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

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:

Total amount of fish caught per character WITH new food active:

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! :)

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!

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 :)

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:

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)

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:

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 :)

(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:

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!

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:

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:

But before you go, here's a final look at the fish count in my crafting bag. Thanks again for reading!

TL:DR: I spent over a month of my life fishing in a video game
Edited by MyNameIsElias on January 31, 2019 2:42PM
  • Skwor
    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
    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
    Zacuel wrote: »
    Holy crap dude.

    The True Master Angler.

    Thank you so much 🙏
  • Skwor
    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.

    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
    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
    You're my idol Elias. Well done on this achievement.
    Edited by Scarpion on January 31, 2019 12:18PM
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  • AlienSlof
    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
    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
    Holy cow

    Thanks for sharing

    But holy cow
  • SaKGEE
    Thank you Elias, very cool!
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  • Erinia
    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
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  • Vildebill
    This is truly amazing, you're the real MVP fisherman.
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  • StormChaser3000
    Wow, that's a lot patience! Thanks a lot for this information.
    Edited by StormChaser3000 on January 31, 2019 2:00PM
  • MyNameIsElias
    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
    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
    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!
  • EC_Rob
    Thats some great details man! Thank you Elias, this will help me loads.
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  • MyNameIsElias
    EmstCntRob wrote: »
    Thats some great details man! Thank you Elias, this will help me loads.

    Happy to be of help!
  • Kalik_Gold
    So first step is fishing up the recipe?
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    Ras Kalik the Vestige, a renown Redguard warrior; He has been blessed to save Tamriel from Molag Bal’s destructive Planemeld while reuniting the Five Companions. His further accomplishments after defeating Molag Bal, has been to stop the destruction of Morrowind, the Clockwork City, return order to the isle of Summerset and create a new king in Wrothgar and a queen in Elsywer. These events have made him a living legend and continue to lead him into new adventures throughout Tamriel, as well as into the hearts of many ladies including the Elf Queen, Aryenn. Over many years of adventurous travels, Ras Kalik had become a loner, until he re-visited his homeland of Alik'r.

    Alik'r and it's cities were overrun by the undead Ra-Netu and therefore he made an allegiance with Alik'r's own Ash'abah tribe. These Ash'abah with his help, cleansed the city of Sentinel in Alik'r desert and it's surrounding areas of the undead brought to life by the Withered Hand. After rescuing Sentinel from the undead zombies, King Fahara’jad’s personal bodyguard the Goliath of Hammerfell, who was given this name by Imperials in the region; was asked to assist the tribe after learning of the defeat of the Withered Hand to the Ash'abah. Kalik promised Goliath he would task him with fighting living enemies on the battlefield if he so desired. Goliath being a Yokudan warrior wields a massive sword in respect to the Ansei, a gift given by the Imperial, Cinan Tharn. Not many soldiers are able to wield double two handed weapons, but Goliath loves to get up and personal in a fight, so he also carries a giant maul, both weapons laced with magical flames.

    Jux Blackheart is a master thief that masquerades as a Bard at the Sisters of the Sands inn, with his younger sidekick Lucky Hunch for pilfering and gambling during this time. Jux was known to infiltrate any towns bank vault he came across and even delved into Ayelid ruins without detection. Kalik can vividly recall the night he met the famed thief. Jux found himself rummaging thru a slightly inebriated Kalik’s pocket for too long, on a full-mooned night and because of his greed and the glimmer of his golden armor in the moonlight. He lost his left pinky fingertip as a lesson! But in return, he gained a new friend, as it was his first time since a child being caught red-handed...

    Upon arrival back in the Alik'r after many moons of adventuring, Ras Kalik ventures to Bergama. Visiting The Winking Jackal, he runs into Jux Blackheart, who introduces him to the coin game Crowns vs Forebearers (Heads vs Tails) and Golden Dwemer (RBG).... Jux constantly takes gold from the unfortunate thru theft or gambling, his biggest gambling victim is actually his partner in crime known as Lucky Hunch the Gambler. Lucky doesn't mind losing any gold coins to Jux... as Jux saved him from Altmer slavers in Summerset, by stealing a key and sending him on a boat to the mainland years prior. Lucky spent years in slavery with Khajiits in Summerset and picked up the art of subterfuge, using illusion magic disguises and stealing there.

    Kaotik Von’Daemon an outcast, and a half-caste between a Breton mother and a Redguard father. Kaotik become a pariah due to his conjuration of Daedra pets. He was taught healing magic during his childhood years by his Breton mother. His father due to Redguard customs exiled him from the desert, sending him by wagon caravan to be a soldier in the war in Cyrodiil. He happened to meet Kalik while traveling from Alik'r, during this long caravan ride the caravan he was in was ambushed in Bangkorai by a group of bandits. Kalik by chance was also traveling thru this area on his Auridon Warhorse (which was bestowed to him by his friend, Darien Gautier). During this ambush, Kalik was able to rescue five hostages from the bandits. Kaotik was the first rescued, and Ras Kalik also recruited him to be in the Ash'abah tribe. These core Ash'abah tribesmen may never be seen together in travel as they partake in their own adventures but they always know what each other is doing; as they frequent a hideout in northern Bankorai. Their hideout an old Orc castle ruin, is kept watch by Nuzhimeh and she passes messages written between them, and frequently they also enjoy her company and her bed.

    The other men rescued were a Dunmer banker, an Imperial mercenary and two other soldiers, an Imperial and a Breton Knight, stating proudly he was an Akavir descendent. One of the Imperials, Cinan, claimed to be related to Abnur Tharn the Battlemage of the Imperial Elder Council (One of Ras Kalik's mentors in the Five Companions). Cinan Tharn was really Abnur's drunkard treasure hunting illegitimate son. He was caught smuggling artifacts out of the Ayleid ruins in Cyrodiil and the elder of the two Imperials was Tyrus Septim a retired Imperial navy battle-mage (now a Lycan mercenary living in the city of Rimmen) and guard to the Tharn family. As much as Abnur Tharn hated his half-sister Euraxia, he dislikes his bas†ard son Cinan more. Tyrus now a ruffian and privateer had been paid by Abnur Tharn to watch over Cinan as much as possible. Cinan Tharn a drunkard, loves to drink at least a quarter barrel of Nord mead before he raids various delves and dungeons for relics to sell on the black market. Cinan also plans to one day, run an illegal gambling ring... which he thinks will net him more gold for his wares.

    The Dunmer captive shackled to the Imperials looked familiar to Kalik from his time in Morrowind.... and he recognized him as Tythis Andromo a House Telvanni slave-owner and banker from Vvardenfell. During a rough interrogation to Tythis, Ras Kalik learnt why the bandits accosted him. The racist Dunmer was providing slaves as soldiers for the Three Banner War. The bandits were trying to negotiate a lucrative ransom for Andromo and the Imperials.... Kalik did not need any of this gold and he could never set Tythis free as he did with the two Imperial soldiers. His past involvement with slavery and war crimes, made Kalik's blood boil. He chose not to execute Tythis, as he figured the worse punishment for this former rich and opulent slave owner, is to now be an imprisoned servant for Ras Kalik and the tribe.

    Herzog Zwei the Genesis a reknown Imperial/Akavirri battle-mage. His roots going back to Akavir through his mother’s bloodline. (His mother is descended from the Akaviri, through Versidue-Shae, and his Imperial father met her in Hakoshae, while traveling) Herzog earned the nickname "the Genesis" from his father as a child, as he was his mother's first born child, and last, as she tragically died in child-birth.

    Herzog was seeking to purchase an artifact from Cinan Tharn, before their capture and was meeting Tyrus while in Rimmen, who introduced him to Cinan. This artifact being the Ayelid artifact; the sword Sinweaver. After their rescue and the exchange of gold to Cinan for the sword he decided to slip away before Ras Kalik could question who he was, and why the Akavir descendant really wanted that sword. Herzog was headed to Nagastani — An Ayleid ruin in eastern Cyrodiil. He had read in scrolls that the Sword would give him magical powers to meet his mothers spirit, if he performed an Ayleid ritual at an old shrine hidden there. Equipped with the artifact sword, he was off to start his own adventure but Ras Kalik, did indeed notice the sword however and instead sent a letter to Jux Blackheart (whom also was interested in Ayleid treasures), to attempt to find Herzog and acquire the sword. (*Azani Blackheart in Elder Scroll's Oblivion is Jux's descendant some 747 years later)

    And so the Redguard, Imperial and Akaviri men parted ways ... While Ras Kalik went off to Elsweyr to encounter the latest threat to Tamriel, with Abnur Tharn and Sai Sahan - - DRAGONS!! Little did Ras Kalik know a few people were awaiting him in Senchal besides Sai. A necromancer survived his attack on the Withered Hand, while in Alik'r. The necromancer known as Auriek Siet'ka is also following him to the land of the Khajiits and Cacique the Sage of Ius a Shaman mystic who has become attuned spiritually with Tu'whacca (a Redguard God) and Ius (the Animal God), after being burned severely by the escaped dragons in Elsywer, is awaiting his arrival also. Aurik is a soldier of the Daggerfall Covenant that was introduced to necromancy while in the military, even though this magicka art is not spoken of openly by most of the Military leaders. He came to Alik'r and worked with the Withered Hand before Ras Kalik intervened on their plans. After the defeat of the Withered Hand, he aligned with the Worm Cult, and is constantly adapting and perfecting his necromantic arts.

    After his journey to Rimmen, Kalik heads south to Senchal, in the southern regions of Elyswer. This new adventure will also put him on a path to meet a strange Redguard man. The stranger which was infected with an untreated Peyrite disease and also was the exiled from the Order of the New Moon cult, due to his sickness. He originally joined the cult to worship Laatvulon, the green dragon, mistakenly thinking it was the Daedric prince Peyrite. This confused and suffering cultist is known as Tsar al-Bomba and he is on a path to spread the disease. He was originally infected in Orccrest while recruiting members there. Can Ras Kalik and the shaman Cacique cure this poor soul, only time will tell. Little does Tsar al-Bomba know, that his infection is tied to Vampirism, and eventually the desire for blood will take over his mind. Senchal also offers Kalik his latest love interest... Aeliah. Whom he fondly led thru battles with the Dragonguard.

    After the trek thru the heat, tropical and desert climate of Northern and Southern Elyswer, Ras Kalik heads north to the cold mountain range of Skyrim. His companion friend Lyris beckons for him with a letter sent by crow...

    Movárth Piquine - a former vampire hunter (now infected), within the Fighter's Guild (and a secretive necromancer) was in Skyrim working with the Morthaal Guard. On a patrol mission he was caught in Frewien's ice curse outside of Morthaal with the frozen undead. Movárth's vampiric infection kept him from becoming an undead minion to the curse. He was able to use necromantic ice-magic to encase himself safely until he was freed with Freiwen, when the Vestige Ras Kalik broke the curse.

    Uri Ice-Heart - brother of Urfon Ice-Heart. The twin sons of Atli and Oljourn Ice-Heart. The Ice-Heart family are originally from Markarth but now reside on the Jerall Mountain range near Cyrodiil, with their younger sister Araki. The twins had joined the Winterborn Reachmen while living in Markarth. Urfon pushed west to Orsinium with the Winterborn Clan, leaving his family behind. Uri stayed behind with his parents and sister to live in the family cabin for safety, avoiding the Vampire plague infiltrating the Reach. After news reaches him and he hears of Urfon's death... Uri leaves and heads home and is seeking vengeance. Meanwhile, his sister has also moved on to Windhelm to join the Fighter's guild. He will visit his sister, once before going to seek vengeance and she will craft him armor mixed with ice, called Stalhrim armor. Uri fearing death, after his brother's passing, falls victim to the convincing talk of Movárth at a Nordic tavern, and will also becomes a vampire.

    {time moves forward through the hour-glass}
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  • MyNameIsElias
    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.
  • Suddwrath

    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.
  • MyNameIsElias
    SaltySudd wrote: »

    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
    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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