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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 06-12-2019 / 15:30 GMT
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Pokémon: Sword & Shield Guide

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The Gym Challenge (Part 2)

Stow-on-Side

Stow-on-Side sounds very British, but it doesn't look very British!

Immediately as you arrive, the Pokémon Centre will be on the left. Inside, speak to the guy on the left. He’ll give you 2 Fossilized Bird (Sword) or 2 Fossilized Drake (Shield). Even if you haven’t found any fossils in the Wild Area, you should have enough to create a fossil Pokémon. Assuming you found the fossils on Route 6. If so, fly back to Route 6 to restore your fossils.

Outside, head west. You’ll arrive at the Street Market. The guy in the middle will be selling a rare item, which changes daily. He’ll also let you know what he’s selling on the next day. In case you’re a day late, he’ll sell the rare item from yesterday, but at an increased price. Meanwhile, the guy on the left will buy one treasure from you for an increased price. Again, it changes daily.

Keep going west. There’s a crowd gathered around a Bronzong. Uh, is that even safe? Anyway, go towards the bottom-left corner to find a ladder going down. Obviously, you’ll want to go down it. There will be another ladder on the right. When you reach the bottom-most level, go right and search the sacks for 3 Rare Bones. Dubious… Climb up the right-hand side ladder.

If a Pokémon holding this is hit by a contact move, the opposing Pokémon will lose 1/6 of their maximum HP.

Grab the Rocky Helmet up here, then jump off the ledge on the left. Climb up the ladder back to the top level. On the left is a house you can visit. Go west through the tight space along the bottom of the house. On the other side, head north and climb up the ladder at the end. You’ll be up on the rooftops. Next, go up the ladder on the right.

Go down the wooden ramp. There’s a man sitting dangerously on the edge of the roof who wants to trade his Impidimp for your Maractus. You can encounter Maractus on Route 6. Meanwhile, Impidimp is pretty hard to find until you reach Glimwood Tangle. Also, it’s a Dark and Fairy-type, so it could be somewhat useful for the upcoming Fighting or Ghost-type Gym.

Anyway, search the right of the sacks along the north for a hidden Metal Coat. Then hop over the ledge on the left. Continue left and retrieve TM74 Venoshock next to the pile of bricks and wood. Finally, jump over the ledges below. Go back down the ladder and make your way back to the crowd of people. Head over to the top-left corner and search the sacks for 2 X Sp. Atks.

Now go over to Hop who’s standing below the steps to the north. Guess what? It’s battle time!

Pokémon Trainer Hop

Pokémon Level Type
Cramorant 29 Flying/Water
Toxel 29 Electric/Poison
Silicobra 30 Ground
Drizzile (if you picked Grookey) 33 Water
Thwackey (if you picked Scorbunny) 33 Grass
Raboot (if you picked Sobble) 33 Fire

Hop has drastically changed his team. First, he’ll send out Cramorant. This watery fowl takes 4x damage from Electric and double damage from Rock. If allowed, it can use Dive to hide underwater for one turn. This will also make it hold a Pokémon in its mouth, which it will spit out and cause damage if it gets hit.

Next, he may send out Toxel, a baby Electric and Poison-type. It takes 4x damage from Ground and double damage from Psychic. Beware of Nuzzle, which is a weak move but causes paralysis.

He’s also got a Silicobra, a Ground-type that’s native to Route 6. Grass, Water or Ice-types would be perfect here. Watch out for Glare, which again can cause paralysis.

Finally, he’s got his starter, which is the only thing he hasn’t thrown out. As usual, you’ll probably want to decimate it with your own starter. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

After the battle, you’ll receive Bea’s League Card (Sword) or Allister’s League Card (Shield). Before going anywhere else, enter the house on the left. Chat to the man standing by the stove to receive TM06 Fly. Leave the house, then begin going up the steps. If you look on the right, there should be a ladder on the side of the wall.

Climb this ladder to reach a roof behind some houses. Around here, there’s a Cracked Pot that you can grab. If you go right, there’s a series of ledges leading back to the Pokémon Centre. Instead, go back down the ladder. Then continue up the steps towards the entrance of Stow-on-Side Stadium.

You can enter Glimwood Tangle right now, although you can't wander too far.

Early Glimwood Tangle (Kind of)

If you head east from the stadium, you’ll eventually reach Glimwood Tangle. Strangely, there’s nobody blocking the way, so you could go there if you want. However, once you enter, you’ll find the expected Team Yell roadblock.

Still, there is some tall grass nearby (although not a lot) where you can find wild Pokémon. Just be wary that some Pokémon may be slightly too high Level to catch right now.

Meanwhile, to the west of the stadium are a set of stairs leading up to the Historic Site. After going up the first bunch of stairs, you’ll arrive at a circular area, with an adult and child on the right. Search along the left side for a hidden Max Revive. If you’re curious, continue up the rest of the stairs to see the infamous mural. Otherwise, go back and enter the stadium.

Fighting or Ghost Gym

Depending on if you’re playing Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, the next Gym will be different. In Sword, you’ll challenge the Fighting-type Gym, led by Bea. Meanwhile, in Shield, you’ll have to go through Allister’s Ghost-type Gym. Make sure you’re reading the correct pages of our guide!

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    6 December 2019
    Version History
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