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Route 8

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Route 8 (Hammerlocke Side)

Route 8 is divided into two parts; this is the bigger part.

Wild Pokémon - Overworld

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Crustle" IconCrustle Bug/Rock Fixed
"Falinks" IconFalinks Fighting Fixed
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost 25%
"Gurdurr" IconGurdurr Fighting 25% (Sword), 10% (Shield)
"Pawniard" IconPawniard Dark/Steel 20%
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock 10% (Sword), 25% (Shield)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying 10%
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying 10%
"Togedemaru" IconTogedemaru Electric/Steel 5%
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic 5%
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic 5%

Wild Pokémon - Random Encounters

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Sandaconda" IconSandaconda Ground 30%
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock 20%
"Dusclops" IconDusclops Ghost 15%
"Haunter" IconHaunter Ghost/Poison 10%
"Bronzong" IconBronzong Steel/Psychic 10%
Hippodon Ground 8%
"Drapion" IconDrapion Poison/Dark 5%
"Falinks" IconFalinks Fighting 2%

Head north past the number 8 signpost. At the first corner, turn left and go down the steps to the lower level. Next, go north through the dried grass. On the right, is a path leading to a ladder going down. Go that way. You can also continue north, but there’s nothing special over there (except for more tall grass). After climbing down the ladder, there’s a trainer on the right.

Doctor Joanna

Pokémon Level Type
"Roselia" IconRoselia 36 Grass/Poison
"Hattrem" IconHattrem 36 Psychic

"Roselia" IconRoselia is an evolved "Budew" IconBudew; it’s weak to Fire, Flying, Ice and Psychic. "Hattrem" IconHattrem you’ve already fought before, in Bede’s party.

Next, climb up the ladder to the right of the Doctor. Turn right, then navigate through the dried grass towards the south. Grab the Shiny Stone at the far end, which you probably saw earlier. Go back around and proceed north. Head down the stairs on the left to return to the lowest floor. Down here, climb up the ladder directly ahead.

Turn left and climb up the ladder on the left. Up here, pick up the nearby TM96 Smart Strike. Go back down the ladder, then continue right. There’s another ladder leading to the lowest level. After going down it, you’ll be in a confined space full of dried grass. Head for the bottom-left corner to find 3 Hyper Potions. Then clamber up the ladder on the right.

Go forward and climb down the nearby ladder on the right. Make your way north, through the patches of dried grass. There will be an item capsule on the left, just out of reach. After you go past it, turn left and search the corner by the wheelbarrow for an Elixir. Continue north and turn left at the next corner. Then jump over the ledge on the left.

(1 of 2) Pokémon caught with these start with a higher friendship level.

Pokémon caught with these start with a higher friendship level. (left), Only Pokémon with horns can use this TM. Candidates include Drednaw, Galarian Rapidash and Falinks. (right)

From here, head south, then go through the dried grass to the east. Pick up the 3 Luxury Balls next to the ledge, which you passed by moments earlier. Next, make your way west, through more dried grass. Around here, there will be a caterpillar-like "Falinks" IconFalinks crawling slowly between small tunnels to the north and south. Despite appearances, it’s a pure Fighting-type.

Further west, head towards the bottom-left corner to find a Max Revive. Then begin to follow the path north. On the left, there are stairs leading up to the highest level. Be mindful of a trainer walking along the left-hand side of the stairs.

Backpacker Barbara

Pokémon Level Type
"Dreepy" IconDreepy 36 Dragon/Ghost
"Vullaby" IconVullaby 37 Dark/Flying

"Dreepy" IconDreepy is a new Dragon and Ghost-type that you probably can’t catch for a while. It’s weak to Ice, Ghost, Dark, Dragon and Fairy. Meanwhile, "Vullaby" IconVullaby can be found here, if you playing Shield that is. This oversized vulture is weak to Electric, Rock, Ice and Fairy.

When you reach the highest level, search the rock in the far corner for a Big Nugget. Afterwards, go back and follow the path north, then east. Once you reach the end of the dried grass, there’s a trainer to the north who’s walking to and fro.

Musician Charles

Pokémon Level Type
"Togedemaru" IconTogedemaru 37 Electric/Steel

This difficult to pronounce Pokémon can be found on this route, although it’s rare. It takes 4x damage from Ground and 2x damage from Fire and Fighting. Be cautious of Nuzzle, which can instantly paralyse non-Ground Pokémon.

Go down the ladder to the right of Charles. In this section, there’s a small walled off area in the middle, which you can enter via the east. Meanwhile, there will be a relatively fast Falinks crawling between two sets of tunnels–horizontally across the north and vertically across the east.

If you want to avoid the Falinks, you’ll want to go anti-clockwise around the walled off area. Regardless, be sure to enter the walled off area to retrieve the King’s Rock inside. If it’s safe, go over to the top-right corner, where two of the tunnels meet, and search the sparkling spot for a Nugget. Afterwards, go up the stairs on the right.

At the top of the stairs, watch out for another slow-moving Falinks traveling between two tunnels. Past the Falinks, climb up the ladder to the highest level. Up here, there’s an exit directly ahead. But first, travel west from the top of the ladder. Your view will be slightly obstructed by the wall along the south.
Halfway along, there’s a "Crustle" IconCrustle walking around; it’s so wide that you’ll have to battle it to proceed. Keep going and grab the TM43 Brick Break at the end. Return to the top of the stairs, then begin heading north towards the exit. Instead of leaving, turn right towards the camp site.

(1 of 2) If a Pokémon holds this, they have a 10% chance of inflicting a flinch. Does not stack with moves that can naturally flinch.

If a Pokémon holds this, they have a 10% chance of inflicting a flinch. Does not stack with moves that can naturally flinch. (left), This Fighting-type move gets rid of barriers such as Reflect, Light Screen and Aurora Veil. (right)

There will be two trainers here blocking the way. One of them–the bloke–is busy gazing at his phone. Meanwhile, the other one–the lady–is looking south-east to south-west. If you want to avoid a confrontation, dash to the south when the lady is looking south-east. Then dash east when she’s looking south-west.

Colleagues Alison and Jordan

Pokémon Level Type
"Hippowdon" IconHippowdon 36 Ground
"Perrserker" IconPerrserker 37 Steel
"Excadrill" IconExcadrill 36 Ground/Steel
"Lucario" IconLucario 36 Fighting/Steel

This is a Double Battle, where Alison uses "Hippowdon" IconHippowdon and "Perrserker" IconPerrserker, while Jordan uses "Excadrill" IconExcadrill and "Lucario" IconLucario. At the start of the fight, Hippowdon’s Sand Stream will summon a sandstorm, which damages all Pokémon unless they’re Ground, Rock or Steel-types (which all of their Pokémon are).

In the right corner, Hippowdon is an evolved "Hippopotas" IconHippopotas. It can use Yawn to make your Pokémon fall asleep on the next turn. Try to focus your efforts on it first. Next up is Perrserker, an evolved Galarian "Meowth" IconMeowth. It can use Fake Out for a turn 1 flinch and Swagger to confuse your Pokémon.

In the left corner, Excadrill is an evolved "Drilbur" IconDrilbur. It loves to use Dig to hide underground for one turn, hoping the sandstorm exhausts your Pokémon. It’s weak to Water, Fire, Ground and Fighting. Next is Lucario, an evolved "Riolu" IconRiolu. It’s weak to Fire, Ground and Fighting.

Head right from the camp site, through the narrow gap that’s easy to miss. At the very end, there’s a Terrain Extender up for grabs. Finally, go back left and exit via the northern tunnel. If you need a break, you can leave and fly back to the camp site from before.

Route 8 (Circhester Side)

This is a very short area, but there's a lot of new wildlife!

Wild Pokémon - Overworld

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Snom" IconSnom Ice/Bug 40%
"Snorunt" IconSnorunt Ice 25%
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice 20%
"Vanillish" IconVanillish Ice 10%
"Sawk" IconSawk (Sword only) Fighting 5%
"Throh" IconThroh (Shield only) Fighting 5%

Wild Pokémon - Random Encounters

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
"Snom" IconSnom Ice/Bug 40%
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice 25%
"Snover" IconSnover Grass/Ice 20%
"Delibird" IconDelibird Ice/Flying 10% (Sword), 15% (Shield)
"Darumaka" IconDarumaka (Sword only) Ice 5%

You’re still on Route 8, but the weather has taken a turn for the cold. Brr… Head north across the bridge going over the river. On the other side, there are patches of tall grass towards the north and the east. Meanwhile, the exit is located between them, to the north-east. Just be mindful of a policeman standing to the right.

Police Officer Bobby

Pokémon Level Type
"Arcanine" IconArcanine 37 Fire
"Boltund" IconBoltund 37 Electric

Bobby has two canine friends. First up is "Arcanine" IconArcanine, an evolved "Growlithe" IconGrowlithe. Pay attention to its Intimidate ability, which reduces your Pokémon’s Attack. Next is "Boltund" IconBoltund, which is an evolved "Yamper" IconYamper. This one is carrying Nuzzle, which it may use to paralyse its opponents.

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    Pokemon Company International
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    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    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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