A Comprehensive Fishing Guide/Calculator (2024)

The Comprehensive Fishing Guide/Calculator

Link to Google Sheet: Fishing Guide/Calculator
(Note that the copy provided does work without you needing to make another copy but it would be best to make your own copy.)

This is a fishing guide I have been working on, it started out as just a way to calculate the chances for each tier of rarity, which was pretty simple to do, but I have now expanded it to detail the requirements for catching every item and to give the chance for specific items. The list of possible fishing catches goes over every single fishable item and its requirements, and outlines the specifics of how certain items or biomes take priority over others. The list is very helpful for determining if you can catch certain items at specific locations or elevations, and for keeping track of the biome priorities the game uses.

Contents of the Guide

Sheet 1: Tier Calculator

This is the simplest of the 3 sheets, all it does is take a given fishing power and calculates the chances for each tier of fishing catch. There are five different rarity tiers, along with the possibility of no tier at all, and the additional Crate roll. Calculating the chances for a specific tier is fairly simple to do, the wiki has the formulas and the math is simple, the interesting part is determining all the different hybrid tiers. In total there are 31 hybrid tiers, and also no tier at all, and we can use these hybrid tiers to calculate the exact chances of catching a certain item, as explained in Sheet 3.

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Sheet 2: Detailed list of possible catches

Sheet 2 does not contain any formulas, it is merely a collection of information relevant to fishing. All possible fishing catches are given, including Blood Moon enemies and Duke Fishron, with the applicable tiers and any additional requirements. It covers pretty much everything there is to know about fishing, detailing chances for Blood Moon enemies, biome priorities, size of the fishing pool, and what makes Lava and Honey fishing so slow.

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Sheet 3: Fishing Calculator

This sheet took far longer than the others to put together, I was able to put together chances for crates, lava fishing, and honey fishing by more or less brute-forcing the math, and attempted to brute-force the items for fishing in water before realizing how hopeless it was. Eventually I found a way to use the 31 hybrid tiers to calculate chances for specific items, using the specific priorities the game gives to certain enemies/biomes. Since I did switch methods partway through, the sheet is a bit inconsistent in the way it displays information between regular items caught in water and everything else. The sheet still should be accurate though, if you notice something not working as it should let me know and I'll try to fix it. I also did make some assumptions for the sake of simplicity, no junk chances are calculated, and no quest fish are calculated either. I may make a better version at some point using the hybrid rolls to find the chances for every item, including junk and specific quest fish.

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Sheet 4: Angler rewards

Shows you chances for all the angler rewards based on how many quests you have completed and how happy the Angler is. I know the chances are changing once 1.4.4 comes out, but figured I would go ahead and make it now anyway. The chances are pretty interesting, really shows how rare the decorative items get once you get past 150 quests. What is interesting is that making the game think you still want at least one fishing accessory and at least one Fish Finder component drastically increases the chances of getting a decorative item, since it now only rolls twice instead of six times total.

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How the Calculator works

The 31 hybrid tiers are calculated using the given fishing power, and then added together for a total chance. Instead of trying to calculate the chances to catch an item it calculates the chances to not catch an item. For example, the Frog Leg is the second non-crate item checked, with a 1 in 5 chance of being caught if the Legendary roll succeeds. Using the hybrid tiers, every tier that does not have a successful Legendary roll can be ignored, it will be the same value it was before. The tiers that have a successful Legendary roll though will be multiplied by 4/5 since 1/5 of the time that tier will result in a successful Frog Leg catch. The totals from the previous row and the current row are then checked to find the difference between them. One particularly troublesome part was trying to accurately replicate how the game calculates chances when in both Crimson and Corruption biomes. If you are in both evil biomes at the same time there is a 50/50 chance for a fishing catch to use either the Crimson loot table or the Corruption loot table. This means that one catch can potentially either be a Crimson Tigerfish or a Hemopiranha, but never a Crimson Tigerfish or Ebonkoi. To accurately replicate this I had to make two more copies of the hybrid rolls, each one taking half the value of the original, and then using one to calculate chances for Corruption loot while in both biomes and the other for Crimson loot while in both biomes. After calculating both evil biomes fishing loot the two copies are added back together.

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How to become a successful fishing guide? ›

Here are some additional tips for becoming a successful fishing guide:
  1. Be a good angler. You should be able to catch fish consistently, even in difficult conditions.
  2. Be a good teacher. ...
  3. Be a good communicator. ...
  4. Be organized and reliable. ...
  5. Be safety-conscious.
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What are the requirements for fishing in Terraria? ›

75 connected tiles of liquid are required (1,001 for Oceans, 50 for honey) in order for fishing to work, and 300 or more tiles to be optimal (1,001 for Oceans, 200 for honey).

How many fish are in Terraria? ›

For other uses, see Fishron (disambiguation). Below is a list of fishing quests given by the Angler, as well as the biome and layer where each fish can be caught. Only one Angler quest can be completed per Terraria day; a new quest is given each dawn (4:30 AM). There are 41 / 39 distinctive variants of quest fish.

Do fishing guides make money? ›

How much does a Fishing Guide make? As of May 11, 2024, the average hourly pay for a Fishing Guide in the United States is $19.71 an hour.

What is a fair tip for a fishing guide? ›

In many cases, you can follow the same standard you would in many other tipping situations. Reward your guide about 20 percent for good service, more if you're really happy and can afford it. If you're not thrilled with the service, drop it down to about 10 percent.

What is the rarest fish in Terraria? ›

TypeSellCatch Quality
Golden Carp Internal Item ID: 230810Extremely Rare
Green Jellyfish (bait) Internal Item ID: 2437350Rare
Hemopiranha Internal Item ID: 231915Uncommon
Honeyfin Internal Item ID: 231415Uncommon
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How rare is a Princess fish in Terraria? ›

Princess Fish
TypeCrafting material
Research3 required

Does the Angler repeat quests? ›

If a quest is not completed before the next day begins (4:30 AM the following day), a new quest begins, whether or not the Angler is spoken to.

Does sitting on a toilet increase fishing power in Terraria? ›

Sitting on a toilet increases the player's fishing power by 5. Toilets act as mechanisms that can be activated via wire, which makes them appear to explosively eject sewage.

Does Terraria luck affect fishing? ›

If a player has total Luck greater than zero, then there is a (100 × Luck)% chance per catch attempt that the player's Fishing Power will be increased by +10% to +40%. Actual fishing rewards are not influenced by Luck beyond fishing power.

How rare is the crystal serpent in Terraria? ›

Crystal Serpent
Use time29 (Average)
TooltipShoots an explosive crystal charge
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What is the highest paying fishing job? ›

12 high-paying fishing jobs
  • Brand ambassador.
  • Fish hatchery technician.
  • Cutter.
  • Marine technician.
  • Store manager.
  • Writer.
  • Seafood manager.
  • Captain.
Apr 18, 2024

What makes a great fishing guide? ›

It's definitely important to look at reviews, how long they have been around, etc.. In my experience a bad guide will have bad reviews, the good guides will have a good website, good reviews, active socials posting fish pics, and more than just a few years in operation.

Are fishing guides worth it? ›

Hiring a fishing guide as a beginner can save you money in the long run. If you're starting out, you might not have the proper gear or equipment to catch fish efficiently. If you choose the right guide, everything will be provided for you. For example, say you go to Walmart and buy all the gear you assume would work.

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