Fishing on the beaches, just off Cetus

There’s not been much for me to do lately in Warframe. While I wait for the next fairly large update, while I wait for Chroma Prime to finish baking in my foundry and while I awkwardly level up a bunch of Dual Swords that I don’t like, I find myself drifting between tasks.

Normally I’d be spending my time doing Fissure missions, opening relics and hoping for something nice, but in my bid to get the latest Prime items, I’ve worn myself out. The same can be said for my normal money runs on Seimeni and the Index, and Sorties really aren’t worth doing multiple times unless a good Mobile Defense or Survival Eximus Stronghold pops up.

So what do I do? I go fishing.

I should point out that, currently, mining is the more important activity, because gems and ores are way more important in making both Zaws and Arcanes for Operators and Amps. But mining is boring. You run around looking for blue or red dots on rocks, then you trace around random patterns and get a random gem. Sure, the better the trace, the rarer the gem, but it’s all random chance. And on top of that, you’ve got to buy the blueprints off the grumpy old bastard in Cetus AND spend other resources refining both gems and metals so you can use them elsewhere. The Advanced cutter makes life a bit easier by pointing out nearby ores on the map, but it’s still tedious.

Fishing on the other hand, that’s relaxing. Especially at night, if you know where to go. Actually, if you want the best fishing conditions, going out at night when it’s raining is your best bet. And preferably on your own. Lest you accidentally end up in the middle of an Eidolon hunt.

Electrocuting fish is a perfectly legitimate way to fish.
Electrocuting fish is a perfectly legitimate way to fish.

Where to fish though? The Plains are a big place and once I step out of that gate, carrying my fishing spears, lures and baits, it can often take a few seconds to decide where I want to go. There’s three very nice spots that I tend to visit, depending on my mood and what I want to fish.

The most obvious spot is the Twin Horns pond. All you have to do is clear the Grineer camp and you can peacefully fish all day while standing on the little rocks that stick up from the water. Night time fishing spawns nothing but Mortus Lungfish, which, despite how common they are, fetch a good price with Fosher Hai-Luk, both in resources and standing. The water there is also reasonably clear, meaning you can reliably fish without having to constantly throw luminous dye into the water, you can just keep an eye on movement.

The Twin Horns pond also has three potential Cetus Wisp spawns nearby and also spawns a handful of containers you can smash for normal resources. The only downside is that daytime fishing is poor there, due to it being a common path for Grineer patrols.

The second spot I normally recommend is the Gara Thot Lake, the massive lake in the middle of the Plains with big chunks of dead Sentient in it. If you’re fishing while standing on the dead Sentient, that is. Fishing along the shores of the lake are fine, but they tend to draw a lot of attention from the nearby Grineer camps. The only special fish that spawn in the lakes though are Norgs, which require bait, so if maximum profit is what you want, there are better places to go.

By far the most peaceful though is the far, far right parts of the map, along the shorter piece of coast that doesn’t have a Grineer base right on top of it.

I say right, because honestly I’m not really sure which way’s north. The map sort of indicates that north is straight ahead as you exit the gate from Cetus, but the way the sun rises and falls kinda suggests the opposite. We’ll just call it East for now.

The far eastern parts of the map, along the coast with the small island, are a wonderful place to fish. Not only is the whole area pretty calm during the day, with only a couple of patrols on the lower parts of the shoreline closer to Cetus, but it’s so quiet at night. You’re sheltered from random Dargyn attacks and if you’re on the island, enemies can only take vague, inaccurate pot-shots at you. Ripples are aplenty too, meaning you can quite reliably throw in baits for Murkrays and Glappids with no issue, and if you throw in the basic peppered bait, you’ll get Karkinas and Sharracs too.

But the best thing about it? At night, the far eastern shoreline is so insanely peaceful.

I could sit there for ages after a long, hard day, listening to the splashing of water while I throw things at fish.

Then the sun rises and all the Grineer wake up and start shooting at me again…


Phovos writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF since she doesn't have anything better to do. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Phovos has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

One thought on “Fishing on the beaches, just off Cetus

  • November 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    That is a surprisingly photogenic fish

    I dunno what it is about fishing in games, like it almost always boils down to just clicking a button on time, but it’s so addictive. Blizzard gave me a 72-hour free renewal on my expired World of Warcraft account, and I spent a huge chunk of that very limited timeframe just fishing with my druid for no real reason


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