Fishing is a Trainer Skill which all players can learn, and allows access to unique Pokémon.

How to Fish

All you need to start fishing is a rod (see below for details on obtaining one). Face a body of water and press the "F"-button on your keyboard.

A bar shows up. What to do?

There will be a "Hook Icon" that's going to move left and right. You will need to press the Space Bar to stop the hook. If the hook lands in the yellow box, you'll hook a Pokémon (see: image #1). If the hook lands on the tiny green box, you'll perfectly hook the Pokémon which will give you more Fishing XP (see: image #2).


What's Fishing EXP?

Fishing EXP is experience to level up your fishing level to unlock higher level Fishing Rods, and unlocks fishing in new areas.


While fishing, you will gain experience for each Pokémon you hook. As you level up, you will unlock new areas and access to new rods. You can view your current fishing level/experience in the Trainer Card (2nd page).



There are 5 fishing rods available

  • Lvl 1: Old Rod - located in the building to the left of Vermillion City Pokemon Center, costing $5,000.
  • Lvl 5: Good Rod - located in Fuchsia City, costing $12,000.
  • Lvl 20: Super Rod - located on Route 12, costing $35,000.
  • Lvl 50: Steel Rod - made by crafting steel wire + metal coat + super rod.
  • Lvl 100: Master Rod - made by crafting steel rod + Master ball.

Hooking Rates

Fishing speed is influenced by your fishing level and the rod you are using. There are also two abilities, listed below, which can increase the speed at which you hook Pokemon.

Hooking rates:

  • Old Rod 50%
  • Good Rod 60%
  • Super Rod 70%
  • Steel Rod 80%
  • Master Rod 100% 
  • Suction Cups/Sticky Hold 1.2x
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