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How to Fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Wanting to snag that dream, uh, Magikarp that you've always wanted? Well, alright. Here's how to fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
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So you’re wanting to figure out a way to grab more Water Type Pokemon on your squad in Pokemon Sword and Shield? Easy enough, mate. We reckon you really just have to pop down to the local waterbed and whip out your fishing rod. Here, we’ll tell you how to fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield

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How to Fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield

If you’re wondering how to catch some fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield then you can rest easy. We’re definitely accomplished fishermen and fisherwomen here, and we’ll help hold your hand through the process of getting your very first, uh, Magikarp? Or something. There is a whole bunch of Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield that can be nabbed via fishing in various Wild Areas, and we’ve listed them out for you below:

  • Barboach
  • Cloyster
  • Goldeen
  • Gyarados
  • Magikarp
  • Octillery
  • Pyukumuku
  • Remoraid
  • Shellder
  • Wishiwashi

So, you want to get your mitts on one of the above? We can make that happen. When you want to go fishing in the overworld in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you just have to look around various bodies of water for segments that look like little circles. These dark round patches are indicative of fishing spots. Think about how you’d identify them in games like Runescape, we suppose. Once you find a spot like that, it’s really as simple as biking or walking up to it. Once you’ve done that, you just have to press the A button. That will make sure that you drop your fishing rod into the body of water and commence fishing. 

To catch the right fish for your squad, it’s as easy as waiting until the pool of water starts rippling. You’ll be able to feel this through your joycons because of the very nifty Rumble effect, so when the rattling gets to a peak and an exclamation mark appears above your head, press A to reel the fish in and prepare to battle it! It’s as easy as that – it’s nothing like the Stardew Valley fishing experience. 

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on how to fish in Pokemon Sword and Shield, it should be a little bit easier for you to catch those pesky Water Type Pokemon who insist on lurking below the surface. Show them who’s boss! If you’re wanting to cash in on all the fun and haven’t yet picked up a copy of the game, you can get Pokemon Shield here from Amazon while also supporting us at Prima Games. Neat, huh? Once you have your hands on a copy of the game, come check out the variety of tips and tricks that we’ve prepared for Galarian Trainers in our dedicated guides hub for the title: 

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Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.