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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (60%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (35%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (34%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (30%)
Elgyem Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Wobbuffet Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (5%)
Toxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (5%)
Cufant Steel All grass patches (1%)

Clear/Overcast/Raining/Heavy Fog - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Goldeen Water In the pond (55%)
Quilfish Water/Poison In the pond (30%)
Inkay Dark/Psychic In the pond (15%)

Overcast - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (50%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (35%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (35%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (25%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (15%)
Elgyem Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Croagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Sawk (Sword only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Throh (Shield only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Cufant Steel All grass patches (5%)

Raining - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (45%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (35%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (33%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (30%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (20%)
Toxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (15%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Cramorant Flying/Water All grass patches (2%)

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (70%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (30%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (25%)
Frillish Water/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Toxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (5%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (5%)

Thunderstorm/Intense Sun/Sandstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Quilfish Water/Poison In the pond (55%)
Goldeen Water In the pond (30%)
Inkay Dark/Psychic In the pond (15%)

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (50%)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (35%)
Maractus Grass All grass patches (35%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (20%)
Wobbuffet Psychic All grass patches (15%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (15%)
Baltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)
Cufant Steel All grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice Flying (50%)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (40%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (35%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (30%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (15%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (10%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (5%)

Snowing/Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice In the pond (50%)
Goldeen Water In the pond (20%)
Qwilfish Water/Poison In the pond (15%)
Inkay Dark/Psychic In the pond (15%)

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice Flying (50%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (40%)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (35%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (35%)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (10%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Cufant Steel All grass patches (10%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (5%)

Sandstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (55%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (35%)
Bronsly Rock All grass patches (40%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (25%)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (10%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Baltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Croagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Woobat Psychic/Flying Flying (65%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (30%)
Munna Psychic All grass patches (25%)
Noibat Flying/Dragon Flying (25%)
Elgyem Psychic All grass patches (20%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (10%)
Stufful 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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