Barbarian Fishing

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A player catching a swordfish bare-handed

Barbarian Fishing is a special barbarian method of Fishing. It can be learned by members, with level 48 Fishing, level 15 Agility, and level 35 Strength, by speaking to Otto Godblessed in his home near Baxtorian Falls.

Fishing with a heavy rod[edit | edit source]

First, he instructs the player on heavy rod fishing. Heavy rod fishing requires a barbarian rod (found under Otto's bed) and any type of bait, as well as a knife to gut the fish. In order to catch the special fish in Otto's lake, a Strength and Agility level is needed in addition to the fishing requirement. The leaping fish obtained can be used with a knife to obtain roe and caviar for use in Herblore skill, and catching them gives small amounts of experience in strength and agility. The fish you catch this way are as follows:

Fish Fishing
48 15 Leaping trout.png: RS3 Inventory image of Leaping trout Leaping trout 50 5 10
58 30 Leaping salmon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Leaping salmon Leaping salmon 70 6 10
70 45 Leaping sturgeon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Leaping sturgeon Leaping sturgeon 80 7 15

Fishing bare-handed[edit | edit source]

After this, the player can learn how to fish tuna, swordfish, and sharks without a harpoon. Using this method requires a higher Fishing level as well as a Strength level equivalent to the Fishing level needed to catch the fish normally. However, it provides small amounts of Strength experience.

When you are catching swordfish via barbarian methods, you will still receive tuna along with swordfish if you have the required levels for both. Also after the tool belt update, if you have the required strength level you will by default catch via the barbarian method. If a player would like to catch fish using a harpoon, for example if they have the required level to bare-hand catch tuna but not swordfish, they will have to bring a second harpoon in their inventory, or alternatively wield a Barb-tail harpoon. You may also return to Otto and tell him you wish to revert to the previous fishing style. He will respond "so be it" and you will be able to fish with the harpoon in your toolbelt again.

Fish Fishing
55 35 Raw tuna.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw tuna Raw tuna 80 8
70 50 Raw swordfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 100 10
96 76 Raw shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw shark Raw shark 110 11
96 76 Raw baron shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw baron shark Raw baron shark 110 11

Tips[edit | edit source]

When heavy rod fishing, you should bring your rod, your knife, and 25 fishing bait or feathers, go to the fishing spots and catch a full inventory of fish and cut them into fish offcuts and caviar/roe. If your inventory gets full of offcuts and roe/caviar, drop the fish offcuts and continue fishing/cutting using the caviar/roe. You can pick up the offcuts after you have used up the caviar/roe as they are also bait. Dropping the caviar/roe takes more time to drop than the stackable offcuts. This gets you around 50 to 60k an hour at 70 fishing. Note that it is possible to run out of bait just from cutting open the fish so bring some back up bait/feathers to be on the safe side.

When fishing with Bait, feathers, offcuts and caviar/roe in your inventory you will use the bait first, then the feathers, then the offcuts, then the caviar/roe. If you are banking the caviar/roe for barbarian potions it is a good idea to take plenty of bait/feathers to start with and bank the fish offcuts with the caviar/roe. This way you can save the offcuts for later barbarian fishing trips so that you won't have to bother using other bait or feathers. Initial bait may not be needed on populous worlds as there are often players at the fishing hole who drop caught fish, which can easily be picked up and gutted.

If you do not intend to use the offcuts or caviar/roe the best experience method for heavy rod fishing is to just take bait and place the three types of fish onto the ability bar, and keybind them. Holding down the respective key will drop all of that type of fish from your inventory, without interrupting the fishing action.

Now that fishing urns stack, there is no reason to not take the largest stack one feels necessary to reach the desired Fishing level with them. Make sure automatic urn teleportation is checked in player options. To calculate how many urns one needs, divide the experience remaining to the goal by 11,400 and purchase that many urns and water runes.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • Added a toggle in the settings menu to turn strength xp on or off for barbarian bare-hand fishing.
  • patch 27 April 2015 (Update):
    • Players who have reset their aquarium with a plug can now visit the prawnbroker to activate an animation override for bare-handed fishing. Resetting once will unlock silver-coloured fish and resetting twice will give gold-coloured fish when catching them bare-handed. This affects tuna, swordfish, shark and great white shark. Baron sharks are not affected.
    • Bare-handed catching the above fish will now use an updated model (introduced with the aquarium), with the default colours when they are caught.
  • patch 7 January 2014 (Update):
    • The barbarian hand fishing animation now runs more smoothly.
  • patch 1 February 2011 (Update):
    • Swordfish no longer go white when fishing using this style.
  • patch 27 January 2009 (Update):
    • Fish splash about once more when caught using the barbarian fishing method.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Barbarian Fishing is similar to noodling.