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Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (40%)
"Linoone" IconLinoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Liepard" IconLiepard Dark All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (5%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Blipbug" IconBlipbug Bug All grass patches (35%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (5%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (50%)
"Blipbug" IconBlipbug Bug All grass patches (35%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (5%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Overcast

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Linoone" IconLinoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (40%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (50%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

Raining

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Drednaw" IconDrednaw Water/Rock All grass patches (40%)
Quadsire Water/Ground All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Linoone" IconLinoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Wooper" IconWooper Water/Ground All grass patches (35%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (50%)
"Wooper" IconWooper Water/Ground All grass patches (35%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Quagsire" IconQuagsire Water/Ground All grass patches (40%)
"Drednaw" IconDrednaw Water/Rock All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Manectric" IconManectric Electric All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
"Wooper" IconWooper Water/Ground All grass patches (10%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (50%)
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (35%)
"Wooper" IconWooper Water/Ground All grass patches (10%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

Intense Sun

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Carkol" IconCarkol Rock/Fire All grass patches (40%)
"Diggersby" IconDiggersby Normal/Ground All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Torkoal" IconTorkoal Fire All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock All grass patches (50%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Torkoal" IconTorkoal Fire All grass patches (10%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock All grass patches (50%)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
"Torkoal" IconTorkoal Fire All grass patches (10%)
Dark/Normal Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

Snowing

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice All grass patches (40%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Linoone" IconLinoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice All grass patches (50%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (10%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice All grass patches (50%)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (10%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

Snowstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (40%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Linoone" IconLinoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Riolu" IconRiolu Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (50%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice All grass patches (10%)
"Riolu" IconRiolu Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (50%)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice All grass patches (10%)
"Riolu" IconRiolu Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Carkol" IconCarkol Rock/Fire All grass patches (40%)
"Diggersby" IconDiggersby Normal/Ground All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Shuckle" IconShuckle Bug/Rock All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Bunnelby" IconBunnelby Normal All grass patches (50%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
"Shuckle" IconShuckle Bug/Rock All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Bunnelby" IconBunnelby Normal All grass patches (50%)
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Shuckle" IconShuckle Bug/Rock All grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Rolycoly" IconRolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
"Gothita" IconGothita (Sword only) Psychic All grass patches (40%)
"Solosis" IconSolosis (Shield only) Psychic All grass patches (40%)
Clewfairy Fairy All grass patches (35%)
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Linoone" IconLinoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Solrock" IconSolrock (Sword only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Lunatone" IconLunatone (Shield only) Rock/Psychic Dirt Path (100%)
"Gothita" IconGothita (Sword only) Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Solosis" IconSolosis (Shield only) Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Clefairy" IconClefairy Fairy All grass patches (10%)
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Gothorita" IconGothorita (Sword only) Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Solosis" IconSolosis (Shield only) Psychic All grass patches (50%)
Chewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
"Clefairy" IconClefairy Fairy All grass patches (10%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal 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
    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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