Pokemon Sword And Shield Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Sword And Shield Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to Surprise Trade https://www.gameskinny.com/ps6b3/pokemon-sword-and-shield-how-to-surprise-trade https://www.gameskinny.com/ps6b3/pokemon-sword-and-shield-how-to-surprise-trade Mon, 23 Dec 2019 11:37:45 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Pokemon Sword and Shield have been ringing in the holidays quite well this past month, offering a whole new Galar region to explore and catch wild Pokemon in. That said, the most outrageously addictive thing in Pokemon Sword and Shield isn't the new zone or even the new Pokemon: it's surprise trading. 

We're very pleased with the inclusion of online trading in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but the new Surprise Trade option is what makes this game so hard to put down. Surprise Trading lets you pick a random Pokemon from your boxes to trade away to another random player. Here's how to do it. 

How to Get Online in Pokemon Sword and Shield

You'll need to progress through the Sword and Shield storyline until you've met Sonia, the Professor. She'll give you the Y-Comm, an online communication device, around the same time that you and your rival Hop leave Wedgehurst for Motostoke and land in the Wild Area.

Once you earn the Y-Comm, all you need to do is press "Y" to access the menu from which you can orchestrate trades, battles, and card swaps. This is how trading with friends via local communication works as well.

When you're in the Y-Comm menu, all you have to do to get online is hit the "+" button, and you'll connect online within seconds.

Surprise Trade option in the Pokemon Sword and Shield menu.

How to Surprise Trade in Pokemon Sword and Shield

When you're in the Y-Comm, navigate to the option called "Surprise Trade". This will take you to your Pokemon boxes, where you select the Pokemon that you'd like to trade away for something else.

There's only one catch: You don't know who your trading partner will be, and you don't know what you'll receive in return. That's what makes the surprise in Surprise Trades.

The surprise trade Pokemon selection screen.

Once you've selected the Pokemon that you'd like to trade away, let Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield save and search for a trading partner online. You can walk around or even enter battles while you wait, and the trade will happen in the background.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield menu showing the

Once the trade's been made, you'll see a notification on the bottom part of your screen indicating that the trade is complete. Press "Y" again to re-enter the Y-Comm and witness the trade in action.

A surprise trade in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Given that you land a trading partner who's willing to give away some rare and interesting 'mons, you can get some pretty cool Pokemon for your own collection. You might even find trading partners from around the world.

When your Pokemon is from a foreign country, like Japan or Germany, they get a unique tag that indicates their country of origin, which is viewable in their summary page.

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How to Get Gigantamax Snorlax in Pokemon Sword and Shield https://www.gameskinny.com/9vnvt/how-to-get-gigantamax-snorlax-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield https://www.gameskinny.com/9vnvt/how-to-get-gigantamax-snorlax-in-pokemon-sword-and-shield Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:16:54 -0500 Jonny Foster

So, Gigantamax Snorlax has been unleashed upon Galar. You now have until January 4, 2020 to find, defeat, and catch it. But just how do you find the majestic Giga-chungus in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Below, we outline how to access a special raid to spawn the Snorlax, as well as how to beat it and how to capture it. We include the Snorlax's weaknesses and what Pokemon are best used against it. And we share what pokeballs are best for capturing it. 

How to Get Gigantamax Snorlax: Summoning the Sumo King

Gigantamax Snorlax is a Promoted Raid. You can easily force your copy of Pokemon Sword or Shield to spawn a special raid, making this step easier.  

Go to Mystery Gift in the menus. Then select Get the Wild Area News. The game will automatically spawn a Promoted Raid in one of the Wild Area dens.

Spawning a Promoted Raid will require access to the internet. Once you do so, you should receive a message prompting you to "go have a look in those Pokemon Dens!". 

You may need to clear out all of the existing raids in your game before the Promoted Raid can spawn. Don't panic if you don't see Snorlax immediately.

Once you've hunted down the correct den, make sure to save your game in front of it. Doing so allows you multiple attempts at catching Snorlax in quick succession. Promoted Raids have lowered capture rates compared to the regularly spawning raids in the Wild Area. 

Conquering the Colossus

Once you have saved your game, enter the raid battle. Snorlax, a plain Normal-type, is weak to Fighting-type moves. A heavy hitter like Gigantamax Machamp would be a solid Pokemon to take with you. 

Of course, if you have completed the game, then EternatusZacian, or Zamazenta are probably your best bets. 

All three of these Pokemon have moves that deal double damage to Dynamaxed targets. Dynamax Cannon for Eternatus and Behemoth Blade/Bash for the Sword and Shield doggos work wonders. Using these moves, you can easily beat a 5-star Gigantamax Snorlax. 

Equipping Leftovers to your Pokemon is also a good strategy to adopt. Taking down Snorlax can take a long time, so being able to out-grind the target is incredibly valuable in raids. 

Catching the Chungus

Once you have managed to defeat Gigantamax Snorlax, you have two main options for capturing them.

Repeat Balls will give you the best odds (3.5x) if you have already caught that Pokemon. Dusk Balls will give you the best odds (3x). Raid dens count as caves for the purpose of using Dusk Balls.

If your Gigantamax Snorlax breaks out of the ball, you can either close your game and reload your save for another try, or you can repeat the process and search for your new G-Max raid if you consider this an exploit. There have been mixed reactions to Raid exploits from the community, after all.

For more tips on raid battles, check out our Raid Guide, or check out our full list of guides for Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Best Pokemon Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/j3tl8/pokemon-sword-and-shield-best-pokemon-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/j3tl8/pokemon-sword-and-shield-best-pokemon-tier-list Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:55:45 -0500 Sergey_3847

There are over 400 Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield, which can be a bit overwhelming if one decides to catch the best Pokemon out there. But no worries, as this tier list of the best Pokemon will help you find and catch only the top-tier monsters.

All of the Pokemon listed below are good for different purposes. Some are good at attacking, while others are great at defenses. Either way keep on reading for more information on the best Pokemon in Sword and Shield.

S-Tier Pokemon

Dreepy/Drakloak/Dragapult

Why it's the best:

  • One of the fastest Pokemon in the game
  • Best physical Dragon in the game
  • Huge pool of moves

Where to find Dreepy:

  • Lake of Outrage

Best movesets for Dragapult:

  • Dragon Dance
  • Dragon Darts
  • Phantom Force
  • Disable/Substitute/Will-O-Wisp
Toxel/Toxtricity

Why it's the best:

  • Immune to Toxic damage
  • Super resistant to common types
  • Unpredictable moves

Where to find Toxel:

  • Motostoke Riverbank
  • Bridge Field
  • Route 7

Best movesets for Toxtricity:

  • Overdrive
  • Boomburst
  • Fire Punch
  • Toxic/Sludge Bomb/Shift Gear/Taunt
Rookidee/Corvisquire/Corviknight

Why it's the best:

  • Excellent defense abilities
  • One of the only few Pokemon that can effectively beat ghost types

Where to find Rookidee:

  • Route 2
  • Motostoke Riverbank
  • Slumbering Weald

Best movesets for Corviknight:

  • Brave Bird/Body Press
  • Roost
  • Taunt
  • Defog/U-turn
Impidimp/Morgrem/Grimmsnarl

 

Why it's the best:

  • Wide range of physical moves
  • Fits a vast number of teams
  • Very splashable

Where to find Impidimp:

  • Motostoke Outskirts
  • Stony Wilderness

Best movesets for Grimmsnarl:

  • Taunt/Swagger
  • Darkest Lariat/Foul Play
  • Thunder Punch/Spirit Break/Fire Punch
  • Thunder Wave
Darumaka/Darmanitan

Why it's the best:

  • Extremely high attack stat
  • One of the best offensive Pokemon in the game

Where to find Darumaka:

  • Route 8
  • Route 10

Best movesets for Darmanitan:

  • Icicle Crash
  • U-turn
  • Earthquake
  • Flare Blitz

A-Tier Pokemon

Scorbunny/Raboot/Cinderace

Why it's great:

  • Solid attack and speed stats
  • Gains STAB on every move

Where to find Scorbunny:

  • Fire starter Pokemon

Best movesets for Cinderace:

  • Pyro Ball/Flare Blitz
  • High Jump Kick/Low Kick
  • U-turn
  • Zen Headbutt/Gunk Shot/Fire Punch
Dracovish

Why it's great:

  • Strongest water Pokemon in the game
  • Provides many opportunities for wallbreaking

Where to find Dracovish:

  • Fossil Lady at Route 6 (Fossilized Fish + Fossilized Drake)

Best movesets for Dracovish:

  • Fishious Rend
  • Crunch
  • Psychic Fangs
  • Low Kick
Corsola

Why it's great:

  • Capable of wallbreaking every single physical threat

Where to find Corsola:

  • Giant's Mirror

Best movesets for Corsola:

  • Stealth Rock
  • Will-O-Wisp
  • Strength Sap
  • Night Shade
Cufant/Copperajah

Why it's great:

  • Huge base attack
  • Highly versatile pool of moves

Where to find Cufant:

  • Bridge Field

Best movesets for Copperajah:

  • Iron Head
  • Rock Slide
  • Earthquake
  • Stealth Rock
Applin/Flapple/Appletun

Why it's great:

  • Lots of ways of restoring HP
  • Doubles the effects of berries

Where to find Applin:

  • Route 5
  • Stony Wilderness
  • Dusty Bowl
  • Giant's Mirror

Best movesets for Appletun:

  • Recycle
  • Apple Acid
  • Leech Seed
  • Body Press/Draco Meteor

B-Tier Pokemon

Sobble/Drizzile/Inteleon

Why it's good:

  • Impressive stats for special attacker

Where to find Sobble:

  • Water starter Pokemon

Best movesets for Inteleon:

  • Snipe Shot/Hydro Pump
  • Ice Beam
  • Dark Pulse/Air Slash
  • U-turn
Grookey/Thwackey/Rillaboom

Why it's good:

  • Bulky design makes it a good team Pokemon

Where to find Grookey:

  • Grass starter Pokemon

Best movesets for Rillaboom:

  • Wood Hammer
  • Superpower
  • Knock Off
  • U-turn
Hatenna/Hattrem/Hatterene

Why it's good:

  • Great apecial attack stat
  • Huge pool of utility moves

Where to find Hatenna:

  • Motostoke Outskirts
  • Stony Wilderness
  • Hammerlocke Hills

Best movesets for Hatterenne:

  • Rest
  • Psychic
  • Dazzling Gleam/Sleep Talk
  • Mystical Fire
Sizzlipede/Centiskorch

Why it's good:

  • Has plenty of useful resistances for Grass, Fairy, Fighting, Ice, Bug, and Steel.

Where to find Sizzlipede:

  • Route 3

Best movesets for Centiskorch:

  • Fire Lash
  • Leech Life
  • Will-O-Wisp / Mystical Fire
  • Knock Off / Power Whip
Duraludon

Why it's good:

  • Gains bulk and extra fire power

Where to find Duraludon:

  • Route 10
  • Lake of Outrage

Best movesets for Duraludon:

  • Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor
  • Flash Cannon
  • Thunderbolt
  • Stealth Rock

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/sra80/pokemon-sword-and-shield-max-raid-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/sra80/pokemon-sword-and-shield-max-raid-guide Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:57:07 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Pokemon Sword and Shield max raid battles are one of the coolest new features in the new Pokemon games. In max raids, you can team with up to three other players and take on a Dynamax (supersized) Pokemon for loot and rewards. You can even Dynamax your own Pokemon to make them do extreme amounts of damage.

That said, it's not immediately clear through gameplay how to get into a Max Raid, or even why you'd want to.

You can join a Max Raid with your friends in local communication mode, but the Max Raid system really comes alive when you go online and join players around the world to take on Max Raid challenges together at any time of day.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Guide

How to Get Online in Pokemon Sword and Shield

You'll need to progress through the storyline until you've met Sonia, the Professor. She'll give you your Y-Comm, the online communication device, around the same time that you and your rival Hop leave Wedgehurst for Motostoke and land in the Wild Area.

Once you earn the Y-Comm, all you need to do is press 'Y' to access the menu from which you can orchestrate trades, battles, and card swaps. This is how sharing Max Raid stamps via online and local communication works as well.

When you're in the Y-Comm menu, all you have to do to get online is hit the '+' button, and you'll connect online within seconds.

How to Get Into a Max Raid in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Joining a Max Raid is similar to trading with other players, but it's still a bit different. To enter the queue for a max raid, interact with one of the various stone circles lying on the ground in the Wild Area. They will have a red beacon shining out through the top.

You'll get a small quantity of "W" as a reward for interacting with the structure on your first try. On your second try, you'll enter a Max Raid queue menu.

Another way to get into a Max Raid is by filtering your "Stamps" for Max Raid only and joining directly from the Y-Comm.

Here, you'll get information about the Pokemon that you'll be fighting in the raid. If you haven't yet encountered it, it'll show up as a silhouette on the left side of the screen.

You can invite friends on the right-hand menu, or you can switch the Pokemon that you'll bring into battle with you. You can also set a Link Code, which makes it so that only other players with the same Link Code can join your Max Raid.

It's important to note that even if you don't fill up each spot on the roster before a Max Raid, Pokemon Sword and Shield will still give you NPC teammates to fill in for real players.

It's also important to note that Dynamax raid bosses are quite difficult to beat, and your Pokemon will not scale in level to match them. It's not a great idea to begin raiding until you have a Pokemon that's at least Level 30.

Dynamaxing your own Pokemon is possible at the beginning of a Max Raid, but you only stay Dynamaxed for three turns. It also seems that only one Pokemon is able to be Dynamaxed per team, total. Once the Dynamax buff wears off, that's it. So decide which Pokemon gets Dynamaxed before the battle begins.

Once the raid itself is completed, you get a chance to catch the Pokemon you battled against. If you manage to catch it, you get plenty of valuable item rewards, including Exp. Candies, Berries, and at least one Dynamax Candy which you can use to level your Pokemon's Dynamax level up by one.

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Congratulations on finishing your first Max Raid!

That wraps up our guide on Pokemon Sword and Shield max raid tips and tricks. Stay tuned for more Pokemon Sword and Shield guides, and be sure to check out the following:

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Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to Trade Online https://www.gameskinny.com/ail54/pokemon-sword-and-shield-how-to-trade-online https://www.gameskinny.com/ail54/pokemon-sword-and-shield-how-to-trade-online Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:17:54 -0500 Gabriel Moss

As you play through Pokemon Sword and Shield, you might start wondering how to trade online. Sword and Shield are far more social than previous entries. No matter which of the two games you choose to play, trading your Pokemon with other players online has never been easier.

Trading Pokemon with others online is only possible if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which lets you link up to the internet at any time.

There are also multiple types of online trades, including a Surprise Trade (like the Wonder Trade from past generations), which lets you send a Pokemon away in exchange for a random one from a random trainer online.

Trading with friends, on the other hand, is less straightforward via the internet. But it's certainly possible. Read on for our guide on how to trade Pokemon online in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

How to Get Online in Pokemon Sword and Shield

You'll need to progress through the storyline until you've met Sonia, the Professor. She'll give you your Y-Comm, the online communication device, around the same time that you and your rival Hop leave Wedgehurst for Motostoke and land in the Wild Area.

Once you earn the Y-Comm, all you need to do is press 'Y' to access the menu from which you can orchestrate trades, battles, and card swaps. This is how trading with friends via local communication works as well.

When you're in the Y-Comm menu, all you have to do to get online is hit the '+' button and you'll connect online within seconds.

How to Make Trades Online in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Once you're online, trading is as simple as choosing one of the trade types from the left-hand menu. You can choose to Link Trade or Surprise Trade, and Nintendo Switch Online will match you up with a trading partner from the internet in both cases. You can even run around and play the game regularly while the Y-Comm does its work in the background.

Link Trades work like you'd expect them to; once you're matched up with a trading partner, you both pick and choose Pokemon to trade.

Both players get a limited opportunity to consent to what they're trading their own 'mon for, as the other player's choice will appear on the right side of your screen once they've selected it. Surprise Trades, on the other hand, are completely random.

If trading with friends is of interest, you're going to run into some issues. Attempting to trade with a friend from your Nintendo Switch friend list is definitely possible, but it requires additional orchestration from outside of the game.

Both trading partners will have to enter the same Link Code when attempting to Link Trade together, but it's difficult to get the system to recognize a friend who's online in the game, even if both trading partners have registered the same link code.

That said, trading with friends online is very hit-or-miss in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It's far more straightforward via local communication.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Curry Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/er07l/pokemon-sword-and-shield-curry-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/er07l/pokemon-sword-and-shield-curry-guide Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:46:26 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield curry cooking is more than just a simple mini-game. Curry in Sword and Shield brings with it an array of benefits depending on the type you make. 

While making curry is fairly simple on the surface, it's important because it has many uses, such as restoring HP, improving friendship ratings, and removing status effects.

There are some tips and tricks to keep in mind to make the best curries and fill up the Curry Dex. This Pokemon Sword and Shield curry guide fills you in. 

How to Make Curry in Pokemon Sword and Shield

You can start making curry as soon as you enter the Wild Area  the first time and Sonia gives you the camping gear. From there, you'll need Berries and curry ingredients.

You'll have to complete the cooking mini-game to do so. Pro-tip: fan the flames a lot. After that, your creation is assigned one of five ranks, each with its own set of effects.

Koffin Class (1 Star)

Get 1 Star to get this class. It heals 25% HP. It also gives a small EXP boost and a small friendship boost.

Wobbuffet Class (2 Stars)

Get 2 Stars to get this class. It Heals 50% HP. It also gives a slightly bigger EXP boost and increases friendship.

Milcery Class (3 Stars)

Get 3 Stars to get this class. It completely heals HP, removes status effects, doubles the EXP boost from Wobbuffet class, and increases friendship even more

Copperjah Class (4 Stars)

Get 4 Stars to get this class. It completely restores HP and PP, removes status effects, doubles EXP boost from Milcery class, and offers a substantial friendship boost.

Charizard Class (5 Stars)

Get 5 Stars to get this class. It completely restores HP and PP, removes status effects, doubles EXP boost from Copperjah class, and offers a huge friendship boost.

Pokemon sword and shield curry taste rating for Copperajah Class.

The game doesn't clue you in on how to achieve the higher ranks.

Technically, you can make curry with as few as two Berries, but you won't get much higher than Wobbuffet Class that way. You'll actually need to fill up the cutting board, which means using 10 Berries. However, there's a catch here too.

Using common Berries also won't net you the best results. You'll want to find rare Berries — or ones with stronger tastes ("very spicy" for example) to throw in the mix. It doesn't seem like you need to have all 10 rare Berries, but the more the better.

There are also size variations to what you make. If your lead Pokemon is very large, you'll get a large curry. Super small Pokemon result in smaller curry. It doesn't seem as if the size variations for each are required to fill out the Curry Dex, though.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Berry List

The berry list below contains all of the berries in Pokemon Sword and Shield. The dashes simply denote that there aren't enough of a certain variety to be included. 

Spicy Dry Sour Sweet Bitter
Cheri Chesto Aspear Pecha Rawst
Figy (very) Hondew Wiki Mago (very) Aguav
Pomeg Wiki Iapapa (very) Pomeg Hondew
Qualot Passho (very) Grepa Qualot Coba (very)
Tamato (very) Yache Wacan Grepa Haban (very)
Occa (very) Kebia Yache Wacan Ganlon
Rindo Charti (very) Kebia Shuca Jaboca (very)
Chople Chilan (very) Colbur (very) Payapa (very) Kee
Tanga (very) Ganlon Apicot Kasib (very) Maranga
Babiri (very) Apicot Lansat Liechi ---
Liechi Micle (very) Starf Salac ---
Petaya --- Rowap Custap ---
Kee (very) --- --- Roseli ---
 
How to Farm Berries in Sword and Shield

You find berries everywhere in Sword and Shield. There's at least one Berry Tree on every route, plus a ton of them scattered about in the Wild Area.

You can farm the basic ones, like Oran and Cheri, from the Berry Merchant in Wedgehurst, though those won't let you make the best curries.

What you get from a Berry Tree is completely random in type and quantity. There's always a chance you'll have a Skwovet fall on your head and steal your Berries. Still, it's the only way to get the best Berries.

Finally, rarer Berries with stronger flavors are more often found in out of the way areas, like the island in the Axew's Eye Lake. Some of these require the Rotom Bike upgrade that lets you ride on water, which you won't be able to pick up until Route 9.

Where to Find Curry Ingredients

You also need curry ingredients on top of Berries. We have a full curry ingredients list below, but these range from things like Brittle Bones to a Tin of Beans and even Fried Food.

Pokemon Sword and Shield curry rating for Koffing Class.

You might come across some of these as hidden (sparkly) items on the ground in the Wild Area, but for the most part, you'll need to buy curry ingredients from Watt Vendors in the Wild Area.

Like everything else these Vendors offer, the selection is random, as is the Vendor location.

However, you can typically expect to find a Watt Vendor with curry ingredients near the edge of the lake (enter the Wild Area near the train station and just go straight).

Pokemon Sword and Shield Curry Dex

Below is the complete Curry Dex, including all curry ingredients — and yes, some of them are completely ridiculous sounding. Salad Curry, anyone? They are in alphabetical order. 

Bach's Food Tin

Rich Curry. Spicy Rich Curry. Dry Rich Curry. Sour Rich Curry. Sweet Rich Curry. Bitter Rich Curry.

Bob's Food Tin

Juicy Curry. Spicy Juicy Curry. Dry Juicy Curry. Sour Juicy Curry. Sweet Juicy Curry. Bitter Juicy Curry. 

Boiled Egg

Boiled Egg Curry. Spicy Boiled Egg Curry. Dry Boiled Egg Curry. Sour Boiled Egg Curry. Sweet Boiled Egg Curry. Bitter Boiled Egg Curry.

Bread

Toast Curry. Spicy Toast Curry. Dry Toast Curry. Sour Toast Curry. Sweet Toast Curry. Bitter Toast Curry. 

Brittle Bones

Bone Curry. Spicy Bone Curry. Dry Bone Curry. Sour Bone Curry. Sweet Bone Curry. Bitter Bone Curry.

Coconut Milk

Coconut Curry. Spicy Coconut Curry. Dry Coconut Curry. Sour Coconut Curry. Sweet Coconut Curry. Bitter Coconut Curry. 

Fancy Apple

Apple Curry. Spicy Apple Curry. Dry Apple Curry. Sour Apple Curry. Sweet Apple Curry. Bitter Apple Curry.

Fresh Cream

Whipped Cream Curry. Spicy Whipped Cream Curry. Dry Whipped Cream Curry. Sour Whipped Cream Curry. Sweet Whipped Cream Curry. Bitter Whipped Cream Curry.

Fried Food

Fired Food Curry. Spicy Fired Food Curry. Dry Fired Food Curry. Sour Fired Food Curry. Sweet Fired Food Curry. Bitter Fired Food Curry.

Fruit Bunch

Tropical Curry. Spicy Tropical Curry. Dry Tropical Curry. Sour Tropical Curry. Sweet Tropical Curry. Bitter Tropical Curry. 

Instant Noodles

Instant Noodle Curry. Spicy Instant Noodle Curry. Sour Instant Noodle Curry. Sweet Instant Noodle Curry. Bitter Instant Noodle Curry.

Large Leek

Leek Curry. Spicy Leek Curry. Dry Leek Curry. Sour Leek Curry. Sweet Leek Curry. Bitter Leek Curry.

Mixed Mushroom Curry

Mushroom Medley Curry. Spicy Mushroom Medley Curry. Dry Mushroom Medley Curry. Sour Mushroom Medley Curry. Sweet Mushroom Medley Curry. Bitter Mushroom Medley Curry.

Moomoo Cheese

Cheese Covered Curry. Spicy Cheese Covered Curry. Dry Cheese Covered Curry. Sour Cheese Covered Curry. Sweet Cheese Covered Curry. Bitter Cheese Covered Curry.

Packaged Curry

Decorative Curry. Spicy Decorative Curry. Dry Decorative Curry. Sour Decorative Curry. Sweet Decorative Curry. Bitter Decorative Curry. 

Pack of Potatoes

Plenty-of-Potato Curry. Spicy Plenty-of-Potato Curry. Dry Plenty-of-Potato Curry. Sour Plenty-of-Potato Curry. Sweet Plenty-of-Potato Curry. Bitter Plenty-of-Potato Curry.

Pasta

Pasta Curry. Spicy Pasta Curry. Dry Pasta Curry. Sour Pasta Curry. Sweet Pasta Curry. Bitter Pasta Curry.

Pre-Cooked Burger

Burger Steak Curry. Spicy Burger Steak Curry. Dry Burger Steak Curry. Sour Burger Steak Curry. Sweet Burger Steak Curry. Bitter Burger Steak Curry. 

Plain

Curry. Spicy Curry. Dry Curry. Sour Curry. Sweet Curry. Bitter Curry. 

Pungent Root

Herb Medley Curry. Spicy Herb Medley Curry. Dry Herb Medley Curry. Sour Herb Medley Curry. Sweet Herb Medley Curry. Bitter Herb Medley Curry.

Salad Mix

Salad Curry. SpicySalad Curry. Dry Salad Curry. Sour Salad Curry. Sweet Salad Curry. Bitter Salad Curry.

Sausage

Sausage Curry. Spicy Sausage Curry. Dry Sausage Curry. Sour Sausage Curry. Sweet Sausage Curry. Bitter Sausage Curry. 

Spice Mix

Seasoned Curry. Spicy Seasoned Curry. Dry Seasoned Curry. Sour Seasoned Curry. Sweet Seasoned Curry. Bitter Seasoned Curry.

Smoke Poke Tail

Smoked Tail Curry. Spicy Smoked Tail Curry. Dry Smoked Tail Curry.Sour Smoked Tail Curry. Sweet Smoked Tail Curry. Bitter Smoked Tail Curry.

Tin of Beans

Bean Medley Curry. Spicy Bean Medley Curry. Dry Bean Medley Curry. Sour Bean Medley Curry. Sweet Bean Medley Curry. Bitter Bean Medley Curry.

Last Curry Recipe: Gigantamax Curry

After you've cooked all those, there's still one more curry recipe to whip up: Gigantamax Curry. You can only do this with Gigantamix and 10 Berries of differing flavors, and Gigantamix comes as a potential reward for completing a PokeJob.

There doesn't seem to be any specific Job that offers this as a reward, so just try to prioritize PokeJobs with higher star ratings, and make sure you're sending out Pokemon that meet the specified requirements.

Your Reward for Completing the Curry Dex

Now that you've finally completed the Curry Dex, what do you get? Well, it's sort of a mixed bag, the Pokemon version of finding all the Boos in Luigi's Mansion 3.

You get a set of gold curry cooking utensils you can use at any time. That's great — but you've also already made every kind of curry at least once. Still, it's something.

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That's all you need to know to make the best curry in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield guides for more tips to make you the best trainer in Galar.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Special Evolution Methods https://www.gameskinny.com/g97sa/pokemon-sword-and-shield-special-evolution-methods https://www.gameskinny.com/g97sa/pokemon-sword-and-shield-special-evolution-methods Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:34:49 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce a number of new evolution methods for some of its quirkier Pokemon, while tweaking some of the location-based evolution methods from previous games.

Our handy Sword and Shield evolution guide covers them all to help you get those elusive 'mons you want.

Applin Evolution Methods — How to Evolve Applin

Applin is the Grass/Dragon Pokemon that's basically a Dragon worm living in an apple. You can find it in the Wild Area, but the easiest way to find it is Route 5 as a surprise encounter.

Applin's evolution split is version-dependent, because each version gets a different evolution item for Applin.

In Sword, it evolves into Flapple after you use the Tart Apple on it. 

Alternatively, in Shield it gets Appletun after you give Applin a Sweet Apple.

Where to Find Tart Apple and Sweet Apple

Both items are found in two specific places in their respective versions.

The surefire way to get a Tart Apple or Sweet Apple is by heading to Hammerlocke. Near the Route 6 exist is an NPC who tells you how much he wants to show his love to his beloved — with an Applin.

He asks for yours, but fret not. He eventually gives it back, gets his own, and in return, gives you a Sweet Apple (Shield) or a Tart Apple (Sword).

These also randomly spawn on the island in Axew's Eye in the Wild Area near the tree, and there's a small chance you'll get one by visiting a Battle Cafe and battling the owner, but the Hammerlocke NPC is your best bet if you just want one.

From there, give the item on your Applin as a hold item, and the evolution will start.

Sinistea Evolution Methods — How to Evolve Sinistea

Sinistea, the Ghost-type teapot, also requires an item, though it's available in any version. You'll use either the Chipped Pot or the Cracked Pot, but it gets a bit confusing here.

There are two kinds of Sinistea: normal (Forged) and rare (Authentic). Both are found in Glimwood Tangle as surprise encounters, and the only way to tell the difference is a little stamp of authenticity on the bottom. You can see it when you Dynamax Sinistea, but the easiest way to tell which kind you have is just by checking the evolution item required.

Normal/Forged Sinistea can only be evolved using the Cracked Pot item.

The Rare/Authentic Sinistea can only be evolved using the Chipped Pot item.

Once found, give it to Sinistea as a hold item for it to evolve.

Where to Find the Cracked Pot and Chipped Pot

Finding the Cracked Pot to evolve a normal/Forged Sinistea is simple.

In Stow-on-Side, there's a ladder on your right as you're heading towards the Gym. Climb it and follow the path to get a Cracked Pot. Alternatively, you can sometimes find them for sale at the Bargain Store in Stow-on-Side.

The Chipped Pot for evolving a rare/Authentic Sinistea can only be found in Stow-on-Side's Bargain Store. The shop's selection rotates daily, so if you don't see it one day, there's a high chance of finding it the next day.

Milcery Evolution Methods — How to Evolve Milcery

Milcery's evolution method is a bit of a doozy, with a bunch of different outcomes depending on how you go about it. It has seven different evolution options!

Just to note: Milcery itself can be found on Route 4 as a surprise encounter or in Max Raids, the Bridge Field, or Giant's Mirror sections of the Wild Area.

After that, head to one of the game's Battle Cafes. These can be found in

  • Motostoke
  • Hammerlocke
  • Wyndon

You can challenge the Cafe Master in these once per day, with a chance of getting a special evolution-related item. Some of these are for Pokemon like Swirlix, but there's also a chance you'll get one of seven different Milcery evolution items.

  • Strawberry Sweet
  • Berry Sweet
  • Love Sweet
  • Star Sweet
  • Clover Sweet
  • Flower Sweet
  • Ribbon Sweet

Any of these items will work for evolving Milcery into Alcremie, with the only change in outcome being what Alcremie has adorning its head and its eye color.

With sweet item in hand, give it to Milcery as a hold item. Then, spin to whip its cream up and evolve it into Alcremie.

Alcremie Forms Guide

You've probably seen videos of the cute little spin your avatar can do, where you rotate the left stick continuously to put them into a spin, and then when you stop, they strike a pose like Champion Leon's.

For evolving Milcery, when and how you spin determines what Alcremie will ultimately look like.

Alremie Result Spin Requirements
  Vanilla Cream (plain white) Spin clockwise during the day.
  Ruby Cream (pinkish tinge)  Spin counterclockwise during the day.
Matcha Cream (greenish tinge) Spin clockwise at night.
Salted Cream (pure white) Spin counterclockwise at night.
Mint Cream (blueish-green tinge)  Spin counterclockwise for more than five seconds at night.
Lemon Swirl (white with yellow streaks) Spin clockwise for more than five seconds at night.
Caramel Swirl (white with light brown streaks) Spin clockwise for more than five seconds during the day.
Ruby Swirl (white with pinkish streaks)  Spin counterclockwise for over five seconds during the day.
Rainbow Swirl (all possible colors) Spin counterclockwise for over 10 seconds at dusk (between 5pm and 5:59pm).

 

Farfetch'd Evolution Method — How to Get Sirfetch'd

Farfetch'd finally gets an evolution, but it's exclusive to Pokemon Sword.

You'll need a Farfetch'd obviously, so head to Route 5 for that, and then you need to get three critical hits in one battle.

The easiest way to do that is to teach Farfetch'd Focus Energy. To do that, go to Motostoke and speak to the NPC outside the record store. He'll give you Technical Record 13, which teaches Focus Energy, but only once.

If you've already used TR13, you'll just have to hope you get lucky in a Max Raid battle in the Wild Area.

From there, get into a fight with a sturdy opponent. Use Focus Energy, then choose a weak attack like Peck. Repeat until you score three critical hits.

Alternatively, you could use False Swipe instead of a weak move. It never knocks your opponent out, and you can buy the TM94 for it early on.

Clobbopus Evolution Method — How to Get Grapploct

Grapploct is one of Sword and Shield's more popular new Pokemon. You can technically catch one outright in the Wild Area as a possible strong spawn, but it'll probably be way too high level to catch and/or demolish you with a suction cup.

So, the easiest way is just to raise it from a Clobbopus. You'll find these on Route 9, or you might get lucky and come across one in a Max Raid or the Wild Area's Dusty Bowl and North Lake Miloch.

Clobbopus evolve into Grapploct once it levels up while knowing the move Taunt.

You can do one of two things:

  • You can raise it to level 35, when it learns Taunt naturally, then level it up once more (EXP Candies from Max Raids would help here).
  • Or, if you can check the Watt Vendors in the Wild Area to see if any of them are hawking TR37, which teaches Taunt.

Toxel Evolution — How to Get Each Toxitricity

Toxel's evolution branch isn't quite as complicated as Applin's. Like Milcery, the changes are largely aesthetic.

Toxel is the adorably sullen Poison/Electric baby-looking Pokemon, and while you can find it on Route 7, you can also get a level 1 Toxel free of charge by visiting the Day Care on Route 5 and speaking with the NPC in the lobby.

Toxel needs to level up to 30 to evolve into Toxitricity, and its nature determines which kind of Toxitricity you get.

The only difference apart from how they look is that Amped Toxitricity can learn Venoshock, while Low-Key Tocitricity learns Venom Drench.

Amped-Form Toxitricity

Level Toxel up to 30 if it has any of the following Natures:

  • Adamant
  • Brave
  • Docile
  • Hardy
  • Hasty
  • Impish
  • Jolly
  • Lax
  • Naive
  • Naughty
  • Rash
  • Quirky
  • Sassy
Low-Key Form Toxitricity

Level Toxel up to 30 if it has any of the following Natures:

  • Bashful
  • Bold
  • Calm
  • Careful
  • Gentle
  • Lonely
  • Mild
  • Modest
  • Quiet
  • Relaxed
  • Serious
  • Timid

Galarian Yamask Evolution — How to Evolve Yamask

Galarian Yamask lives in Route 6, and its evolution is as finnicky as Farfetch'd's.

You'll need it to take 49 points or more of damage in one hit, and then walk under the Giant Arch in the Dusty Bowl portion of the Wild Area. After that, it'll evolve into Runerigus, a Ground/Ghost type.

Pokemon with Changed Evolution Methods

There are a few Pokemon who evolve differently in Sword and Shield.

Eevee — How to Get Glaceon and Leafeon

Since there aren't any location specific evolution methods in Gen VIII, you just need to use an Ice Stone to get Glaceon and a Leaf Stone to get Leafeon. The Digging Duo near the Wild Area Day Care is the best way to get elemental stones.

Galarian Darumaka — How to Get Galarian Darmanitan

This one's equally as simple. Use an Ice Stone on the Sword-exclusive Galarian Darumaka (after catching one on Route 8 or Route 10), and you'll have your Galarian Darmanitan

Charjabug — How to Get Vikavolt in Sword and Shield

Charjabug might pop up in the Wild Area, or you can just find Grubbin on Route 1 if you're lucky. Either way, once you've got your Charjabug, you'll only need to use a Thunderstone to get Vikavolt.

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That's it for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's weird evolution methods, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides for more tips and tricks to make you a Pokemon master.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Fossil Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/x1h8r/pokemon-sword-and-shield-fossil-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/x1h8r/pokemon-sword-and-shield-fossil-guide Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:16:12 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

In Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils are handled a bit differently from previous Pokemon games. The basic premise is the same, but things go off the rails at a certain point — which you'll see soon enough.

You still find rare fossils (the type of which varies depending on your version), take them to the right person, and presto — you've got some ancient Pokemon brought back to life.

This Sword and Shield guide will tell you what fossils are, which fossils are (presumably) in each version of the game, where you can find fossils, how to revive fossils, and which Pokemon are fossils. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Fossils Guide

Unlike Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, the fossils in Sword and Shield are completely new. There are four of them total:

  • Fossilized Bird
  • Fossilized Fish
  • Fossilized Drake
  • Fossilized Dino

You actually have to combine two fossils to create your new ancient Pokemon. It's not a gimmick to make you buy both versions, though. Each version has two fossil types you're more likely to get.

Sword
  • Fossilized Bird
  • Fossilized Dino
Shield
  • Fossilized Fish
  • Fossilized Drake

Whether Sword and Shield fossils are exclusive to each game, we really aren't sure yet. Some players have reported getting all four in one version, some didn't get the other version's fossils until after they won the Champion Cup, and some started seeing all four after they traded for the other version's fossils.

Either way, plan on finding the two fossils associated with your version unless you trade for them (with the fossil acting as a held item).

Sword and Shield Fossil Locations

You won't buy your fossils in Sword and Shield, though there are a few different places you can get them from.

Wild Area Fossils

Fossils may randomly appear as hidden items — the sparkly things on the ground — in the Dusty Bowl region of the Wild Area (center of the square area near Hammerlocke). Specifically, you'll be looking near the giant rock under the Stone Arch.

Each of the four fossil types has a chance of randomly spawning as a hidden item there, noting the possible version exclusivity mentioned above.

The Digging Duo

Another way to obtain fossils is also in the Wild Area. In Bridge Field, near the Wild Area Day Care, you'll find the Digging Duo. These brothers will excavate the surrounding cliffside for a fee of 500 watts and bring back a variety of different treasures, some of which include fossils. It's completely random what you'll get, though, and your chances depend on which brother you choose.

The Reward brother has a higher chance of netting you something great — like a fossil. But has lower stamina, meaning he'll only bring back one or two items. The Stamina brother is the opposite — lower chances of rare items, but he'll bring back three to five.

Stow-on-Side

Finally, the easiest, most surefire way to get fossils is visiting the Pokemon Center in Stow-on-Side, where one of the NPCs will give you two fossils for free.

How to Revive Fossils in Sword and Shield

If you've made it to Stow-on-Side yet, you've probably already figured this one out for yourself. On Route 6, behind the campsite, is a professor who's studying ancient things, including fossils. She'll combine two of your fossils to revive (or create?) a new Pokemon for you.

Sword and Shield Fossil Pokemon 

Below are the fossil combinations and what Pokemon you'll get from each in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Dracovish
  • Type: Water/Dragon
  • Combination: Fossilized Drake + Fossilized Fish
Dracozolt
  • Type: Electric/Dragon
  • Combination: Fossilized Drake + Fossilized Dino
Arctovish
  • Type: Water/Ice
  • Combination: Fossilized Bird + Fossilized Fish
Arctozolt
  • Type: Electric/Ice
  • Combination: Fossilized Bird + Fossilized Dino

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That's all you need to know about Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils, plus how to revive fossils. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield guides for more tips to get the most out of your Galar adventure.

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Can You Transfer Pokemon to Sword and Shield Using Pokemon Bank? https://www.gameskinny.com/q75s5/can-you-transfer-pokemon-to-sword-and-shield-using-pokemon-bank https://www.gameskinny.com/q75s5/can-you-transfer-pokemon-to-sword-and-shield-using-pokemon-bank Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:21:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Pokedex doesn't include all the Pokemon ever created, which you probably know unless you've been able to ignore the furor surrounding that particular design choice. That means what you see in the Galar Pokedex — all 400 Pokemon — is almost all you get.

Previous Pokemon games would let you transfer other 'mon in using Pokemon Bank, a storage platform that lets you keep far more Pokemon than you could hope to store in the PC Boxes. This would be a way to transfer, say, your favorite Psyduck from Pokemon HeartGold to Pokemon Ultra Moon. It even applied to a Pokemon not found natively in that game's region.

However, Pokemon Bank isn't compatible with Sword and Shield. Its replacement app, Pokemon Home, will take on that role, connecting the Switch Pokemon games to Pokemon GO and the 3DS Pokemon games — X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.

The trouble is that Pokemon Home won't release until early 2020, so if you're itching to import your legendaries from previous Gens, you'll just have to wait.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are a bit different. Because there's no real National Pokedex featuring pokemon from other regions, what you can transfer using Bank is fairly limited. However, you can still transfer some Pokemon to Sword and Shield using Pokemon Bank.

Pokemon You Can Transfer to SwSh using Home

Alongside Bulbasaur, Here's the list of all Pokemon you'll be able to transfer to Sword and Shield once Pokemon Home releases on Nintendo Switch.

Blastoise Meltan
Brionne Mew
Celebi Mewtwo
Cobalion Necrozma
Cosmog Popplio
Cosmoem Primarina
Dartrix Reshiram
Decidueye Rowlet
Incineroar Solgaleo
Ivysaur Squirtle
Jirachi Terrakion
Keldeo Torracat
Kyurem Venusaur
Litten Virizion
Lunala Wartortle
Marshadow Zekrom
Melmetal Zeraora


Will More Pokemon be Added to the SwSh Dex?

The answer is more than likely not. Game Freak has said on multiple occasions it has no plans to add more Pokemon to the Galar Dex and will, instead, provide ways to interact with your older Pokemon in Pokemon Home.

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It's a bit of bad news if you're wanting to transfer lots of older 'mon to the latest Pokemon games, but check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides to help you get the most out of the 'mon you'll find in Galar anyway.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield TM List: All TM Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/cajnn/pokemon-sword-and-shield-tm-list-all-tm-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/cajnn/pokemon-sword-and-shield-tm-list-all-tm-locations Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:02:55 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield continue the grand old tradition of scattering nearly 100 TMs throughout the region, many of which are brand new. We're going to go over all the Pokemon Sword and Shield TM locations in a list here.

Like Gen VII before it, the TMs in Sword and Shield don't break after you use them. To balance these infinite uses, some of the more powerful moves, like Flamethrower, are now found in Technical Records, items that teach a move once before breaking, just like they used to.

Fortunately, Technical Records aren't difficult to obtain, as they're mostly found either by winning Max Raids or trading Watts in the Wild Area.

We've compiled a list of all the TMs' names, descriptions, and locations, including images, to help smooth out the process of finding that perfect move for your team, and we'll keep updating as we come across more information.

All Pokemon Sword and Shield TMs Locations

TM00: Mega Punch Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is slugged by a punch thrown with muscle-packed power
  • Location: Hammerlocke — purchase in the Pokemon Center on the west side of town for 10,000 Poke.
TM01: Mega Kick Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is attacked by a kick launched with muscle-packed power.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — purchase in the Pokemon Center on the west side of town for 40,000 Poke.
TM02: Pay Day Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • Numerous coins are hurled at the target to inflict damage. Money is earned after the battle.
  • Location: Motostoke — follow the path in front of the warehouses (next to the fire station) and take the stairs down to the waterside, where you'll see TM02 near some containers.
TM03: Fire Punch Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is punched with a fiery fist. This may also leave the target with a burn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM04: Ice Punch Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is punched with an icy fist. This may also leave the target frozen.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM05: Thunder Punch Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is punched with an electrified fist. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM06: Fly Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Physical
    • The user flies up into the sky and then strikes its target on the next turn.
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — In the taxi house near the stairs by the Stow-on-Side Gym.

TM07: Pin Missile Location
  • Type: Bug
  • Category: Physical
    • Sharp spikes are shot at the target in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.
  • Location: Route 4 — Near Rhys (kid in the Pokemon costume) in a grass patch heading towards Turffield.
TM08: Hyper Beam Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • The target is attacked with a powerful beam. The user can't move on the next turn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM09: Giga Impact Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user charges at the target using every bit of its power. The user can't move on the next turn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM10: Magical Leaf Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Special
    • The user scatters curious leaves that chase the target. This attack never misses.
  • Location: Turffield — Defeat Gym Leader Milo
TM11: Solar Beam Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Special
    • In this two-turn attack, the user gathers light, then blasts a bundled beam on the next turn.
  • Location: Turffield — After you acquire the Rotom Bike upgrade that lets you cross water, follow the river east, and you'll find TM11 on an island.
TM12: Solar Blade Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Physical
    • In this two-turn attack, the user gathers light and fills a blade with the light's energy, attacking the target on the next turn.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM13: Fire Spin Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Special
    • The target becomes trapped within a fierce vortex of fire that rages for four to five turns.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM 14: Thunder Wave Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Status
    • The user launches a weak jolt of electricity that paralyzes the target.
  • Location: The Wild Area (more detail soon)
TM15: Dig Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • The user burrows into the ground, then attacks on the next turn.
  • Location: Route 6 — Near the backpacker's tent.
TM16: Screech Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • An earsplitting screech harshly lowers the target's Defense stat.
  • Location: Circhester — Speak to the Hiker in Ionia Hotel's Room 3

TM17: Light Screen Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • A wondrous wall of light is put up to reduce damage from special attacks for five turns.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM18: Reflect Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • A wondrous wall of light is put up to reduce damage from physical attacks for five turns.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM19: Safeguard Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a protective field that prevents status conditions for five turns.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM20: Self-Destruct Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks everything around it by causing an explosion. The user faints upon using this move.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM21: Rest Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user goes to sleep for two turns. This fully restores the user's HP and heals any status conditions.
  • Location: Ballonlea — Near the large green mushrooms in the eastern part of town.
TM22: Rock Slide Location
  • Type: Rock
  • Category: Physical
    • Large boulders are hurled at opposing Pokémon to inflict damage. This may also make the opposing Pokémon flinch.
  • Location: Route 9 — On the southwestern beach, Rotom Bike upgrade required.
TM23: Thief Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks and steals the target's held item simultaneously. The user can't steal anything if it already holds an item.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM24: Snore Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • This attack can be used only if the user is asleep. The harsh noise may also make the target flinch.
  • Location: Glimwood Tangle — Follow the path to the bottom-left of Daring Couple Robert and Jacqueline
TM25: Protect Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.

TM26: Scary Face Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user frightens the target with a scary face to harshly lower its Speed stat.
  • Location: Galar Mine (West) — head left after defeating Worker Georgia.
TM27: Icy Wind Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks with a gust of chilled air. This also lowers opposing Pokémon's Speed stats.
  • Location: Circhester — Speak to the man in the first house on the left.
TM28: Giga Drain Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Special
    • A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM29: Charm Location
  • Type: Fairy
  • Category: Status
    • The user gazes at the target rather charmingly, making it less wary. This harshly lowers the target's Attack stat.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Go through the vault as if you're heading to Route 6, and it's on the balcony, to the right of the wooden stairs
TM30: Steel Wing Location
  • Type: Steel
  • Category: Physical
    • The target is hit with wings of steel. This may also raise the user's Defense stat.
  • Location: Route 6 — It's sitting on a ledge in the eastern part of the route.

TM31: Attract Location
  •  Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • If it is the opposite gender of the user, the target becomes infatuated and less likely to attack.
  • Location: Route 5 — Explore the southeastern part of the route (the grassy patch opposite of the campsite).
TM32: Sandstorm Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Status
    • A five-turn sandstorm is summoned to hurt all combatants except Rock, Ground, and Steel types. It raises the Sp. Def stat of Rock types.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM33: Rain Dance Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Status
    • The user summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns, powering up Water-type moves. It lowers the power of Fire-type moves.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM34: Sunny Day Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Status
    • The user intensifies the sun for five turns, powering up Fire-type moves. It lowers the power of Water-type moves.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM35: Hail Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Status
    • The user summons a hailstorm lasting five turns. It damages all Pokémon except Ice types.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM36: Whirlpool Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Special
    • The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.
  • Location: Defeat Hulbury's Gym Leader, Nessa

TM37: Beat Up Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user gets all party Pokémon to attack the target. The more party Pokémon, the greater the number of attacks.
  • Location: Route 3 — On a ledge near the Berry tree.
TM38: Will-o-Wisp Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Status
    • The user shoots a sinister flame at the target to inflict a burn.
  • Location: Defeat Motostoke's Gym Leader, Kabu.

TM39: Facade Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • This attack move doubles its power if the user is poisoned, burned, or paralyzed.
  • Location: Motostoke Riverbank portion of the Wild Area. Go north, then as the ground slopes up, turn left. You'll see a Berry tree. Walk up to it, then turn left again, and you'll see the TM item ball nestled next to some metal pipes on the right.

TM40: Swift Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • Star-shaped rays are shot at opposing Pokémon. This attack never misses.
  • Location: Wedgehurst — Given before taking the train out of Wedgehurst.
TM41: Helping Hand Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Status
    • The user assists an ally by boosting the power of that ally's attack.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM42: Revenge Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • This attack move's power is doubled if the user has been hurt by the opponent in the same turn
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — Defeat the Stow-on-Side Gym Leader, Bea (Sword only)
TM43: Brick Break Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks with a swift chop. It can also break barriers, such as Light Screen and Reflect.
  • Location: Route 8 — Take the western path near the route's northern exit.
TM44: Imprison Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • If opposing Pokémon know any move also known by the user, they are prevented from using it.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM45: Dive Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Physical
    • Diving on the first turn, the user floats up and attacks on the next turn.
  • Location: Route 9 — speak to the Diver NPC
TM46: Weather Ball Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • This attack move varies in power and type depending on the weather.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM47: Fake Tears Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Status
    • The user feigns crying to fluster the target, harshly lowering its Sp. Def stat.
  • Location: Circhester — Speak to the musician in Hotel Ionia's 4th room.
TM48: Rock Tomb Location
  • Type: Rock
  • Category: Physical
    • Boulders are hurled at the target. This also lowers the target's Speed stat by preventing its movement.
  • Location: Circhester — Defeat Circhester Gym Leader Gordie (Sword only)

TM49: Sand Tomb Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
  • Location: Galar Mine 2 (east) — Go east/right after defeating Rail Staff Vincent
TM50: Bullet Seed Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Physical
    • The user forcefully shoots seeds at the target two to five times in a row.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM51: Icicle Spear Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The user launches sharp icicles at the target two to five times in a row.
  • Location: Circhester — East part of the Hero's Bath
TM52: Bounce Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bounces up high, then drops on the target on the second turn. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)

TM53: Mud Shot Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks by hurling a blob of mud at the target. This also lowers the target's Speed stat.
  • Location: Galar Mine 2 (east) — Behind the Gastrodon pool; requires Rotom Bike upgrade.

TM54: Rock Blast Location
  • Type: Rock
  • Category: Physical
    • The user hurls hard rocks at the target. Two to five rocks are launched in a row.
  • Location: Route 3, accessed via Galar Mine (west) — take the leftmost path back out of the mine, and it's on the ledge there.
TM55: Brine Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Physical
    • If the target's HP is half or less, this attack will hit with double the power.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM56: U-Turn Location
  • Type: Bug
  • Category: Physical
    • After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting.
  • Location: Glimwood Tangle — Western/left portion of the Tangle.

TM57: Payback Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user stores power, then attacks. If the user moves after the target, this attack's power will be doubled.
  • Location: Route 2 — Behind Professor Magnolia's house (path is to the right)
TM58: Assurance Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • If the target has already taken some damage in the same turn, this attack's power is doubled.
  • Location: Route 7 — (specific details coming soon)
TM59: Fling Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user flings its held item at the target to attack. This move's power and effects depend on the item
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM60: Power Swap Location
  •  Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Attack and Sp. Atk stats with the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM61: Guard Swap Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Defense and Sp. Def stats with the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM62: Speed Swap Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user exchanges Speed stats with the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM63: Drain Punch Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • An energy-draining punch. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
  • Location: Wyndon — Purchase from the northern Pokemon Center for 50,000 Poke.
TM64: Avalanche Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The power of this attack move is doubled if the user has been hurt by the target in the same turn.
  • Location: Route 9 — Northwestern portion of the area in an alcove; requires Rotom Bike upgrade.
TM65: Shadow Claw Location
  • Type: Ghost
  • Category: Physical
    • The user slashes with a sharp claw made from shadows. Critical hits land more easily.
  • Location: Lake of Outrage (Wild Area) — Up a hill near a Den close to a Berry Tree.
TM66: Thunder Fang Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bites with electrified fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it with paralysis
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM67: Ice Fang Location
  • Type: Ice
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bites with cold-infused fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it frozen
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM68: Fire Fang Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Physical
    • The user bites with flame-cloaked fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it with a burn.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 30,000 Poke.
TM69: Psycho Cut Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Physical
    • The user tears at the target with blades formed by psychic power. Critical hits land more easily.
  • Location: Route 2 — Lakeside, near the sign; requires Rotom Bike upgrade
TM70: Trick Room Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a bizarre area in which slower Pokémon get to move first for five turns.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM71: Wonder Room Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a bizarre area in which Pokémon's Defense and Sp. Def stats are swapped for five turns.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM72: Magic Room Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • The user creates a bizarre area in which Pokémon's held items lose their effects for five turns.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM73: Cross Poison Location
  • Type: Poison
  • Category: Physical
    • A slashing attack with a poisonous blade that may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily
  • Location: Dusty Bowl (Wild Area) — Sitting near the tree across the water; requires Rotom Bike upgrade
TM74: Venoshock Location
  • Type: Poison
  • Category: Special
    • The user drenches the target in a special poisonous liquid. This move's power is doubled if the target is poisoned
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — South of the stadium/Gym. Climb a ladder near the house there, and you'll find TM74 on the roof.
TM75: Low Sweep Location
  • Type: Fight
  • Category: Physical
    • The user makes a swift attack on the target's legs, which lowers the target's Speed stat.
  • Location: Axew's Eye (Wild Area) — Island in the middle of the lake (requires Rotom Bike upgrade).
TM76: Round Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks the target with a song. Others can join in the Round to increase the power of the attack.
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM77: Hex Location
  • Type: Ghost
  • Category: Special
    • This relentless attack does massive damage to a target affected by status conditions.
  • Location: Stow-on-Side — Defeat Gym Leader Allister (Shield); Ballonlea — Speak to the woman in the second house (Sword).
TM78: Acrobatics Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Physical
    • The user nimbly strikes the target. If the user is not holding an item, this attack inflicts massive damage.
  • Location: Ballonlea — Wear a fire-themed outfit, then speak to the man next to the house in the northwest/upper left.

TM79: Retaliate Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user gets revenge for a fainted ally. If an ally fainted in the previous turn, this move's power is increased.
  • Location: Hulbury — Receive from Sonia after winning against Gym Leader Nessa
TM80: Volt Switch Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Physical
    • After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting
  • Location: Wild Area (details coming soon)

TM81: Bulldoze Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • The user strikes everything around it by stomping down on the ground. This lowers the Speed stats of those hit.
  • Location: Giant's Seat (Wild Area) — Behind the large pillar.

TM82: Electroweb Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks and captures opposing Pokémon using an electric net. This lowers their Speed stats
  • Location: Hulbury — It's behind the lighthouse
TM83: Razor Shell Location
  • Type: Water
  • Category: Physical
    • The user cuts its target with sharp shells. This may also lower the target's Defense stat.
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)

TM84: Tail Slap Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • The user attacks by striking the target with its hard tail. It hits the target two to five times in a row
  • Location: Rolling Fields (Wild Area) — Behind a tree in an alcove in the southern wall.
TM85: Snarl Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Special
    • The user yells as if it's ranting about something, which lowers the Sp. Atk stats of opposing Pokémon
  • Location: Spikemuth — Defeat Gym Leader Piers
TM86: Phantom Force Location
  • Type: Ghost
  • Category: Physical
    • The user vanishes somewhere, then strikes the target on the next turn. This move hits even if the target protects itself.
  • Location: Slumbering Weald — Near a cliff in the far northeast side
TM87: Draining Kiss Location
  • Type: Fairy
  • Category: Special
    • The user steals the target's HP with a kiss. The user's HP is restored by over half of the damage taken by the target.
  • Location: Ballonlea — Defeat Gym Leader Opal
TM88: Grassy Terrain Location
  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Status
    • The user turns the ground to grass for five turns. This restores the HP of Pokémon on the ground a little every turn and powers up Grass-type moves.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke.
TM89: Misty Terrain Location
  • Type: Fairy
  • Category: Status
    • This protects Pokémon on the ground from status conditions and halves damage from Dragon-type moves for five turns.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke.
TM90: Electric Terrain Location
  •  Type: Electric
  • Category: Status
    • The user electrifies the ground for five turns, powering up Electric-type moves. Pokémon on the ground no longer fall asleep.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke.
TM91: Psychic Terrain Location
  • Type: Psychic
  • Category: Status
    • This protects Pokémon on the ground from priority moves and powers up Psychic-type moves for five turns.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Purchase from the eastern Pokemon Center for 20,000 Poke
TM92: Mystical Fire Location
  • Type: Fire
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks by breathing a special, hot fire. This also lowers the target's Sp. Atk stat
  • Location: Battle Tower (post-game)
TM93: Eerie Impulse Location
  • Type: Electric
  • Category: Status
    • The user's body generates an eerie impulse. Exposing the target to it harshly lowers the target's Sp. Atk stat.
  • Location: Wyndon — Behind Rose Tower sign
TM94: False Swipe Location
  • Type: Normal
  • Category: Physical
    • A restrained attack that prevents the target from fainting. The target is left with at least 1 HP
  • Location: Motostoke — Purchase from the western Pokemon Center for 10,000 Poke.
TM95: Air Slash Location
  • Type: Flying
  • Category: Special
    • The user attacks with a blade of air that slices even the sky. This may also make the target flinch
  • Location: East Lake Axewell (Wild Area) — Head down through the Rolling Fields to West Lake Axewell. Use the Rotom Bike (upgraded to cross water) to reach the spit of land across the water in East Lake Axewell.
TM96: Smart Strike Location
  • Type: Steel
  • Category: Physical
    • The user stabs the target with a sharp horn. This attack never misses.
  • Location: Route 8 — At the top of a ladder in the western part of the area.

TM97: Brutal Swing Location
  • Type: Dark
  • Category: Physical
    • The user swings its body around violently to inflict damage on everything in its vicinity.
  • Location: Turffield — East of the Stadium/Gym
TM98: Stomping Tantrum Location
  • Type: Ground
  • Category: Physical
    • Driven by frustration, the user attacks the target. If the user's previous move has failed, the power of this move doubles.
  • Location: Route 10 — Climb the hill going towards Wyndon, then take the eastern path.
TM99: Breaking Swipe Location
  • Type: Dragon
  • Category: Physical
    • The user swings its tough tail wildly and attacks opposing Pokémon. This also lowers their Attack stats.
  • Location: Hammerlocke — Defeat Gym Leader Raihan

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That's it — every Sword and Shield TM and where to find them. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides as well.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Evolutions https://www.gameskinny.com/21cxc/pokemon-sword-and-shield-starter-evolutions https://www.gameskinny.com/21cxc/pokemon-sword-and-shield-starter-evolutions Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:36:14 -0500 Gabriel Moss

If you’re just getting started out in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and you aren’t sure which of the three Sword and Shield starter Pokemon is best for you, don’t fret. Each starter has its place, and we're going to go over each one together!

The games' three starter Pokemon are Scorbunny, Sobble, and Grookey — and you'll be sure to find one you like.

Note that base stats are based on Level 100 Pokemon of the same type, and aren’t what you’ll see when you first claim your starter Pokemon. Level and personality traits determine what the actual stats of your starter Pokemon will be when Leon gifts them to you.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Tips: Scorbunny’s Starter Stats and Moves

Scorbunny is the Fire-type starter in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. It’s best described as a bunny rabbit, but with features that indicate an association with fire, including broad red streaks across its white fur. Scorbunny is weak against Water-type attacks.

The two moves that it starts with are Tackle and Growl, though it carries a hidden ability called Libero. Scorbunny’s ability is Blaze, which makes Fire-type moves more powerful when its HP is low.

Scorbunny Base Stats
  • HP: 65
  • Atk: 96
  • Def: 60
  • Sp. Atk: 55
  • Sp. Def: 60
  • Speed: 94
Scorbunny Evolutions

Scorbunny evolves into Raboot at Level 16 and Cinderance at Level 35. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Tips: Sobble’s Starter Stats and Moves

Sobble is the Water-type starter in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It looks like a blue tadpole, and due to its association with water, it is very sensitive to electricity and Grass-type attacks.

Sobble’s two starting moves are Pound and Growl, and it carries a hidden ability called Sniper. Sobble’s ability is Torrent, which makes Water-type attacks more powerful when Sobble’s HP is low.

Sobble Base Stats
  • HP: 50
  • Atk: 40
  • Def: 40
  • Sp. Atk: 70
  • Sp. Def: 40
  • Speed: 70
Sobble Evolutions

Sobble evolves into Drizzile at Level 16 and Inteleon at Level 35. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Tips: Grookey’s Starter Stats and Moves

Grookey is the Grass-type starter Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. It’s a green chimp with a cute stick in its hand. Grookey is associated with flora, and so it’s sensitive to Fire-type attacks.

Grookey’s two starting moves are Scratch and Growl. Its ability is Overgrow, which powers up Grookey’s Grass-type attacks when its HP is low. Its hidden ability is Grassy Surge.

Grookey Base Stats
  • HP: 50
  • Atk: 65
  • Def: 50
  • Sp. Atk: 40
  • Sp. Def: 40
  • Speed: 65
Grookey Evolutions

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16 and Rillaboom at Level 35. 

Which Starter Pokemon Should You Choose?

Keep in mind that choosing a starter Pokemon is never really that big of a deal. Since you’ll be able to find plenty of other 'mons soon after you set out on your adventure to catch ‘em all, you're never locking yourself out of tactical options in the future by picking one starter over the other.

In addition to that, Pokemon Sword and Shield makes it easy for you to quickly trade with others across the world, meaning that (if you’re connected to the Internet with an active Nintendo Switch Online account) there’s always a chance that you’ll find somebody who’s willing to trade their starter for something else.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Best Starter Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/79ec3/pokemon-sword-and-shield-best-starter-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/79ec3/pokemon-sword-and-shield-best-starter-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:35:04 -0500 Gabriel Moss

If you’re just starting out in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you may be wondering which starter is the best, and which one you should choose right out of the gate. If you’re looking for a guide on which is the best starter to choose, go no further.

While our other Pokemon starter guide goes over each starter's stats, moves, and evolutions, this one talks about the best starters, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield: Best Starters

When you set out from Postwick with Hop, you’re given a choice between three different starter Pokemon. Each of the three is attributed to their own “Type”, indicating which elements they’ll be strong and weak against, as well as which of their own attacks will be the most powerful.

Given that each starter Pokemon holds up against at least one other type of Pokemon, there’s no such thing as a “best” or “worst” choice here. Your effectiveness as a Pokemon Trainer is determined by how well you organize the layout of your team to match the strengths and weaknesses of each member, so the only real choice you’re making is what your party composition looks like early on.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Strengths and Weaknesses

Scorbunny is a Fire-type Pokemon, Sobble is a Water-type Pokemon, and Grookey is a Grass-type Pokemon. Knowing that, here are the strengths and weaknesses of each of them to help you pick the best starter. 

Pokemon Strengths Weaknesses
Scorbunny Grass, Ice, Bug, and Steel Water, Ground, and Rock
Sobble Fire, Ground, and Rock Grass and Electric
Grookey Water, Ground, and Rock Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, and Bug

 

How to Build the Best Party Around Your Starter in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Like in any other Pokemon game, the best party composition you can build is one where each of your Pokemon fills a role. For example, while it remains totally possible to configure parties however you’d like, it’s not likely that you need more than one Water-type Pokemon in your party once you’ve recruited Sobble. The same goes for Scorbunny and Grookey, respectively.

That said, you won’t be locked into having a starter once you’ve begun catching your own Pokemon. You can trade your starters away, or even have somebody else trade you theirs.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/emunf/pokemon-sword-and-shield-champion-cup-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/emunf/pokemon-sword-and-shield-champion-cup-tips-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:15:41 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield trade the traditional Elite Four and Champion challenge for the Champion Cup, a series of matches against other Champion challengers, Gym Leaders, and finally the Champion himself for a chance to claim the top Pokemon title in Galar.

These are the best of the best in Galar, and unless you've carefully assembled a diverse team or over-leveled your Pokemon, these won't be simple fights.

That's why we put together this Champion Cup tips guide to give you a fighting chance and help prepare before you take the challenge. Please note that the guide below contains spoilers for who you face, as well as some story points that take place during your challenge.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup Tips Guide

The Champion Cup Setup

The Champion Cup is divided into two semifinal fights, three finals matches, something else spoilery, and your fight against the Champion. That's actually more battles than you usually get in the traditional Elite Four + Champion setup, so you're in for a long haul once you start.

Each trainer specializes in a Pokemon type, with a couple of notable exceptions like the Champion. They'll often shake things up with a dual-type Pokemon as well or a Pokemon that knows a move effective against other types.

Champion Cup Recommended Pokemon Types

However, there are a few core Pokemon and move types you can consider in your planning if you want to focus on type advantages.

  • Steel
  • Fairy
  • Dark
  • Fighting
  • Grass
  • Flying
  • Ice
  • Electric

Obviously, you can't have a Pokemon representing all those types since your party cap is six, but you can make sure your move pools are diverse. For example, teach your Water-type an Ice move or stick a Fight move on your Attack-oriented Dark-type.

Champion Cup Semifinal 1: Marnie Battle

Marnie's team primarily relies on Dark types, with a few variations and subtypes thrown in to keep her from being a pushover. You'll want to consider Pokemon with Fighting, Fairy, Bug, or Steel types or moves. Corvinkight, in particular, would be a useful Pokemon for this battle.

Pokemon Move Pool
Liepard (Dark) — lvl. 47 Fake Out, Torment, Snarl, Nasty Plot
  Toxicroak (Poison/Fight) — lvl. 47 Venoshock, Sucker Punch, Swagger, Toxic
Scrafty (Dark/Fight) — lvl. 47 Swagger, Scary Face, Brick Break, Crunch
  Morpeko (Electric/Dark) — lvl. 48  Bullet Seed, Torment, Bite, Spark
  Grimmsnarl (Dark/Fairy) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 49  Spirit Break, Darkest Lariat, Bulk Up, Torment

 

Liepard isn't that big of a deal, as long as it doesn't get a chance to use Nasty Plot to power up Snarl. It's pure Dark and has middling defense stats, so Fairy, Fighting, or even Bug moves would be fine here. Fairy will completely demolish Scrafty. Toxicroak is her wild card, though a Flying-type could easily dispatch it.

Morpeko is a bit like Ash's Pikachu — a good mascot, but not a tough opponent. If your Fairy or Fighting-type is in good order still, use it to take care of Morpeko.

Grimmsnarl's Fairy dual typing means Fighting is no good here. A Bug could still take advantage of its Dark side, or you could use a good Steel-type (like Corviknight) or a 'mon with a strong Steel-type move. Intimidating as it looks, its Defense and Special Defense stats aren't high, so it shouldn't be too challenging.

Champion Cup Semifinals 2: Hop Battle

Hop is your second opponent in the Champion Cup. There's not really a pattern to his team.

Pokemon Move Pool
Dubwool (Normal) — lvl. 48  Cotton Guard, Reversal, Body Slam, Zen Headbutt
  Corviknight (Steel/Flying) — lvl. 48 Steel Wing, Drill Peck, Scary Face, Swagger
  Pincurchin (Electric)— lvl. 47 Thunderbolt, Poison Jab, Curse
Snorlax (Normal) — lvl. 47  Heavy Slam, High Horsepower, Hammer Arm
 Inteleon (if you choose Grookey) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49  Snipe Shot, Mud Shot, Icy Wind, Dark Pulse
 Cinderace (if you chose Sobble) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49 Pyro Ball, Gunk Shot, Counter, Bounce
 Rillaboom (if you chose Scorbunny) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49  Drum Beating, High Horsepower, Snarl, Uproar

 

Dubwool might be a bit tricky, thanks to its tanky Defense and Cotton Guard. If you don't have a Fighting Pokemon or move to use, focus on one with high Special Attack to take advantage of its relatively lower SD stat. The opposite is true for Snorlax, where you'll want to focus on Physical moves.

Corviknight doesn't have any glaring weaknesses other than Electric, so consider bringing in a Boltund, while any of your sturdier, non-Water or Flying Pokemon could go up against Pincurchin.

Hop's starter shouldn't pose much of a threat since you should have a strategy for defeating it by now.

Champion Cup: Interrupting Opponent Bede

After you move on to the Finals, some story things happen that interrupt the Champion Cup. Then Bede makes another appearance and, in not very venerable fashion, interrupts things even further, forcing you to challenge him to continue.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Mawile (Steel/Fairy) — lvl. 51  Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch
  Gardevoir (Psychic/Fairy) — lvl. 51  Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Calm Ming, Wish
  Rapidash (Psychic/Fairy) — lvl. 52 Psycho Cut, Take Down, Dazzling Gleam, Quick Attack
  Hatterene (Psychic/Fairy) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 53 Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Mystical Fire, Psychic

 

Bede's main weaknesses are Poison and Steel, though of course, his part-Psychic 'mon would demolish any of yours that is Poison type. If you have a Poison move on a different Pokemon, preferably one with high Special Defense, that's an option.

Alternatively, you could bring out the Steel-type you used against Marnie's Grimmsnarl since like most Fairy and Psychic types, these aren't gifted in the Defense department.

Mawile's a bit different, but a Fire or Ground-type would do well here. Resist the urge to use a Fighting-type, because Play Rough would destroy it.

Champion Cup Finals 1: Nessa Battle

With that out of the way, it's time to move onto the Finals for real. Nessa will be your first opponent, and though her team is obviously much stronger than when you faced off in Hulbury, it shouldn't pose much of a problem for a team with Grass or Electric moves.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Golisopod (Bug/Water) — lvl. 51  First Impression, Shadow Claw, Liquidation, Swords Dance
  Pelipper (Water/Flying) — lvl. 51 Roost, Air Slash, Water Pulse, Tailwind
  Barraskewda (Water) — lvl. 52 Throat Chop, Ice Fang, Drill Run, Liquidation
Seaking (Water) — lvl. 52  Smart Strike, Mega Horn, Aqua Ring, Waterfall
  Drednaw (Gigantamax) — lvl. 53 Liquidation, Jaw Lock, Crunch, Rock Tomb

 

Golisopod is the only one that should pose much problem here. A Flying-type — like Corviknight, again — would exploit the Bug-type weakness without facing much danger from First Impression, though Liquidation could be an issue. As you battle, try defeating it before its ability activates (when it's at half HP or less). If not, when Nessa switches it back in, then it can use the powerful First Impression again. Going on the defensive with stat-raising moves would be one option here.

A strong Grass or Electric-type or move would handle Barraskewda and Seaking with no issues, and Drednaw is highly vulnerable to Grass types, particularly Special attacks. Pelipper should probably be handled with an Electric-type, or at least not a Grass-type. If type advantage isn't an issue for you, though, then anything not Grass, Rock, Ground, and Fire would be fine.

Champion Cup Finals 2: Bea Battle (Sword)

If you're playing Pokemon Sword, Bea is your next opponent in the Champion Cup Finals. And if you've ever played any of the Gen I and II remakes, then you'll quickly realize she's basically Bruno, only even easier — especially if you brought a Fairy type.

Pokemon Move Pool
Hawlucha (Fight/Flying) — lvl. 52  Flying Press, High Jump Kick, Bounce
  Grapploct (Fight) — lvl. 52  Octolock, Submission, Bind, Mega Punch
  Sirfetch'd (Fight) — lvl. 53 Leaf Blade, Slam, Brutal Swing, Brick Break
Falinks (Fight) — lvl. 53  No Retreat, Bulk Up, Close Combat, Rock Tomb
  Machamp (Fight) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 54  Cross Chop, Revenge, Fire Punch, Strength

 

Note that only one of Bea's Pokemon has a move effective against Flying types, and there's difficult no dual-type variation to throw a wrench into things here either.

A strong Flying-type would be one option, though if you brought Corviknight as your main flyer, it might not be the best. Instead, a Fairy or Psychic-type would work wonders here, quickly clearing out Bea's team with basically no opposition. If you've traded for a Galarian Rapidash, then that's a double bonus.

Champion Cup Finals 2: Allister Battle (Shield)

Shield players will go up against Allister again for their second Finals match. He's not quite as simple to deal with as Bea, though not much more difficult either. Dark types would be the ideal option for this match, or you could bring your own Ghost if you're wanting to take a risk.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Dusknoir (Ghost) — lvl. 52  Shadow Punch, Thunder Punch, Rock Tomb, Disable
  Chandelure (Ghost/Fire) — lvl. 52  Shadow Ball, Mystical Fire, Will-o-Wisp
  Cursola (Ghost) — lvl. 53  Hex, Strength Sap, Ancient Power, Amnesia
  Polteageist (Ghost) — lvl. 53  Shadow Ball, Protect, Giga Drain, Nasty Plot
  Gengar (Ghost/Poison) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 54 Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Dark Pulse, Hypnosis

 

Normal types might be immune to Ghost moves, but Allister's team packs at least one powerful, non-Ghost move. Dubwool would be viable because it can basically withstand anything, but taking the offensive here would be better to end it quickly.

If you brought a Grimmsnarl along for the part-Fairy-type benefits earlier, that would serve you well against all Allister's Pokemon except Gengar. If not, Galar has no shortage of Dark types to choose from, and Allister's team doesn't really have any moves that would harm a Dark type.

Gengar's Hypnosis is just a pain since it doesn't have Nightmare or Dream Eater to go with it. The only potentially tricky situation here is if Polteageist gets its Special Attack up with Nasty Plot and lands some hits before you can defeat it.

Champion Cup Finals 3: Raihan Battle

Raihan, the strongest Gym Leader who focuses (mostly) on Dragon types, is your final opponent in the Finals. Since Dragon is weak to Fairy types now, as well as Ice types, he's not quite so intimidating as he might be, except for his Duraludon.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Torkoal (Fire) — lvl. 53  Lava Plume, Solar Beam, Body Press, Yawn
  Goodra (Dragon) — lvl. 54  Rain Dance, Surf, Muddy Water, Thunder
Turtonator (Fire/Dragon) — lvl. 54  Sunny Day, Shell Trap, Fire Blast, Dragon Pulse
  Flygon (Ground/Dragon) — lvl. 54  Sandstorm, Dragon Claw, Earthquake, Crunch
  Duraludon (Steel/Dragon) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 55  Dragon Claw, Body Press, Stone Edge, Iron Head

 

Torkoal is the odd 'mon out here as the only Pokemon on Raihan's team with no Dragon element. Fortunately, Fire has several common weaknesses, including Water, Ground, and Rock. Torkoal is very slow, so it shouldn't give you much trouble.

Goodra and Flygon would easily fall to Ice-type moves, though if you're seeking type advantages, Fairy would be the better option to take on Turtonator.

Duraludon is probably the toughest opponent so far in the Champion Cup because its typing negates any type advantage except for Fighting. If you've got any strong Fighting moves on a durable Pokemon, that's going to be your best choice here. Otherwise, make sure you've got some durable 'mon and plenty of healing items.

Champion Cup Champion Match: Leon Battle

As you've known from the very beginning, Leon is your ultimate opponent. You won't be able to challenge him until you finish up some story elements, but once that's done, it's finally time to test your mettle against the Galar Champion.

His team is significantly stronger than the previous challengers you faced, and he has the starter strong against whichever one you chose, and but he'll have one Pokemon your starter is strong against as well.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Aegislash (Ghost/Steel) — lvl. 62  King's Shield, Shadow Ball, Sacred Sword, Flash Cannon
Dragapult (Dragon/Ghost) — lvl. 62  Shadow Ball, Flamethrower, Thunderbolt, Dragon Breath
  Haxorus (Dragon) — lvl. 63 Poison Jab, Iron Tail, Outrage, Earthquake
 Charizard (Fire/Flying) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 65 Fire Blast, Solar Beam, Air Slash, Ancient Power

 

Leon's base team covers its weaknesses pretty well. Dark or Ghost would help against Aegislash and Dragapult, though Ice is going to be your best chance against Haxorus thanks to Poison Jab.

Charizard might be huge and have a new look, but it's still as weak to Rock, Electric, and Water as it ever was. There's no Sunny Day in effect, so your Water type could probably get at least one hit in before Charizard fires off its Solar Beam as well.

Leon's Team if You Chose Grookey

Pokemon Move Pool
Seismitoad (Water/Ground) — lv. 64 Toxic, Drain Punch, Liquidation, Earthquake
  Cinderace (Fire) — lv. 64  Pyro Ball, Feint, Acrobatics, Quick Attack

 

Your best bet for Seismitoad is using your Grookey (which should be Rillaboom by now), thanks to Seismitoad's 4x weakness against Grass. Depending on how you've balanced your team up to now, Fire hasn't been an issue in the Champion Cup. Water and Rock would be good against Cinderace, but if you didn't plan on either of those, anything with high Attack or Special Attack would serve you well.

Leon's Team if You Chose Scorbunny

Pokemon Move Pool
Mr Rime (Ice/Psychic) — lv. 64 Teeter Dance, Psychic, Freeze-Dry, Thunderbolt
  Inteleon (Water) — lv. 64  Snipe Shot, Dark Pulse, Mud Shot, Tearful Look

 

Cinderace with its high Attack stat should make quick work of Mr. Rime, though whatever Dark-type you brought with you is equally effective here should Cinderace's low Special Defense prove troublesome for you.

Whatever you used against Nessa's Pelipper should work against Inteleon, especially because the latter is definitely a glass cannon with low Defense and Special Defense stats.

Leon's Team if You Chose Sobble

Pokemon Move Pool
Rhyperior (Rock/Ground) — lv. 64 Earthquake, Mega Horn, Heat Crash, Stone Edge
Rillaboom (Grass) — lv. 64 Drum Beating, High Horsepower, Endeavor, Knock Off

 

Rhyperior is no match for Inteleon, assuming you kept your starter. Rillaboom hits hard but has fairly low defense. If you did bring Corviknight along, that'd be one way to face this fight. If not, whatever Ice-type you use against Haxorus would be highly effective here.

Champion Cup Rematches

With that, you're finally the new Galar Champion! But you can't rest on your laurels. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's post-game gives you the chance to challenge the Champion Cup again, with a twist.

It borrows from Black 2 and White 2's World Tournament and lets you build a set of challenges by choosing from the Gym Leaders, Marnie, Bede, Hop, and any of 15 weaker Challengers to go up against.

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That's it for our Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup guide, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides, including:

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nh29s/pokemon-sword-and-shield-wild-area-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nh29s/pokemon-sword-and-shield-wild-area-tips-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:45:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Wild Area is one of Pokemon Sword and Shield's biggest new features. It's the open-world Pokemon experience we've all been waiting for, and like most open-world games, that also means there's a lot to see and do in this vast new (wild) area.

Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are some features you might even miss at first. That's why we've put this handy tips guide to The Wild Area together. Our goal is to point you in the right direction so you can get the most out of your time.

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Wild Area Guide

You're first given access to The Wild Area right after you battle Hop for the second time and meet with Professor Magnolia. There's very little explanation of what to do and where to go when you enter the area, and since this is before you even get to your first Gym battle, you're limited with the Pokemon you can catch (nothing over Level 24).

That being said, there's still a lot you can do as you explore and figure out how everything works.

Level Grinding in The Wild Area

The Wild Area is the best area for level grinding in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield for a few reasons. The first is because you will encounter a ton of new Pokemon in The Wild Area. What's there changes by the day and depending on the weather, and that applies in every section of The Wild Area.

Catching Pokemon earns all of your party members EXP, just like in the Let's GO games. Pokemon levels scale depending on region and your own level, so there will always be a set of 'mon you can catch to earn EXP, which means it's worth coming back to The Wild Area every so often and after you earn a new Gym Badge.

Once you enter The Wild Area for the first time, you also unlock the option to access your Pokemon boxes from the main menu, meaning you can switch your teams in no time at all — perfect if you've got several batches of 'mon you want to develop.

Another level grinding trick is taking on Pokemon higher than your level if you have a way to defeat them. For example, take a Normal type with Payback or Bite to the Watchtower Ruins, and you can fight Level 25 Ghost types without taking any damage in return.

The Wild Area: Super Strong Pokemon

The Wild Area is also home to a broad variety of super strong Pokemon. These are usually evolved forms of some kind — like Gengar, Weavile, Machamp, the Eeveelutions, and so on.

Not only are they also far stronger than the usual strong Pokemon you'll encounter, but they're typically not found in the grass either. These wander about the roads and paths away from the grass. If you spot one, make sure you're well prepared before engaging it.

Whatever your choice, The Wild Area is a great and easy way to level up new catches that need some attention or that you want to evolve to fill out your Pokedex.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raids

Max Raids are one of The Wild Area's key features. You've probably seen something about them in the lead-up to the games' release. These are 4-on-1 battles against Dynamaxed Pokemon. They take place at Pokemon Dens, the glowing areas that have beams of light coming out of them. Max Raids are ranked with stars, and the higher the Max Raid level, the higher the chance that Pokemon will have perfect IV levels.

Depending on the Pokemon, there's also a chance it'll have the ability to Gigantamax.

The thing about Max Raids is they require four trainers. Connecting with others in The Wild Area is pretty easy and seamless, but if you don't have three other people to take part, the game provides you with NPC allies instead.

I can't say how effective these NPCs are in very high-level Raids, but so far, the ones I've been matched with are competent enough and typically have at least one — usually more — Pokemon or movesets that exploit the opponent's type weaknesses.

Whittle the opponent's HP down to zero, and you get the chance to catch it. There are other, equally important rewards as well. Winning a Max Raid could potentially get you

  • Experience Candies of various sizes (also good for leveling up)
  • Dynamax Candy (necessary for increasing your own Pokemon's Dynamax level)
  • Technical Records (items teaching high-powered moves, but breaking after one use)
What to Do with Watts

If you're wondering what Watts are in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, you have good reason to. The games don't really tell you what Watts are, even as you're accruing them by completing Max Raids.

Watts are basically your currency in The Wild Area, and you'll use them to purchase items from Vendors scattered randomly around The Wild Area, including:

  • Curry ingredients
  • Technical Records
  • Wishing Stone (triggers a Max Raid)
  • Rotom Bike upgrades so you can explore further

The Digging Duo near the Daycare (more on that in a moment) will excavate an area of cliffside in exchange for 500 Watts, and they'll bring back various items ranging from Pokemon fossils to evolution items and stones.

You'll earn Watts from participating in Max Raids and examining glowing Dens that don't have a light beam coming out of them, so there's no fear of never having enough.

Pokemon Camp in The Wild Area

Another feature you've probably seen a bit about is Pokemon Camp in The Wild Area. Sonia gives you your camping kit as soon as you enter The Wild Area, and you're free to camp anytime you want. Sword and Shield's day/night cycle is still measured by your Switch's internal clock, so you won't be making time pass no matter how often you camp.

Camping is an easy way to restore your team's health without using items and takes the place of Pokemon Refresh from Sun and Moon as well, letting you play games and chat with your 'mon to increase their friendship levels.

The big draw here, though, is curry making. We'll have more on that soon, but making curry in Pokemon Sword and Shield is a fun and useful mini-game that sees you combine berries and ingredients, mix them together like Poffins, then reap rewards like friendship boosts if you didn't create something appallingly atrocious.

The Pokemon Day Care in The Wild Area

Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce a second Day Care, and it's located in the Bridge Field portion of The Wild Area. Random as that might seem, there's actually a pretty good reason for that: Ditto

Where to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

Ditto can only be found in the Lake Outrage portion of The Wild Area, but you can't access it until after you get an upgrade for your Rotom Bike on Route 9. Ditto is the Pokemon breeder's best friend, since pairing it with any Pokemon you want to breed means you don't have to get two of that Pokemon.

Sword and Shield introduced new mechanics that make breeding easier and more efficient than ever before, so this second Day Care located near a Ditto roving ground is a huge convenience if you have any interest in breeding Pokemon.

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That's about it for the major things you can do in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area. Take a gander at some of our other Pokemon Sword and Shield guides here on GameSkinny:

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