Ultimate Ironman Guide/Fishing

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Fishing is most often trained through "powerfishing", where the caught fish are almost immediately dropped onto the ground to keep a relatively empty inventory. While the skill is classically a good source of food for combat training, the significant amount of preparation required to catch and cook fish makes it less useful for Ultimate Ironman players when compared to buyable food (such as cooked karambwans, jugs of wine, and potatoes with cheese) or noted Saradomin brews. At high Fishing levels, it is possible to get noted raw sharks from fishing minnows, which can be a solid food choice once cooked.

Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]

A number of early quests reward significant amounts of Fishing experience, making it possible to skip slow, low-level training methods and get straight to fly fishing. The most notable of these quests is Sea Slug, which has minimal requirements and gives enough experience to get to level 24 Fishing alone.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–23: Sea Slug[edit | edit source]

Completing the Sea Slug quest gives 7,175 Fishing experience, which will get the player from level 1 to 23. Completing the quest is a much faster way to train the early levels than catching fish.

Levels 20–58: Fly fishing[edit | edit source]

From level 20 to level 58 Fishing, fly fishing is the fastest way to train the skill. This requires a fly fishing rod and feathers, which can be bought in bulk from various fishing shops. Experience rates have a notable increase at level 30 Fishing, after which the player will start to catch raw salmon. Experience rates increase as the player's fishing level does, ranging from 20,000–35,000 Fishing experience per hour.

The fishing spots just east of the Barbarian Village have a perpetual fire near them, where the raw trout and salmon can be cooked before dropping them. This is a good way to combine early Fishing training with early Cooking training as well.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Cooking.

Levels 58–99: Barbarian Fishing[edit | edit source]

3-tick Barbarian Fishing using the cut-eat method.

Barbarian Fishing is one of the fastest training methods in the game, and offers the fastest Fishing experience for most Ultimate Ironman players. Even though Barbarian Fishing becomes available at level 48, fly fishing offers faster experience up to level 58. Using tick manipulation is strongly recommended, as this increases experience rates a lot and makes it so the player does not need much inventory space for the fish.

Players must complete a portion of Barbarian Training to be able to catch leaping fish. Having level 30 Agility and Strength is required for catching leaping salmon, and level 45 in both for leaping sturgeon. Players will also need suitable bait such as feathers and a barbarian rod obtained from Otto's Grotto. For tick manipulation players will also need certain items to create a 3-tick action, such as herb and tar or knife and teak/mahogany logs, and a knife should the player cut the fish.

The best spot for Barbarian Fishing is at the pond next to the Otto's Grotto. Players can quickly get there by using a games necklace or Grouping teleport to Barbarian Assault and running south-west.

The most basic method for 3-tick fishing is to drop the fish between catches. This can be done by starting the 3-tick cycle, dropping the fish using shift drop and clicking on the fishing spot. This requires accurate clicking and some practice to perform consistently, but it is more efficient than dropping a full inventory.

"Cut-eat" or "eat-cut" fishing (depending on the order) is a more advanced and slightly more click-intensive method. This is done by starting a 3-tick cycle with herb and tar, cutting the fish with a knife and eating the roe/caviar to tick manipulate. When you run out of roe/caviar to be eaten and fish to be cut, use herb and tar to continue the 3-tick cycle. The benefits of this method is that it provides some passive Cooking experience, it does not require players to drop fish (therefore Shift is unused), and it is slightly cheaper due to fish offcuts also being produced which are used as bait over feathers. However, it is less predictable due to randomness being involved, which may take time getting used to. It is also stricter with timing; if the cutting and eating is done too late, the cycle becomes offset. Having at least level 80 Cooking is recommended for 100% chance of successfully cutting leaping salmon and sturgeon if using this method.

Experience rates are shown in the table below. The experience rates assume the player is not wearing the angler's outfit. The AFK rates include the time spent dropping the fish, and the actual rates vary depending on how fast the fish are dropped. The Cooking rates from using the cut-eat method assumes level 99 Cooking; having level 80 Cooking would lower the rate by roughly 1,000 Cooking experience per hour. Using this method from level 58 to 99 would net the player approximately 1,200,000 experience in both Agility and Strength.

Fishing Level XP/h (AFK) XP/h (3-tick)
Fishing Strength /Agility Fishing Strength /Agility Cooking
48 23,000 2,300 41,000 4,100 5,400
58 37,000 3,400 68,000 6,300 9,300
70 48,000 4,400 90,000 8,200 13,800
80 52,000 4,700 97,000 8,800 14,800
90 54,000 4,900 103,000 9,300 15,800
99 57,000 5,200 108,000 9,800 16,800

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 71–99: 2-tick harpooning swordfish/tuna[edit | edit source]

2-tick harpooning on the shores of Piscarilius.

2-tick harpooning swordfish and tuna offers the fastest Fishing experience in the game. Tick manipulation must be used for this method, as without it the experience will be a lot slower and this method would not be worth doing over other methods. When using the crystal harpoon, it becomes slightly more efficient than 3-tick Barbarian Fishing. However, obtaining the crystal harpoon and training through 2-tick harpooning ends up being slower overall than training through Barbarian Fishing, which has much lower requirements.

For harpooning tuna and swordfish, a convenient method of doing this is fishing in Piscarilius with two rats attacking two ticks apart. After setting up the rats, the only clicking that must be done is clicking the fishing spot on the ticks that a hitsplat appears on the player character.

Players can gain up to 135,000 Fishing experience per hour at level 99 when using the crystal harpoon, or 120,000 Fishing experience per hour when using the dragon harpoon.

2-tick harpooning is also the fastest method on average of obtaining the heron pet.

Levels 35-99: Tempoross[edit | edit source]

At level 35 fishing, players may participate in subduing Tempoross, a fishing minigame-style boss. This activity takes place in the Ruins of Unkah and can be soloed or done in a group. Players can earn around 22,000 Fishing experience per hour starting at level 35, and scale up to more than 50,000 Fishing experience per hour starting at 70. These experience rates increase should the player opt to not cook the fish during the minigame. Tempoross can be a good method for early Cooking training as the Reward pool provides noted food based on the players fishing level, and contains a bank chest to un-note the food and a nearby fire to cook the food. Other notable drops include Tome of water, Dragon harpoon, and the Tiny tempoross pet. An in-depth strategy guide can be found here.

Not Cooking

Fishing Level XP/h
Harpoon.pngRegular[n 1] Dragon harpoon.pngDragon Infernal harpoon.pngInfernal Crystal harpoon.pngCrystal
35 30,000 N/A N/A N/A
70 62,000 66,000 N/A 72,000
80 65,000 69,000 71,000 77,000
90 68,000 72,000 74,000 80,000
99 70,000 74,000 76,000 92,000[n 2]
  1. ^ The standard harpoon, the barb-tail harpoon, and Barbarian Fishing all have the same experience rates.
  2. ^ Using another account to shorten the waiting time between games, up to 102,000 experience per hour is possible.


Fishing Level XP/h
Harpoon.pngRegular[n 1] Dragon harpoon.pngDragon Infernal harpoon.pngInfernal Crystal harpoon.pngCrystal
35 22,000 N/A N/A N/A
70 52,000 54,000 N/A 58,000
80 56,000 58,000 60,000 62,000
90 60,000 62,000 64,000 66,000
99 64,000 66,000 68,000 70,000
  1. ^ The standard harpoon, the barb-tail harpoon, and Barbarian Fishing all have the same experience rates.

Levels 82–99: Minnows[edit | edit source]

At level 82 Fishing, Kylie Minnow allows access to her fishing platform at the Fishing Guild, where the player can catch minnows with a small fishing net. This method also requires the player to have completed the Fishing Contest quest and have shown Kylie the full angler's outfit. The stackable nature of minnows, as well as the noted raw sharks that Kylie gives in exchange, makes this a good way of training Fishing even with little inventory space. The sharks are also one of few noted food sources easily available to players, making them useful when fighting bosses.

Experience rates and fish per hour are shown in the table below. Equipping the Rada's blessing will increase the amount of minnows (and thus the amount of sharks) by up to 8%, depending on the level of completion of the Kourend & Kebos Diary.

Fishing level Minnow (sharks) per hour XP per hour
82 15,000 (375) 40,000
85 17,000 (425) 43,000
90 19,500 (487) 45,000
95 22,000 (550) 48,000
99 25,000 (625) 56,000