Fishing Guide Oct 19, 2011 11:53:56 GMT 11
Post by 「JoJo」 on Oct 19, 2011 11:53:56 GMT 11
Zapdoszulu Fishing Guide
Welcome to Zapdoszulu's comprehensive fishing guide. Firstly, I will teach you everything you'll need to know about fishing for Pokémon so that you can become a fishing master in no time at all!
In certain areas of Johto you will find that some Pokémon are only available in the local lake, river, or seaside. If you happen to have a Fishing Rod with you then you can immediately head over to the waterhole and cast your line out. Once a Pokémon leaps out of the water to attack you, you can battle it or capture it the normal way. However, certain factors affect what Pokémon you catch and whether there is anything on your line at all!
The most basic, and vital, of items required for fishing is the Rod. All budding Fisherman can buy an Old Rod at Violet City's Pokémart, or at Goldenrod's Fishing Store. Everyone starts out with this grade of rod, but once you get more experience with fishing you can purchase upgrades for it. There comes a point with every rod where no matter how good you are, there's a limit to what the rod can handle.
If you have a rod, you can fish! Without the need for bait or lures you can try and fish for Pokémon, but be aware that you may not end up catching a pokémon. No matter how good a fisherman you are, there is always the chance that using a plain old hook won't attract anything so instead you'll end up dredging up someone's garbage or something else from the depths of the water. The chance to hook a pokémon is approximately 70% for all kinds of Rods. However, there are things you can do to affect this -- as seen below under 'Baits & Lures'.
FISHING (ROD) LEVEL
Old Rod (LV 1)
When you purchase a rod a 'Level' will be displayed beside the item in your inventory. This is your Rod Level. Everyone starts out at LV 1, and by fishing up pokémon you can increase this level. Your Rod Level becomes a factor in what difficulty of things you can fish up, as well as whether you are eligible for a rod upgrade. Reeling in Common Pokémon, such as Magikarp, will increase your level by 0.5; Uncommon by 1; Rare by 2; and Ultra Rare by 5.
Level 20 is the maximum that an Old Rod can get you. To increase your fishing skill beyond that you would need to purchase the Good Rod Upgrade from the Fishing Shop in Goldenrod. Similarly, the Good Rod's maximum level is 50 at which point you would need to purchase the Super Rod Upgrade to continue growing as a fisherman.
Certain Pokémon throughout Johto have a recommended Fishing Level associated with it. This is noted in the encounter's list as 'Fishing Skill'. While there is always a chance that you could potentially fail to successfully reel in a hooked pokémon, this chance is far more likely if your Rod Level is lower than the pokémon's Fishing Skill. So it is very important to practice throughout your journey.
BAITS AND LURES
In addition to rods, there are other things you can buy to enhance your fishing experience. Baits and Lures can be purchased at the Goldenrod Fishing Shop.
Using a Bait with your rod is irresistible to wild pokémon. They can turn that measly 70% hook chance into a 100%! Though, they are only a one-time use item it can be a time saver and wipe all worry that you're going to end up with an old boot on your line instead of a corphish.
Lures are a bit more complicated, but are a fisherman's second-best friend. There are several different kinds of lures, each a different color, that are designed to attract a certain type of pokémon. For example, the Sandy Lure is geared toward attracting fish with a Ground typing; so Barboach would like this lure. Using lures could be the difference between catching what you want on the first try or waiting through a few encounters for that uncommon or rare.
In short, specialized lures reduce the rarity of pokémon matching the lure type by 3. So that 1/3 or 1/4 Uncommon encounter is suddenly a Common! Or it turns a Rare 1/6 into an Uncommon at 1/3. There is also a more generalized lure 'Basic Blue' that isn't quite as effective but works on all water pokémon you could fish up. Knowing what to use and where is an important part of mastering fishing.
However, there is a danger to using lures. Should you hook a pokémon but fail to reel it in... say bye bye to that lure! All the more reason to practice hard and keep your Rod Level up.