The fishing rod is used for catching fish. The fishing rod is given to the player for free from Zack. After settling into Mineral Town, you can visit Zack's house on Mineral Beach. Zack will give you the fishing rod during this visit.
You can upgrade your tools by giving the appropriate ore and fee to Saibara at the blacksmith's shop. You can measure your upgrade level in the tools menu. Every 100% is an upgrade and will denote the level you can upgrade to with a miniature ore icon of the appropriate level.
When the player receives the fishing rod, it will start at a tool level of one. The fishing rod can be upgraded up to a level of seven, and becomes more and more useful with every upgrade. Below is a list of upgrades that can be made to the fishing rod throughout the game. Upgrades are made at the Blacksmith's by Saibara.
|Tool Level||Upgrade Cost||Abilities|
|Standard Fishing Rod (Level 1)||Fishing Rod that you start with.||Can catch small fish only.|
|Copper Fishing Rod (Level 2)||Copper Ore + 1,000G||Can catch small and medium fish.|
|Silver Fishing Rod (Level 3)||Silver Ore + 2,000G||Can catch small and medium fish.|
|Gold Fishing Rod (Level 4)||Gold Ore + 3,000G||Can catch medium and large fish.|
|Mystrile Fishing Rod (Level 5)||Mystrile Ore + 5,000G||Catches large fish. Also a chance to catch a power berry as well as recipes.|
|Cursed Fishing Rod (Level 6)||Find on Floor 29 of the Lake Mine.||Catches large fish, King Fish, Pirate Treasures and Ancient Fossils.|
|Blessed Fishing Rod (Level 6)||Use the cursed fishing rod 255 times.|
|Mythic Fishing Rod (Level 7)||Mythic Stone + 50,000G||Catches large fish and King Fish. Increases the chances of finding Pirate Treasures and Ancient Fossils. Upgraded version of the cursed fishing rod.|