Don’t throw Archen off a cliff; it’s too heavy to fly.

Clear - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 24% [Sword], 31% [Shield]
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 15% [Sword], 23% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Centiskorch Fire/Bug 15%
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Gurdurr Fighting 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Minus Snowing and Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Encounter Rate
Barboarch Water/Ground 25%
Basculin Water 25%
Magikarp Water 25%
Omanyte [Sword] Rock/Water 24%
Kabuto [Shield] Rock/Water 24%
Feebas Water 1%

Overcast - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 24% [Sword], 31% [Shield]
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 15% [Sword], 23% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Swablu Normal/Flying 15%
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Phantump Ghost/Grass 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Raining - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Araquanid Water/Bug 25%
Copperajah Steel 24% [Sword], 31% [Shield]
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 15% [Sword], 23% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 19% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Araquanid Water/Bug 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 10% [Sword], 18% [Shield]
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Galvantula Bug/Electric 10%
Electabuzz Electric 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 24% [Sword], 31% [Shield]
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 15% [Sword], 23% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Centiskorch Fire/Bug 15%
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Magmar Fire 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Snowing - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 22% [Sword], 29% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 12% [Sword], 20% [Shield]
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Cryogonal Ice 10%
Vanillish Ice 10%
Snorunt Ice 10%
Audino Normal 1%

Snowing and Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Encounter Rate
Barboarch Water/Ground 20%
Basculin Water 20%
Magikarp Water 20%
Omanyte [Sword] Rock/Water 20%
Kabuto [Shield] Rock/Water 20%
Vanillish Ice 19%
Feebas Water 1%

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 19% [Sword], 26% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 10% [Sword], 18% [Shield]
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Cryogonal Ice 10%
Vanillish Ice 10%
Snorunt Ice 10%
Absol Dark 5%
Audino Normal 1%

Fog - Land

Name Type Encounter Rate
Copperajah Steel 24% [Sword], 31% [Shield]
Bronzong Steel/Psychic 15% [Sword], 23% [Shield]
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock 15%
Archen Rock/Flying 10%
Claydol Ground/Psychic 10%
Hattrem Psychic 10%
Morgrem Dark/Fairy 10%
Mimikyu Ghost/Fairy 5%
Audino Normal 1%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    25 November 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author

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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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