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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 23-07-2020 / 21:52 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 13-08-2020 / 00:17 GMT

Ballonlea is in the running for best looking town in the game.

Directly ahead is the town's Pokémon Centre. It would be rude not to visit it, right? When you're ready to move on, head left from the Pokémon Centre. After going up the steps, there are two houses you can visit. First, head for the corner below the houses, towards the left. There's an Artist here with a mid-life crisis or something.

What he wants to see is a Fire-type Tracksuit Jacket. You can buy one from the Hammerlocke boutique for 10,180 Poké Dollars. Put on the jacket and talk to him to receive TM78 Acrobatics. Next, go inside the house on the left. Speak to the man on the right to deliver the Old Letter from the girl in Hammerlocke. You'll receive a Choice Scarf.

Back outside, search the mushroom between the two houses for 2 Big Mushrooms. Then enter the house on the right. Chat to the woman in front to receive TM77 Hex (Sword) or TM42 Revenge. This is the TM from the Gym in the opposite version. Afterwards, go over to the right and speak to the breeder by the corner to trigger a battle.

Pokémon Breeder Elena

Pokémon Level Type
Dottler 30 Bug/Psychic

Dottler is the evolved form of Blipbug but it can further evolve into Orbeetle. This one is carrying an Eviolite, which boosts its defensive stats. It can also use Reflect and Light Screen to weaken your physical or special moves. If possible, use Fire, Flying, Rock or Ghost-types.

After the battle, you'll receive an Eviolite of your own.


This is a valuable hold item that increases a Pokémon's Defence and Special Defence stats by 50% in battle, but only if the Pokémon is capable of evolving and hasn't yet evolved. It doesn't work on the special Meowth, Pikachu or Eevee that can Gigantamax because they cannot evolve.

Exit the house and head right. Up ahead is a bridge leading to Ballonlea Stadium. For now, head south-east. Over on the right, pick up TM21 Rest, below the giant glowing mushrooms. Then head south. Search the small glowing red mushrooms to the right of the Pokémon Centre for a Balm Mushroom. If you continue south, there's a ledge that takes you back to the Pokémon Centre.

If you've got nothing else to do, head north into Ballonlea Stadium.

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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    23 July 2020
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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.
  • 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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