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Hammerlocke Stadium (Dragon)

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Before coming here, you'd be wise to have a dragon slayer (or two) in your team.

Once you’ve acquired 7 Gym badges, you’ll be able to challenge the final Gym, here at Hammerlocke Stadium. Go over and chat to the staff member at the very end of the corridor to begin the Gym mission. You’ll be taken to the vault, which you visited earlier.

The mission here is pretty simple, but depending on your experience, it may be challenging still. All you have to do is defeat 3 Gym trainers, with the opportunity to take breaks in-between. But all of the battles will be Double Battles and your opponent will trigger a specific weather effect. Anyway, your first battle will start straight away.

Gym Trainer Sebastian

Pokémon Level Type
"Pelipper" IconPelipper 45 Water/Flying
"Sliggoo" IconSliggoo 45 Dragon

"Pelipper" IconPelipper is an evolved "Wingull" IconWingull; it takes 4x damage from Electric and 2x damage from Rock. "Sliggoo" IconSliggoo is an evolved "Goomy" IconGoomy; you can find both in the Lake of Outrage in specific weather conditions in Pokémon Shield.

Sebastian relies on "Pelipper" IconPelipper summoning rain at the start of battle due to its Drizzle ability. This will power up "Pelipper" IconPelipper and "Sliggoo" IconSliggoo’s Water moves, while allowing "Sliggoo" IconSliggoo to shake off status conditions via its Hydration ability. "Pelipper" IconPelipper can also use Tailwind to boost its team’s speed. So try to zap "Pelipper" IconPelipper ASAP.

Gym Trainer Camilla

Pokémon Level Type
"Ninetales" IconNinetales 45 Fire
"Turtonator" IconTurtonator 45 Fire/Dragon

"Ninetales" IconNinetales is an evolved "Vulpix" IconVulpix; it’s more common in Pokémon Sword. "Turtonator" IconTurtonator can be found in the Lake of Outrage in Sword only; it’s weak to Ground, Rock and Dragon.

This time, you’ll be blessed with sunny weather thanks to "Ninetales" IconNinetales’s Drought ability. Obviously this will power up Camilla’s Fire-type Pokémon, while weakening your Water-types. If possible, use Rain Dance straight away to turn the tables.

"Ninetales" IconNinetales can also use Will-O-Wisp to burn, while "Turtonator" IconTurtonator can set up a Shell Trap to damage Pokémon that hit it with a physical move. As such, special attackers are highly advised.

Gym Trainer Aria

Pokémon Level Type
"Abomasnow" IconAbomasnow 45 Grass/Ice
"Hakamo-o" IconHakamo-o 45 Dragon/Fighting

"Abomasnow" IconAbomasnow is an evolved "Snover" IconSnover; it takes 4x damage from Fire and 2x damage from Flying, Rock, Poison, Bug, Fighting and Steel. That’s a lot of weaknesses! Meanwhile, "Hakamo-o" IconHakamo-o is an evolved "Jangmo-o" IconJangmo-o; it takes 4x damage from Fairy and 2x damage from Ice, Flying, Psychic and Dragon.

This battle centres around hail, triggered by "Abomasnow" IconAbomasnow’s Snow Warning. This will let "Abomasnow" IconAbomasnow use Aurora Veil, which reduces physical and special damage. Also, "Hakamo-o" IconHakamo-o will not take damage from hail because of its Overcoat ability.

Compared to the previous battles, this one has less going for it, in theory. That said, you’ll want to quickly KO "Abomasnow" IconAbomasnow (Fire moves are perfect for this) before it gets a chance to use Aurora Veil.

Succeed against Raihan’s carefully selected elites and he’ll welcome you to the stadium grounds.

Gym Leader Raihan

Pokémon Level Type
"Gigalith" IconGigalith 46 Rock
"Flygon" IconFlygon 47 Ground/Dragon
"Sandaconda" IconSandaconda 46 Ground
"Duraludon" IconDuraludon 48 Steel/Dragon

Your battle against Raihan will also be a Double Battle. First, he’ll send out "Gigalith" IconGigalith and "Flygon" IconFlygon. "Gigalith" IconGigalith is a fully evolved "Roggenrola" IconRoggenrola and has the Sand Stream ability, which creates a sandstorm when it enters battle. Meanwhile, "Flygon" IconFlygon is a fully evolved "Trapinch" IconTrapinch; it takes 4x damage from Ice and 2x damage from Dragon and Fairy.

If you’re uncertain, it might be a good idea to change the weather on your first turn. Rain is a good choice as "Gigalith" IconGigalith is weak to Water and "Flygon" IconFlygon does not resist Water. That said, "Gigalith" IconGigalith may take advantage of the free turn to set up Stealth Rock, which slightly damages Pokémon you switch in.

Next, Raihan will bring in "Sandaconda" IconSandaconda, which is an evolved "Silicobra" IconSilicobra. If you changed the weather, attacking "Sandaconda" IconSandaconda will make the sandstorm come back because of its Sand Spit ability. It can also use Glare to inflict paralysis. So try to remove it from the field, rather than change the weather again. But be wary as it can Protect.

Finally, Raihan has a "Duraludon" IconDuraludon that he can Gigantamax. This new Dragon Pokémon is weak to Ground and Fighting only. Although it has terrible Special Defence, so most special moves will hurt it. Its G-Max Depletion will reduce the PP of its opponent’s most recently used move. It can also use Max Rockfall to change the weather to sandstorm.

Survive Raihan’s draconic malestrom and he’ll reward you with the final Gym badge, the Dragon Badge. Afterwards, you’ll be given TM99 Breaking Swipe and a Dragon Uniform. Well, you’ve done what you came here for; leave the stadium. As you step back into the streets of Hammerlocke, you’ll find Magnolia and Sonia again.

Once you’re back in control, head for the Hammerlocke train station, towards the east, just before the entrance to Route 7. Inside the train station, Hop will catch up with you. Wow, did he defeat Raihan that fast? Or were you taking too long? Anyway, you’ll automatically board the train with Hop. Upon arriving at the next train station, exit to the right to reach Route 10.


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    15 November 2019
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    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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