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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

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Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

There’s an exceedingly low chance of finding Feebas when traveling across water.

Clear - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Dubwool Normal 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 12% [Sword], 17% [Shield]
Gurdurr Fighting 10%
Eevee Normal 5%
Audino Normal 1%

All except Snow/Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Encounter Rate
Barboarch Water/Ground 33%
Basculin Water 33%
Magikarp Water 33%
Feebas Water 1%

Overcast - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Swablu Normal/Flying 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 12% [Sword], 17% [Shield]
Linoone (Galarian) Dark/Normal 10%
Lampent Ghost/Fire 5%
Audino Normal 1%

Raining - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Araquanid Water/Bug 30%
Nidoran (M) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 12% [Sword], 17% [Shield]
Audino Normal 1%

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 12% [Sword], 17% [Shield]
Araquanid Water/Bug 10%
Electabuzz Electric 10%
Galvantula Bug/Electric 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 19% [Sword], 24% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 19% [Sword], 24% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Dubwool Normal 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 11% [Sword], 16% [Shield]
Magmar Fire 10%
Heatmor Fire 5%
Durant Bug/Steel 5%
Audino Normal 1%

Snowing - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 21% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 12% [Sword], 17% [Shield]
Cryogonal Ice 10%
Vanillish Ice 10%
Snorunt Ice 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Snowing and Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Encounter Rate
Barboarch Water/Ground 25%
Basculin Water 25%
Magikarp Water 25%
Vanillish Ice 24%
Feebas Water 1%

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 19% [Sword], 24% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 19% [Sword], 24% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 11% [Sword], 16% [Shield]
Cryogonal Ice 10%
Vanillish Ice 10%
Snorunt Ice 10%
Absol Dark 5%
Audino Normal 1%

Fog - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nidoran (M) Poison 17% [Sword], 22% [Shield]
Nidoran (F) Poison 17% [Sword], 22% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Hattrem Psychic 10%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 10% [Sword], 15% [Shield]
Morgrem Dark/Fairy 10%
Lampent Ghost/Fire 10%
Clefairy Fairy 5%
Mimikyu Ghost/Fairy 5%
Audino Normal 1%

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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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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