Description: Magma Reef is a result of monstrous volcanic explosion on the mainland of Blue Crescent. If equipped with the proper gear for the dangerous conditions, wranglers may take part in the new possibility of lava fishing. The spawned fish of the Reef offer higher rewards than the other fishing locations of Farovia.
Magma Reef is a completely new fishing experience and requires specialized equipment in order to safely fish there. Trying to fish without the appropriate heat-resistant equipment will result in a costly experiment for any curious wrangler.
Unlocking Magma Reef
When fishing in Blue Crescent once you have around 600,000 points and your Sonar Pulverizer is level 15 it has the possibility of luring a new fish away from its natural habitat within the reef; the Volcano Rock Fish.
After the first catch or attract you'll be given the message:
- WOAH! The ground shook as ... I wonder what happens if I attract another one...
After the second you message will read:
- WOAH! The Blue Crescent Volcano erupted as ... You've unlocked Magma Reef!
There is no discernible 'trick' to catching the first or second Volcano Rock Fish - it could take two casts, two days or two weeks! Just keep fishing with your Sonar Pulverizer and eventually you'll unlock this new location.
Note that it is not necessary to actually catch this new fish to unlock the volcano - a 'steal' will suffice. Some wranglers have caught both Volcano Rocks, some have managed to bag only one of the two and a few unlucky ones have missed on both casts. Don't worry if you did miss both catches, you'll have your chance to nab one of these fish in due course.
Note: The background picture of Blue Crescent will now show the open volcano in the distance.
What to Catch
Fishing at Magma Reef is a whole new fishing experience with a unique breed of fish that inhabit this fiery inferno.
Being undead, the Vampire Fish can endure both extreme heat and freezing cold waters making this one of the few fish that can thrive in all locations.
Full descriptions of each Magma Reef fish can be found in The Fish of Magma Reef.
What to Buy
Due to its dangerous habitat, Cap'n Jozek has decided not to risk setting up a store at Magma Reef. Earl, who is quick to spot any money making scheme, has no such qualms, and runs a secret supply shop in Magma Reef known as Earl's Lava Shack.
Earl is no fool and knows that he has a monopoly for lava fishing. Fishing in Magma Reef without the Cubey Incinerator will damage other poles and wranglers will incur a loss of points and gold fishing in Magma Reef without the Lava Suit. Don't be surprised if you have to wait for your equipment to be ready.
How to Play
Fishing in Magma Reef requires a different strategy than other locations. Due to the intense heat, you can only safely cast 20 times before your pole needs to cool down. It is possible to cast more than 20 times, but there is an increasing % risk of fire damage if you cast more than this limit without cooling your pole.
Your pole can be cooled in one of three ways;
- The Cubey Incinerator automatically cools down at approximately 1:00am (1 hour after midnight) FVT (GMT-7).
- Fire Extinguishers can be found in Magma Reef which can be activated to cool down your pole, allowing you to safely fish 20 more times without your pole taking damage. Note that this is using the Fire Extinguisher to cool down your pole, not put out any fires. As such the extinguisher should be used before your pole actually catches fire!
- Using the Cubey Incinerator in the waters of WaterPort or Fishertonville. Each cast in Fishertonville or Waterport will cool down your pole and allow for 1 more safe cast at Magma Reef until your pole is completely cooled off.
If you do damage your pole, it will need to be returned to Earl's Lava Shack where it will be repaired by the beginning of the next day.
During tournament fishing none of the 15 casts will heat up your pole - they are free casts.
While fishing in Magma Reef, the specialist Fire Sludge Chum is naturally recommended, but Steak Chum is also known to work (which now shows up with grill marks). Of course Red Love Chum works well here as it does everywhere, but all other chum will be destroyed by the intense heat:
- I should only use heat resistant chum because I just incinerated one of my Fish Guts Chum.
- What have I done! I schmelted away one of my Fish Guts Chum!
- I watched my Fish Guts Chum burn away from the hot lava below. It was quite a display of smoke and fire.
- I stood in awe as my Fish Guts Chum bursted into flames from the piping hot lava below.
- My Fish Guts Chum exploded into thousands of pieces then set fire and exploded once more into even smaller pieces. It was perhaps the most magnificent display of lights I've ever witnessed in my life time.
- I just witnessed a travesty... I destroyed one of my Fish Guts Chum chums as it was engulfed in an outrageous burnination.
Note, do not use Fire Sludge Chum outside of Magma Reef as it will explode into vapors upon exposure to any lava-free waters.
Schools of Cubeys
Fishing in WaterPort or Fishertonville with the Cubey Incinerator will reveal one of its 'special properties'. As it name suggests, it is especially potent in catching Cubey Fish. So much so, that it will catch not individual Cubies, but schools of them, ranging from 2 to 100. If a wrangler wants to master the art of lava fishing, he will need 2,000 Cubies in order to catch the Melted Cubey Fish. Wrangler experience suggests that neither location appears to have the edge over the other as the place to maximize Cubey catching.
Note that the Cubey Incinerator will only increase in pole level outside of Magma Reef if Red Love Chum is used. Any other chum will leave the pole at its current level until fishing in Magma Reef is resumed. Also of note, is that misses count towards cooling down your pole, as well an odd script of a Emo Fish crying over your pole to steal your chum.
It is also worth noting that as the Cubey Incinerator only catches Cubies outside of Magma Reef and as these fish do not inhabit Blue Crescent, it stands to reason that you will not be able to catch anything if this pole is used in that location. Using Red Love Chum with this pole in Blue Crescent will therefore help level your pole at the cost of zero RLC, albeit with a return of zero points and gold while you do so.
Due to the danger of overheating your pole, you do not get Crew Trips in Magma Reef. To overcome this restriction, many wranglers 'pop' over to the nearby Blue Crescent or Sans Culpra fishing locations every 30 minutes to ensure they get a Crew Trip in before heading back to Magma Reef within the 15 minute window. Your boat will not level on every trip between Magma Reef and Blue Crescent (see Boat Leveling), but your boat will level all on trips between Magma Reef and Sans Culpra.
Alternatively if you have the Rocket Booster and/or a high leveled Mini Cruiser, then it is possible to get to Fishertonville or WaterPort and back before it is time to Fish NOW. Not only will this provide the opportunity to catch a school of Cubies in a Crew Trip (and hence more Cubies towards the total needed to catch the Melted Cubey Fish), but this has the added advantage of cooling your pole down one cast. Following this strategy will give you 36 casts in Magma Reef before your pole overheats. On the downside, this will eat up the expensive Rocket Booster fuel and it will interrupt any Magma Reef catching streaks, but wranglers may feel this is a price well worth paying.
Make sure you switch chums while employing this strategy, as your crew trip will not catch anything if Fire Sludge Chum is still active (although it will still cool your pole down by one cast). Alternatively if you are using Steak Chum, this can be used in either locations with no adverse effect - albeit with a lower attraction rate.
Night Fishing is not allowed in Magma Reef. If you are in Magma Reef when your night fishing party is scheduled to leave, you will get the message "(Wrangler's Name) was in Magma Reef, where its too dangerous to go night fishing." No damage occurs, but you will miss your trip.
Using the Cubey Incinerator for Night Fishing in any other location will reveal its other special property, which can lead to losing points and gold, but if the gamble pays off, then yields a very positive return. More details can be found in the Night Fishing page.