You can get bait by catching critters using a Bug Net or fishing for Jellyfish.
To fish in Terraria, you’re going to need bait. Fishing not only offers the possibility of catching fish, but also the opportunity to discover rare and unique items. Stock up on bait to make the most of your fishing experience.
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Get Bait Using a Bug Net
The best way to get bait is to use a Bug Net. The Bug Net is a tool used to catch critters, which can then be used as bait. There are three kinds of Bug Nets. The most basic net, the Bug Net, can be purchased from the Merchant for 25 Silver Coins.
The two other Bug Nets are the Lavaproof Bug Net and the Golden Bug Net. These nets are bigger and can swing faster than the basic Bug Net. They can also break down tall grass and vines, which also sometimes causes critters to spawn.
The Lavaproof Bug Net and the Golden Bug Net can also capture hellcritters such as Lavaflies, Magma Snails, and Hell Butterflies. These can be used as bait if you want to fish in lava.
You can craft a Lavaproof Bug Net by taking 15 Hellstone Bars and a Bug Net and using those in a Hellforge. The Golden Bug Net, on the other hand, can only be obtained by completing fishing quests from the Angler NPC. However, you only have a 1.25% chance of the Angler rewarding you with this item.
Fish For Jellyfish
You can also use Blue, Green, and Pink Jellyfish as bait. However, you’ll need to have already obtained bait since Jellyfish can only be caught by fishing. The Jellyfish that can be used as bait aren’t the same as the Jellyfish enemies you encounter.
Bait Rewards From the Angler
The Angler can also reward you with Apprentice Bait, Journeyman Bait, and Master Bait. These have 15%, 30%, and 50% Bait Power, respectively. You can earn rewards from the Angler by completing the fishing quests he gives. The more quests you complete, the higher your chances of receiving bait from the Angler.
How to Farm Bait
If you’re in need of more bait, prepare your Bug Net and Fishing Rod and get to work. You can farm for bait in Terraria virtually anywhere. However, specific critters can only spawn in specific regions, and some only spawn during a specific time of day.
For example, Fireflies only spawn at night and can generally be found near houses in the Forest.
The best places to find critters are in the Forest, Jungle, and the Hallow.
The spawn rate of critters is similar to that of monsters. That said, you can spawn more critters by using items, such as the Water Candle, that spawn more monsters.
If you’re looking to farm for Jellyfish bait, you can find the Blue Jellyfish in the Underground and Cavern waters, the Green Jellyfish in the same locations but in Hardmode, and the Pink Jellyfish in the Ocean biome.