• Clear - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
BeheeyemPsychicAll grass patches (32%)
Braviary (Sword only)Normal/FlyingAll grass patches (25%)
Mandibuzz (Shield only)Dark/FlyingAll grass patches (25%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
SigilyphPsychic/FlyingAll grass patches (13%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
  • All Weather except Snow - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
MantykeWater/FlyingIn the lake (65%)
MantineWater/FlyingIn the lake (30%)
BarraskewdaWaterIn the lake (5%)
  • Overcast - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GarbodorPoisonAll grass patches (30%)
DrapionPoison/DarkAll grass patches (24%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
WeezingPoison/FairyAll grass patches (13%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
HitmontopFightingAll grass patches (2%)
DrakloakDragon/GhostAll grass patches (1%)
  • Raining - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SeismitoadWater/GroundAll grass patches (30%)
AraquanidWater/BugAll grass patches (25%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
GolisopodBug/WaterAll grass patches (12%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
RotomElectric/GhostAll grass patches (2%)
DrakloakDragon/GhostAll grass patches (1%)
  • Thunderstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GalvantulaBug/ElectricAll grass patches (30%)
NoivernFlying/DragonAll grass patches (27%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
HaxorusDragonAll grass patches (5%)
MorpekoElectric/DarkAll grass patches (4%)
DrakloakDragon/GhostAll grass patches (2%)
RotomElectric/GhostAll grass patches (2%)
  • Intense Sun - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
Ninetales (Sword only)FireAll grass patches (25%)
Arcanine (Shield only)FireAll grass patches (25%)
DurantBug/SteelAll grass patches (25%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
LampentGhost/FireAll grass patches (14%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
HeatmorFireAll grass patches (5%)
FlygonGround/DragonAll grass patches (1%)
  • Snowing - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GlalieIceAll grass patches (25%)
VanilluxeIceAll grass patches (25%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
AbomasnowGrass/IceAll grass patches (15%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
BergmiteIceAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing/Snowstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceIn the lake (50%)
MantykeWater/FlyingIn the lake (30%)
MantineWater/FlyingIn the lake (15%)
BarraskewdaWaterIn the lake (5%)
  • Snowstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
KlinklangSteelAll grass patches (30%)
BisharpDark/SteelAll grass patches (25%)
VanilluxeIceAll grass patches (20%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (13%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
CopperajahSteelAll grass patches (2%)
  • Sandstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ExcadrillGround/SteelAll grass patches (35%)
BoldoreRockAll grass patches (30%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (23%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
Zweilous (Sword only)Dark/DragonAll grass patches (2%)
Pupitar (Shield only)Rock/GroundAll grass patches (2%)
  • Heavy Fog - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
WobbuffetPsychicAll grass patches (30%)
HatterenePsychic/FairyAll grass patches (25%)
GolurkGround/GhostAll grass patches (20%)
Gothitelle (Sword only)PsychicAll grass patches (13%)
Reuniclus (Shield only)PsychicAll grass patches (13%)
DittoNormalAll grass patches (10%)
DrakloakDragon/GhostAll grass patches (2%)

Guide Information

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