Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Clear

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
Noctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (40%)
Linoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
Liepard Dark All grass patches (10%)
Minccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Croagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Overcast

Central Grass Patches

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

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Raining

Central Grass Patches

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

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Thunderstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
Quagsire Water/Ground All grass patches (40%)
Drednaw Water/Rock All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Rolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
Manectric Electric All grass patches (10%)
Minccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
Noctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Intense Sun

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
Carkol Rock/Fire All grass patches (40%)
Diggersby Normal/Ground All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
Torkoal Fire All grass patches (10%)
Minccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
Noctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Snowing

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
Vanillite Ice All grass patches (40%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Rolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
Linoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Minccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
Noctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Snowstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (60%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (40%)
Vanillite Ice All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Rolycoly Rock Dirt Path (10%)
Linoone Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Minccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
Riolu Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Sandstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rolycoly Rock Dirt Path (60%)
Carkol Rock/Fire All grass patches (40%)
Diggersby Normal/Ground All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock Dirt Path (10%)
Noctowl Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
Minccino Normal All grass patches (10%)
Shuckle Bug/Rock All grass patches (5%)

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

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

Heavy Fog

Central Grass Patches

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

Far West Grass Patches

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

Northwest Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Gothorita (Sword only) Psychic All grass patches (50%)
Solosis (Shield only) Psychic All grass patches (50%)
Chewtle Water All grass patches (35%)
Clefairy Fairy All grass patches (10%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (5%)

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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