How to fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Everything you need to know to catch the rarest fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, there are side activities you can complete around the Monastery that help boost your Professor Rank. Among these activities is fishing. If you’re new to the game, you may find yourself wondering how to fish. Alternatively, you may have other questions if you’ve been playing for a while, such as how to catch rare fish and how to get more bait. To help you out, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide explaining how to fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses!

How to fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

How to fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
To fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you'll need to have Activity Points and bait available.
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To fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you’ll need to wait until you have a free exploration day available. When you do, use it to explore the Monastery grounds. Near the Greenhouse you’ll find the fishing area. To fish, simply speak with the Fisherman standing near the dock. If you have bait and Activity Points available, you’ll immediately launch into the fishing activity.

If you don’t have enough Activity Points, be sure to check out our guide on how to get more in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Meanwhile, if you don’t have enough bait, there are a few things you can do. First, look around the fishing area for glowing blue light. Interact with these glowing blue lights to pick random items up off the ground. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and get bait!

After you reach Chapter 6, you’ll also be able to buy bait in limited quantities from the Marketplace at varying rarities. The rarer the bait, the rarer the fish you’ll be able to catch. Below, we’ve listed all bait types in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and their associated rarity.

  • Insect Larva (1 star)
  • Pond Snail (2 stars)
  • Earthworm (3 stars)
  • Blowfly (4 stars)
  • Herring Bait (5 stars)
The shadow of the fish in the water corresponds to its rarity in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
The shadow of the fish in the water corresponds to its rarity in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
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With your bait, you’re ready to fish. As you fish, you’ll be notified whenever a fish is spotted. The rarer the fish, the more points you’ll earn towards boosting your Professor Level in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Fish rarity is indicated by the shadow of the fish in the water. Below, we’ve listed all fish rarities based on their shadow in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

  • Blue Fish Shadow - Common
  • Red Fish Shadow - Uncommon
  • Gold Fish Shadow - Rare

You can ignore the fish if the rarity is too low, or proceed to catch it by pressing “A” and launching into a small quicktime event. To beat the quicktime event, you’ll need to press “A” when the outer circle enters the shadowed inner circle area. You’ll know you timed it right when you see “Excellent” pop up on your screen.

To catch a fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, press A to launch the quicktime event, then press A again when the outer circle lines up with the inner shadowed circle.
To catch a fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, press A to launch the quicktime event, then press A again when the outer circle lines up with the inner shadowed circle.
© Koei Tecmo

At the end of the catch phase, you’ll be able to see the fish you’ve caught and see how much of a boost your Professor Level has received. At this point, you can continue to fish until you run out of bait, or save your bait for another free exploration day. The choice is entirely up to you! While fishing isn’t the only way to increase your Professor Level, it is incredibly fun and well worth the Activity Points spent.

Now that you know how to fish in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, be sure to check out some of our other guides including who to give Flowers and Gifts to in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, how to increase Class Mastery in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and all Advice Box answers in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.  

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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