Fishing Rod

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Artwork of a player with a fishing rod from Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A Fishing Rod is a tool used to catch fish, which can be found in the sea, ponds, and the river running through town. Catching and donating fish is required to complete the Museum's collection. All fish that are caught with a fishing rod are recorded in the player's encyclopedia.

Usage[edit]

A fishing rod is the only tool that can be used for fishing. Fish can be found as dark fish-shaped silhouettes seen swimming underneath the surface of water and vary in availability between the river, waterfalls, ponds and the sea. Fishing rods can only be used near water; pressing the A Button will cast a line into the water. When a fish spots a nearby lure, they will approach it and gently nibble at it. When the fish bites the line they will create a splash, and the line must quickly be reeled in by pressing the A Button before the fish swims away and disappears. Fish can be scared away by reeling in the line too soon, running, knocking balls or snowballs into the water, or using other tools near the fish. A fish can nibble the line a maximum of four times before biting on the fifth, though many fish will bit sooner.

More advanced versions of the fishing rod that have unique effects can be obtained. The Silver Rod and Golden Rod have increasingly attractive lures and increase the time in which the line can be reeled in.

Obtaining[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod PG Inv Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook NH Character Icon.png Tom Nook's store
Standard fishing rod
Golden Rod Golden Rod PG Inv Icon.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Tortimer after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure

In Wild World[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod WW Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook NH Character Icon.png Tom Nook's store
Standard fishing rod
Golden Rod Golden Rod WW Icon.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Tortimer after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure

In City Folk[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod CF Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook NH Character Icon.png Tom Nook's store
Standard fishing rod
Silver Rod Silver Rod CF Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook NH Character Icon.png Tom Nook's store
Improved lure
Easier catches
Golden Rod Golden Rod CF Icon.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Tortimer after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure
Significantly easier catches

In New Leaf[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod NL Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Timmy and Tommy
May also be offered for sale from Isabelle at the beginning of the game
Standard fishing rod
Silver Rod Silver Rod NL Icon.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Museum Shop
Available for sale after donating 30 fish and sea creatures to the Museum
Improved lure
Easier catches
Golden Rod Golden Rod NL Icon.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Chip during the Fishing Tourney after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure
Significantly easier catches


In New Horizons[edit]

Fishing rods in New Horizons will break after a specific amount of uses. Making a successful catch with a fishing rod, whether that is fish, trash or a Water Egg, will reduce its durability. A fishing rod's durability is not reduced when casting the rod or failing to catch anything.

Fishing rods in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Durability Customizable
Colorful Fishing Rod Colorful Fishing Rod 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2500 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 625 Bells Nook's Cranny (Upgraded) NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny (Upgraded)
30 Yes
Fish Fishing Rod Fish Fishing Rod 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2500 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 625 Bells Nook's Cranny (Upgraded) NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny (Upgraded)
30 Yes
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells Menu DIY NH Icon.png Crafting
30 Yes
Flimsy Fishing Rod Flimsy Fishing Rod 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells Resident Services (Tent) NH Map Icon.png Resident Services Tent
Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny
Menu DIY NH Icon.png Crafting
9.5 No
Golden Rod Golden Rod Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10400 Bells Menu DIY NH Icon.png Crafting
90 No
Outdoorsy Fishing Rod Outdoorsy Fishing Rod 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2500 Bells 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 625 Bells Nook's Cranny (Upgraded) NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny (Upgraded)
30 Yes
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Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Isabelle hooks Snake with her Fishing Rod.

The Fishing Rod appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Isabelle's side special move, acting as a high range command grab to pull far way enemies towards you. When activated, Isabelle casts the bobber out a little ways away from her. The bobber pulls enemies in if it hits them, then allowing Isabelle to throw them in any of the four directions by holding that direction. If she misses, however, the bobber will sit there until Isabelle presses B again to reel it back in. However, the bobber can still grab on the way back, effectively setting a trap for less knowledgeable opponents. It can also be used to help her recover, being used as a tether recovery.

Names in other languages[edit]

European Spanish Caña de pescar Fishing rod

European French Canne à pêche Fishing rod

Italian Canna da pesca Fishing rod