Challenge Bait

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Challenge Bait
Challenge Bait.png
A "perfect" catch yields triple the fish. However, each time a fish escapes the "fishing bar", the catch is reduced.
Source CraftingGolden Fishing Treasure Chests
Energy Inedible
Sell Price data-sort-value="1">Gold.png1g
Recipe Source Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Mastery
Ingredients Bone Fragment.png Bone Fragment (5)Moss.png Moss (2)
Produces 5 Bait per craft

Challenge Bait is used to catch up to 3 fish at once. It reduces the delay before a nibble on a fishing rod by 62.5%, the same as with Wild Bait.[1] It can be crafted after claiming Fishing Mastery. It can also be found in Golden Fishing Treasure Chests (7% chance).[2]

The amount of fish that the player has on the line is displayed right outside of the mini-game display on the top-right. It starts at 3 and decreases by one each time the fish leaves the fishing bar. So 3 fish will be caught at once only if the player catches the fish perfectly. The fish will escape if it leaves the fishing bar 3 times.

Note that catching multiple fish does not grant additional fishing experience points. However, catching multiple fish while working on a fishing or special order quest counts all of them toward the required total.

Challenge Bait can be used to catch up to 3 of the same Legendary Fish.

Challenge Bait cannot be used with the Training Rod or the Bamboo Pole. Only the Fiberglass Rod, the Iridium Rod, and the Advanced Iridium Rod can use bait. Challenge bait can also technically be used in a Crab Pot, but it is no better than standard bait.


Requires: Fiberglass Rod.png Fiberglass Rod, Iridium Rod.png Iridium Rod, or Advanced Iridium Rod.png Advanced Iridium Rod.

Each cast uses one piece of bait or one magnet. When all bait is used up, the game pops up a notification saying "You've used your last piece of bait."

To attach bait to a fishing rod, open the inventory, click on the bait (Left-Click.png left-click or Right-Click.png right-click, depending on how many bait will be used), and then Right-Click.png on the rod. To remove bait, Right-Click.png on the rod.

On an Xbox controller, press 360 A.png on the bait to select the whole stack (or 360 X.png to pick up a single one), then 360 X.png to attach to the rod.

On a PS4 controller, press PS4 Cross.png on the bait to select the whole stack (or PS4 Square.png to pick up a single one), then PS4 Square.png to attach to the rod.

On a Nintendo Switch Controller, Press Switch A.png on the bait to select the whole stack (Or Switch Y.png to pick up a single one), then Switch Y.png to attach to the rod.

Bait can be detached by pressing PS4 Cross.png on either Controller. (Switch Y.png on Nintendo Switch)

For the mobile version, bait can be added to the fishing rod by opening the inventory, then dragging the bait and dropping it on top of the rod.


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Challenge Bait is not used in any bundles.


Challenge Bait is not used in any tailoring or dyeing.


Challenge Bait is not used in any quests.


  1. See FishingRod::calculateTimeUntilFishingBite in the game code.
  2. See FishingRod::openTreasureMenuEndFunction in the game code.


  • 1.6: Introduced.