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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 28-01-2020 / 15:53 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 29-01-2020 / 17:30 GMT

Pokémon: Sword & Shield Guide

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Getting Started

Controls

You can play this game using the standard Joy-Con controllers (attached or detached) or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. The Poké Ball Plus device (which launched alongside Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee) cannot be used as a controller, although it may be used for certain communication functions.

If you go to the in-game Options menu, you can choose "Casual Controls" to adjust the button mapping so it’s easier to play with a single Joy-Con. This is somewhat similar to playing Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee with a detached Joy-Con or the Poké Ball Plus.

Default Controls

Button(s) Field Menus
Left analogue stick Move character. Move cursor.
Click left stick inwards Whistle/ring bell. (Not used)
D-Pad (Not used) Move cursor.
A, ZL, ZR Interact. Confirm choice.
B Use boost (when riding bicycle). Cancel choice.
X Open main menu. Main menu: Close menu.
Pokémon menu: Swap item.
Battle menu: Select Poké Ball.
Y Open/close Y-Comm. Main menu: Re-position menu items.
Pokémon menu: Swap Pokémon.
Battle menu: Check move/combatant info.
Right analogue stick Control camera (Wild Area). Move cursor.
Click right stick inwards Zoom out/in camera (Wild Area). (Not used)
+, - Ride/dismount from bicycle. Main menu: Open town map.
L, R Re-centre camera (L only; Wild Area) Main menu: Access Save menu.
Pokémon menu: Open Pokémon boxes.

Casual Controls

Button(s) Field Menus
Left/right analogue stick Move character. Move cursor.
Click left/right stick inwards Whistle/ring bell. (Not used)
A, D-Pad Right, ZL, ZR Interact. Confirm choice.
B, D-Pad Down Use boost (when riding bicycle). Cancel choice.
X, D-Pad Up Open main menu. Main menu: Close menu.
Pokémon menu: Swap item.
Battle menu: Select Poké Ball.
Y, D-Pad Left Open/close Y-Comm. Main menu: Re-position menu items.
Pokémon menu: Swap Pokémon.
Battle menu: Check move/combatant info.
+, - Ride/dismount from bicycle. Main menu: Open town map.
L, R (Not used) Main menu: Access Save menu.
Pokémon menu: Open Pokémon boxes.

No Camera for Casuals…

If Casual Controls is selected, all camera-related functions will be unavailable. This includes moving the camera, zooming in/out or re-centering the camera.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    28 January 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author

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