The latest update to Terraria came out late last week, and I must confess that I've spent way too much time this weekend trying to master the new fishing mechanics. Hence the lateness of this post.
Fishing has proven to be a lot of fun, but also quite time-consuming. The exact mechanics of it all have proven elusive, even with a large community of people trying to figure it all out. But with some help from one of the beta-testers, here's a quick rundown of how it all works:
- First, obviously, you need a fishing pole. Some simple ones can be made from wood or iron, but the better ones are rarely sold from particular NPCs or as a reward for completing a high number of fishing quests (see below).
- Second, you need bait. The logical choice are the insects and worms that typically are found around your base - butterflies, fireflies, grasshoppers, even scorpions. You can also be rewarded better bait from the aforementioned fishing quests.
- Finally, a number of factors determine what you'll catch:
- Quality of your fishing pole
- Quality of your bait
- Biome where you are fishing
- Time of day
- Whether or not a fishing quest is active
- Amount of water where you are fishing
- Random luck
And of course, perhaps the best reason to go fishing is the opportunity to defeat the new boss and gain some new shiny loot...
Thanks for reading.