Fishing and Cooking 1-450 (Horde and Alliance)
This guide is designed to level Fishing and Cooking together. I recommend being a high level character (at least 70) when using this guide, but you can use it in stages as you level up. Overall, Cooking will level faster than Fishing, so after 225 we will concentrate on Cooking. Fishing will still level up, but you will catch some junk if you're not high enough level. You can also level Fishing by working on the Fishing Achievements. You can find links to the Fishing and Cooking Achievements at the end of the Trainers list.
I'm going to include both Horde and Alliance since they can follow the same paths, with just a few detours.
Horde Trainers, Vendors and locations will be in RED, Alliance will be in BLUE and Neutral will be in this COLOR. I'm going to use the starting areas I think are the best, but you can start in any of them if you have a preference (all trainers are listed at the end).
Always cook every fish you catch (even when they are gray), it's not much but cooked fish sell to Vendors for more than raw fish do. Always start at the bottom of your recipe list, you can make full use of your fish this way.
Table of Contents
- Getting Started
- Gone Fishin'
- 1 - 75
- 75 - 150
- 150 - 225
- 225 - 300
- 300 - 375
- 375 - 450
- Dalaran Cooking Dailies
- Fishing Trainers
- Cooking Trainers
Get the Fishing Buddy addon, it will auto-cast, auto-lure, automatically turn on the Find Fish tracking option (when you get it), and it has a counter that will tell you how many fish you need to get to your next skill point (this makes you not go crazy). It also does a lot of other stuff, but those are the important things for leveling. GatherMate is another good addon to have.
Ask an Engineer to make you 30 Aquadynamic Fish Attractors. Mats: 20 Bronze Bars, 10 Nightcrawlers, 10 Coarse Blasting Powder (or 10 Coarse Stone so they can make the powder). Have more made if you run out.
Now head to Bloodhooof Village in Mulgore or Goldshire in Elwynn Forest.
Go to Stonebull Lake or Crystal Lake, equip your pole, apply a lure, and start Fishing.
Until Fishing 125 you will get a skill point with almost every catch, after 125 it will take you 2 or more catches to skill up.
1 - 75
You're probably not at Cooking 75 yet, but we're going to move because there is a higher catch rate for Raw Longjaw Mud Snappers in these other locations.
Go to Thunder Bluff, train Cooking, and fish from the small pond on the lower rise or Stormwind, train Cooking and fish from the canals.
Cook all of your fish and make sure you have Cooking 75. Time to head to Hillsbrad Foothills.
75 - 150
Head to Tarren Mill or Southshore and go over to the river. Fish in the Sagefish schools. Occasionally you will fish up a trunk, open it and hope you get a Weather-Beaten Journal which will teach you the Find Fish ability.
When you reach Fishing 150, cook until Cooking 150, then visit your trainers.
Cook the rest of your fish.
Be sure to get all the recipes from your Cooking and Fishing Suppliers. They are near the Trainers.
If your Cooking is not 175 yet, go back to Hillsbrad Foothills until it is.
If you don't have the Weather-Beaten Journal, don't worry you can still get it at the next stop.
150 - 225
Head to Altreac Mountains, to Lordmere Lake near the Dalaran Crater. Fish from the Greater Sagefish schools all along the shore. If you didn't get the Weather-Beaten Journal, fish in the Waterlogged Wreckage pools until you get it. Don't leave here without it!!
Get Fishing and Cooking to 225. This will allow you to get Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole (this is the best pole in the game until you get lucky on a Fishing Daily in Dalaran, get exalted with the Kalu'ak or win the Fishing Contest in Stranglethorn Vale). Click for more info on fishing poles.
Go Train in Undercity or Ironforge.
225 - 300
Get the Aquadynamic Fish Attractors from your bank (you need them now).
Now you have to do some traveling.
Fly to Gadgetzan, run to Steamwheedle Port and buy all the recipes from Gikkix.
Go to Verdantis River, Feralas (62,52) for Feralas Ahi
Next head to Sar'theris Strand, Desolace (25,77) for Sar'theris Striker
Get to Booty Bay however you want and find Kelsey Yance in the Old Port Authority building. Buy all of his recipes.
Go to Savage Coast, Stranglethorn Vale (33,32) for Savage Coast Blue Sailfin
Go to Misty Reed Strand, Swamp of Sorrows (90,73) for Misty Reed Mahi Mahi
At this point we're going to concentrate on Cooking since you can fish anywhere and still level. Fishing for 10-20 minutes (1-2 lures) at each location should get your cooking where it needs to be.
Go to Azshara.
Start near the shore (I like (50,50) on the ruins jutting into the water). Cook to at least 250.
Move out to The Bay of Storms (on the island with Scalebeard's Cave (54,50) is a good spot).
Cook to 300 (You will need Refreshing Spring Water to cook the lobsters, so save them until you get to a vendor). If you want to stay here until Fishing 275, feel free.
300 - 375
Don't forget to get Refreshing Spring Water.
Time for Outland.
Alliance get recipes from Innkeeper Biribi (Allgerean Stronghold, Terokkar Forest), Uriku (Telaar, Nagrand), and Doba (Orebor Harborage, Zangarmarsh). You need to be at least Neutral with the Kurenai to talk to the last 2 NPCs.
Now Head to Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh and buy all the recipes from Juno Dufrain. If your Fishing is 275, train it too.
Outland Angler locations:
Zangarmarsh: Brackish Mixed School, Sporefish School
Nagrand: Bluefish School, Mudfish School
Terokkar Forest: Brackish Mixed School, Highland Mixed School, School of Darter
Cook to at least 350.
375 - 450
Here are the Cooking Trainers in Northrend. Get all the recipes.
Rollick MacKreel (Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra)
Brom Brewbaster (Valgarde, Howling Fjord)
Katherine Lee (A Hero's Welcome, Dalaran)
Orn Tenderhoof (Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra)
Thomas Kolichio (Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord)
Awilo Lon'gomba (Sunreaver's Sanctuary, Dalaran)
Make sure you do the quest Northern Cooking (there are 2 versions for each Faction), you will need the reward later for one of the Cooking Dailies. You can't get this quest in Dalaran!!
After 400 you will need to do the Dalaran Cooking Dailies (listed below) to get new recipes and Northern Spices. You can get the dailies at Cooking 350, but the recipes require Cooking 400 to learn. Pick the one(s) you like and cook them to 450.
Here are the Fishing Trainers in Northrend.
Old Man Robert (Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra)
Byron Welwick (Valgarde, Howling Fjord)
Fishy Ser'ji (Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra)
Angelina Soren (Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord)
Marcia Chase (The Eventide, Dalaran)
In between catching fish to level Cooking, you can work on your Fishing Achievements to get some cool rewards and the "Salty" title. Catch stuff until you're 450.
Dalaran Cooking Dailies
Cheese for Glowergold:
Get 6 Half Full Dalaran Wine Glasses and Aged Dalaran Limburger. The wine glasses are found in your faction's Inn, in the Legerdemain Lounge, and One More Glass, the wine & cheese shop, where you will also loot the cheese. Right click the Empty Cheese Serving Platter to create the cheese platter for Ranid Glowergold at Legendary Leathers.
Convention at the Legerdemain:
Bring 4 Northern Stew (requires 4 Chilled Meat) and a Jug of Wine (looted in Dalaran's wine & cheese shop, One More Glass) to Arille Azuregaze at the Legerdemain Lounge in Dalaran. You must have completed the quest Northern Cooking (there are 2 versions for each faction) offered by a Grand Master Cooking Trainer (not the ones in Dalaran) in order to have the recipe required to complete this quest.
Infused Mushroom Meatloaf:
Get 4 Infused Mushrooms and 2 Chilled Meat, cook them in the Meatloaf Pan to make Infused Mushroom Meatloaf for Orton Bennet at Curiosities & Moore. The mushrooms are in Dalaran's Underbelly as lootable objects. Herbalists can track the mushrooms.
Get 4 Wild Mustard and 4 Rhino Dogs (requires 4 Rhino Meat). Right click on the Empty Picnic Basket to make a Mustard Dog Basket to bring to Archmage Pentarus at Krasus' Landing. The Rhino Meat can be found on any rhino in Northrend and the Wild Mustard is a lootable plant found in grassy areas of Dalaran. Herbalists can track the mustard. This quest awards two Dalaran Cooking Awards instead of one!
Get 4 Crystalsong Carrots and 4 Chilled Meat,cook them in the Stew Cookpot and bring it to Ajay Green behind the counter of Cantrips and Crows in Dalaran's Underbelly. The Crystalsong Carrots can be found around the river in Crystalsong Forest and can be difficult to see, even with the sparkles. Herbalists can track the carrots.
Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert, Artisan:
Androl Oakhand Rut'theran Village, Teldrassil
Astaia Tradesmen's Terrace, Darnassus
Lee Brown Crystal Lake, Elwynn Forest
Arnold Leland The Canals, Stormwind
Paxton Ganter Iceflow Lake, Dun Morogh
Grimnur Stonebrand The Forlorn Cavern, Ironforge
Diktynna Ammen Ford, Azuremyst Isle
Erett The Crystal Hall, The Exodar
Gubber Blump Auberdine, Darkshore
Warg Deepwater The Loch, Loch Modan
Matthew Hooper Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains
Harold Riggs Menethil Harbor, Wetlands
Donald Rabonne Southshore, Hillsbrad Foothills
Brannock Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas
Clyde Kellen Brightwater Lake, Tirisfal Glades
Armand Cromwell The Magic Quarter, Undercity
Uthan Stillwater Stonebull Lake, Mulgore
Kah Mistrunner High Rise, Thunder Bluff
Lau'Tiki Darkspear Strand, Durotar
Lumak Valley of Honor, Orgrimmar
Drathen Walk of Elders, Silvermoon
Kil'Hiwana Zoram'gar Outpost, Ashenvale
Lui'Mala Shadowprey Village, Desolace
Katoom the Angler Revantusk Village, The Hinterlands
Zurjaya Zabra'jin, Zangarmarsh
Myizz Luckycatch Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale
Juno Dufrain Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh
Old Man Robert Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra
Byron Welwick Valgarde, Howling Fjord
Fishy Ser'ji Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra
Angelina Soren Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord
Marcia Chase The Eventide, Dalaran
Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert, Artisan:
Zarrin Dolanaar, Teldrassil
Alegorn Craftsmen's Terrace, Darnassus
Tomas Goldshire, Elwynn Forest
Stephen Ryback Old Town, Stormwind
Gremlock Pilsnor Kharanos, Dun Morogh
Cook Ghilm Gol'Bolar Quarry, Dun Morogh
Daryl Riknussun The Great Forge, Ironforge
"Cookie" McWeaksauce Odesyus' Landing, Azuremyst Isle
Mumman Seat of the Naaru, The Exodar
Crystal Boughman Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains
Celie Steelwing Wildhammer Stronghold, Shadowmoon Valley
Eunice Burch The Trade Quarter, Undercity
Pyall Silentstride Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore
Aska Mistrunner High Rise, Thunder Bluff
Zamja The Drag, Orgrimmar
Quarelestra Falconwing Square, Eversong Woods
Sylann Wayfarer's Rest Inn, Silvermoon
Master Chef Mouldier Tranquillien, Ghostlands
Duhng The Crossroads, The Barrens
Slagg Hammerfall, Arathi Highlands
Mudduk Grom'gol Base Camp, Stranglethorn Vale
Rollick MacKreel Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra
Brom Brewbaster Valgarde, Howling Fjord
Katherine Lee A Hero's Welcome, Dalaran
Orn Tenderhoof Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra
Thomas Kolichio Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord
Awilo Lon'gomba Sunreaver's Sanctuary, Dalaran