There are certain constants in Final Fantasy XI
that every veteran of the game knows, whether or not they were intended by the development team. It's a known fact, for instance, that you need an extra character to serve as a storage mule. You need to farm if you want money. And fishing is well-known for both being all but required for making money and being frequently boring and frustrating. But that last constant looks to be poised for changing, with the newest fishing changes
promising a cleaner and easier experience while trawling Vana'diel's waters.
The first welcome change will give players a more detailed set of information when fishing rather than a simple generic message that you've snagged something. The second, however, will be even more helpful for fishers -- a message informing you of exactly what you've hooked if your skill level surpasses the level required for the fish. Both changes
go hand-in-hand with a general revamp and improvement of the fishing code to make fishing easier for Final Fantasy XI
's anglers to enjoy, while at the same time cutting down on the often unwanted botting that plagues fishing holes.