If you are an avid FFXIV player then you have probably tried fishing, leveled it through your Grand Company, ignored it because you hear it’s awful, or have gotten so deep into it you make the same old “it’s because I hate myself” jokes. If you are not a player of FFXIV I probably lost you at “Grand Company.”
The short of it is fishing is one of the three gathering jobs in Square Enix’s MMO FFXIV and one of my favorites. The other two being Miner and Botanist. All three gathering jobs are used to gather materials for the eight crafting classes also in the game. Disciples of the Land and Disciples of the Hand. DoL/DoH for short. Apart from becoming part of a team that does raid carries, gathering/crafting is the best way to make in game money aka “gil”.
Anyone who has played an MMO is probably familiar with the crafting/gathering systems. One of the things that makes fishing in FFXIV so different is the lack of hand holding with the pure overwhelming amount of information. This guide and the ones to follow it will break down fishing and work towards dispelling the stigma that it is the worst thing to have ever happened.Fishing Gear
Until you get into end game all three gathering jobs share nearly the same gear set. You have “left side” gear, your “right side” gear, then your “main hand” and “off hand” items. All three classes will have different main hands and off hands. Fishers don’t get their off hand item until level 61 (and after plowing through more Main Story Quests). The fisher’s main hand is the fishing pole (too easy) and the eventual spearfishing gig. There are no fish in the fishing areas below level 61 that require the gig, so don’t fret about getting there!
Chances are if you are getting into fishing you are already familiar with FFXIV’s gear system and are familiar with what I am talking about. What you are probably less familiar with is the clusterfuck of lures and baits required to fish. That’s right folks,...