Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Skorupi Poison/Bug All grass patches (40%)
Gossifleur Grass All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Wooloo Normal All grass patches (10%)
Muchlax Normal All grass patches (5%)

All weather except Snowing/Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Basculin Water In the pond (65%)
Arrokuda Water In the pond (30%)
Mantyke Water/Flying In the pond (5%)

Overcast - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Koffing Poison All grass patches (40%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Rookidee Flying All grass patches (10%)
Sawk (Sword only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)
Throh (Shield only) Fighting All grass patches (5%)

Raining - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Skorupi Poison/Bug All grass patches (40%)
Wimpod Bug/Water All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Chewtle Water All grass patches (10%)
Dewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Yamper Electric All grass patches (40%)
Mareanie (Sword only) Poison/Water All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Skorupi Poison/Bug All grass patches (10%) (Sword), (25%) (Shield)
Chewtle (Shield only) Water All grass patches (10%)
Toxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (5%)

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock All grass patches (40%) (Sword), (5%) (Shield)
Skorupi Poison/Bug All grass patches (25%) (Sword), (30%) (Shield)
Salandit (Shield only) Poison/Fire All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%) (Sword), (10%) (Shield)
Torkoal Fire All grass patches (10%) (Sword), (20%) (Shield)
Rolycoly Rock All grass patches (5%) (Sword), (10%) (Shield)

Snowing - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (40%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Vanillite Ice All grass patches (10%)
Wooloo Normal All grass patches (5%)

Snowing/Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Vanillite Ice In the pond (50%)
Basculin Water In the pond (30%)
Arrokuda Water In the pond (15%)
Mantyke Water/Flying In the pond (5%)

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (40%)
Vanillite Ice All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (10%)
Pawniard Dark/Steel All grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock All grass patches (25%)
Sudowoodo Rock All grass patches (25%)
Skorupi Poison/Bug All grass patches (20%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Rolycoly Rock All grass patches (10%)

Heavy Fog - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Clefairy Fairy All grass patches (40%)
Wobbuffet Psychic All grass patches (25%)
Purrloin Dark All grass patches (20%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy All grass patches (10%)
Duskull Ghost All grass patches (5%)

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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