Fishing is a completely new mechanic in Skyrim Anniversary Edition that adds a Fishing mini-game, dozens of new quests, and even places to display your prized catches in player homes. It's easy to start Fishing, and there's a surprisingly high number of new fish and unique items that can only be acquired through this new minigame.
In addition to being included in Skyrim Anniversary Edition, the Fishing creation can be downloaded for free for Skyrim Special Edition players who haven't bought the upgrade. Whether you plan to become a master angler or not, one thing is for certain: it's a whole lot better than catching fish with one's bare hands.
How To Fish in Skyrim
When it comes to how to fish in Skyrim there are a few things to keep an eye out for. At the very start of the game, after leaving Helgen Keep, players arrive in Riverwood to warn the village of the Dragon attack. The first Fishing Rod can be found here, just on the outskirts of town before crossing the bridge that leads to Bleak Falls Barrow and Whiterun. Pick up this Fishing Rod and look around for an interactable object called Fishing Supplies.
Pressing the Action button (E on PC, A on Xbox, X on PlayStation) on Fishing Supplies begins the Fishing minigame after a short fade to black. Keep in mind, though, that players cannot cast their line out in any body of water – the Fishing minigame can only be started at designated Fishing spots by interacting with nearby Fishing Supplies with a Rod equipped (not just in the inventory).
Catchable Fish and Treasures
There are a huge number of new fish, aquatic creatures, and even treasures to dredge up from Skyrim's many lakes, rivers, and oceanic shorelines. Some fish are tied to specific Fishing locations, and some can only be caught during certain times of the day or during specific weather patterns.
With enough luck (or gear that enhances Fishing) players may fish up unique treasures, all completely new to Skyrim. Rings, Amulets, Weapons, and other items have been introduced to the game with the Fishing update, many of which grant completely unique abilities or even grant players new spells to cast without learning them from a book.
List of Catchable Fish
In addition to the fish present in the base game (aside from Slaughterfish, which must be slain), there are more than 20 new fish that were added to Skyrim with the inclusion of Fishing.
The following are all of the new fish that can be caught and cooked or used in Alchemy, some of which grant unique effects used in new Potions.
- Angler Fish
- Angler Fish Larvae
- Arctic Char
- Arctic Grayling
- Brook Bass
- Glass Catfish
- Juvenile Mudcrab
- Lyretail Anthias
- Pygmy Sunfish
- Scorpion Fish
- Tripod Spiderfish
- Vampire Fish
List of Rare Treasures
In addition to the numerous new fish added to Skyrim, Fishing also adds a huge number of unique items that can be dredged up from lakebeds and riverbeds. These new items are mostly Rings and Amulets, items that unaware travellers might have dropped into the water long ago.
The following are all of these new unique items and what they do – some grant spells, some grant passive effects, and some alter the weather itself.
- Lynea's Amulet of Dibella: +15 to Speech, +40 to Max Stamina
- Denstagmer's Ring: Fire, Frost, and Shock Resistance increased by 20%
- Fang of Haynekhtnamet: A Dagger with an enchantment to deal 25 Shock Damage
- Lucky Fishing Hat: Changes the weather to Rainy while fishing
- Mentor's Ring: All Spell costs reduced by 10%
- Ring of Khajiit: Increases movement speed by 10%, grant the Hide spell
- Ring of Kynareth: Changes Sunny and Warm weather to Rainy while fishing
- Ring of Phynaster: Magic, Shock, and Poison Resistance increased by 20%
- Ring of Surroundings: Improves Sneak by 20%
- Ring of the Wind: Increases movement speed by 15%
- Vampiric Ring: Grant the Drain Life spell
- Viriya's Charm: Grants Water Breathing, +22 to Light and Heavy Armor
- Warlock's Ring: Blocking creates a weak Ward spell, mitigating 25 Magic damage. Increases Health regeneration by 30% and movement speed by 5%
Skyrim Fishing Tips
Fishing in Skyrim is pretty simple, all things considered. It's unfortunate that players cannot cast out a Fishing line anywhere in the world, but the minigame itself is fun and useful, particularly when playing with Survival Mode enabled or for use in Alchemy. Having said that, though, there are a few things every aspiring Angler should keep in mind when casting out for the first time.
- When first casting out, the intensity of ripples on the water's surface indicates about how many fish are available at this spot. If there are no ripples, wait one day for fish to respawn.
- The Fishing line will tug gently a few times before it really starts tugging. Don't fall for the false start – be patient and only press the Action button when you're certain a fish has bitten.
- Some items improve the ability of the player to catch fish and rare items, including improved Fishing Rods and the Lucky Fishing Hat
- Some fish only appear at specific spots throughout Skyrim. Some fish only appear in Rainy weather, which can be triggered by wearing the Lucky Fishing Hat or the Ring of Kynareth
After successfully catching a fish for the first time, players are automatically given the quest Angler Acquaintances, which guides them to a fishery in Riften. As players continue through the many Fishing-centric questlines given by Swims-In-Deep-Water they gain new gear, improve their fishing skills, and are given everything they need to truly master the rivers and lakes of Skyrim.
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