There are two common ways fishing is implemented into non-fishing video games.
In spite of of our best research and observations, no one has provided a definitive answer. In addition to the above implementations of fishing, there are two Path of Exile specific theories.
There are three 'kinds' of fishing rods; Base item, Song of the Sirens, and Reefbane.
Base Item, Fishing Rod: Equip the unique helm, Fairgraves Tricorne and defeat unique monsters. The fishing rod has a low spawn rate, so it might take some time for one to drop. (The exception to this rule is the 'Perandus Tackle Box' which has a set drop table of a Fishing Rod, Slitherpinch, Fairgraves' Tricorne, and an Albino Rhoa Feather.)
A fishing rod can be used as a two handed weapon; however, there is a limited number of applicable attack skills. Frenzy and elemental hit are the two most common builds seen using the fishing rod as a weapon. The fishing rod is also needed to initiate the Krillson questline. Other uses are still being tested.
Unknown. Some say a fish is the reward for completing a Krillson Quest. Some say fish are skill gems. Some say fish are a temporary bonus to exiles. Some say exiles are the fish caught in Grinding Gear Games’ trawling net.
All questions related to Krillson, Master Fisherman, can be found on the Krillson page.
All our current knowledge of Angler's Plait is found on the Angler's Plait page.
Check out the current list of confirmed and speculative fishing items here.
True; to our knowledge all divination cards are still being created by exiles. Grinding Gear Games still provides the final say on the drop restrictions for the cards. GGG finalize any of the items on the pull list for the card outcomes; therefore, they approved the items in the Baited Expectations results pool.
This rare currency item was originally obtainable by killing the rare Albino Rhoa* located in the Mud Flats. Since these humble beginnings the feather can also be found in a Perandus Tacklebox, as a result of the gilded fossil, a potential drop from a Tormented Illegal Fisherman, and from The Fishmonger divination card.
You can also find more in-depth information on the Albino Rhoa Feather page
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