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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

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 Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (35%)
Ninjask Bug/Flying All grass patches (30%)
Tyrogue Fighting All grass patches (15%)
Baltoy Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Golett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Overcast

Central Grass Patches

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

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Raining

Normal Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
Ninjask Bug/Flying All grass patches (35%)
Dewpider Water/Bug All grass patches (30%)
Golett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Baltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Bronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Cramorant Flying/Water All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Thunderstorm

Central Grass Patches

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

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Intense Sun

Central Grass Patches

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

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Snowing

Central Grass Patches

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

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Snowstorm

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (60%)
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (40%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice All grass patches (35%)
Cubchoo Ice All grass patches (30%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Golett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
Baltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Bronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Ferroseed Grass/Steel All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Sandstorm

Central Grass Patches

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

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

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

Heavy Fog

Central Grass Patches

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying Flying (60%)
Tranquill Normal/Flying Flying (40%)
Hatenna Psychic All grass patches (35%)
Munna Psychic All grass patches (30%)
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal All grass patches (10%)
Golett Ground/Ghost All grass patches (10%)
Baltoy (Sword only) Ground/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Bronzor (Shield only) Steel/Psychic All grass patches (10%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (5%)

Western Grass Patches

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

Dry Grass Patches (Northeast)

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Hatenna Psychic All grass patches (45%)
Munna Psychic All grass patches (35%)
Dwebble Bug/Rock All grass patches (10%)
Nickit Dark All grass patches (5%)
Rufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying All grass patches (5%)
Vullaby (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
    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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