Fishing in Old School Runescape is the quick access to 99 skills, if ever there was one. While the road to your skill cap is not exactly glamorous, it's actually one of the easiest to train skills and fun to talk to other players. But what is the best way? Rags and swords or trout and salmon? RSorder offers the best tips and tricks for fishing in 99 with our OSRS fishing guide for 1-99 (for both free-to-play players and pay-to-play players in Old School Runescape).
From levels 1 through 20, the free-to-play methods and pay-to-play methods are the same. Stage 1 – 20: shrimp / anchovies. So, at levels 1 – 20, shrimp or anchovies are what I would recommend. You can fish them at Catherby, Draynor or Lumbridge, and it will not be long before you come from level 1 to 20. Pay-to-play players can actually perform the Sea Slug Quest, a requirement for Proselyte, which is a must for major accounts. This will take you from level 1 – 24 to fishing in about 20 minutes.
Level 20 – 40: Trout / Salmon
From level 20 to 40, trout or salmon is what I would recommend to all Free to Play and Pay to Play players. You'll get around 30,000 XP per hour and need a fly fishing rod and feathers. You can fish them in Barbarian Village or Lumbridge if you can play freely, and in Seers Village I would recommend fishing if you are pay-to-play. Now trout and salmon are the fastest possible EP rate you can get in the game's "Free to Play" section. But it is really, very bad money. So if you want fast XP, you should fish trout or salmon up to level 99 if you are a free to play player. However, if you are a pay-to-play player, this is definitely not the fastest method.
Level 40+: Lobster
From level 40 players can fish lobsters in both pay-to-play and free-to-play modes. You can find them at Catherby if you are a member or at Karamja if you are a Free to Play player. In Port Sarim there is a locker where players who can play for free should lay their fish while fishing on Karamja. Note that you get a slower XP per hour – about 20,000 XP per hour at lower levels and then up to 25,000 XP per hour at higher levels. With this method you get about 65,000 coins per hour, which is a pretty good method for making money for free to play players.
Level 50+: swordfish
But that really is not much compared to swordfish, which you unlock at level 50. It's the best money for a free-to-play fishing player and can take you up to 30,000 XP per hour at higher levels. It is recommended that you drop the tuna when you are in Free to Play mode because banking takes so long and you really only want to focus on the swordfish as your main source of money. They are fished at the same point in Karamja at Musa Point, and the Port Sarim storage box is the best place for free-to-play players. Pay-to-play players can fish them at Catherby and simply run to the bank for much faster XP and GP rates. This will give you about 70,000 – 100,000 coins per hour, and this is probably the best way to earn money with Free to Play players.
Level 48 – 99: Barbarian Fishing
Now, when you move to the "Pay to Play" section of this guide, level 48 unlocks barbarian fishing. For this you need Otto's Barbarian Training. In barbarian training, you must ascend to the part where he tells you to go into the old cave, and then you can use the method of barbarian fishing. Barbarian Fishing also requires Level 15 agility and agility and is the fastest in-game fishing EP. It brings you up to and over 50,000 XP per hour. But, there is no profit, as there are no banks nearby and it is pointless to confine these fish, because you can not do anything with them. The shift-click makes this method so much faster than it used to, and I recommend it to anyone who only targets 99 fish, not profit.
Levels 62-99: Monkfish
Now, as you move on to the profitable methods in the game, you can go fishing at Level 62 and, after completing the Swan Song quest, start monkfish fishing for around 40,000 XP per hour. Well, these are awesome AFK, so it makes it a really, really good method to do homework or similar things in real life. If you come from level 62 – 99, you'll get 32,000,000 and about 100,000 GP's per hour. If you want to make more money using this method, you can cook the monkfish for about 80,000 extra coins per hour.
The fishing guild (level 70 fishing)
Once you reach level 70, you unlock the fishing guild. I recommend fishing here if you do not run Barbarian Fishing as it is really, very close to a bank.
Stage 76 – 99: sharks
At levels 76-99, you can fish sharks for very, very slow XP per hour. But you will make a ton of profit at level 99. You will get about 20,000 XP per hour and get 90,000,000 – 100,000,000 if you come from level 76 to 99. The profit of 100 000 000 comes from cooking the sharks.
But you will make 90,000,000 profit if you sell it raw. I recommend switching between Barbarian Fishing for a few quick XP and then going to Sharks if you want to do a GP.
Level 82+: Monkfish
At level 82 you unlock monkfish, which requires 100% Piscarillius favor on the new Zeah section of the Runescape map. Now these are even better money than sharks and bring you about 200,000 GP per hour, but only 20,000 XP per hour, which is the same as sharks. But the 100% Piscarillius favor is really, very tedious to get.
Level 85+: Dark Crabs
Starting at level 85, you unlock probably the best GP and a little better XP per hour compared to sharks and monkfish, and these are Dark Crabs. These are in the wild. This is very risky as it is usually a PK hotspot. They would produce about 300,000 coins an hour and about 30,000 – 40,000 XP per hour, which is very good given the profits. Players can record their fish at the type outside the Wilderness Resource Area. However, this increases the risk considerably, because if you are killed, you drop all the notes you have taken instead of being able to bring them to the bank. The nearest bank is the Mage Bank, which only takes a few minutes, and I would recommend it if you want to profit. With the Wilderness Elite Diaries, you have free access to the Resource Dungeon, while the underlying ones – like the Hard and Medium Diaries – only take a little money off the price to get into the Resource Dungeon. But there are only about 900 coins and a dark crab is about 1400. So, if you count, it does not matter how much you pay to get there. You will make a lot of money no matter what.
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