How To Get a Fishing Rod in Rune Factory 4

Lest holding a cheap fishing pole in RF4 Special

You can get your hands on a fishing rod through one of Eliza’s requests called “Try fishing!”

Surprisingly, fishing has one of the most diverse functions in the game. When you catch a fish, you can use that fish in a recipe, give the fish as a present to a certain fish-liking resident, or simply sell them for profit!

There are also a handful of trophies that you can earn related to fishing on the second and third trophy room floors.

In this guide we’ll cover how to complete the request “Try fishing!” to get your rod – as well as go over some basic fishing tips so that you can master fishing from the get-go.

 

Prerequisites

If you don’t see “Try fishing!” as one of your available requests when you talk to Eliza, make sure you’ve already completed the following:

  • First Task!
  • How to place furniture!
  • Make Lumber!
  • Make a shipment!
  • Give an item!
  • Purchase Rice!
  • Make Material Stone!
 

Get The Fishing Rod (Step-by-Step)

 

Step 1: Accept the Request “Try fishing!”

 
Try fishing! request / Rune Factory 4
Try fishing! request
 

After completing the prerequisites mentioned in the section above, talk to Eliza and select the option “May I check the requests?”

If you’ve already completed the maximum amount of requests you are allowed to in one day, after sleeping, return to Eliza and accept the quest the next day.

Vishnal is looking for a fish, any fish will do! Your task is to catch a fish with the cheap rod provided and deliver the fish to Vishnal. Sounds simple, right?

 

Step 2: Pick Up the Cheap Pole

 
Lest looking at a Cheap Pole in Selphia: Town Square / Rune Factory 4
Lest looking at a Cheap Pole in Selphia: Town Square
 

After hearing Eliza’s quick explanation of how to catch fish, your next step is to go put their words into action!

First, however, you’ll need to pick up the Cheap Pole that’s provided with the request.

To pick up the Cheap Pole, stand close enough to it that a red floating marker bobs up and down above it. Then press the “A” button and either “X” or “Y” to put it in your backpack, or “B” to equip it.

Since you’re going to need it to catch a fish, I recommend equipping it right away.

 

Step 3: Find Some Fish

 
Lest looking at the lake with the Cheap Rod equipped at Selphia: Dragon Lake / Rune Factory 4
Lest looking at the lake with the Cheap Rod equipped at Selphia: Dragon Lake
 

The best place to go to catch fish in Selphia is at Dragon Lake, which is located in the southwest-most part of town.

While Dragon Lake is not the only place to catch fish, the lake spawns plenty of fish and is a great spot for beginners to get a feel of how fishing really works.

 
Map of Selphia with a blue rectangle around Dragon Lake / Rune Factory 4
Map of Selphia with a blue rectangle around Dragon Lake
 

You can also catch fish in the rivers in Selphia. However, the experience is a bit more frustrating since you have less casting space than at the lake.

 
Lest equipped with a Cheap Rod looking at the river in Selphia: Housing Area / Rune Factory 4
Lest equipped with a Cheap Rod looking at the river in Selphia: Housing Area
 

Step 4: Equip Your Cheap Rod

 
Backpack menu: the Cheap Pole is selected with the Hold/Equip options on screen / Rune Factory 4
Backpack menu: the Cheap Pole is selected with the Hold/Equip options on screen
 

If you didn’t equip the Cheap Pole when you got it after reading the request details, now’s the time to do so!

Open your backpack by using the “L” trigger. Then go to the red watering can (the Farm Tools section) with your left joystick or the D-pad and press “A” to select it. Then move over to the Cheap Pole by and press “A” to select it again.

Finally, choose the “Equip” option by pressing the “A” button.

Now you’re equipped and ready to fish!

 

Step 5: Cast Out & Catch a Fish

 
Lest about to reel in a fish in Selphia: Dragon Lake / Rune Factory 4
Lest about to reel in a fish in Selphia: Dragon Lake
 

If you’re fishing at Dragon Lake, a good rule of thumb is to stand inside of the brown, sandy area.

If you stand on the grass, most of the time your bobber will bounce off the shore instead of landing in the water.

 
Lest casting out on the shore Animation
 

The trickiest part of fishing is knowing where to cast out your line.

You need to be close enough that the fish will be attracted to the bobber, but not so close that you scare the fish away. If you do land on a fish, eventually it will notice your bobber again, but it will take longer to notice than undisturbed fish.

 
Lest scaring away a fish Animation
 

When a fish starts to take interest, a “beep” will play each time the fish goes in for a bite.

A fish can bite up to 5 times before it finally takes the bait, but when it does, don’t hesitate!

Press the “A” button when you notice your bobber sink to reel in your catch – otherwise you might lose your fish!

 
Lest not pulling the catch fast Animation
 

If the beeps aren’t helping you catch your fish, watch the bobber instead.

A good visual reference is to watch for the splash that only appears when you need to reel in.

 
Lest reeling in a Masu Trout Animation
 

If you’ve run out of fish to catch or all the fish are swimming outside of your casting range, leave the area and come back: there are plenty of fish in Dragon Lake.

 

Step 6: Find Vishnal

 
Giving the requested fish to Vishnal at Selphia: Airship Way / Rune Factory 4
Giving the requested fish to Vishnal at Selphia: Airship Way
 

With a freshly caught fish in your hands (or backpack) it’s now time to give it to Vishnal to complete his request.

Vishnal can usually be found in or around the castle.

Remember, you can always easily find his location by opening your map with the ZR trigger.

 
Map of Selphia with a blue square around Vishnal’s sprite / Rune Factory 4
Map of Selphia with a blue square around Vishnal’s sprite
 

Note: If you can’t spot his sprite easily, it might be hidden behind someone else’s!

 
Backpack menu with Masu Trout selected and the “Hold” option on screen / Rune Factory 4
Backpack menu with Masu Trout selected and the “Hold” option on screen
 

Once you find Vishnal, if your fish isn’t already in your hands, take it out of your backpack by using the “L” trigger, navigate to the green hand icon (lower-left corner). Then find the fish you want to give him.

He’s not looking for a specific fish so it’s totally your choice.

Press “A” and then select “Hold” to take it out of your backpack, then press “A” when you’re standing close enough to Vishnal that a yellow or white speech bubble is hovering over his head.

And that’s it!

Now that you have a fishing rod, you can catch fish for profit, cooking, or achievement hunting, plus you can also participate in the annual Fishing Frenzy Contest.

Emily Hinz

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Emily is a Portuguese (BR) -> English translator and a long-time video game enthusiast. Raised on a farm, the charming gameplay of Rune Factory sowed the seeds of her interest in video games. After all, fighting off monsters and tending to virtual fields was more fun than helping out with real farm work. Now, Emily enjoys playing her favourite RPGs in her cozy apartment in Brazil.