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Your character has a pretty cozy house.

The game begins for real in Postwick, a quaint little farming town in the southern-most part of Galar. They call it a “town”, but far as we could see, there are only two houses here… Anyway, your character is chilling in their living room, presumably watching the exhibition match from earlier. When suddenly, their friendly neighbour, Hop, comes barging in.

As it happens, Hop is the younger brother of the current champion, Leon. Not only that, but his big brother is on his way home this very second. Without a moment to waste, Hop dashes off outside to find Leon–and he wants you to do the same. Well, it’s not like you’ve got anything better to do! Before that though, you need to grab your things and look smart.

Once Hop disappears, press any direction on the analogue stick or a button to get your butt off the couch. Admire your swanky living room if you want, then go right and carry on in that direction through your house. You’ll go past the entrance, the kitchen where your Mum is, before finally arriving at your bedroom. Grab your bag and hat off the floor, next to your bed.

That’s it! You’re all prepared for your little adventure! The game will also helpfully give you some adventuring tips. When you’re controlling your character, press the X button to access the main menu. From here, you can open up your bag (where your items are stored), save your game (important!), view the town map and change your game options.

Actually, you may want to go through and fiddle with the options real quick. Most of the options are pretty self-explanatory, so we don’t really need to explain them.

Ah, time to breathe in that fresh Galarian air!

In any case, head left, back towards the entrance (between the living room and kitchen). Go down, past the small red rectangular mat to exit your house. Outside, Hop will wave to you from the bottom of the steps. Hop down the steps to meet him. After a little chinwag, Hop will run off towards his house. Go right and follow him. Go across the small bridge and you should see another house coming into view–that’s Hop’s.

Stride through the open gate at the front of the house, then continue right to reach the door. No need to knock because you’re chums; just go inside! Hop will ask his Mum if Leon has already arrived, but it turns out Hop is too early. Your best chance of finding Leon is by going to the train station at Wedgehurst, the next town over.

Feel free to take a look around Hop’s house; there’s even an upstairs! Once you’re ready, exit the way you came. Back outside, go left to return to the main path. You should see Hop further up the path. Catch up to him and he’ll warn you about wild Pokémon in the tall grass up ahead. You don’t have any Pokémon to protect yourself with, so you can’t enter the tall grass right now (Hop will shout at you, if you try).


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  • Publisher
    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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