How to unlock Hadal fishing in Dredge


Dredge is an exploration game where players captain a fishing trawler to explore remote islands and their surrounding depths. With over 125 deep-sea denizens to discover, players must sell their catch to the locals and complete quests to learn more about each area’s troubled past while being aware of the fog that cloaks the night-time seas. If you need to know how to unlock Hadal fishing in Dredge, we have a detailed walk through for you!

How to unlock Hadal fishing

To unlock Hadal fishing, you will need to complete the Research Assistant Pursuit, which is a required pursuit encountered in Chapter 3, which allows you to unlock Abyssal fishing. This will allow you to use one Research Part to unlock Bottomless Lines and these catch both Abyssal and Hadal fish. If you want to progress further, you can invest three Research Parts to unlock the Fathomless Winch that allows you to catch Abyssal, Hadal, and Oceanic fish.

The Research Assistant Pursuit is straight-forward and can’t be missed in Chapter 3. You will find and interact with the Researcher on the Old Fortress in Stellar Basin. She will ask you to collect three different fish, but they require fishing equipment suitable to fishing in Abyssal waters, which means that first you will have to obtain the equipment at the Abandoned Research Outpost located in the northeastern portion of the Stellar Basin.

You’ll set sail to this area, collect it by selecting “Inspect the equipment on the table” upon arrival, and then return to the Researcher, who will create a Sampling Device that you’ll be able to install that enables you to fish in Abyssal waters. After installing, you’ll go out to catch the three fish she originally asked for (glowing octopus, firefly squid, and aurora jellyfish, all night time fish located in the Stellar Basin).

Some Hadal fish you can catch include Giant Amphipods, Snailfish, Gulper Eel, and Rattail.

It is important to have a range of fishing rods and catching equipment in order to bring in a diverse catch each time you take your boat out. For example, you will come across different depths of water just leaving the starting area (The Greater Marrows) on your very first expedition from shallow to coastal. Since one of the primary goals is to sell fish and maximize your profits, being able to fish all possible areas you encounter will improve the profits from your catch.

You’ll also need to research special equipment and upgrade your boat’s capabilities in order to catch rarer fish and more valuable, deep-sea curios and hidden treasures. Selling these discoveries to the locals can also lead to learning more about each area and upgrading the boat to reach even more secluded locations.

We hope this helped you unlock Hadal fishing in Dredge without too much trouble! Check out more of our Dredge coverage.

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