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Pokémon: Sword & Shield


Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Never again…

Welcome to what is probably the most soul-crushing part of the Isle of Armor, especially for completionists. When you reach the bridge that leads to the Master Dojo, you’ll be roped into rescuing 150 Alolan "Diglett" IconDiglett that have gone AWOL (151 if you count the initial one). These pesky things are hiding everywhere, but not inside buildings–only in the wild open.

You can identify Diglett by the tip of their brown heads, as well as their iconic three stands of hairs (or whiskers). Once you’ve discovered a Diglett, you need to go right up close to them, then press the A button to uncover them. There is no button prompt, so you can’t accidentally stumble upon them–you’ll need to use your eyes.


Of course, you’ll be rewarded for rescuing the sneaky things–and the rewards are pretty spiffy as well. You can obtain Alolan form Pokémon, which debuted in Sun and Moon, plus Kantonian (original) forms of Pokémon with Galarian forms. All of these Pokémon have their Hidden Ability too!

"Diglett" IconDiglett Found Pokémon Type
5+ Alolan "Meowth" IconMeowth Dark
10+ "Slowpoke" IconSlowpoke Water/Psychic
20+ Alolan Vulpox Ice
30+ Alolan "Sandshrew" IconSandshrew Ice/Steel
40+ Alolan "Raichu" IconRaichu Electric/Psychic
50+ Alolan "Marowak" IconMarowak Fire/Ghost
75+ Alolan "Exeggutor" IconExeggutor Grass/Dragon
100+ (if you started with "Grookey" IconGrookey) "Rowlet" IconRowlet Grass
100+ (if you started with "Scorbunny" IconScorbunny) "Litten" IconLitten Fire
100+ (if you started with "Sobble" IconSobble) "Popplio" IconPopplio Water
150 Alolan "Diglett" IconDiglett Ground/Steel


After finding a Diglett, the game will tell you how many Diglett remain in your current zone. This is useful so you know when to stop looking. If you’ve forgotten how many remain, you can check the small signboard to the left of the Diglett owner. It will provide information on the remaining Diglett in all 16 zones.

If possible, we highly recommend focusing on discovering all the Diglett in one zone, before proceeding to the next. That way, you don’t need to go back to previous zones and try to remember which ones you’ve already found. Also, avoid looking for Diglett in poor weather conditions, such as rain or sandstorm. Standard or sunny weather is best.

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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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