• Clear - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (50%)
OddishGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (35%)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
BounsweetGrassAll grass patches (15%)
  • Clear/Intense Sun - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (55%)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the lake (25%)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (15%)
GoldeenWaterIn the lake (5%)
  • Overcast - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (75%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (50%)
PachamFightingAll grass patches (35%)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (25%)
OddishGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (15%)
  • Overcast/Heavy Fog - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the lake (55%)
GoldeenWaterIn the lake (25%)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (15%)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (5%)
  • Raining - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
WingullWater/FlyingAll grass patches (50%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
GrubbinBugAll grass patches (15%)
  • Raining - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (45%)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the lake (35%)
GoldeenWaterIn the lake (15%)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (5%)
  • Thunderstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
ElectrikeElectricAll grass patches (60%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (25%)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
OddishGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
PachamFightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Thunderstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ChinchouWater/ElectricIn the lake (70%)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (15%)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (10%)
GoldeenWaterIn the lake (5%)
  • Intense Sun - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
MudbrayGroundAll grass patches (60%)
Vulpix (Sword only)FireAll grass patches (25%)
Growlithe (Shield only)FireAll grass patches (25)%
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (10%)
PachamFightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
SnoverGrass/IceAll grass patches (60%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (25%)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
PachamFightingAll grass patches (10%)
SnoruntIceAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceIn the lake (40%)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the lake (30%)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (20%)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (10%)
  • Snowstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
SnoruntIceAll grass patches (60%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (25%)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
PachamFightingAll grass patches (15%)
  • Snowstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceIn the lake (75%)
GoldeenWaterIn the lake (15%)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (5%)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (5%)
  • Sandstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (75%)
BaltoyGround/PsychicAll grass patches (60%)
MudbrayGroundAll grass patches (25%)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (25%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (10%)
PachamFightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Sandstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GoldeenWaterIn the lake (55%)
ShellderWaterIn the lake (30%)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the lake (10%)
WingullWater/FlyingIn the lake (5%)
  • Heavy Fog - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
PidoveNormal/FlyingFlying (75%)
MunnaPsychicAll grass patches (60%)
StuffulNormal/FightingAll grass patches (25%)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingFlying (25%)
OddishGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (15%)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    25 November 2020
    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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