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30 Master Anglers & proof that the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl works!

MyNameIsElias
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Warning, long post!

I started fishing back in the Summer of 2015 when Zenimax added Perfect Roe into ESO. Ever since then i have been fishing on my alts whenever i ran out of content to do in the game. You might have seen my previous posts on here, the latest one being posted in early 2018 where i talked about my journey to 15 Master Anglers. One year has passed and i have now reached a total of 30 Master Anglers!

The reason for me making another thread is because the Summerset patch introduced a new type of fishing buff food that supposedly increases your chances of catching rare fish. As soon as it came out is when i picked up my rod once more.

If you are interested in seeing proof of my 30 Master Anglers, you can check out this Youtube Playlist where i recorded every single moment where i caught the last fish needed for the achievement on all 30 alts!


At the end of this post you can find a Master Angler fishing map guide! This guide of all 20 zones required for the achievement will include fishing hole locations, the rare fish in each zone, and the average amount of time you will spend fishing in each water type!

Now, let's start by talking about the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl food!

This section is going to explain how the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl affects your fishing, and how it compares to fishing without it being active.

The first 15 Master Anglers i got were all done before the new food was introduced to ESO, and the remaining 15 were all done with the new food active 100% of the time.

Down below there's two images that show how much fish was needed to complete the achievement on all 30 characters, without versus with the food active.

Total amount of fish caught per character WITHOUT new food active:
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Total amount of fish caught per character WITH new food active:
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Without the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl food active, the average amount of white fish you catch in one Master Angler "run" is ~ 8,048 fish

And with the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl food active, the average amount of white fish you catch in one Master Angler "run" is ~ 5,438 fish

This means that while using the new food, your time spent fishing for the Master Angler achievement is cut by ~ 32,4% !

One of the things i did for fun during this very long testing session was that i cooked up 500 Fish Bowls before i started fishing on my last 15 alts. And this is how many i had left after i acquired the title on my last character! :)
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That's all i have on the new food. If you are going for the Master Angler title, use it! It makes a significant difference :wink:

Now we move on to the combined statistics of all my 30 characters! Spoiler alert, the numbers get a bit crazy here :smile:

First off, Furnishings.

I really wanted to go in depht about the Furnishings that you can loot from fishing, but i unfortunately don't have as much information on them as i would have liked to. They were introduced to ESO when i already had 12 Master Anglers, and then they completely dissapeared from the fishing loot table due to a bug that came with the Murkmire patch. Therefore you will have to settle for a picture of some of the Furnishings i caught during the times i spent in DLC areas on some of my alts!
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The total market value of these Furnishings is ~ 327,608 Gold on the PC EU Megaserver.

Alternatively, they would fetch 60,199 Gold if sold to an NPC vendor.

And just for fun, here is a Pie Chart that shows the rarity of each type of furnishing, based on the information from the prior image :)
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Moving on from Furnishings, let's get to some more crazy numbers

Between all 30 characters, i've caught a grand total of 202,207 Fish! Keep in mind that this is only the total from the Master Angler zones, the personal total for me is even bigger!

If we were to assume that the average time it takes to catch fish is 15 seconds, then this would add up to roughly 842,9 hours, or 35,1 days! That's a lot of time spent on just Fishing! :dizzy:

In the following image, you will see how many days passed on each character from the day i got the first zone fishing achievement, until i unlocked the Master Angler title:
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The reason for character #2 taking 302 days to complete was simply because i wasn't sure it was something i felt like doing at the time. I caught the single rare fish in Bleakrock Isle, and decided that i'll do it again at some point in the future. Nearly a year later, i got my second Master Angler title :)

Continuing with the theme of large numbers, here's a graph showcasing the total amount of Fish that was caught from each type of water! (River, Ocean, Foul & Lake)
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Perfect Roe is most likely the main reason that people fish, so let's get to it!

Here you can see how much Perfect Roe was looted per character, from 1-30 :star:
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All combined, i've looted 1975 Perfect Roe between all 30 alts. At the current market value this is worth ~ 22,5 Million Gold on PC EU.

Throughout my long journey i have usually sold all the Perfect Roe i've looted. But i decided to save all the Roe i got from my last 15 alts. I thought it could make for a cool screenshot :)
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(Total market value of ~10 Million gold)

Now onwards to bait!

I never once farmed for fishing bait, i always bought it from other players (Leaves more time for fishing!). While the price of bait has varied for the past few years, this image shows the rough total of how much gold was spent buying each type of bait:
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Grand total cost of all bait i bought: ~ 1,6 Million Gold.

Yet another thing i did for fun was that i collected all of the extra fishing bait i caught from my last 15 characters, just to see how many i would end up with in the end. Interesting stuff!
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Now to the final topic, the Wet Gunny Sacks!

I never wrote down the data on the Wet Gunny Sacks when i got my first 15 Master Anglers, so i made sure to do it this time. I mentioned it briefly in my previous post, but this time i've got plenty more information on them.

I looted 4161 Sacks from 15 characters, and here you will see everything i looted from them:
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That's everything! I hope you enjoyed the post :smiley:

I have next to no experience in graphic design, and i apologize for the quality of some of the images. I did the best i could with the tools i have at my disposal, and hope it was enough to provide you with an enjoyable read! Please feel free to ask any questions if you have any, i'll be happy to answer.

As i promised earlier, here's the Imgur Album link to my fishing maps:
https://imgur.com/a/nMvgKN1

But before you go, here's a final look at the fish count in my crafting bag. Thanks again for reading!
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TL:DR: I spent over a month of my life fishing in a video game
Edited by MyNameIsElias on January 31, 2019 2:42PM
  • MyNameIsElias
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    ... I only did it one toon and concidered it torture...

    Grats on having the patience to do it on 30! Don't think I'll ever try that though...

    Thank you! Yes, i wouldn't really recommend trying this, unless you love staring at the ocean as much as i do :wink:
  • Skwor
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    Stunningly amazing! Thank you for these insights. I do have one very important question. Did you happen to notice any relationship to fish type or fished area to an increase in perfect roe filleted?
  • MyNameIsElias
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    Skwor wrote: »
    Stunningly amazing! Thank you for these insights. I do have one very important question. Did you happen to notice any relationship to fish type or fished area to an increase in perfect roe filleted?

    Thank you for the compliments :) I never noticed any correlation between zones/water type and Perfect Roe drops. As far as i am able to tell, it's 100% rng!
  • MyNameIsElias
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    Zacuel wrote: »
    Holy crap dude.

    The True Master Angler.

    Thank you so much 🙏
  • Skwor
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    Oh one more question. For your toons 1-30 are they listed in order of when you did the master angler run? IF so your data shows a drop in perfect roe from the first to the last indicating Zen reduced the roe fillet rate.

    Edited
    Nevermind. I just realized the use of the new food explains this becuase of the reduced white fish needed to finish the achievement.
    Edited by Skwor on January 31, 2019 11:40AM
  • MyNameIsElias
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    Skwor wrote: »
    Oh one more question. For your toons 1-30 are they listed in order of when you did the master angler run? IF so your data shows a drop in perfect roe from the first to the last indicating Zen reduced the roe fillet rate.

    They are indeed listed in order! The reason for the drop in Perfect Roe is because the characters 16-30 were all using the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl, reducing the overall amount of fish caught, and thus reducing the overall amount of Perfect Roe gained.

    I don't think Zenimax ever nerfed the Roe drop rates :)
  • Scarpion
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    You're my idol Elias. Well done on this achievement.
    Edited by Scarpion on January 31, 2019 12:18PM
  • AlienSlof
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    Wow you've been busy! Last I saw, you had about 15 Master Anglers ,,, but 30!!!!??? That's some seriously awesome patience right there!

    I'm still working on my 4th Master Angler... :D
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  • MyNameIsElias
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    AlienSlof wrote: »
    Wow you've been busy! Last I saw, you had about 15 Master Anglers ,,, but 30!!!!??? That's some seriously awesome patience right there!

    I'm still working on my 4th Master Angler... :D

    Hehe, this has been pretty much the only thing i've been working on for the past 6 months, only taking some breaks for Murkmire and Wolfhunter, and IRL stuff too :)

    I wish you the best of RNG luck on your quest to your 4th angler my friend!
  • Morgul667
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    Holy cow

    Thanks for sharing

    But holy cow
  • SaKGEE
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    Thank you Elias, very cool!
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  • Erinia
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    That's really impressive work. 30! omg :o :D Thank you for sharing your results. :)
    On my way to master angler, is good to know, that that food really helping :p
  • Vildebill
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    This is truly amazing, you're the real MVP fisherman.
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  • StormChaser3000
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    Wow, that's a lot patience! Thanks a lot for this information.
    Edited by StormChaser3000 on January 31, 2019 2:00PM
  • MyNameIsElias
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    Holy cow guys, thank you all so much for your kind words <3 It's very awesome to see that people enjoyed the read :sweat_smile:
  • Grollok76
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    While I think you are borderline insane - after doing Master Angler myself on only ONE character - this was a really entertaining and insightful post.

    Thanks for that and I wish you a lot of fun with the next batch of 15. ;)
  • MyNameIsElias
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    Grollok76 wrote: »
    While I think you are borderline insane - after doing Master Angler myself on only ONE character - this was a really entertaining and insightful post.

    Thanks for that and I wish you a lot of fun with the next batch of 15. ;)

    I agree 100% with you about me being insane, i'm not sure what kept me going to be honest. Thank you, and glad you enjoyed!
  • EmstCntRob
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    Thats some great details man! Thank you Elias, this will help me loads.
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  • MyNameIsElias
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    EmstCntRob wrote: »
    Thats some great details man! Thank you Elias, this will help me loads.

    Happy to be of help!
  • Kalik_Gold
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    So first step is fishing up the recipe?
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  • MyNameIsElias
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    Kalik_Gold wrote: »
    So first step is fishing up the recipe?

    Yup, you can find the recipe for the Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl by fishing in Artaeum. You can also buy it from other players, and the food itself too.
  • SaltySudd
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    tl;dr

    But still gave you an Awesome since I can tell a lot of effort went into this :)

    I might return to this post at some point when I start fishing in game.
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  • MyNameIsElias
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    SaltySudd wrote: »
    tl;dr

    But still gave you an Awesome since I can tell a lot of effort went into this :)

    I might return to this post at some point when I start fishing in game.

    Thank you for the support!

    The TL:DR is that if you start fishing, make sure to use a buff food called "Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl" it makes it much faster to catch rare fish :)
  • Glaiceana
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    Absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for putting in all this work, and congratulations! :)
    I got my first master angler just a couple weeks ago, it was not as crazy an experience as people had made me think! It was not that long, took 3 weeks, fishing on and off, doing other things in the game. :)
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