Everything you need to know about lava fishing in Terraria.

Terraria Lava Fishing Guide: How to Fish and What You’ll Catch

Everything you need to know about lava fishing in Terraria.

Terraria Journey’s End has brought with it a huge amount of new stuff for players to master and find. One of the most relaxing (or least, depending on your point of view) comes in the form of Lava Fishing, which takes the pastime of fishing and makes it super hot. 

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Lava Fishing isn’t just a good way to kill time, though: It’s also a great way to find some of the new items in Terraria 1.4. By lava fishing, you’ll be able to craft some new gear and even learn how to manipulate lava at will. So, here’s what you need to know about Lava Fishing in Terraria

How to Fish in Lava

To actually cast your line into the lava, you need the right equipment first. The best rod is the Hotline Hook fishing rod, which allows you to fish in lava with no other specialized gear. 

To obtain Hotline Hook, you need to first play in Hardmode. Then complete 25 Angler quests. After the 25th quest, you’ll a 1/75 chance of getting the Hotline Hook after an Angler quest. 

You can also use the Lavaproof Fishing Hook. You can get it by opening Obsidian Crates, which you can catch by fishing in the Underworld. The advantage of this hook is that you can use a better rod and any bait you want.  

It’s worth noting that fishing in lava has its risks; If anything decides to knock you while you’re waiting for a bite, there’s a chance you’ll fall in the lava and die, so it’s best to keep a close eye on things  or fish with a summon protecting you. 

What You Can Catch While Lava Fishing

Lava Fishing allows you to catch some really interesting items, all of which are useful in a variety of different ways. The fish you can catch are:

  • Flarefin Koi
  • Obsidifish
  • Obsidian Swordfish. 

The first two are ingredients for crafting the Inferno Potion, which sets fire to all enemies that come near you. The Swordfish can be made into a powerful spear. 

You can also reel in a Bottomless Lava Bucket, which allows you to produce infinite lava wherever you want; the Lava Absorbent Sponge, which can remove lava; and the Demon Conch, which can teleport you to the Underworld. 

It’s easy to see why these are all really useful — and worthwhile — items, and the possibilities they unlock really open up the game. This is especially true if you want to watch the world burn, in which case, that Bottomless Lava Bucket is really going to be your favorite item. 


That’s it on Terraria lava fishing. For more, including tips on other Journey’s End additions, be sure to check out our other Terraria guides

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