Finding fish and learning Focused Fishing in Destiny 2

Finding fish and learning Focused Fishing in Destiny 2
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


24th May 2023 13:32


Want to become a Destiny 2 fishing master? Destiny 2 has just launched Season of the Deep, which has brought plenty of new content and changes. Fishing is one of the stranger additions to the game, but a welcome one for Guardians who like to relax. Here is everything you need to know about how to fish, where to fish, and how to use Focused Fishing in Destiny 2.

Where can you fish in Destiny 2

The map location of the EDZ fishing spot, and the beam of light that marks the fishing spot as seen from a distance
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There are currently three fishing spots you can make use of. The Gone Fishin' quest will bring you to each one, so following the quest will introduce you to each location. The fishing spots are easy enough to find, as they each have a beam of light marking them that can be spotted from miles away.

The first fishing spot is in the Outskirts of the EDZ. This area is in the south of the EDZ map, between Trostland and Winding Cove. Head to either location and make your way to the Outskirts, where you will find the fishing spot on the south shore.

Next is the Cistern, which is found on Nessus. Start from the Cistern landing zone then head west from the Pools of Luminance. This will take you out into the radiolarian river, but if you use your Sparrow you can travel over it unscathed. The fishing spot is south of the waterfalls.

The final spot is in Savathun's Throne World, in the northern region called Miasma. Follow the road from the landing zone to Miasma, then take a left when you reach the water. You will find a swampy pond in the western part of the region.

Focused Fishing

While fishing at any of the fishing spots, you will see a meter on the left of your screen called Focused Fishing. This meter increases as you fish, and as it gets higher the number of fish in the fishing spot increases.

A screenshot of the Focused Fishing meter and tips on how to use it
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The meter is a bit tricky to understand, as it isn't made very clear what causes it to increase. The truth of it is that the Focused Fishing meter increases as Legendary and Exotic fish are caught at the fishing spot.

If you want to make use of Focused Fishing, you will either need to bring some friends or seek out popular spots. the more people fishing at the same spot, the greater the chances of a Legendary or Exotic showing up.

The meter has several stages and as the meter reaches each stage, the number of fish nearby will increase. This will mean more catches and more chances at a rare catch.

How to start fishing

In order to start fishing, you need to start the Gone Fishin' quest line. This is acquired through the main seasonal story content for Season of the Deep, so it is hard to miss it. During the first stages of the main story quest, you will be given an item and told to speak to Suraya Hawthorne in the Tower about it.

At the Destiny 2 fishing spot in the Outskirts of the EDZ
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Speak with Hawthorne to learn the item you have acquired is a fishing tackle box. The box is used to store bait, and you can check it in your inventory. From here, you can see how much bait you have, any fish you are currently holding, and where you can find more fish.

From here, your next quest step is to catch fish in the Outskirts of the EDZ. Head there, stand on the little wooden jetty, and you will see a prompt to go fishing. Press the button shown (square on PlayStation, X on Xbox, E on PC) to cast your line.

When you see the line go under you will get a prompt to reel in your fish. If you are quick, you will get a perfect catch and potentially receive a better quality fish.

Fish come in the same rarities as weapons and armour do, from common to exotic. The better the quality of the fish, the better the rewards when you return them to the Aquarium on the H.E.L.M.

That is everything you need to know to do some Destiny 2 fishing. For more on the game, check out our list of Destiny 2 promo codes to get some free shaders and emblems.

Dave McAdam
About the author
Dave McAdam
Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.
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