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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 23-07-2020 / 21:52 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 06-08-2020 / 16:39 GMT

9th July Update:

Added the following page to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - The Wild Area (Redux):

-- Introduction
-- Useful NPCs

8th July Update:

Added the following page to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Cram-o-matic:

-- General Recipes
-- Example Recipes

7th July 2020 Update:

Added the following page to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Cram-o-matic:

-- Introduction
-- Simple Recipes
-- Apricorn Recipes

6th July 2020 Update:

Added the following page to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Isle of Armor Pokédex:

-- No. 151 to 200
-- No. 201 and Above

5th July 2020 Update:

Added the following page to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Isle of Armor Pokédex:

-- No. 051 to 100
-- No. 101 to 150

4th July 2020 Update:

Added the following page to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Isle of Armor Pokédex:

-- No. 001 to 050

3rd July 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Honeycalm Island:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Honeycalm Sea:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Insular Sea:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

2nd July 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Stepping-Stone Sea:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Max Raids

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Workout Sea:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

1st July 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Potbottom Desert:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Warm-Up Tunnel:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Training Lowlands:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

30th June 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Loop Lagoon:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

29th June 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Courageous Cavern:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Challenge Road:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

June 28th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Brawlers' Cave:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Challenge Beach:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

June 27th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Forest of Focus:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

June 26th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Soothing Wetlands:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

June 25th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Fields of Honor:

-- Overview
-- Overworld Encounter Data
-- Random Encounter Data
-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids

June 24th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Diglett Hunt:

-- Workout Sea
-- Stepping-Stone Sea
-- Insular Sea
-- Honeycalm Sea
-- Honeycalm Island

June 23rd 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Diglett Hunt:

-- Courageous Cavern
-- Loop Lagoon
-- Training Lowlands
-- Warm-Up Tunnel
-- Potbottom Desert

June 22nd 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Diglett Hunt:

-- Soothing Wetlands
-- Forest of Focus
-- Challenge Beach
-- Brawlers' Cave
-- Challenge Road

June 21st 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Walkthrough:

-- Towers of Two Fists: Water
-- Towers of Two Fists: Dark
-- Gigantamax Urshifu
-- Rematch with Mustard
-- Other Activities

Added the following pages to The Isle of Armor (DLC) - Diglett Hunt:

-- Introduction
-- Fields of Honor

June 20th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to the Isle of Armor (DLC) - Walkthrough:

-- Visiting the Isle of Armor
-- First Trial: Chasing the Slowpoke
-- Second Trial: Finding Max Mushrooms
-- Third Trial: Dynamax Battle
-- Becoming Friends with Kubfu

January 21st 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Advanced Trainer Info:

-- The Breeding Process
-- Hyper Training and Mints

Added the following pages to Side Activities:

-- Introduction - Battle Tower
-- Ranks and Rewards - Battle Tower

January 20th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Brilliant Pokémon
-- Shiny Pokémon

Added the following pages to Advanced Trainer Info:

-- Introduction
-- Breeding Basics
-- Tools for Breeding

Added the following pages to Side Activities:

-- Curry Dex

January 17th 2020 Update:

Added the final pages to the Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - Lake of Outrage
-- Overview - Hammerlocke Hills
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Hammerlocke Hills
-- Random Encounter Data - Hammerlocke Hills
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Hammerlocke Hills
-- Max Raids - Hammerlocke Hills

January 16th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Advanced Trainer Info:

-- Understanding Stats
-- Natures
-- Individual Values (IVs)
-- Effort Values (EVs)

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Strong Pokémon Data - Giant's Mirror
-- Max Raids - Giant's Mirror
-- Overview - Lake of Outrage
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Lake of Outrage
-- Random Encounter Data - Lake of Outrage
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Lake of Outrage

January 15th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Pokémon Camp
-- Galarian Forms

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - Dusty Bowl
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Dusty Bowl
-- Random Encounter Data - Dusty Bowl
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Dusty Bowl
-- Max Raids - Dusty Bowl
-- Overview - Giant's Mirror
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Giant's Mirror
-- Random Encounter Data - Giant's Mirror

January 14th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Trading and Battling
-- Surprise Trade
-- Mystery Gift
-- Poké Ball Plus

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - Giant's Cap
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Giant's Cap
-- Random Encounter Data - Giant's Cap
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Giant's Cap
-- Max Raids - Giant's Cap

January 13th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Pokémon Stats
-- Type Match-Ups
-- Status Conditions
-- Weather and Terrain

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overworld Encounter Data - Stony Wilderness
-- Random Encounter Data - Stony Wilderness
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Stony Wilderness
-- Max Raids - Stony Wilderness

January 10th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - Stony Wilderness

January 9th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Battle Basics
-- Dynamax
-- Gigantamax
-- Max Raid Battles
-- Expansion Pass (and More)

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - Bridge Field
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Bridge Field
-- Random Encounter Data - Bridge Field
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Bridge Field
-- Max Raids - Bridge Field

January 8th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Adventuring Tools
-- The Wild Area

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Strong Pokémon Data
-- Max Raids - North Lake Miloch
-- Overview - Motostoke Riverbank
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Motostoke Riverbank
-- Random Encounter Data - Motostoke Riverbank
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Motostoke Riverbank
-- Max Raids - Motostoke Riverbank

January 7th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- New to Sword and Shield
-- Sword versus Shield
-- Adventure Basics

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - Giant's Seat
-- Overview - North Lake Miloch
-- Overworld Encounter Rate - North Lake Miloch
-- Random Encounter Data - North Lake Miloch

January 6th 2020 Update:

Added the following pages to Introduction:

-- Controls

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - South Lake Miloch
-- Overview - Giant's Seat
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Giant's Seat
-- Random Encounter Data - Giant's Seat
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Giant's Seat

December 19th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Strong Pokémon - South Lake Miloch

December 17th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - South Lake Miloch
-- Overworld Encounter Data - South Lake Miloch
-- Random Encounter Data - South Lake Miloch

December 9th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Strong Pokémon Data - Axew's Eye
-- Max Raids - Axew's Eye

December 6th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - East Lake Axewell
-- Overview - Axew's Eye
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Axew's Eye
-- Random Encounter Data - Axew's Eye

December 5th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Slumbering Weald (Revisited)
-- Trouble in Hammerlocke
-- Wyndon Stadium (Champion)
-- Sword and Shield
-- Big Trouble in Little Galar (Part 1)
-- Big Trouble in Little Galar (Part 2)
-- Zacian and Zamazenta
-- Hop's Final Challenge
-- Loose Ends

December 4th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - East Lake Axewell
-- Overworld Encounter Data - East Axewell Lake
-- Random Encounter Data - East Axewell Lake
-- Strong Pokémon Data - East Axewell Lake

December 3rd 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Route 7 (Part 2)
-- Hammerlocke Stadium (Dragon)
-- Route 10
-- Wyndon
-- Wyndon Stadium (Semifinals)
-- Wyndon Chase
-- Rose Tower
-- Wyndon Stadium (Finals)

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - West Axewell Lake

December 2nd 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the walkthough:

-- Back to Stow-on-Side
-- Glimwood Tangle
-- Ballonlea
-- Ballonlea Stadium (Fairy)
-- Route 7
-- Route 8
-- Circhester
-- Circhester Stadium (Rock)
-- Circhester Stadium (Ice)
-- Back to Circhester
-- Route 9
-- Spikemuth (Dark)

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Overview - West Axewell Lake
-- Overworld Encounter Data - West Axewell Lake
-- Random Encounter Data - West Axewell Lake
-- Strong Pokémon Data - West Axewell Lake

November 28th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Route 6
-- Stow-on-Side
-- Stow-on-Side Stadium (Fighting)
-- Stow-on-Side Stadium (Ghost)

November 27th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- East Lake Axewell to Bridge Field
-- Stony Wilderness to Hammerlocke Hills
-- Hammerlocke

November 26th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Route 5
-- Hulbury
-- Hulbury Stadium (Water)
-- Galar Mine No.2
-- Motostoke Outskirts
-- Motostoke Stadium (Fire)

Added the following pages to The Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - Dappled Grove
-- Overview - Watchtower Ruins
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Watchtower Ruins
-- Random Encounter Data - Watchtower Ruins
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Watchtower Ruins
-- Max Raids - Watchtower Ruins

November 25th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Route 3
-- Galar Mine
-- Route 4
-- Turffield
-- Turffield Stadium (Grass)

Added the following pages to The Wild Area:

-- Overview - Dappled Grove
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Dappled Grove
-- Random Encounter Data - Dappled Grove
-- Strong Pokémon Data - Dappled Grove

November 22nd 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Rolling Fields
-- East Lake Axewell
-- Motostoke

Added the following page to the Wild Area:

-- Max Raids - Rolling Fields

November 21st 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Wedgehurst (Proper)
-- Route 2
-- Entering the Wild Area

Added the following pages to the Wild Area:

-- Random Encounter Data - Rolling Fields
-- Strong Pokemon Data - Rolling Fields

November 20th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to the Walkthrough:

-- Starting the Game
-- Postwick
-- Route 1 & Wedgehurst
-- Your First Pokemon
-- Slumbering Weald
-- Route 1 Revisited

Added the following pages to The Wild Area:

-- What Is The Wild Area?
-- Overview - Rolling Fields
-- Overworld Encounter Data - Rolling Fields

November 15th 2019 Update:

Added the following pages to Tips and Tricks:

-- 10 Tips To Get You Started

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Guide Information

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

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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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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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