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Pokémon: Sword & Shield


Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Digging Ma

This hard hat-wearing lady is standing to the right of the first bridge when arriving from the Soothing Wetlands. She’ll gift you with one Armorite Ore, while asking if you want to gamble that ore. Choose “yes” and she’ll try to dig for additional ore. But everytime you continue, there’s a chance you’ll lose all your ore, including the one she would’ve given you.

Choose “no” at any time to back out and receive your ore(s). Afterwards, she’ll appear in random spots throughout the Isle of Armor, offering the same deal. Unless you’re feeling lucky, we suggest refusing to gamble and claiming the one ore at the start. Not because we’ve been burned multiple times or something…


Sludge Wave deals special-based Poison damage. It also hits all Pokémon (including yours) in a Double Battle.

Item Location
Hyper Potion From the Soothing Wetlands entrance, ignore the bridge and head further in, until you’ve gone past some tall grass. It’s next to a berry tree to the left of the tall grass.
TR78 Sludge Wave Towards the east side of the forest, before crossing the bridges Next to a tree and Pokémon Den at the end of a stretch of water (requires a water-traversing bike).
Leaf Stone Next to a berry tree at the far end of the forest, before crossing any of the bridges.
Shed Shell After crossing the second bridge (from the wetlands side), go straight ahead and follow the path as it goes around. Just before the tall grass, check one of the trees near the river.
Miracle Seed From the previous item, head for the second patch of tall grass. Enter the grass and navigate to the other side. You’ll find it on the left, just after the tall grass ends.

Berry Trees

Item Location
Sitrus Berry, Yellow Apricorn etc. Arriving from the Soothing Wetlands, a short distance to the right of the first bridge (wetlands side).
Sitrus Berry, Pink Apricorn etc. Continue deeper into the forest without crossing the first bridge. Turn left when you’ve gone past the tall grass. At the back.
Sitrus Berry, Black Apricorn etc. The deepest part of the forest, on the wetlands side.
Sitrus Berry, White Apricorn etc. After crossing the second bridge, a short distance to the right. Near the exit to the Training Lowlands.
Sitrus Berry, Blue Apricorn etc. Turn left after the second bridge. Near the riverbank.
Sitrus Berry, Yellow Apricorn etc. Go straight ahead from the second bridge and follow the curved path. On the right, past the first bunch of tall grass.
Sitrus Berry, Red Apricorn etc. From the previous tree, keep following the river. When the riverbank ends, turn right, towards the nearby Pokémon Den. This tree is a short distance ahead. Alternatively, it’s to the right when arriving from Challenge Beach.

Hidden Items

Apricorns can be combined using the Cram-o-Matic for a chance to create special Poké Balls.

Item Location
Tiny Mushroom, Red Apricorn etc. From Soothing Wetlands entrance, ignore the bridge. Next to tree with yellow flowers below it, along the left, after some red flowers and before the tall grass.
Sticky Barb, Yellow Apricorn etc. Next to red flowers, to the right of where the first patch of tall grass ends.
Green Apricorn. Tiny Mushroom etc. After the first patch of tall grass, turn left. Next to a small bush near where you turn the corner.
Blue Apricorn, Tiny Mushroom etc. Where there’s a stretch of water, next to tree with yellow flowers below it on the right.
Poké Ball, Great Ball, etc. From the previous item, large tree towards the right side of the path, just after the tall grass.
Sticky Barb, Big Mushroom etc. Next to a shrubbery towards the left of the second bridge (wetlands side).
Wishing Piece, Tiny Mushroom etc. Yellow flowers to the right of the second bridge (wetlands side).
Galarica Twig Next to tree on corner of raised land, near the bridge to the Training Lowlands. [Doesn’t always spawn.]
Galarica Twig After crossing the second bridge (from the wetlands side), go straight ahead. Just past the first bunch of red flowers on the right. [Doesn’t always spawn.]
Blue Apricorn, Pink Apricorn etc. After crossing second bridge, in yellow flowers on the right, next to a tree that’s on raised land. Near where the path straights out.
Tiny Mushroom, Pink Apricorn etc. After crossing second bridge, next to the first tree on the left, near the point where you can go up to the river.
Galarica Twig, Sticky Barb etc. From the previous item, behind large tree halfway along the riverbank.
White Apricorn, Tiny Mushroom etc. Next to large tree between the two patches of tall grass along the riverbank. There’s a berry tree close by.
Sticky Barb, Green Apricorn etc. Directly opposite the Challenge Beach entrance, on the ground near where there’s a branch in the path.
Pink Apricorn, Galarica Twig etc. Large tree that’s right near Challenge Beach entrance (when facing the beach).
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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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