Welcome to the FSH Level 54+ section! Might as well put up our trusty table first and foremost!
Fishing Collectibles Reference Table
|FSH Collectible||col||Lv||Best Loc||Bait (Earliest)||Notes of heavenly value||Time?||Help!|
|Glacier Core||310||A1||CWH 33,25 Greytail Falls.||Balloon Bug /|
|Only on SNOW & BLIZZARD. No catch on CLEAR.||24/7||(info)|
|Icepick||???||A2||CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond.||Stonefly Nymph||Any weather but RARE ON CLEAR, Favors COLD.||24/7||(info)|
|Whilom Catfish||459||B1||Forelands 30,21 Whilom River.||Stonefly Nymph||Only in DUST STORM, CLOUDY, FOG.||24/7||(info)|
|Sorcerer Fish||???||B2||CWH 27,17 Unfrozen Pond.||Stonefly Nymph||Favors SNOW, but ANY is possible.||0800-1900 ET||(info)|
|Bubble Eye||???||C1||Sea of Clouds, 28,34 Voor Sian Siran.||Purse Web Spider (or SFN)||Seemingly ANY weather.||1000-1700 ET||(info)|
|Dravanian Squeaker||158||C2||Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters.||Purse Web Spider (or SFN)||TINY TIMEFRAME, seems ANY weather.||1600-1800 ET||(info)|
|Noontide Oscar||258||D1||Churning Mists, 35,25 Eli Tohm.||Purse Web Spider||Seemingly ANY Weather.||0600-1100 ET||(info)|
|Warmwater Bichir||???||D2||Forelands 24,25. Smoldering Wastes.||Purse Web Spider||Seemingly ANY Weather.||2100-0200 ET||(info)|
|Weston Bowfin||376||E1||Churning Mists, 9,8 Weston Waters.||Goblin Jig||Seemingly ANY Weather.||0800-1200 ET||(info)|
|Illuminati Perch||826||F1||Hinterlands 21,19, Thaliak River.||Goblin Jig||ANY TIME ANY WEATHER||24/7||(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~ Fishing Gear Check
- (HQ Recommended) Dhalmelskin Bush Hat (LTW)
- (HQ Recommended) Dhalmelskin Vest (LTW)
- (HQ Recommended) Dhalmelskin Gloves (LTW)
- (HQ Recommended) BELT ANY (Any belt with GP+3 Melded is fine)
- (HQ Recommended) Ramie Trousers (WVR)
- (HQ Recommended) Dhalmelskin Fringe Boots (LTW)
- *Each non-belt body piece cheap-melded with: Gatherers Guerdon III, Gatherers Guile III.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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!
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…
- Gear and Melding: FSH BiS, Materia Melding.
- Possible guide for Gathering endgame progression charts? hmm.
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!