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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Overworld Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Clear - Land

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

Clear - Water

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

Overcast - Land

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

Overcast - Water

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

Raining - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Wingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
Machop Fighting Northern grass patches (70%), Southern (10%)
Tympole Water Southern grass patches (45%)
Magikarp Water Southern grass patches (25%)
Stunky Poison/Dark Northern grass patches (45%)
Drifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
Corphish Water Southern grass patches (10%)
Krabby Water Southern grass patches (10%)
Tyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Raining - Water

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

Thunderstorm - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Wingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
Machop Fighting Northern grass patches (60%)
Stunky Poison/Dark Northern grass patches (35%)
Corphish Water Southern grass patches (30%)
Krabby Water Southern grass patches (30%)
Tympole Water Southern grass patches (28%)
Drifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
Joltik Bug/Electric Southern grass patches (10%)
Tyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)
Pyukumuku Water Southern grass patches (2%)

Thunderstorm - Water

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

Intense Sun - Land

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

Intense Sun - Water

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

Snowing - Land

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Wingull Water/Flying Flying (85%)
Machop Fighting Northern grass patches (80%), Southern (10%)
Vanillite Ice Southern grass patches (45%)
Snover Grass/Ice Southern grass patches (25%), Northern (15%)
Drifloon Ghost/Flying Flying (15%)
Corphish Water Southern grass patches (10%)
Krabby Water Southern grass patches (10%)
Tyrogue Fighting Northern grass patches (5%)

Snowing - Water

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

Snowstorm - Land

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

Snowstorm - Water

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

Sandstorm - Land

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

Sandstorm - Water

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

Heavy Fog - Land

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

Heavy Fog - Water

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Drifloon Ghost/Flying In the lake (60%)
Barboach 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
    31 August 2021
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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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