Unexpected things are bound to happen in every journey.

You were meant to arrive at Motostoke, but thanks to a bunch of meddling Wooloo, your train stops early at the Wild Area station. Hop sees this as a good thing though, as it means you can explore the Wild Area. If you travel through the Wild Area, you can reach Motostoke, while also running into a whole horde of new Pokémon. Sounds like a win-win situation!

Ready For a Wild Time?

If you haven’t been following the news, the Wild Area is a large overworld area that’s sort of “open world”. It’s divided into multiple seamless zones and jam-packed with Pokémon to catch! Essentially, it’s like a really big safari zone, except you catch Pokémon like you would normally.

In typical open world design, you can go pretty anywhere within the Wild Area. Including places where you encounter wild Pokémon much higher Level than your own. To stop “cheating”, you can only catch Pokémon under a certain Level–this Level will increase, the more Gym Badges you collect.

Before you leave the train station, there are a few points of interest. In the top-left corner, speak to the two teenagers. If you have save data for Let’s Go Pikachu and/or Eevee, you can receive a special Pikachu and/or Eevee that can Gigantamax. Also, chat to the backpacker by the entrance. She’ll give you 5 Poké Dolls. If you run into a dangerous encounter, use these to escape.

By the way, if you want to return to Wedgehurst, approach the turnstiles or the ticket machines by the entrance. There’s also a Poké Mart clerk directly in front of the entrance if you need to stock up. You could be spending a while in the Wild Area, so you want a healthy supply of potions and Poké Balls. Once you’re ready, exit the train station via the entrance.

Meetup Spot

The Wild Area lies yonder!

When you leave the Wild Area station, you’ll arrive at the Meetup Spot. This is technically the first “zone” in the Wild Area, although it’s very small and there are no wild Pokémon. Still, you have to start somewhere!

Camera Controls

In the Wild Area, you can freely turn the camera by using the right control stick. If the camera controls seem wrong to you, you can also invert them by going to “Options” in the main menu. To zoom out/in the camera, click the right control stick inwards (like a button). Finally, pressing the L button centres the camera.

To begin with, head north towards the person standing by the side of the train station. Speak to her if you want to heal your Pokémon. Continue past her towards Hop, who’s standing between two fences. He’ll point you in the direction of Motostoke. It’s the place with the giant steeple in the far distance. As you’re talking, Sonia will make her entrance. She’ll give you the Pokémon Box Link.

Pokémon Box Link

This handy and almost miraculous feature lets you access your Pokémon storage boxes from nearly everywhere, including the Wild Area! To use it, open the main menu and go to “Pokémon”. Then press the “R button” to switch to your boxes. Since you can potentially catch many Pokémon in the Wild Area, it’s great that you can easily swap in and out Pokémon.

Once you’re back in control, go north through the fences. You’ll arrive in the next zone.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    25 November 2020
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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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