For some people, 7 is their lucky number. But luck is what you make of it!

Wild Pokémon - Overworld

PokémonTypeEncounter Rate
PerrserkerSteel30%
ThievulDark20%
GalvantulaBug/Electric20%
LiepardDark15%
InkayDark/Psychic10%
MorpekoElectric/Dark5%

Wild Pokémon - Random Encounters

PokémonTypeEncounter Rate
ToxelElectric/Poison25%
KarrablastBug25% (Sword), 5% (Shield)
CorviknightFlying/Steel20%
LiepardDark10%
MeowsticPsychic10%
SeismitoadWater/Ground5%
ShelmetBug5% (Sword), 25% (Shield)
GreedentNormalBerry Tree - 100%

You’ll begin on another bridge-like pathway. Head east, bearing in mind that you’ve got a rematch with Hop any moment now. In fact, you’ll find him at the end of the bridge, just before the number 7 signpost.

Pokémon Trainer Hop

Pokémon Level Type
Trevenant 34 Grass/Ghost
Heatmor 34 Fire
Snorlax 35 Normal
Boltund 35 Electric
Inteleon (if you picked Grookey) 37 Water
Rillaboom (if you picked Scorbunny) 37 Grass
Cinderace (if you picked Sobble) 37 Fire

Hop has gone and revamped his team again. First, he’ll send out Trevenant, which is an evolved Phantump. It’s weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, Ghost and Dark.

Next, he may send out Heatmor, a pure Fire-type found on Route 6. As a reminder, you want to use Water, Rock or Ground-types.

He also has a Snorlax, found roaming Motostoke Riverbank (you can now go and catch it, by the way). It can use Stockpile to boost its defensive stats. Thankfully, it lacks any form of recovery.

His fourth ’mon is Boltund, an evolved Yamper. It can use Nuzzle to cause paralysis. Ground it with, er, Ground-types if you have any.

Finally, he’s evolved his starter into its final form. You should have done the same; send in your fully evolved starter to wipe the grin off his face.

After the battle, Hop will heal your party. Once he’s gone, continue east, past the number 7 signpost. Over on the right, there’s a female trainer walking in a diagonal line. Go below her and search the rocks for a hidden Ether.

Model Mila

Pokémon Level Type
Ribombee 35 Bug/Fairy
Vespiquen 36 Bug/Flying

Mila has two Bug Pokémon. Ribombee is an evolved Cutiefly; it’s still weak to Fire, Flying, Rock and Steel. Vespiquen is an evolved Combee; it takes 4x damage from Rock and 2x damage from Fire, Electric, Flying and Ice.

Ether replenishes 10 PP for one move.

Next, follow the path north, between the patches of tall grass, towards the tunnel inside the stone wall. There’s also a path on the right, but Team Yell are being a nuisance as usual. About halfway up, there’s a male trainer on the left looking from east to south. It’s possible to skip him by dashing north while he’s looking south.

Cabbie Bruce

Pokémon Level Type
Corvisquire 35 Flying
Rufflet 36 Normal/Flying

Bruce has two bird Pokémon. Corvisquire is an evolved Rookiedee. Meanwhile, Rufflet is exclusive to Sword. They’re both weak to Electric, Rock and Ice.

Past Bruce, there’s a berry tree on the left. After giving it a good shakin’ or otherwise, head right. Grab the 3 Quick Balls in the gap in the tall grass. Once you’ve done everything you need to do here, exit this route via the tunnel to the north. By the way, if you’re wondering why this route is so short, that’s because you’ve only seen half of it.

Pokémon Checklist

There are a lot of evolved Pokémon here. Additionally, Inkay (Dark/Psychic) and Morpeko (Electric/Dark) have a rare chance of appearing above the tall grass. You might know Morpeko from Marnie’s party; every turn it will switch between two forms, which decides the type of its Aura Wheel move.

Meanwhile, hidden in the grass are some very different Pokémon, including Toxel, Karrablast (Bug) and Shelmet (Bug). Karrablast and Shelmet have a unique evolution method: you must trade them as a pair. So you’d trade Karrablast, for example, while the other player trades Shelmet.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    28 November 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 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.

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  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
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  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
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