I’ve always said that there’s gold to be made in the secondary profession of Fishing. Love it or hate it, all players should add it to their list of gold making strategies – especially if trying to level Cooking.
If you follow this blog you’ll know that I’ve been madly leveling the Ways of Pandaren Cooking in an attempt to acquire the elusive Noodle Cart quest on the Timeless Isle. Many of the Way recipes require fish as an ingredient:
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Don’t Forget Your Ironpaw Tokens
When leveling the Ways of Cooking, I found myself using up my stash of Ironpaw Tokens which are needed primarily to buy items such as 100 Year Soy Sauce, Black Pepper and Rice Flour from Nam Ironpaw (Stockmaster) in Halfhill Market. I also used my tokens to buy bags of ingredients to make up the many Cooking ingredients required when leveling the Pandaren Ways.
Now, the easiest way to obtain Ironpaw tokens is to complete the quest ‘Replenishing the Pantry’ by filling grocery containers with Meats and Fish in stacks of 20 (doing this with vegetables takes too long). Nam Ironpaw will then reward you with a token and a little gold.
Note: This is true of all fish except Golden Carp which require a stack of 60 to complete a grocery container.
Fish for Groceries
Being in a bit of a hurry, I found myself running back and forth to the Auction House buying up the fish I needed for the many recipes required to level the Ways of Cooking and to complete my containers of groceries, only to find that very few fish were listed on my server. How frustrating. So, I dusted of my rusting Big Iron fishing pole and set about the task of, well, fishing!
Now, for many, the noble art of whipping out ones trusty (or rusty) pole and waiting for your fishing bobber to, well bob, is like watching paint dry. Some find it therapeutic. It takes me a little while to get going, and then I relax into it. It turns out to be more efficient and less hectic than grinding for Meats. Not sure why more player don’t try it.
Ben of the Booming Voice
Then I remembered Ben of the Booming Voice.
Ben of the Booming Voice is a relatively new fishing trainer that hangs out beside the river that meanders past the village of Halfhill. Ben will start you on a short quest ‘No Fishing Pole Necessary’ which requires you to catch 5 Golden Carp beside the river. This takes a few minutes. Ben rewards you with 10 more Golden Carp and a little gold. If you fish for a little longer, you’ll soon have the 60 Golden Carp needed for a grocery container.
Ben will also tell you about ‘The Fish of the Day’. These are special pools teeming with fish, all of which can be used in Pandaren Cooking and to complete grocery containers for Ironpaw tokens. Ben will even mark the spot on your map!
Show Me The Money
So, how is gold to be made from all of this?
Well, one strategy is to cook the fish you catch, turning it into high buff food. These foods are greatly in demand from Raid parties and those players venturing into dungeons. Being a Mage my favorite is Chun Tian Spring Rolls, made from the Redbelly Mandarin, that give the a ‘Well Fed’ buff of +450 Stamina. The market price for these on my server is 400g a stack.
Another strategy is to build a stash of Ironpaw tokens as described above. You can’t sell these directly, but you can use them to buy 100 Year Soy Sauce which is needed for many of the Ways of Cooking and command a market price of 80g each on my server.
Finally, you can list the fish on the Auction House. Prices vary for individual fish, but a stack of 20 Tiger Gourami sell for 500g on my server. Not bad for a short spell of fishing!