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Pokemon Sword and Shield – How to Fish

by William Schwartz


Fishing is a part of Pokemon Sword or Shield if you want to collect every last Pokemon that you can.  The fishing rod is one of the default items that you start with, but how do you use the fishing rod?  This guide will answer and explain how to fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield and how to catch Pokemon once you’ve caught them with your fishing rod.

You’ll notice that you have the Fishing Rod in your Key Items inventory menu.  The description says that you should use it by water to fish up various kinds of Pokemon, however there is a little bit more to it than that.

Look for the Shadows on the Water to Fish

You actually have to look for shadows on the water to use the fishing rod in Pokemon Sword and Shield.  Once you’ve found a shadow or ripple on the water you will want to press the A Button to cast your line.  If the rod shakes you need to press the A Button again to reel in the Pokemon.  Every time that you see one of these ripples on the water you have an opportunity to catch a Pokemon with the Fishing Rod.

There is a bit of a mini-game involved in catching the Pokemon with the fishing rod.  Once the rod starts shaking and your controller starts vibrating you will need to press A in a timely fashion (immediately).  If you are too late you will miss the catch.  If you do get the right timing down you will pull the Pokemon out of the water and you can either fight it and defeat it or catch it with a Pokeball.

Some Poke Balls work better than others when it comes to Pokemon that come from the water.  Using a Net Ball will give you a better chance at catching Pokemon that are Water-type or Bug-type.

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