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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-07-2020 / 00:16 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 13-07-2020 / 01:09 GMT

Besides your Pokémon, there are some nifty gadgets that you can use, to make your journey easier or more exciting.

Fishing Rod

You'll have this the moment you start the game. Occasionally, when you get close to a body of water (such as a pond or river), you'll find rippling water. This is where your fishing instincts should kick in. Press the A button next to the rippling water to use your fishing rod. Then press it again when you get a bite. Time it right and you'll trigger a battle with a water-dwelling Pokémon!

Hi-tech Earbuds

Here's the guy with the goods.

When you reach Motostoke, you can obtain these from a man standing next to a shop, below the lift that leads to the Gym Stadium. With these, you'll gain access to the following sliders in the Options menu: Background Music, Sound Effects and Pokémon Cries. Huh, it could be interesting to mute the music and play a different soundtrack in the background...

Escape Rope

Sonia will hand you this life-saving tool just before you enter the Galar Mine. If you played a previous game, you should know what it does: when used inside a dungeon, it'll return you to the nearest exit. However, this time, it's not a consumable item and is instead a Key Item that you can use again and again. That said, you probably won't get many chances to use it.

Rotom Bike

Wish you could travel just a teensy bit faster? Halfway through Route 5, you'll be given the Rotom Bike, which lets you do just that! When outside, press the + or - Button to ride or get off the bike. While riding the bike, you'll travel a bit faster than normal. You can also press the B Button to boost for a short period; afterwards, you must wait for the boost to recharge.

Later on, near the start of Route 9, your Rotom Bike will be upgraded so that it can travel across water! You don't need to do anything special to trigger this functionality; the bike will automatically change modes when you touch the water. While traveling across water, you can boost like normal, although your general movement speed is slightly slower than on land.

Flying Taxi

The Flying Taxi functions similarly to HM Fly in earlier games.

Still not fast enough? Do you want to travel to places (that you've already visited) instantly? After you've taken part in the opening ceremony in Motostoke, you'll receive the credentials to use the Flying Taxi. With this, you can quick-travel to certain locations (as indicated by a wing icon) via the Town Map. This includes all towns, nurseries and places where there's a permanent campsite.

Town Map Shortcut

Don't forget, you can press the + or - Button while inside the Main Menu to quickly bring up the Town Map. Note that this shortcut may be disabled during certain Wild Area events.

Guide Information

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

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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