Monster Hunter: World’s Guide to Fishing – Polygon


There is a lot about Monster Hunter: World it doesn’t really have to do with hunting monsters. There is always something around the corner to collect, craft, or capture. But not everything is useful. There is, however, one non-monster hunting activity that will help you a lot: fishing.

Why go fishing?

Like other wildlife you can catch in the New World, coiling a fish will earn you research points. Unlike other wildlife, however, some fish will drop an object when caught. These specific species Balance have a number of uses – you can oven-roast them (most) in the oven. canteen for items, some of them are crafting ingredients and still others are useful as items in their own right. Since it’s free and low risk, it makes fishing a very interesting pastime.

There is also a Commission researcher who will give you critical bonuses for fish that will unlock other useful items in Astera. Let’s take a look at it now.

pool researcher

The Research Pool and its beautiful hat.

Your first exposure to fishing will likely come (if and) when you meet the pool researcher in the Ancient forest (after talking to him there, he will bounce around any areas you’ve unlocked).

The first Critical Bounty the Pool Finder gives you.

Whenever you find him and talk to him, he will give you a critical bonus complete. Usually when you catch the fish he asks for and return him to the Resource center in Astera, you will unlock a new ingredient in the canteen.

You can often find the fish he asks for nearby. Other times, finding it will take a bit of work. Be patient with these bounties, and feel free to search other areas of the New World to supplement them.

What he doesn’t explain to you, however, is how to use your fishing rod. Or, for that matter, that you even have one.

Using your fishing rod

A hook fishing.

You already have a fishing rod in your article bar (bottom right of your screen). When you press the button to use it, you equip (unsurprisingly) a fishing rod. You will see a light column where your decoy will land. You will only be able to cast it when you are standing next to water deep enough for fish.

If you’re hooked on a bigger fish, you might need to play a bit of a quick event to land it.

For the most part, you will be able to see the fish in the water before casting. If you can’t see anything moving in the water, there probably aren’t any fish around. With a little practice, you can even begin to identify fish on sight – sharp fish have blue eyes and powdered fish have orange eyes, for example.

Once you’ve cast, it’s time to wait for something to bite the hook. This usually happens quite quickly, but if it doesn’t, you can grab the attention of the fish by moving the left analog stick. Then you just have to wait for the joystick to vibrate and the float to go underwater. It only remains to press the button to bring back the fish.

As you collect more and more things from the world, you may find things like bait to use as an alternative bait. You can also purchase species specific baits at reserve of provisions to Astera once his inventory starts to increase. Use the D-pad up and down to browse your tackle box.

The best fish in Monster Hunter: World

Fishing is a pretty relaxing way to pass your time in a game that’s full of things that want to eat you up, but you get real benefits. Below we talk about our three favorite fish and share our favorite fishing holes for them.

Sharp fish

A good early fishing hole in the old growth forest.

Our favorite fish and the one you should be looking for is the sharp fish, which will drop a ladder that you can use to sharpen your weapons faster than your whetstone. You can find these fish just about anywhere with water deep enough to fish, but there is an easily accessible spot in the Ancient forest which you can find very early in the game. Head towards the seafront in the east-southeast (about halfway between the numbers 3 and 4 on your map). You will need to empty some kestodons, but there is a plentiful fishing hole here. The sharp fish are those who have bright blue eyes.


Sushi scales are a good ingredient for oven roasting.

Another relatively common fish is the sushi fish. There are several in the same area that we recommend for sharp fish above, and they’re pretty common everywhere else. When you take a sushifish scale in the canteen and roast it in the oven, you will receive in return three rations and two medicinal plants. While this isn’t the most awesome loot, it’s a completely free way to earn these items. And poison yourself sucks, then you will be grateful for the herbal medicine.

Golden fish


You won’t hear about Golden fish or be able to find them until you are deep in Monster Hunter: Worldthe main story of. But once you’re around them they’re a great way to make money (zenny, as the game calls it). Our favorite place to fish them is in the Coral Highlands. Just east of the north-east camp, there is a cave with a shallow pond (which doesn’t look like it should have any fish in it, frankly). It’s in the area labeled 14 on your map.


Goldfish are finicky, so be patient here. They don’t bite quickly either, so if you have any bait, now is the time to use them. Once they do, however, and you collect their scales, you can sell them for 1000 zenny each. (They are located in the monster materials tab of your item box.)

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