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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-07-2020 / 00:16 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 12-07-2020 / 15:11 GMT

  • Clear - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (50%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
PumpkabooGhost/GrassAll grass patches (25%)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (20%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
TranquillNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
NickitDarkAll grass patches (4%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
NickitDarkAll grass patches (50%)
KoffingPoisonAll grass patches (35%)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (15%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (15%)
  • Clear/Raining/Thunderstorm/Intense Sun/Sandstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ShellosWaterIn the pond (65%)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the pond (35%)
  • Overcast - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (50%)
ButterfreeBug/FlyingAll grass patches (40%)
TranquillNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (20%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
Sawk (Sword only)FightingAll grass patches (10%)
Throh (Shield only)FightingAll grass patches (10%)
Farfetch'd (Sword only)FightingAll grass patches (5%)
Corsola (Shield only)GhostAll grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/FightingAll grass patches (60%)
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/FightingAll grass patches (60%)
NickitDarkAll grass patches (35%)
Hitmonlee (Sword only)FightingAll grass patches (5%)
Hitmonchan (Sheild only)FightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Overcast/Heavy Fog - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the pond (50%)
ShellosWaterIn the pond (50%)
  • Raining - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (50%)
WimpodBug/WaterAll grass patches (40%)
PalpitoadWater/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (20%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
NatuPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ElectrikeElectricAll grass patches (50%)
PalpitoadWater/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
NickitDarkAll grass patches (10%)
KoffingPoisonAll grass patches (5%)
  • Thunderstorm - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (50%)
HelioptileElectric/NormalAll grass patches (40%)
JoltikBug/ElectricAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (20%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
YamperElectricAll grass patches (10%)
NatuPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ElectrikeElectricAll grass patches (50%)
NickitDarkAll grass patches (35%)
PalpitoadWater/GroundAll grass patches (15%)
  • Intense Sun - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (50%)
TranquillNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (45%)
DurantBug/SteelAll grass patches (40%) (Sword), (5%) (Shield)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (20%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
HeatmorFireAll grass patches (5%) (Sword), (40%) (Shield)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
HippopotasGroundAll grass patches (55%)
Growlithe (Sword only)FireAll grass patches (30%)
Vulpix (Shield only)FireAll grass patches (30%)
DrilburGroundAll grass patches (10%)
NickitDarkAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (50%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (50%)
CubchooIceAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (20%)
NatuPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
DelibirdIce/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
CubchooIceAll grass patches (50%)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (35%)
VanillishIceAll grass patches (10%)
DelibirdIce/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceIn the pond (50%)
ShellosWaterIn the pond (30%)
InkayDark/PsychicIn the pond (20%)
  • Snowstorm - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (50%)
PawniardDark/SteelAll grass patches (50%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (20%)
CubchooIceAll grass patches (10%)
NatuPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SnoverGrass/IceAll grass patches (50%)
Mawile (Sword only)Steel/FairyAll grass patches (35%)
Swinub (Shield only)Ice/GroundAll grass patches (35%)
CubchooIceAll grass patches (15%)
  • Snowstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceIn the pond (65%)
ShellosWaterIn the pond (20%)
FrillishWater/GhostIn the pond (15%)
  • Sandstorm - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (50%)
RhyhornGround/RockAll grass patches (50%)
DrilburGroundAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (20%)
TranquillNormal/FlyingAll grass patches (15%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
HippopotasGroundAll grass patches (60%)
DrilburGroundAll grass patches (35%)
ShuckleBug/RockAll grass patches (5%)
  • Heavy Fog - Land

Green Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DugtrioGroundDirt Path (50%)
Swirlix (Sword only)FairyAll grass patches (40%)
Spritzee (Shield only)FairyAll grass patches (40%)
MorelullGrass/FairyAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockDirt Path (30%)
ExcadrillGround/SteelDirt Path (20%)
GloomGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
NatuPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
CutieflyBug/FairyAll grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches

NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
WobbuffetPsychicAll grass patches (55%)
Duskull (Sword only)GhostAll grass patches (35%)
Sableye (Shield only)Dark/GhostAll grass patches (35%)
Gothorita (Sword only)PsychicAll grass patches (10%)
Duosion (Shield only)PsychicAll grass patches (10%)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    12 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.

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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