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You’ll find West Lake Axewell on the western side of the south Wild Area however it’s best to ignore this area until much later in your adventure. The reason for this is there are a lot of Pokémon to catch or Dens to discover in the water and you’ll need to wait until after [Circhester] to gain the ability to travel on it. The lake itself is split in the middle with a stretch of land heading from the Meeting Spot to Motostoke and everything on the western side of the lake is considered for this Zone. Four Pokémon Dens can be found on land but there are a further two located in the water itself.


Item Location
Big Mushroom Hidden Item - By southern tree (Respwans once a day)
Pungent Root Hidden Item - Along the edge to the west of the south side of the bridge (Respawns once a day)
Pungent Root Hidden Item - Along the edge to the east of the north side of the bridge (Respawns once a day)
Pearl String Hidden Item - In the lake, northwest corner (Respawns once a day)
Pearl Hidden Item - In the lake, central west (Respawns once a day)
Big Pearl Hidden Item - In the lake, near the southern Den (Respawns once a day)
Big Pearl Hidden Item - In the lake, northeast of the southern Den (Respawns once a day)


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    Pokemon Company International
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  • 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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