Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (50%)
Woobat Psychic/Flying All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Pumpkaboo Ghost/Grass All grass patches (25%)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (20%)
Gloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying All grass patches (10%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (4%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (50%)
Koffing Poison All grass patches (35%)
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (15%)
Croagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (15%)

Minus Overcast/Snow/Snowstorm/Fog - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Shellos Water In the pond (65%)
Frillish Water/Ghost In the pond (35%)

Overcast - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (50%)
Butterfree Bug/Flying All grass patches (40%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (20%)
Gloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Sawk (Sword only) Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Throh (Shield only) Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Farfetch’d (Sword only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Corsola (Shield only) Ghost All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (60%)
Croagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (60%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (35%)
Hitmonlee (Sword only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Hitmonchan (Sheild only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Overcast/Heavy Fog - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Frillish Water/Ghost In the pond (50%)
Shellos Water In the pond (50%)

Raining - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (50%)
Wimpod Bug/Water All grass patches (40%)
Palpitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (20%)
Gloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Natu Psychic/Flying All grass patches (10%)
Chewtle Water All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Electrike Electric All grass patches (50%)
Palpitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (35%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (10%)
Koffing Poison All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (50%)
Helioptile Electric/Normal All grass patches (40%)
Joltik Bug/Electric All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (20%)
Gloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Yamper Electric All grass patches (10%)
Natu Psychic/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Electrike Electric All grass patches (50%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (35%)
Palpitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (15%)

Intense Sun - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (50%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying All grass patches (45%)
Durant Bug/Steel All grass patches (40%) (Sword), (5%) (Shield)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (20%)
Gloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Heatmor Fire All grass patches (5%) (Sword), (40%) (Shield)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Hippopotas Ground All grass patches (55%)
Growlithe (Sword only) Fire All grass patches (30%)
Vulpix (Shield only) Fire All grass patches (30%)
Drilbur Ground All grass patches (10%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (50%)
Vanillite Ice All grass patches (50%)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (20%)
Natu Psychic/Flying All grass patches (10%)
Delibird Ice/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (50%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (35%)
Vanillish Ice All grass patches (10%)
Delibird Ice/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice In the pond (50%)
Shellos Water In the pond (30%)
Inkay Dark/Psychic In the pond (20%)

Snowstorm - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (50%)
Pawniard Dark/Steel All grass patches (50%)
Vanillite Ice All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (20%)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (10%)
Natu Psychic/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Snover Grass/Ice All grass patches (50%)
Mawile (Sword only) Steel/Fairy All grass patches (35%)
Swinub (Shield only) Ice/Ground All grass patches (35%)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (15%)

Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice In the pond (65%)
Shellos Water In the pond (20%)
Frillish Water/Ghost In the pond (15%)

Sandstorm - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (50%)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock All grass patches (50%)
Drilbur Ground All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (20%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying All grass patches (15%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Hippopotas Ground All grass patches (60%)
Drilbur Ground All grass patches (35%)
Shuckle Bug/Rock All grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog - Land

Green Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Dugtrio Ground Dirt Path (50%)
Swirlix (Sword only) Fairy All grass patches (40%)
Spritzee (Shield only) Fairy All grass patches (40%)
Morelull Grass/Fairy All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock Dirt Path (30%)
Excadrill Ground/Steel Dirt Path (20%)
Gloom Grass/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Natu Psychic/Flying All grass patches (10%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Wobbuffet Psychic All grass patches (55%)
Duskull (Sword only) Ghost All grass patches (35%)
Sableye (Shield only) Dark/Ghost All grass patches (35%)
Gothorita (Sword only) Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Duosion (Shield only) Psychic All grass patches (10%)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    7 March 2021
    Version History
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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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