Guild Wars 2 introduced Fishing with the End of Dragons expansion pack. Learn how to unlock fishing, and the basic mechanics of GW2 fishing.
Fishing unlocks when you finish “Old Friends,” the first chapter of the End of Dragons story. As soon as you find yourself back in control of your character after being released by Detective Rama, you can start fishing.
Get Fishing Equipment
In order to fish, you need a fishing rod, a lure, and bait.
You automatically get a basic fishing rod after you unlock fishing. You can buy fancier fishing rods later, but they aren’t necessary.
The starter lure is the Wooden Fishing Lure. If you don’t already have one unlocked, you can buy one from either of the merchants at the fishing village in Eastern Wilds, Seitung Province.
- Fisherman Benyo sells a Wooden Fishing Lure for 8 Silver or 1,400 Karma after you complete the Renown Heart.
- The merchant Lin sells a Wooden Fishing Lure for 8 silver.
Merchant Lin in the Eastern Wilds fishing village of Seitung Province sells Shrimplings and Sardines you can use as bait. Buy one jar of each, to start.
Double-click the bait to equip it on your fishing rod.
To see your gear and fishing power stats, open the Hero panel. Go to the Equipment (top) tab and click Fishing.
Go to a nearby body of water. It must be deep enough to count, meaning you can’t fish in any old fountain or puddle.
TIP: Until you unlock the Mastery track ability, you cannot fish in the designated fishing holes. You can only fish in open (unmarked) water.
Click J to start fishing, or click the tiny arrow next to the tiny mastery icon at the lower left-hand corner of your skill bar. It’s right beneath the “swap weapons” button. I cannot over-emphasize how teeny tiny this button is.
This replaces your weapons skills with fishing skills.
You’re ready to fish! Continue on to our article on how to catch fish, including where to find them, how to choose your bait, and the best way to reel them in.