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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Cavern Footprints (Terrakion)

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

The footprints belonging to the Cavern Pokémon, "Terrakion" IconTerrakion, are large, circular and dark in colour. They’re generally quite easy to spot, although they can camouflage in places with muddy terrain. It’s also easy to mistake them for rocks or pebbles. If in doubt, go and take a closer look–nobody will think you’re dumb for staring at pebbles.

(1 of 3) A few of these chunky footprints can be found by the river leading to Lake Ballimere at the Giant’s Bed.

From our observations, Terrakion’s footprints start from the southern edge of the Giant’s Bed, right near the river that leads to Ballimere Lake. They’re most commonly found in Ballimere Lake and inside the Lakeside Cave. The cave has the most dense distribution, but it’s small, so you’ll need to search the lake as well.

The Cavern Pokémon hiding inside… a cave? No way!

Once you’ve found 50 footprints and achieved 100% completion rate, report your results to Sonia back at Freezington. She’s in the middle house. Surprise, surprise, the Cavern Pokémon has made the Lakeside Cave its home. You’ll find the brutish beast roaming around the deepest part of the cave, which isn’t all that deep.

Legendary Pokémon

Pokémon Level Type
"Terrakion" IconTerrakion 70 Rock/Fighting

This bullish Legendary boasts excellent Attack and otherwise solid stats, besides its Sp. Attack, which it doesn’t need. Although it might look slow, it has above average Speed. So be wary if you’re using slower ’mons. It has the same attacks as "Cobalion" IconCobalion, but swapping Iron Head with Stone Edge.

Like Cobalion, going in without a plan (or overpowered Pokémon) is a recipe for disaster. Terrakion has high Attack already, but after a few uses of Sword Dance, it can easily one-shot Pokémon of a similar Level. A Ghost-type is ideal to nullify its Fighting-type moves. If it’s also Ground or Steel (like "Runerigus" IconRunerigus or "Aegislash" IconAegislash), even better.

Otherwise, follow the same plan with every other Legendary or hard-to-catch Pokémon. Start by inflicting paralysis, unless you have other ideas. Then slowly but surely weaken Terrakion down. Avoid Dark-type moves, as they will trigger Justified. If you KO Terrakion, pop into Pokémon Camp for a moment to respawn it.

When you’re content with Terrakion’s HP bar and there’s a suitable Pokémon ready to receive Terrakion’s punishment, go ahead and unleash your best Poké Balls. Since you’re inside a cave, you don’t have to worry about the weather getting in the way. You can also use Dusk Balls regardless of the time of day. Easy, peasy! (But it can still take ages.)

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    Pokemon Company International
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    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2024
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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.

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  • 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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