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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 07-07-2020 / 18:01 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 07-07-2020 / 19:41 GMT

As with all of the Pokémon games, you'll unlock the Battle Tower in place of where Rose Tower once stood. Following his defeat in the Championship match, Leon has reopened it and it works a little differently from how it used to. For starters, it features a tier system that you work through based on the amount of wins you rack up. Reach a new milestone and you'll need to defeat Leon again to move up to the next tier.

As expected, you'll receive numerous amounts of useful rewards during your visit at the Battle Tower and you'll also obtain BP which can be exchanged for useful items in the lobby or the Hammerlocke Pokémon Center which are useful for training your Pokémon to even greater heights.

The Rules

As with any competition, there are many rules to follow as listed below:

  • There are two versions of the Battle Tower, Single Battles and Double Battles with your progress being tracked separately in each.
  • Your team cannot be changed until you return to the Lobby, select your order carefully.
  • There's a limit of three Pokémon for a Singles Team and four for a Doubles Team.
  • Every Pokémon is set at Lv 50 be it your opponents or your own (any above Lv 50 will be temporarily lowered).
  • Your team can be made up from either your own party, boxes or by making use of a Rental Team.
  • HP, PP and Held Items are restored between each battle so don't feel the need to conserve your PP.

Battle Tower Shops

The Battle Tower features a lobby with many useful shops, two of which use the BP currency you'll be earning during your stay here.

  • Mint Shop
  • Item Shop
  • TM Shop
ItemCost (Pokédollars)
TM28 - Giga Drain100,000
TM92 - Mystical Fire100,000
TM83 - Razor Shell100,000
TM52 - Bounce100,000
TM59 - Fling100,000
TM20 - Self-Destruct100,000
TM44 - Imprison100,000
TM70 - Trick Room50,000
TM71 - Wonder Room50,000
TM72 - Magic Room50,000

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    7 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) [coming soon].

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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