«Fishing» (釣り, Tsuri?) is a skill meant for leisure[2] in Sword Art Online and ALfheim Online that allows the player to catch fish. A certain level of the fishing skill is required to catch each type of fish, but the skill can be levelled even through unsuccessful fishing attempts.[3]


To fish, a player requires to have a fishing rod and fishing bait, the chosen bait determining what type of fish can be caught. The player must then attach the bait to the fishing rod's hook and cast it into a chosen lake. Fishing requires almost no waiting time: once the player puts the bait in the water, either a fish takes the bite within a few dozen seconds, or the player loses the bait.[4]


Instance Description
Light Novel Anime Manga
Volume 2, Morning Dew Girl, Part 1 Episode 12 N/A Kirito and Asuna passed by several fisherman while on their way to the forest.
Volume 1, Chapter 18 Episode 13 Kirito used the skill to attempt to catch some fish, but did not have any luck for days due to the difficulty of his chosen lake.
Volume 1, Chapter 18 Episode 13 Nishida used the skill and successfully caught a fish.
Volume 1, Chapter 19 Episode 13 Nishida used the skill to catch The King of Lakes.


  • Fishing is unaffected by seasons.[3]
  • Certain lakes require a high level fishing skill than average for a player to be able to catch any fish.[3]
  • Fishing is Kirito's favourite skill.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Q&A session in the third popularity contest held by Kawahara Reki as Kunori Fumio, 2005
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sword Art Offline Episode 05
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Volume 1, Chapter 18
  4. Volume 1, Chapter 19


Skills and Magic
Default Sword Skills
mostly common in SAO, New ALO, UW
Avalanche - Cyclone - Deadly Sins - Embracer - Explode Arrow[1] - Fell Crescent - Flashing Penetrator - Horizontal - Horizontal Arc - Horizontal Square - Howling Octave[2] - Lightning Fall - Linear - Meteor Break - Meteor Fall - Rage Spike - Reaver - Savage Fulcrum - Senda - Sharp Nail - Single Shot - Slant - Snake Bite - Sonic Leap - Spinning Shield - Star Splash[2] - Starburst Stream[3] - Treble Scythe - Tsumujiguruma - Tsujikaze - Ukifune - Vertical - Vertical Arc - Vertical Square - Vorpal Strike - Whirlwind
SAO Dual Blades - Extra Skills - Fishing - Hiding - Holy Sword - Searching - Sewing - Tracking - Unique Skills
ALO Original Sword Skill(Mother's Rosario (OSS))
Magic Butterfly Shield - Cold resistance spell - Concealment - Earth Wall - Fireball - Fire Spear - Healing Magic - Hit Point Buff Magic - Hollow Body - Ice Arrows - Metamorphosis - Moonlight Mirror - Night Vision - Purified Surface - Retrieve Arrow - Sacrifice - Searcher - Smokescreen - Strength Buff Magic - Vacuum Blades - Water Breathing - Wind Needles
Project Alicization Sacred Arts - Incarnation - Synthesis Ritual
  1. Only in ALO.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Only in SAO and ALO
  3. Only in SAO
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