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a turn-based strategy role-playing game developed by Game Freak for the Nintendo Switch, and the 8th generation of Pokemon games. Players take on the role of trainers: traveling through the Galar region to catch and train Pokémon and compete in the Pokemon League. Use this tag for questions about Pokémon Sword/Shield specifically.

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How can I order my items in Pokemon Sword and Shield

There is only two sort functions, name and type. Is it possible to order my items in my own way? Especially I would like to order my pokeballs so that repeat balls are first, default pokeball in ...
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If I purchase DLC from Nintendo, can the child accounts linked to my account access it on the same device?

I bought my children a switch for Xmas, along with Pokémon Sword. I would like to purchase the DLC that is coming out this year, and wanted to know if they can access it from their accounts. At the ...
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Are the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion version exclusive?

Do I need to buy the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass multiple times to use it on both versions? If I buy the expansion pass, will my friends be able to use it on my console? Speculation or ...
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How can I trade specific Pokémon?

I saw how to randomly trade two Pokémon (known as wonder trade) or trade Pokémon with a specific or random player (known as link trade). But how can I trade in such a way I give a specific Pokémon ...
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Does a Pokemon gain EVs when participating in a Max Raid Battle?

I do know that Pokemon do not gain experience after a Max Raid Battle ends; however, I'm asking this to be sure, since I am raising some Pokemon and want to use them in the process. When a Max Raid ...
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Why won't my Eevee evolve with Leaf Stone in Pokemon Shield?

Help. I would like a Leafeon for my play-through of Pokemon shield but my Eevee won't evolve when I try and use a leaf stone on it. Everyone I see is saying that you evolve Eevee into Leafeon by using ...
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Is it possible to spawn 1-2 star wells after beating the game?

The lowest star rating I've seen since beating the game is 3 stars, but there are some 1-2 star stuff that I don't have yet (such as Sinistea). Is it possible to spawn those somehow?
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Does Wide Guard protect against Dragon Darts?

I was looking to try out double battles online, and from my short experience it seems that Dragapult is a major player in most teams in Sword and Shield. Dragapult has a unique move called Dragon ...
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Can all wells spawn rare (purple) beams?

I've tossed 20+ wishing pieces into the well to the right of Hammerlock's entrance without any success. Now I'm wondering if it is possible for that well to spawn rare beams or at all, or did I just ...
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Which moves can’t be used in raid battles?

While doing max raid battles, I will occasionally get a message that says, or something similar to: “[X] move has failed; [Boss] protected itself” This message has appeared for both my Pokémon ...
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What attributes of a Pokemon can be improved?

When creating a perfect competitive pokemon, some attributes need to be correct on hatch/catch while others can be improved. This generation makes it easier than ever to turn a pokemon into a perfect ...
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How often do hidden items respawn?

In Pokemon Sword Shield hidden items are littered throughout the map. I'm referring to those that subtly blink as you walk near them. From my experience, I noticed that some of the hidden items I ...
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What are the odds of the Digging Duo?

In the Wild Area near the Day Care Center are two characters called the Digging Duo. For a price of 500 W, they give one or more items, the quantity and type of which is (or seems) random, varying ...
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Is it possible to inherit a hidden ability and an egg move? Toxapex with Regenerator and Haze

I'm following a guide to make a competitive Toxapex. This build requires Regenerator as a hidden ability and Haze as one of the moves in the moveset. I have found a Toxapex that has the hidden ...
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Is it possible to complete the Pokedex with only Sword and Shield?

Are there any Pokemon not available to catch in sword and shield that would make it impossible to complete the Pokedex without involving another Pokemon game? If so, what other Pokemon games are ...
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Where I can find the special item for evolve Sinistea?

There are a 2 items for evolve Sinistea, one is cracked pot if your Sinistea is not original, and the other item is chipped pot if your sinistea has a mark of authenticity. Where I can find the "...
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What's the trick to shaking the berry trees?

Every now and then I come across a Berry tree, which I shake for Berries. You can shake the tree multiple times with more and more berries falling out of it. However, occasionally a Pokemon encounter ...
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Do Pokemon stay 'super shiny' when they evolve?

In SwSh, they added a new shiny visual effect called 'super shiny', which has square sparkles instead of stars. Are the square sparkles kept upon evolution?
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What Does Marking An Item as “Favourite” Do?

In previous Pokemon games setting an item as a "favourite" meant that it could be accessed quickly via shortcuts, however in Sword/Shield it appears that this functionality is not present and is ...
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Do KO'd Legendary Pokemon Respawn?

In Pokemon games since ORAS, KO'd Legendary Pokemon could be encountered again after defeating the Elite Four. Does Sword/Shield bring back this feature?
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How do I find more throat sprays?

I didn't know that the item disappeared after a single use, now I've wasted it on a random battle. How do I get another one?
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How have Friendship and Affection changed in Sword and Shield?

My Eevee evolved into a Sylveon even though I never played with it in Pokémon Camp. Assuming camp was a replacement for amie/refresh, this should not be possible. How has friendship and affection ...
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How do people make custom Pokemon for Pokemon Sword & Shield?

An advertisement I saw for custom Pokemon for Pokemon Sword & Shield: Some people are selling custom Pokemon for Pokemon Sword & Shield. Most of the ads have similar promises to this: Get ...
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How to remove the notifications in Pokemon Sword

I have those kinda notification things from the online component, but i do not have any friends playing pokemon so the notifications are only me and are annoying. Any way to turn them off?
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Where can I find a West Sea form of Gastrodon?

I'm playing through Pokémon Sword and trying to fill up the pokédex. For completionist sake, I want to catch both forms of Gastrodon - The East Sea (blue/green) and The West Sea (pink/brown). So far,...
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Is it possible to breed Authentic Sinistea/Polteageist?

So Polteageist has two forms: Authentic (evolved with Chipped Pot) and Fake (with Cracked Pot), depending if it has some sort of mark, as seen when Dynamaxing, apparently. Now, if I have an authentic ...
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What is the quickest way to raise Affection?

Some of my Pokemon have started having flavour text during battle such as Dozing off, and this is due to Affection gained through Pokemon Camp. However there are a lot of things that can happen ...
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If I have fewer than 6 Pokemon in my party, does each gain more EXP?

I have a few weak Pokemon that I'm trying to level quickly. I'm wondering if it helps to keep less than 6 Pokemon in my party. Does that divide the total EXP gained by fewer Pokemon? Or does each ...
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Are TR rewards from Max Raid Battles preset?

Yesterday, I did two Centiskorch (four star) Max Raid Battles while trying to find a TR for a good fire move. After doing both, I got the same TRs. I was wondering if the rewards, or at least the ...
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Can I find Gigantamax Pokémon outside of Max Raid Battles?

I know that only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax, and that among those species only certain individuals can. As far as I've seen online, Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing can only be ...
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Applin Evolution Items?

While roaming around the Wild Area in Sword, I managed to get some Tart Apple... but what of Sweet Apple? Is it possible to get a Sweet Apple as well, or are these items version-exclusive?
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What is the true shiny rate in Sword and Shield?

Since the Games launch Pokemon Sword and Shield got a prediction of how it's shiny encounter chance looks like. Thanks to data miner Kurt we got this table on Twitter to look at and figure out the ...
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What menu settings or features can be unlocked through non-story means?

It seems the 'Rotom Phone' menu options get extended throughout the game with extra features. Sometimes these are awarded through just progressing the story (as is the case with Pokemon Camp and the ...
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How can I EV train in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

In previous Pokemon games, I was able to EV Train by defeating certain types of Pokemon with my team I wanted to train. This involved going to certain routes with my team and defeating certain Pokemon....
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How do I determine which form of Toxtricity I will get?

In Sword & Shield, there is a new Pokémon called Toxel, which can evolve into Toxtricity. What is interesting about Toxtricity is that it can be one of two forms Amped Form Low Key Form When ...
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How can I check the IVs of my Pokemon?

IVs are a very important thing in competitive Pokemon. Is there a way to check them easily?
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Why are my Pokémon dozing off?

When I do battle, sometimes I’ll get a message that says: [Pokémon] is dozing off... It must be sleepy. This has happened to three of my Pokémon so far. I haven’t noticed any effect of it yet (...
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Where are the NPC traders in Pokemon Sword/Shield and what do they offer?

In each Pokemon game I usually make a point of trading with each NPC that offers one. Where are the traders in Sword/Shield? Which Pokemon do they offer and what do they want in return?
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Can I get Alolan Forms of pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

In the Pokemon: Let's Go games, you could obtain Alolan forms of pokemon by trading with NPCs. Are there similar NPCs in Pokemon Sword and Shield, or some other way to obtain Alolan Pokemon?
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How do I evolve Eevee into Leafeon or Glaceon in Sword and Shield?

Previous games required an Eevee to be levelled up while near a Mossy Rock or an Icy Rock in order to evolve it to a Leafeon or Glaceon, respectively. Where do I find these two overworld objects in ...
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What increases your chances of finding shiny pokemon?

Does it have chain combo like in Pokemon Let's Go where the more you battle the same Pokemon in a row the higher the chance of spawning a shiny? Does the Masuda method work?
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Where's the Magnetic Field?

I want to evolve my Charjabug, but I'm not sure which area is the supposed regional Magnetic Field. So, uh, where is it?
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Are IVs for Pokémon caught from raid battles the same for everybody?

I did a couple of max raid battles with a friend last night. According to my friend’s analysis, the star rating of the raid battle indicates the number of max IVs; so a 4 star raid will have a minimum ...
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How do you get the Super Rod in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Where and how can you get the Super Rod in Pokémon Sword and Shield?
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What are the good steps to cook a curry in the cooking mini game?

While cooking in the new mini game of Sword and Shield, you have three different steps to accomplish: Working on the fire Mixing the curry "Putting your heart into it" There is no real indicator in ...
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How to delete a game file?

Okay, so there are currently two accounts in my Switch system, and I wanted to see if the second account (lovingly named as Guest) has a different save file or something. I soon found out that it did; ...
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What are the differences in casual controls and regular controls?

In Pokémon Sword/Shield, there is an option in the game settings turn on “casual controls”. The I -game description of this states This mode makes it easier to play with one hand Earlier this ...
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How to initiate pokemon trade with friend?

I got Sword, he got Shield. We are sitting next to ech other on same couch, connected to same WiFi. We got online subscriptions active. Dynamax fight works both in Local Connection and in Internet ...
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Is it possible to determine if a Pokémon is a powerful encounter?

I just reached the wild area in Pokémon Sword. In this location, there is a chance to encounter Pokémon that are too high of level and can easily take out your team; nor can be captured. Some of the ...
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Which attack stat does each starter Pokemon favour in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

I'm hoping to soft-reset for my starter Pokemon's Nature to boost it's primary attack stat, but I'm not sure which stat I should prefer with Scorbunny, Grookey or Sobble. Which of these mons are ...