|“||Cast into a pit, and wait for a bite!||”|
The Fishing Rod is a Relic that the player can purchase from Chester in the Village for 1250 gold. It is one of the first relics available. It allows the player to fish in any pit in the game, including the Troupple Pond. The fishing rod can pull up food, treasure, useless junk or If used in some lava pits even enemies. Due to this, the Fishing Rod can be conveniently used in New Game Plus to improve the otherwise limited supply of healing items.
Sparkling pits yield better rewards including Music Sheets, golden fish that are equivalent to 350 gold, or Troupples, which will grant the Shovel Knight one specific Ichor, if an empty Chalice is avaiable.
To successfully fish press [attack] or [use Relic] when "!!" shows when fishing. The Fishing Rod also does damage when dropped on enemies from above, and can collect treasure, including the bags of money left behind when Shovel Knight dies. It can also dig out a dig pile in one fell swoop like the Trench Blade.
- Fish caught underwater in the Iron Whale will swim around slowly instead of flopping around like when they are caught on land.
- Using a Fishing Rod on another player in Co-op Mode will lift them up to the user's position.
- Among the junk items Shovel Knight can fish up are a Boneclang's skull, an apple core that would later replace the regular apple in Specter of Torment, and what appears to be the White Sword from the first Legend of Zelda game.
- Alongside the Chaos Sphere, the Fishing Rod is the only Relic that cannot be collected in Plague of Shadows by Plague Knight.