Where To Get the Good Rod in Pokémon Crystal

The Good Rod house in Olivine City (Pokémon Crystal)

You can get the Good Rod from a fisherman living in a house directly above the Pokémon Center in Olivine City.

There are no prerequisites for getting the Good Rod other than reaching Olivine City.

You’ll find Olivine City west of Ecruteak City – you’ll just have to cross through Routes 38 and 39 first.

Getting the Good Rod

You’ll get the Good Rod from a fisherman once you reach Olivine City. You can find the fisherman’s house directly north of the Olivine Pokémon Center.

Approaching the fisherman’s house from the Pokémon Center. / Pokémon Crystal
Approaching the fisherman’s house from the Pokémon Center.

Go inside and talk to the fisherman and answer “Yes” when he asks whether you want to fish.

He’ll then give you the Good Rod for free to reward your enthusiasm.

Obtaining the Good Rod. / Pokémon Crystal
Obtaining the Good Rod.

Where To Fish with the Good Rod

There are only 10 different fishing encounter tables in Pokémon Crystal.

Each encounter table comprises multiple routes and locations in the game world where you’ll be able to find the same Pokémon species at similar rates.

To save you time in your journey to hook ‘em all, I’ve chosen to highlight only the best Good Rod fishing spots based on Pokémon rarity and variety.

Pokémon Caught with Good Rod Locations
  • Krabby
  • Magikarp
  • Staryu
  • Corsola
Cherrygrove City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cerulean City, Dark Cave.

Routes 14, 19, 34, and 40.
  • Tentacool
  • Shellder
  • Magikarp
  • Chinchou
New Bark Town, Olivine City (harbor), Vermilion City, Pallet Town, and Cinnabar Island.

Routes 20, 21, 26, 27, and 41.
  • Magikarp
  • Dratini
Route 45 and Dragon’s Den.
  • Tentacool
  • Magikarp
  • Qwilfish*
Routes 12, 13, and 32*.

*Only at Route 32 during a Qwilfish Swarm.
Pokémon in bold can only be caught in the listed locations.

Note that the rates at which you’ll encounter these Pokémon varies throughout the day.

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