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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

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Galar Mine

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

You don't suppose we'll dig up any treasure here?

Wild Pokémon

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Carkol" IconCarkol Rock/Fire Fixed - Along the tracks
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock 35%
"Timburr" IconTimburr Fighting 25%
"Woobat" IconWoobat Psychic/Flying 15%
"Diglett" IconDiglett Ground 10%
"Drilbur" IconDrilbur Ground 10%
"Roggenrola" IconRoggenrola Rock 5%

This is a dungeon that links together Routes 3 and 4. From the entrance, head north to begin with. You’ll reach a slightly wider area with some wild Pokémon emerging from the ground. Go up and follow the minecart tracks west, then north after it bends. Along the left side, you should spot a mine worker posing for a battle. Search the ground to his right for a Revive.

Worker Keith

Pokémon Level Type
"Roggenrola" IconRoggenrola 14 Rock

Keith has a fairly rare Rock Pokémon that’s native to these mines. If you’re still learning type match-ups, Water, Grass, Ground or Fighting-types are the ones you want. That’s a lot of weaknesses, but Rock has a lot of resistances too, to Normal and Fire to name a few.

After beating up Keith, continue left, then go all the way south. You’ll reach an empty cave. Head through the short tunnel on the right to retrieve 3 Great Balls. Go back south, then exit the mine via the south. You’ll be back on Route 3, but higher up. Grab TM54 Rock Blast next to the edge of the cliff. Then retrace your steps so you’re back at the minecart tracks.

Follow the minecart tracks north. Soon, the tracks will bend towards the east. When this happens, there will be a female worker standing by a mine shaft entrance towards the top-left. You can avoid her by walking past when she’s looking right.

Worker Georgia

Pokémon Level Type
"Timburr" IconTimburr 14 Fighting
"Timburr" IconTimburr 14 Fighting

That’s a lot of "Timburr" IconTimburr! Granted, they are pretty common around these parts, but surely you could make a more diverse team… It’s a Fighting-type, so Flying, Psychic or Fairy are ideal. Most likely, you only have Flying Pokémon though.

(1 of 2) Like Nuggets, Stardust can be sold at a Poké Mart.

Like Nuggets, Stardust can be sold at a Poké Mart. (left), Scary Face lowers a Pokémon's Speed, allowing you to act first. (right)

On the other side of her, there’s an empty cave. Search the boxes along the top for some Stardust. Then grab TM26 Scary Face on the left. Now go back to the minecart tracks and follow it to the east, where it soon terminates. Ahead, there will be a wide cavern, with a bridge in the centre. Just before the bridge is another mine worker. Also, search the wall on the right for a Hard Stone.

Worker Sandra

Pokémon Level Type
"Diglett" IconDiglett 14 Ground
"Drilbur" IconDrilbur 15 Ground

Sandra’s Pokémon are both moles found in the mines. They’re also both Ground-types, so they share the same weakness: Water, Grass and Ice. Depending on the weather, you might not have any Ice-types, but surely you have some Water or Grass ones?

Walk across the bridge to the other side. Over here, there’s a male worker towards the right. If you want to avoid a scrap, run past him when he’s looking the other direction.

Worker Russel

Pokémon Level Type
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly 15 Rock

Russel continues the trend of owning a Pokémon you can catch in the current area. "Rolycoly" IconRolycoly is a Rock-type and thus weak to Water, Grass, Ground and Fighting. You’ve no shortage of options.

Pick up the Heavy Duty Boots on Russel’s right. Then go towards the left side of this area. Rummage through the boxes below the next set of minecart tracks for a hidden Ether. Then go up to the wheelbarrow and boxes to the right of the tracks to find a hidden Revive. Now follow the minecart tracks west. Soon, it will bend north. Grab the 2 Super Potions on the left.

Up ahead is the exit, but there’s a dubious trainer standing at the end of the minecart tracks. Ensure your party is fighting fit, then proceed into the final area. As you step foot inside, you’ll receive a warning. When have those ever worked on you?

Pokémon Trainer Bede

Pokémon Level Type
"Solosis" IconSolosis 13 Psychic
"Gothita" IconGothita 15 Psychic
"Hatenna" IconHatenna 16 Psychic

Bede appears to be a budding Psychic-type trainer. All of his Pokémon are Psychic and thus weak to Dark, Ghost and Bug. Dark-types like "Nickit" IconNickit or "Purrloin" IconPurrloin are recommended as they’re immune to Psychic-type moves. Bug-types are good if they know Bug-type moves (like Bug Bite or Struggle Bug). Be wary as "Solosis" IconSolosis can use Endeavor to make your Pokémon have the same HP as it.

After trashing Bede, head north to exit the cave. Before leaving, inspect the boxes to the left of the exit to find some hidden Stardust.

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    Pokemon Company International
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    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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