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Entering the Wild Area

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Unexpected things are bound to happen in every journey.

You were meant to arrive at Motostoke, but thanks to a bunch of meddling "Wooloo" IconWooloo, 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!

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" IconPikachu and/or "Eevee" IconEevee, you can receive a special "Pikachu" IconPikachu and/or "Eevee" IconEevee 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!

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.

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


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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    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.

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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