSH Levequests|
|Levequest||Fish for Days||Magic Mushrooms||Crab Corps|
|Fish||Hucho Taimen||Paradise Crab||Gourmand Crab|
|Bait||Robber Ball||Small Gig||Medium Gig|
|Map||Kholusia||Il Mheg||Rak’tika Greatwood|
|Hole||Upper Watts River||Thysm Lran||North Lake Tusi Mek’ta|
L76-78 FSH Collectable Reference
What do to in this tier?
Welp, the age of crabs has begun. GOURMET CRAB IS GODLIKE. It’s very similar to the OP Stormblood “single veteran trade” levequests. Thank god.
No other levequest fishing activity up to this point comes close.
No other collectable activity can consistenly beat this either.
While I healthily suggest helping Gourmet Crabs go extinct – If you’re hellbent on collectables…
At L77 you have a new Facet quest to simply catch A SINGLE HQ CALICO TROUT, at Il Mheg – Longmirror Lake (13, 15) using Fruit Worm. It was a simple catch using the Patience rotation that didn’t even take 5 minutes. Easiest 9 million EXP in your life.
As usual, finish off your journey to 78 with any of the methods above (*cough* Gourmet Crab *cough*).
Fishing L78 to 80
This is the last stretch! Hang in there! or should I saw claw…
Fishing L78 Levequests
|L78 FSH Levequests|
|Levequest||A Feast for the Senses||Short-term Gains||Deep-sea Diving|
|Fish||Stippled Eel||Black Tri-star||Azure Sea Spider|
|Bait||Short Bill Minnow||Robber Ball||Short Bill Minnow|
|Map||The Tempest||Rak’tika Greatwood||The Tempest|
|Hole||Where the Dry Return||The Rotzatl||Purpure|
L78-80 FSH Collectable Reference
What do to in this tier?
Start off your final steps with the L78 facet quest, Amber Monkfish. This one was quite easy. It’s at Amh Araeng, The Hills of Amber (17, 15) Bait: Desert Dessert Frog. They started off really rare, then started pouring in. Use the Patience rotation.
For the vast majority of the population that just want to get this over and done with, continue your Gourmet Crab extinction project after you’re done with the L78 Facet quest.
If you, for some reason, insist on the new levequest fish, well, you’re on your own… Read the details on the boxes above but I’m guessing most people will be spearing deez Gourmet Crabs all the way to 80.
Fishing Level 80 and beyond!
Well, grats on hitting 80 Fisher – that’s about it for Shadowbringers tier! I don’t know if I’ll update any of the end-game gathering guides yet, but let’s see.
Might as well finish up the L80 Facet quest – 1x HQ Prospero Eel, which can be fished up in Tempest, Norvrandt Slope (31, 15) using Moyebi Shrimp. The fishing hole is “under” the aetheryte area very near town.
Other than that, congratulations and I hope I helped you out reaching Level 80 on your fishing!