FFXIV Fishing Leveling Guide (UPDATED 50 to 60)

UPDATED to L60! How to level up Fishing Quickly!? Confused with Fishing Levequests? Looking for FIsh & Fishing Spots? Power Level your Fisher!

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Useful links to have open: Fishing Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide

This tiers grinding summary (~15-35)

FromToMAXLocationMapBaitNotes
152020Fallgourd FloatNSHMidge BasketStraight up grinding spot. Great EXP
152020AleportWLNRat TailCatches many relevant Levequest fish.
202326Yug'ram RiverETHButterworm( night ) 100% Black Eel. Just alt-tab during daytime :)
232729Burning WallETHBrass Spoon Lure100% Yug'ram Salmon: Insane EXP.
273035Ceruleum FieldNTHChocobo Fly100% Grip Killfish. This spot is SUPERIOR TO MOONDRIP
303131North Umbral IslesWLNSpoonworm( night ) Gain a level in one night + quest item (Fullmoon Sardine)
303535Cape WestwindWTHSpoonwormChange lure to Steel Jig - Sinking Minnow when possible.
353740Sagoili DesertSTHSand LeechGreat overall grind spot. Decent until 40 if you choose to.
374041The NailCCHWildfowl FlyHigh chance of Bronzelake and Crimson Trout. (can begin @36)

Fishing Level 15-20

Fishing Quest Level 20: Warmwater Trout  x5
Level 15 Fishing Levequests: Western La Noscea ,Aleport.
Level 20 Fishing Levequests: South Shroud, Quarrymill.

Where to find Warmwater TroutUsing Crow Fly in Oakwood (Upper La Noscea), Warmwater Trout is easy to come by.

FSH Level 15-20 Levequest fish
(?) 3 [9] White Coral [R]: Difficult to isolate | Skull Valley | Rat Tail
(?) 3 [9] Helmet Crab [R]: Difficult to isolate | Skull Valley | Rat Tail
(?)  3 Rothlyt Oyster : Silver Bazaar (WTH) | Rat Tail
(?) 3 Razor Clam : Crescent Cove (WTH) | Rat Tail

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White Coral is an eyesore. It’s low level, and hard to isolate! Overall, using Rat Tails in Aleport will get you a small chance to catch any of these.

FSH Level ~15-20 Grinding spots

Fallgourd Float using Midge Basket is actually pretty good. None of these fish are really valuable nor are Leve submits for this tier, but EXP gains are quick here! This spot is pretty amazing. Make sure to grind out a level or two here. I suggest trying to Catch Warmwater Trout for your class quest once you hit 20, when you can use lures (Crow Fly). That’s also where you’ll be grinding so just wait :)

Fishing Level 20-25

Fishing Quest Level 25: Shadow Catfish
Level 20/25 Fishing Levequests: South Shroud, Quarrymill.

At level 22 you learn Release. With this skill you can release a fish you catch – telling the game to not store any of this fish during this fishing session. It’s separate for HQ/NQ.

Where to find Shadow CatfishUsing low level bait Moth Pupa, you can mooch a Striped Goby(HQ) to get your Shadow Catfish rather easily! You cannot pre-emptively finish your L25 Class Quest since you need to mooch – which is a skill you gain at 25.

FSH Level 20-25 Levequest fish
(?) 3 [9] Faerie Bass [R] :
(?) 3 [9] Dark Sleeper [R] :
(?) 3 Copperfish :
(?) 3 Black Eel :

FSH Level ~20-25 Grinding spots

Yugram River using Butterworm in E.Thanalan is an awesome spot if you have decent gear. It gives the eels (night time), Dark Bass and Yug’ram Salmon for the next tier!
Oakwood
using Crow Fly and Brass Spoon Lure. This spot is really attractive if you’re lazy to move from spot to spot.

Fishing Level 25-30

Fishing Quest Level 30: Fullmoon Sardine x 10
Level 25 Fishing Levequests: East Shroud, Quarrymill.
Level 30 Fishing Levequests: Eastern La Noscea, Costa Del Sol.

Where to find Fullmoon Sardine? Take the boat from Aleport to Umbral Isles. Use Spoonworm and fish in the northern part of the island. (Only spawns at night time, 6pm to 6am)

FSH Level 25-30 Levequest fish
(?) 3 [9] Dark Bass [R] :
(?) 3 [9] Five-Ilm Pleco [R] :
(?) 3 Black Ghost :
(?) 3 Yugr’am Salmon :

Sadly, this tier suffers the same fate of not having a “universal” fishing spot. There are GREAT grinding spots for this tier so I would ignore leves here all-together.

FSH Level ~25-30 Grinding spots

@23 head right to The Burning Wall. @27 head to ceruleum field with Chocobo Fly lure! That’s going to be the ultimate grinding spot for a WHILE.

Fishing Level 30-35

Fishing Quest Level 35: Desert Catfish
Level 30 Fishing Levequests: Eastern La Noscea, Costa Del Sol.
Level 35 Fishing Levequests: Coerthas, Observatorium.

Where to find Desert Catfish? Southern Thanalan, either of the 2 sandfishing spots using Sand Leech. Easy to catch, no worries here.

FSH Level 30-35 Levequest fish
(?) 3 [9] Black Soles [R] :
(?) 3 [9] Sea Pickle [R] :
(?) 3 Indigo Herring :
(?) 3 Ash Tuna :

Again, Levequest fishing in this tier is a no-go. Good grinding spots and a lack of a non-universal levequest fish source dooms this tier.

FSH Level ~30-35 Grinding spots

CERULEUM FIELD IS THE KING of grinding spots! 100% Grip Killfish! It’s superior to the much discussed MOONDRIP that many other fishers will tell you. Trust me! @30, you can replace your Chocoby Fly with Sylphid Basket lure for FASTER Grip Killfish netting.

Fisher Level: [01-15] [16-35] [36-50] [50 to 60] : [Summary]

 

84 thoughts on “FFXIV Fishing Leveling Guide (UPDATED 50 to 60)”

  1. Just wanted to throw out there that Golden Loach can be found quite easily in Daniffen Pass using honey worm (along with Alabathian Smelt), just south-west of The Nail.

  2. I wanted to let you know about the lvl 50 glacial core bait is incorrect. It is not red balloon; you cant use that until lvl 53. The bait would be Balloon Bug.

    1. To clarify: RED BALLOON has the highest catch-rate.. its the “best bait”, but yes balloon bug is the “Earliest bait”. Check the table above, I’ll clarify this in other instances of glacier core in the guide.

  3. On the Level 54 fishing writeup, you include this part:

    Alternative Grinding: Mogpom, fished from Greensward in Churning Mists – is a great fishing hole to grind on. Not only do mogpoms hold a bit of crafting material value, the fishing hole has 100% chance to catch this level 55 fish, meaning it’s a very stable choice for mindless grinding.

    Problem is, Mogpom cannot be fished until lvl 58, as it needs a goblin jig or steel spinner jig to be caught.

  4. I tried fishing Ceruleum Field last night with Chocobo Fly. 4 straight non-Grip Killifish, level 5 Rock whatevers. Moondrip is way better. Switched over and started catching nothing but Blindfish and Killifish. Ceruleum Field with Chocobo Fly is not best 27-30, Moondrip is.

    1. I was confused about this too, but the farm spot is directly south of the Ceruleum Processing Plant crystal.
      You’ll see a long chasm and some metal tubes, just cast the fishing rod there and it will work as instructed.
      Every catch yielded over 3500xp and HQs about 10k. Went from 27 to 30 in a flash!

  5. Guide is either out-of-date or the level 45 quest changes if you’ve (completed?) HW prior to leveling Fisher. Just hit 45 and I’m being sent to sky-fish for Cloud Cutters in Sea of Clouds. Hoping grind spots are up-to-date :)

  6. Hello, don’t know if anybody did tell about grand company Company-issue survival manual II. it gives+50% up to 40k exp… Cool, init?
    Thank you for your guide

  7. I’m going through this atm and just want to point out, you say for the lvl 35 quest, Desert Catfish, that they can be caught from either of the Sagolii Desert sandfishing spots, but they can only be caught from the one on the east side.

    1. Red Balloon is 53 – YOU’RE CORRECT! It’s also the BEST LURE for Glacier Core. However, Since you cannot equip it – use BALOON BUG in the meantime.

      I’m sorry for the confusion, I specifically remembered the exact point in time wherein I asked myself as I was coding the table “Hmm.. which lure should I put for Glacier Core?” I ended up going with Red since it’s the BEST, and hoping people would click on the more info or figure out that Balloon Bug was the only other choice.

      Thanks to your comment, maybe I was wrong. /fixed – added balloon bug.

      Even if I didn’t help you one damned bit – I appreciate your feedback.

  8. How I can visit CERULEUM FIELD? Please tell me ;) Yesterday I tried to find there with my fellow fishers but we could not find it (with two 50 lv fishers..)

  9. Just to let you know for 30-35 Black sole, Sea Pickles and Ash Tuna can all be caught in north bloodshore, with Indigo caught in costa del sol, right next to it

  10. I’m rather new to FFXIV, having played on a month, or so. I’ve found all your gatherers’ guides particularly helpful. I started my Fisher only about a week ago and reached level-50 today. I did only a couple of levequests — I’ve also got a Culinarian and have set a personal goal of catching one HQ of everything. It still didn’t seem to take very long. I’m into the game more for gathering/crafting than fighting; so, slow leveling is okay with me.

    One comment per the Level-50 Class Quest: I found it rather simple; I caught three HQ Mazlaya Marlins and two NQ ones in about 30 minutes. Yes, “Hello Marketboard” for a nice profit on my extra Marlins, and I shall return often.

    Again, thank you for your terrific guides.

  11. I noticed there was no grinding spot for 30-35. I’ve been doing The Juggernaut fishing hole in 17.31 Eastern La Noscea.
    With a chocobo fly I get about 90% Grip Killifish which are about 3k exp per fish (I do have rested xp atm though)

  12. So I am currently in the 40-45 fishing range. Based on primarily grinding from 35 to my current level of 43, I would say sticking with the Nail until 45 is probably better than moving to the Burning Wall. The rate at which I am catching the three choices of level 40 fish is pretty low with the mix of the salmon and boneytongue, it seems quite a bit slower.

    I think the more steady higher exp (compared to salmon and boneytongue at the wall) catches at the Nail make it faster.

  13. In the 20-25 grinding spot, you suggest the Yugr’am river in W.Thanalan, which is inocrrect. Yugr’am river is in E.Thanalan.

  14. So I noticed that you suggest Cape Westwind for level 30 to 35 leveling. What I also noticed when I got there is that the enemies are kevel 48, and thus not affected by Stealth until level 38. Is there a better place to level for those 5? Love your guide by the way!

  15. Love your guides! Pretty sure I’ve used all of the crafting and gathering ones to level up. Have any idea when the 50-60 guide will be ready?

  16. I’m sorry, but please use the full name on the locations and please use cordinates, it takes forever to figure out were you accually mean.. If you allready are taking the time to make this guide, why be so lasy as to use shortened words.. Not trying to be rude, just telling you that this guide is a pain in the behind to use.

    1. I’m sorry, but refinement to pre-50 FSH will be done after I’m done with the 60 chunk. I’m sure you can manage, you’re a grown up :)

    2. Saying “not trying to be rude” doesn’t make it not rude… Calling a person who voluntarily made a nicely-written guide “lazy” isn’t really nice.. I’ve only started playing the game recently and it doesn’t really take long on finding these locations. You get move your lazy bum and look for these yourself! :)

    3. To end this mini-scuffle let me clarify a few things…

      It’s a far cry from laziness. A lazy person cannot create this entire site by themselves. Which I am doing. I realize the site is not perfect, and neither is this guide. I cannot explain all choices I made but I’ll make an exception for this…

      Coordinates are a great idea, I definitely want to do this! And I appreciate your reminder. I simply cannot backtrack this guide at this time… the FSH leveling guide has great info (IMO), and is definitely usable at this point… I’m sorry if the coords aren’t listed and this is very much a great addition in the near future.

      I used the shortened location names for many reasons. the primary one? SPACE. Especially in the tables. These abbreviations are commonly used in many FFXIV related communications, within and without Eorzea… It would be beneficial to you to learn them! But as I said earlier it’s primarily a SPACE issue… it may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is…

      FSH Guide in general is a pain in the ass even to write… I mean.. the uniqueness of the class and the personalities of people trying to level fishing are wildly varied! As wildly varied as the ways and methods and goals of those attempting to max the class. I’m just here trying my best to even give a sliver of a guideline to those who may seek it. I appreciate any feedback, good or bad.

      Thanks!

  17. Thanks so much for the guide!
    However, I noticed that on the 30-35 leves, you have listed Indigo Herring twice. The repeatable one should be Sea Pickle!

    1. Thanks for the heads up! I will be updating this to 60 shortly, and i’m wishing to refine the pre-60 half of this after that.

  18. You’re guides have been a real life saver,

    I did come across one mistake, you say that Yagram river is in Western Thanalan, but it is in Eastern Thanalan.

    Thanks for the guide. :D

  19. bit late to reading these guides but u know a lot more fun stuff than fishing lol but I notice u say that yugram river is in W.thanalan but its actually in E.thanalan

  20. I noticed that you put the level 40 fishing hole Burning Wall, which requires Gulleye II, as a recommended grinding spot for level 26-30. Is there a good fishing hole for grinding that is actually possible for this level range? Love your guide!

    1. Burning Wall seems to be accessible even before Gulleye II. This was done long ago, but I can try to verify this through another recently leveled fisher?

      1. i was able to fish there at 25 also there was a place i couldnt fish not mentioned here the pond in wt near moon drop

      2. i was just there lvling my fisher i dont think i went there at 23 i belive it was 25 i went there i had no problem fishing there where misses and eventualy one stole my spoon but i did lvl there to 27 before moving off to Ceruleum Field the only gear i had on was from fishing guild quest rewards no extras or special bennys through the free company

      3. One other note I had some trouble finding vendors that sell the needed lure or bait for the different areas. I think adding a vendor location for the different baits needed as your lvling would be a good thing to include in your guide.

    1. I’m sorry, but this is somewhat used quite commonly in my server – i apologize. If you haven’t discovered by context… “NSH” would be North SHroud, WLN is Western La Noscea… ETH is Eastern Thanalan. Hopefully that helps!

      1. No apology required IMHO. Players need to figure SOMETHING out for themselves. THX for your guide. Just turned in my Raincallers and gonna farm CCuttters next. GG

        1. WTH does “THX” mean and why would anyone expect people that would be looking for a “guide” to already know this stuff?

  21. Just wanted to say this guide has been fantastic. Currently at level 46 and about to get more grinding on. Comp Bryagh on Excalibur says Thanks a bunch!

  22. May have been noted already, but Yugram River is in Eastern Than, as opposed to Western which it states in the 20-25 section. Fantastic guide, would be lost without it!

  23. Just want to point out that the info for level 15 levequests is wrong. They are in Aleport. Moraby Drydocks are level 20.

    1. The info on the 1-15 page is incorrect. The 16-35 reflects correct information. Also, I’m having better luck finding Helmet Crabs and White Coral at Brewer’s Beacon with Rat Tail. Skull Valley is where I’m getting Razor Clam and Rothlyt Oyster, also with Rat Tail.

  24. Loved the guide ty for your time and effort to putting this together. I just want to throw in here that I got my mazlaya marlin at 32x 25y e. LA noscea with a rattail it’s 100% harbor herring the rest is rngesus I got mine on second cast :-D

      1. I also wanted to say, great guide, I’ve followed it from lvl 15 to lvl 50, and it’s really helped me out a lot. Keep up the good work!!

  25. “Where to find Shadow Catfish? Using low level bait Moth Pupa, you can mooch a Striped Goby(HQ) to get your Shadow Catfish rather easily! You cannot pre-emptively finish your L25 Class Quest since you need to mooch – which is a skill you gain at 25.”

    Didn’t say where ^.^

    1. Oh man.. is the location in the first page? I just got back and replying to comments quickly. AFAIK it shold be in fallgourd float (checking)

    1. Yes I’ve been itching to find the best way to implement that… Any Ideas? If I use a bunch of images… man.. load times? hmm…

        1. I will be fixing this up pre-3.0, in terms of showing a map of where these locations are. :) yes that is a great supplementary resource!

  26. An alternative for White Coral, if your having trouble catching it. I found is if you have a retainer with atleast 5 levels in fishing they can gather it for you.

  27. Here’s an alternative for Boltfish…instead of using just about anything else, you can use honeyworm to catch about 3 times as many Silverfish…GREATLY increases your odds of getting an HQ quicker and mooching.

  28. So much incorrect information… Yugr’am River (not yugram) is in Eastern Thanalan, and the bait this guide suggests does not work there. Wish there was a more reliable guide somewhere.

    1. Please read it again :D, Butterworm to catch eels only work DURING NIGHT TIME… otherwise you will not be able to catch anything! Don’t be so hasty to post!

    2. Would it actually hurt to be constructive and polite? OP writes a guide–If it’s not up to your personal standards, or if you don’t feel like properly reading, move the hell on. Do you actually need to be a prat about it? Thank you goes a long way. Constructive criticism goes a long way. Being an entitled sounding asshat only makes people not want to help, advise or otherwise be kind to you.

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