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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 23-07-2020 / 21:52 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 06-08-2020 / 16:05 GMT

Motostoke Riverbank is a rather unremarkable Zone that links the southern Wild Area with the northern Wild Area. You'll likely take this path when you're on your way to Hammerlocke as part of your adventure however there are a few useful items that you can snag early in the game. You'll find two Berry Trees here along with four Pokémon Dens but pay attention to the wandering Pokémon and avoid them until you're later in your adventure.


Fire StoneAfter crossing the bridge, head up the hill in the northwest, against Motostoke's wall.
TM39 - FacadeFollow the wall north from the previous item to find this TM
Balm MushroomHidden Item - Base of the southwestern tree (Respawns once a day)
Great BallHidden Item - Along the eastern wall (Respawns once a day)
Revival HerbHidden Item - Along the eastern side, just before reaching the arch (Respawns once a day)
Pretty FeatherHidden Item - Base of the tree to the east of the pond (Respawns once a day)
Great BallHidden Item - Northern edge of the pond (Respawns once a day)
Pungent RootHidden Item - Western edge of the pond (Respawns once a day)
ReviveHidden Item - Along the wall west of the pond (Respawns once a day)

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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    23 July 2020
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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.
  • 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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