How to fish in Hades

Learn how to get a fishing rod and how to enjoy a spot of fishing in Hades.

Battling your way through the layers of the underworld, there seems little time for respite and recreation. But if you want a break, going fishing in Hades is a fantastic way to kill the time. If you want to learn how to fish in Hades, you’re going to need to pay for some upgrades and secure yourself a fishing rod. Handily, we can teach you how to do exactly that.

How to fish in Hades

How to fish in Hades
Before you can fish in Hades, you'll first need to unlock and purchase the fishing rod.
© Supergiant Games

Fishing is a minigame available in several chambers of the underworld, but only once you’ve killed off the enemies within. If you want to catch some hellish carp, however, you’ll first need to get a fishing rod in Hades.

How to get a fishing rod

The fishing rod is available to purchase from the House Contractor. That’s the shade fellow next to Hades’ desk in the House of Hades. However, it won’t appear in their listings until you complete a few prerequisites as follows:

  • Reach the Temple of Styx
  • Purchase the Fountain Room (Tartarus) from the House Contractor
  • Purchase the Fated List of Minor Prophecies from the House Contractor

The first, and most challenging requirement, is that you must have reached the Temple of Styx, which is the fourth zone after battling through Elysium. Next, you need to have commissioned the Fountain Chamber, Tartarus, from the House Contractor (which should be free, so we imagine you’ll already have it by this point). Finally, you also need to have purchased the Fated List of Minor Prophecies from the House Contractor. That last one will cost you 20 Gemstones, so be sure to save them.

Once you’ve completed the above tasks, you can purchase the fishing rod from the House Contractor for one diamond. Pick that up and you’re ready to fish in Hades.

How to fish

With a fishing rod purchased, you’ll need to head out into the underworld to start fishing. Fishing spots can appear in any of Hades’ zones, and will be marked by a chime noise (and sometimes a voice line by Zagreus) after you defeat the enemies within and grab the reward. When you hear the noise or Zag comments on fishing, you need to head over to the glowing spot (just like any other interactable object). In case you’re worried you missed the noise, you can quickly zip around completed chambers to look for any fishing spots. 

Run over to the fishing spot and hit the button to interact, and Zagreus will settle down to start fishing. What you need to look for now is the bait being pulled completely underwater, combined with a flash of light. That’s your cue to press  the button and reel in. Time it correctly and you’ll be rewarded, but if you’re too early or late, Zagreus will be disappointed. The bait will bob up to three times before the real catch, so if you know it’s bounced three times already, you can be certain that a proper catch is on the way.

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Hades fishing rewards

Hades fishing guide
Even Magma makes for a good spot to go fishing in Hades.
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Each zone of Hades has different fish to catch, with three levels of rarity. After you complete a run (either by dying or beating Hades) in which you successfully caught fish, you can visit the chef in the Lounge to get a reward depending on what you caught. Below, we’ve listed all the fish you can catch in Hades, as well as the rewards they’ll offer when given to the chef. Make sure you give your fish to the chef before starting a new run or they will be lost

Tartarus fish and rewards

  • Common: Hellfish - 5 Gemstones
  • Rare: Knucklehead - 20 Gemstones
  • Legendary: Scyllascion - 30 Gemstones

Asphodel fish and rewards

  • Common: Slavug - 1 Key
  • Rare: Chrustacean - 3 Keys
  • Legendary: Flameater - 5 Keys

Elysium fish and rewards

  • Common: Chlam - 1 Nectar
  • Rare: Charp - 2 Nectar
  • Legendary: Seamare - 3 Nectar

Temple of Styx fish and rewards

  • Common: Gupp - 20 Gemstones
  • Rare: Scuffer - 40 Gemstones
  • Legendary: Stonewhal - 150 Gemstones

Chaos fish and rewards

  • Common: Mati - 100 Darkness
  • Rare: Projelly - 250 Darkness
  • Legendary: Voidskate - 500 Darkness

That’s everything you need to know about how to get a fishing rod and how to fish in Hades. If you’re just starting the game then it’ll take a bit of time before you’re able to start fishing, but until then you can visit our Hades hub page to check out all our other guides, news, and content for the game!

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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