How much do encounter rates vary by location when fishing?



  • I've had a go the old rod in Pokémon blue in a couple of locations. It appears to me that it's only possible to catch Magikarp with this rod, is that true?

    In general, including with the good rod and super rod, does the encounter rate vary by location? Or will e.g. the good rod always have the same encounter rates regardless of where you fish?



  • https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Old_Rod can give you only Magikarp. As Bulbapedia states:

    In Gen 1 the only Pokémon that can be fished out by the Old Rod is Magikarp, all of which would be level 5.

    Encounter rates do change by location, for example, according to Bulbapedia for Pokemon Red/Blue:

    https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Kanto_Route_21#Generation_I

    Good Rod: 50% Poliwag, 50% Goldeen
    Super Rod: 25% Shellder, 25% Horsea, 25% Goldeen, 25% Staryu

    https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pallet_Town#Generation_I

    Good Rod: 50% Poliwag, 50% Goldeen
    Super Rod: 50% Poliwag, 50% Tentacool




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