Dredge: Recording Rarities Dredge guide, tips
In the Recording Rarities task you will attempt to catch 4 rare fish. From this page of the guide you will learn where to find Gulper Eel, Oarfish, Coelacanth and Goliath Tigerfish. We also suggest what types of fishing rods you will need and where to find the Traveling Marchant.
Last update: Monday, April 24, 2023
This page of our guide to Dredge features a walkthrough for the Recording Rarities Pursuit, during which the Traveling Merchant will task you with catching four rare specimens: Oarfish, Coelacanth, Goliath Tigerfish and Gulper Eel. We explain where to find them and what rods are required to catch them.
To complete the task you'll need different rods for different kinds of fish. If you don't know how to get a specific rod, check the pages All fishing rods and How to get a Hadal rod? You'll also need Packed Explosives to blast your way through any obstacles. We've explained how to do so on the page How to remove Debris?
- Unlocking the quest - talking to the Traveling Merchant
- Catching a Gulper Eel - Stellar Basin
- Catching an Oarfish - Gale Cliffs
- Catching a Coelacanth - Devil's Spine
- Catching a Goliath Tigerfish - Twisted Strand
- Quest rewards
Unlocking the quest - talking to the Traveling Merchant
Related map marker: Rickety Pontoon @ Dredge Map
Related map marker: Dusty Pontoon @ Dredge Map
Related map marker: Charred Pontoon @ Dredge Map
Related map marker: Starlight Pontoon @ Dredge Map
To start the quest you must talk to the Traveling Merchant who'll tell you of some rare fish species. The merchant appears in four different locations. It doesn't matter where you find her. You can start the mission in any Pontoon.
Rickety Pontoon in the Twisted Strand area.
Dusty Pontoon in the Gale Cliffs area.
Starlight Pontoon in the Stellar Basin area.
Charred Pontoon in the Devil's Spine area.
The Traveling Merchant will only mention the rare fish, suggesting you can find one species each in each area. She won't show you the exact locations, so they won't be marked on your map unlike other Pursuits.
You don't need to have the fish with you when returning to the Traveling Merchant. All that matters is catching it and gaining its Encyclopedia entry. This means you can sell them right away if you wish.
Catching a Gulper Eel - Stellar Basin
Related map marker: Gulper Eel @ Dredge Map
- Location: Stellar Basin, sector F4
- Required Rod: Hadal
You'll find the Gulper Eel opposite the Research Outpost dock. Though it's easily accessible,there's a monster lurking nearby you must watch out for. You can learn more about it from the How to avoid the monster in Stellar Basin? page.
After catching the fish, return to the Travelling Merchant and let her know of your success. You'll be rewarded with 2x Research Parts.
Catching an Oarfish - Gale Cliffs
Related map marker: Oarfish @ Dredge Map
- Location: Gale Cliffs, Sector P3
- Required Rod: Abyssal
The Oarfish fishing spot is right next to where you found the Family Crest during the Hermitage quest. You'll find its walkthrough here.
There is a huge monster nearby that can severely damage your ship. We've explained how to deal with it on the How to avoid the monster in Gale Cliffs? page.
Once you've caught an Oarfish, return to a Pontoon and let the Traveling Merchant know. You'll be rewarded with 2x Research Parts.
Catching a Coelacanth - Devil's Spine
Related map marker: Coelacanth @ Dredge Map
- Location: Devil's Spine, sector Q12
- Required Rod: Abyssal
The Coelacanth fishing spot is blocked by Debris, so you need to blow it up with Packed Explosives first.
Return to the Traveling Merchant and let her know of your success. You'll be rewarded with 2x Research Parts.
Catching a Goliath Tigerfish - Twisted Strand
Related map marker: Goliath Tigerfish @ Dredge Map
- Location: Twisted Strand, sector E12
- Required Rod: Mangrove
To reach the fishing spot you must first blow up the Debris pictured above. Use Packed Explosives to get rid of it.
After catching a Goliath Tigerfish, return to the Traveling Marchant and report your success. You'll be rewarded with 2x Research Parts.
As you have already noticed, each unique fish rewards you with 2x Research Parts, resulting in eight total. Unfortunately, there is no additional reward for completing the entire Pursuit.