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Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (80%), Southern (10%)
"Corphish" IconCorphish Water Southern grass patches (30%)
"Krabby" IconKrabby Water Southern grass patches (30%)
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark Southern grass patches (25%), Northern (15%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark Southern grass patches (5%)
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass Southern grass patches (5%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Clear - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (60%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (25%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (10%)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (5%)

Overcast - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (60%), Southern (50%)
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark Northern grass patches (35%), Southern (25%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Corphish" IconCorphish Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Krabby" IconKrabby Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark Southern grass patches (5%)
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass Southern grass patches (5%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (10%)

Overcast - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (60%)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (25%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (10%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (5%)

Raining - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (70%), Southern (10%)
"Tympole" IconTympole Water Southern grass patches (45%)
"Magikarp" IconMagikarp Water Southern grass patches (25%)
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark Northern grass patches (45%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Corphish" IconCorphish Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Krabby" IconKrabby Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Raining - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (60%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (25%)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (10%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (60%)
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark Northern grass patches (35%)
"Corphish" IconCorphish Water Southern grass patches (30%)
"Krabby" IconKrabby Water Southern grass patches (30%)
"Tympole" IconTympole Water Southern grass patches (28%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Joltik" IconJoltik Bug/Electric Southern grass patches (10%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)
"Pyukumuku" IconPyukumuku Water Southern grass patches (2%)

Thunderstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/ground In the lake (60%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (25%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (10%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Intense Sun - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (80%), Southern (60%)
"Vulpix" IconVulpix (Sword only) Fire Southern grass patches (25%), Northern (15%)
"Growlithe" IconGrowlithe (Shield only) Fire Southern grass patches (25%), Northern (15%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Mudbray" IconMudbray Ground Southern grass patches (10%)
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark Southern grass patches (5%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Intense Sun - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (60%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (25%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (10%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (5%)

Snowing - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (80%), Southern (10%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice Southern grass patches (45%)
"Snover" IconSnover Grass/Ice Southern grass patches (25%), Northern (15%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Corphish" IconCorphish Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Krabby" IconKrabby Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice In the lake (60%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (25%)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (10%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (5%)

Snowstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Snover" IconSnover Grass/Ice Northern grass patches (60%)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice Southern grass patches (60%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (35%), Southern (10%)
"Klink" IconKlink Steel Southern grass patches (25%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Delibird" IconDelibird Ice/Flying Southern grass patches (5%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Snowstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Vanillite" IconVanillite Ice In the lake (60%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (25%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (10%)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (5%)

Sandstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (60%), Southern (15%)
"Mudbray" IconMudbray Ground Southern grass patches (55%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock Northern grass patches (35%), Southern (25%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark Southern grass patches (5%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (60%)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying In the lake (25%)
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water In the lake (10%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (5%)

Heavy Fog - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
"Drifloon" IconDrifloon Ghost/Flying Southern grass patches (60%), Flying (15%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting Northern grass patches (60%)
"Bronzor" IconBronzor Steel/Psychic Northern grass patches (35%), Southern (25%)
"Corphish" IconCorphish Water Southern grass patches (10%)
"Ralts" IconRalts Psychic/Fairy Southern grass patches (5%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Drifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (60%)
"Barboach" IconBarboach Water/Ground In the lake (25%)
Wingull Water/Flying In the lake (10%)
Goldeen Water In the lake (5%)

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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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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