Fisherman's Pocket Guide

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Fisherman's Pocket Guide
  • Fisherman's Pocket Guide item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipDisplays fishing information
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell1 GC
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 3120 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
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Fisherman's Pocket Guide
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The Fisherman's Pocket Guide is an informational accessory that displays the player's current Fishing Power. The Fisherman's Pocket Guide can be received as a 1/34 (2.94%)[1] chance reward for completing a fishing quest for the Angler NPC, depending on the number of completed quests and other factors (for details, see Angler).

The Angler will not give the player a Fisherman's Pocket Guide as a reward if they already have one in their inventory or in any of their portable storage items or loadouts. However, if the player has all of the Angler's fishing and informational accessories[2] (or their upgrades like the Angler Tackle Bag and Fish Finder) in their inventories, this rule will be ignored.[1]

The Fisherman's Pocket Guide is one of the three parts necessary to make the Fish Finder, with the others being the Sextant and the Weather Radio, and as such is a required ingredient in crafting the Shellphone.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Fisherman's Pocket GuideFisherman's Pocket Guide(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
SextantSextant(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Fish FinderFish Finder(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Tinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop


  • Unlike most accessories, informational accessories such as the Fisherman's Pocket Guide do not need to be equipped in an accessory slot. The Fisherman's Pocket Guide may be carried in the player's inventory without loss of functionality, unless equipped to a social slot. Additionally, the info it provides will be shared with players of the same team in multiplayer that are within 50 tiles. Keep in mind modifiers will no longer apply to the player when not equipped.
  • The Fisherman's Pocket Guide, Weather Radio, and Sextant are interchangeable with Shimmer.
  • If the player has a Truffle Worm as their first bait, instead of displaying a number, it simply says "Warning!"
  • If the player is fishing in a pool of liquid which is below the required number of tiles in order for fishing to work (75 for water & lava, 50 for honey), it will display the message "Not Enough Water!", regardless of the type of liquid.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Now used to craft the Sextant via Shimmer.
    • The Angler no longer checks fishing and informational accessories separately to duplicate items.
  • Desktop Fixed a bug where RNG would make the fishing power display vary wildly.
  • Desktop
    • Angler quest reward chance increased.
    • The Angler will no longer give you duplicate informational accessories, unless you already have all of them.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method GetAnglerReward() in Terraria.Player.cs. Note that the actual base drop rate is actually slightly less than 1/34 (2.94%), because numerous other rewards are rolled before this item is. The real drop rate will also be affected by other factors, as discussed in-depth at Angler.
  2. High Test Fishing Line, Angler Earring, Tackle Box, Fisherman's Pocket Guide, Weather Radio, Sextant, and Fishing Bobber.