FFXIV Fishing Leveling Guide (UPDATED 50 to 60)

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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)

Quick Navigation – Fisher level: [Pre 50] [50 to 54] [55 to 60]

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 CollectiblecolLvBest LocBait (Earliest)Notes of heavenly valueTime?Help!
Glacier Core310A1CWH 33,25 Greytail Falls.Balloon Bug /
Red Balloon
Only on SNOW & BLIZZARD. No catch on CLEAR.24/7(info)
Icepick???A2CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond.Stonefly NymphAny weather but RARE ON CLEAR, Favors COLD.24/7(info)
Whilom Catfish459B1Forelands 30,21 Whilom River.Stonefly NymphOnly in DUST STORM, CLOUDY, FOG.24/7(info)
Sorcerer Fish???B2CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond.Stonefly NymphFavors SNOW, but ANY is possible.0800-1900 ET(info)
Bubble Eye???C1Sea of Clouds, 28,34 Voor Sian Siran.Purse Web Spider (or SFN)Seemingly ANY weather.1000-1700 ET(info)
Dravanian Squeaker158C2Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters.Purse Web Spider (or SFN)TINY TIMEFRAME, seems ANY weather.1600-1800 ET(info)
Noontide Oscar258D1Churning Mists, 35,25 Eli Tohm.Purse Web SpiderSeemingly ANY Weather.0600-1100 ET(info)
Warmwater Bichir???D2Forelands 24,25. Smoldering Wastes.Purse Web SpiderSeemingly ANY Weather.2100-0200 ET(info)
Weston Bowfin376E1Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters.Goblin JigSeemingly ANY Weather.0800-1200 ET(info)
Illuminati Perch826F1Hinterlands 21,19, Thaliak River.Goblin JigANY TIME ANY WEATHER24/7(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.

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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)

Lake Urchin (x3)(x9)(Repeatable): RECOMMENDED LEVE FISH THIS TIER (more info!)
Notes: Repeatables aren’t bad for fishing. This is the most value only because the hole it comes from its quite good.

Coerthan Crab (x3) : Bad due to sucky fishing holes (more info!)
Notes: Sucks because the holes where you catch these have an extremely high chance for Abalathian Smelt.

Blueclaw Shrimp (x2) : Good, but impractical @50 (notes later on) (more info!)
Notes: Not worth fishing up at level 50, but 52 onward… (worth looking back to, will remind you later)

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 CoreIs 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)

Cloudfish (x3)(x9)(Repeatable) : ONLY CHOICE IF YOU’RE FISHING YOURSELF : (more info!)
Notes: You can fish this straight away from Voor Sian Siran . 25%  Not actually too bad.

Three Lip Carp (x3) : (more info!)
Notes: Buy from MB since they’re extremely impractical (if not impossible) to fish on your own now.

Grass Carp (x2) : (more info!)
Notes: Buy from MB since they’re extremely impractical (if not impossible) to fish on your own now.

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.

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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)

Fisher Level: [Pre 50] [50 to 54] [54 to 60] : [Summary]

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

  1. Just wanted to say thank for this guide, I got to lvl 44 so for with little to no effort taking long breaks while following this guide. And this has only been a few days of nearly a week of fishing, and only using food for the exp boost, no other exp enchantment.

    To clarify:
    Went from 0-44 in just a few days with minor fishing, and no exp boost outside of food.

  2. i leveled my fisher from 50 till 55 today and noticed that the best thing to do when you reached level 51 is going for the icepick collectible. I fished at unfrozen pond in Coerthas Wester Higlands. This is the place where you also find the collectible sorcerer fish and you can allready catch it when you are lvl51. The collectability has to have a minimum of 646 and it appears in the list of collectibles when you reach lvl52. I don’t know if it was luck or not, but when i reached level 52 i turned instant 53 with turning in the Sorcerer Fish. I used the action patience and powerful hookset to get a higher collectability. (sorry for my English, it’s not so good ^^)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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..)

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    1. I’ve been grinding in Yugr’am river for a while and noticed that Black Eel with Butterworm nets 100% ALL DAY not just at night. Don’t know if this was mentioned in a patch note somewhere.

      1. Correction, just hit the “nothing bites” slump. But it does keep going into the daytime quite a bit. Til 10 am I think.

  16. 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!

  17. 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?

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!!

  27. “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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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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