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Fishing is a mechanic in Rune Factory 4 that allows you to catch fish to sell, cook, or give as gifts. You have to unlock the mechanic through a request that requires you to catch a fish and give it to Vishnal; simply catching the fish, shipping it, or giving it to the wrong person will not clear the request.

You receive your first fishing rod as part of this request. To catch better fish, you will need better rods. To get the recipes for these rods you will need to buy and eat Farming Recipe Bread from Porcoline's restaurant. You won't be able to learn the recipes without a high enough skill, however, and to make rods you will need a forge from Bado.

Fishing is a relatively simple affair where you equip your rod and use the B button to cast your line into the water. Fish-shaped shadows will tap repeatedly at your lure; at about the third tap, a fish will get "caught", creating a visual and sound effect of splashing water. At that point, you need to press B again quickly to reel the fish in. If you press B too early or too late, you'll lose the fish and need to recast your line.

All fish and other fishable items (such as boots) appear as moving, fish-shaped shadows. The rarest fish and items appear lighter than normal. This effect can be obscured by certain in-game weather and lighting effects; lower brightness settings can also make it more difficult to see. Many relatively rare fish, such as the Taimen and Yellowtail, have large shadows; however, some of the more desirable rare items appear smaller, such as the Rare Can and Legendary Scale.

What you can catch appears to be affected by the following factors:

  • where you are fishing
  • what season it is (if you are fishing in Selphia)
  • your fishing skill, and
  • your fishing rod

An NPC in the game advises you that you can reinforce your fishing rod with fish to make it easier to catch those fish. An exact explanation of how this mechanic works is not given.

Fish by Name

Sell and buy figures come from the Shipping Bin.

Name Sell Buy Shadow Locations
Masu Trout 15G 300G normal
Squid 24G 400G normal
Taimen 6,500G 78,000G faint
Sardine 70G 1,200G normal
Char 92G 1,800G normal
Chub 130G 2,600G normal
Glitter Snapper 8,800G 120,000G faint
Skipjack 220G 4,500G
Turbot 120G 2,500G normal
Gibelio 100G 2,000G normal
Salmon 80G 1,350G normal
Mackerel 60G 1,000G normal
Needlefish 30G 500G normal
Pike 12G 240G normal
Sunsquid 6,800G 74,000G faint
Shrimp 85G 1,500G normal
Snapper 1,280G 14,800G
Throbby Snapper 3,500G 38,000G faint
Rainbow Trout 150G 3,000G normal
Flounder 190G 4,000G
Blowfish 4,200G 57,000G faint
Yellowtail 3,800G 45,000G faint
Crucian Carp 35G 620G normal
Tuna 5,600G 61,000G faint
Girella 45G 850G normal
Fall Flounder 2,000G 27,000G
Cherry Salmon 18G 350G normal
Lamp Squid 1,800G 21,000G faint
Lobster 960G 9,600G faint
Pond Smelt 10G 200G normal
Sand Flounder 38G 700G normal
Rockfish 1,040G 10,400G normal

Other Fishable Items

All fishable items have shadows in the shape of fish.

Name Sell Buy Shadow Notes
Dragon Fin 10,000G 300,000G faint Very large shadow. Found in Spring Spring, possibly other areas. Also a monster drop. Can be bought from Raven once shipped.
Round Stone 50G - faint Very tiny shadow. Found in Yokmir Forest (waterfall). Cannot be purchased.
Legendary Scale 3,000G 50,000G faint Found in Maya Road, Dragon Lake, possibly other areas. Can be bought from Raven once shipped.
Boot 2G 8G normal Found anywhere. Can be bought from Arthur.
Can 1G 5G normal Found anywhere.Can be bought from Arthur.
Rare Can 300G - faint Found anywhere. Cannot be purchased.

Fish by Location

Season affects fish availability in Selphia, but does not appear to affect fish availability in field and fishing spots. Boot, Can, and Rare Can availability is not noted due to these items being available in all fishing spots.

Selphia Town

Name Spring Summer Fall Winter
Selphia Castle Gate Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Snapper,Squid, Turbot Chub, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Turbot Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Squid
Selphia: Dragon Lake Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot, Lobster Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot Char, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Salmon, Shrimp, Squid Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Yellowtail
Selphia: Housing Area Rainbow Trout, Throbby Snapper, Squid, Masu Trout Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot
Selphia: Melody Street Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Pike, Sardine, Tuna, Turbot

Selphia Plains

Fishings spots found in Selphia Plains, Selphia Plains West, or in dungeons of Selphia Plains.

Name Fish Other Map
Summer Spring Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail F3
Keeno Lake Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardine, Shrimp, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot E1
Selphia Plains West
(lily pad area)
F8
Selphia Plains West
(lily pad area 2)
G12
Yokmir Forest
(waterfall)
Blowfish, Char, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout, Taimen Round Stone 3
Yokmir Forest
(lily pad area)
Char, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout 5
Water Ruins
(Main)
Needlefish, Shrimp, Squid, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cherry Salmon, Char ??
Water Ruins
(Chimera Spot)
Throbby Snapper, Girella, Pike, Mackerel, Cherry Salmon, Masu Trout, Crucian Carp, Pond Smelt C1

Sercerezo Hill

Fishings spots found in Sercerezo Hill or its dungeons.

Name Fish Other Map
Spring Spring Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen Dragon Fin A1
Sercerezo Lake Sardine, Cherry Salmon, Masu Trout, Girella, Char, Crucian Carp D1
Sercerezo Hill
(lily pad area)
D4
Sercerezo Hill
(lily pad area 2)
D5
Sercerezo Hill
(sand pond)
Sand Flounder, Rockfish B5
Idra Cave
(1st floor)
Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Throbby Snapper, Squid, Sunquid, Taimen D1
Idra Cave B1 Chub, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Sardine, Shrimp, Snapper A6
Idra Cave B2 Char, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Shrimp, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen E3

Autumn Road and Silver Arch

Fishings spots found in Autumn Road and the wintery area west of Autumn Road. Also, Maya Road, which is directly connected to Autumn Road, and Sechs Territory, which Maya Road connects to.

Name Fish Other Map
Autumn Spring Chub, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot E4
Autumn River Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot H2
Autumn Road
(lily pad area)
I4
Autumn Road
(lily pad area 2)
J2
Winter Spring Blowfish, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Sunsquid, Yellowtail F2
Silver Lake Blowfish, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Sunsquid, Yellowtail H1
Silver Lake
(lily pad area)
F1
Silver Lake
(lily pad area 2)
G1
Maya Road Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Pike, Pond Smelt, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardine, Shrimp, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail, Throbby Snapper Legendary Scale B7
Sechs Territory Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot C3

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