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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 09-07-2020 / 17:46 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 10-07-2020 / 12:38 GMT

When you step outside the stadium after claiming your 4th Gym badge, Sonia will come to find you. Suddenly, you're interrupted by a loud noise. Head west, then follow the stairs all the way up to the Historic Site. At the top, you'll find the perpetrator is none other than Bede. Approach him for a battle.

Pokémon Trainer Bede

Pokémon Level Type
Duosion 32 Psychic
Gothorita 32 Psychic
Ponyta (Galarian) 33 Psychic
Hattrem 35 Psychic

With the exception of Ponyta, Bede has evolved all of his Psychic-type pals. If you have a Dark-type, this battle is a piece of cake. Duosion can use Reflect and Light Screen to protect its team from physical or special attacks. The other three are pretty standard fare, although Ponyta and Hattrem do carry Fairy-type moves.

After his defeat, Bede will be escorted off the scene. Then you'll learn a shocking (or maybe not) secret about the Galar region's history. As thanks, you'll receive 2 Revives from Sonia. Now go back down the stairs, then head east from the stadium, towards Glimwood Tangle.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    9 July 2020
    Version History
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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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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.

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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