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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear/Overcast

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (60%)
Kingler Water All grass patches (25%)
Axew Dragon All grass patches (10%)
Machoke Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Raining

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Crawdaunt Water/Dark All grass patches (60%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
Axew Dragon All grass patches (10%)
Seismitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Seismitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (60%)
Crawdaunt Water/Dark All grass patches (25%)
Kingler Water All grass patches (10%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Intense Sun

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Crustle Bug/Rock All grass patches (60%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
Mudsdale Ground All grass patches (10%)
Vulpix (Sword only) Fire All grass patches (5%)
Growlithe (Shield only) Fire All grass patches (5%)

Snowing

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Snover Grass/Ice All grass patches (60%)
Vanillish Ice All grass patches (25%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Delibird Ice/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Snowstorm

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Snover Grass/Ice All grass patches (60%)
Bronzong Steel/Psychic All grass patches (25%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Vanillish Ice All grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Mudsdale Ground All grass patches (60%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
Crustle Bug/Rock All grass patches (10%)
Claydol Ground/Psychic All grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Drifblim Ghost/Flying All grass patches (60%)
Claydol Ground/Psychic All grass patches (25%)
Axew Dragon All grass patches (10%)
Bewear Normal/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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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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