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Overworld and Strong Pokémon Data

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Overworld Encounters

Is there anyone who missed bumping into "Zubat" IconZubat in caves?

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Zubat" IconZubat Poison/Flying 40%
"Carbink" IconCarbink Rock/Fairy 24%
"Snorunt" IconSnorunt Ice 20%
"Bagon" IconBagon [Sword] Dragon 10%
"Gible" IconGible [Shield] Dragon/Ground 10%
"Clefairy" IconClefairy Fairy 5%
"Audino" IconAudino Normal 1%

Strong Pokémon

We're not afraid–not with our cute dragon-slayer behind us.

Name Type Level
"Zubat" IconZubat Poison/Flying 63
"Bagon" IconBagon [Sword] Dragon 65
"Gible" IconGible [Shield] Dragon/Ground 65
"Froslass" IconFroslass Ice/Ghost 65
"Salamence" IconSalamence [Sword] Dragon/Flying 68
"Garchomp" IconGarchomp [Shield] Dragon/Ground 68
"Carbink" IconCarbink Rock/Fairy 65
"Golbat" IconGolbat Poison/Flying 65
"Clefable" IconClefable Fairy 65
"Druddigon" IconDruddigon Dragon 65


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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    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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