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This is a page guide on how to fish in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield. If you wish to battle against water-type Pokemon and still do not have the Rotom Bike to go across the water, read on.

What is Fishing?

Fishing in Pokemon Sword and Shield refers to catching water-type pokemon using a fishing rod. This specifically gives you a chance to battle against water-type Pokemon if you still do not own a Rotom Bike.

Where to Obtain Fishing Rod

Fishing Rod

The Fishing Rod is available on your inventory as soon as you start the game.

How Does Fishing Work in the Game?

Find a fishing spot near the water. You can only fish on water with emitting bubbles around the surface.

Do note that you cannot fish by simply going near the water. If it does not bubble, you cannot fish there.

How to Fish and Battle Water Pokemon
1 Go near the water with sprouting bubbles then press "A" to take out your Fishing Rod from your inventory.
2 Wait for the exclamation point to appear and click "A" to pull the pokemon out of the water.
3 If you manage to pull the Pokemon out of the water, you will have the chance to battle or to catch it.
However, if you failed to pull the Pokemon, it will get away and the fishing spot will stop bubbling.
Note: You will have to wait for a few seconds for the same fishing spot to bubble again.

Step 1: Find a Fishing Spot

Fishing Spot

Find the fishing spot around the water area. You can easily spot one when you notice a bubbling spot on the water.

Step 2: Timing the Pull Right

Fishing Best Time

When you see the exclamation point above the fishing spot, it is the best time to pull the Pokemon out of the water. If you manage to pull it on time, you will get into a Pokemon battle.

On the other hand, if you did not pull it out on time, you lose the chance to battle and the Pokemon will get away.

Step 3: Pokemon Battle Against Water-type Pokemon


Get a chance to battle Water-type Pokemon when you pulled the string on time. Most of the time, you will encounter Magikarp or Goldeen but there will be times you can encounter strong Water-type Pokemon, too.

Water-type Pokemon

If you happen to not click "A" on time, the Pokemon will run away and you lose the chance to fight a Water-type Pokemon.

But, no worries, you can still roam the area for a few seconds and go back to the same spot to fish again.

Water-Type Pokemon You Might Encounter While Fishing

There are several Water-type Pokemon you can encounter when fishing and the most common is Magikarp.

See below for other samples of Water-type Pokemon that you can encounter when fishing.

Sample of Water-Type Pokemon Encounter When Fishing
Magikarp Image Magikarp Wimpod Image Wimpod Toxapex Image Toxapex
Tympole Image Tympole Goldeen Image Goldeen Shellder Image Shellder

See List of All Water-type Pokemon

Important Things to Remember When Fishing

Get Off Your Rotom Bike

Rotom Bike

You cannot find a fishing spot when you are riding your Rotom Bike. So, get off your bike when you want to fish. To get off, simply press "+".

Use Rotom Bike for Pokemon on the Water Area

You cannot battle against Pokemon loitering around or over the water area by normal means. This is only possible when you have the Rotom Bike which you can obtain on Route 9.


When you ride the Rotom Bike, you can fight against a Pokemon upon contact. Do note that you can encounter both Water and Flying-type Pokemon here.

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