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Pokémon: Sword & Shield


Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

It was inevitable that a crafting feature would be added to the games.

The Cram-o-matic is a "Cramorant" IconCramorant-shaped machine located in the right-most room of the Master Dojo. After introducing yourself to the people at the dojo, you can give Hyde 500 Watts (a token amount) to power up the Cram-o-matic. Afterwards, you can use it for free.

How the Cram-o-matic works is that you combine four items (can be anything from the “berries”, “other items” or “treasures” tabs) to create a different item. Naturally, the item that you get out depends on the combination of items put in–in other words, the recipe. To make things easier, if you speak to Hyde, you can pay him 100 Watts to learn a recipe that will produce a specific item.

Recipes are divided into three types.

Simple Recipes: These recipes require 3+ of the same item and will have a guaranteed result, if done right. For example, 3 Bottle Caps (inserted as the first, third and fourth item) guarantees a Gold Bottle Cap.

Apricorn Recipes: If you insert 4 coloured Apricorns (eg. Pink Apricorn), you’ll receive one of a variety of Poké Balls. The Poké Ball you get is random; there’s a very small chance you’ll get a special, cosmetic ball such as a Love Ball.

General Recipes: More commonly, if the combination of items doesn’t fall into the above categories, the item you receive will depend on the “type” of the first item and the combined “value” of all four items. If you repeat the same recipe, you’ll get the same item.

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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    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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