Archive for fish-induced boredom

Fishing: Albino Cavefish

Posted in Gold making, Professions with tags , , on December 18, 2010 by Aeliel

Just a quick note – and this is absolutely not a fancy strategy, and I can’t believe there aren’t more people doing this on my server (but then again, the less people doing this the more profit for me).

Whenever I’m in Deepholm, I make sure I fish some Albino Cavefish. It’s only used for one thing – Deepstone Oil, from Alchemy – but every alchemist will be making a handful of those for skillups, plus they’re reagents for the Vial of the Sands mount.

The Therazane dailies (which I do for reputation, gold and the chance at achievements – although I still haven’t seen the Pebble daily nor the Fungalmancer Glop daily, grrr) take me right to a place with plenty of pools (the Crimson Expanse, at about the 3-o’-clock position on the map), and I’ve never seen anybody else fish these pools. There are also some pools further south, at the Silvermarsh, but I rarely bother with those.

There are red clouds on the shores that will put a DoT on you, but it’s quite easy to avoid those with some method of water walking. (If you’re not a shaman, priest or death knight, try the Elixir of Water Walking – it can be found in the bag rewarded by the fishing dailies, so it’s pretty easy to obtain.)

The price has remained pretty steady on my server, at 8-10g per fish (160-200g per stack). I only fish what pools I see while doing the dailies in the Crimson Expanse area; it takes about 15 minutes of my time per day, and I usually come out with one and a half or two stacks of the fish. Considering I still don’t have fishing capped and I’m still missing the Sea Turtle (and it’s been confirmed to drop from Cataclysm pools, thank you Blizzard for small mercies), it’s not a bad gold return for something I’d be doing anyway. By the time I log in to do my dailies, the fish I caught the day before has sold; there is very little competition.

Sure, I could be fishing for Fathom Eels in Uldum – but that’s a pain, since the fishing pools are affected by phasing and as a result there’s a whole clump around Schnottz’s Landing. There’s also plenty of competition, the fishing path is long, and the prices keep dropping to the point that on bad days, they’re below the Albino Cavefish. Other fish has similar issues.

Cooking dailies and you

Posted in Alts, Gold making, Professions with tags , , on November 26, 2010 by Aeliel

The new cooking dailies (Orgrimmar / Stormwind) reward you with 1-2 cooking skill and 1-2 cooking tokens, depending on the quest.

The cooking skill is most probably going to be wasted, since anybody who cares about this will be capped on cooking on their main character (I am, for instance).

The cooking tokens can be used to buy the new Cataclysm cooking recipes and Crate of Tasty Meat. The latter costs two tokens and can contain some random gray items and some random Cataclysm meat.

On your main character, you want to start doing the dailies now and spend the tokens on recipes to get an edge. The cooking skillups from the quests, like I said, will be wasted – but you’ll have recipes ahead of time. (Kaliope’s Cataclysm Cooking Leveling Guide suggests fish recipes to level up on, as those are more reliable than farmed-meat recipes.)

On any of your alts above level 10, including bank alts, unused characters and the like, you also want to start doing the dailies now (all you need is Cooking 1, so just pick up the profession if you don’t have it – no need to skill it up) – and buy the Crate of Tasty Meat every time you have two tokens.

You can then either sell the meat, or keep it to level cooking on your main. Assuming you have the recipe – which you should be able to get if you do the quests on your main before Cataclysm hits – every bit of meat you get is a fish you don’t have to fish up.

At the long bloody last

Posted in Achievements, Professions with tags , , on November 23, 2010 by Aeliel

This achievement took entirely too long, or at least it felt like it. It only took me about 7000 casts or so (if I am to believe the “Fish and other things caught” statistic, although not all of those were in zones that could’ve gotten me a rare fish), and I know there are people who’ve spent vastly longer fishing and still don’t have it – but it felt like it was taunting me.

I won the Kalu’ak fishing competition while trying to get this achievement. My reasoning was “I’ll just fish in Howling Fjord, I’m not likely to win the competition but I might actually catch the stupid Dark Herring. No joy, but I did end up fishing up a Blacktip Shark on the fourth or fifth catch of the third competition I tried.

(Meanwhile, Alieth went fishing in Howling Fjord for a lark at the same time I was doing it while we were both waiting on a raid to fill, and he got a Sea Turtle off the second pool he emptied, the lucky git. I still don’t have mine, but meh.)

And then, of course, there was the time I went to help Alieth with the Stranglethorn Vale fishing competition. I was pretend-fishing in the pools he was fishing to discourage competition… and he caught a Rockhide Strongfish before the competition was over. (He didn’t win the competition, unfortunately – he was on 34 fish when the winner was announced – but he’ll keep trying and I’ll keep helping.)

In the end, I got my Dark Herring in Howling Fjord a few days ago, when I went to fish out of boredom and frustration with having missed a certain achievement due to the utter stupidity of a raid member (I’ll get into that in a future post). It was a bit anticlimatic, truth be told, but a relief at the same time – I don’t have to fish another Fangtooth Herring School ever again. Hooray.

Now to get a Sea Turtle, right? I’m kind of hoping they’ll make that one fishable from Cataclysm-level pools as well, although I’m not holding my breath.