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Overworld Encounter Data

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Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (50%)
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison All grass patches (35%)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (15%)

Clear/Intense Sun - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (55%)
"Frillish" IconFrillish Water/Ghost In the lake (25%)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (15%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (5%)

Overcast - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (75%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (50%)
Pacham Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (25%)
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison All grass patches (15%)

Overcast/Heavy Fog - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Frillish" IconFrillish Water/Ghost In the lake (55%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (25%)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (15%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Raining - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying All grass patches (50%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
"Grubbin" IconGrubbin Bug All grass patches (15%)

Raining - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (45%)
"Frillish" IconFrillish Water/Ghost In the lake (35%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (15%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Electrike" IconElectrike Electric All grass patches (60%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Pacham Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Chinchou" IconChinchou Water/Electric In the lake (70%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (15%)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (10%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (5%)

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Mudbray" IconMudbray Ground All grass patches (60%)
"Vulpix" IconVulpix (Sword only) Fire All grass patches (25%)
"Growlithe" IconGrowlithe (Shield only) Fire All grass patches (25)%
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Pacham Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Snover" IconSnover Grass/Ice All grass patches (60%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
Pacham Fighting All grass patches (10%)
"Snorunt" IconSnorunt Ice All grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice In the lake (40%)
"Frillish" IconFrillish Water/Ghost In the lake (30%)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (20%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (10%)

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Snorunt" IconSnorunt Ice All grass patches (60%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
Pacham Fighting All grass patches (15%)

Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice In the lake (75%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (15%)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (5%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Sandstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying Flying (75%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (60%)
"Mudbray" IconMudbray Ground All grass patches (25%)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (25%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Pacham Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (55%)
"Shellder" IconShellder Water In the lake (30%)
"Frillish" IconFrillish Water/Ghost In the lake (10%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Heavy Fog - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying Flying (75%)
"Munna" IconMunna Psychic All grass patches (60%)
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (25%)
Butterfree Bug/Flying Flying (25%)
Oddish Grass/Poison All grass patches (15%)

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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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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