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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 23-07-2020 / 21:52 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 06-08-2020 / 16:00 GMT

  • Clear

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (60%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (40%)
LinooneDark/NormalAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (10%)
LiepardDarkAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (5%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
BlipbugBugAll grass patches (35%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (5%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (50%)
BlipbugBugAll grass patches (35%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (10%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (5%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Overcast

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (60%)
LinooneDark/NormalAll grass patches (40%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (10%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (50%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (35%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)
  • Raining

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (60%)
DrednawWater/RockAll grass patches (40%)
QuadsireWater/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
LinooneDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
WooperWater/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (50%)
WooperWater/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (10%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (5%)
  • Thunderstorm

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (60%)
QuagsireWater/GroundAll grass patches (40%)
DrednawWater/RockAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (10%)
ManectricElectricAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (35%)
WooperWater/GroundAll grass patches (10%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (50%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (35%)
WooperWater/GroundAll grass patches (10%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)
  • Intense Sun

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (60%)
CarkolRock/FireAll grass patches (40%)
DiggersbyNormal/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (10%)
TorkoalFireAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
RolycolyRockAll grass patches (50%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (35%)
TorkoalFireAll grass patches (10%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RolycolyRockAll grass patches (50%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (35%)
TorkoalFireAll grass patches (10%)
Dark/NormalDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (60%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (40%)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (10%)
LinooneDark/NormalAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (50%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (35%)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (10%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (50%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (35%)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (10%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowstorm

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (60%)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (40%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (10%)
LinooneDark/NormalAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
RioluFightingAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (50%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (35%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (10%)
RioluFightingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (50%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (35%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (10%)
RioluFightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Sandstorm

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (60%)
CarkolRock/FireAll grass patches (40%)
DiggersbyNormal/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
ShuckleBug/RockAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
BunnelbyNormalAll grass patches (50%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (35%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
ShuckleBug/RockAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
BunnelbyNormalAll grass patches (50%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (35%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (10%)
ShuckleBug/RockAll grass patches (5%)
  • Heavy Fog

Central Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RolycolyRockDirt Path (60%)
Gothita (Sword only)PsychicAll grass patches (40%)
Solosis (Shield only)PsychicAll grass patches (40%)
ClewfairyFairyAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
RhyhornGround/RockDirt Path (10%)
NoctowlNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
MinccinoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
LinooneDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/PsychicDirt Path (100%)
Gothita (Sword only)PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
Solosis (Shield only)PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
DottlerBug/PsychicAll grass patches (35%)
ClefairyFairyAll grass patches (10%)
HoothootNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Northwest Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Gothorita (Sword only)PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
Solosis (Shield only)PsychicAll grass patches (50%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (35%)
ClefairyFairyAll grass patches (10%)
ZigzagoonDark/NormalAll grass patches (5%)

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    23 July 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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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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