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Description: This legendary saltwater fish is said to prowl the fathomless depths.
Image: Matsya description.png
Type: Fish
Flags: Usable inside Mog Garden, Can Use, NPC tradable
Stack size: 1
AH Listing: Auction House 16.png ➞ Food ➞ Fish
Valid Targets: Self
Activate Time: 1 second "Find Item on FFXIAH" "Find Matsya on FFXIDB"

Obtained from HELM in...
Moogle Cap icon.png Zone Method and Rank
Mog Garden Rank 7 Coastal Fishing Net

Fishing Information
Fish Zone Rod Bait
Matsya - (110+)

Matsya icon.png

§: Fish may be too small     #: Line may snap     Bold: Best Setup

Used in the following Quests
Quest Name Notes
Fish Favors the Bold Irmilant, Rabao - (G-7)
Inside the Belly 12,592 Gil

Possible Item: Shaper's Shawl VR


  • Added in the July 2012 Version Update.
  • Due to the excitement of the possibility of obtaining a Shaper's Shawl and the difficulty in catching them, prices for Matsya were wildly out of hand for some time. They could be sold for up to 1 million each on the market on multiple servers until the fever died down.


  • Matsya means "fish" in Sanskrit. Matsya is the fish avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. It is credited with rescuing the first man Manu from the great flood in Hindu mythology after he protected and nurtured it from a small fish that later grew to such a size that only the ocean could hold it. During the flood, Matsya carried Manu's ship via a tether to the Himalayas, away from the terrible storm. It is there that Matsya reveals itself as Brahma and gives Manu the power of creation.