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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Galarian Moltres at the Isle of Armor

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

You want Moltres to spawn near the Master Dojo with enough time for you to get in front.

After disturbing the Legendary birds at Dyna Tree Hill, Galarian "Moltres" IconMoltres will decide to take a vacation at the Isle of Armor. As far as we can tell, Moltres does a anti-clockwise loop of the island. If it’s nearby, you can hear its cry when you enter or re-enter the area.

Similar to "Articuno" IconArticuno, rather than taking the taxi to random areas of the island, we suggest sticking to one place (i.e. keep flying to the same location). The easiest spot seems to be near the Master Dojo (at the Fields of Honor). When you arrive, run towards the road and face the sea.

If Moltres spawns close by, all you have to do is get in front of it. Hopefully, Moltres will notice you and stop mid-flight, with an exclamation mark above its head. After a brief while, it’ll then attack you. However, if you don’t get in front, Moltres will fly faster than you can bike, so don’t bother chasing it.

Legendary Pokémon

Pokémon Level Type
"Moltres" IconMoltres (Galarian) 70 Dark/Flying

Like Articuno, Galarian Moltres went from zero to (relative) hero. With its Dark/Flying typing, Moltres is weak to Electric, Rock, Ice and Fairy. In terms of attacks, it can unleash Fiery Wrath, which can cause flinch, Hurricane, Sucker Punch and Nasty Plot. When an attack lowers it HP below 50%, its Sp. Attack will go up.

We recommend having a Fairy-type take the brunt of Moltres’s attacks. A Dark-type could also work. Like Articuno, you’ll want to be mindful of Hurricane, but it only has 5 charges and will probably miss some of them. If you want to be extra careful, "Klefki" IconKlefki is a Steel-type on top of being Fairy, so it’ll resist all of Moltres’s moves. Sword players have an even better option in "Zacian" IconZacian.

Since this battle can last a while (with you chipping Moltres’s HP and chucking Poké Balls), be wary of Moltres’s boosted Special Attack–primarily from Nasty Plot, but also from Berserk. This can cause even its resisted moves to hurt and, for most Fairy and Dark-types, turn Hurricane into a major threat.

A Pokémon that can lower Moltres’s stats or cancel its stat boosts might be useful here. Galarian "Weezing" IconWeezing is a Fairy-type that can learn Haze (which cancels stat boosts). You could catch one wandering around (eg. at East Lake Axewell) and give it some candy to get it up to speed.

Living the nice-looking Poké Ball life can be suffering sometimes.

Besides that, you should know what to do. Lower its HP as much as you can, cripple it with paralysis etc., then get into position to unleash a barrage of your best Poké Balls. Hmm, but its colour does suit Luxury Balls… (No, don’t do this unless you’re really persistent!)

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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.

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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