How to Find and Use the Valheim Fishing Rod

Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 10:29 | By: Robert N. Adams
Developer
Iron Gate
Release Date
February 2, 2021
Multiplayer modes
Co Op, Online, Online Features
Platforms
Linux, Mac, PC
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The Valheim Fishing Rod is an item that's teased in a lot of the game's media, but it's not so easy to find. This guide will tell you how to find it and, more importantly, how to use it!

Valheim is a game that's all about being a Viking in a mystical realm, but you can't defeat the enemies of Odin on an empty stomach. There's a lot of food to cook and find in the game and fishing is one of the easiest ways to get a sustainable source of meat.

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Where to Find the Valheim Fishing Rod

The Valheim Fishing Rod is only sold by the Merchant. You'll have to find the Merchant before you can buy it; you'll also need 350 Gold to buy it. (You can read about how to earn Gold and find the Merchant in his dedicated guide.)

 
 

Once you've found the Merchant, acquiring the Fishing Rod is simply a matter of purchasing it. Make sure to buy some Fishing Bait, too — you're going to need it to catch your dinner!

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How to Fish in Valheim

Fishing in Valheim is a fairly straightforward process. Naturally, you'll need to have your Fishing Rod equipped and some Fishing Bait in your inventory. Once you're all set up, it's time to find some water and get to fishing!

Here's how to Fish in Valheim:

  1. Stand near water and look for Fish.
  2. Hold down the left mouse button to charge up your cast.
  3. Release the left mouse button to cast your line.
  4. Tap the right mouse button to bring the line in.
  5. Once you hook a fish, you have to mash the right mouse button to reel the fish in. Keep in mind that this uses up your Stamina!
  6. You can press E to pick up a Fish once it gets close enough.

If your luck is poor (or you're not finding any Fish), you're going to have to cast your line and try again. Catching a Fish will get you raw meat that needs to be cooked on a Campfire.

Unfortunately, the Valheim Fishing Rod is not quite a true "tool" like other things in the game. The upside is that it won't break after being used too much. The downside, however, is that you cannot upgrade it in any way to improve its performance.

 

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!