Getting Started with Fishing

Construct the Fishing Hut for the Fishing Line

The fishing system in AC: Valhalla is somewhat basic, but you’ll need to engage with it occasionally for specific quests, as with the altar mysteries such as Elisdon Altar. If you haven’t constructed the Fishing Hut in your settlement of Ravensthorpe, the only way you’ll be able to catch fish is by shooting them with your bow, or slashing at them with your melee weapons in shallow waters. These aren’t exactly the most reliable methods, but they can be quicker than regular fishing in the right circumstances. However, if you enjoy the prospect of a lazy day fishing with a line, you’ll need to construct the Fishing Hut to access it first.

Note: For a detailed guide explaining how you can construct the Fishing Hut and at what stage of your settlement progress, see the Settlement Levels & Buildings guide.

Once you’ve constructed the Fishing Hut, you’ll be able to access the Fishing Line from your quick actions wheel, as shown below. You can cast the fishing line in almost any body of water throughout the world, but not all of them will be swarming with fish. In general, you’ll find plenty of fish in most rivers and off most coasts, but there are a couple of places worth noting for their abundance of fish. These are useful if all you want to do is hunt the fish to sell at a trading post, or to hand in at the Fishing Hut in your settlement for rewards such as runes, ingots, and settlement schematics.

(1 of 3) Once you’ve constructed the Fishing Hut, you’ll be able to use the Fishing Line.

Hotspots for Fish

You’ll find one of the highest concentrations of fish at Roaring Meg’s Spring, a small pond northeast of Lincoln. Another excellent location is the Wensum River, located directly north of the town of Northwic in East Anglia. Here you can stand up in the water and use melee weapons with a long reach, such as spears, to kill a lot of fish in a short amount of time. These are just two examples of reliable places where you will always find an abundance of fish, if you’re not necessarily looking for specific types. Wherever you find shallow waters, it’s worth checking to see whether they contain a high concentration of fish.

Tip: In order to quickly scout a body of water for the presence of fish, use Odin’s Sight to highlight any in the vicinity. This will cause the fish to glow white, as can be seen in the screenshots below.

(1 of 6) The location of Roaring Meg’s Spring, northeast of Lincoln.

Speeding up the Process

If you’re fishing solely for the purposes of selling the fish to merchants or exchanging them for rewards, there are three things you can do to speed up the process. First, get the Auto-Loot skill from the Way of the Raven skill tree. As the name suggests, this will allow you to automatically loot anything that you kill (including fish) as soon as you kill it, allowing you to keep moving as you chase the fish through the water, rather than having to stop to loot each fish. Second, get the Heavy Dual Wield skill from the Way of the Bear skill tree. This will allow you to equip two two-handed weapons with long reach, such as spears, allowing you to kill the most amount of fish with each swing of your blades. Third, strip yourself of all armor, clothing, and weapons aside from those you need to hunt the fish. This will allow you to be as swift as possible as you run through the waters.

(1 of 2) You’ll find the Auto-Loot skill in the Way of the Raven skill tree.

You’ll find the Auto-Loot skill in the Way of the Raven skill tree. (left), You’ll find the Heavy Dual Wield skill in the Way of the Bear skill tree. (right)

Where to Find Specific Fish

If you don’t know where to look for specific fish, it can be a bit of a pain to find them. Fortunately, the Trading Post in your settlement offers three documents which provide an overview of where to find specific fish throughout the game world. You’ll find the documents at the bottom of the Trading Post menu when you speak with Yanli, each entitled ‘Fantastic Fishes and Where to Find Them, available in parts I, II, and III. These would normally cost you 90, 160, and 180 silver respectively. However, we’ve listed their contents below so you won’t need to purchase them.

Fantastic Fishes and Where to Find Them, Part I

Fish Type Where to Find Them
Halibut Coasts of Grantebridgescire, East Anglia, Lincolnscire, and Eurvicscire
Shad Coasts of Grantebridgescire, East Anglia, Lincolnscire, and Eurvicscire
Haddock Coasts of East Anglia, Lincolnscire, and Eurvicscire
Cod Coasts of East Anglia, Cent, and Essexe.
Perch Rivers of Ledecestrescire, Grantebridgescire, East Anglia, Oxenefordscire, Sciropescire, Lincolnscire, Eurviscire, and Snotinghamscire.
Eel Rivers of Ledecestrescire, Grantebridgescire, East Anglia, Oxenefordscire, and Sciropescire.
Bullhead Rivers of Ledecestrescire, Grantebridgescire, East Anglia, Oxenefordscire, Sciropescire, Essexe, Lincolnscire, Eurviscire, Glowecestrescire, and Snotinghamscire.
Brown Trout Rivers of Ledecestrescire, Sciropescire, Lincolnscire, Eurviscire, Glowecestrescire, and Snotinghamscire.

Fantastic Fishes and Where to Find Them, Part II

Fish Type Where to Find Them
Flatfish Coasts of Cent, Essexe, Suthsexe, and Hamtunscire
Bream Coasts of Cent, Essexe, Suthsexe, and Hamtunscire
Bollock Rivers of Cent, Essexe, Suthsexe, and Hamtunscire
Burbot Rivers of Oxenefordscire, Cent, Sciropescire, Suthsexe, Glowecestrescire, and Hamtunscire
Salmon Rivers of Lincolnscire, Eurviscire, and Snowtinghamscire
Grey Trout Rivers of Cent, Essexe, Suthsexe, and Hamtunscire
Sturgeon Rivers and seas of Cent, Suthsexe, and Hamtunscire

Fantastic Fishes and Where to Find Them, Part III

Fish Type Where to Find Them
Redfish Seas of Rygjafylke and Hordafylke
Mackerel Seas of Rygjafylke and Hordafylke
Hake Seas of Rygjafylke and Hordafylke
Arctic Char Seas of Rygjafylke and Hordafylke

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Ubisoft
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    10 November 2020
  • Last Updated
    19 January 2021
    Version History
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This guide for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla includes:

  • A detailed Tips & Tricks section.

  • A complete Walkthrough of the main story.

  • A guide to Collectibles for each region, including Abilities, Wealth, Weapons and Armor.

  • A detailed Settlement guide including a breakdown of settlement levels and buildings.

  • A section covering Boss Fights throughout the main story.

  • A guide to all Flyting Contests, including each correct answer.

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