Roots of Pacha has a fishing mini game that I’ve never seen in any other game, so I thought that a quick explanation of how it works might be useful to someone. This is meant to just be a quick explanation, not an in-depth fishing guide.
Fishing Minigame Explained
Toucha the Fishy
To begin fishing, select your hand ax tool. Later on, you’ll learn to craft something better, but for now, this will do. Walk into a shallow spot of water. Click to activate your tool. The fishing pond arena will appear. It’s showtime!
I’ve tried fishing with both the controller and the mouse. For me, the mouse was much easier. But hey, things might not be the same for you.
To catch a fish, you have to hover your cursor over the fish as it swims. That’s right, toucha the fishy! There will be a targeting circle around the fish that you have to stay inside of. There is a segmented bar that will appear under the fish as you do this. The harder the fish, the more segments there are. Once you fill up all the segments, click on your tool again. Wham bam fish!
The segmented line does fade in and out, and you’ll only catch the fish when it is solid. A soft tone plays as each segment fills, so this might help you with the timing. My understanding is that the more you fish up a certain type of fish, the easier it will be for you to catch it, but I haven’t tested that personally. The fish can swim under the rocks (they float I guess?) and other obstacles that might be in the pond. As they do this, you are not touching the fishy and the green segments will begin to fade away. When the fish swims out from under the obstacle, the line will begin to fill in again. Once in a while at random, you might get an exclamation mark, warning you to get your cursor off the fish until it forgets that you are there. Once the mark is gone toucha the fishy again.
you can check about how many of a fish you have caught in the discoveries tab of the inventory menu
it seems the more information you have (how many you’ve caught) on a fish, the easier it is to catch
i wrote informatation but i meant knowledge
upon further trial and error it seems like if you dont make any ripples before catching a fish, you can skip filling up all the bars, i have caught a 3 bar fish with only the first bar filled using this information. but a lot more info is still needed to figure out exactly why you can catch fish before the bars all fill
(side note, getting knowledge level 3 allows you to catch the fish one bar earlier, it might further reduce with more knowledge levels but it took pretty much all of spring to get my porcupine level to 4 so it definitely takes a while)
I think catching the fish does it make it easier after a while. The Porcupine in the river is down to 2 bars for me now from 3 before. Helps since I need a lot to smoke for stamina for my big field