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The Fishing Rod is an object used in fishing to catch fish. It appears in a couple of The Legend of Zelda games, and first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. In earlier games, the Fishing Rod can only be used at a fishing hole, although in later games, Link can take a Fishing Rod with him on his journey.


The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Link uses a rod to go fishing at the Fishing Pond in Mabe Village.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link can rent a rod at Lake Hylia for 20 Rupees. Catching certain fish earns Link various types of rewards. If Link has the Stone of Agony, the game controller vibrates whenever a fish bites the hook. If most of his body is standing in the water, Link can reel in fish quicker. tries to take the rod with him, the Pond Owner demands that he return it at the counter. As an adult, Link can use the Fishing Rod to catch the Pond Owner's hat. If Link throws the Pond Owner's hat into the water, he is fined 50 Rupees.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[edit]

The fishing rod debuts as an inventory item in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The fishing rod was crafted by Colin; his father, Rusl, told him to wait for Link before giving it to him. When Link talks to Colin, he refers him to go ask his mother, Uli, for the fishing rod. Uli only gives Link the fishing rod once he has carried a cradle to her house.

While fishing, Link can use two types of bait, bee larvae and worms, to increase the chance of a fish biting the fishing rod. Link eventually obtains the coral earring, a replacement hook that allows him to catch a reekfish. There are also two obtainable lures, the sinking lure and the frog lure.

Another kind of fishing rod, which makes use of lures, is used within the confines of Hena's fishing hole. Unlike Link's fishing rod, which relies solely on pulling to land a fish, the one used in the fishing hole has a reel. In the Wii release, the Nunchuk is used as a controller in a similar fashion to the fishing reel.

In the final battle against Ganondorf, Link can use the Fishing Rod to distract Ganondorf, leaving him open for attack.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, the Old Wayfarer gives Link the fishing rod after he unites him with Joanne. Link can use the fishing rod while at the World of the Ocean King to go fishing from the S.S. Linebeck. Once Link has the fishing rod, shadows of fish appear around the sea. When the ship touches a shadow on the map, Link can start fishing.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Link can fish at the Swamp Fishing Hole and Ocean Fishing Hole located at the Swamp Shooting Gallery and Great Bay, respectively. Like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link cannot use the rod outside of either fishing hole. To go fishing, Link can either rent a Fishing Rod for 50 Rupees or trade in a Fishing Hole Pass. When Link goes fishing, he can talk to the owner and use either the Standard Lure or Sinking Lure for his rod.

Hyrule Warriors[edit]

In Hyrule Warriors, the Fishing Rod is one of the Item Cards in the Twilight Princess Pack, as part of the Twilight Map in Adventure Mode. The Fishing Rod is used on fish squares to catch fish in bodies of water. The Fishing Rod Item Card is also used in the Grand Travels Map of the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack.