New World – What to Do With Fish

New World - What to Do With Fish

Got your first fish in New World and not quite sure what to do with it? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one that has no idea. That’s why I put together this guide on what to do with fish alongside other tips and tricks too. Continue reading below my full fishing guide.

What to Do With Fish in New World

Traditionally in an MMORPG like New World, you’d be able to craft with fish or sell them to an NPC. However, since this has a player-based economy, you can’t sell them to any NPCs. With that said, there are still a few choices on what you can do. If you already know how to fish, skip the section below.

How to Fish in New World

For those of you that aren’t quite sure how fishing works, let’s cover that first. Fortunately, it’s nothing too crazy even though it does have a small mini-game. First, you’ll need to craft a Wooden Fishing Pole at a campfire. All it takes is 1 Green Wood and 1 Fiber. You can get Fiber from Hemp plants that have long green stems with pink on top.

Once you have a Fishing Pole, simply equip it in your inventory and find some water to fish at. Both freshwater and saltwater work for fishing. You’ll just get different fish at each source. This is also useful to be aware of when picking baits. Follow the below steps to start fishing in New World.

  1. Press F3 to pull out your pole. You can then equip bait for a better chance at catching fish.
  2. Hold left-click to cast your line and decide how far you want to. This primarily plays a role around hot spots and how deep the water is.
  3. Left-click when a sound and warning alerts you that a fish has bit.
  4. Then, the mini-game will start where you’ll need to reel in the fish without reeling too hard. An icon will appear starting at green, eventually hitting red if you reel for too long. Make sure to let go of left-click occasionally to let it die down back to green. Otherwise, you’ll lose the fish.
  5. Once the center bar is full, you’ll catch the fish.

Salvage Fish to Get Fish Filet and More

New World - Town Projects Fish Filet
You can salvage them to get Fish Filet for certain recipes and quests.

One of the main things you’ll do with fish in New World is likely salvage it. This may sound odd at first since you mainly salvage old weapons and armor. However, this is how filleting fish works to get certain resources. For example, you can get Fish Filet for Town Projects or Fish Oils as well.

While Town Projects are one of the best ways to level quickly, I don’t recommend the quest for 70 Fish Filet. It takes too long to be worth the amount of experience you get. I’d only do it if you plan on fishing for a while anyway. It’s possible this quest is better when you have a higher skill level.

Cook Food Using Certain Recipes

New World - How to Get Fish Filet
Keep an eye out for food recipes that require Raw Foods or Fish specifically.

Another popular use for fish is cooking food to keep yourself alive. While there isn’t some sort of hunger system, food does still play a vital role in New World. You can create different food types and rations to regenerate health and mana.

Keep in mind, you may need to salvage them before getting the resource for cooking. With that said, certain fish immediately fulfill the ingredient types: Raw Foods and Fish. The tier four Frogfish is one of them.

Sell Fish at the Trading Post For Money

New World - Fishing Mini-game Screenshot
If you really just want to make more money, you can sell fish at the Trading Post. Be sure to check whether the fish or resources you get from salvaging are more valuable.

Despite not being able to sell items to NPCs in New World, you can still sell to players. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. All you need to do is go to a Trading Post in any settlement and set a price for your fish. You can use the default price or adjust it based on current sell orders.

If you don’t want to wait for someone to buy your listing, you can try selling to any available buy orders. These weren’t common in the beta, but it may change with the launch. It’s worth mentioning that buy orders are more likely to buy your item for a cheap price.

That’s all there is to this guide on what to do with fish in New World. The only other purpose I can think of is fishing for quests. However, you won’t need to deliver any fish to complete the quest. They’ll simply have requirements like catch three fish. Other common questions in the New World community are listed below.

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