PC - How to cheese the Angler - 200 fishing quests in 5 to 6 in-game days (2024)

I haven't seen anybody else post about this, so here goes.
By far the most frustrating of the achievements at the moment is the Angler quest achievements - especially the one that requires 200 quests. Let's do some number crunching...
If you only have one character and one world without the Enchanted Sundial, you would need 200 full in-game days with one quest a day - which is 24*200 = 4800 minutes. That's 80 hours in real time. Nobody got time for that.

Luckily, Terraria allows you to have multiple characters enter the same world. Therefore the same Angler with the same daily quest. And each of those characters can turn in the quest independently.
And luckily, there's a little quirk to fishing up quest items that allows you to fish them indefinitely: if you put the quest item in a chest and continue fishing, you can find the quest fish again.

So - here's the basic how-to of cheesing the Angler's fishing quests for about 30-40 quests a day:

PC - How to cheese the Angler - 200 fishing quests in 5 to 6 in-game days (1)

- Make sure you have plenty of Sonar Potions and preferably also Fishing Potions, as well as a good fishing rod (The Golden Fishing Rod is preferred, but in case you want to try this without having done any fishing prior, there are some other rods that are close in fishing power that can be bought from NPC's - check the wiki). I also recommend having the High Test Fishing Line for the 1/7 increase in efficiency.
02 - Make 39 new characters (I suggest naming them 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, etc. to keep track)
-- 02.1 - Make sure all of these 39 characters have their spawn point set as close to a chest and the Angler as possible - any extra distance will lower the daily rate of finished quests pretty significantly since you need to add the extra distance*39 to the time.
03 - Make sure you know where to go fishing (with properly sized pools) for all the different quests, and that you have quick ways of getting there. Speed is pretty important.
04 - Have an extra Piggy Bank with you. A Money Trough is a possibility too, but for convenience I recommend placing an actual Piggy Bank since the Money Trough will despawn several times during a day of fishing.

The actual fishing:
05 - Check the Angler right when the time hits 4:30 in the morning, and immediately go to a properly sized pool of water in the designated area.
06 - Place piggy bank, summon whatever minion you want for protection, drink potions - and start fishing.
-- 06.1 - Keep the Piggy Bank open so you can immediately shift click the quest fish into it whenever you catch one. Also always keep the Sonar Potion buff up - this is just generally incredibly convenient and prevents you from getting a loaded inventory. You only want the quest item preferably.
07 - And then just keep fishing until the time is about 6-7 pm. Keep track of the time - either manually or you can have the Moon Charm accessory to give you the visual cue of turning into a werewolf when it becomes 7:30. At this point you should have been able to fill the entire Piggy Bank (40 items total) with quest items. If you fill the Piggy Bank before this time, that's just bonus time for the next step.
08 - Go back immediately (Magic Mirror or similar) and fill your inventory again with the quest items and transfer them over to an empty chest near the Angler. The quest items act a little weird though, as you cannot loot all the items simultaneously. You basically need to drag and drop them individually from the Piggy Bank to your inventory. For depositing them in the chest, you can luckily just deposit one and from then on just auto-stack to nearby chest when you don't have the chest open.
09 - First take one fish and complete the quest with the character you used to gather the quest items. Then exit the game quickly.
10 - Open up character 01 in the same world, get a quest item from the chest and turn it in and immediately exit (you don't have time to look at the rewards and put them in chests and stuff - as soon as you've clicked Quest on the Angler's screen you need to exit the game)
11 - Repeat step 10 until you have gone through all the 39 characters you prepared for this.

12 - Success, after doing this for 5 to 6 in-game days in a row you now have 200 completed quests.

-If for some reason you get to 6 or 7 pm without a full Piggy Bank, you need to get back immediately anyway - you don't want to not have enough time during the night to turn in all the quest items you've fished up.
-It happens though, so you should estimate it to take about 6 in-game days instead of 5.
-Another thing that I happened upon while doing this - my game (as well as Steam entirely) seemed to crash pretty consistently after exiting and entering my world about 7 or 8 times. I don't know if this is something everyone is going to run into, but if you do it's not a big problem, just a hassle to have to reopen Steam and the game. I suggest making little rhymes or sentences for each time you load a new character to turn in the quest - in case the game crashes it's much easier to remember which one you got to that way.

I hope you can find this useful. I don't really know what the hell they thought when they made an achievement for doing 200 quests, it's by far the most grindy of them all. Weird. Anyway, happy super-fishing. It's really satisfying getting three or four quest items in a row PC - How to cheese the Angler - 200 fishing quests in 5 to 6 in-game days (2)

PC - How to cheese the Angler - 200 fishing quests in 5 to 6 in-game days (2024)


How to do multiple Angler quests? ›

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.

How long does Angler quest last? ›

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).

Does happiness affect the Angler? ›

This does affect the Nurse's fees for healing and the Goblin Tinkerer's reforging costs. This also affects the Angler's quest rewards – if happy or unhappy, he will give rewards as if the player had completed more or fewer quests, respectively.


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