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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Grassland Footprints (Virizion)

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

After discovering your first footprint, there’s a good chance the next prints you find belong to the Grassland Pokémon, "Virizion" IconVirizion. They’re small, but bright white, so they stand out in places that haven’t snowed. Even in places where there’s snow, they’re brighter than the snow itself and have a slight silhouette around them.

(1 of 3) Start by checking the snowfield outside Freezington.

Far as we can tell, Virizion’s footprints can be found in Frostpoint Field, near the transition to Giant’s Bed, Giant’s Bed and the Old Cemetery. They’re commonly found in Giant’s Bed, although the zone is quite large, so they can be spread around a lot more than "Cobalion" IconCobalion and "Terrakion" IconTerrakion’s prints.

Compared to the previous two Legendaries, hunting for Virizion’s prints will probably be more time-consuming and require more patient. You’ll likely need to scour the entirety of the Giant’s Bed, checking every nook and cranny. Hopefully you’ve got some good experience from looking for "Diglett" IconDiglett in the Isle of Armor!

Virizion is waiting just before the row of tall grass in front of the Old Cemetery.

When you’ve found 50 footprints and achieved 100% completion rate, you can breathe a sigh of relief. As usual, go and report your findings to Sonia back at Freezington. She’ll tell you that Virizion is somewhere in the Giant’s Bed. How helpful. Anyway, you want to head towards the area between the Iron Ruins and the Old Cemetery.

Legendary Pokémon

Pokémon Level Type
"Virizion" IconVirizion 70 Grass/Fighting

Of the trio, Virizion has great Sp. Defense, but poor Defense. Its other stats range from good to great, but it suffers from a 4x weakness to Flying. Offensively, it’s not as threatening as the other Swords of Justice. But this one also knows Swords Dance, so you still have to be careful.

Again, Virizion has two Fighting-type moves, which despite its lower Attack, can be a threat as time passes–and especially if it decides to sharpen its sword. Having a Ghost-type at the front of your party while you chuck Poké Balls would be a smart idea. As it knows Leaf Blade, a Ghost that also resists Grass is most welcome (eg. "Chandelure" IconChandelure).

If you weren’t a veteran Legendary Pokémon catcher, you should be one now! As a reminder, it helps a lot if you inflict Virizion with paralysis. A Pokémon that knows False Swipe is almost a necessity, unless you like living on the edge. Finally, check your supply of Poké Balls before you go out–particularly Ultra Balls.

On occasions, it may hail in the Giant’s Bed. Should this occur, you could wait until the next day, with the hope that the weather will improve. Or you could take matters in your hands. In that second scenario, please refer to our tactics for keeping Cobalion alive–the same ideas will work for Virizion.

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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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