🎣6 Open World RPGs with the best Fishing, ranked

Fishing is a great way to escape from the daily grind.

Personally, I got head deep into fishing during the pandemic. It gave me the opportunity to get away from the stress of working from home (and being cooped up in the same space after work), and I had made many good friends while casting.

Alas, post-pandemic, I’ve stepped back into my old routine and can no longer afford to take hours off to fish in real life.

Thankfully, there are great fishing experience to be had in games. I like what Fishing Planet has to offer, but a pure fishing game gets mundane over time.

Instead, I’ve gravitated to open world games with fishing side quests or mini games. And these are the best, in my opinion:

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🎣Open World RPGs with the best Fishing

#6 Final Fantasy XIV

Even the Warrior of Light can make time for some relaxing fishing.

What to look out for in Final Fantasy XIV’s fishing:

  • 200+ types of fish!
  • Sell, Desynth, or Discard. Only some can be used for crafting and cooking

Final Fantasy XIV is a MMORPG with 8 difference classes to choose from, so that you can create your own unique adventure.

While you explore the open world on your journey to become the Warrior of Light, you can also take a break and spend some time fishing.

Alas, the fishing experience in FFXIV isn’t the most satisfying, but at least you get to seat down and chill while waiting for a bite.

Side note: Final Fantasy XIV is free to play, up to level 60!

#5 Monster Hunter World

Spend some quality me-time between quests and reel in some interesting fish while you’re at it.

What to look out for in Monster Hunter World’s fishing:

  • 6 types of fish
  • Earn research points, get scales, cook, craft, sell them.

Monster Hunter World is a multiplayer online RPG where you can take up quests alone or with other players. Between fighting monsters and gathering material, you also have the option to spend some quality me-time fishing.

#4 Elder Scrolls Online

Soul searching will take a while, but along the way, you can fish at any fishing holes you stumble upon.

What to look out for in Elder Scrolls Online’s fishing:

  • 200+ types of fish
  • Sell, and have the chance to find Perfect Roe

Elder Scrolls is a MMOPRG. Set in the continent of Tamriel with a storyline that is somewhat connected to the Elder Scroll games, you get to roam the world freely in the bid to retrieve your stolen soul.

While you are out and about, you’ll stumble upon fishing holes with limited resources. Try and catch them all!

#3 Sea of Thieves

Being a pirate is exciting. Since you get to head out into the ocean on your ship, why not get some fishing done while you’re out there?

What to look out for in Sea of Thieves’ fishing:

  • 10 types of fish
  • Cook, or sell for Commendation, Reputation and Gold
  • Catch some absurd fish on your simple rod set up

Sea of Thieves is an action adventure, online game that lets you roam the world freely, and choose your own adventure. Its developer classifies the game as a “Shared World Adventure Game” – you can explore the shared world with your friends or meet other players online.

As a game with a first-person perspective, you know the fishing experience will be somewhat enjoyable.

#2 Far Cry 6

Take a break from the hustle of trying to overthrow the evil dictator by heading to a fishing spot near you.

What to look out for in Far Cry 6’s fishing:

  • 17 Types of fish
  • Cook, Trade for material
  • Fly fishing like experience

Far Cry 6 is a first player shooting (FPS) game set in an open world which you can explore on foot or vehicle as a guerrilla fighter attempting to overthrow the dictator.

FPS games easily offer the best in-game fishing experience due to the perspective. Not sure why the developers went with fly fishing instead of the usual baitcasting, but Far Cry 6 offers pretty dope flyfishing animation:

If fishing get boring for you, you can even go shark hunting in Far Cry 6! 🦈

#1 Red Dead Redemption 2

Even outlaws need a break sometime.

What to look out for in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) fishing:

  • 15 types of fish (with a legendary version for each species)
  • Cook, Sell, Donate to camp, Return to water for honor boost
  • Fishing spots are located in pretty well-designed environments

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an action RPG where you play an outlaw trying to survive against government forces, rival gangs and other enemies.

You roam freely in the open world, taking part in shootouts, robberies, hunting and more to maintain your honor.

What better way to kick back and take a break from the harsh, dog-eat-dog world than spending some time fishing for legendary fish?

🐟Do you fish in open world games?

Fishing side quests isn’t for everyone. I know of friends who hate the fishing quests and will only interact with that content if they are chasing trophies.

Do you fish in-game? Or do you hate it with a vengeance? Share your thoughts below!

p.s. If you’re looking for a cozy game with fishing instead, Palia is a free-to-play MMO cozy game where you can fish to your heart’s content.


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