Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Clear

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (60%)
Nuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark All grass patches (25%)
Lombre (Shield only) Water/Grass All grass patches (25%)
Machoke (Sword only) Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Machop (Shield only) Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Overcast

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Machop Fighting All grass patches (60%)
Gastly Ghost/Poison All grass patches (28%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Tyrogue Fighting All grass patches (2%)

Raining

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Nuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark All grass patches (60%)
Lombre (Shield only) Water/Grass All grass patches (60%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (25%)
Gastly Ghost/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Wooper Water/Ground All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Electrike Electric All grass patches (60%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (28%)
Palpitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (12%)

Intense Sun

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Mudbray Ground All grass patches (60%)
Gastly Ghost/Poison All grass patches (25%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Vulpix (Sword only) Fire All grass patches (5%)
Growlithe (Shield only) Fire All grass patches (5%)

Snowing

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Snover Grass/Ice All grass patches (60%)
Snorunt Ice All grass patches (25%)
Machop Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (5%)

Snowstorm

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Snover Grass/Ice All grass patches (60%)
Snorunt Ice All grass patches (25%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Delibird Ice/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Golett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (60%)
Bronzor Steel/Psychic All grass patches (25%)
Machop Fighting All grass patches (10%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Duskull Ghost All grass patches (60%)
Natu Psychic/Flying All grass patches (28%)
Gastly Ghost/Poison All grass patches (10%)
Munna Psychic All grass patches (2%)

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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