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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Welcome to the FSH Level 54+ section! Might as well put up our trusty table first and foremost!

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

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)

-!!In preparation for Fishing Level 55 !!-

Two key points arise as to why I recommend a gear update: 1) Blue Scrips can start as early as now, and 2) SPEEDS UP the process by a whole lot. This is TRIPLE VALUE if you ever plan to level up your Miner or Botanist.

Level 55~ MiningGear Check

55+ Fishing Weapon reference: (55) 55Rod, (57) 57Rod. Both are WORTH IT TO BUY when you hit 55 and 57 respectively.

You DO NOT NEED TO UPGRADE FURTHER. The 58 upgrade tier sucks compared to the investment – they cost blue scrips! the HQ 55 Set will easily last you to 60 and BEYOND. And when you’re done with all 3 DoL – converting these will yield a sure Grade IV DoL Materia!


Fishing Level 54 to 56~

FSH 54 Collectibles & Levequest Fish

(54) Bubble Eye : Sea of Clouds, (28,34) Voor Sian Siran : Purseweb Spider or SFN : Seemingly ANY weather : 1000-1700 ET : (info)
(54) Dravanian Squeaker : Churning Mists, (9,8) Weston Waters : Purseweb Spider or SFN : TINY TIMEFRAME, seems ANY weather : 1600-1800 ET : (info)

Buoyant Oviform (x?) : ALL FROM SAME FISHING SPOT : (more info!)
Notes: The only reason there’s a triple recommendation here is because they’re fished up from the same hole.

Blue Cloud Coral (x3)(x9)(Repeatable) : ALL FROM SAME FISHING SPOT : (more info!)
Notes: The only reason there’s a triple recommendation here is because they’re fished up from the same hole.

Mahu Wai (x?) : ALL FROM SAME FISHING SPOT : (more info!)
Notes: The only reason there’s a triple recommendation here is because they’re fished up from the same hole.

The fishing hole in question is Cloudtop, Sea of Cloud (15,38), to farm up all three. (Bait: Red Balloon)

What I did in this tier (54):

This tier is great. There’s many options to choose from, and you’re not really sad as to which collectible you get. Let’s talk about the various ways.

Levequest Fishing in the 54 tier is value: You get all three of the Levequest Fish in one fishing hole. This is great! This also means that these fish will always have a price tag on it! Blue Cloud Coral is also an important crafting material so there’s quite a bit of value if you go this route!

Bubble Eye: Is pretty decent. You fish them up in Sea of Clouds, (28,34) Voor Sian Siran, you also get a ton of Cloudfish here, which is a repeatable levequest fish from the previous (52) tier! So each time the window is up you should get your butt over here.

Dravanian Squeaker: Is also good! You can ONLY CATCH THIS OR CLOUDFISH in this hole at this level! As I mentioned earlier, Cloudfish is a repeatable levequest fish, so hunting these guys to extinction isn’t a bad deal.

Overall the process here is pretty straightforward, and should be a “priority based” scenario:

  • If timeframes are up – go and farm the collectible fish (Bubble Eye OR Dravanian Squeaker)
  • During downtimes (A): Farm levequest fish by the buckets in Cloudtop.
  • During downtimes (B): Farm Cloudfish by the droves in Weston Waters (Dravanian Squeaker area)
  • Submit fish for value of heavens -> repeat.

This was a painless tier, and you can easily succeed just following the simple guidelines above.

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.

TLDR; Look at the little bullet points above, those actions can take you to 56 and a bit beyond. And the little note about Mogpoms. Seriously a GG EZ tier.

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Fishing Level 56 to 58~

(56) Warmwater Bichir – Forelands 24,25. Smoldering Wastes : Purse Web Spider : ANY Weather : 2100-0200 ET (info)
(56) Noontide Oscar – Churning Mists, 35,25 Eli Tohm : Purse Web Spider : ANY Weather : 0600-1100 ET (info)

Pipira Pira (x3(x9)(Repeatable) : “Mooch? haha. No” (more info!)
Notes: Just no… While these fish carry monetary value, fishing them up for EXP can be a pain.

Hundred Fin (x3) : Great if you’re level 58 – but you’re not (yet!) (more info!)
Notes: Forget about this for now. While this becomes a pretty good fish a little later, don’t bother when opening up the 56 tier.

Brown Bolo (x2) : “Nope” (more info!)
Notes: This fish is incredibly difficult to catch! Only on clouds, and has a terribly small bite chance! (You may have better luck than I…?)

IMPORTANT: WHEN I HIT FSH 56 (3.0) this tier was ‘bugged’ or badly designed. Pipira Pira and Hundred-Fin in particular CANNOT BE CAUGHT as a fresh 56… Please let me know if anything has changed via the Feedback Form since I cannot rewind time to be a non-60 FSH. SE dropped the ball on this and the 52 tier, IMO.

What I did in this tier (56):

THESE COLLECTIBLES SHOULD NOW GIVE OUT BLUE SCRIP!

Ignore the leves right now in this tier. They’re no value for the time spent. Most of them are locked behind Goblin Jig, which is a level 58 lure.

Your activities in this tier are vastly affected by what fish you get for collection.
ALWAYS attempt to catch ’em when the timeframe is up!

Warmwater Bichir: Fished up from Smoldering Wastes in Forelands (24,25). Not a bad place to grind. You can get Whilom Catfish here, and Blueclaw Shrimp which are staples of the old tier.

Noontide Oscar: Fished up from Eli Tohm in Churning Mists (35,25). You can fish up Cloudfish here too, which is a staple levequest fish. The problem? LAMP MARIMO. I don’t know how these guys got up here, but they’re here to do one thing: Reduce your average EXP per cast. IMO, this one is the worse of the two. If you got it, tough luck.

(recommended) During the down-time of your collectible fish:
just grind how you did in the previous tier.

Like I just mentioned, there’s not a whole lot you can do that’s unique to this tier. Just get on your “comfort” grind zones. This is where I used up my Commercial Fishing Manual. This is IMO the last chance to get value off these.

Regarding the 58 Quest fish: (HQ) Letter Puffer (more info) (from: Landlord Colony, Churning Mists) – I don’t think it’s value to farm this beforehand. While HQ Letter Puffer is easy to catch at 60, I suggest you get it over with as Aetherfishing is locked behind this quest. Or pick them up off the MB (In which case you’re worse than the worms you place on your hook, ‘fisher’).

TLDR; Leves suck in this tier. Grind for you 56+ Collectible when the timeframe is up, then do previous tier leveling techniques.


Fishing Level 58 to 60~

FSH 58 Collectibles & Levequest Fish

(58) Weston Bowfin : Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters – Goblin Jig – ANY Weather – 0800-1200 ET (info)
(59) Illuminati Perch : Hinterlands 21,19, Thaliak River – Goblin Jig – ANY TIME ANY WEATHER (info)

Bullwhip (x3)(x9)(Repeatable) : Really good (more info!)
Notes: you NEED FIENDWORMS for this. Use up your initial 50 (more below)

Fountfish (x3) : Wait ’til you’re 59 (more info!)
Notes: Not viable until 59 (Delta Quadrant, Azys). Use Goblin Jig if you try these out.

Yalm Lobsters (x2) : Not worth it pre-60, also a Mooch (more info!)
Notes: Don’t try to be that guy that says “My road to 60 was harder than yours”. Don’t.

What I did in this tier (58):

There’s a TON of things to do once you hit 58 – Why? The almighty GOBLIN JIG gets unlocked for you. Your first order of business is to ACQUIRE GOBLIN JIG. While you can get these off leves – I suggest sucking it up and buying a few from the MB!

Weston Bowfin and Illuminati Perch NEVER ROTATE. Unless i’m horribly wrong, these will FOREVER BE your 58 and 59 blue scrip/EXP collectible!

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If you’re expecting an epic uphill battle for the last stretch, I’m sorry to disappoint you. EVEN WITH ZERO RESTED EXP, I felt this tier was a breeze. However, the best way to get to 60 is split in half here…

Getting to 59: Check the links above for Bullwhip. As I mentioned, just farm these guys and turn in as many of them as you can. Remember to attempt Weston Bowfins when the timeframe is up! You should tele to Zenith a few minutes before 0800. Then back to Bullwhips!

Getting to 60: Get your butt to ILLUMINATI PERCH obliteration program. Equip your Goblin Jig and make your way up to Hinterlands. While they’re available at any time SUNRISE TO SUNSET seems to net the most IP. They still bite well during the ‘offpeak’. If you find it difficult, just go back to Bullwhips or Fountfish.

FIENDWORMS require Blue Scrip to get. So I hope you’ve farmed up a few. If not, just stick to Illuminati Perch and you’ll get to 60 anyway. The 50 Fiendworms you get off the quest might not last very long.

Level 60 Quest Fish: Cat Killer (more info) Another terrible quest fish. THANKFULLY WE CAN NOW “CHEAT”. Buy Brute Leech with Blue Scrips (This bait is amazing, you’ll be using this a lot anyway). Why? Instead of mooching, Brute Leech turns this into a STRAIGHT CATCH. Protip!


Fishing Level 60 and Beyond: FSH End-game?

If you’ve made it to this section – you deserve some congratulations!! You can unlock some new fishing holes (with questionable usefulness) once you’re 60 by “buying” the rights to use them via blue scrips.

I don’t know what else to put here but for now…

HO BOY! That was a painful journey when I had zero rested EXP back in the day. I sure hope it went a lot more smoothly for you – and I hope my fishing leveling guide helped out! Good luck reaching FSH 60 and doing fishy activities! Like us on Facebook, message us on Twitter! Ciao!

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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