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Angler
Angler.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Angler.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypePassive AI
Damage101517 (Frost Daggerfish) [1]
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
Projectile created
Projectile created
Projectile created
  • Frost Daggerfish
    Frost Daggerfish
Not to be confused with Angler Fish.

Psst! I might have a job for you. Don't think you can say no, either!

Emote Town Angler.gif The Angler

The Angler is a unique NPC concerned exclusively with fishing. He does not sell anything, but rather assigns quests to players. Quest objectives generally involve catching him rare fish from particular biomes or layers, for which he offers various rewards. He will move in once the following criteria have been met:

  • There is an available vacant house.
  • Rescuing him as the Sleeping Angler, who can be encountered randomly in the Ocean biome on Sand Blocks or on the surface of the water. Interacting with him in this state with Open / Activate will wake him. If the Sleeping Angler is killed, he will still be able to respawn afterwards; if the Angler NPC is killed, he will move in again after some time as long as there are vacant houses.

On Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile, he will throw Frost Daggerfish at nearby enemies when threatened, dealing 10 / 15 / 17 damage at the start of the game.

The Sleeping Angler is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) or its upgrades.

Initiating a quest

  • The day's quest is determined at 4:30 AM each day, regardless of whether or not the Angler has been spoken to.
  • In order to find out where to find the quest fish, the player needs to speak to the Angler and select his "Quest" option.
  • The player will need a fishing pole, bait, and a sizeable amount of liquid (see fishing) to catch the quest fish.
    • The item will only be catchable while its quest is in effect (from 4:30 AM of that day until 4:30 AM of the next day, and before the player's daily catch has been turned in).
    • The quest fish can only be caught if it is not already in the player's inventory.
  • Speaking again to the Angler will remove the quest fish from the player's inventory, and reward them with items.

Quest list

 
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Quest rewards

After a quest has been completed, the Angler will reward the player with one item, a number of coins, and possibly some bait.

  • Rarity reduction: The chance of a functional item being given depends on two factors. Each possible item has a base rarity, ranging from 1/30 for Fish Finder components to 1/250 for Golden Fishing Rod. The denominator of this base rarity is multiplied by a "rarity reduction" number. The rarity reduction starts at 1 and changes based on how many quests have been completed and the current happiness of the Angler. After happiness and completed quests are taken into account the rarity reduction is multiplied by an additional 0.9. This makes the chances of functional, non-potion items gradually increase from their base rates (shown below) with the number of quests completed: they become more likely (and others less likely) as more quests are completed.
    • With less than 51 quests completed, the rarity reduction starts at 1 and is reduced by 0.01 for every quest completed.
    • With less than 101 quests completed, the rarity reduction starts at 0.5 and is reduced by 0.005 for every completed quest past 50.
    • With less than 150 quests completed, the rarity reduction starts at 0.25 and is reduced by 0.002 for every completed quest past 100.
    • With over 150 quests completed the rarity reduction is fixed at 0.15
    • After accounting for the number of completed quests the rarity reduction is further multiplied by a fixed 0.9 and a multiplier based on happiness. See Notes for the happiness formula used.
    • As an example, Golden Fishing Rod as a random reward is available at 75 completed quests, with a base rarity of 1 in 250. With 75 completed quests the rarity reduction before happiness is taken into account is 0.3375, meaning the actual chance is 1 in (250 * 0.3375, floored to the nearest integer) or 1/84 (1.19%), much higher than the original 1/250 (0.4%).
  • Coin quantity: The number of coins awarded increases with the number of quests completed, and is rounded down to the nearest Gold Coin (or Silver Coin, if less than 1 GC), up to a maximum of 10 GC. The average coin reward is approximately 70 SC, plus 1 SC50 CC per completed quest, before rounding. These values are doubled in Expert Mode. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Additionally, these values are doubled in Hardmode, although still capped at 10 GC.
  • Bait chances: The Angler may additionally reward the player with an amount of bait, with chances scaling from 50.51% on the first completed quest to 100% by the 50th quest. The average quality and amount of bait given similarly increases with the number of completed quests, up to a maximum of 7 Master Baits.

Notes:

  • On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version versions, after the 150th completed quest, the chances permanently reset to their base rates, as if the player had never completed any quests at all. At this point, reward chances are actually slightly worse than for the 1st completed quest – e.g. the base chance of receiving any kind of bait in a reward drops to exactly 50/100 (50%), which is lower than the first-quest rate of 50/99 (50.51%). Coins are not affected by this and continue to scale up to a maximum of 10 GC per quest. Bait amounts are likewise not affected by this and continue to scale up to a maximum of 7 bait, but the chance of receiving bait in a reward – and if so, which type – are affected.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Angler's happiness affects his rewards: At 100% (neutral) happiness, the rates of rewards (affecting the chance of items and the chance and type of bait) are actually increased to 111.11% of their base values. The reward rates vary based on happiness within the range of 88.89% (at maximum unhappiness, 150% price multiplier) to 126.98% (at maximum happiness, 75% price multiplier).[2]
  • Also on Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile, rewards will not include duplicates of the info accessories or of the fishing utility accessories already in the player's inventory or portable storage, unless the player already has all of the respective set, or has one of that set's combined forms. The specific items which meet these requirements are noted in the table below.
    • If a player is interested in obtaining duplicates of these restricted accessories, moving owned accessories out of the inventory or portable storage before collecting a reward from the Angler will suffice. Viable options include placing accessories into an external storage which is not player-specific (e.g. an ordinary Chest), or throwing accessories onto the ground. Doing so after obtaining all accessories will be more efficient, as this enables the player to freely choose what accessories can be awarded.

Reward lists

Only one of the following special rewards may be obtained. The chances listed are affected by the number of quests completed and (on Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile) the Angler's happiness. Chances are rolled in the order given by the list below, starting from the top. This means rewards near the bottom have a slightly lowered chance of being obtained than what is listed. These chances are not affected by luck.

Main rewards

Item Base rarity Notes
Fuzzy CarrotFuzzy Carrot(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) n/a Guaranteed on the 5th quest.
Angler HatAngler Hat n/a Guaranteed on the 10th quest.
Angler VestAngler Vest n/a Guaranteed on the 15th quest.
Angler PantsAngler Pants n/a Guaranteed on the 20th quest.
Honey Absorbant SpongeHoney Absorbant Sponge(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/4 (25%) Pre-Hardmode
1/2 (50%) Hardmode
If the quest fish was Bumblebee Tuna.
Chances not affected by the number of quests and Angler's happiness.
Bottomless Honey BucketBottomless Honey Bucket(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/4 (25%) Pre-Hardmode
1/2 (50%) Hardmode
If the quest fish was Bumblebee Tuna.
Chances not affected by the number of quests and Angler's happiness.
Golden Fishing RodGolden Fishing Rod 1/250 (0.4%) Guaranteed on the (Desktop, Console, Mobile and 3DS versions) 30th / (Old-gen console version) 50th quest.
Available after the 75th quest.
Hotline Fishing HookHotline Fishing Hook 1/100 (1%) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
1/75 (1.33%) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Hardmode only.
Available after the 25th quest.
Fin WingsFin Wings 1/70 (1.43%) Hardmode only.
Available after the 10th quest.
Bottomless Water BucketBottomless Water Bucket(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/70 (1.43%) Available after the 10th quest.
Guaranteed on the 25th quest.
Super Absorbant SpongeSuper Absorbant Sponge(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/70 (1.43%) Available after the 10th quest.
Golden Bug NetGolden Bug Net(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/80 (1.25%)
Fish HookFish Hook 1/60 (1.67%)
MinecarpMinecarp(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/60 (1.67%)
Mermaid setMermaid set 1/80 (1.25%) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
1/50 (2%) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
All 3 pieces rewarded at once.
Fish Costume setFish Costume set 1/80 (1.25%) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
1/50 (2%) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
All 3 pieces rewarded at once.
High Test Fishing LineHigh Test Fishing Line 1/40 (2.5%) [rw 1] (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
Angler EarringAngler Earring 1/40 (2.5%)[rw 1] (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
Tackle BoxTackle Box 1/40 (2.5%)[rw 1] (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
Fisherman's Pocket GuideFisherman's Pocket Guide(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/30 (3.33%)[rw 1] Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
Weather RadioWeather Radio(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/30 (3.33%)[rw 1] Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
SextantSextant(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/30 (3.33%)[rw 1] Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
Fishing BobberFishing Bobber(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/25 (4%)[rw 1] Only if no duplicates in possessions,[rw 2], this includes craftable items which contain this item in its crafting tree.
Fishing PotionFishing Potion (2-5) 1/3 (33.33%) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Chances not affected by the number of quests and Angler's happiness.
Sonar PotionSonar Potion (2-5) 1/2 (50%) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Chances not affected by the number of quests and Angler's happiness.
Crate PotionCrate Potion (2-5) If no other drop was given (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The game combine the chance of all 7 accessories into one single roll, if that succeed, the game check for the missing accessories and select one with equal probability. This chance is likely made to ensure the overall probabiliy of getting accessories does not decrease when the player possesses some of them. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, method GetAnglerReward_MainReward() in Terraria.Player.cs.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Possessions include inventory and equipped accessories (in all three loadouts(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)), along with the 4 types of portable storage. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, method DropAnglerAccByMissing() in Terraria.Player.cs.

Furniture Rewards (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

The player is also sometimes rewarded with a random furniture in this table, similarly with the main pool. The furniture is guaranteed after having completed at least 100 quests (100th quest included).

Item
Life PreserverLife Preserver
Ship's WheelShip's Wheel
Compass RoseCompass Rose
Wall AnchorWall Anchor
Pillagin' Me PixelsPillagin' Me Pixels
Treasure MapTreasure Map
Goldfish TrophyGoldfish Trophy
Bunnyfish TrophyBunnyfish Trophy
Swordfish TrophySwordfish Trophy
Sharkteeth TrophySharkteeth Trophy
Ship in a BottleShip in a Bottle
Seaweed PlanterSeaweed Planter
Not So Lost In ParadiseNot So Lost In Paradise(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
CrustographyCrustography(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
What Lurks BelowWhat Lurks Below(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
FangsFangs(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Couch GagCouch Gag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Silent FishSilent Fish(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
The DukeThe Duke(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

Other rewards (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)

If none of the main rewards is obtained, one of the following will be obtained, and in no particular order. Chances are not affected by the number of quests completed.

Item Chance Notes
Life PreserverLife Preserver 1/100 (1%)
Ship's WheelShip's Wheel 1/100 (1%)
Compass RoseCompass Rose 1/100 (1%)
Wall AnchorWall Anchor 1/100 (1%)
Pillagin' Me PixelsPillagin' Me Pixels 1/100 (1%)
Treasure MapTreasure Map 1/100 (1%)
Goldfish TrophyGoldfish Trophy 1/100 (1%)
Bunnyfish TrophyBunnyfish Trophy 1/100 (1%)
Swordfish TrophySwordfish Trophy 1/100 (1%)
Sharkteeth TrophySharkteeth Trophy 1/100 (1%)
Ship in a BottleShip in a Bottle 1/100 (1%)
Seaweed PlanterSeaweed Planter 1/100 (1%)
Coralstone BlockCoralstone Block (50–150) 1/100 (1%)
Fishing PotionFishing Potion (2–5)
Sonar PotionSonar Potion (2–5)
Crate PotionCrate Potion (2–5)
Default Only one potion type is rewarded.

Bait reward

If bait is being rewarded, the chances of getting which type are in the order listed below. The chances listed are affected by the number of quests completed and (on Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile) the Angler's happiness. As noted above, the chance of obtaining any bait at all ranges from 50% to 100% (at base happiness).

Item Base chance
Master BaitMaster Bait 1/15 (6.67%)
Journeyman BaitJourneyman Bait 1/5 (20%)
Apprentice BaitApprentice Bait Default

The amount of bait obtained is determined randomly, with a minimum of 1 and maximum of 7 and with the average amount depending on to the number of quests completed. Six independent rolls are performed, with chances N-in-25, N-in-50, N-in-100, N-in-150, N-in-200, and N-in-250 (where N is the number of quests completed plus one), and those rolls which succeed increase the amount of bait by 1 each. Thus, the amount will usually vary randomly between 1 and 7 bait, until maxing out at the 249th quest.[3] A few examples of average bait amounts for different quest completion totals are as follows:

# of quests completed Average bait amount
1 1.17 bait
25 3.19 bait
50 4.31 bait
100 5.58 bait
150 6.36 bait
200 6.80 bait
249+ 7 bait (always)

Living preferences

Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version
Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.
BiomeNeighbor
Lovesn/an/a
Dislikesn/a
Hatesn/a

For more information, see NPC happiness.

Shimmered form

Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version
Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.
Shimmered Angler
Angler (Shimmered).png Map Icon Angler (Shimmered).png
NPC Map icon

When submerged in Shimmer, the Angler will transform into his Shimmered form. This has no impact on gameplay or dialogue and is only a visual change. He can be returned to his classic look by submerging him in Shimmer again.

Notes

  • The Angler is a young child, evident by several quotes made by him and other NPCs, such as the Tavernkeep, who will not sell him Ale due to him being underage.
  • The Angler is one of the few town NPCs that can be obtained regardless of the current stage of game progression (the others being the Guide, Stylist, and Golfer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)).
  • The Sleeping Angler spawns randomly, like the other bound NPCs. It is not guaranteed that he will initially spawn on either shore. The player may need to wait a while at a shore before he appears.
  • The Sleeping Angler is able to float on both water and honey.
  • While most NPCs die via the usual death animation, the Angler simply vanishes in a puff of smoke. He also has a unique death message: Instead of "<Name of Angler> was slain..." the message reads "<Name of Angler> has left!". This is likely due to rating concerns, as depictions of children being killed tend to result in an "Adults Only" rating from the ESRB, which might have limited the game's distribution.
    • This is not the case in the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, as the status message reads "Angler was slain…" due to the game not being updated by Re-Logic for those platforms. He still vanishes in a puff of smoke.
  • If a quest is not completed before the next day begins (4:30 AM the following day), a new quest begins, whether or not the Angler is spoken to.
    • It is possible to catch quest fish before the Angler has spawned in a world. However, most quest fish require fishing in a specific environment, making this an unlikely catch.
  • The Angler will never assign quests that require the player to catch fish from the Crimson in a Corruption world, or from the Corruption in a Crimson world.
  • No quest fish will be caught if the day's quest catch already exists in the player's inventory. It is possible to catch more than one quest fish in a day if the player drops previously-caught quest fish on the ground, or stores them in a Chest or other storage item. For this case, a fish in the player's "trash slot" does not count, so putting the first one there allows picking up a second quest fish. Holding the item in the air with a cursor does not count as holding, with another quest fish in the trash slot allows pickup of a third one lying on the ground, allowing for a maximum of three quest fish in the inventory.
  • If the Angler is killed after being saved, and there is no suitable house for him to live in, he will settle in as soon as one becomes free, like any other NPC.
  • The number of completed quests is tied to the character, rather than the world. The minimum number required for a particular reward can be accrued by completing quests in multiple worlds. The number of completed quests for the purposes of achievements is instead a running total for all characters in all worlds, so multiple characters can contribute to earning achievements.
  • The current fishing quest for a world's in-game day is tied to the name of the characters. It is, for example, impossible to have two characters with the same name claim rewards in the same world.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Angler provides all three components of the Fish Finder, which is one of the sub-assemblies of the Cell Phone. Three more of his gifts can be combined into the Angler Tackle Bag, which is required to craft the Lavaproof Tackle Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

Achievements

Achievement Servant-in-Training.png
Servant-in-Training • Complete your 1st quest for the angler.
Complete 1 Angler quest. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Challenger Challenger
Achievement Good Little Slave.png
Good Little Slave • Complete your 10th quest for the angler.
Complete 10 Angler quests. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Challenger Challenger
Achievement Trout Monkey.png
Trout Monkey • Complete your 25th quest for the angler.
Complete 25 Angler quests. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Challenger Challenger
Achievement Fast and Fishious.png
Fast and Fishious • Complete your 50th quest for the angler.
Complete 50 Angler quests. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Challenger Challenger
Achievement Supreme Helper Minion!.png
Supreme Helper Minion! • Complete a grand total of 200 quests for the angler.
Complete 200 Angler quests. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Challenger Challenger
Achievement Glorious Golden Pole.png
Glorious Golden Pole • Obtain a golden fishing rod.
Obtain the Golden Fishing Rod from the Angler. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Collector Collector

Tips

  • In multiplayer, advancing the day forward to dawn using console commands does not reset the quest cooldown; the player still needs to wait another 24 minutes (24 in-game hours) for a new quest. However, advancing the day to midnight and waiting 4.5 minutes until dawn does work.
  • If the game does not save after the player turns in the daily quest, the game can be closed without saving to turn in the quest again with different rewards. This can be done multiple times to attain desired rewards without having to wait 24 minutes for a new quest.
  • Building mini-biomes is useful for quick access for fishing biome-specific fish, as some biomes such as the Jungle, Corruption, or Crimson may be more time-consuming and/or dangerous to travel to.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) When attempting to get new accessories from fishing (e.g. to gain the ingredients for the Fish Finder), the player should hold accessories they already have gained from quest fishing in their inventory, to avoid receiving duplicates. However, if all of them have been obtained already, then only two of them should be held in the inventory in order to minimize the chances of receiving another. Completing quests in pre-Hardmode also increases the chances of getting one of them.
  • Doing the achievements can be more easily done on Journey Mode(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) by skipping the day cycle using the Time menu and using the Duplication menu for the quest fish.
  • Catching multiple quest fish of the same type and keeping those in storage saves a lot of time if the same fish is required in future quests. Note that the player has to move the quest fish out of their inventory before being able to catch the same fish again.

Names

The Angler may have any of the following names:

  • Adam
  • Bart
  • Billy
  • Bobby
  • Bryce (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
  • Charles
  • Danny
  • Grayson
  • Ivan
  • Izzy
  • Jey
  • Jimmy
  • Johnny
  • Matty
  • Miles
  • Nathan
  • Phillip
  • Sammy
  • Simon
  • Spencer
  • Timmy
  • Tyler

Quotes

Interaction quotes

  • When woken up:

    • "Thanks, I guess, for saving me or whatever. You'd be a great helper minion!"
    • "Wha? Who might you be? I totally wasn't just drowning or anything!"
    • "You saved me! You're awful nice, I could use you... er, I mean, totally hire you to do some awesome stuff for me!"

    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Any time:

    • "Did you know I have <number of quests completed> amazingly awesome fish now!? That's because as far as errand monkeys go, you're actually a bit useful!"
    • "Wooow! You've bothered me, like, <number of quests completed> times! If I didn't have a cool fish for each time, I would be really mad!"

    When a quest is available:

    • "Psst! I might have a job for you. Don't think you can say no, either!"
    • "I want a fish and you're going to find me one! Ask me about it!"
    • "<Name of Angler> wants YOU as the official <name of world> errand monkey!" (reference to the famous World War I U.S. propaganda poster featuring Uncle Sam)
    • "Hey! Just the sacrifi- I mean competent fishing master that I've been looking for! "

    When a quest is completed:

    • "Oh! Thanks for the fish I asked for, now scram!"
    • "You make a great errand monkey! Now go away!"
    • "Muahahahahaha! You did it! You're still in one piece though, how boring!"
    • "Woah!? You actually did what I asked, and survived! Nice, hand it over and beat it!"
    • "Awesome catch! It's all going according to plan! He he he!"

    When the Quest button is clicked after the daily quest has been completed:

    • "I have enough fish! I don't need your help right now!"
    • "You have entertained me enough for today, go."
    • "I don't have anything for you to do right now."
    • "Only one fish a day, please go away!"
    • "I haven't even used the last fish you gave me. I don't need another."
    • "You are done, the grand <name of Angler> dismisses you!"

    When a quest has been completed:

    • "I'm bummed out! There's probably been fish that have gone extinct before I even was born, and that's not fair!"
    • "Whaaaat?! Can't you see I'm winding up fishing line??"
    • "There's no chefs in all of <name of world>, so I have to cook all this fish myself! "
    • "I don't have a mommy or a daddy, but I have a lot of fish! It's close enough!"
    • "Let a kid give you some advice, never touch your tongue to an ice block! Wait, forget what I said, I totally want to see you do it!"
    • "Ever heard of a barking fish?! I haven't, I'm just wondering if you did!"
    • "Hey! Watch it! I'm setting up traps for my biggest prank ever! No one will see it coming! Don't you dare tell anyone!"
    • "<Name of world> is filled to the brim with the most outlandish kinds of fish!"

    When Dryad is present when a quest has been completed:

    • "Heh heh, you shoulda seen the look on <name of Dryad>'s face when I stuck that piranha tooth in the chair!"

    When Tavernkeep(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is present when a quest has been completed:

    • "How come <name of Tavernkeep> won't sell me any ale? I want to try some! What a grouch!"

    During a Party(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions):

    • "What, you think I like parties because I am a kid? Well, you're right, so get to partying!"

    During a Blood Moon, when a quest is available:

    • "I have a request for you! No, I don't care that there's a zombie apocalypse right now!"
    • "Hurry up and listen! I need you to catch something for me right now!"
    • "You know, super scary things lurk in the water during a Blood Moon! You should totally go try it! I'll watch from here!"

    During a Blood Moon, when a quest has been completed:

    • "Blood Moon is the worst time to fish! The fish bite, yes, but so do the zombies!"
    • "There's a bajillion monsters running around out there right now!"
    • "I hate Blood Moons! I stay up all night because of all the scary noises!"
    • "You should try fishing when the water is all bloody! It's to die for!"

    While it is raining:

    • "I always go fishing in the rain! It's why I wear this hat!"
    • "Yes! It's raining! Now I can watch you get soaking wet while you fish for me!"

    During a thunderstorm:

    • "This one time at fishing camp, lightning struck the lake! Suddenly, all the fish floated up to the surface for free!"
    • "Thunderstorms are the best time to go fishing! Also the most dangerous! That's why I'll send you to do it for me!"

    During a Windy Day(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions):

    • "Is this some kinda hurricane!? I almost got hit by a dolphin!"
    • "Wind is usually a great time to fish, but this is too much! I almost hooked my eye out!"

    When in a Graveyard(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions):

    • "How can I fish out there?! Are you crazy, or just stupid!?"
    • "I'm totally scared right now! It is all YOUR fault!"
  • Happiness quotes (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

  • When nothing is affecting happiness:

    • "I'm good, now fetch me a fish!"

    When homeless:

    • "I'm a kid, you need to give me a house! Are you dumb!?"

    When far from home:

    • "I left my fishing pole at home, and it's waaaaay over there! Drat!"

    When in a sparse area:

    • "Yes! I get to be alone with all my fish!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "I don't like all these people scaring my fish, so make them go away!"
    • "I hate all these strangers - they scared all my fish half to death!"

    When in the Ocean:

    • "Why is the Ocean my favorite place to go? It has tons of cool fish, duh!"

    When in the Desert:

    • "Did you hit your head? Duh, the Desert doesn't have fish!"

    When in an evil biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Hey stupid, the fish here in the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon are all trying to kill me!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "[Name of Princess] the Princess is not a fish, yet she doesn't annoy me! That's really cool!"

    When near the Demolitionist:

    • "[Name of Demolitionist] the Demolitionist actually knows what they're doing, unlike some OTHER people! I kinda like that!"

    When near the Party Girl:

    • "[Name of Party Girl] the Party Girl actually knows what they're doing, unlike some OTHER people! I kinda like that!"

    When near the Tax Collector:

    • "[Name of Tax Collector] the Tax Collector actually knows what they're doing, unlike some OTHER people! I kinda like that!"

    When near the Tavernkeep:

    • "I hate [Name of Tavernkeep] the Tavernkeep, and anyone else who treats me like a child!"
  • Trivia

    • The Angler is a child, and therefore younger than all the others. The only other NPC who is a child is the Princess(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions). His sprite is a tile shorter than any of the others.
      • The Angler seems to be an orphan, judging by his quote "I don't have a mommy or a daddy, but I have a lot of fish! It's close enough!"
      • The Angler is not allowed to try Ale from the Tavernkeep as seen in the quote "How come <name of Tavernkeep> won't sell me any ale? I want to try some! What a grouch!". This refers to the fact that the Angler is presumably below the legal drinking age.
    • The Angler is allergic to bees, as shown when he gives the quest to find the Bumblebee Tuna.
    • The Angler often seems to disregard the player's safety, as shown by his quotes, for instance "Hey! Just the sacrifi- I mean competent fishing master that I've been looking for! "
    • Despite his professed love of fishing, he is never himself seen fishing, and the only fish he provides to the player are mounted as trophies.
      • He is seen giving the Pirate one of his quest fish in the credits(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), but this might have been provided by the player.
    • The quest dialog for the Clownfish is a reference to the 2003 American computer-animated adventure movie Finding Nemo.
    • The quest dialog for the Batfish is a reference to "Batman Theme", the title song of the 1966 Batman TV series.
    • The quest dialog for the Pengfish is a reference to the fictional superhero Superman.
    • Despite his quest dialog claiming that he will be rich, the Jewelfish is still worth nothing when sold.
    • Although it is extremely rare, it is entirely possible to give the Angler a Bunnyfish and receive a Bunnyfish Trophy, suggesting he immediately gave it back.
    • The Angler's quote referencing the act of touching one's tongue to an ice block references the fact that very cold objects, such as ice blocks, cause the saliva in the tongue to freeze inside the pores of the tongue, causing the tongue to become stuck to the ice.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Despite his dislike of the Desert for its apparent lack of fish, several fish can be caught in the Desert, including two quest fish.
    • The Angler's Shimmered form is a Kappa, a turtle-like creature from Japanese folklore. Its Japanese name “河童” translates to “river-child” which makes sense with the Angler being a child and fisherman.
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Angler: "The Angler, a rude fishing genius, sends others to find weird, rare fish. He rewards random items, entertained by any misfortunes."

    History

    • Desktop 1.4.4.6:
      • The Angler's Accessory Drop Duplicate Protection has been adjusted to make it more flexible and player friendly.
        • Instead of only selectively applying duplicate protection to the 2 triple sets of accessories independently, he now applies the duplicate protection to all 7 accessories, including the Fishing Bobber.
        • If the player has any of the 7 accessories (either in their individual form or their tinkered forms) in their inventory, the Angler will always give a non-duplicate accessory whenever he rolls to drop an accessory at all. He will only begin dropping duplicates again once the player has all 7 in their inventory.
        • This will also result in a general increase in the number of accessories he drops.
      • The Mermaid and Fish Costumes have been moved to be before Accessories in priority order since Accessories will be more common.
    • Desktop 1.4.4:
      • Angler Quests now give 2x as much coins in Hardmode.
      • Angler no longer drops furniture items as part of his regular drop pool. Instead, he now has a chance to give a bonus furniture drop when completing quests. The odds of getting a bonus furniture drop increase as completed Quests count increases.
      • Bottomless Water Bucket is now guaranteed on the 25th quest completed.
      • Bottomless Water Bucket can now be obtained in pre-Hardmode.
    • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
      • Removed "Bryce" as a possible name.
      • Angler's Quest rewards are now more likely to give informational accessories.
        • Additionally, he will not give the player duplicates of an accessory they have in their inventory, unless they already have them all.
      • Added 2 new quotes, informing the player of the number of quests they have completed.
      • Fixed some inconsistent or inaccurate Fishing Quest dialogue text.
    • Desktop 1.2.4.1:
      • Fixed bug where "Wyverntail" was named "Whyverntail".
      • Angler's quests now show when using other languages.
      • Fixed bug where Sleeping Angler would move slowly on tiles if attacked by enemies.
    • Console 1.07: Introduced fishing on Console editions, including the Angler NPC, fishing quests, and their rewards.

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method AI_007_TownEntities() in Terraria.NPC.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
    2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method GetAnglerReward() in Terraria.Player.cs. The exact formula is actualRate = baseRate / (0.9 * ((1 + priceModifier) / 2)), where priceModifier is the Angler's otherwise-hidden price modifier determined by his happiness in the same manner as with other NPCs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
    3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.3.6 source code, method GetAnglerReward_Bait() in Terraria.Player.cs. The way in which bait amounts are rolled has remained unchanged since 1.2.4 (method GetAnglerReward() in Terraria.Player.cs). There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.