How to Unlock the Underlight Angler Fishing Pole Artifact

legion hidden artifact fishing pole underlight angler

In addition to the class-specific artifact weapons added by the Legion expansion, there is also a secret fishing pole artifact that you can earn! The Underlight Angler has its own talent tree and you can spend Artifact Power to give it some incredible buffs, many of which are useful beyond the Broken Isles. The pole itself also grants +15 to your Fishing skill while equipped.

In this guide we’ll walk you through how to unlock and upgrade the Underlight Angler as well as how to unlock additional color tints for this special artifact fishing pole.

How to Get the Underlight Angler

To get the Underlight Angler, you’ll need to complete each of these steps:

  1. Be at least level 45.
  2. Level your Legion Fishing skill to 100. (This can easily be done while you work on the other requirements.)
  3. Complete the Bigger Fish to Fry achievement.
  4. Complete the ! Luminous Pearl quest chain.
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The Luminous Pearl at the fountain in Dalaran

The Bigger Fish To Fry Achievement

The Bigger Fish to Fry achievement is easily the most time-consuming step in this process. It is earned by catching rare fish across the Broken Isles. Each fish requires a special bait that must be caught and used in order to catch the rare fish. Some also have an additional step between catching the bait and catching the rare fish. Here is a table of all the rare fish needed for the achievement as well as the initial bait for each.

Zone
Rare Fish
Bait
Bait ID
Azsuna
133701
Azsuna
133703
Azsuna
133704
Val’sharah
133705
Val’sharah
133707
Val’sharah
133708
Highmountain
133709
Highmountain
133711
Highmountain
133712
Stormheim
133713
Stormheim
133715
Stormheim
133716
Suramar
133717
Suramar
133719
Suramar
133720
The Great Sea
133721
The Great Sea
133723
The Great Sea
133724

We’ll walk you through the best way to catch each fish below. But first, let’s go over a few important notes and pointers.

General Tips

You never want to fish from open water for this achievement, only pools. The catch rate is much better from pools and you will save time in the long run, even if you have to move around a lot. The exception is if you already have a special bait applied and don’t want to waste it looking for another pool.

Bring Arcane Lures to speed things up. They can be bought on the auction house or from Conjurer Margoss for 1 Drowned Mana apiece. Conjurer Margoss can be found at Margoss’s Retreat, a floating island northwest of Dalaran. The special baits you’ll use for this achievement don’t override Arcane Lures, so you can use both at the same time.

/way Broken Isles 45 62 Conjurer Margoss

You may also want to bring some Oversized Bobber (or use your Reusable Oversized Bobber if you have one). These can be used at the same time as other lures and baits.

conjurer margoss retreat fishing shack
Conjurer Margoss sells useful lures

Special Baits

If you already have one of the bait fish in your bags or bank you will not be able to catch it again as each one is considered unique. So if you started working on this achievement before, check your inventory so you don’t wind up wasting a lot of time fishing for nothing! Here is a macro to help you check for each item. You just need to replace the ID number with the ID of the bait item you want to check for from the table above.

/run local id = "133701" local countBags = GetItemCount(id) local countTotal = GetItemCount(id, true) print(GetItemInfo(id)..":", countBags, "(bags)", (countTotal - countBags), "(bank)")

Most of the bait fish that are needed to fish up the rares are not soulbound, so you may be able to get them from the auction house.

Note that you may catch catch a Message in a Beer Bottle which contains an Axefish Lure or a Decayed Whale Blubber containing a Ravenous Fly while fishing in any zone. These are separate baits used for catching fish in The Great Sea. Do not use them while trying to catch rares in other zones.

Now let’s catch some fish!

Rare Legion Fish by Zone

We’ve organized the rare fish for the Bigger Fish to Fry achievement according to the zone where they are caught.

All of the fish in this section can be caught from inland pools in Azsuna. Be sure you are fishing in Azsuna for these and not The Great Sea. You will need to keep moving around to find pools, but it’s worth it for the increased chance of catching the fish you need. The best place to find pools is in the lake surrounding Nar’thalas Academy. You can follow its water out toward the sea if there are no pools nearby.

azsuna narthalas academy map
Nar’thalas Academy in Azsuna

Pearlescent Conch -> Nar’thalas Hermit

Once you have caught a Pearlescent Conch you can use it as bait to catch a Nar’thalas Hermit. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another conch.

Rusty Queenfish Brooch -> Ghostly Queenfish

Once you catch a Rusty Queenfish Brooch you can use it to search for Ghostly Queenfish pools, which are mostly found near Nar’thalas Academy. Fish from these pools to catch a Ghostly Queenfish. The buff you gain from the brooch lasts for five minutes. If you don’t catch the fish in that time, you will have to fish up another brooch.

Skrog Toenail -> Aromatic Murloc Slime -> Leyshimmer Blenny

A couple of minutes after you catch a Skrog Toenail, a Salteye Skrog-Hunter will spawn and attack you. Kill it to loot an Aromatic Murloc Slime. You can use this as bait to catch a Leyshimmer Blenny. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another toenail.

All of the fish in this section can be caught from inland pools in Val’sharah. Be sure you are fishing in Val’sharah for these and not The Great Sea. You will need to keep moving around to find pools, but it’s worth it for the increased chance of catching the fish you need. The best place to find pools is the river that runs through the center of the map just north of the Temple of Elune.

valsharah temple of elune map
Central river in Val’sharah

Drowned Thistleleaf -> Thorned Flounder

Once you have caught a Drowned Thistleleaf you can use it to catch a Thorned Flounder. The buff it grants lasts for five minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another thistleleaf.

Nightmare Nightcrawler -> Terrorfin

Once you have caught a Nightmare Nightcrawler you can use it to catch a Terrorfin. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another nightcrawler.

Rotten Fishbone -> Ancient Mossgill

Once you have caught a Rotten Fishbone you can use it to catch an Ancient Mossgill. A druid will appear when you use it and grant you a buff that lasts for two minutes. If the buff runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another fishbone.

All of the fish in this section can be caught from inland pools in Highmountain. Be sure you are fishing in Highmountain for these and not The Great Sea. You will need to keep moving around to find pools, but it’s worth it for the increased chance of catching the fish you need. The best place to find pools is in the Whitewater Wash area to the west of Thunder Totem.

highmountain whitewater wash map
Whitewater Wash in Highmountain

Frost Worm -> Coldriver Carp

Once you have caught a Frost Worm you can use it as bait to catch a Coldriver Carp. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another worm.

Funky Sea Snail -> Salmon Lure -> Ancient Highmountain Salmon

A couple of minutes after you catch a Funky Sea Snail, a Bitestone Fishbrul will spawn and attack you. Kill it to loot a Salmon Lure. You can use this as bait to catch an Ancient Highmountain Salmon. The bait lasts for five minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another snail.

Swollen Murloc Egg -> Mountain Puffer

Once you have caught a Swollen Murloc Egg you can use it to catch a Mountain Puffer. The egg summons a baby murloc who gives you a buff that lasts for two minutes. If it fades before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another egg.

All of the fish in this section can be caught from inland pools in Stormheim. Be sure you are fishing in Stormheim for these and not The Great Sea. You will need to keep moving around to find pools, but it’s worth it for the increased chance of catching the fish you need. The best place to find pools is in Ashil’s Bay west of Skold-Ashil, though you may need a way to walk on water to access these pools.

stormheim ashils bay map
Ashil’s Bay in Stormheim

Ancient Vrykul Ring -> Oodelfjisk

Once you have caught an Ancient Vrykul Ring you can use it to search for Oodelfjlisken pools, which are mostly found near Skold-Ashil. Fish from these pools to catch an Oodelfjisk. The buff you gain from the ring lasts for five minutes. If you don’t catch the fish in that time, you will have to fish up another ring.

Moosehorn Hook -> Silverscale Minnow -> Thundering Stormray

Once you have caught a Moosehorn Hook you can use it as bait to catch a Silverscale Minnow, which you can then use as bait to catch a Thundering Stormray. Each bait lasts for two minutes. If either one runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another hook.

Soggy Drakescale -> Graybelly Lobster

Once you have caught a Soggy Drakescale you can use it as bait to catch a Graybelly Lobster. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another drakescale.

All of the fish in this section can be caught from inland pools in Suramar. Be sure you are fishing in Suramar for these and not The Great Sea. You will need to keep moving around to find pools, but it’s worth it for the increased chance of catching the fish you need. The best place to find pools is in the river just north of Tel’anor.

suramar telanor map
The rivers of Tel’anor in Suramar

Demonic Detritus -> Tainted Runescale Koi

Once you have caught a Demonic Detritus you can use it as bait to catch a Tainted Runescale Koi. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another detritus.

Enchanted Lure -> Magic-Eater Frog

Once you have caught an Enchanted Lure you can use it as bait to catch a Magic-Eater Frog. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another lure.

Sleeping Murloc -> Seerspine Puffer

After you catch a Sleeping Murloc you can use it to spawn a Confused Seerspine Murloc that will run away from you. This murloc will drop fish that you can pick up by running overtop of them, including the Seerspine Puffer. If you fail to pick one up, you will have to fish up another murloc.

If you’ve finished the other zones, you’ve most likely already fished up the bait you will need for the fish in this section. If you haven’t, you can head to any coastal area and look for Black Barracuda Schools. Any Black Barracuda Schools will do – they don’t have to be located in The Great Sea. A great place to find them is in Azuregale Bay east of Suramar City in Suramar.

suramar great sea azuregale bay map
Azuregale Bay in Suramar

Decayed Whale Blubber -> Ravenous Fly -> Ancient Black Barracuda

After catching a Decayed Whale Blubber you can use it to spawn a Ravenous Fly. Click on the fly to loot it as Ravenous Fly, which you can use as bait to catch an Ancient Black Barracuda. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another blubber.

Message in a Beer Bottle -> Axefish Lure -> Axefish

Once you have caught a Message in a Beer Bottle you can open it to loot an Axefish Lure, which you can use as bait to catch an Axefish. The bait lasts for two minutes. If it runs out before you catch the fish, you will have to fish up another bottle.

Stunned, Angry Shark -> Seabottom Squid

Once you have caught a Stunned, Angry Shark you will only have one minute to use it. Using it will summon a shark. Kill it to loot a Seabottom Squid. If time runs out before you spawn the shark, you will have to fish up another one.

The Luminous Pearl Quest Chain

After completing the Bigger Fish to Fry achievement, you can start the ! Luminous Pearl quest chain. Completing this short chain will reward you with the Underlight Angler artifact.

To start this quest chain, you will need to fish up a Luminous Pearl by fishing in the Broken Isles. Fishing from pools is once again recommended for a higher drop chance. When the item is looted to your bags, the first quest will pop up automatically. You can also right-click the pearl in your bags if you miss it. Here are the quests you’ll need to complete:

! Luminous Pearl
This quest will send you to Khadgar at The Violet Citadel in Dalaran.

! The Dalaran Fountain
This quest sends you to Marcia Chase at the fountain in Dalaran.

! Fish Frenzy
You’ll be able to pick this up from Nat Pagle, who will appear at the fountain after you complete the previous quest. If he doesn’t appear right away, you may need to log out and back in.

Accept the quest and then tell Nat Pagle “I am ready.” He will send you to a scenario on a murloc-infested island in Val’sharah. Here is a walkthrough of the scenario:

When the scenario is complete, click on Nat Pagle’s boat to return to Marcia Chase in Dalaran to get your new fishing pole!

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The murloc-infested island

Customizing the Underlight Angler

Once you have obtained your Underlight Angler, you can use the giant pearl floating above the fountain in Dalaran to access its traits and appearance options. To learn new traits you will need to spend Artifact Power.

Artifact Power

Artifact Power can be gained by catching rare fish in the Broken Isles just like you did for the Bigger Fish to Fry achievement. The best way to go about this is to return to a coastal area with a lot of Black Barracuda Schools, similar to The Great Sea section above. Each rare fish that you catch is worth 50 Artifact Power when you throw it back. You can continue to use Arcane Lures to improve your chances.

Artifact Traits

Each trait costs an increasing amount of Artifact Power. To purchase a trait you must first purchase the traits preceding it in the tree. At first Undercurrent will be the only trait visible, costing 100 Artifact Power. Once it has been purchased, the rest of the tree will appear.

The cost of each trait goes up as you make your way through the tree. To take all ranks of all traits, you will need a whopping 358,770 Artifact Power! You can skip over some traits, but some will need to be purchased in order to move further up the tree.

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The Underlight Angler artifact tree and passive trait

The artifact also has a passive trait that will increase as you upgrade the fishing pole, increasing the duration of Legion lures and baits by 8% for each trait. This will make it progressively easier to catch more rare fish, which will be needed as the costs continue to go up.

Alternate Color Tints

There are two alternate color tints for the Underlight Angler that can be unlocked through the Fisherfriend of the Isles achievement. Completing the achievement rewards an Underlight Emerald, which unlocks both alternate color tints when used. You can apply these colors to your pole by using the Luminous Pearl in Dalaran and clicking on the Appearances tab.

The Fisherfriend of the Isles Achievement

Completing the Fisherfriend of the Isles achievement involves catching special items while each Fishing Master is active. There are six Fishing Masters and only one will be active each day. So at a minimum you will need to fish on six different days to earn this achievement. There’s no way to check which Fishing Master is active in the game except to go to their location. However, they do follow a set rotation, so if you know which one is active on one day you can figure out when the others will return. The list below is in the same order as the rotation.

The first time you speak with each Fishing Master, they will be added to your character’s Reputation tab as a Stranger. You will need to gain favor with them all the way through Best Friend status. Each rank requires 8400 reputation and there are five ranks to progress through, meaning you will need 42,000 reputation total. Each item grants 75 reputation, so you will need to turn in 530 items to each Fishing Master. You can only have 100 of these items in your inventory at a time. To turn them in, speak with the NPC. Reputation buffs such as Diplomacy and WHEE! also work for these reputations. Here are the reputation ranks you must progress through:

  • Stranger
  • Pal
  • Buddy
  • Friend
  • Good Friend
  • Best Friend

The items you need to turn in can be caught by fishing in the waters near the associated Fishing Master. You will know you are in the right place when you have the Something’s Fishy buff. You will also periodically catch a special item that can be used to summon an enemy. When this enemy is killed it will increase the drop rate of the special item you need for about 90 seconds. You can only have one of each summoning item in your bags, so it’s worth using it every time you catch it.

Here are the Fishing Masters, their locations, and the items you need to catch for each as well as the special enemy you can summon.

Ilyssia of the Waters is located in Azsuna near Illidari Stand.

/way Azsuna 43 41 Ilyssia of the Waters

The item you need to turn in to her is Fragmented Enchantment. Fish in the water beside her to gain the buff and catch the item. You will also catch Hatecoil Spearhead which summons a Hatecoil Spirit. Kill it to increase your catch rate for about 90 seconds.

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Ilyssia of the Waters in Azsuna

Keeper Raynae is located in Val’sharah near Lorlathil.

/way Val'Sharah 53 73 Keeper Raynae

The item you need to turn in to her is Corrupted Globule. Fish in the water beside her to gain the buff and catch the item. You will also catch Disgusting Ooze which summons an Enormous Globule. Kill it to increase your catch rate for about 90 seconds.

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Keeper Raynae in Val’sharah

Akule Riverhorn is located in Highmountain at Thunder Totem.

/way Thunder Totem 32 42 Akule Riverhorn

The item you need to turn in to him is Ancient Totem Fragment. You must stand on his boat in order to gain the buff and catch the item. You will also catch Water Totem Figurine which summons Tarn Riverhorn. Kill him to increase your catch rate for about 90 seconds. While this buff lasts, you will see ghostly purple totems on either end of the boat.

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Akule Riverhorn in Highmountain

Corbyn is located in Stormheim near Shield’s Rest.

/way Stormheim 91 11 Corbyn

The item you need to turn in to him is Shiny Bauble. Fish in the water beside him to gain the buff and catch the item. You will also catch White Sparkly Bauble which summons an Ancient Vrykul Spirit. Kill it to increase your catch rate for about 90 seconds. Curious Crows will swarm the area while the buff is active.

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Corbyn in Stormheim

Sha’leth is located in Suramar at the northern edge of Suramar City.

/way Suramar 51 49 Sha'leth

The item you need to turn in to her is Golden Minnow. Unlike at the other locations, here you will ignore the Something’s Fishy buff and instead look for the large glowing School of Golden Minnows. This pool moves around in the water behind Sha’leth and you have a 100% chance of catching a Golden Minnow or a Glowing Fish Scale when you fish from it. Your bobber needs to be within the pool’s radius when you catch the fish, so casting slightly ahead of it is ideal. You’ll have to keep moving around with the pool, but the 100% drop rate makes it go much faster than the others.

You will also periodically catch a Glowing Fish Scale which summons Magicus. You can simply loot Magicus for some Golden Minnows. He does not buff your catch rate like the other summons.

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Sha’leth in Suramar with the School of Golden Minnows

Impus is located in The Broken Shore on the small northern island of Deadwood Landing.

/way Broken Shore 34 50 Impus

The item you need to turn in to him is Desecrated Seaweed. Fish in the water beside him to gain the buff and catch the item. You will also catch Faintly Pulsing Felstone which summons an Infernal Destroyer. Kill it to increase your catch rate for about 90 seconds.

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Impus in The Broken Shore

 

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I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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tframp
tframp
7 months ago

Great guide. I got my angler in about 4-6 hours. Just mildly frustrated that you can’t equip it for the swimming buff. The only way to activate the buffs is to cast fishing first.

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