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Start NPC Zaldon - Selbina (H-9)
Requirements Selbina/Rabao Reputation [1] and Fishing Skill 30+
Items Needed Various fish (see below).
Title Granted Cordon Bleu Fisher (Giant Catfish/Ogre Eel)
Ace Angler (Silver Shark)
Lu Shang-like Fisher King (Titanictus)
Repeatable Yes
Reward Varies by fish turned in.
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The Real Gift None


  • Fishing gear does count for the level 30 requirement, so you could be 26 with the full angler or fisherman sets.
  • Zaldon offers to cut open fish that you give him.
  • If there is an item in the fish he'll give it to you and he'll give you some gil for compensation for taking the fish.
Some of these items are used in the quests Indomitable Spirit, Brigand's Chart, and Pirate's Chart.
  • Note: When questing the Ebishu Fishing Rod you DO NOT have to have the key item Serpent Rumors prior to getting your items.

Fish Skill Gil Reward Possible Item Fish Skill Gil Reward Possible Item
Bhefhel Marlin 61 150 Gil

Brigand's Chart (3.3%)
Pirate's Chart (4.5%)

Cave Cherax 100 800 Gil Dwarf Pugil (22.9%)
Dark Bass 33 10 Gil Green Rock (5.1%) Emperor Fish 91 300 Gil Cuir Highboots (0%)
Giant Catfish 31 50 Gil Earth Wand (7.7%) Giant Chirai 100 550 Gil Twinthread (1.2%)
Giant Donko 49 96 Gil Broken Halcyon Rod (4.6%) Gugrusaurus 100 880 Gil Saber Shoot (0.4%)
Jungle Catfish 80 300 Gil Broken Hume Rod (3%) Lik 100 880 Gil Opal Silk (0.9%)
Ogre Eel 35 16 Gil Turquoise Ring (2.3%) Ryugu Titan 100 800Gil Mercurial Sword (1%)
Sea Zombie 100 350 Gil Drill Calamary (20.7%) Silver Shark 76 250 Gil Trident (1.3%)
Takitaro 100 350 Gil Philosopher's Stone (2.1%) Titanictus 100 350 Gil Ancient Sword (1.6%)
Tricorn 100 810 Gil Darksteel Ore (???%) Zafmlug Bass 48 15 Gil Blue Rock (1.4%)

(skill 100s are "legendary" fish)

Drop Rates While Keeping Charts

It is well-known that if you store either a Pirate's Chart or a Brigand's Chart in your inventory and continue trading Zaldon marlins that you will eventually receive the other chart from him. What is not known is whether this affects the drop rate of the second chart. Obviously, the game must check your inventory in order to know that you are holding the chart. Thus, there are two possibilities:

  • The game checks your inventory, sees that you are holding a chart, then gives you the other one. In this case, the drop rate of the chart when holding should be equal to the combined drop rates for both charts when not holding.
  • The game checks your inventory, sees that you are holding a chart, then drops the chart without informing you. In other words, the drop rates for the charts are independent of each other. In this case, the drop rate when holding a chart will be equal to the drop rate of the chart when not holding.

Clearly, the first case is preferable. It would mean that players can hold on to a chart without fear that they are silently missing out on obtaining more. The way to determine which is happening is to also keep track of drop rates when holding charts. A preliminary study posted on showed that the drop rate when holding is equal to the drop rate when not holding, meaning the second case is how the game actually works. The sample size of that experiment was too small to be conclusive though.

If you trade marlins without holding on to a chart, please post those drop rates in the table above. If, however, you trade marlins to Zaldon while holding a chart in your inventory, please post the drop rates below.