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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

East Lake Axewell

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

You’re pretty much at Motostoke’s doorstep now!

If you followed our route, upon arriving here from Rolling Fields, you should reach a glowing den by the side of the central lake. From here, all you need to do is go forward (north) towards the big staircase leading up to Motostoke. There will be two stretches of tall grass, one nearby on the right and another further ahead, by the lakeside.

When you approach the second stretch of tall grass, by the lake, be wary of a strong Pokémon ("Xatu" IconXatu) flying around towards the right (east). If you’re brave, there’s a sparkling spot smack back in the middle of the dirt area, where the strong Pokémon is keeping guard. Your reward is a hidden Poké Ball.

Keep going until you’ve gone past all of the tall grass. There will be another glowing den that’s somewhat near the lakeside. Ahead will be a big patch of dirt, with dirt paths going left (west) and right (east). Nearby to the right, there may be another fisherman who will offer her random item for your Watts. Crucially, Motostoke will be a few paces forward.

Without further delay, run towards the big staircase. However, before going up the stairs, head over to the left. There, you’ll find the Camping King, who will help you change the colour of your camping tent and evaluate your Curry Dex. Also, there’s a Watt Trader who’s running a shop, where you can spend your Watts.

Those fellas will be standing there all day, every day, so it’s good to be acquainted with them. Once you’re all done and dusted, make your way up the stairs.

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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2024
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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.

Brand New October 2020:

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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