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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 / 09:41 GMT

You can encounter Politoed when it's raining. Saves you having to trade a Poliwhirl with a King's Rock.

Postgame Scaling

After defeating the Champion, all Pokémon will be scaled to at least Level 60.

Clear Weather

Name Type Level
Bouffalant Normal 20
Lickilicky Normal 27
Lopunny Normal 22
Rockruff Rock 15
Quagsire Water/Ground 20
Drapion Poison/Dark 22
Drednaw Water/Rock 20
Comfey Fairy 15

Overcast

Name Type Level
Bouffalant Normal 20
Drapion Poison/Dark 22
Malamar Dark/Psychic 26
Zorua Dark 15
Quagsire Water/Ground 20
Drednaw Water/Rock 20
Scraggy [Sword] Dark/Fighting 20
Croagunk [Shield] Poison/Fighting 20

Raining

Name Type Level
Bouffalant Normal 20
Drapion Poison/Dark 22
Malamar Dark/Psychic 26
Quagsire Water/Ground 20
Lickilicky Normal 27
Marill Water/Fairy 15
Poliwhirl Water 20
Politoed Water 32

Thunderstorm

Name Type Level
Bouffalant Normal 20
Luxray Electric 32
Luxio Electric 20
Raichu Electric 26
Pikachu Electric 15
Marill Water/Fairy 15
Poliwhirl Water 20
Politoed Water 32

Intense Sun

Name Type Level
Bouffalant Normal 20
Talonflame Fire/Flying 32
Lilligant Grass 22
Fletchinder Fire/Flying 20
Comfey Fairy 15
Drednaw Water/Rock 20
Quagsire Water/Ground 20

Sandstorm

Name Type Level
Bouffalant Normal 20
Lickilicky Normal 27
Lopunny Normal 22
Comfey Fairy 15
Quagsire Water/Ground 20
Drapion Poison/Dark 22
Drednaw Water/Rock 20

Fog

Name Type Level
Kadabra Psychic 20
Wigglytuff Normal/Fairy 27
Blissey Normal 22
Zorua Dark 15
Quagsire Water/Ground 20
Azumarill Water/Fairy 21
Comfey Fairy 15
Poliwhirl Water 20

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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