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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 09-07-2020 / 17:46 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 10-07-2020 / 08:23 GMT

Dunsparce can be found on the overworld as well, but it's rarer and liable to flee when agitated.

Clear, Sandstorm and Fog

Name Type Encounter Rate
Shelmet Bug 30%
Skorupi Poison/Bug 30%
Dunsparce Normal 30%
Happiny Normal 10%

Overcast

Name Type Encounter Rate
Shelmet Bug 30%
Skorupi Poison/Bug 30%
Dunsparce Normal 15%
Pawniard Dark/Steel 15%
Happiny Normal 10%

Raining and Thunderstorm

Name Type Encounter Rate
Shelmet Bug 30%
Skorupi Poison/Bug 30%
Dunsparce Normal 15%
Corphish Water 15%
Happiny Normal 10%

Intense Sun

Name Type Encounter Rate
Shelmet Bug 30%
Skorupi Poison/Bug 30%
Dunsparce Normal 15%
Fomantis Grass 15%
Happiny Normal 10%

Berry Trees

Name Type Encounter Rate
Skwovet Normal 70%
Applin Grass/Dragon 30%

Fishing

Name Type Encounter Rate
Magikarp Water 50%
Barboach Water/Ground 40%
Whiscash Water/Ground 10%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    9 July 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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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.

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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