Rods are a weapon category in Phantasy Star Online 2. They are long poles wielded by Forces to channel their Techniques.
Rods are the quintessential casting weapon found in many role-playing games. Rods are primarily wielded by Forces to cast Techniques.
The primary attribute of Rods that sets them apart from other casting weapons is their high T-ATK. Rods have the highest T-ATK of all casting weapons, making them the best weapons for damage-based casting.
The cast style of a Rod is stationary. All Techniques cast by the player originate from the player's current position, causing field-style Techniques to surround the player. This is helpful with self-buffing Techniques such as Resta.
One drawback of Rods are their rather short range. While they have solid PP recovery per hit, they suffer from needing to approach their targets to restore PP. This problem can be alleviated somewhat with the Rod Shoot skill or the Form Shaft Rod, which both grant the Rod a ranged attack that restores PP.