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How to Fish in Lava (Ultimate Terraria Guide)

How to Fish in Lava (Ultimate Terraria Guide)

Fishing has always been a popular profession in Terraria. You get to choose between many baits and fishing rods to catch the rarest fish possible. The game only mentions a basic layout for the fishing mechanic. However, it runs much deeper than what’s visible on the surface.

In Terraria, you get to choose between three basic fishing ponds. Fishing is possible as long as you have a proper body of liquid. Lava is a widely popular fishing option in Terraria

There are many unique and rewarding fish to catch in lava. However, you need to know the basics to have a good yield. That said, you need a lava-resistant fishing pole to fish in lava. 


In this guide, we will show you the ultimate fishing methods that you can use to gain a decent yield in the lava terrain. With that said, let’s get started with the fundamentals. 

Lava Fishing in Terraria

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Lava fishing works a bit differently than water and honey. If you submerge your basic rod in a lava pond, the fishing will not commence as you need a lava-proof rod to fish in lava. 

What you will need

To fish in lava, a player must use a Hotline Fishing Hook and a Lavaproof Tackle Bag (not mandatory). A Lavaproof Fishing Hook can work just fine as well. 


The Lava terrain only supports certain baits for fishing. You can risk losing your hard-earned baits if you throw the wrong one in the lava. Therefore, make sure to use one of the following:

  • Magma Snail
  • Lavafly
  • Hell Butterfly

How to Obtain Hotline Fishing Hook

The only way to gain a Hotline Fishing Hook is by betting on a 1 in 75 chance of getting it from the Angler in Hardmode. However, you need to complete a total of 25 quests.

If you cannot find this Hook as a quest reward, you should try making a new world to try over again. Alternatively, you can also use a different hook for your fishing adventures. However, it will not be as potent as a Hotline Fishing Hook.

Lavaproof Fishing Hook

This is an accessory found in Obsidian and Hellstone Crates. This will allow you to fish in lava with any bait and fishing poles. However, obtaining this item requires you to have lava fishing-ready equipment.

You can also use this item with a Golden Fishing Rod to convert it to an improved version of the Hotline Fishing Hook. This upgrade will give you around 5% more fishing power than the base variant. 


However, the catch frequency of this item is marginally increased when paired with a Hotline Fishing Hook. Therefore, your decision should be dependent on your requirements. 


Lava fishing comes with its own set of perks. While the process can feel arduous, it is more rewarding than water or honey fishing. Here are the drops a player can expect while fishing in lava. 

In the end, you need to be able to successfully catch fish in lava without it feeling as big of a hassle as it normally is. Therefore, follow the steps mentioned in this guide to gain as much benefit as possible during your fishing sessions.