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Pokémon: Sword & Shield


Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Giant Wailord

If you’ve got a Wailord already, you could leave this one here as scenery.

Opposite Armor Station, there’s a massive "Wailord" IconWailord out in the sea. There’s no way you can miss it. Unlike other Pokémon you’ll find on the overworld, this Wailord is much higher Level than normal. Also, as far as we can tell, it does not respawn after battling it.

Name Type Level
"Wailord" IconWailord Water 80

Lady Clear

After progressing through the Isle of Armor storyline, Lady Clear will appear on one of the circle-shaped islets near the Fields of Honor, parallel to the Master Dojo. You can reach here by traveling left from the shore opposite Armor Station. If you pay her 10 Armorite Ore, she’ll wipe all the EVs from a chosen Pokémon.

If you don’t know what EVs are, please refer to our Effort Values (EVs) page. To quickly summarise, EVs are hidden stats gained by battling Pokémon or consuming vitamins (eg. Calcium). EVs slightly boost a Pokémon’s stats (eg. HP), but there’s an individual cap for each stat and an overall cap.

Ditto Island

Beyond Lady Clear, near the furthest edge of the zone, there’s an island with three trees. This seemingly inconspicuous island can be very useful for budding Pokémon breeders! Firstly, the island is littered with "Ditto" IconDitto, which are useful for breeding, as they can substitute the mother or the father.

Additionally, the Pokémon Den on this island has a very high chance of spawning Ditto raids; the Ditto from these raids have high IVs at high ☆ rarities. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a Destiny Knot item here, which increases the number of inherited IVs from 3 to 5. All that’s missing is a Daycare Centre!

Galarica Cuff Lady

Near where this zone terminates and Stepping-Stone Sea begins, there’s an island with an archway. The quickest way to get here is by heading right from shore opposite Armor Station. Standing by the entrance of the island is a lady who will combine 8 Galarica Twigs into a Galarica Cuff.

The Galarica Cuff can be given to a Galarian "Slowpoke" IconSlowpoke to evolve it into Galarian "Slowbro" IconSlowbro. You have a random chance of finding Galarica Twigs when searching the base of trees, all across the Isle of Armor. Also, you can get a Poke and Bro Boatneck Sweatshirt if you have a Galarian Slowpoke and Slowbro in your party.


Overheat deals hefty Fire-type damage, but lowers the user’s Special Attack.

Item Location
Calcium From Armor Station, head straight towards the ocean. Swim to the circle-shaped islet just ahead. This item’s in the middle of the islet.
Destiny Knot From the bottle of Calcium, turn so the mainland is on your left. Then swim all the way to the island with three trees (may look like two). Next to the right-most boulder near the centre of the island.
Dubious Disc On a circle-shaped islet far out into the sea. It’s parallel to the Master Dojo and there may be a gigantic "Wailord" IconWailord nearby. If you’re at "Ditto" IconDitto Island, swim to the rocky island that’s also far out; this islet is just ahead.
Rare Candy From the Dubious Disc islet, turn so the mainland is on your right. Then travel forward. Past where the "Wailord" IconWailord may be, there’s a den, then an islet with a boulder. The candy is next to the boulder.
TR43 Overheat From the islet with Calcium, turn right so the mainland is on your right. Travel forward, past a rocky island with a Pokémon Den nearby. Head for the island with an archway. It’s where the Galarica Cuff lady is. Upon arrival, go along the narrow path to the left.

Berry Trees

Item Location
Tomato Berry On the island with three trees. Also known as “"Ditto" IconDitto Island”, due to the abundant wild "Ditto" IconDitto.
Kelpsy Berry From the island with the Galarica Cuff lady, face the mainland. There should be a secluded shore, near the tip of the mainland. Swim to that shore and you’ll find this tree along the centre.

Hidden Items

Feathers are extremely common in the sea. They increase EVs for a particular stat by 1, which is a minuscule amount.

Item Location
Soft Sand, Stardust etc. From Armor Station, head straight towards the ocean. Swim to the circle-shaped islet just ahead. Search the sand to find up to two items.
Revive From the circle-shaped islet, with your back facing Armor Station, turn slightly left. Swim towards the longer islet directly ahead. Then search the sand around the bottom half of that islet.
Stardust Search the sand above the Pokémon Den at the top half of the same islet.
Big Mushroom, Galarica Twig etc. Now swim to the island with three trees ("Ditto" IconDitto Island). Search the base of the tree nearest the mainland.
Revive, Star Piece etc. On the same island, head for the shore that’s nearest the mainland. It’s in the sand about halfway across. If you face the three trees, it’s around the point where the middle tree is exactly halfway between the other trees.
Repeat Ball From the previous item, if you’re facing the three trees, go up to the boulder just before the Pokémon Den and search behind it. It’s near a red flowerbed.
Galarica Twig, Repeat Ball etc. Search the base of the tree nearest the Pokémon Den.
Figy Berry, Wishing Piece etc. Walk over to the nearby boulder that’s among the tall grass, and check behind it.
Stardust Revive etc. From the previous two items, head for the corner of the island that’s in the opposite direction of the Fields of Honor. Carefully search the sand here.
Armorite Ore, Repeat Ball etc. Check behind the boulder near the very centre of the island (the side that’s nearer the tall grass).
Resist Feather From "Ditto" IconDitto Island, swim towards the circle-shaped rocky island that’s faraway from the mainland. If the mainland is on your right, it’s towards the left. Slowly search near the perimeter of this island to find a bunch of these feathers. Note that there are more feathers in the middle of the sea, but it’s not worth searching for them.
Stardust, Star Piece etc. From the rocky island, with the mainland on your right, travel forward. You’ll find a nearby islet with the Dubious Disc. Keep going in the same direction. After going past a Pokémon Den, land on the islet with a boulder. Search the front and back of the boulder for two items.
Swift Feather, Pretty Feather etc. We recommend going back to the first islet, opposite Armor Station. Turn so Armor Station/the mainland is on your right. Then swim to the rocky island straight ahead. There’s a Pokémon Den on its right. Similar to that other island, you can find lots of feathers if you patiently comb the perimeter.
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    Pokemon Company International
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    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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