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Fishing Rod

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Fishing Rod
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Isabelle using the Fishing Rod in Ultimate.
User Isabelle
Universe Animal Crossing
Article on Nookipedia Fishing Rod

Fishing Rod (つりざお, Fishing) is Isabelle's side special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Isabelle pulls out a fishing rod and thrusts the line forward. Isabelle can use this move to grab faraway enemies (even while airborne) and throw them afterwards, pick up items, or as a tether recovery. Upon capture, Isabelle is subsequently capable of throwing the opponent in multiple directions. If she misses the opponent, she can leave the fishing rod out until she inputs it again, potentially capturing the enemy. Uniquely for a grab, Fishing Rod can be blocked by a shield.

Instructional quote

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Hooks an opponent and throws them forward. Tilting up or down throws the opponent in that direction.


A villager fishing in Animal Crossing

This attack is based on the fishing rod item from the Animal Crossing series. The rod is used to catch fish from rivers and other bodies of water. In the original games, the player must wait for the shadow of a fish to bite their rod, and once that occurs, the player must react with a timely button press in order to properly catch the fish.

Although Isabelle is not typically associated with fishing in the Animal Crossing games, she and other characters can use a fishing rod in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (and its Desert Island Escape minigame, which was later added to Animal Crossing: New Leaf in an update).



Two Fishing rods being used at the same time. Player 1 is not grabbed while player 2 is
  • In older versions of Ultimate, if two Isabelles used Fishing Rod to grab onto an Assist Trophy, one would grab on, and the other would not; the result would be the former infinitely spawning the same Assist Trophy until she got hit. This glitch was patched out in version 2.0.0.
  • Fishing Rod is the only move in Ultimate known to still be affected by port priority; if the hook's grabbox connects with both players at the same time, the player with the higher controller slot will be grabbed.