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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Poké Ball Plus

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The Poké Ball Plus was released alongside Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, during the end of the 7th generation. If you haven’t seen one, it’s not hard to imagine–it’s a controller that’s shaped like a standard Poké Ball from the games.


(1 of 2) Before going on a stroll.

Before going on a stroll. (left), After a stroll. (right)

It’s not heavily advertised, but you can use the Poké Ball Plus with Sword/Shield. The reason it’s not advertised is because it doesn’t do much. Firstly, let’s get the most important detail out of the way: unlike Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, you cannot use the Poké Ball Plus as a controller. That said, even though the functionality is limited, it’s still worth discussing.

To use the Poké Ball Plus, you need to open the main menu (by pressing the X Button while exploring), then select “Mystery Gift” and “Take a Stroll with the Poké Ball Plus”. If it’s your first time, you’ll be asked to select a Pokémon from your party or boxes. It doesn’t matter which Pokémon you pick, so choose a favourite or a Pokémon that needs to lose weight or something.

Your Pokémon will be “transferred” to the Poké Ball Plus. You can then “play” with your Pokémon by clicking the stick on the Poké Ball Plus inwards and holding it until it glows. Or you can simply carry the Poké Ball Plus with you and walk together with your Pokémon.

Once you’re finished, select “Take a Stroll with the Poké Ball Plus” again. You’ll be asked if you want to bring your Pokémon back to the game. Agree and you’ll be shown a record of your activities with the Pokémon. Afterwards, you’ll receive items such as Rare Candies and Poké Balls. Sadly, the Pokémon does not gain experience points like in Let’s Go (because it was busted).


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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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