FFXIV: How to Catch Desert Catfish

A sandy bit of seafood.

by Kara Phillips
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Desert Catfish are one of the more unusual species of seafood in FFXIV, found swimming in vast sandy locations rather than water-filled areas. So because of this, fishing for them can be slightly more challenging than your standard hook and bait experience. Fortunately, there are still ways you can get ahold of them, given you’ve got the right supplies and skills to start the process.

For the best shot at catching these slippery little suckers, you’ll need to gather a variety of baits such as sand leech, sand gecko, and saltwater boilie since standard fish bait won’t do the job here. Once prepared, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge of reeling them in. Read on to find out where to catch these fish when stocked and leveled up appropriately.

Where to Find Desert Catfish in FFXIV

Desert Catfish can be found in the Sagolii Dunes of Southern Thanalan (X:27, Y:38), to the southeast of the Forgotten Springs. Unusually, these fish won’t be found in ponds, lakes, or other bodies of water but instead swimming in sand.

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Because of their location, you’ll need to use specific bait made for Dune Fishing rather than traditional fishing. The following list states a few types of bait you can use for Dune Fishing which will come in handy for catching Desert Catfish, which can be found for sale from Syneyhil at Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (X:6.3 Y:11.9), or Merchant & Mendor in Southern Thanalan (X:15.9 Y:29.0) if you want someone closer to the job.

  • Rolling Stones
  • Honey Worms
  • Sand Leech
  • Sand Gecko
  • Saltwater Boilie
  • Jerked Ovim

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You’ll need to catch Desert Catfish to complete the A Fish Out of Water Quest you’ll unlock at level 35 after speaking to U’gogomuli in the Forgotten Springs, but you won’t be given much help in figuring out how to dune fish, and it’s an incredibly hands-on learning experience. In addition, this fish species is a great one to stock up and sell if you need an extra bit of cash and you’ve got to grips with the process of dune fishing.

- This article was updated on March 8th, 2023