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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Wyndon Chase

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

When you’re back in control, exit the hotel via the south. Outside, speak to Piers, who’s waiting just below. Oleana will show up and explain her plan to you. She’s given the key needed to ride the special monorail to a sunglasses-wearing League staff member, who runs off into the distance. Agree to follow Piers to the plaza, or head there yourself.

Now to search for that rogue staff member… Go over to the top-right corner of the plaza, to the right of the Wyndon Station entrance. There’s a League staff member facing the wall, with a Team Yell Grunt next to him. If this isn’t suspicious, we don’t know what is! Speak to the staff member to trigger a battle.

Macro Cosmos’s Eric

Pokémon Level Type
Meowth (Galarian) 47 Steel
Durant 47 Bug/Steel

You just defeated two top-notch trainers with almost full parties, so this battle should be easy. During the battle, Marnie will also cheer you on, boosting your Pokémon’s stats.

To jog your memory, Galarian Meowth is a Steel-type unlike its Kantonian (Normal) and Alolan (Dark) forms. Meanwhile, Durant is weak to Fire only, but it takes 4x damage. Failing that, try special attacks, but not Poison because it’s immune.

Defeating Eric once won’t be enough, because he’ll run off before you can catch him. Next, head to the left side of the plaza. Below the Pokémon Centre, speak to the League staff member who’s mingling in with the two bystanders standing next to the water fountain. That’s a good strategy, hiding in the crowd, but it won’t work with us!

Macro Cosmos’s Eric

Pokémon Level Type
Mawile 47 Steel/Fairy
Excadrill 47 Ground/Steel

Eric has quickly gone and changed his team, but there’s a pattern: he favours Steel-types. For reference, Mawile is weak to Fire and Ground, while Excadrill is weak to Fire, Water, Ground and Fighting. As before, Marnie’s pep talk will boost your Pokémon’s stats.

Beat Eric a second time and he’ll make another mad dash for it. You’ve got to give him points for trying. Anyway, this time you don’t need to search too far. Head directly left and inspect the red phone box below the entrance to the winding street. C’mon man, who are you trying to fool?

Macro Cosmos’s Eric

Pokémon Level Type
Ferroseed 47 Grass/Steel
Steelix 47 Steel/Ground

Eric has changed his team again, but his selection is limited to Steel-types. Ferroseed is weak to Fire (4x damage) and Fighting; Steelix, like Excadrill, is weak to Fire, Water, Ground and Fighting. Halfway through, Marnie will boost your Pokémon’s stats again.

Third time’s the charm… Wait, why is nobody stopping Eric!? You’ll automatically give chase to Wyndon Station, where Eric makes one final, courageous stand. However, he’s no match for the combined might of Team Yell. With the monorail key in your hands, you’ll be transported straight to the entrance of Rose Tower.


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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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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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