• Clear - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SkorupiPoison/BugAll grass patches (40%)
GossifleurGrassAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
WoolooNormalAll grass patches (10%)
MuchlaxNormalAll grass patches (5%)
  • All weather except Snowing/Snowstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
BasculinWaterIn the pond (65%)
ArrokudaWaterIn the pond (30%)
MantykeWater/FlyingIn the pond (5%)
  • Overcast - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
KoffingPoisonAll grass patches (40%)
CutieflyBug/FairyAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
RookideeFlyingAll grass patches (10%)
Sawk (Sword only)FightingAll grass patches (5%)
Throh (Shield only)FightingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Raining - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SkorupiPoison/BugAll grass patches (40%)
WimpodBug/WaterAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
ChewtleWaterAll grass patches (10%)
DewpiderWater/BugAll grass patches (5%)
  • Thunderstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
YamperElectricAll grass patches (40%)
Mareanie (Sword only)Poison/WaterAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
SkorupiPoison/BugAll grass patches (10%) (Sword), (25%) (Shield)
Chewtle (Shield only)WaterAll grass patches (10%)
ToxelElectric/PoisonAll grass patches (5%)
  • Intense Sun - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RhyhornGround/RockAll grass patches (40%) (Sword), (5%) (Shield)
SkorupiPoison/BugAll grass patches (25%) (Sword), (30%) (Shield)
Salandit (Shield only)Poison/FireAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%) (Sword), (10%) (Shield)
TorkoalFireAll grass patches (10%) (Sword), (20%) (Shield)
RolycolyRockAll grass patches (5%) (Sword), (10%) (Shield)
  • Snowing - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (40%)
CutieflyBug/FairyAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (10%)
WoolooNormalAll grass patches (5%)
  • Snowing/Snowstorm - Water
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
VanilliteIceIn the pond (50%)
BasculinWaterIn the pond (30%)
ArrokudaWaterIn the pond (15%)
MantykeWater/FlyingIn the pond (5%)
  • Snowstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
SneaselDark/IceAll grass patches (40%)
VanilliteIceAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
CutieflyBug/FairyAll grass patches (10%)
PawniardDark/SteelAll grass patches (5%)
  • Sandstorm - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
RhyhornGround/RockAll grass patches (25%)
SudowoodoRockAll grass patches (25%)
SkorupiPoison/BugAll grass patches (20%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
RolycolyRockAll grass patches (10%)
  • Heavy Fog - Land
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
ClefairyFairyAll grass patches (40%)
WobbuffetPsychicAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (20%)
CutieflyBug/FairyAll grass patches (10%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (5%)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    28 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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