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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

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

Immediately as you arrive, the Pokémon Center 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" IconBronzong. 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" IconImpidimp for your "Maractus" IconMaractus. 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" IconCramorant 29 Flying/Water
"Toxel" IconToxel 29 Electric/Poison
"Silicobra" IconSilicobra 30 Ground
"Drizzile" IconDrizzile (if you picked "Grookey" IconGrookey) 33 Water
"Thwackey" IconThwackey (if you picked "Scorbunny" IconScorbunny) 33 Grass
"Raboot" IconRaboot (if you picked "Sobble" IconSobble) 33 Fire

Hop has drastically changed his team. First, he’ll send out "Cramorant" IconCramorant. 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" IconToxel, 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" IconSilicobra, 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 Center. 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.

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.

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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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