Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Random Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

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Name Type Encounter Rate
Seedot (Sword only) Grass 40%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass 40%
Budew Grass/Poison 35%
Bunnelby Normal 20%
Bounsweet Grass 5%

Overcast

Name Type Encounter Rate
Stufful Normal/Fighting 40%
Stunky Poison/Dark 35%
Seedot (Sword only) Grass 20%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass 20%
Budew Grass/Poison 5%

Raining

Name Type Encounter Rate
Tympole Water 40%
Grubbin Bug 35%
Seedot (Sword only) Grass 20%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass 20%
Budew Grass/Poison 5%

Thunderstorm

Name Type Encounter Rate
Joltik Bug/Electric 40%
Grubbin Bug 35%
Seedot (Sword only) Grass 20%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass 20%
Budew Grass/Poison 5%

Intense Sun

Name Type Encounter Rate
Vulpix (Sword only) Fire 40%
Growlithe (Shield only) Fire 40%
Mudbray Ground 35%
Bunnelby Normal 20%
Budew Grass/Poison 5%

Snowing

Name Type Encounter Rate
Snover Grass/Ice 40%
Vanillite Ice 35%
Snorunt Ice 20%
Bunnelby Normal 5%

Snowstorm

Name Type Location Encounter Rate
Snorunt Ice 40%
Vanillite Ice 35%
Klink Steel 20%
Bunnelby Normal 5%

Sandstorm

Name Type Encounter Rate
Baltoy Ground/Psychic 40%
Golett Ground/Ghost 35%
Bunnelby Normal 20%
Bounsweet Grass 5%

Heavy Fog

Name Type Encounter Rate
Ralts Psychic/Fairy 40%
Seedot (Sword only) Grass 35%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass 35%
Purrloin Dark 20%
Budew Grass/Poison 5%

Berry Trees

Name Type Encounter Rate
Skwovet Normal 70%
Cherubi Grass 30%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    7 March 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author

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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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