Pokemon Sword and Shield Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Sword and Shield RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Crown Tundra Footprints: How to Find Iron Will, Grasslands, & Cavern Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/jwdq5/crown-tundra-footprints-how-to-find-iron-will-grasslands-cavern-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/jwdq5/crown-tundra-footprints-how-to-find-iron-will-grasslands-cavern-pokemon Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:18:28 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Crown Tundra footrpints quest helps you find Iron Will, Grassland, and Cavern pokemon from Black and White. Catching Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion involves a bit of sleuthing and footprint finding, but having three of The Sword of Justice pokemon pays off because you can use them to capture the final member: Keldeo. 

This guide walks you through that process, tells you where pokemon footprints are most likely to appear, and finishes up with how to get Keldeo. 

Crown Tundra Footprints Quest

Leave Freezington Village heading south, and trigger a scene near the first tree on the right in Frostpoint Field. Sonia appears, tells you about the mysterious footprints, and mentions that Iron Will, Cavern, and Grassland Pokemon may be hiding in the area. 

You must find where they are hiding by discovering footprints.

Footprints Quest not working? 

If the Crown Tundra footprints quest is not working for you, there’s a reason for that. You need to have already faced off against Zacian or Zamazenta in the main story before you can access the quest. 

How many footprints do you need to collect? 

Each Pokemon has 50 footprint sets you must find. Each set accounts for a 2% increase for that Pokemon, and there is a total of 150 footprint sets (since there are three pokemon to find). 

What do footprints look like? 

Footprints don’t show up as sparkly points; they look like two imprints in the ground with colors matching their respective owners:

  • Blue for Cobalion
  • Green for Virizion
  • Brown for Terrakion.

Crown Tundra Iron Will Pokemon Footprints

Cobalion’s footprints are more likely to appear in the eastern part of Crown Tundra. Investigate around the Frigid Sea area, plus the Roaring Sea-Caves, Three-Point Pass, and surrounding locales.

Crown Tundra Grassland Pokemon Footprints

Virizion’s footprints are scattered around the Giant’s Bed area and Frostpoint Field.

Crown Tundra Cavern Pokemon Footprints

Terrakion’s footprints are in Crown Tundra’s southern areas. Check the Lakeside Cave, Ballimere Lake, and the area around the Dyna Tree.

What to do after you've collected 50 pokemon footprints

After you find 50 footprints for any of the Pokemon, head back to Sonia. She’ll tell you where you can find that Pokemon.

Travel to that location, and they will pop up like any other legendary pokemon. Each of these legendary pokemon is Level 70, so make sure you come prepared.

Pokemon Crown Tundra Keldeo Location

With all three Swords of Justice Pokemon in tow, go back to Sonia once again. Then head out for Ballimere Lake.

Search for a small island with a cookpot on it, and make some curry. It doesn’t matter which kind, though if you want to follow a curry recipe, we’ve got plenty of those. 

Leave the campsite after you’ve eaten the curry and your ‘mon gain their experience. Keldeo will appear nearby, and you know what to do from there. It’s a Water/Fighting hybrid, so Virizion is a good choice here.

That's everything you need to know about how to find Crown Tundra's Iron Will, Cavern, and Grassland Pokemon to get to Keldeo, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Crown Tundra guides for more tips. And if you found this guide helpful, consider giving it a share! 

Crown Tundra Registeel, Regice, & Regirock: Legendary Clue 2 Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/jcnk2/crown-tundra-registeel-regice-regirock-legendary-clue-2-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/jcnk2/crown-tundra-registeel-regice-regirock-legendary-clue-2-guide Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:49:50 -0400 Josh Broadwell

One of the first mysteries you uncover in Pokemon Crown Tundrarevolves around Legendary Clue 2 and two new Regis in particular: Regidrago and Regieleki. Getting to the bottom of these mysteries to let ring the piercing note and find Registeel, Regice, and Regirock is a bit of a process but worth it. 

Even though you can get to Crown Tundra anytime in your Sword and Shieldadventure, you need all eight badges to start catching Pokemon there, including the legendaries. Otherwise, they’ll stay “very strong looking,” and you can’t throw a Pokeball.

Crown Tundra Legendary Clue 2

After defeating Peony and going through Crown Tundra’s opening segments, you’ll get several Legendary Clues. The easiest one to tackle right away is Legendary Clue 2, the one connected to the Regi Pokemon.

You’ll need to capture Registeel, Regirock, and Regice to get a chance at one of the two new Regis.

How to Open Registeel Ruins

Leave the village through its south exit. Go through the snow field, and you’ll see a temple to your right as soon as you enter the Giant’s Bed. This is where you’ll find Registeel.

The door’s clue reads “Let ring the piercing note,” and the only way to do that is to whistle. Stand in front of the door and press the left stick in to make your character whistle, and the door opens. 

Inside, step on all the dots to activate the lights and trigger the Registeel battle. 

Registeel is Level 70 and, being pure Steel type, is weak to Ground, Fighting, and Fire Pokemon.

How to Open Regirock Ruins

Head to the southeast corner of the Giant’s Bed to find another temple. If you’re struggling to pick them out on the map, just look for the slight indent in the border.

Regirock’s door is much less cryptic than Registeel's. “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone,” which means you must give your leading Pokemon an Everstone.

If you don’t have an Everstone on hand, you can find them littered about the Lakeside Cave to the south, near the legendary bird tree. Or you can stuff four Hard Stone in the Cram-o-Matic back on the Isle of Armor.

Repeat the pattern lighting step from Registeel’s temple, and get ready for battle. Regirock is also Level 70, and its pure Rock typing makes it weak to Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, and Steel.

How to Open Regice Ruins

Head to the northeast out of the Giant’s Bed, and you’ll run into a Watt Trader in the Snowslide Slope area. Keep traveling until you find a broken wall on the left, take the path there, and keep going until you hit the ruins.

This time, your clue is “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” Put a Cryogonal first in your party, and approach the door for it to open.

Activate the lights, then start the battle with Regice. It’s also Level 70. A pure Ice type, Regice is weak to Fighting, Rock, Fire, and Steel.

Split-Decision Ruins: Regidrago and Regieleki

All this leads up to the two new Regi Pokemon in the Split-Decision Ruins. Fly back to Regirock’s ruins, and head west, then north around the promontory. Ride into the river and go through the tunnel.

It dumps you out in an icy bay. Take a right and ride up the slope to reach Split-Decision Ruins.

Here, you have a choice to make. You can only capture Regidrago OR Regieleki, not both. The one you get depends on the pattern you light up.

Regidrago Pattern

The Regidrago pattern is on the right in the image above, and the Regeleki pattern is on the left. You do get the option to reset if you change your mind after finishing one of the patterns, though.

How to Get Regigigas in Crown Tundra

If you’re determined to get every Regi Pokemon in Crown Tundra, your next step is capturing Regigas. It takes some work plus a friend willing to trade you a Regi.

You need all five other Regi Pokemon to awaken Regigigas, which means trading with someone willing to give you a Regidrago or Regieleki.

Once you’ve got them all, fly to the Watt Trader at the Snowslide Slope, turn around, and go back to the Giant’s Bed.

Follow the path a little ways, and you’ll find a dormant Den surrounded by rocks. Interact with it when you have all the Regis in your party, and you’ll start a fight with a Dynamaxed, Level 100 Regigigas.

Are the Regis Shiny Locked in Crown Tundra?

All indications are that the Regis aren’t Shiny locked in Crown Tundra. Other Legendary Pokemon tied in with the DLC’s story, including Calyrex, are.

But you’ve got a chance at finding Shiny Registeel and Shiny all the other Regis, if you’re patient enough to keep re-rolling until you find one.

With the answers to Legendary Clue 2 in hand, that's all you need to know about getting Registeel, Regice, Regirock, and others in Crown Tundra. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Crown Tundra guides in the coming days.

How to Start Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/da83z/how-to-start-pokemon-sword-and-shields-crown-tundra-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/da83z/how-to-start-pokemon-sword-and-shields-crown-tundra-dlc Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:35:00 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Crown Tundra DLC is available now, bringing an all-new set of challenges, a vast region to explore, and plenty of Pokemon to Pokemon Sword and Shield. However, some players have been wondering how to start and how to get to Pokemon Crown Tundra. Luckily, accessing the Crown Tundra DLC is almost as easy as actually downloading the expansion itself. 

Below, I'll show you how to get started in the Pokemon Crown Tundra DLC, whether you've beaten the Sword and Shield base game, Isle of Armor, or neither! 

How to Start Pokemon Crown Tundra

While you can't access the Galarian Star Tournament until you've beaten the main game, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra, you can still head to Crown Tundra whenever you want.

Update Pokemon Sword and Shield (Buy the Expansion Pass)

The first thing to do is pretty basic. Update your Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield game if you already have the Expansion Pass.

If not, buy and download the Expansion Pass first. But make sure to get the version that fits with your game. Nintendo relaxed their no refund policy, but it's best to avoid the issue anyway.

Boot up the game and go to Wedgehurst Station

Once you load your file, the game gives you a Crown Pass and says you can use it at Wedgehurst Station. Head there, and speak to the person next to the barrier to choose Crown Tundra as your location. Make sure you're prepared first, though.

Prepare before you start or get to Crown Tundra

Even though you can get to Crown Tundra whenever you want, many of its battles are designed with the assumption you've got a game-winning team already.

Battle Peony

A scene kicks off once you arrive in Crown Tundra and leads to your first Crown Tundra battle with Peony. His team is Steel-oriented and consists of:

  • Copperajah (lv. 70)
  • Aggron (lv. 70)

Bring Fighting, Water, Fire, and Ground pokemon along for the fight. Defeat Peony, and you're ready to start and get to business in Pokemon Crown Tundra. If you found this article helpful, consider giving it a share! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Crown Tundra guides in the coming days. 

Prepare for Double the Challenge in Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra https://www.gameskinny.com/ja9lq/prepare-for-double-the-challenge-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield-crown-tundra https://www.gameskinny.com/ja9lq/prepare-for-double-the-challenge-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield-crown-tundra Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:58:23 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra has plenty of challenge and variety in store if early previews are any indication. The second part of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass shakes things up with Dynamax Adventures and the ultra-difficult Galarian Star Tournament.

We knew about these features before, but IGN's preview of them goes more in-depth. Dynamax Adventure rewards players not just with legendary Pokemon, but with items like the nature-changing items so hard to find in the main game.

The rest of Dynamax Adventure is as advertised. It's a team effort with three other players or NPCs using rented Pokemon. The goal is facing off against powerful Dynamaxed Pokemon to reach the back of the Den, where a legendary awaits.

Players can choose which Pokemon they want to battle against and can swap out their rented ones at certain points as well. Arceus willing, there will be few to no Isabellas with Magikarp dragging everyone else down.

Finishing Crown Tundra's story, which revolves around new Pokemon Calyrex, is just the start. Players will need to complete Isle of Armor's story and the main game's story to unlock the Galarian Star Tournament. Here, they can challenge Galar's finest, including the Elite Four, Gym Leaders, and other key trainers.

The Tournament reportedly offers new insight into these characters, though previews didn't show what that insight might be like.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra releases October 22. If you haven't downloaded the Expansion Pass already, don't forget to choose the version that corresponds with your game.

[Source: IGN]

Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra Releases in October https://www.gameskinny.com/lucg2/pokemon-sword-and-shield-crown-tundra-releases-in-october https://www.gameskinny.com/lucg2/pokemon-sword-and-shield-crown-tundra-releases-in-october Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:17:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion finally has a release date and a shiny new trailer. The second part of the Sword and Shield expansion pass releases October 22, bringing every Legendary Pokemon in the series to Galar.

Crown Tundra tasks players with exploring the region's overworld and delving into mysterious Pokemon Dens. Unlike in the main game, these investigations involve navigating inside the Dens.

In the Dynamax Adventure mode, players head inside Dens and encounter numerous Dynamax Pokemon in a bid to reach the end where a Legendary Pokemon awaits. Like other Dynamax battles, these involve three other people, but everyone uses rental Pokemon.

After winning the battle, one trainer can swap a rental Pokemon for the one they just caught. Losing kicks the whole team out of the Den.

In true Pokemon fashion, the Legendary Pokemon encountered in these Dens varies depending on the version of the game, though The Pokemon Company hasn't announced which Legendary Pokemon are exclusive to Sword and Shield.

There's more to Crown Tundra than crawling around in Dens, though. Back on the Galar mainland, trainers can take part in the Galarian Star Tournament. It's a multi-part competition where players choose a battle partner from among the Leaders and Elite Four members encountered in the main game and face off against Galar's finest.

Last is the Ability Patch. It's a rare item that, when used, brings out a Pokemon's Hidden Ability (assuming they have one). Combined with Max Soup from the Isle of Armor, the Ability Patch can bring out a Pokemon's true potential, including the three starter Pokemon.

Speaking of the Isle of Armor, those with a special Slowpoke from the Isle can evolve it into Galarian Slowking in the Crown Tundra. It's a Poison/Psychic like Galarian Slowking, with a new move called Eerie Spell — damages and reduces the foe's PP — and a new ability named Curious Medicine that resets allies' stat changes.

Pokemon Sword and Shield The Crown Tundra releases October 22 in the U.S. Bundle versions of the games with their respective expansion passes will launch on November 6.

[Source: The Pokemon Company]

Pokemon Isle of Armor: How to Get Kubfu and Evolve It into Urshifu https://www.gameskinny.com/v251i/pokemon-isle-of-armor-how-to-get-kubfu-and-evolve-it-into-urshifu https://www.gameskinny.com/v251i/pokemon-isle-of-armor-how-to-get-kubfu-and-evolve-it-into-urshifu Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:45:47 -0400 Ethan Anderson

Nintendo has really been pushing the new Pokemon, Kubfu, in a lot of their recent promotional material for Pokemon Sword and Shield and the Isle of Armor Expansion Pass DLC. That adorable little martial arts bear is a legendary Pokemon, and it can evolve.

Adding this scrappy bear cub to your Pokemon list is the easy part. The tough part is making it evolve, because you're given a choice between two strong evolution: a single strike style and a rapid strike style Urshifu.

Pokemon Isle of Armor: How to Get a Kubfu and Evolve it into Urshifu

How to Get Kubfu on the Isle of Armor

You'll get Kubfu from Mustard at the Master Dojo.

The Isle of Armor expansion will, unsurprisingly, have you play through a self-contained story. You'll need to play through a small chunk of it to get to the point where Kubfu can become a member of your team.

Upon arriving on the isle, you'll be greeted (battled) by one of two new trainers, depending on which version of Pokemon Sword and Shield you own: Klara for Pokemon Sword and Avery for Pokemon Shield. Once that interaction is over, you'll need to make your way up the hill to the Master Dojo.

From there, the master of the dojo, Mustard, will task you with completing three trials in order for you to obtain a secret armor. It turns out that he isn't being literal, because Kubfu is the armor he's referring to.

The trials will have you chase after and defeat three Galarian Slowpoke, collecting some Max Mushrooms, and winning a battle against the new version exclusive trainer. You'll finally be rewarded with Kubfu for your troubles in the end.

How to Evolve Kubfu into Urshifu

Raise your friendship level with Kubfu by visiting scenic location in Isle of Armor.

Raise Your Friendship Level

Evolving Kubfu has a few more extra steps in it than you'd think. First of all, Mustard will tell you that you have to become good friends with Kubfu. Thankfully, you won't be forced to do this the old-fashioned way.

Instead of racking up battles together and cooking meals for Kubfu, you can simply travel around the map to marked "scenic" locations. Each location will have a member of the dojo on-site that you speak to.

A cutscene will play as you and your fighting bear take in a nice view. Your friendship level with Kubfu will rise automatically when you visit each of these marked spots.

The Towers of the Two Fists are how you decide which version of Urshifu Kubfu evolves into.

Challenge One of the Towers of Two Fists

This is the point where that aforementioned tough decision shows up. Depending on which tower you decide to climb, Kubfu will evolve into a different version of Urshifu.

Kubfu will evolve into Single Strike Style Urshifu if you climb the Tower of Darkness, or Rapid Strike Style Urshifu if you climb the Tower of Waters.

The former will turn Kubfu into a Fighting/Dark Type Pokemon, while the latter will turn it into a Fighting/Water Type Pokemon. Each Urshifu has an exclusive move along with different strengths and weaknesses.

Single Strike Style learns Wicked Blow, an 80 power Dark Type move that always results in a critical hit. Rapid Strike Style gains a Water Type move called Surging Strikes, which delivers three critical hit attacks at 25 power each. Take your time and choose wisely.

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That's all there is to know about where to find Kubfu in Isle of Armor and how to evolve it into Urshifu the expansion. Check out the articles above if you're looking for more Isle of Armor tips. And be sure to check out our growing guides hub for more. 

Pokemon Isle of Armor Armorite: Where to Get It & What It's For https://www.gameskinny.com/8mjxc/pokemon-isle-of-armor-armorite-where-to-get-it-what-its-for https://www.gameskinny.com/8mjxc/pokemon-isle-of-armor-armorite-where-to-get-it-what-its-for Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:36:41 -0400 Ethan Anderson

Pokemon games are full of items. They're absolutely littered with them, and the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Expansion Pass DLC just added another new item for you to collect on your travels. That new item is called Armorite Ore.

If you're wondering where to find Isle of Armor Armorite or what to do with it, look no further and wonder no longer. Read on to find the answers to all of your Armorite-related questions in the guide below.

Pokemon Isle of Armor Armorite: Where to Get It & What It's For

Where to Find Isle of Armor Armorite Ore 

Honey will give you your first pieces of Armorite in the Isle of Armor DLC.

The first time you obtain Armorite, it's simply handed to you. The lady in green above, Honey, will give you five pieces of Armorite Ore after you've completed the first task at the Master Dojo. From there, you're mostly on your own when it comes to finding more pieces of Armorite.

Armorite Ore can be found randomly at the sparkling search points found on the ground all throughout the Isle of Armor. They're found in the exact same way as the Galarica Twigs. You'll need to keep your eyes peeled and be ready to mash that "A" button to pick up all of the items at your feet.

What Armorite Ore is Used For

Digging Ma will help you find more Armorite.

Digging Parents

Armorite Ore can be exchanged for a variety of things on the Isle of Armor. It all depends on which NPC you're talking to. Remember the Digging Duo on the Galar mainland in the Sword and Shield base game? Well, you're able to meet their parents.

Digging Ma will appear seemingly at random, while Digging Pa can be found in the Training Lowlands.

They'll each offer you a different service in exchange for Armorite. Digging Ma will take an Armorite Ore in exchange for digging up even more of it for you. The catch here is that her shovel can break, in which case, you won't get any ore at all.

Digging Pa, on the other hand, will trade Armorite for Watts. That doesn't exactly seem like a fair trade, though, since the ore is much rarer than Watts. Nevertheless, the option is there.

Armorit in Sword and Shield Isle of Armor can be used to change Pokemon stats and moves.

New Move and Stat Changes

As far as we know, there are two more uses for Armorite Ore. One of which comes from the girl in the above image. She's located on a small island in the Workout Sea, near the station where you first enter the Isle of Armor.

In exchange for 10 pieces of Armorite Ore, she'll clear all of your Pokemon's base stats for it to start "with a clean slate." This is useful if you want to build up your stats from scratch in specific ways.

The last use for Armorite will be made available after you choose either Squirtle or Bulbasaur. The man to the right of the door at the back of the Master Dojo will teach new moves to your Pokemon for five Armorite pieces each.

His list of moves includes the following:

  • Terrain Pulse
  • Burning Jealousy
  • Flip Turn
  • Rising Voltage
  • Grassy Glide
  • Triple Axel
  • Coaching
  • Corrosive Gas
  • Scorching Sands
  • Dual Wingbeat
  • Expanding Force
  • Skitter Smack
  • Meteor Beam
  • Poltergeist
  • Scale Shot
  • Lash Out
  • Steel Roller
  • Misty Explosion
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That's everything you need to know about where to find Isle of Armor Armorite Ore and what it's used for. If you're looking for more tips on the expansion, check out the links above or head over to our Isle of Armor hub for more! 

How to Start Isle of Armor in Pokemon Sword and Shield https://www.gameskinny.com/gssln/how-to-start-isle-of-armor-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield https://www.gameskinny.com/gssln/how-to-start-isle-of-armor-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:16:57 -0400 Ethan Anderson

The Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor Expansion Pass DLC just launched, so you may be asking yourself one simple question: how do I actually start Isle of Armor after I download and install it? 

Luckily for you, there's no real travel or discovery involved in getting to your destination. You'll be taken to the Isle of Armor automatically after a few simple steps. Follow the guide below, and you'll be catching new Pokemon on the Isle of Armor in no time.

How to Get to the Isle of Armor in Pokemon Sword and Shield

The Isle of Armor map in Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass DLC.

Getting to the Isle of Armor is actually pretty simple. Once you've purchased, downloaded, and installed the Isle of Armor expansion from the Nintendo eShop, you'll need to update Pokemon Sword and Shield. The software update shouldn't take too long.

After the update is completed, you'll be given an Armor Pass automatically once you enter the game. Just take that pass to Wedgehurst Station, and you'll take a Corviknight taxi to Armor Station on the isle.

You won't even need all of the gym badges to experience the expansion DLC. Leave that gym challenge behind if you want. You can even fast travel between the Galar mainland and the Isle of Armor at any point after you make your first trip there.

Getting Started on the Isle of Armor

Klara will update your Pokedex once you reach the Isle of Armor.

Upon your arrival, your Pokedex will be conveniently updated by Klara, who is located in Armor Station, so that it can keep track of all the new Pokemon you'll be catching.

As you'd expect, there's a battle waiting for you as you attempt to exit the station. It'll be either Klara for Pokemon Sword or Avery for Pokemon Shield. They both have Pokemon with levels in the low 60s, so make sure you're ready.

Klara specializes in Poison Type Pokemon, while Avery likes to use Psychic Type Pokemon. You won't have to deal with any Fighting Type Pokemon or Fire Type Pokemon. 

This battle should be no sweat at all either way. Make short work of them, and head to the Master Dojo straight ahead of you to officially start the main quest of the Isle of Armor.

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That's it for our guide on how to start Isle of Armor in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Follow the steps above and you'll be well on your way to catching 'em all on the Isle of Armor. If you're looking for more tips on the expansion, check out the links above or head over to our Isle of Armor guides page for more!

Pokemon Isle of Armor Galarica Twigs: How to Evolve Galarian Slowpoke https://www.gameskinny.com/lbezh/pokemon-isle-of-armor-galarica-twigs-how-to-evolve-galarian-slowpoke https://www.gameskinny.com/lbezh/pokemon-isle-of-armor-galarica-twigs-how-to-evolve-galarian-slowpoke Wed, 17 Jun 2020 17:08:03 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass DLC is finally upon us with the release of Isle of Armor. Some players have been wondering how to find and get their hands on Galarica Twigs. Why? Because Isle of Armor Galarica Twigs are important if you want to evolve Galarian Slowpoke to Galarian Slowbro. 

Galarica Twigs are a brand-new item used to craft another brand-new item: the Galarica Cuff. Below, we go over how and where to find Galarica Twigs, as well as how to evolve Galarian Slowpoke in Isle of Armor.

Pokemon Isle of Armor Galarica Twigs: How to Evolve Galarian Slowpoke

Where to Find Galarica Twigs in Isle of Armor

You can find Galarica Twigs underneath full-grown trees in Isle of Armor.

Galarica Twigs are scattered throughout the Isle of Armor, and you'll run across them as sparkle spots on the ground. They're only found under trees. It's completely random if the sparkle is a Galarica Twig or some other item.

But there's a chance you'll find a Galarica Twig under any full-sized tree (not those weedy things in the Soothing Swamp). There's certainly no shortage of them on the island, especially in the Forest of Focus.

On the off chance you don't manage to get eight Galarica Twigs in one go (the amount you need for the Galarica Cuff), these gathering spots respawn every day at midnight, so you can always check back the next day if you need more.

Finally, you can go ahead and start hoarding Galarica Twigs before chatting with the island NPC, so if you've already found some, they still count towards the eight total requirement for evolving Galarian Slowpoke.

How to Evolve Galarian Slowpoke to Galarian Slowbro

Evolve Galarian Slowpoke to Galarian Slowbro with the Galarica Cuff (8x Galarica Twigs).

To evolve Galarian Slowpoke (Psychic Type), you'll need to make sure your Rotom Bike has the Route 9 upgrade and can cross water.

Head to the Master Dojo and go east to the coast. Ride out over the water until you reach the island there, and speak with the NPC you find on the island. They tell you they can make a special cuff if you give them eight Galarica Twigs. That's the cuff you'll use to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowbro (Poison/Psychic Type).

You won't get Galarian Slowking until the second part of the Expansion Pass, The Crown Tundra, launches later this year, so you might as well go ahead and get Galarian Slowbro.

The Galarica Cuff is like an Evolution Stone; you can just use it to evolve Galarian Slowpoke. It's not a hold item, and there is no trading is required.

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That's all you need to know about Pokemon Isle of Armor Galarica Twigs and how to evolve Galarian Slowpoke. Now you can add Galarian Slowbro to your Pokedex! For more tips and tricks, be sure to check our other Isle of Armor guides, or head over to our Pokemon Sword and Shield guides for more strategy on the base game.

Max Mushrooms Pokemon Isle of Armor Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/jhqpf/max-mushrooms-pokemon-isle-of-armor-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/jhqpf/max-mushrooms-pokemon-isle-of-armor-guide Wed, 17 Jun 2020 16:19:46 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Once you meet Mustard at the Isle of Armor's Dojo in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor, you're tasked with a number of trials. Trial 2 of the Expansion Pass DLC is finding Pokemon Max Mushrooms to make Max Soup, a special concoction that lets Pokemon turn into Gigantamax versions of themselves.

But the Isle of Armor isn't small, and knowing how and where to find Max Mushrooms can be a bit difficult, especially after the trial is over.

That's why we've put together our Max Mushrooms Pokemon Isle of Armor strategy guide, which includes how to find the Mushrooms, the team rosters for Klara/Avery, and when and where Mushrooms respawn.

Max Mushrooms Pokemon Isle of Armor Guide

Meeting Mustard at the Isle of Armor Dojo before being sent to find Max Mushrooms.

Luckily, the Max Mushrooms you're looking for are clustered together in the same place, making your trip across the island more bearable. Make sure to put your team in order, though. There's a fight on your hands once you get to the Mushrooms.

The Mushrooms are in the Warm-Up Tunnel near the Training Lowlands. If you don't know how to get there, the directions are below. 

How to Get to the Warm-Up Tunnel in Isle of Armor

Head out of the Dojo. Go northwest into the Soothing Swamp. Keep going north, but stick to the western side of the swamp. The eastern exit leads you somewhere else.

Eventually, you'll enter the Forest of Focus. Immediately take the bridge to your left, then stick to the river. Keep the river to your right and go left at the next fork

Keep going. Cross the next bridge. You'll enter the Training Lowlands. Go down the incline to your left and make your way to the tunnel at the northern end of the Lowlands.

This is the Warm-Up Tunnel. Keep on the main tunnel path, and you'll find a cluster of Max Mushrooms near the end. But you can't get them just yet.

Pokemon Isle of Armor Klara/Avery Battle Tips

You'll have to fight either Avery or Klara in the Wind-Up Tunnel to get the Max Mushrooms.

Before you get your paws on the Max Mushrooms, Klara or Avery appear, depending on which version of the game you're playing. 

It's not completely clear exactly how their level scaling works at this point, if at all, but the general consensus is that their team levels are in the low 60s, even if your team is in the 40s or at 100.

Luckily, you won't have to worry about many Pokemon types in this battle; there aren't any fighting type or grass type Pokemon to deal with, for example. We've listed the levels and types below, four out of six being psychic, and the other two poison. 

Klara's Pokemon List

  • Galarian Slowpoke — Level 62 Psychic Type
  • Koffing (regular) — Level 62 Poison Type
  • Whirlipede — Level 63 Bug/Poison Type

Avery's Pokemon List

  • Galarian Slowpoke — Level 62 Psychic Type
  • Woobat — Level 62 Psychic/Flying Type
  • Kadabra — Level 63 Psychic Type

Both typings have plenty of weaknesses, so these shouldn't give you too much trouble. Psychic's weaknesses are Ghost and Dark, while Poison is weak to Ground and Psychic.

Max Mushroom Respawns

After the battle, you'll be able to grab the cluster of three Max Mushrooms and go through the ritual of making Max Soup back at the dojo.

You're told your rival found some mushrooms, too, but don't be fooled. There's only one place to find Max Mushrooms, and it's where you found the first bunch.

An NPC tells you they mysteriously re-appear after Max Raid battles happen. So far, the track record with that is a bit iffy. Some players report that they do indeed reappear, while others are saying it hasn't actually happened yet. We'll update this guide with any new information about Max Mushrooms that comes out.

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That's it for our Max Mushroom Pokemon guide, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides for more tips and tricks for the main game. Or head over to our growing list of Isle of Armor guides for more expansion pass DLC content. 

Pay Attention When You Buy the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass https://www.gameskinny.com/fqtxe/pay-attention-when-you-buy-the-pokemon-sword-and-shield-expansion-pass https://www.gameskinny.com/fqtxe/pay-attention-when-you-buy-the-pokemon-sword-and-shield-expansion-pass Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:45:37 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Update 6/22: Over the weekend, Nintendo advised consumers who accidentally purchase the wrong version of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass to contact customer service.


The original story continues below.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, specifically The Isle of Armor, launches sometime on June 17. But you'll need to make sure you buy the right version of the Expansion Pass, because Nintendo isn't offering refunds if you get the wrong one.

The news comes via Nintendo of Japan's customer service Twitter account, as translated by NintendoSoup. NoJ's customer service has reportedly seen an uptick in the number of complaints by people who purchased the wrong version of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. If that includes you, unfortunately, it means you're out $30; despite recognizing a problem in customer purchasing patterns, Nintendo won't be refunding your money.

If you're buying the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass in the game itself, you won't really have to worry about paying attention to get the right one. The in-game prompt to purchase the Expansion Pass takes you directly to your version's corresponding Pass in the Nintendo eShop.

The trouble comes if you're buying it separately on the eShop or buying the download card from a retailer. According to the game's official site, the actual download code is the same for each version of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and after you enter it in the eShop, you then need to pick the version corresponding with your Pokemon game.

Yes, it's needlessly convoluted, so just make sure you're paying attention.

The original story is on NintendoSoup if you're interested, and be sure to check out our preview roundup for the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass if you haven't already.

Convoluted buying process or not, we'll be getting into the Expansion Pass once it launches, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield news as it develops.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Scales to Your Level https://www.gameskinny.com/idsq2/pokemon-sword-and-shield-isle-of-armor-scales-to-your-level https://www.gameskinny.com/idsq2/pokemon-sword-and-shield-isle-of-armor-scales-to-your-level Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:06:21 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass launches in just a couple of days, but we're getting some new information about what to expect from it thanks to a handful of preview impressions that went live today. Basically, The Isle of Armor is a giant Wild Area with tons of Pokemon designed to accommodate your experience levels at any point during your eighth-gen Pokemon adventure.

According to IGN, The Isle of Armor uses level scaling, so you'll encounter Pokemon near the same level as your team. It's not clear yet whether they continue to grow as your team does or if the stay at that initial level, though.

The island itself reportedly boasts an even wider array of landscapes than mainland Galar, with IGN noting swamps, lush forests, beaches, caves, and deserts. At this point, it seems none of these are gated either, so like the Wild Area, you can access them whenever.

The camera is fully moveable throughout the entire island as well, and you'll see Pokemon interacting in the environment in much more detailed ways than before.

As for the story, you'll start off being re-introduced to your Expansion Pass rival (Avery for Shield, Klara for Sword). You'll then be shuffled along to the dojo for training. You'll also catch a glimpse of the special new legendary Pokemon Kubfu along the way and probably some Galarian Slowpoke and their evolved forms too.

Best of all, you can access The Isle of Armor almost straight away. It becomes available as soon as you reach the Wild Area in the main Sword and Shield game, which happens even before you reach the first gym.

Serebii mentioned Isle of Armor will include lots of side quests as well, including one where you're tasked with finding several Alolan Diglett, while GamesRadar+ said there's a new EXP Charm item that lets you direct the lion's share of experience points earned to one specific Pokemon

The original preview is over on IGN if you're interested.

It sounds like there's a lot to dig into with the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor expansion, and rest assured, we'll be digging in when it launches June 17. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Isle of Armor news as it develops.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Release Date Appears https://www.gameskinny.com/li34c/pokemon-sword-and-shield-isle-of-armor-release-date-appears https://www.gameskinny.com/li34c/pokemon-sword-and-shield-isle-of-armor-release-date-appears Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:00:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The latest Pokemon Sword and Shield announcement for Expansion Pass dropped recently in a new trailer. There's tons of gameplay footage, legendary Pokemon teases, and most importantly, a release date. Pokemon Sword and Shield's The Isle of Armor releases June 17.

The trailer's first half shows The Isle of Armor in fairly good detail. As we mentioned before, it centers around your journey to an island off the Galar coast, where people apparently love to train alongside new legendary Pokemon Kubfu.

When you aren't at the Dojo and doing your own training with Kubfu, you'll be exploring the island's own Wild Area and encountering all manner of familiar Pokemon. The trailer shows dozens of Pokemon spanning the generations, from Druddigon to Loudred, Emolga to Gigantamax versions of the Kanto starters.

And Galarian Slowbro, assuming you still have the Galarian Slowpoke from earlier in the year. It's a dual Psychic/Poison type.

There's a strange-looking backpack with a Cramorant head as well called the Cram-o-Matic. You can feed it four items and get a completely new item in return, including a rare item depending on what you put in.

Then there's Max Soup, which is something you can apparently only make on the Isle of Armor, and it grants the Gigantamax ability to whatever Pokemon drinks it.

The second half of the trailer focuses on The Crown Tundra, part two of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass (the part that still doesn't have a release date). It seems more exploration based, with lots of big, set-piece encounters with legendary Pokemon.

It looks like almost every legendary Pokemon from generation two on — the Regi Pokemon, Lugia, Dialga and Palkia, on up through Solgaleo and Lunala. There's two new Pokemon in the Regi family, an Electric one called Regileki and a Dragon one called Regidrago.

All these encounters appear to revolve around the Crown Tundra's three legendary bird Pokemon, which are Galar versions of Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres.

Galarian Zapdos is Fighting/Flying type, Galarian Moltres is Dark/Flying, and Galarian Articuno is Psychic/Flying.

Finally, The Crown Tundra introduces the Galarian Star tournament, where you'll team up with, and battle against, numerous Galar trainers you met during your journey.

We'll doubtlessly find out more as the year wears on, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield announcements as they turn up.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Max Raid Battle Event is a Big'un https://www.gameskinny.com/3tfij/pokemon-sword-and-shields-max-raid-battle-event-is-a-bigun https://www.gameskinny.com/3tfij/pokemon-sword-and-shields-max-raid-battle-event-is-a-bigun Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:02:04 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield regularly hosts Wild Area events, aka Max Raid Battle events, featuring rare or event-exclusive Pokemon. June's Sword and Shield Wild Area Event dials that up to the (Giganta)max, with 22 Gigantamax Pokemon split between each version.

The new Max Raid event runs from June 2 at 11 a.m. EST through June 29 at 7:59 p.m. EST. The news comes from Serebii, who also lists which Pokemon are available for which version.

Again, all these are Gigantamax forms, and you'll get a chance to nab some 'mon that aren't native to each version too, like Gigantamax Gengar making an appearance in Pokemon Sword.

Pokemon Sword Gigamax Max Raid List
  • Snorlax
  • Gengar
  • Kingler
  • Lapras
  • Garbodor
  • Corviknight
  • Appletun
  • Toxitricity (Amped)
  • Centiskorch
  • Alcremie
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Duraludon
Pokemon Shield Gigamax Max Raid List
  • Snorlax
  • Charizard
  • Butterfree
  • Machamp
  • Drednaw
  • Orbeetle
  • Coalossal
  • Flapple
  • Sandaconda
  • Toxitricity (Low-Key)
  • Hatterene
  • Copperajah

All this coincides with new Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass news set for June 2 as well.

You can check out the original story on Serebii. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on the new Expansion Pass news and the latest Max Raid Battle event, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield news as it appears.

Snag Competition-Worthy Pokemon in Sword and Shield Wild Area Event https://www.gameskinny.com/79l5f/snag-competition-worthy-pokemon-in-sword-and-shield-wild-area-event https://www.gameskinny.com/79l5f/snag-competition-worthy-pokemon-in-sword-and-shield-wild-area-event Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:33:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area event has changed once again. Following the dragon event earlier this month, the Wild Area event is focusing on competition-worthy Pokemon.

As always, Serebii compiled a list of the Pokemon you'll likely find. Heat Rotom and Drillbur feature among the stars this time. There's also a higher chance of finding Togepi, and you may come across Dreepy and Larvitar too.

That's very good news, since Dreepy is notoriously difficult to find and is also the only new Dragon Pokemon in the eighth generation.

Like with previous events, there's a chance you'll end up facing off against the evolved versions of these Pokemon at higher levels. The percentage chances Serebii lists are surprisingly equal to those for the pre-evolved forms, making this an excellent chance to grab some super-powerful 'mon for competition, breeding, or just because.

Note that chances for finding any Pokemon with improved stats or elevated EVs is lower like always.

We're still waiting on the Isle of Armor, part one of Sword and Shield's expansion pass, and more news about the latest legendary Pokemon Zarude. In the meantime, at least we have these regular Wild Event updates to look forward to. Just don't forget to be considerate of others while you hunt for rare Pokemon.

The full list of Pokemon, stats, and percentage rates is over on Serebii. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield news as it develops.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Easter Wild Area Event Kicks Off https://www.gameskinny.com/q76ab/pokemon-sword-and-shield-easter-wild-area-event-kicks-off https://www.gameskinny.com/q76ab/pokemon-sword-and-shield-easter-wild-area-event-kicks-off Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:26:16 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Easter Wild Area event starts today. The latest Wild Area event for the 8th-gen Pokemon games focuses on baby Pokemon, with some super-powered adults lurking nearby, and it runs through April 15 at 11:59 p.m. UTC (7:59 p.m. EST).

If you're lucky, you might run into some Gigantamax Pokemon. Either way, the baby Pokemon you encounter will have Breeding moves and higher EV levels.

Here's a list of the baby 'mon you can expect to find, courtesy of Serebii. They're adorable, and yes, they want powah. Note that "baby" doesn't necessarily mean pre-evolved forms. Some like Cufant and Trubbish are included as well.

  • Cufant
  • Charmander
  • Trubbish
  • Toxel
  • Mantyke
  • Bonsly
  • Tyrogue
  • Budew
  • Togepi
  • Mime Jr.
  • Munchlax
  • Riolu
  • Cleffa
  • Wynaut
  • Pichu
  • Ditto

Charmeleon is included in this as well, presumably as the lovably awkward teenager of the bunch.

As always, levels, EV values, and items you get from the battle depend on the Pokemon's rarity, measured in stars on the Raid battle preview screen.

There's also a chance you'll run into:

  • Duraludon
  • Charizard
  • Copperajah
  • Garbodor

And these might be Gigantamax if you're lucky.

You can check out the rarity lists and item drop rates over on Serebii. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield news as it appears.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gigantamax Machamp, Gengar Event Appears https://www.gameskinny.com/iquze/pokemon-sword-and-shield-gigantamax-machamp-gengar-event-appears https://www.gameskinny.com/iquze/pokemon-sword-and-shield-gigantamax-machamp-gengar-event-appears Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:30:25 -0400 Josh Broadwell

We're well into March now, and that means it's time for Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area to get another shuffle. The Gigantamax Toxitricity event is over, and in its place is a brand-new event featuring hard-to-find Gigantamax Pokemon: Machamp and Gengar.

The event runs through March 25, and it's kind of a big deal. While these two Gigantamax 'mon aren't event-exclusive like Toxitricity was, there is something else special about it.

Normally, Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Gengar are exclusive to Sword and Shield respectively. However, you'll get a chance at both during the special events. As is the case with these special offerings, you'll also have a chance to find them in Dens they aren't usually associated with as well.

Unlike the Toxitricity event, which featured a handful of other Gigantamax Pokemon alongside the main attraction, this event only has one extra Gigantamax Pokemon available: Snorlax.

That's good news if you missed the big boy's own event at the start of the year, and bad news if you end up finding just Snorlax in your Dens the whole day because Machamp and Gengar are still fairly rare pulls. If so, there's always the next day, so don't be that person with your Dens.

Finally, you'll have a greater chance of running into the pre-evolved versions of each Pokemon, including Munchlax, during the event.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield news as it pops up.

New Mythical Pokemon Zarude Announced for Pokemon Sword and Shield https://www.gameskinny.com/roi7r/new-mythical-pokemon-zarude-announced-for-pokemon-sword-and-shield https://www.gameskinny.com/roi7r/new-mythical-pokemon-zarude-announced-for-pokemon-sword-and-shield Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:25:00 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Company made good on its promise of a new legendary Pokemon for Pokemon Day 2020 by revealing Zarude, the Rogue Monkey Pokemon. It's a new Grass and Dark hybrid mythical 'mon for Pokemon Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokemon series.

Zarude lives in the deepest forests of the Galar region and uses the vines on its wrists, back, and feet to attack foes, grab Berries, and move around. They even have healing uses as well. It's an aggressive Pokemon that treats anyone outside its immediate circle as an enemy.

Though Zarude has been officially announced, you still can't obtain it in the games yet. The Pokemon Company promised more information coming soon, perhaps in time for the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass when it launches this summer.

Meanwhile, don't forget that from now until March 1, there's another legendary Pokemon you can encounter in Sword and Shield: Dynamax Mewtwo. You can't actually catch it, but you'll get all manner of good items like Ability Capsules if you manage to win in battle.

And if that's still not enough Mewtwo to satisfy you, don't forget Armored Mewtwo is making an appearance in Pokemon GO again, and Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is on Netflix starting today.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it swings out of the trees.

Show Your Pokemon Ball Guy Love with Free Sword and Shield Swag https://www.gameskinny.com/2svre/show-your-pokemon-ball-guy-love-with-free-sword-and-shield-swag https://www.gameskinny.com/2svre/show-your-pokemon-ball-guy-love-with-free-sword-and-shield-swag Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:26:49 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Sword and Shield 2020 International Challenge February Online Competition (*takes breath*) is almost upon us. Most of us don't compete in online Pokemon tourneys, but The Pokemon Company is offering some Ball Guy-themed incentive to participate in at least one battle.

Anyone who signs up for the February Online Competition and takes part in at least one battle gets a free downloadable apparel item for their Pokemon Sword and Shield avatar. Here's how The Pokemon Company describes it: "...a fashionable T-shirt featuring their good friend Ball Guy..."

Fashionable, we won't question, since Sword and Shield offer plenty of ways to look snazzy. Good friend is another matter. Unofficial Sword and Shield mascot the Ball Guy may be, but this humble writer finds him more than a little creepy.

Anyway, if you want your Ball Guy shirt, you'll need to link your Pokemon Trainer Club account (free to have) with your Nintendo Account (also free) and keep them linked until you're awarded your Championship Points for your match.

If you're interested, signup is open now and runs through February 27 at 6:59 p.m. EST/3:59 p.m. PST.

You can check out the full details at The Pokemon Company's website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it bounces our way.

Pokemon Home is Full of Bugs, and They Ain't Caterpie https://www.gameskinny.com/aw7ce/pokemon-home-is-full-of-bugs-and-they-aint-caterpie https://www.gameskinny.com/aw7ce/pokemon-home-is-full-of-bugs-and-they-aint-caterpie Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:31:41 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon Home launched last night to a flood of players trying to get their favorite-est 'mon into the modern storage device. As one would expect from the launch of any new app, Pokemon Home is riddled with bugs, and not the ones we actually want.

Some players are reporting problems even signing in or linking Home to their other devices. These issues tend to be isolated to the mobile version of Pokemon Home.

Others are encountering specific error codesPokemon Home Error 992 and Pokemon Home Error 999.

What are these errors? Despite articles floating around saying it's related to passwords or other such things, even Nintendo doesn't know. The Big N published a support article directing people to The Pokemon Company to make their issues known, which probably means this is something completely unexpected all around.

Some tried claiming it was only affecting those who attempted transferring hacked Pokemon, but other Redditors and GameFAQs-ers said that's bunk; it happened to them too without hacked 'mon involved. That said, sending or receiving a hacked 'mon through a trade is apparently causing crashes. Since there's no way to know if some... cursed individual... is sending you a hacked Pokemon, it might be best to stay clear of Home's trade functions for now.

What's worse is what some users claim happens when they get this error code. It usually comes up during the transfer process — and then the transferred Pokemon are nowhere to be found, not in Home, but not in Bank. Hopefully, they're just stuck in transfer limbo and not actually, y'know... gone forever and ever.

We'll be following this closely to find out what happens and how it can be fixed. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Home bug news and bug fixes as we learn about them.