Much to the joy of many, one of the main features shown off in trailers and previews of Tales of Arise was fishing. What they don’t communicate, and what you’ll be shocked to know, is that you can’t actually fish in the game until you recruit Dohalim and Kisara in Elde Menancia. This can be a little frustrating, especially as you can find fishing spots early on in areas like Calaglia’s Cave of Solitude and the lake in Frozen Valley. But don’t fret! You can fast travel back to those locations and get the fish you need once you obtain the ability.
Here’s our guide on how you can unlock fishing and be the best fisher you can be in Tales of Arise.
How to Fish
Once you recruit Dohalim and Kisara, you’ll head to an area called Talka Pond Road. It’s near the Fishing Spot here that Kisara explains how to fish, the efficiency of different rods, and lures. Alongside this Fishing Spot is an NPC who is a bit of an angler himself. He’s pretty efficient at letting you know areas where you can find a Fishing Spot, as well as giving you tips and tricks on how to fish.
So, how do you fish in the first place? First off, you find what is called a “Fishing Spot.”
A Fishing Spot is easy to find. There’s always a fishing icon that hangs above the dock that leads into the water. Kisara, your companion, will also comment that they’ve spotted a fish, which is usually a pretty good indicator that you’re near a place you can fish. Once you find a Fishing Spot, you can look at what fish you can catch in that particular lake at the right-hand side of your screen.
As you can see above, this particular Fishing Spot has a number of fish with buttons that indicate which you should press in order to lure in that particular fish. You can do this with any lure, but it’s always more efficient to find the lure that fish is attracted to, otherwise, there is a high chance you won’t be able to get that fish to bite your hook.
With a fish in mind, cast your line and press the buttons necessary for the fish you want to catch. Once that fish has bit the hook, you’ll enter a sequence where you must reel the fish in by moving your analogue stick (or arrow keys) in the way highlighted to you above the fishing rod’s stamina bar.
As you can see here, the fish has its own stamina. So does the fishing rod— or, more accurately, you. The aim is to deplete the fish of its stamina by reeling it in while performing the right button presses. But you need to be cautious. If your rod’s stamina dips into the red, then the fish will escape and you’ll be left with nothing.
Again, to get the best success with each fish you come across, it’s best to get the lure that best matches the fish.
Every Fishing Spot Location
The more you progress through Tales of Arise, the more Fishing Spots you’ll come across. None are particularly hard to miss, though there are two spots in particular that can only be accessible via completing subquests.
Here are all of the Fishing Spots in Tales of Arise:
- Calaglia – Cave of Solitude
- Cyslodia – Nevira Snow Plains
- Cyslodia – Frozen Valley
- Elde Menancia – Overseer Hill
- Elde Menancia – Talka Pond Road
- Mahag Saar – Adan Lake
- Mahag Saar – Adan Ruins
- Mahag Saar – The Hidden Wharf*
- Ganath Haros – Shinefall Woods
- Ganath Haros – Lavtu Marshlands
- Ganath Haros – Fogwharl Limestone Caverns – Inner Sanctum**
- Uninhabited Island***
*– The Hidden Wharf location can only be unlocked after you’ve completed The Wedge section of Tales of Arise. This happens a little after the Del Fharis Castle section of the game.
**– You’re only able to access this area after starting the subquest Untamable Rage. You start this quest in Thistlym after completing the Ganath Haros storyline. You’ll know you’re on the right questline when Rinwell, Kisara, and Shionne become the main players.
***– You’re only able to gain access to this location after reaching Rena and going back to the Tuah Shoreline near Thistlym. After finding a bottle on the shoreline, you’ll have to go to The Hidden Wharf and get Mahavar to take you to the Uninhabited Island. There, you’ll find a fishing spot.
Every Fishing Rod in Tales of Arise
Rods are given to you via the Fishing Master at Talka Pond Road or through completing Kisara’s training in the Training Grounds at Viscint.
Here are all of the fishing rods in Tales of Arise:
- Migal’s Rod – The starter rod that Kisara uses to remember her brother, Migal.
- Novice Tackle – The rod the Fishing Master gives you after catching 10 fish.
- Fishing Sniper – The rod the Fishing Master gives you after catching 10 fish. It’s particularly useful against tougher fish.
- Alliance Marine Rod – The rod you earn after completing Kisara’s Level 60 Solo Challenge at the Training Ground.
- Tenebrae Mk. III – The rod the Fishing Master gives you after catching all 44 fish.
Every Fishing Lure in Tales of Arise
Fishing Lures can be found in inns and stores, through opening chests, and progressing throughout the main Tales of Arise story.
Here are all of the fishing lures in Tales of Arise:
- Beginner’s Popper – The Fishing Master gives you this lure the moment you start the fishing subquest.
- Elegant Swimmer – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching threeunique types of fish.
- Portly Mudslinger – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching five unique types of fish.
- Round Popper – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching 15 unique types of fish.
- Marine Floater – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching 25 unique types of fish.
- Uber Spinner – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching 30 unique types of fish.
- Teepo Lure – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching 35 unique types of fish.
- Silver Fang – The Fishing Master gives you this lure after catching 40 unique types of fish.
- Disarming Lure – Brought via the innkeeper at the Cysloden inn in Cyslodia.
- Trembling Lure – Brought via the innkeeper at the Viscint inn in Elde Menancia.
- Charming Lure – Brought via the innkeeper at the Niez inn in Mahag Saar.
- Rock Slapper – Brought via the innkeeper at the Pelegion inn in Ganath Haros.
- Celestial Whale Lure – Earned via completing Kisara’s Level 25 Solo Battle in the Training Grounds in Viscint, Elde Menancia.
- Mieu Sinker Lure – Earned via completing Kisara’s Level 40 Solo Battle in the Training Grounds in Viscint, Elde Menancia.
- Zapie Doppelganger Lure – Found in a chest in the Fogwharl Limestone Caverns area. The player must have started the ‘Untamable Rage’ subquest to access the area.
- Bienfu Lure – Found in a chest in Ganath Haros’ Forland Mountains.
- Stick Lure – Found in a chest in Ganath Haros’ Lavtu Marshlands.
- Subsurface Mirrage Lure – Found in a chest in Mahag Saar’s Adan Ruins.
- Flaptrap Lure – Found in a chest in Mahag Saar’s Adan Lake.
- Rappig Minnow Lure – A reward given to the player after completing the Cysloden subquest ‘In Sync.’
Now you have everything you need to ignore all the quests and become a pro fisher! I’m sure everything will be okay without you, they’ll understand.