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Fishing rods have long been a staple of the Pokémon franchise, and that hasn't changed much in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Just like in previous titles, the Fishing Rod's location isn't made blatantly obvious in this game. How do you track it down? And what's different about it this time?
Finding the Super Rod
The Super Rod in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is one of the key items you'll find in the game. In Pokémon Black and White, it was given to you automatically by Looker in Nuvema Town after defeating Ghetsis. In Black 2 and White 2, you will receive it significantly later from Professor Juniper's father, Cedric.
Once you've beaten Pokémon Black 2 and White 2's champion at least once, you'll open up a huge portion of Unova that was previously unexplored. This includes the original starting point for Pokémon Black and White, Nuvema Town, which will probably be the last town you'll ever visit. Travel there and look in the professor's laboratory. Cedric will be waiting, and he'll hand over the Super Rod.
Can You Get the Old or Good Rod in Pokémon Black 2 or White 2?
Most games in the franchise feature three different rods. You have the Old Rod, Good Rod, and Super Rod. The Generation V games break this tradition by only having the Super Rod available. The advantage to this is that you don't have to worry about which Pokémon are available to catch based on the rod you have.
Changes to the Fishing Rod
The fishing mechanics in the Generation V games are identical to what was seen in the Generation IV games. You simply cast your rod and press the A button when you see an exclamation mark.
The big change introduced to fishing in the Unova games is rippling water. As you travel near water, you'll occasionally come across a rippling tile of water. This is similar to the dust clouds in caves or the rustling grass on routes. These effects indicate the presence of a rare Pokémon. Casting your rod on the rippling water can potentially reel in a rare Pokémon. For example, Milotic, a Pokémon that's generally a pain to evolve, is available to catch on Route 1 by fishing in rippling water. If you want a fully-evolved, powerful Water-type Pokémon, this is the way to get them.
Pokémon That Can Be Caught by Fishing in Rippling Water
Here are the rare Pokémon that can be caught in Black 2 and White 2 by casting your Super Rod into rippling water.
This Water/Fighting Pokémon can be found at Route 23, Relic Passage, Clay Tunnel, Wellspring Cave, Giant Chasm, and Victory Road.
You can save yourself a Water Stone by fishing for Cloyster at Route 13, Undella Town, Seaside Cave, and Humilau City.
You can catch Kingler in Virbank City and Virbank Complex.
You can catch Seadra on Routes 17 and 18. It can also be found in the P2 Laboratory.
You can avoid the hassle of finding a Dragon Scale and trading your Pokémon by catching a Kingdra in the same locations as Seadra.
You can catch Seaking on Routes 3, 11, 14, and 22. It can also be found in Pinwheel Forest, Abundant Shrine, Aspertia City, and Striaton City.
The vicious Gyarados can be found in the Nature Preserve.
You can fish for Dragonair in Dragonspiral Tower.
The powerful Dragonite can also be found in Dragonspiral Tower.
This Water/Electric Pokémon can be found in Undella Bay.
Don't want to find a King's Rock and trade a Poliwhirl? You can catch Politoed on Routes 6, 19, and 20. It can also be found at Floccesy Ranch, Lostlorn Forest, and Victory Road.
Fishing in rippling water on Route 4 and in the P2 Laboratory can yield a Quilfish.
Look for rippling water on Route 21 and in Undella Bay.
You can find this brutal Pokémon at Village Bridge.
You can find this Water/Ground Pokémon on Route 8. It can also be found in Icirrus City and in the Moor of Icirrus.
You can find the feeble Feebas on Route 1.
If you don't want to go through the hassle of evolving a Feebas, you can catch a Milotic on Route 1.
In Black 2, you can find Huntail on Route 4.
In White 2, you can find Gorebyss on Route 4.
This Water/Rock Pokémon can be found on Route 4.
Look for rippling water on Routes 4, 17, and 18. You can also look in Virbank City, Virbank Complex, and the P2 Laboratory.
In Black 2, you can find a blue-striped Basculin in rippling water in most locations. In White 2, you can find a red-striped Basculin in rippling water.