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).
- Lvl 15: Kanto Safari Zone
- Lvl 20: Turtle Cove
- Lvl 25: Cerulean Cave
- Lvl 30: Toto Cave
- Lvl 35: Johto Safari Zone
- Lvl 40: Dragons Den
- Lvl 45: Altering Cave
- Lvl 50: Hoenn Safari Zone
- Lvl 55: Ancient Cavern
- Lvl 60: Sinnoh Safari Zone
- Lvl 80: Ancient Dungeon
- Lvl 85: Mossy Cave
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.
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.
- Old Rod 50%
- Good Rod 60%
- Super Rod 70%
- Steel Rod 80%
- Master Rod 100%
- Suction Cups/Sticky Hold 1.2x