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             NIER FISHING GUIDE

             Author: sylver_spiders
             Platform: PS3 
             Version: 1.0
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                  o=========== TABLE OF CONTENTS ===========o

     Codes within <these brackets> can be used to jump quickly to the
     relevant section with Ctrl+F (or Command+F for Macintosh users).


     (1)  Introduction.............................................<INTR>

     (2)  Fishing Controls.........................................<CONT>

     (3)  Fish Locations and Bait..................................<FISH>

     (4)  Fishing Quests...........................................<QUES>

     (5)  Fishing for Weapon Upgrades..............................<WEAP>

     (6)  Making Money from Fish...................................<MONE>

     (8)  Credits and Thanks.......................................<CRED>

     (9)  Legal Information........................................<LEGA>

    (11)  Version History..........................................<VERS>



o==============================================================================o
| (1)  Introduction                                                     <INTR> |
o==============================================================================o

Fishing can be one of the more tedious aspects of Nier.  Hopefully this guide
will make it a little more painless.  Fishing is mostly an optional part of the
game, but is involved in:

*  One unskippable main quest.
*  Several sidequests.
*  Trophies/achievements: "Fish of Legend" (Catch a Rhizodont) and "A Round by
   the Pond" (Catch every type of fish).
*  Required for some weapon upgrades.


Corrections or additions can be e-mailed to me at <sylver_spiders@hotmail.com>,
along with the name you would like to be credited with.  Please mention Nier
in the subject line.  I don't promise to have time to respond to individual
questions.


o==============================================================================o
| (2)  Fishing Controls                                                 <CONT> |
o==============================================================================o

- Press circle at a fishing spot and select your bait (or the naked lure).
- Wait for the rod to bend sharply (expect a few smaller nibbles beforehand) and
  pull back on the left analog stick.  Keep the analog stick held back.
- When the fish tries to swim in a different direction your character will
  automatically lean in the opposite direction.  Try to push the analog stick in
  the same direction as your character while still pulling back.  So, either
  straight back, diagonally left or diagonally right.
- When in the correct position the fish's health bar will turn red and
  decrease.  If it's staying still and yellow tweak the position of the analog
  stick slightly to keep reeling the fish in.
- Once its health bar reaches zero, the fish will be caught automatically.


TIPS & TRICKS
-------------

- It's perfectly possible (and easier) to fish without using the X button at all
  (A button on Xbox 360), despite what the manual says.
- The fishing quests will make your character stronger and able to reel fish in
  more quickly and fish up increasingly tougher fish.
- If you are struggling to see the rod dip when a fish bites, try experimenting
  with different camera angles, and maybe even screen settings.  You'll get a
  feel for it with practice.
- Different fish have different behaviours which can make it easier to
  anticipate them with experience.  For example, some species will always nibble
  twice before taking the bait.
- One exception to the 'Don't press X' rule is if you've hooked a Dunkleosteus,
  Rhizodont or other strong fish.  If you almost have its health down but are
  having trouble finishing it you can press X to try and pull it out of the
  water early.


o==============================================================================o
| (3)  Fish Locations and Bait                                          <FISH> |
o==============================================================================o

Fish are listed here roughly by level, with later fish requiring you to have
completed the fishing quests to be strong enough to reel them in.

.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  FISH            BAIT        LOCATION                                        |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Shaman Fish     Lure        Seafront Beach (Towards the lighthouse, where   |
|                              the seals are, as indicated with a red cross on |
|                              the map while on a quest for this fish, NOT the |
|                              small sandy section next to the fisherman who   |
|                              gives you the rod, which is too high level for  |
|                              beginners)                                      |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Sardine*        Lugworm     Seafront Beach                                  |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Carp            Earthworm   Village                                         |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Blowfish*       Lugworm     Seafront Pier                                   |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Rainbow Trout*  Lure        Northern Plains                                 |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Bream*          Lure        Seafront Pier                                   |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Black Bass*     Lure        Village                                         |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Shark           Sardine     Seafront Pier                                   |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Sandfish*       Lure        Desert                                          |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Giant Catfish   Carp        Eastern Road                                    |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Royal Fish*     Earthworm   Eastern Road                                    |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Blue Marlin*    Sardine     Seafront Pier                                   |
|                  or Lure                                                     |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Hyneria*        Sardine     Desert                                          |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Dunkleosteus    Sardine     Seafront Pier                                   |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
|  Rhizodont       Sardine     Desert                                          |
|                                                                              |
.------------------------------------------------------------------------------.

* = required for the Fisherman's Gambit quests.


TIPS & TRICKS
--------------

Bait is purchased from vendors, or some are low level fish you can fish up
yourself.

Some fish have a lower chance of biting and just take a bit of patience.

I had better luck fishing up Blue Marlin from the small boat under the bridge
than the pier itself (using a Lure), but your mileage may vary.


o==============================================================================o
| (4)  Fishing Quests                                                   <QUES> |
o==============================================================================o

Completing the quest to catch a Shaman Fish for Yonah opens up the Fisherman's
Gambit quest chain.  Gambits 1-5 can be completed in the first half of the game,
with 6 and onwards unavailable until the second half of the game.

* The Fisherman's Gambit: Catch ten Sardines
* The Fisherman's Gambit 2: Catch seven Blowfish
* The Fisherman's Gambit 3: Catch seven Rainbow Trout
* The Fisherman's Gambit 4: Catch five Bream
* The Fisherman's Gambit 5: Catch five Black Bass
* The Fisherman's Gambit 6: Catch three Sandfish
* The Fisherman's Gambit 7: Catch three Royal Fish
* The Fisherman's Gambit 8: Catch three Blue Marlin
* The Fisherman's Final Gambit: Catch one Hyneria


OTHER QUESTS INVOLVING FISHING
-------------------------------

First half of the game:

* A Signature Dish: Ten Medicinal Herbs, ten Wheat and ten Sardines for the
  tavern keeper in Seafront.
* Bon Appetit!: Five Sharks, five Rice and five Mushroom for the tavern keeper
  in Seafront.

Second half of the game:

* Bot Appetit! 2: Ten Rice and ten Giant Catfish for the tavern keeper in
  Seafront.


o==============================================================================o
| (5)  Fishing for Weapon Upgrades                                      <WEAP> |
o==============================================================================o

Most of the junk fished up is useless, such as aquatic plants or dead branches,
and can be safely sold.  But for those trying for all the weapon upgrades, you
will a few items from fishing to complete the Blade of Treachery, Iron Will and
Iron Pipe upgrades.

In total you will need:
*  10 Rusty Buckets
*  9 Rusted Clumps

They can be fished up from the Northern Plains or Desert, using Carp or Sardines
as bait.


o==============================================================================o
| (6)  Making Money from Fishing                                        <MONE> |
o==============================================================================o

Although less lucrative than cultivation, you can make some respectable money
from fishing in Nier.  Royal Fish are most commonly recommended for making
money, and are fished from the Eastern Road using Earthworms as bait.

 .----------------------------.
 |  SPECIES       SELL VALUE  |
 |                            |
 |  Black Bass          1500  |
 |  Blowfish             500  |
 |  Blue Marlin         1900  |
 |  Bream                750  |
 |  Carp                 100  |
 |  Dunkleosteus       12500  |
 |  Giant Catfish       2250  |
 |  Hyneria             6000  |
 |  Rainbow Trout        600  |
 |  Rhizodont            600  |
 |  Royal Fish          4000  |
 |  Sandfish            2500  |
 |  Sardine              125  |
 |  Shaman Fish           60  |
 |  Shark               1250  |
 |                            |
 .----------------------------.


o==============================================================================o
| (7)  Credits and Thanks                                               <CRED> |
o==============================================================================o

*  ASCII art fish from http://www.myhairyass.com/ASCII/Art/?ID=51


o==============================================================================o
| (8)  Legal Information                                                <LEGA> |
o==============================================================================o

Copyright 2011 Kelly Holland <sylver_spiders@hotmail.com>.  Permission from me
must be obtained before hosting this guide.

Currently, the following sites have permission to host this FAQ/Walkthrough:
  http://www.gamefaqs.com



o==============================================================================o
| (9)  Version History                                                  <VERS> |
o==============================================================================o

Version 1.0 (2011-01-04)        Original Submission to Gamefaqs