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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 05-07-2020 / 17:38 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 05-07-2020 / 22:05 GMT

  • Clear
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GolettGround/GhostAll grass patches (60%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (25%)
DrifloonGhost/FlyingAll grass patches (15%)
  • Overcast
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (60%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (40%)
GastlyGhost/PoisonAll grass patches (25%)
OddishGrass/PoisonAll grass patches (10%)
DrifloonGhost/FlyingAll grass patches (5%)
  • Raining
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (50%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
GastlyGhost/PoisonAll grass patches (35%)
WingullWater/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (5%)
  • Thunderstorm
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (60%)
GastlyGhost/PoisonAll grass patches (50%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (40%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (35%)
DrifloonGhost/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (5%)
  • Intense Sun
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DrifloonGhost/FlyingAll grass patches (60%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (28%)
Growlithe (Shield only)FireAll grass patches (10%)
Vulpix (Sword only)FireAll grass patches (10%)
ShuckleBug/RockAll grass patches (2%)
  • Snowing
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
SnoruntIceAll grass patches (40%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (30%)
SnoverGrass/IceAll grass patches (20%)
DrifloonGhost/FlyingAll grass patches (10%)
  • Snowstorm
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
DelibirdIce/FlyingAll grass patches (60%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
GastlyGhost/PoisonAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (15%)
  • Sandstorm
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GastlyGhost/PoisonAll grass patches (60%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
ShuckleBug/RockAll grass patches (25%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (15%)
  • Heavy Fog
NameTypeLocation (Encounter Rate)
GastlyGhost/PoisonAll grass patches (60%)
WoobatPsychic/FlyingFlying (60%)
NoibatFlying/DragonFlying (40%)
DuskullGhostAll grass patches (25%)
RaltsPsychic/FairyAll grass patches (10%)
PurrloinDarkAll grass patches (5%)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    5 July 2020
    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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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) [coming soon].

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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