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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Beheeyem Psychic All grass patches (32%)
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (25%)
Mandibuzz (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (25%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying All grass patches (13%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)

All Weather except Snow - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Mantyke Water/Flying In the lake (65%)
Mantine Water/Flying In the lake (30%)
Barraskewda Water In the lake (5%)

Overcast - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Garbodor Poison All grass patches (30%)
Drapion Poison/Dark All grass patches (24%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Weezing Poison/Fairy All grass patches (13%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Hitmontop Fighting All grass patches (2%)
Drakloak Dragon/Ghost All grass patches (1%)

Raining - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Seismitoad Water/Ground All grass patches (30%)
Araquanid Water/Bug All grass patches (25%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Golisopod Bug/Water All grass patches (12%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Rotom Electric/Ghost All grass patches (2%)
Drakloak Dragon/Ghost All grass patches (1%)

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Galvantula Bug/Electric All grass patches (30%)
Noivern Flying/Dragon All grass patches (27%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Haxorus Dragon All grass patches (5%)
Morpeko Electric/Dark All grass patches (4%)
Drakloak Dragon/Ghost All grass patches (2%)
Rotom Electric/Ghost All grass patches (2%)

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Ninetales (Sword only) Fire All grass patches (25%)
Arcanine (Shield only) Fire All grass patches (25%)
Durant Bug/Steel All grass patches (25%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Lampent Ghost/Fire All grass patches (14%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Heatmor Fire All grass patches (5%)
Flygon Ground/Dragon All grass patches (1%)

Snowing - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Glalie Ice All grass patches (25%)
Vanilluxe Ice All grass patches (25%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Abomasnow Grass/Ice All grass patches (15%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Bergmite Ice All grass patches (5%)

Snowing/Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice In the lake (50%)
Mantyke Water/Flying In the lake (30%)
Mantine Water/Flying In the lake (15%)
Barraskewda Water In the lake (5%)

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Klinklang Steel All grass patches (30%)
Bisharp Dark/Steel All grass patches (25%)
Vanilluxe Ice All grass patches (20%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (13%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Copperajah Steel All grass patches (2%)

Sandstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Excadrill Ground/Steel All grass patches (35%)
Boldore Rock All grass patches (30%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (23%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Zweilous (Sword only) Dark/Dragon All grass patches (2%)
Pupitar (Shield only) Rock/Ground All grass patches (2%)

Heavy Fog - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Wobbuffet Psychic All grass patches (30%)
Hatterene Psychic/Fairy All grass patches (25%)
Golurk Ground/Ghost All grass patches (20%)
Gothitelle (Sword only) Psychic All grass patches (13%)
Reuniclus (Shield only) Psychic All grass patches (13%)
Ditto Normal All grass patches (10%)
Drakloak Dragon/Ghost All grass patches (2%)

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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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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