Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Random Encounter Data

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Clear

Name Type Encounter Rate
Gurdurr (Sword only) Fighting 40%
Boldore (Shield only) Rock 40%
Ribombee Bug/Fairy 30%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 20%
Eldegoss Grass 10%

Overcast

Name Type Encounter Rate
Cottonee Grass/Fairy 40%
Swirlix (Sword only) Fairy 30%
Spritzee (Shield only) Fairy 30%
Ribombee Bug/Fairy 20%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 10%

Raining

Name Type Encounter Rate
Barboach Water/Ground 40%
Shellos Water 30%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 20%
Pikachu Electric 10%

Thunderstorm

Name Type Encounter Rate
Toxel Electric/Poison 40%
Gurdurr (Sword only) Fighting 30%
Boldore (Shield only) Rock 30%
Impdimp Dark/Fairy 20%
Applin Grass/Dragon 10%

Intense Sun

Name Type Encounter Rate
Carkol Rock/Fire 40%
Gurdurr (Sword only) Fighting 30%
Boldore (Shield only) Rock 30%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 20%
Drilbur Ground 10%

Snowing

Name Type Encounter Rate
Cubchoo Ice 40%
Sneasel Dark/Ice 30%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 20%
Gurdurr (Sword only) Fighting 10%
Boldore (Shield only) Rock 10%

Snowstorm

Name Type Encounter Rate
Sneasel Dark/Ice 40%
Pawniard Dark/Steel 30%
Cubchoo Ice 20%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 10%

Sandstorm

Name Type Encounter Rate
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock 40% (Sword), 20% (Shield)
Drilbur Ground 30%
Boldore Rock 20% (Sword), 40% (Shield)
Shuckle Bug/Rock 10%

Heavy Fog

Name Type Encounter Rate
Thievul Dark 40%
Dottler Bug/Psychic 30%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy 20%
Togetic Fairy/Flying 10%

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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