Compass Directions

Since there’s no in-game compass, please treat “north” as the direction that’s straight ahead when you arrive here from Warm-Up Tunnel. So going back to the tunnel would mean going “south”.

Items

This hold item damages the opponent if they use a direct-contact move. Combine it with Rough Skin for double the pain.

Item Location
Smooth Rock Next to boulder to the right of the entrance.
Rocky Helmet Towards the north-west, in front of a boulder that’s away from the cliff wall.
Flame Orb Between a pair of trees towards the north, west from the largest sand dune.
Fire Stone Towards the far north, next to tree along the western cliff wall.
Protector In front of a boulder at the northernmost part of the desert, halfway across.
TR87 Drill Run Near a boulder towards the far north-east. There’s a Pokémon Den nearby.

Hidden Items

Hidden Items

These appear as sparkling spots all over the place, usually near trees, rocks and other objects. Please note that the hidden item you obtain may be different to what’s listed, as some items are randomised. Also, hidden items will respawn each day.

This is an item meant to be held by Cubone, Marowak or Alolan Marowak, doubling their Attack stat.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    23 December 2020
    Version History
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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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