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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

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Status Conditions

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Being burned will drastically weaken your Pokémon's physical moves.

Pokémon can be afflicted by a variety of status conditions during battle. Generally, status conditions are caused by another Pokémon’s moves, whether as a primary or secondary effect. For example, the move Nuzzle causes paralysis in addition to damage.

As you might expect, status conditions negatively affect the Pokémon and can potentially cripple their performance. However, just like they can be caused, status conditions can be cured. This can be done by using certain items or by paying a visit to a friendly Pokémon Centre.

Common Status Conditions

Name Symptom Cure(s)
Burn The Pokémon suffers residual damage each turn. In addition, their Attack stat is greatly reduced. Burn Heal, Rawst Berry
Confuse The Pokémon may damage itself instead. Cures naturally after a number of turns. Persim Berry, Switch out
Freeze The Pokémon cannot act. Cures naturally after a number of turns. Ice Heal, Aspear Berry
Paralyse The Pokémon occasionally cannot act. In addition, their Speed stat is reduced. Paraylse Heal, Cheri Berry
Poison The Pokémon suffers residual damage each turn. This damage increases exponentially if caused by Toxic. Antidote, Pecha Berry
Sleep The Pokémon cannot act. Cures naturally after a number of turns. Awakening, Chesto Berry

A Pokémon can only be afflicted by one status condition at a given time. Except for confusion, status conditions persist after battle, so it’s worth your time to cure them when a safe opportunity arises. On the other hand, your opponents during the story rarely have the means to cure their Pokémon, so don’t hesitate to give them a little “present”.

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    Pokemon Company International
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    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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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.

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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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