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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

A Watery Detour

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

After receiving the "Rotom" IconRotom Bike upgrade from Route 9, there are a few locations you can go back to, to find new Pokémon and items. You can do this whenever, but the best time is probably before entering Spikemuth, in case you end up forgetting (like we did).

Route 2

(1 of 2) Mmm, candy…

Mmm, candy… (left), A Pokémon holding this will get a one-time Sp. Def boost when Psychic Terrain is triggered. (right)

Wild Pokémon - Overworld

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Drednaw" IconDrednaw Water Fixed
"Obstagoon" IconObstagoon Dark/Normal Fixed
Zigazgoon Dark/Normal 50%
"Blipbug" IconBlipbug Bug 30%
"Nickit" IconNickit Dark 15%
"Yamper" IconYamper Electric 5%

Wild Pokémon - Random Encounters

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Gossifleur" IconGossifleur Grass 35%
"Purrloin" IconPurrloin Dark 30%
"Seedot" IconSeedot (Sword only) Grass 20%
"Lotad" IconLotad (Shield only) Water/Grass 20%
"Blipbug" IconBlipbug Bug 10%
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water 5%

Wild Pokémon - Water

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Lapras" IconLapras Water/Ice Fixed
"Arrokuda" IconArrokuda Water 70%
"Barraskewda" IconBarraskewda Water 28%
"Gyarados" IconGyarados Water/Flying 2%

Wild Pokémon - Fishing

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Magikarp" IconMagikarp Water 59%
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water 40%
"Feebas" IconFeebas Water 1%

Use the Flying Taxi to reach Route 2, near the very beginning of the game. You’ll arrive just outside Professor Magnolia’s home. Go south, through the gate, then head west towards the lake side. Below the bench that’s overlooking the lake, there’s a space for you to ride the Rotom Bike into the lake.

Once you’re in the lake, travel west for a short distance, then follow the river south. After a while, there will be an area of land on the right. Grab the Psychic Seed from here. Keep following the river until you reach the bridge connecting Wedgehurst with Route 2. There will be a sparkling spot hiding a Water Stone.

Return to the lake, then make your way to the centre of the lake. There will be a small island with a powerful Level 50 "Drednaw" IconDrednaw in the middle. Above the Drednaw, search the base of the tree in the very middle for a hidden Rare Candy. Then go around to the north-east corner of the island to retrieve the PP Max.

Re-enter the lake and paddle towards the north-west, where there’s another section where you can alight. Near the beginning of this section, there’s a stubborn Level 50 "Obstagoon" IconObstagoon standing guard. Follow the path ahead, while going through the tall grass. At the very end, past the Trainer Tips sign, you’ll find TM69 Psycho Cut.


This is a powerful Grass move that requires a turn to charge up. But you can skip the charging turn if there’s intense sun.

Next, set a course for the idyllic town of Turffield! Head for the far-eastern part of town, near the exit to Route 5. Right before the bridge to Route 5, there’s a space just above, where you can enter the river. Follow the river up, while being mindful of a Level 50 "Crawdaunt" IconCrawdaunt. At the end, you’ll find TM11 Solar Beam on the left.

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    Pokemon Company International
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    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2024
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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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