How To Get The Old Rod in Pokémon ORAS

Fishing using the Old Rod in Dewford Town (Pokémon Alpha Sapphire)

You can obtain the Old Rod by talking to a fisherman NPC in Dewford Town. He’s located directly outside of the Dewford Town Gym.

To reach Dewford Town, you must first help rescue Peeko at Rusturf Tunnel. Doing this allows you to board Mr. Briney’s boat, which travels from Route 104 to Dewford Town.

Getting to Dewford Town

To be able to travel to Dewford Town, be sure you’ve done all of the following:

  • Defeated Roxanne, the first Gym Leader from Rustboro City
  • Retrieved the stolen Devon Parts and Rescue Peeko in Rusturf Tunnel
  • Received the “Letter” Key Item from Mr. Stone of Devon Corporation

If you’ve done that part of the main story, meet with Mr. Briney over at Route 104’s south side.

To get there:

Step 1: From Rustboro City, head south to Route 104.

Entrance to Petalburg Woods near the Flower Shop / Pokémon ORAS
Entrance to Petalburg Woods near the Flower Shop

Step 2: Enter Petalburg Woods and exit south.

Petalburg’s South Exit / Pokémon ORAS
Petalburg’s South Exit

Step 3: Head to the house near the docks.

Outside Mr. Briney’s Cottage / Pokémon ORAS
Outside Mr. Briney’s Cottage

Step 4: Talk to Mr. Briney, and he’ll take you to Dewford Town.

Talking to Mr. Briney in his cottage / Pokémon ORAS
Talking to Mr. Briney in his cottage

Obtaining the Old Rod

Once you get to Dewford Town, the fisherman who will give you the Old Rod is right outside the Dewford Gym.

Step 1: Start at Dewford Town’s Pokémon Center and head right past the Gym.

Dewford Town’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon ORAS
Dewford Town’s Pokémon Center

Step 2: Talk to the fisherman here and receive the Old Rod.

Receiving the Old Rod from the fisherman / Pokémon ORAS
Receiving the Old Rod from the fisherman

Pokémon Obtainable with The Old Rod

Encountering a Magikarp with Old Rod / Pokémon ORAS
Encountering a Magikarp with Old Rod

With the Old Rod, you can now attempt to fish for Pokémon in any body of water.

Here’s a list of Pokémon you can obtain with the Old Rod at this point in the game:

Pokémon Location
Magikarp Petalburg City
Route 102
Route 103
Route 104
Route 106
Route 115
Tentacool Route 103
Route 106
Route 107
Route 115
Goldeen Petalburg City
Route 102


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