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Overworld Encounter Data

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Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Clear

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (35%)
"Ninjask" IconNinjask Bug/Flying All grass patches (30%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting All grass patches (15%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (50%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting All grass patches (15%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (45%)
"Ninjask" IconNinjask Bug/Flying All grass patches (35%)
"Tyrogue" IconTyrogue Fighting All grass patches (15%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Overcast

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
"Machoke" IconMachoke Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (30%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (30%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (15%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (50%)
"Machop" IconMachop Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (15%)
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (15%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Machoke" IconMachoke Fighting All grass patches (45%)
"Scraggy" IconScraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Toxicroak" IconToxicroak (Shield only) Poison/Fighting All grass patches (35%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (15%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Raining

Normal Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
"Ninjask" IconNinjask Bug/Flying All grass patches (35%)
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (30%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Bronzor" IconBronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Cramorant" IconCramorant Flying/Water All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (60%)
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (35%)
"Cramorant" IconCramorant Flying/Water All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (45%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (35%)
"Ninjask" IconNinjask Bug/Flying All grass patches (15%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Thunderstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
"Yamper" IconYamper Electric All grass patches (35%)
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (30%)
"Toxel" IconToxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Bronzor" IconBronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Pikachu" IconPikachu Electric All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (45%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (35%)
"Toxel" IconToxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (10%)
"Pikachu" IconPikachu Electric All grass patches (10%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Yamper" IconYamper Electric All grass patches (45%)
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (35%)
"Toxel" IconToxel Electric/Poison All grass patches (10%)
"Pikachu" IconPikachu Electric All grass patches (10%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Intense Sun

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (60%)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (40%)
"Maractus" IconMaractus Grass All grass patches (35%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (30%)
"Salandit" IconSalandit Poison/Fire All grass patches (15%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Maractus" IconMaractus Grass All grass patches (50%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (45%)
"Salandit" IconSalandit Poison/Fire All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Maractus" IconMaractus Grass All grass patches (45%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (35%)
"Roggenrola" IconRoggenrola (Sword only) Rock All grass patches (15%)
"Salandit" IconSalandit (Shield only) Poison/Fire All grass patches (15%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Snowing

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
"Cubchoo" IconCubchoo Ice All grass patches (35%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (30%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (15%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Bronzor" IconBronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Cubchoo" IconCubchoo Ice All grass patches (50%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (35%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (15%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Cubchoo" IconCubchoo Ice All grass patches (45%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (35%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (15%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Snowstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (35%)
"Cubchoo" IconCubchoo Ice All grass patches (30%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Bronzor" IconBronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Ferroseed" IconFerroseed Grass/Steel All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (50%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (35%)
"Cubchoo" IconCubchoo Ice All grass patches (10%)
"Ferroseed" IconFerroseed Grass/Steel All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Sneasel" IconSneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (45%)
"Cubchoo" IconCubchoo Ice All grass patches (35%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (10%)
"Ferroseed" IconFerroseed Grass/Steel All grass patches (5%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Sandstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (60%)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (40%)
"Bonsly" IconBonsly Rock All grass patches (35%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (30%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (15%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Bonsly" IconBonsly Rock All grass patches (50%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (35%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (15%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Bonsly" IconBonsly Rock All grass patches (45%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (35%)
"Roggenrola" IconRoggenrola Rock All grass patches (15%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (5%)

Heavy Fog

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (60%)
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying Flying (40%)
"Hatenna" IconHatenna Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Munna" IconMunna Psychic All grass patches (30%)
"Zigzagoon" IconZigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
"Golett" IconGolett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
"Baltoy" IconBaltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Bronzor" IconBronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Nickit" IconNickit Dark All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Hatenna" IconHatenna Psychic All grass patches (50%)
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass All grass patches (35%)
"Munna" IconMunna Psychic All grass patches (10%)
"Nickit" IconNickit Dark All grass patches (5%)

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
"Hatenna" IconHatenna Psychic All grass patches (45%)
"Munna" IconMunna Psychic All grass patches (35%)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (10%)
"Nickit" IconNickit Dark All grass patches (5%)
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying All grass patches (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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