How to Use Rods | Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Age of Calamity has been released! New guides are being added as quickly as possible.

Story Walkthrough: List of Chapters
All Korok Seed Locations
Weapon Fusion Guide
Costumes List: How to Unlock Costumes

The jury is out! See our spoiler-free review here!

Review: Is Age of Calamity Worth It?

How to Use Rods

This is a guide on how to use rods in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Read on to learn how to get the ice rod, fire rod, and lightning rod, and when to use them!

What are Elemental Rods?

What are Elemental Rods

Elemental Rods form a combat mechanic in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that allows characters to inflict elemental damage to enemies. This is an essential combat skill to master if you want to effectively kill off those monsters!

Unlike in Breath of the Wild, where these were essentially equippable weapons that took the same place of a sword, Elemental Rods are held by all party members, regardless of the weapon chosen before battle. Likewise, the mana for elemental rods is shared by all members of a party.

How to Get Elemental Rods

How to Get Rods

To earn the ability to use Elemental Rods, you have to defeat your first Fire Wizzrobe, Ice Wizzrobe, and Electric Wizzrobes.

These enemies can be encountered earliest in these battles:

Fire Wizzrobe Battle of Hyrule Field
Ice Wizzrobe Road to Ancient Lab
Electric Wizzrobe Mipha, the Zora Princess
Daruk, the Goron Hero
Urbosa, the Gerudo Chief

Story Walkthrough: List of Chapters

How to Use Elemental Rods

Rod Controls

Rod Controls

To use elemental rods while in battle, take note of the following controls:

Fire Rod
L Button.png + Y Button.png

Can be used to light grass and deal damage to enemies.
Ice Rod
L Button.png + X Button.png

Can freeze enemies.
Lightning Rod
L Button.png + A Button.png

Electrifies metal boxes. Enemies hit are stunned.

Ammo System

Elemental Rod Ammo

Elemental Rods work with an ammo system that gets replenished using pickups dropped by enemies or boxes on the battlefield. These look like orbs so keep on a lookout! In particualr, the fire rod mana looks similar to apples or rubies, so if you are having trouble picking them up, you likely already have a full stock.

If you are running low on ammo for your rods, look for the rod icon of the color you need, indicated by the map. Defeating the Wizzrobe found there will always allow you to get a refill on rod mana!

Orb Color Rod Type
Red Fire Rod
Yellow Lightning Rod
White Ice Rod

Use Rods to Cause Damage to the Weak-Point Gauge

Open Up Weak Point Gauge Using Rods

Besides using flurry rush and Sheikah runes, elemental rods are an effective way to stun and open up the enemy's weak-point gauge to attacks. Use them wisely especially on more powerful enemies like Lynels and Hinoxes.

Know Elemental Resistances and Weaknesses

Elemental Weakness on Rods

Using elemental rods on enemies with the same elemental affinity will only cause them to resist it. As a rule, never use elemental rods against enemies with the same elemental affinity!

You can however, exploit the elemental weaknesses of elemental enemies:

Elemental Weaknesses
Element Strong Against
Fire Ice Enemies
Ice Fire Enemies
Lightning Enemies on water

This causes the enemy to have a more fragile weak-point gauge (indicated by cracks on the gauge) and be stunned for a lot longer!

Related Guides

HW - Tips and Tricks Banner
Age of Calamity Tips and Tricks

Gameplay and Controls
How to Perform a Weak-Point Smash How to Perform a Flurry Rush
Parrying Guide: Who Can Parry? Controls and Controller Options
Restoring Hearts: How to Heal How to Change Characters
Sheikah Runes Guide How to Use Rods
Blood Moon Rewards and How to Unlock
Tips and Tricks
Korok Seed Locations Treasure Chest Locations
Rupee Farming Guide EXP Farming Guide
Weapon Fusion Guide How to Use the Sheikah Sensor
What to Do With Rusty Weapons How to Break Korok Balloons
How to Remove Weapon Seals How to Unlock the Secret Ending
How to Unlock Hidden Seals How to Use the Korok Sensor
Weapon Farming Guide 100 Percent Rewards and Guide
Combat Tips and Techniques All Secrets and Unlockables
How to Jump and Use the Paraglider Best Items to Sell
How to Catch Blupees List of Upgrades
FAQs
List of Multiplayer Features Difference Between Difficulty Modes
amiibo Support and Rewards How to Save
Will There Be DLC? Is Age of Calamity Canon?
Is Age of Calamity Open World? How Long is Age of Calamity?
Version 1.0.1 Patch Notes and How to Update Is There a New Game Plus?
How to Change Language Settings Frame Rate Issues and How to Fix

Comment

1 Anonymousabout 1 month

The second sentence of this article says you'll tell us how to get all the rods and that information is nowhere to be seen in this article. What the heck?

    The Like Feature

    You can save a comment for later by giving it a Like.
    As a member:Get access to several features!

    Opinions about an article or post go here.
    Opinions about an article or post
    We at Game8 thank you for your support.
    In order for us to make the best articles possible, share your corrections, opinions, and thoughts about "How to Use Rods" with us!
    When reporting a problem, please be as specific as possible in providing details such as what conditions the problem occurred under and what kind of effects it had.

    Walkthrough Menu

    All rights reserved

    Back to the Top
    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more